Carthage, NY, United States | Member Since 2012
An exciting prequel to the Bioshock games, really filled in some of back stories I never knew I needed, but am super excited to now retain.
The voice work doesn't feel phony or forced, cleanly providing emotion and separate characters and accents in a way that makes you feel like there were multiple talents working on it.
Yes. I drove around, and around, and sat in my driveway, and extended my listens out as much as possible.
I really didn't know what I was getting into with 14. I read the plot summary, sort of assumed it was a mystery/crime novel, and didn't think twice about or notice that it was listed under sci-fi, and recommended based on my other reads.
I would very much like to leave the surprise in place, so I won't really get into the story or plot or characters, which leaves me wondering how to properly review this. I have decided merely to say that it is probably the most engaging audible title I've listened to thus far, and beyond that I can't imagine anyone not liking this book. Well, anyone with interests in mystery, science fiction, tongue-in-cheek word play, media referencing, brass and gauges, and human connections anyway.
My only regret now is that I waded through other books that I would rather have just stopped listening to before getting to this on my queue. I'd recommend this book to everyone.
I think the print version may be better, with technical charts, and logs and numbers, being able to see the information may be better.
Its similar to the other books Mitnick wrote, with perhaps more tech detail.
Kevin was the only character, its told in the first person. However, the exclamations became repetitive and slightly annoying. Any time the feds or police got close I knew exactly the next sound I would hear.
Great that I finally got through the story, but wish I'd had time to read it.
The themes of diesel punk alt history.
Written for young adults, but still enjoyable for adults.
I have not
Had to immediately pick up the rest of the series, and picked up the hard covers for my niece.
Having read all three books of world knowledge, I wasn't certain if I would be immune to a rereading, but the presentation was more than I could have dreamed for. Full of celebrity cameos and random happenstance, even the tables in the book (something I couldn't imagine being read aloud to me in an interesting manner) were hilarious and captivating. More than a reading, its an interpretation, and a well performed piece of art.
My favorite moment came during the second part (of three) while speaking with Jonathon Coulton. Following the discussion of geists that are not "polter", and preceding the decoding of Coulton's dreams, John tells us about EVP (electronic voice phenomenon) and we get to listen to an EVP of Marlon Brando discussing muffins. I started laughing hysterically in the middle of office. Outstanding.
Well, he plays the deranged millionaire throughout, but I'd have to say his one upping with John Rodderick about Americana culture and tourist traps was the height of the elitist character.
All of it.
Even if you've read the book, or all the books, this is many many hours of enjoyable listening, and not just a straight reading of the insanity of John's mind.
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