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  • One Second After

  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,674
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,654
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,678

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

Outstanding, touching, terrifying

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-19-09

I loved this book! I found it hard to listen to, however, as it was a terrifying scenario from my perspective. But I thought it was very well written, and very well spoken by the reader.

Don't listen to the negative reviews that complain about a 'conservative bias', I'm sure they'd have no problem with this book if it was about the end of the world due to global warming. This book is also not unimaginative, as it has been said - it's realistic. The author wasn't going for a creative, plot twisting novel, he was shooting for an eye opening portrayal of the events that could unfold if an EMP were to hit the United States.

If I had to levy a complaint, it would be that the author spends a bit too much time expounding on the main character's feelings about how things 'used to be' in his world. Too much time is spent thinking about how the soldiers 'are just kids', and so on, which can be a bit monotonous.

That being said, it's well worth your time (or your credit), so don't pass this one up!



4 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Resonance

  • By: A. J. Scudiere
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Carrington MacDuffie, Paul Boehmer, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25

Resonance is a science faction story (fiction, based in fact) about the predicted upcoming polar shift. Four scientists from different fields are tracking anomalies in today's environment and eventually meet at the beginning of the polar reversal. Animals are mutating, people are dying, and the last polar shift occurred at the same time the dinosaurs died out. This story will have readers contemplating which way their internal compasses point.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • special effects

  • By Oenophile on 07-30-10

Decent Read

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-09

I'm a techno-thriller guy, really into Micheal Chricton style books. That being said, I enjoyed this book, and don't regret using a credit on it. I did feel the author got a little too wordy explaining the most mundane things in the book, and I had to laugh at some of the ridiculous lengths the audiobook producers went to to try and spice things up (sound effects, different voices for every character, etc). However, the narration was generically good, and the plot was interesting, albeit I was disappointed with the ending. If you're into techno-thrillers, thing one is worth getting. I'd be willing to read a sequel, if there was going to be one.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Daemon

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,856
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,900

When the obituary of legendary computer game architect Matthew Sobol appears online, a previously dormant daemon activates, initiating a chain of events that begins to unravel our interconnected world. This daemon reads news headlines, recruits human followers, and orders assassinations. With Sobol’s secrets buried with him, and as new layers of his daemon are unleashed, it’s up to Detective Peter Sebeck to stop a self-replicating virtual killer before it achieves its ultimate purpose - one that goes far beyond anything Sebeck could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever

  • By Erica on 01-22-09

Well worth reading

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-09

I really enjoyed this book, and would recommend it. I definatly enjoyed the 'geek factor', but still feel the praticallity (sp?) of the book was greatly exaggerated. The ending was, as some other reviews have mentioned, weak and unfufilling. However, upon further investigation it turns out a sequel is coming out in 2010 (Freedom TM), and if you think of this as 'Book One' of a series the ending doesn't seem nearly as bad.

In the end, I was very gripped by this book. The narration was good too, it's the first book I've listened to that used more than one narrator for different voices, and it was very effective.

  • State of Fear

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,136
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,477
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,483

Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Did I read the same book as some of you?

  • By F on 10-05-05

Well worth listening to

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-20-08

I've read or listened to almost all his books and thought this book was very in keeping with his typical style - intuiging, relevant, and fast paced. Well worth spending a credit on!

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