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Rob

Warnbro, Australia | Member Since 2009

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  • The Science of Superheroes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Lois Gresh, Robert Weinberg, introduction by Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    If the planet Krypton had a gravitational field strong enough to account for Superman's amazing strength, would it be possible to launch a rocket ship from the planet's surface? Could evolution actually produce X-Men? The Science of Superheroes takes a lighthearted but clearheaded look at the real science behind some of the greatest superhero comic books of all time.

    Shaquille says: "To much irrelvent information"
    "History, science, or philospohy"
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    The book makes some good attempts at exploring both side of the argument, but other times the scientific argument is extremely biased and irrelevant. For example: it discusses the physiology of the cheetah, efficient lungs etc..., yet fails to explore how these constraints (of the Flash) would impact his performance. It also describes the energy required for a typical human to do a certain feat, but i would not refer to the Flash as a typical human. With all thee figures being spouted, surely the argument for 100% efficiency of food consumption be explored.

    By the time I reached the creationist versus science argument I was on auto-pilot, waiting patiently to finish the book.

    I doubt the writers have had any thesis or science experience: commonly misusing the terms theory, truth or fact.

    I was expecting a fun lighthearted exploration of comic super-heroes; I received a few interesting tid-bits hidden behind an overwhelming amount of pointless exposition.

    I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS BOOK.
    (oh gawd, there is another book too... )

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3757)
    Performance
    (3346)
    Story
    (3359)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "Whacky Hacker Heist"
    Overall
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    The story feels very single sided, even when Kevin discloses his discretion; you are left wondering how plausible his account of unwavering morals are.

    I hope that it is near reality, as the book leads you along a journey where you cant help but to have empathy for Mitnick.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watership Down

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Adams
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3122)
    Performance
    (2405)
    Story
    (2418)

    Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.

    B. Cable says: "Still one of the best!"
    "Berserk Bunnies"
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    Possibly my all time favorite novel. Enjoyable at 14 and 40 alike.

    Richard Adams adds depth to his lapine tale by inserting rabbit mythology and maxims for rabbit survival. Adam's supernaturally convinces the reader of the rabbits culture, which is alien (yet similar) to human. The book is timeless, and in my opinion a classic.I will enjoy reading this to my daughter when she is old enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Exploding the Phone: The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws Who Hacked Ma Bell

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Phil Lapsley
    • Narrated By Johann North
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Before smartphones, back even before the Internet and personal computer, a misfit group of technophiles, blind teenagers, hippies, and outlaws figured out how to hack the world’s largest machine: the telephone system. Starting with Alexander Graham Bell’s revolutionary "harmonic telegraph", by the middle of the 20th century the phone system had grown into something extraordinary, a web of cutting-edge switching machines and human operators that linked together millions of people like never before. But the network had a billion-dollar flaw, and once people discovered it, things would never be the same.

    Rob says: "Nerd Outlaws"
    "Nerd Outlaws"
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    A Huckleberry Finn adventure in a telephonic world!

    The book successfully builds up the history surrounding phone hacking, merging multiple threads and revelations. As a person with reasonable technological exposure, i found it very enjoyable. The absolute layman can still enjoy the tales.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blade Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (979)
    Performance
    (615)
    Story
    (624)

    It was January 2021, and Rick Deckard had a license to kill. Somewhere among the hordes of humans out there lurked several rogue androids. Deckard's assignment: find them and then..."retire" them. Trouble was, the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they didn't want to be found!

    D. ABIGT says: "This is the original Do Androids Dream of Electric"
    "I can no longer watch the film"
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    I tried to watch the film after this, and I cannot. It feels like a completely different beast.

    The story has its own nuances, though I it does feel drawn out in places. i have not read the short story,

    Worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Scanner Darkly

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Paul Giamatti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (554)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (305)

    Bob Arctor is a dealer of the lethally addictive drug Substance D. Fred is the police agent assigned to tail and eventually bust him. To do so, Fred takes on the identity of a drug dealer named Bob Arctor. And since Substance D, which Arctor takes in massive doses, gradually splits the user's brain into two distinct, combative entities, Fred doesn't realize he is narcing on himself.

    Lew says: "Brillant Novel, Read to Perfection!"
    "Wow, and I thought the movie was good"
    Overall
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    Philip K Dick is one of the most engaging sci-fi/fantasy writes i have ever read. I have yet to be disappointed.

    I was completely drawn into the story, the characters are written with such faithful emotions and motivations.

    One of my most favourite books in my collection. Great Story, and narrated perfectly by Paul Giamatti.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Digital Wars: Apple, Google, Microsoft, and the Battle for the Internet

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Charles Arthur
    • Narrated By Stephen Rashbrook
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (101)

    Digital Wars starts in 1998, when the Internet and computing business was about to be upended - by an antitrust case, a tiny start-up and a former giant rebuilding it. Charles Arthur here examines the differing strategies of the three best-known tech companies in their battle to win control of the exploding network connecting the world. Microsoft was a giant - soon to become the highest-valued company in the world - while Apple was a minnow and Google just a start-up. By February 2012, Apple was worth more than both Microsoft and Google combined.

    Rob says: "Different Perspective of a well documented period"
    "Different Perspective of a well documented period"
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    A better look at whole these companies competed in a very similar space, and how they choose not to compete.

    It really defined what the companies products are, and why they launched what seemed like bad products.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon: The Story Behind the Craze that Touched Our Lives and Changed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Steven Kent
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (106)

    The Ultimate History of Video Games reveals everything you ever wanted to know and more about the unforgettable games that changed the world, the visionaries who made them, and the fanatics who played them. From the arcade to television and from the PC to the handheld device, video games have entraced kids at heart for nearly 30 years. And author and gaming historian Steven L. Kent has been there to record the craze from the very beginning.

    Sean says: "Repetitive but interesting"
    "Digital Nostalgia"
    Overall
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    The content drew me in as I am of the age where video games erupted in my youth. It was fascinating to listen to the story of the giants who brought me such joy as a young kid.

    I do not think the book translates well into an audio book (an assumption without reading the written version). The continuous repetition as long quotes are mixed within the story, often only slightly paraphrased to which i could only guess was introductions into new sections?

    The scope of the book was possibly too wide, as elements were often repeated when the author changed point of views.

    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
    Overall
    (779)
    Performance
    (728)
    Story
    (727)

    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"
    "Doom: The two Johns"
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    I have been a fan of the Doom franchise since Wolfenstein on the 486.

    The author brought life and energy to the story. After I finished the book I felt like i was part of the journey. It totally absorbed me; this book may be a niche?

    I have tried to convince my friends to read it, and have failed. If you are reading this review then you accidentally came across it, or you were after feedback regarding the book. if it is the later then purchasing this book should be a 'no brainer'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret History of Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Michael Kaminski
    • Narrated By Josh Robert Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    The tale of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and the fall and redemption of Anakin Skywalker has become modern myth, an epic tragedy of the corruption of a young man in love into darkness, the rise of evil, and the power of good triumphing in the end. But it didn't start out that way. In this thorough account of one of cinema's most lasting works, Michael Kaminski presents the true history of how Star Wars was written, from its beginnings as a science fiction fairy tale to its development over three decades into the epic we now know, chronicling the methods, techniques, thought processes, and struggles of its creator.

    Amazon Customer says: "Repetitive, but Thorough"
    "Enjoyable yet not memorable."
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    The overall theme of Lucas being constantly contradicted with evidence in regards to his planning of the movies does not cease. The book is enjoyable, however at times it read like my thesis (reasserting a single point of view over and over)

    i was hoping to walk away with intricate knowledge of the process/filming, but I found far too much time was spent on the writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elfish Gene: Dungeons, Dragons and Growing Up Strange

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Barrowcliffe
    • Narrated By Mark Barrowcliffe
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Coventry, 1976. For a brief, blazing summer, a young Mark Barrowcliffe had the chance to be normal. He blew it...While other teenagers concentrated on being coolly rebellious, Mark – like millions of other boys in the ’70s and ’80s – chose to spend his entire adolescence pretending to be a wizard or a warrior, an evil priest or a dwarf. Armed only with pen, paper and some funny-shaped dice, this lost generation gave themselves up to the craze of fantasy role-playing games, stopped chatting up girls and started killing dragons.

    Amazon Customer says: "Mostly good but a disappointing end"
    "The story of a twat"
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    Fabulous. Great story telling. At first I thought he resented his RPG early days, but in the end... well, just listen to the book.

    Thoroughly recommend to anyone who role played as a kid, or whose childhood had such an alternative view that you thought you were cool, but in reality you were just an eccentric twat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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