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Luke Stewart

Birmingham, AL | Member Since 2013

  • 5 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 50 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2014

  • How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ray Kurzweil
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ray Kurzweil, the bold futurist and author of the New York Times best seller The Singularity Is Near, is arguably today’s most influential technological visionary. A pioneering inventor and theorist, he has explored for decades how artificial intelligence can enrich and expand human capabilities. Now, in his much-anticipated How to Create a Mind, he takes this exploration to the next step: reverse-engineering the brain to understand precisely how it works, then applying that knowledge to create vastly intelligent machines.

    Ryan says: "Articulate but familiar brain-inspired AI pitch"
    "Highly Insightful and Engaging"
    What made the experience of listening to How to Create a Mind the most enjoyable?

    I work in a research lab which studies rodent models of human brain disorders.Many of the themes and people in the book I have heard of and read some of their work. It was good to hear about this work from RK who approaches the brain and mind from a computer based understanding as opposed to my biologically driven perspective.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The most compelling aspect of this book for me was the creative analogies that RK uses to describe the processes that govern neural computation, many of which serve as the basis for modern computers. Similarly, modern computer engineering and design has helped us reverse engineer some of the complexities of the brain. Simply fascinating.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not sure if it's a 'scene' but the description of the cortical column and the consolidation and allocation of memories in the brain was my favorite part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • METAtropolis: Green Space

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Elizabeth Bear, Karl Schroeder, and others
    • Narrated By Dion Graham, Robin Miles, Mark Boyett, and others

    As METAtropolis: Green Space moves into the 22nd Century, human social evolution is heading in new directions after the Green Crash and the subsequent Green Renaissance. Nearly everyone who cares to participate in the wired world has become part of the "Internet of things", a virtual environment mapped across all aspects of the natural experience. At the same time, the serious back-to-the-land types have embraced a full-on paleo lifestyle, including genetically engineering themselves and their offspring.

    Joey says: "The Good and the Bad"
    "Expected it to be great... And it was!"

    As a huge fan of the first two METAtropolis books, I expected nothing less from this final installment. After listening to these books in rapid succession, it was nice to get the closure on these overarching characters and plot lines. As an aside: I'm a huge proponent of the basic concept of these books. I think it's very intelligent to set up futurist science fiction in this world as opposed to a completely synthesized one. After all, these 'future cities' will be built upon or just modified versions of today's major metropolitan areas. I guess it gives the stories a strangely authentic flavor.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • METAtropolis: Cascadia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Mary Robinette Kowal, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois, Kate Mulgrew, Wil Wheaton, and others

    This sequel to the Hugo and Audie Award nominated METAtropolis features interconnected stories by today’s top writers of speculative fiction – performed by a galaxy of Star Trek stars. As the mid-20th century approaches, the Pacific Northwest has been transformed - politically, economically, and ecologically - into the new reality of Cascadia. Conspiracies and secrets threaten the tenuous threads of society. And the End of Days seems nearer than ever.

    Stephen says: "Some good, some bad"
    ""Still Crushing It!!!""
    Would you listen to METAtropolis: Cascadia again? Why?

    Yep! After the inital METAtropolis book, I slammed through 'Cascadia' at the same speed. I love how the authors take time to set up the cities and places that these stories take places in. I guess that is a big selling point for me: literature that takes the time to create a descriptive setting for the characters to interact with and exist in.

    What did you like best about this story?

    Definitely the setting. I have never lived anywhere near the pacific northwest, and so the sum total of my conceptual experiences stem from Twin Peaks. I enjoyed the rich portrayals of what I assume to be a beautiful part of the US. And as always the characters and plots are outstanding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • METAtropolis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Armed camps of eco-survivalists battle purveyors of technology in this exclusive, original production featuring five sci-fi masters and five all-star narrators.

    Karen says: "Fascinating stories"
    "I cannot say enough good things about this work!!!"
    Where does METAtropolis rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Honestly the top, at least right now. This was the second book I downloaded after the freebie 1st credit. I downloaded this book and listened to the whole thing in one shot! It made a 10 hour road trip melt away like nothing!!!

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ba'shar (sp?). As a recurrent character, he brings his talents/strengths into many different types of situations and just crushes it!

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    When I realized I was listening to the final story in the anthology, I almost did cry. This was before I realized there where two more METAtropolis collections available.

    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this series!!! It is amazing, and I'm going to let a few more months pass and then probably pound through the METAtropolis series again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "Loved reliving a book I read in high school"
    Would you listen to The Eye of the World again? Why?

    I probably would. Many of the initial novels in a series can serve as a stand alone work if they are written well enough, and this is one of them. RJ introduces an extremely expansive and complex world in this book by giving just enough to the reader to want more.

    What does Kate Reading and Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I have read this book in paper form. It took a few weeks due to length and the full course load's worth of other reading I had to do, so the plot progression became entangled at a few points (for me at least). Opposing narrators help me to switch gears between the multiple subplots at work in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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