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  • God of War

  • By: Robert E. Vardeman, Matthew Stover
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146

A brutal warrior, Kratos is a slave to the gods of Olympus. Plagued by the nightmares of his past and yearning for freedom, the Ghost of Sparta would do anything to be free of his debt to the gods. He is on the verge of losing all hope when the gods give him one last task to end his servitude. He must destroy Ares, the god of war. But what chance does a mere mortal have against a god?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic story and amazing narration

  • By Mark on 03-07-11

Can't believe they totally nailed it!!

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

Reviewed: 06-27-15

I was very dubious about this book because the game shines in how awesome it made you feel playing it, it was never about story, it was about action and senseless graphic violence that can only be delivered through a video game, had I been in charge I would have never funded this book.

Kratos in the game has no character, he is just a raging ball of violence tearing through Greece killing everything in its way like a dozen chainsaw's stuck together in a form of a man, my biggest fear was that this book would try to paint an emotional side to Kratos and make him into some kind of a drama character.

But somehow, AMAZINGLY, Vardeman and Stover succeed in delivering the exact same awesome experience from the game series, reading the book I thought I was playing the entire game all over again, they manage to describe exactly how it feels watching Kratos battle through Aries's minions and Minotaurs, at one point in the book I found myself tapping an invisible playstation controller in my pocket playing along a fight scene.

Yes this book is a retelling of the exact story from the first God of War game, it adds only a little bit of extra information but that in my opinion is the exact amount it should, the story of the first game is so awesome that it is definitely worth experiencing all over again.

  • Into the Void

  • Star Wars Legends (Dawn of the Jedi)
  • By: Tim Lebbon
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,196
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,191

On the planet Tython, the ancient Je’daii order was founded. And at the feet of its wise Masters, Lanoree Brock learned the mysteries and methods of the Force - and found her calling as one of its most powerful disciples. But as strongly as the Force flowed within Lanoree and her parents, it remained absent in her brother, who grew to despise and shun the Je’daii, and whose training in its ancient ways ended in tragedy. Now, from her solitary life as a Ranger keeping order across the galaxy, Lanoree has been summoned by the Je’daii Council on a matter of utmost urgency.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasant surprise, best SW novels of late

  • By AnthroGal on 05-30-13

Katniss Everdeen was a Jedi?

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

Reviewed: 06-27-15

If you're interested in learning about the history and origins of the Jedi, this book does deliver a bit of that, but there could've been a lot more room for that if it wasn't for all the teen drama.

This book is different from the usual Star Wars literature in that it doesn't tell stories of galactic scale but instead focuses on a small individual, I wouldn't have minded that if it weren't for all the annoying plots found so often in teen post apocalyptic novels, how the bad guys needlessly do horrendous acts of terrorism for no logical reason other than to look evil, how characters sacrifice themselves so that Katiness-I mean Lanoree could live up to her "great destiny", how everyone keeps telling her that she is special and going to be a big hero.

I really couldn't find a single interesting or likable character in this book, the main character isn't just dull but infuriatingly stupid at times, most of the bad things that happen in the book are actually her fault, and yet she sees herself as a saint and martyr who always did the right thing.

If you're a big Star Wars fan I'd still recommend you read this, the stuff about the Je’daii Order and their origin is worth it at least, but don't expect much from the rest.

  • JPod

  • By: Douglas Coupland
  • Narrated by: Marc Cashman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

Ethan Jarlewski and five co-workers whose names start with J are bureaucratically marooned in jPod. jPod is a no-escape architectural limbo on the fringes of a massive Vancouver game design company. The six workers daily confront the forces that define our era: global piracy, boneheaded marketing staff, people smuggling, the rise of China, marijuana grow-ops, Jeff Probst, and the ashes of the 1990s financial tech dream. jPod's universe is amoral and shameless.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very Annoying Production

  • By Greg on 05-28-06

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Software Industry

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

Reviewed: 06-27-15

Feels like this was inspired greatly by Douglas Adams's book, but i wouldn't call it a rip-off, it had lots of originality of its own.

You don't have to be a computer programmer to enjoy this but if you are that'll be more reason for you to buy it.

Very fun listen.

  • Love and Math

  • The Heart of Hidden Reality
  • By: Edward Frenkel
  • Narrated by: Tony Craine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191

In Love and Math, renowned mathematician Edward Frenkel reveals a side of math we've never seen, suffused with all the beauty and elegance of a work of art. In this heartfelt and passionate audiobook, Frenkel shows that mathematics, far from occupying a specialist niche, goes to the heart of all matter, uniting us across cultures, time, and space. Love and Math tells two intertwined stories: of the wonders of mathematics and of one young man's journey learning and living it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A book that probably loses from being read aloud

  • By Michael on 05-11-14

It's an autobiography, has nothing to do with math

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

Reviewed: 04-20-15

This is an auto-biography with just a little bit of math sprinkled in, this is not for people who like mathematics and want interesting topics to think about during their day.

This book does not show you the beauty of math, it's entirety is dedicated to showing you how much Edward loves math, how much Edward thinks math is beautiful, and all the amazing things about math that we will not be exposed to because we're not Edward.

The small bits that are about math are explained in analogies so dumbed down that neither casual people nor experienced mathematicians could gain anything from them..

I just feel a bit cheated, I learned nothing new from this book and it did nothing to change my view of mathematics, the Langlands Program sounds like an awesome topic that I would absolutely love to see put in an audiobook, alas this book does nothing except mention that such a thing exists and you can go and read more about it yourself.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Children of Fire

  • The Chaos Born, Book 1
  • By: Drew Karpyshyn
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 136

Long ago the gods chose a great hero to act as their agent in the mortal world and to stand against the demonic spawn of Chaos. The gods gifted their champion, Daemron, with three magical Talismans: a sword, a ring, and a crown. But the awesome power at his command corrupted Daemron, turning him from savior to destroyer. Filled with pride, he dared to challenge the gods themselves. Siding with the Chaos spawn, Daemron waged a titanic battle against the Immortals. In the end, Daemron was defeated, the Talismans were lost, and Chaos was sealed off behind the Legacy - a magical barrier the gods sacrificed themselves to create.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Awesome Book

  • By Wesley Jordan on 12-20-14

Be patient, it starts off very slow...

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

Reviewed: 07-20-14

Please bare with it, this book starts off veeeeery slow and takes a while to pick up the pace, but just give it a chance, it'll be worth it.

I understand why people who quit in the middle of this book find it so disappointing, the entire first half of it is back-stories and details about characters that have not yet been properly introduced, I didn't pay much attention in the first part and so missed out on a lot of that information.

The one thing that kept me going was "this is what Karpyshyn left Star Wars and Mass Effect for, it has to be worth it" I was almost 75% into the book and still forcing myself to bare with it just a bit more.

But then at the end it finally started picking up the pace and I finally started to enjoy it and follow along with all the details, I wouldn't say it's better than Karpyshyn's other sci-fi books but it is still quite enjoyable.

And despite Karpyshyn's attempt to move far away from his other works to create a brand new saga, this book has the Star Wars feel all over it, it even has friggen' Jedi's in it, well they're not called Jedi's but they still are Jedi's and since Jedi's are awesome, this book is awesome.

I don't usually read book a second time but I think I will make an exception for this one, not because I liked it so much but because you'll miss out on more than half of it if you only read it once.

And I am definitely reading the second book as soon as it comes out, I think it will have no problems with pace as all the ground work has been set up in this one and so the second should have no problem being just nonstop action...

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Metro 2033

  • By: Dmitry Glukhovsky
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231

The year is 2033. The world has been reduced to rubble. Humanity is nearly extinct and the half-destroyed cities have become uninhabitable through radiation. Beyond their boundaries, they say, lie endless burned-out deserts and the remains of splintered forests. Survivors still remember the past greatness of humankind, but the last remains of civilisation have already become a distant memory. Man has handed over stewardship of the earth to new life-forms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read it while playing the game!

  • By Morad on 07-20-14

Read it while playing the game!

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

Reviewed: 07-20-14

I started playing the game before reading this book, and finished them both together, there are almost no spoilers shared between the video game and the book, on the contrary, they compliment each other better than any other book+movie or book+video-game I have seen so far.

I recommend you do them both together, don't start one after you finish the other, trust me it will make the experiences on both mediums much more amazing than any one would have been on its own..

I myself play a lot of games but if you don't, I think you might even enjoy it more, you can find the game cheap on online digital stores.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Found

  • The Missing, Book 1
  • By: Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Narrated by: Chris Sorensen
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 218

An unscheduled aeroplane lands at a Midwestern airport. All attempts to reach those onboard fail. When an official boards the reason for this becomes clear - it is full of babies. This mystery remains for a decade until Jonah, Katherine and Chip start to question their roots. Then the letters begin: "You are one of the missing"; "Beware! They are coming back to get you."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh Yeah this was Good!

  • By Kindle Customer on 01-03-13

Had potential but failed to deliver...

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

Reviewed: 07-20-14

(Without giving away any serious spoilers)

The book started off really great, the mystery of the opening hooks you in and makes you want to delve deeper to find out what the hell it's all about, but when you do, it turns out to be nothing but a boring cliche that you've already seen a dozen times in other books/movies & video games.

The book ends on a cliffhanger, but the plot is so boring I don't care enough to read the second book.

  • Software Superslug Stories

  • By: Joyce Dunbar
  • Narrated by: Sandi Toksvig
  • Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

In Software Superslug, Software is no ordinary slug. He may be small and slimy but he's got the brain of a genius! He lives under the Potters' house, and is determined to tell them something important - and he finds a brilliant way of doing it! In Software Superslug and the Great Computer Stupor, when Software watches Betsy playing computer games, something peculiar happens: he makes snails move in straight lines! Has his brain been disastrously reprogrammed?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing to do with actual software

  • By Morad on 07-20-14

Nothing to do with actual software

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

Reviewed: 07-20-14

I should have looked at the category this book was in before getting it.

In any case though, I thought it would be a bit fun because it would have references for programmers to enjoy, it didn't, it's like the author went to a programmer friend and asked for a list of words related to computers and then just scattered them around here and there in the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?

  • Trick Questions, Zen-like Riddles, Insanely Difficult Puzzles, and Other Devious Interviewing Techniques You Need to Know to Get a Job in the New Economy
  • By: William Poundstone
  • Narrated by: Joe Ochman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 76

You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and thrown in a blender. The blades start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do? If you want to work at Google, or any of America's best companies, you need to have an answer to this and other puzzling questions. Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google? covers the importance of creative thinking, ways to get a leg up on the competition, what your Facebook page says about you, and much more.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, but not in Audio...

  • By Michael on 01-09-12

Recommended to anyone who like puzzles...

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

Reviewed: 04-05-14

Ironically I was reading this book when I was already working at Google, I didn't read it to prepare for interviews or anything, I was just interested in the puzzles, and this book didn't disappoint...

Aside from the puzzles the stories about the IT industry hiring processes were very interesting as well...

So if you wanna read this book because you're trying to get hired somewhere, I can't say how much it will help, but if you're reading it for fun and brain teasers, I highly recommend it...

  • Insurgent

  • Divergent, Book 2
  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,794
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,922

One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent but not as interesting as Divergent

  • By Lore on 03-08-14

Meh

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

Reviewed: 06-03-13

Dunno why I bought this book, maybe to find out about the loose ends left from the first one, instead all I get is 11 hours of teenage drama, if you're into that stuff go ahead and read I'm not stopping you but if you're a sci-fi fan looking for a good sci-fi read you should probably go look elsewhere.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful