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flaos

Ma, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 50 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • Cryptonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (2156)
    Performance
    (1496)
    Story
    (1516)

    Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    flaos says: "Finally Audible"
    "Finally Audible"
    Overall

    I loved this book when I first read it, but I love to listen to books Even if I've already read them. I have been searching for this book for so long. I couldn't even find it stolen online. Finally Audible has the full version, and I couldn't be happier that it's available in a form which provides income to the author and the voice artist.

    This really is a classic, if you're gawking at the price or the 2 credits instead of one, go ahead, splurge. It's worth it. This is one of the most engaging books I've ever read, it keeps you interested and wanting to learn more with every word. You'll actually learn a lot of maths if you've never done number theory or theory of computation. The story is set in World War II following two characters and also in the 1990s following another, a descendant of one of the two former. I would say this is Stephenson's first venture into what becomes "steam-punk" i.e. looking at past technology with the same eye we bring to future technology. He looks at an organ and sees a computer.

    besides that, the story is riveting, if i didn't already mention this...

    enjoy

    68 of 70 people found this review helpful
  • Resurrection Men (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 51 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By Full Cast
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    A few days into a murder inquiry following the brutal death of an Edinburgh art dealer, Rebus blows up at his superior, DCS Gill Templer, and is ordered to attend the Scottish Police College for "retraining". In other words, it's his Last Chance Saloon.

    flaos says: "Very well done by the beeb"
    "Very well done by the beeb"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What does Full Cast bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    We get to hear Siobhan Clark as a woman for the first time! so nice


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Knots and Crosses: Inspector Rebus, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (117)

    Detective John Rebus' city is being terrorized by a baffling series of murders…and he's tied to a maniac by an invisible knot of blood. As the ghoulish killings mount and the tabloid headlines scream, Rebus cannot stop the feverish shrieks from within his own mind. Because he isn't just one cop trying to catch a killer - he's the man who's got all the pieces to the puzzle…

    flaos says: "Classic Rebus, Terrible Narrator"
    "Classic Rebus, Terrible Narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Knots and Crosses the most enjoyable?

    This is the first Rebus novel, his orgin story, telling about his time in the SAS and it sets him up for all the other novels and pre Siobhan Clark


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Page?

    Peter Forbes


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is English, which should have disqualified him. it is painful to listen to his attempts at a Scottish accent and his female voices are particularly unsettling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zodiac

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Ax Norman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (158)

    Sangamon Taylor's a New Age Sam Spade who sports a wet suit instead of a trench coat and prefers Jolt to Scotch. He knows about chemical sludge the way he knows about evil -- all too intimately. And the toxic trail he follows leads to some high and foul places.

    Edie Snow says: "Love that dirty water!"
    "Amazing book, but get your pronunciation right!"
    Overall

    I grew up in Massachusetts, and the guy who read this book needs a quick lesson. Route 128 is pronounced like "root" not like "rowte", and the "a" Natick is pronounced like in "ate" not like "at".

    It is a wonderfully fun book and a great reading in general, but when you get to these words and mess them up so thoroughly, especially in a book which centres on the city, it ruins the experience for me.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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