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Santhosh

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  • The Leviathan Effect: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By James Lilliefors
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (36)

    Homeland Security Secretary Catherine Blaine receives a frightening communication from a hacker identified only by the pseudonym Janus. The message is the latest in a series correctly predicting natural disasters around the world - disasters that, Janus claims, were manufactured, not natural at all. And, according to the email, unless the United States does as Janus instructs, another disaster is coming - a Category 5 hurricane that will hit the Eastern Seaboard and destroy the lives of tens of millions of people.

    Matthew says: "Stormy TImes ahead!"
    "Great start, then fumbles, then looses track"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story. It had great promise. However, I believe it looses steam after the first quarter.


    What was most disappointing about James Lilliefors’s story?

    I feel as though there isnt much for the reader/listener to take back. I lost interest about 40% in to the book and it didnt improve


    What three words best describe Rebecca Gibel’s performance?

    Good voice modulation


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
    Overall
    (492)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (375)

    In August 2006, the International Astronomical Union voted Pluto out of planethood. Far from the sun, tiny, and eccentric in orbit, it's a wonder Pluto has any fans. Yet during the mounting debate over Pluto's status, Americans rallied behind the extraterrestrial underdog.

    John says: "A Great Value"
    "If Ifs and Buts were candy and nuts.."
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    Any additional comments?

    If you watch Big Bang Theory, you would know what the title means (well, if you dont, watch S04E07 - 'The Apology Insufficiency'). Sheldon Cooper accuses Dr Tyson of demoting Pluto from planetary status, and Dr Tyson explains that it was not his decision, but in fact was of the International Astronomical Union. Well, that sums up the book pretty much.

    This is a more detailed account of how Pluto's demise came along. This is an informative and at times funny book, however, i found that it was written by Dr Tyson just to explain to the world that 'Pluto' was not his decision - just so people will stop sending him hate letters :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10687)
    Performance
    (10171)
    Story
    (10187)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Alright Hollywood, now make a movie of this!"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Martian in three words, what would they be?

    Funny Mars-Alien Man


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mark Watney of course. We get to know that he is chosen for the Mars mission in part due to his sense of humor. When the pressure increases, he makes more jokes. Yay for us since there is a lot of pressure on him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ingenious potato farming idea. This is just a precursor for all the out of the box thinking that follows. Mark basically sees his problems as puzzles and comes up with ingenious ideas to overcome them. I am not an engineer and i was able to follow every piece of the science.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was listening to this book on a road trip with my headphones. My wife was very concerned because i laughed out loud lots of times and was smiling like an idiot the rest of the time


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Backfire: FBI Thriller #16

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen, Deanna Hurst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (668)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
    (573)

    San Francisco judge Ramsey Hunt, longtime friend to FBI agents Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich, begins the murder trial of Clive and Cindy Cahill only to have federal prosecutor Mickey O’Rourke, known for his relentless, aggressive style, suddenly turn tentative and distracted. Hunt suspects that something is very wrong — and then O’Rourke goes missing, and Judge Hunt gets shot in the back.

    Amazon Customer says: "Still great at 16."
    "Narrator: chalk on board"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Have someone else read the book.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I really couldnt listen past 3 hours.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jim Meskimen and Deanna Hurst ’s performances?

    Jim Meskimen - yes. Deanna Hurst - never again, unless she promises to never do a child voice again in her life


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jonas Jonasson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1945)
    Performance
    (1735)
    Story
    (1755)

    After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

    Sylvia says: "Full of Surprises and Unexpected Events"
    "A more cheerful version of Forrest Gump!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared to be better than the print version?

    Definitely. The Narrator has done an excellent job of bringing the quirkiness to life


    What other book might you compare The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared to and why?

    No other book that i have read. But, like my title says, it is very much like Forrest Gump. If you like the movie, you will like this book - although the charecters are different


    Which character – as performed by Steven Crossley – was your favorite?

    Allan. I like the "..wouldnt you agree"'s :)


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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