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John Davidson

Hobart, Tasmania Australia
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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 1,448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,356

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

Squandered potential

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

Reviewed: 08-16-17

I was really looking forward to this book, and I was really disappointed. Full of characters that could have been interesting, but turned out to be boring at best, and genuinely unlikeable at worst. And when the very rare interesting character did appear, they were promptly delegated to the background.
The writing is less than engaging, and at times I wondered if the story will ever move forward. The author needs to understand that everything must serve the tale.
While the performances are OK, at times the voice acting detracted from what little story there was. Reverberation is used in some places to such an extent that it sounds as though the reader has their head stuck in a bucket. The first time I heard it I thought there was a problem with my copy or my player. I soon discovered that this is not case.
I can't really recommend it to anyone.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sleeping Giants

  • By: Sylvain Neuvel
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,113
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,107

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BLUES BROTHERS

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 05-04-16

Interesting concept, but falls at the first hurdle

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

Reviewed: 05-26-16

The concept is certainly interesting, but the story fails to engage.
The most interesting character is the nameless man controlling things, but this doesn't quite work as he is too "nameless", and his position within the overall story is not well defined. Given that, I do like the way his dialogue is written; eschewing language contractions gave his speech a strange, formal air that appeals to me.
The other characters tend to be sketched too lightly to really engage with, with the result that they sometimes come off as whiney more that anything else.
I guess they may develop in subsequent books (the cliffhanger is a bit heavy-handed for my liking), and, if so, then the author needs to work on this.
Finally, an important plot point about two thirds of the way through the book was so ridiculous as to annoy me for the remainder.
As others have said, this both feels too long for the story presented, and not long enough as the characters need more development.

17 of 24 people found this review helpful