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Lance

GROTON, MA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Shift Omnibus Edition: Shift 1-3, Silo Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1784)
    Performance
    (1617)
    Story
    (1632)

    In 2007, the Center for Automation in Nanobiotech (CAN) outlined the hardware and software platform that would one day allow robots smaller than human cells to make medical diagnoses, conduct repairs, and even self-propagate. In the same year, a simple pill, it had been discovered, could wipe out the memory of any traumatic event. At almost the same moment in humanity's broad history, mankind had discovered the means for bringing about its utter downfall - and the ability to forget it ever happened.

    Tango says: "Your ears are in for a real treat"
    "For the love god, stop saying "palm" as "pam""
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    Great book, Hugh is a talented writer and I'm excited to read more from him. But, for pete's sake, I've never been so acutely aware of the overuse of a single word in an audio-book. Every time the reader, Reynolds, would come to the world 'palm' he would always pronounce it in some weird english-to-american crossover pronunciation as 'pam' and this wasn't a sparse occurrence either. I found myself starting to wonder if Hugh Howey set out to write this sequel with the intention of seeing how many times he could cram the word 'palm' into a single book. It bugged me enough to were I almost couldn't even finish the book. However, I still gave Reynolds 4 stars because the rest of his performance is in fact excellent, but I can't be the only one who noticed this.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12080)
    Performance
    (10768)
    Story
    (10937)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Derek B. says: "A grand literary adventure!"
    "A Classic, Though and Through"
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    The Hobbit is truly an imaginative force to be reckoned with. It has spawned hordes of imitators in a variety of forms. At it's core it's an adventure story with more heart and character in the first chapter than most accomplish in an entire book. If you consider yourself even the slightest bit a fan of fantasy, then you should give this a listen.

    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
    (16560)
    Performance
    (15324)
    Story
    (15327)

    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.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "***GLORIOUS NERD NOSTALGIA***"
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    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    Wil Wheaton gave an amazing performance! Before this book, I wasn't even aware that he was in the business of narrating, but he was so good that I would happily listen to him again anytime. I believe it's now time to rescind that standing order issued by Captain Jean Luc Picard (Shut up, Wessley!) .


    Any additional comments?

    This book was my guiltless, guilty pleasure. There were so many unabashed references from just about every great sci-fi and video game you can think of, but the true pleasure came from the fact that it was also wonderfully written. Mr. Cline managed to construct an engaging vision of a near-future world where the lines between real and virtual are starting to blur.If you're a long time Science Fiction and Video Game fan, like myself, you would be doing yourself a diservice by not reading this book. It was a truely gratifying experience from start to finish and was further brought to life by the excellent narrating of Wil Wheaton.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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