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Kit McIlvaine (GirlPluggedN)

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  • 5 reviews
  • 79 ratings
  • 266 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2015

  • Rainbows End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Vernor Vinge
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Set a few decades from now, Rainbows End is an epic adventure that encapsulates in a single extended family the challenges of the technological advances of the first quarter of the 21st century. The information revolution of the past 30 years blossoms into a web of conspiracies that could destroy Western civilization. At the center of the action is Robert Gu, a former Alzheimer's victim who has regained his mental and physical health through radical new therapies, and his family.

    Steve says: "Great Discovery"
    "Stay Plugged In, San Diego"

    While those not used to traditional Science Fiction may find this read a little dense, it is SCIENCE Fiction. Based in a cyber mapped future, where practically everyone wears interfaces to the internet in their clothing, and information technology is used for good and evil, this story remains, at its heart, human. There is a reason this master crafted story won the Hugo- and that is because Vinge seems to not only understand the classic conflict of man vs machine, but he also realizes and typifies how much we love, hate and depend on being plugged in.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Zoe's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "I'm Zoe Boutin Perry: A colonist stranded on a deadly pioneer world. Holy icon to a race of aliens. A player in a interstellar chess match to save humanity. Seventeen years old. Everyone on Earth knows the tale I am part of. But you don't know my tale: I'm going to tell it to you now, the only way I know how: not straight but true, the whole thing, to try make you feel what I felt: the joy and terror and uncertainty, panic and wonder, despair and hope."

    David says: "A fun listen, and some new information, but..."
    "Oh, the humanity.😍"

    The narrator is great, but I have an issue when they change how names are pronounced in a series, so that was the only reason it got 4 stars instead of 5.

    Scalzi's ability to infuse humor, romance, angst and fundamentally human emotions into brilliant adventures is what makes him one of my favorites. I loved this so much, I had one of Enzo's poems read at my wedding. This is a strong follow up and complement to the rest of the old man's war series thus far. Hope you love it as much as I think you will.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Torchwood: The Exodus Code

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John Barrowman, Carole E. Barrowman
    • Narrated By Daniel Pirrie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It starts with a series of unexplained events. Earth tremors across the globe. Women being driven insane by their heightened and scrambled senses. And the world is starting to notice - the number one Twitter trend is #realfemmefatales. Governments and scientists are bewildered and silent. The world needs Torchwood, but there's not much of Torchwood left.

    Bonnie says: "Exodus Code an immortals adventure"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have Barrowman read it.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is a bit complicated to follow, but is pretty cannon to Torchwood. The characters are the ones we know and love/ hate.

    Would you listen to another book narrated by Daniel Pirrie?

    Maaaaybe. Something British. He's a very good reader. His dialects are pretty spot on, and he's Ianto!

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yup. Ahem- BBC! Look at this. It would make a good series.

    Any additional comments?

    Ok- I know this is totally Americo-centric, and I am sorry. I really am, but we pronounce the word, "Geyser" like "Guy-zer" with a long I, and the narrator pronounces it with the British pronunciation("Gee-zer" with the long E), even when Americans are talking about it with other Americans. It was really distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Casanova

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Giacomo Casanova
    • Narrated By Benedict Cumberbatch

    The first part of the Memoirs of Giacomo Casanova, a special film tie-in version. The film, starring Heath Ledger as Casanova with Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller, will be released in UK February 2006.

    Siobhan says: "Abridged?! No!"
    What disappointed you about Casanova?

    Ok- I am a Cumberbatch fan, so I gave this a go. Least salacious book evar. You may like it, but if you are looking for a total turn on, this is not it.

    What was most disappointing about Giacomo Casanova’s story?

    Total lack of descriptive detail.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The time he tapped two virgins and was still totally unsexy about it.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Cumberbatch is a good narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1984: New Classic Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

    Customer Bob says: "Great Book, With an Amazing Narrator"
    "Come one, Come all into 1984!"

    I previously downloaded a version of 1984 that sounded as if the thought police had shoved the novel where no darkness shines. However, This five star version of Orwell's masterpiece is so well voiced, so expressive that I find it hard to put down. In this novel, we are transported to an alternate reality where history is overwritten and free thought is a crime. Depite the constant threat of the telescreens, spies and thought police, Winston and his love interest, Julia, endeavor to rebel against Big Brother in their own ways. Orwell's insight into history, warfare and mass hysteria reflect the era in which he was writing, and still endure in this classic of science fiction- a piece that anticipates not only future works in the genre, but twentieth and twenty first century issues of foreign policy and state welfare. If you haven't read this book, you owe it to yourself to give this version a listen- it will challenge you and touch you, and I know that I, for one, will never be the same.

    56 of 59 people found this review helpful

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