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Thomas

Greenville, SC, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Robert D. Hare
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (446)
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    (389)
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    (392)

    Most people are both repelled and intrigued by the images of cold-blooded, conscienceless murderers that increasingly populate our movies, television programs, and newspaper headlines. With their flagrant criminal violation of society's rules, serial killers like Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy are among the most dramatic examples of the psychopath. Individuals with this personality disorder are fully aware of the consequences of their actions and know the difference between right and wrong....

    Douglas says: "When I gave up on books that supposedly would..."
    "Father of a certain school of thought"
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    This book was written twenty years ago but the concepts are not dated. Hare developed the Hare Checklist for Psychopathy that has gained wider and wider acceptance as time has gone on. Your life has been touched by a psychopath/sociopath. The significance of that influence likely determines how interested you are in the subject. If your interest is high you must read this book as a seminal work on the subject. If your interest is somewhat lower, I would recommend the more recently written The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom (TM)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4905)
    Performance
    (2885)
    Story
    (2900)

    In a world of conflicted loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power, and the possibility that anyone can be a spy, what's at stake is nothing less than human freedom's last hope to survive the technology revolution.

    James says: "wow - a must read"
    "Daemon and Freedom - frighteningly plausible"
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    Daemon and Freedom together are the best speculative fiction story I have heard or read in years.

    Spend enough time playing video games to become emotionally invested in the world of the game and you get a sense that there is an intelligence controlling it. Not something truly intelligent, just capable of determining the events in that world based on established rules.

    If you played by the rules of the real world and extended technology into the real world, who is to say you couldn't turn reality into a game?

    So many neat concepts in these books. The two primary antagonists are unequivocally beyond reason and beyond retribution. If you like concepts in your fiction that will have you pondering long after you've finished the book, this is a good one.

    My favorite part of these two books was the ending. It was perfectly logical, but I really did not quite see it coming. Plus, it was very satisfying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34162)
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    (25319)
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    (25662)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Pretty brutal for a YA novel"
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    If you liked this book as a teenager then try some Richard K Morgan when you get a little older.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3901)
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    (2877)
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    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Evelyn says: "Excellent listen"
    "Dated, which makes it more interesting"
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    Written in the 1950s this book does not touch on the idea of Nuclear Winter which was hypothesized years later by Carl Sagan.

    Look past that and you will see a story about how an apocalypse would effect a technological civilization. And that's a level of technology that is laughable by today's standards. It gives you a really visceral feeling of how much more vulnerable we are now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3283)
    Performance
    (2317)
    Story
    (2318)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "Not my type of book"
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    I am a science fiction fan so the only reason I got this audiobook was that it is a 23 hour book that was on sale for $4.95. I do some work that occupies my hands and eyes but not my ears or mind so I snatched up a value like that.

    Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to! I have been listening to audiobooks for over 20 years, so that is a significant statement.

    The story itself is very engaging but Humphrey Bower's narration turns a good book into a great audiobook.

    It is worth the full or member price or a credit, but for heaven's sake if you ever see it on sale for $4.95 again, GRAB IT!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3202)
    Performance
    (2752)
    Story
    (2754)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Clever premise and pretty funny"
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    This is the second book I have listened to narrated by Wil Wheaton (Ready Player One being the other) and I must say I am very impressed. The story here is quite good but in my opinion it was wrapped up a little too neatly in the end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Sociopath Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Stout
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (2633)
    Performance
    (1629)
    Story
    (1629)

    We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

    Taryn says: "Reinforces what you have already known"
    "Us and Them"
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    Truly eye-opening. You will realize that the a-holes that have been in your life are something fundamentally different than you thought they were. When you ask yourself "How could somebody do that?" you will now have an answer. Sociopathy seems to be the absence of three emotions - empathy, embarrassment and remorse. And this prevents any type of emotional attachment.

    Society at large is blind to the sociopaths. After listening to this book I was watching the CBS show "Person of Interest". The protagonists of the show are trying to track down the former member of an East German death squad that used to travel the world murdering defectors. Based on the premise of this book you will see that these people could not simply be soldiers. To do something like that you would have to be a sociopath.

    The plot thickened in that this guy was hunting down people for the murder of his wife, whom he had loved. It turns out she had betrayed him and was still alive. He hunted her down, but spared her life because he loved her.

    None of that could happen. To be a death squad member you would have to be a sociopath. As a sociopath, you would be completely incapable of that type of emotional attachment.

    The writers of the show made this guy fundamentally like the rest of us (except a "good soldier") either because they don't comprehend the difference between us and them or because they don't believe their audience would comprehend it or accept it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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