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  • By: Robert J. Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, Marc Vietor, Oliver Wyman, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 977
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978

Webmind is an emerging consciousness that has befriended Caitlin Decter and grown eager to learn about her world. But Webmind has also come to the attention of WATCH - the secret government agency that monitors the Internet for any threat to the United States - and they're fully aware of Caitlin's involvement in its awakening.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice idea driven sf

  • By Jerker on 08-14-10

Communism, Atheism, Totalitarianism Oh my!

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

Reviewed: 05-27-14

It’s funny watching small minds play big games. The fact Mr. Sawyer can look up others ideas and fold them into what he thinks the world should be, does not make it so.

The story was wonderfully done, but I didn’t need or want to be preached at for a quarter of the book. Just like actresses that should shut up and act and musicians that should shut up and sing Mr. Sawyer should shut up and write.

  • Wired for War

  • The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century
  • By: P. W. Singer
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 20 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

A military expert reveals how science fiction is fast becoming reality on the battlefield, changing not just how wars are fought, but also the politics, economics, laws, and ethics that surround war itself. Singer’s previous books foretold the rise of private military contractors and the advent of child soldiers - predictions that have proved all too accurate. Now he explores the greatest revolution in military affairs since the atom bomb: robotic warfare. We are now seeing a massive shift in military technology....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Target Audience Acquired

  • By Doug on 04-08-11

Good book of fact sprinkled with left-wing opinion

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

Reviewed: 04-13-13

Mr. Singer’s Wired for War is a great book, but was clearly written from a far left-wing point of view. He goes out of his way to demine Bush, pro-lifers, and people with a conservative leaning point of view. It is unnecessary and off putting. He also has the view that we must make our enemy’s like and respect us. He did very good work and thorough research. Too bad he feels the need to needle half of the population while he did it.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Great Influenza

  • The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History
  • By: John M. Barry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 19 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,872
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,179
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,186

No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and Gory

  • By Nancy on 07-01-08

THIS BOOK MUST BE READ BY ALL!!!!!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-23-13

Please read this book and tell all your friends and family to read this book. This book, at least the middle third, should be mandatory for all HS Seniors! The book is outstanding!!! Lets hope we do better next time.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The End

  • Zombie Fallout, Book 3
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,915
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,674
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,664

As the world spirals even further down into the abyss of apocalypse, one man struggles to keep those around him safe. Michael stands side by side with his wife, their children, his friends, and the wonder Bulldog, along with the Wal-Mart greeter Tommy, who is infinitely more than he appears. Whether Tommy is leading Mike and his family and friends to salvation or death remains to be seen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • best book of the series so far

  • By Mike Naka on 09-22-12

It is NOT the END!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-22-13

The book is not over. This is so irritating. It is just as good as the last two, but apparently I have one more to go. I hope.

  • Alas, Babylon

  • By: Pat Frank
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,024
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,601
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,602

This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazingly contemporary

  • By SomervilleWhereElse on 12-25-10

Just a realy great story.

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

Reviewed: 02-18-13

I read “One Second After” just after reading this book and it was neat to read them together. These are great books and a must read for any armchair political scientists.

These stories are also wonderful apocalyptic stories for those that couldn’t care less about political science.

  • One Second After

  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,416

Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Realistic Worst Nightmare

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 03-02-17

Good but not as good as Alas Babylon.

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

Reviewed: 02-18-13

I read Alas Babylon just before reading this book and it was neat to read them together. These are great books and a must read for any armchair political scientists.

The stories are also wonderful apocalyptic stories for those that couldn’t care less about political science.

  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,711
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,123

They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I thought I was desensitized

  • By Parola138 on 02-19-11

Let’s get to the point.

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

Reviewed: 10-13-12

Let me give you an example of how this book is written.

First you put on your head phones. Then you turn the device on. Then you go to where the file is on your device, be it an I-phone or I-pod or maybe a computer it could even be a Nook. Press play on said devise. You will start to hear a voice come out of the head phones, that is a person reading the book to you… and on and on.

I listened to almost the entire book at x2 speed and still jumped ahead quit a few times. If there is an abridged version please get that one and not this.

Much love,
Jeffrey

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Sh-t My Dad Says

  • By: Justin Halpern
  • Narrated by: Sean Schemmel
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,197
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,204

After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, 28-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his 73-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is “like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair,” has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Funny! Should Be Up for an Audie Award

  • By Michael on 05-08-10

LOL

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

Reviewed: 10-01-12

Do not listen in public unless you liked to have everyone look at you funny. This book is just funny.

  • Abundance

  • The Future Is Better Than You Think
  • By: Steven Kotler, Peter H. Diamandis
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,401
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,922
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,911

We will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman, and child on the planet. Abundance for all is within our grasp. This bold, contrarian view, backed up by exhaustive research, introduces our near-term future, where exponentially growing technologies and three other powerful forces are conspiring to better the lives of billions of people. This book is an antidote to pessimism by tech-entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist Peter H. Diamandis and award-winning science writer Steven Kotler.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hope with Confidence

  • By Dan on 07-25-12

Stop being so pessimistic

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

Reviewed: 09-30-12

We need to capture this kind optimism in the way we look at our nation today. This book gives the answers to question about the future like, where is our energy going to come from? Where is our food going to come from? How will our grandchildren get by if nothing changes? I can’t wait to see how much of the book comes true. This is a book I recommend.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Earth Abides

  • The 60th Anniversary Edition
  • By: George R. Stewart
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Connie Willis
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,584
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,945
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,963

A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he'd either dreaded or hoped for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, beautiful, sad, terrifying

  • By J. Rhoderick on 04-05-10

Very good book.

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

Reviewed: 08-31-12

The pandemic comes to an end before you know the world’s population has been decimated. From there you follow the caricatures thought their lives. The book moves very quickly once it gets started and is very easy to listen to.