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  • After On

  • A Novel of Silicon Valley
  • By: Rob Reid
  • Narrated by: Sean Kenin, January LaVoy, Felicia Day, and others
  • Length: 22 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,405

Meet Phluttr - a diabolically addictive new social network and a villainess, heroine, enemy, and/or bestie to millions. Phluttr has ingested every fact and message ever sent to, from, and about her innumerable users. Her capabilities astound her makers - and they don't even know the tenth of it. But what's the purpose of this stunning creation? Is it a front for something even darker and more powerful than the NSA?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All-too-real commentary on web culture

  • By Richard W Fronapfel Jr on 08-01-17

Great concept, but story was just annoying.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-26-17

What was most disappointing about Rob Reid’s story?

The premise of the story starts out interested, and takes some exciting turns towards high tech threats on human survival - driven through "Super AI". But when the Super AI materializes as a whining angst ridden millennial, that's where the story just becomes painful. This was a difficult audiobook to finish.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

There were many performers, which was pretty neat. Some of them did a great job, and one "whiny millennials" did a good job with their performance too, though I wanted to rip my ears out after a while...

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  • Crisis of Character

  • A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate
  • By: Gary J. Byrne
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,351
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,341

Posted directly outside President Clinton's Oval Office, former Secret Service uniformed officer Gary Byrne reveals what he observed of Hillary Clinton's character and the culture inside the White House while protecting the first family in Crisis of Character, the most anticipated book of the 2016 election.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Crisis of Character

  • By Happy on 11-03-16

Rehash of old news.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-16

Since we are in an election, wanted to read this to get all of the latest dirt on Hillary before we vote. Spoiler alert - this book contains nothing new. I can summarize it entirely as follows: Bill was a horn dog, and was having affairs. Lied about them. Recall Ken Start report for details - nothing new in this book. Hillary was bitchy to the WH staff - fought with Bill some. I already assumed that, but author confirms it.

That's it. In an afterword, author rehashes Email Scandal, and Benghazi. He had no first hand knowledge of either, but had apparently watched Hannity, and had an axe to grind.

I have sympathy for the author because his job was put in jeopardy during the Starr hearing backlash - and that sucks. But, though he acknowledged in the book that he didn't want to go public with the story, he was forced to do so only during the investigation - but is clearly happy to profit from it now, now that he can release this rehash right before the election.

I spent my $30 on the book - and there, saved you from having to do the same.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution

  • 25th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Steven Levy
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 20 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,099

Steven Levy's classic book traces the exploits of the computer revolution's original hackers - those brilliant and eccentric nerds from the late 1950s through the early '80s who took risks, bent the rules, and pushed the world in a radical new direction. With updated material from noteworthy hackers such as Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Stallman, and Steve Wozniak, Hackers is a fascinating story that begins in early computer research labs and leads to the first home computers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant work reflecting on a great passion!

  • By tony9277 on 12-18-15

Great start, last 25th year is just an afterword

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-29-16

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

Hearing all of the stories of the 80's hackers -- I actually had met several of the guys, and had friends in the industry, and it was a crazy time. I was disappointed that the "25th anniversary update" didn't do more to cover in the more recent history, other than brief afterwords that elude to the more recent use of the hacker ethic.

  • The Crossing

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,110

Detective Harry Bosch has retired from the LAPD, but his half brother, defense attorney Mickey Haller, needs his help. The murder rap against his client seems ironclad, but Mickey is sure it's a setup. Though it goes against all his instincts, Bosch takes the case. With the secret help of his former LAPD partner, Lucia Soto, he turns the investigation inside the police department. But as Bosch gets closer to discovering the truth, he makes himself a target.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I just loved this book; every last bit of it

  • By Michele B on 11-10-15

Bosch is back, this time with Haller!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-19-15

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

I love Bosch books, and when he gets his hooks into a case, he gets his hooks into me -- can't put it down! This one definitely is different than the others, but it's still all Bosch!

  • The Stranger

  • Fjällbacka Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: Camilla Läckberg
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325

A local woman is killed in a tragic car crash, but while the victim’s blood contains high alcohol levels, she rarely drank a drop. Meanwhile, a reality TV show begins shooting in Fjällbacka, and as cameras shadow the stars’ every move, tempers flare. When a drunken party ends with an unpopular contestant’s murder, all eyes turn to the cast and crew. Could there be a murderer among them? The ratings spike as the country tunes in to a real life murder mystery.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Stranger

  • By Pamela on 07-08-13

Story is pretty good, but Simon Vance is reading

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-28-15

What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

Great -- I've loved his readings of the "Girl / Tattoo" series, and he does an amazing job here as well. Most notably, several of the characters "change their names" in this reading from the earlier books, as he pronounces the English names differently than his predecessor.

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  • The Ice Princess

  • By: Camilla Läckberg, Steven T. Murray (translator)
  • Narrated by: David Thorn
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,043
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 887
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 883

Returning to her hometown after the funeral of her parents, writer Erica Falck finds a community on the brink of tragedy. The death of her childhood friend, Alex, is just the beginning. Her wrists slashed, her body frozen in an ice cold bath, it seems that she has taken her own life. Erica conceives a memoir about the beautiful but remote Alex, one that will answer questions about their lost friendship. While her interest grows to an obsession, local detective Patrik Hedstrom is following his own suspicions about the case.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Difficult to get through.

  • By Leigh on 09-12-15

Not sure exactly who I'm supposed to like...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-15

What did you like best about The Ice Princess? What did you like least?

It takes a while to get rolling, and in the first half, there is so much development set up on establishing the flaws of the characters that it's not quite clear who I'm supposed to care about. However, the insightful duo does eventually emerge - and the story starts to fall again.

  • Dead I Well May Be

  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,378
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,371

Young Michael, an illegal immigrant escaping the troubles in Northern Ireland is strong and fearless and clever, just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a crime boss, to join a gang of Irish thugs struggling against the rising Dominican powers in Harlem and the Bronx. The time is pre-Giuliani New York, when crack rules the city, squatters live furtively in ruined buildings, and hundreds are murdered each month.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What an amazing book

  • By Starbuck on 03-11-06

Amazing book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-15

After finishing the Sean Duffy series, I had no idea how they would take this one different direction. Similar in many ways, especially with the North Ireland influence, this is a better book than any of the predecessors. More disturbing, more gritty, and more captivating.

Amazing.

  • In the Morning I'll Be Gone

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 3
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,970
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,803
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,797

It's the early 1980s in Belfast. Sean Duffy, a conflicted Catholic cop in the Protestant RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary), is recruited by MI5 to hunt down Dermot McCann, an IRA master bomber who has made a daring escape from the notorious Maze prison. In the course of his investigations Sean discovers a woman who may hold the key to Dermot's whereabouts; she herself wants justice for her daughter who died in mysterious circumstances in a pub locked from the inside.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Dangerous Gamble

  • By John on 03-21-14

Amazing book - difficult to "put down"

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-15

What did you love best about In the Morning I'll Be Gone?

The characters are amazing -- the hero is humble, and under assuming, the jerks are nasty, the politics is thick, and the setting -- Northern Ireland in the 1984 -- is hugely compelling.

What did you like best about this story?

Love how you get the feel of real Irish life from the fictional Catholic Peeler working on the fringes of Northern Ireland. But mixed in with real-life events that make it seem like this all really happened.

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

As good as book 1 -- great read. Never wanted to put it down.

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  • I Hear the Sirens in the Street

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 2
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,093

A torso in a suitcase looks like an impossible case, but Sean Duffy isn’t easily deterred, especially when his floundering love life leaves him in need of a distraction. So with detective constables McCrabban and McBride, he goes to work identifying the victim. The torso turns out to be all that’s left of an American tourist who once served in the U.S. military. What was he doing in Northern Ireland in the midst of the 1982 Troubles?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hear "Cold Ground" First, Then Audlble This!

  • By Ted on 08-31-13

Amazing series, good book, but least of the 4

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-15

If you could sum up I Hear the Sirens in the Street in three words, what would they be?

Amazing perspective looking into Northern Ireland in the 80's. Get the grunge feel of a young inspector in a small town, as he does his murder investigation -- which, as always, is more than in seems. Complex stories, lots of layers, interesting characters.

What did you like best about this story?

I love how they drop little pop culture references into the story continually, usually things like the tape he happens to put into his car player, or the real life political events that were going on at the time.

Which character – as performed by Gerard Doyle – was your favorite?

Sean Duffy rocks.

Any additional comments?

Sadly, while the story was very interesting, there were specific sub-plots that just were cleaned up too neatly, and felt contrived. Didn't feel that way in the other books.

  • The Cold, Cold Ground

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 1
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,103
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,083

Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a stunning book

  • By Alan on 01-17-12

Great book - engaging historical rollercoaster

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-23-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I knew little about the IRA conflict, struggles when I acquired this audiobook, but the characters of this little town, drag us through the conflict from their own murder investigation -- and you realize that not only is the book an amazing investigative story, but it's also a history lesson.... bravo.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"And I fixed myself a vodka gimlet".