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sean

Steampunk/sci-fi/IT nerd with a penchant for humor and atheism. History texts get equal time with webcomics.

Carthage, NY, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Bioshock: Rapture: Bioshock, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Shirley
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (290)

    It was the end of World War II. FDR's New Deal had redefined American politics. Taxes were at an all-time high. The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki had created a fear of total annihilation. The rise of secret government agencies and sanctions on business had many watching their backs. America's sense of freedom was diminishing... and many were desperate to take that freedom back.

    Jason says: "YAAY! Finally . . . Wait, What!?"
    "A fine and exciting return to Rapture."
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    What did you love best about Bioshock: Rapture?

    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.


    What does Jeffrey Kafer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I drove around, and around, and sat in my driveway, and extended my listens out as much as possible.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12084)
    Performance
    (10975)
    Story
    (11002)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Very Surprised by this. Pleasantly even."
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3674)
    Performance
    (3275)
    Story
    (3286)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "Filling in the details of a great story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ghost in the Wires to be better than the print version?

    I think the print version may be better, with technical charts, and logs and numbers, being able to see the information may be better.


    What other book might you compare Ghost in the Wires to and why?

    Its similar to the other books Mitnick wrote, with perhaps more tech detail.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Great that I finally got through the story, but wish I'd had time to read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1255)
    Performance
    (983)
    Story
    (988)

    It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. The Leviathan is a living airship, the most formidable airbeast in the skies of Europe.

    Ryan says: "entertaining"
    "ready to buy the whole trilogy?"
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    What did you love best about Leviathan?

    The themes of diesel punk alt history.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Written for young adults, but still enjoyable for adults.


    Have you listened to any of Alan Cumming’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not


    Any additional comments?

    Had to immediately pick up the rest of the series, and picked up the hard covers for my niece.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • That Is All

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Hodgman
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (269)

    John Hodgman completes his vision with That Is All, the last book in a trilogy of Complete World Knowledge. Like its predecessors, That Is All compiles incredibly handy made-up facts into brief articles, overlong lists, and beguiling narratives on new and familiar themes. It picks up exactly where More Information left off - specifically, at page 596 - and finally completes Complete World Knowledge, just in time for the return of Quetzalcoatl and the end of human history in 2012.

    Mathew says: "Great Highs, Weird Lows"
    "Worth every minute"
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    What did you love best about That Is All?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of That Is All?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by John Hodgman – was your favorite?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All of it.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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