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Matthew

Avid audiobook addict!

Ottawa, ON, Canada | Member Since 2008

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  • Calculating God

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1864)
    Performance
    (1264)
    Story
    (1276)

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

    Ione says: "Interesting book, very enjoyable narration"
    "Absolutely fascinating!"
    Overall
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    Story

    Very thought provoking. Extremely interesting premise. There are a couple of minor annoying flaws in the story (like many Canadian authors, this one feels compelled to make totally unnecessary local references--he must repeat the name "Mike Harris" (a Conservative Ontario premier from around 2000 who was much-hated by people with government-funded jobs because of cutbacks that massive numbers of non-government funded people deemed totally necessary) at least a dozen times--quite tiresome). All in all, though, an excellent book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Off to Be the Wizard

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (662)
    Performance
    (628)
    Story
    (630)

    It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

    Charles says: "Fantastic"
    "Fun, but poorly written..."
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    Performance
    Story

    It's written in the style of "Ready Player One", but the writing is far worse. I'm in the target audience (early middle-age computer geek growing up in the 80's), so I found it an entertaining guilty pleasure. The writer has a poor vocabulary though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jason Redman, John Bruning
    • Narrated By Erik Bergmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (121)

    Decorated Navy SEAL Lieutenant Jason Redman served his country courageously and with distinction in Colombia, Peru, Afghanistan, and Iraq, where he commanded mobility and assault forces. But his journey was not without its supreme challenges. He was critically wounded in 2007 when he was struck by machine-gun fire at point blank range. During his intense recovery period, Redman posted a sign on his door, warning all who entered not to "feel sorry for [his] wounds."

    Richard says: "Not Superman - Real Man With Incredible Courage"
    "The best Navy Seal book I've ever read."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Much more than just a description of exciting battles. Very honest & very personal as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Hymn Before Battle: Legacy of the Aldenata

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    Overall
    (986)
    Performance
    (659)
    Story
    (661)

    With Earth in the path of the rapacious Posleen, the Galactic Federation offers help to the backward humans - for a price. You can protect yourself from your enemies, but God save you from your allies!

    Dr. Daniel Chapman says: "Another heads up!"
    "Good, exciting, violent fun!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This isn't fine, subtle literature. It's action-packed, violent, gory--not at all nuanced. Like a summer blockbuster movie--fun, but totally non-memorable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2551)
    Performance
    (2227)
    Story
    (2230)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    James says: "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"
    "Extraordinarily witty!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This is an extremely well written book. Although I haven't enjoyed some of Wil Wheaton's narration in other books, this one is absolutely perfect for him. No wonder that this book has become a classic for scifi geeks!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • President Me: The America That's in My Head

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Adam Carolla
    • Narrated By Adam Carolla
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (213)

    In President Me, Carolla shares his vision for a different, better America free from big issues like big government down to small problems like hotel alarm clock placement. Running on an anti-narcissism platform, President Carolla calls for a return to the values of an earlier time when stew and casserole were on every dinner table and there were no “service dogs” on airplanes. President Me hits right at the heart of what makes our country really annoying, and offers a plan to make all of our lives, but mostly Adam’s, much better.

    KENNETH says: "Classic Carolla"
    "Quite entertaining, but repetitive..."
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    The only problem for me was that, as an avid Adam Carolla daily podcast listener, I'd heard 99.5% of the stories in this book several times. Though there was very little new, Adam's delivery is always entertaining.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghost Brigades

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2084)
    Performance
    (1504)
    Story
    (1517)

    The Ghost Brigades are the Special Forces of the Colonial Defense Forces, elite troops created from the DNA of the dead and turned into the perfect soldiers for the CDF's toughest operations. They're young, they're fast and strong, and they're totally without normal human qualms.

    wendy says: "Great story"
    "Very interesting & entertaining!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Much better-than-average scifi writing. Fascinating premise in this series. Looking forward to reading the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Notes from the Internet Apocalypse: The Internet Apocalypse Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Wayne Gladstone
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    When the Internet suddenly stops working, society reels from the loss of flowing data and streaming entertainment. Addicts wander the streets talking to themselves in 140 characters or forcing cats to perform tricks for their amusement, while the truly desperate pin their requests for casual encounters on public bulletin boards. The economy tumbles and the government passes the draconian NET Recovery Act.

    George says: "A beautiful story"
    "Terrible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Almost unlistenable. The premise is interesting, and the take on it in a "South Park" episode was extremely amusing. This book is the opposite. The writing is bizarre and unfunny. Not recommended at all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (1846)
    Performance
    (1640)
    Story
    (1659)

    Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

    Darwin8u says: "Making the system deliver on its promise."
    "Extremely interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Very enjoyable. A very entertaining presentation of a potentially very dry topic. Definitely recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shrinkage: Manhood, Marriage, and the Tumor That Tried to Kill Me

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Bryan Bishop, Adam Carolla (foreword)
    • Narrated By Bryan Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (112)

    At 30 years old Bryan Bishop’s life was right on track: as the sidekick on The Adam Carolla Show, his career was taking off and, newly engaged, his personal life was soaring to new heights. Then he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Suddenly Bryan’s promising future was looking at a troubling schedule of radiation and chemotherapy. But having found refuge in comedy, "Bald Bryan" recounts his alternately heartbreaking and hysterical experience of cancer treatment and recovery.

    Jim Dean says: "Damn funny. Especially considering the subject."
    "Occasionally funny"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    More often tedious though. I'm a fan of the Adam Carolla show, and I like Bald Bryan's contributions. I found myself skipping a lot of chapters in this book though when they became just too ponderous to listen to. I think it would be more interesting to someone who was going through cancer or a similar illness. I wish the author the best though, and I look forward to hearing him on the Adam Carolla show for many more years.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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