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Joshua S

Colorado, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • 13 reviews
  • 28 ratings
  • 148 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • Freedom (TM)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5340)
    Performance
    (3288)
    Story
    (3308)

    In a world of conflicted loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power, and the possibility that anyone can be a spy, what's at stake is nothing less than human freedom's last hope to survive the technology revolution.

    James says: "wow - a must read"
    "Wow"
    Overall

    I can't believe there isn't more press about this! Great book, amazing series, Perfectly performed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11706)
    Performance
    (10915)
    Story
    (10923)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "Wil Wheaton+Classic Video Games+Sci-Fi = WIN"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This story was an amusing and original take on the concept of a plugged in society.

    Do you fondly remember Atari games?

    Do you know what I mean when I say Zork?

    Read this. Trust me.


    A great futuristic story line with flashbacks to some amazing 80s pop culture. The characters have adequate development and unique futuristic culture all their own. I enjoyed the nearly doomsday predictions of the future state of humanity. A lot of it makes sense.

    I will re-listen to this story many times due to the fascinating story and the brilliant reading by Wil Wheaton!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Accidental Time Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated By Kevin Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (143)

    Joe Haldeman is the esteemed Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of The Forever War. Things are going nowhere for lowly MIT research assistant Matt Fuller - especially not after his girlfriend drops him for another man. But then while working late one night, he inadvertently stumbles upon what may be the greatest scientific breakthrough ever. His luck, however, runs out when he finds himself wanted for murder - in the future.

    Brian says: "A fun, light story"
    "Short, Sweet, Sci-Fi greatness"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This story is about as long as one part of others. Interestingly it takes you on a journey that is unimaginable before you get there.

    Interesting inclusion of real science and theory in to a fictional story. I found myself wanting more but feeling satisfied that I had all I needed.

    Amusing satirical view of the future, had some good laughs with this book. Worth a read especially if you are short on time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11988)
    Performance
    (10384)
    Story
    (10360)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "If you've ever used/loved an Apple read this"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have been an Apple user since the // series, but never a fanatic. I am not devoted to Jobs but admire some of his results.

    This helped fill in a few remaining gaps in the Jobs story in my mind. I've been in to tech since the early 80s and studied the history of the "personal computer" as far back as the concept reaches.

    I follow modern technology stories on a daily basis and it's fascinating to see the fingerprints of the revolutionaries that pushed the edge of possibility and brought about the revolution which is now a way of life. This book brings in to focus the role that Jobs and his cohort have played in this new world order.

    Great interview approach, unapologetic and brilliant. Heartfelt narration keep you interested and engaged with this fascinating character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cell: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (3436)
    Performance
    (1161)
    Story
    (1172)

    The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone's cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization's darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.

    chris says: "Entertained"
    "Underrated King thriller. Absolutely loved this 1"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Take two things I love, Zombies and King books.

    Enough said.

    This isn't a horror story this is a thriller with a crazy plot that should scare anyone. Honestly, this helped fill in a gap on The Walking Dead for me. As a tech enthusiast I find techno-thrillers as a cautionary tale entertaining. This is a good book for you if you follow the last sentence.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18721)
    Performance
    (16669)
    Story
    (16631)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Absolute Classic! Brilliant non-horror King!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book was amazing, great concept, great execution! I was enthralled with this book all the way through. I found myself pushing to listen even a few minutes at a time all day!

    A Sci-Fi influence was more pronounced in this story than most King books and this worked well. The story revolves around a known King theme of movement between "worlds". Unlike many SF novels the movement seems fluid and easily approachable even for those who may not be attracted to this genre.

    The characters are classic King, well developed and all with their own motivations. The interactions and descriptions give the reader the feeling of sitting at a table in the conversation instead of a 3rd person voyeur.

    There is a lot of plot and story but the payoff is amazing. The research on this tale is amazing. Even if you are not familiar with the setting you feel as thought you can walk the streets without asking for directions.

    If you have ever dabbled in the politics of the early 60's you should read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucifer's Hammer

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3424)
    Performance
    (2042)
    Story
    (2062)

    The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

    DJM says: "Good story from front to back"
    "Frank look at life during and after comet strike"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed this book much more than the other works by this writing team. Though some of the content is dated on retrospect I found a commonality with the characters. Unlike some insane Michael Bay version of a possible world ending disaster this story focuses on a core group of characters. I liked the believable and approachable nature of the writing. As a SF fan I tend to lean more towards the "this could happen" story line and this is a home-run. The end of the book feels a little rushed as though a cap was thrown on during the development of a different end point.

    I enjoyed this book quite a bit and might revisit it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drawing of the Three: The Dark Tower II

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4628)
    Performance
    (2569)
    Story
    (2606)

    Stephen King returns to The Dark Towerin this second, mesmerizing volume in his epic series. After his confrontation with the man in black at the end of The Gunslinger, Roland awakes to find three doors on the beach of Mid-World's Western Sea, each leading to New York City but at three different moments in time. Through these doors, Roland must "draw" three figures crucial to his quest for the Dark Tower.

    Kevin says: "If you read this, you're hooked"
    "If you made it through The Gunslinger"
    Overall

    Please don't give up if you didn't like the first book! This book will hook anyone in to this story. I loved the first book and felt that this tale really connected the was to the is.
    Better than most King, better than Under the Dome, just finish all of the books when you start.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hot Gate: Troy Rising, Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1545)
    Performance
    (1214)
    Story
    (1240)

    The fight to free the Earth from alien domination began in Live Free or Die, and continued in Citadel. Now Tyler Vernon and his troops aboard the gigantic battle station Troy face a desperate battle with the forces of galactic tyranny. And the very survival of the Earth and its people is not all that is at stake. The galaxy itself must choose to live free or die - and if the tyrants win this battle, darkness will fall across the galaxy for millennia to come.

    John M says: "Huh?"
    "Pretty Good"
    Overall

    This book was the end of the anticipated trilogy. It seems as though all good things come to an end. I felt that this story was almost more bogged down in the bureaucracy than the others, though that doesn't seem right. Felt like it was good enough but not quite what I expected. A must listen if you have read the first two AMAZING books.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Mote in God's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3997)
    Performance
    (2430)
    Story
    (2465)

    The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

    J. Rhoderick says: "A great read!"
    "Interesting..."
    Overall

    I don't know if it's because I just finished a masterpiece prior to this, but I didn't connect. Somewhere between the writing and narration I felt lost in this book, disinterested at best. I found the plot annoying and over-explanitory.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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