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Robert B. Elam

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Fountain, CO USA | Member Since 2012

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  • 6 reviews
  • 13 ratings
  • 123 titles in library
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  • What Technology Wants

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Kevin Kelly
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (128)

    This provocative book introduces a brand-new view of technology. It suggests that technology as a whole is not a jumble of wires and metal but a living, evolving organism that has its own unconscious needs and tendencies. Kevin Kelly looks out through the eyes of this global technological system to discover "what it wants." He uses vivid examples from the past to trace technology's long course and then follows a dozen trajectories of technology into the near future to project where technology is headed.

    David Everling says: "Sprawling scope, an ambivalent thesis"
    "is the technium the evolution of evolution?"
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    What made the experience of listening to What Technology Wants the most enjoyable?

    The perspective in this book is very unique. Kelly is able to give a clear indication of what direction we are going. He is honest about the possible pit falls of our obsession with technology but also realistic about all that it has give us and will give us.


    What other book might you compare What Technology Wants to and why?

    I was prompted to read this book from Creating a Mind, Abundance and Better Angels. These books cite many of the same sources and draw some of the same conclusions.


    What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

    Paul Boehmer gives a lot to the material by getting out of the way.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of the Hegemon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3067)
    Performance
    (1657)
    Story
    (1664)

    Orson Scott Card tells a tale long awaited by millions of fans: the story of how Bean turned away from his first friend, Ender, and became the tactical genius who won the Earth for Ender's brother, Peter, who became the Hegemon.

    Michael says: "Great book, poor transfer"
    "Love OSC but this one is not my favorite"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I might recommended it to a hard core End's Game fan or someone who REALLY like Shadow of Ender.


    Has Shadow of the Hegemon turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I think I am done with the Shadow series.


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

    The narration is great.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    Overall
    (3176)
    Performance
    (2376)
    Story
    (2387)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Elizabeth says: "thoroughly enjoyed"
    "too many characters"
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    Would you try another book from David Mitchell and/or the narrators?

    Mitchell is a magnificent writer.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    the screenplay (movie) was better.


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

    narrators were ALL incredible. The performance was GREAT!!


    Was Cloud Atlas worth the listening time?

    If you liked the movie, you will like the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stanislaw Lem
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Trurl and Klaupacius are constructor robots who try to out-invent each other. Over the course of their adventures in The Cyberiad, they travel to the far corners of the cosmos to take on freelance problem-solving jobs, with dire consequences for their unsuspecting employers.

    Joel D Offenberg says: "Robotic Fun"
    "not what i expected"
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    What would have made The Cyberiad better?

    a completely different story


    What was most disappointing about Stanislaw Lem’s story?

    hmm. why does this suck? too many reasons


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Aiello?

    He was ok.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Cyberiad?

    everything except "the" and "."


    Any additional comments?

    I did not finish it.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3298)
    Performance
    (1513)
    Story
    (1522)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "Really good action sequences"
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    What made the experience of listening to Altered Carbon the most enjoyable?

    Action from start to finish. Mind blowing sci-fi concept in a world of ultra violence.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Takeshi Kovacs (of course)


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

    This guy is my favorite performer on audible so far. He enhances the story does not get in the way of the story. He becomes the story. Very talented guy.


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

    the sex scenes were fun :)


    Any additional comments?

    You won't be bored.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10435)
    Performance
    (9720)
    Story
    (9720)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "80s Classic"
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    If you could sum up Ready Player One in three words, what would they be?

    like totally RADICAL!!


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

    You can tell Mr. Wheaton is a connoisseur of fine 80's media.


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

    yes.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are an 80s geek this is a must listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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