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Robert

San Marino, CA, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • World Wide Rave: Creating Triggers that Get Millions of People to Spread Your Ideas and Share Your Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By David Meerman Scott
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    What do Blendtec, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Barack Obama have in common? They all created huge amounts of buzz and generated millions of dollars in sales and campaign contributions by using the principles found in this enlightening audio book. A World Wide Rave is when people around the world are talking about you, your company, and your products Whether you're located in San Francisco, Dubai, or Reykjavik, it's when global communities eagerly link to your stuff on the Web.

    Andras says: "Excellent insights"
    "Don't waste your time"
    Overall

    Here's the market at work...DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY ON THIS BOOK. Nothing new here, a 10 year old has more insight.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Flashback

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Richard Davidson, Bryan Kennedy, Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (110)

    The United States is near total collapse. But 87% of the population doesn't care: they're addicted to flashback, a drug that allows its users to re-experience the best moments of their lives. After ex-detective Nick Bottom's wife died in a car accident, he went under the flash to be with her; he's lost his job, his teenage son, and his livelihood as a result. Nick may be a lost soul, but he's still a good cop, so he is hired to investigate the murder of a top governmental advisor's son.

    Jeffrey says: "Outstanding, haunting work from a master of sci fi"
    "Discouraged"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have read about 13 novels by Mr. Simmons, starting with Hyperion and the crass neo-con rightwing think tank premises left me discouraged. I am not sure, after which Michael Crichton novel I read when I realize that his engrossing stories pushed radical right wing think tank agendas but it made me feel the same way after reading Flashback. The story is fun but the right wing talking points: ‘Sharia Law in the US,’ Texas is it’s own country (and the last stand against Sharia Law and a Muslim Caliphate),’ ‘the social contract and PAID FOR INSURANCE programs of Social Security and Medicare as the destroyer of America’ and of course ‘Obama is an appeaser’. Clearly current events are not a foundation for Mr. Simmons politics and it may be a sad commentary on President Obama’s legacy that he will be known for having killed more Muslims than the half-wit George W. Bush and his neo-con scumbag advisors. And as far as Texas is concerned; the republicanism of that state has created a cesspool of pollution, illiterates, global warming wasteland and the unemployed. You truly need to suspend belief to believe that Texans can save themselves much less stop a never to exist threat from Muslims, oh and Israel is finally destroyed by Arabs, (no there is no rapture), and for no good reason they don’t destroy their attackers with this nuclear weapons. The saddest part is that Flashback is that it could be a prelude to earth pre-Hyperion. For all the morality, love and empathy against institutionalized corruption of the Catholic church (far worse than Islam) that is the foundation of the Hyperion books there seems to be none left in the world that Flashback exists in, discouraged.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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