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Micky G Keck

Cincinnati | Member Since 2010

  • 5 reviews
  • 66 ratings
  • 593 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2015

  • 101 Theory Drive: A Neuroscientist's Quest for Memory

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Terry McDermott
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It's not fiction: Gary Lynch is the real thing, the epitome of the rebel scientist - malnourished, contentious, inspiring, explosive, remarkably ambitious, consistently brilliant. He is one of the foremost figures of contemporary neuroscience, and his decades-long quest to understand the inner workings of the brain's memory machine has begun to pay off.

    Joe says: "Fascinating tale of a scientific maverick's lab"
    "Easy and entertaining listen on a complex subject"

    I really enjoyed this book and how it covered the very complex topic of memory and brain functions without being boring or overly technical. The story of how memory theory progressed over time in the Lynch lab and around the world was well told and included many interesting characters that you would not think would exist in a research environment.

    I bought this book on the hope that it would be entertaining and educational and it succeeded on both counts. I highly recommend this book for those who like science and would like to better understand the process by which new ideas must go through to be accepted by the masses.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robin Olds, Christina Olds, Ed Rasimus
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A larger-than-life hero with a towering personality, Robin Olds was a graduate of West Point and an inductee in the National College Football Hall of Fame for his All-American performance for Army. In World War II, Olds quickly became a top fighter pilot and squadron commander by the age of 22—a double ace with twelve aerial victories. But it was in Vietnam where the man became a legend.

    R. A. Frank says: "Top Notch Audiobook"
    "Interesting guy, interesting view of history"
    Would you listen to Fighter Pilot again? Why?

    Probably not, one listen was enough to take it all in. The writer is a straight-shooter so not a lot of details are hidden in a complex story.

    If you’ve listened to books by the authors before, how does this one compare?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Robin not wanting to get his final kill, so he heads out on missions but will not shoot down enemy fighters so he will not get shipped home.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The author's comments on what the US could have done to win the Vietnam war. He did not back down from the powers that be in sharing his thoughts.

    Any additional comments?

    Solid autobiography that will teach you about historical events from a totally different (and rarely heard) viewpoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By David Kushner
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Masters of Doom is the amazing true story of the Lennon and McCartney of video games: John Carmack and John Romero. Together, they ruled big business. They transformed popular culture. And they provoked a national controversy. More than anything, they lived a unique and rollicking American Dream, escaping the broken homes of their youth to produce the most notoriously successful game franchises in history - Doom and Quake - until the games they made tore them apart. This is a story of friendship and betrayal, commerce and artistry.

    Ryan says: "How it was"
    "Gamer history, a good combination"
    What did you love best about Masters of Doom?

    The history and unique characters that made up Id Software. I always assumed it was a much bigger company than what it was. Getting to know the quirks of the key players in FPS history was really interesting.

    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning how eccentric the programmers at Id were. Quite interesting how only a few people so heavily impacted the genre.

    Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to a lot of Wil's work, he tends to read books that are of interest to me. His performance on Masters of Doom was quite good. I could really feel his excitement with what was written and his passion for gaming in general.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Moving? no, but Carmack's blunt force focus was amusing.

    Any additional comments?

    If you love playing video games, or once played a lot of video games, this is a book for you. If not, it probably won't make a lot of sense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Witch Wraith: The Dark Legacy of Shannara, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For centuries the Four Lands enjoyed freedom from its demon-haunted past, protected by magic-enhanced borders from the dark dimension known as the Forbidding and the profound evil imprisoned there. But now the unthinkable is happening: The ancient wards securing the barrier between order and mayhem have begun to erode - and generations of bloodthirsty, monstrous creatures, fueled by a rage thousands of years in the making, are poised to spill forth, seeking revenge for what was done to them.

    William says: "Great closing to a great series."
    "Back to the Future, you've read this before"
    What disappointed you about Witch Wraith?

    The story lines are basically rehashes from previous Shannara books. Regular characters suddenly are more powerful than the Druids. Everything felt very shallow, especially the Witch Wraith.

    What was most disappointing about Terry Brooks’s story?

    It just wasn't that interesting. If you haven't read any of his stuff before, maybe it would be ok, but if you have then everything is just a repeat of his previous books. Simple example, disguising yourself to get to the center of an enemy military camp to rescue an Ohmsford.

    The super weak Druids were pretty annoying, but only slightly less then the walking coma.

    Did Rosalyn Landor do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She did a reasonable job with the characters, she just didn't have a lot of story to work with. All things considered I would rather not read a book where she is the narrator.

    What character would you cut from Witch Wraith?

    No character's were out of place, they were all just poorly written.

    Any additional comments?

    I've read the Shannara series since the mid 80's, this was probably my last book. I think Brooks is out of new stories that keeps the series in a fresh direction.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "Title does not stand out, but the writing does"
    Would you listen to The Devil in the White City again? Why?

    Yes. The first part introducing the time a players was a bit slow and the setup took a little while, so I think i missed some things that I would pickup the second time. The narrator is top-notch and makes the book that much better.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Devil in the White City?

    All the common items/food that we have now that were introduced at the Chicago World's fair.

    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Excellent reading pace and style. He doesn't attempt to play any characters, but his voice if perfect for the historical tales. He has just enough inflection at the right time to make key points stand out.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The big show, it's a gas.

    Any additional comments?

    The book really picks up after the first couple hours, which are needed to set the stage. Don't give up on it and it really pays off in the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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