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Mark D. Serbin

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  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7224)
    Performance
    (4243)
    Story
    (4274)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Really Fast Paced Sci Fi!"
    "LEO WAS RIGHT"
    Overall

    I heard about this book from Leo LaPorte on his podcasts. It seemed interesting so I gave it a go. Damn good book, Leo was right! Even though this book is supposed to be fiction, it seems like it could happen in today's highly computerized world. I 'read' the book over two days while driving cross country. I was so impressed with it I am downloading the sequel, Freedom (TM). Leo, are you listening? This is written in the style of Dan Brown on a good day. Totally riveting.

    61 of 66 people found this review helpful
  • Influx

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2714)
    Performance
    (2497)
    Story
    (2502)

    Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

    Craig says: "Solid to Silly to Inane"
    "Ah, something different"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This is Daniel Suarez' 4th book. I am at Chapter 15 of 22. For some reason I have an easier time believing in a lone Time Lord from Gallifrey traveling the universe in a TARDIS than I do with the plot line of Influx.


    What was most disappointing about Daniel Suarez’s story?

    Written with typical Suarez style and grace. I might revise this once I finish the last 2 hours and 24 minutes. In the meantime I call this a noble effort and a rather long execution, not the equal to the first 3 books.


    What does Jeff Gurner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr Gurner and Daniel Suarez need to be joined at the hip for all future efforts. One needs the other.


    Was Influx worth the listening time?

    It's different and the plot is more fantasy than science fiction, IMHO. Worth listening to, yes. A plausible plot and story, not yet.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr Suarez is 3 for 4. I look forward to #5.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18213)
    Performance
    (16205)
    Story
    (16163)

    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"
    "I READ THIS BEFORE LEO LAPORTE!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of 11-22-63 to be better than the print version?

    I prefer audio books to printed media.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Lame. There is presented a contrast to the before time travel era and post time travel. While I respect the author's desire to shock and contrast the differences, I found it implausible. The correction of the situation felt like a better way to end the story without needing the first post time travel story. Still an interesting way to tell the story of 'don't mess with time'.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All scenes with Sadie in Dallas.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes if it was humanly possible!


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first Stephen King book. It is also the first book I have read before Leo LaPorte has recommended it on TWiT. This strikes me as a bit more complicated of a book than first impressions give and will require a second reading. My initial impression is that the secondary story lines are padded out a bit too much and the ending is a tad lacking in proper story telling. Overall this novel reminds me of Groundhog Day mixed with Back To The Future. The subject of time travel is not new. To combine it with the murder of JFK is, no pun intended, a novel idea. The 30 hours of reading time went by fast thanks to the narration of Craig Wasson. I will be looking for more titles that he has narrated. If this were a college term paper I would view it as a

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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