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  • Blockchain: Understanding the Technology of Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency

  • By: Branden Lee
  • Narrated by: William Bahl
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

This book includes three manuscripts: Cryptocurrency Investing, Bitcoin: Guide to Trading, and Blockchain Technology. The world of cryptocurrency is quickly changing and having the ability to keep up can make it easier to join the market, and even make some money. It is not uncommon for people to jump on this network to complete various transactions and to keep their money safe. But one of the best things that you can do when it comes to digital currencies is use them as an investment.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not What It Claims To Be

  • By RobinWinsor on 12-06-18

Not What It Claims To Be

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

This is an investment book not a technology one. The title is very misleading. The narrator is dreadful too - purportedly a human but indistinguishable from a robotic synthesized voice. Pick another book - I can’t imagine this one satisfying anyone.

  • A Gift of Time

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,739
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,360

When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart and original

  • By J. OBrennan on 12-29-17

Excellent Time Travel Story

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

This was a delightful story with near perfect narration. Light on phosphor bronze snap shackles and self reciprocating floggle toggles and long on the life experiences that we all second guess. One of the most enjoyable fun listens I’ve come across in a long time. Well worth your time even if you don’t have a time machine!

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  • Version Control

  • A Novel
  • By: Dexter Palmer
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 18 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 620

Rebecca Wright has reclaimed her life, finding her way out of her grief and depression following a personal tragedy years ago. She spends her days working in customer support for the Internet dating site where she first met her husband. But she has a strange, persistent sense that everything around her is somewhat off-kilter: She constantly feels as if she has walked into a room and forgotten what she intended to do there; on TV, the president seems to be the wrong person in the wrong place; her dreams are full of disquiet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Phildickian World and More

  • By serialnumber55 on 03-06-16

Weak Story Rescued By Good Narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-31-17

This story is based on an interesting twist but the principle characters are either uninteresting or downright annoying. The pace is glacial too making this one of the few books I've had to struggle to finish. Were it not for LaVoy's excellent narration I doubt I'd have hung on to the end.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Good to Great

  • Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't
  • By: Jim Collins
  • Narrated by: Jim Collins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,847
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,981
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,914

Built To Last, the defining management study of the 90s, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the very beginning. But what about companies that are not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but Requires Revision

  • By Bryden on 01-18-15

Good Info That Survives Poor Narration

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

Reviewed: 02-12-16

Good info here for companies and their leaders looking to significantly up their game. The one criticism is the narration - performed by the author. He should stick to research and writing, which he clearly does really well.
I can best describe his narration style as ALL CAPS! Seriously, if I come across the printed version and the whole thing is in uppercase, I'll have to come back and apologize for this review. Despite this it was still worthwhile and I did get through it.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133,263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,690
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,566

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-18

Average Story Performed Very Well

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

Reviewed: 07-11-15

Great job by a trio of narrators but the underlying story was a bit slow. My biggest problem was that the protagonist was so desperately unlikable that I kept wishing for her to fail, not succeed. Overall an average listen that passed the time on a long drive but not one I'll remember a week from now.

  • Off to Be the Wizard

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,730
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,729

It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hang in there

  • By Kelly on 03-04-17

Delightful Nonsense

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

Reviewed: 03-10-15

An entertaining story full of geeky references to hacker culture. The narrator skillfully draws you into the story and makes this a delightful diversion. Deep is not the word to describe it but in between weighty reads this will clear your head and make you laugh out loud. We all need that from time to time.

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  • Cryptonomicon

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 42 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,263

Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fixed!

  • By Rob J. on 04-16-17

One of Stephenson's very best.

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

Reviewed: 02-19-15

Just finished listening to this a second time - something I rarely do. Cryptonomicon is so well written, and this audio so well narrated, that there are nuances stacked on nuances that I'll still be finding and enjoying on many subsequent listens. This really is one of his best.

  • The Peripheral

  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,189
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,207

Where Flynne and her brother, Burton, live, jobs outside the drug business are rare. Fortunately, Burton has his veteran's benefits, for neural damage he suffered from implants during his time in the USMC's elite Haptic Recon force. Then one night Burton has to go out, but there's a job he's supposed to do - a job Flynne didn't know he had. Beta-testing part of a new game, he tells her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredibly great across the board

  • By Christopher R McLaughlin on 04-27-15

Needs A Little Effort

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

Reviewed: 01-27-15

Like most of Gibson's stories this requires the reader to hang in there through the first few chapters and trust it will all start to make sense eventually. And it does of course. Very interesting ideas and very entertaining after the usual utterly confusing, why am I bothering with this, start. Would Gibson have many more fans if he didn't make us work so hard to follow him as he sets up his story premises?

  • Titus Groan

  • The Gormenghast Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Mervyn Peake
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Deep in the labyrinthine corridors of Gormenghast Castle, a child is born. Titus, 77th Earl of Groan, is heir to arcane and all-embracing rituals that determine the activities of everyone from Lord Sepulchrave, his father, to the vast cook, Swelter, and the irrepressible Dr Prunesquallor. But not the steely and devious Steerpike, who will lie, cheat and even murder to get on. One of the greatest feats of sustained imaginative writing, the world of Gormenghast Castle is brilliantly realised in this darkly fantastic novel.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • disappointing

  • By V on 03-30-15

Very Hard to Listen To

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

Reviewed: 04-28-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The story might be okay, many have said it is, but this narrator is dreadful.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I didn't get very far into the book before giving up on it so I can't fairly judge the story itself.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator attempts to whisper when it says the character whispers, groan or screech or cackle when it says the character did so. The result is a wheezing, groaning , inaudible mess which would require sitting with your hand on the replay button to decipher. I got half way through and abandoned the attempt to finish this book, something I've rarely ever done. It's quite simply the worst narration I've ever come across.

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  • Consumer's Guide to a Brave New World

  • By: Wesley J. Smith
  • Narrated by: Brian Emerson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 2

What is embryonic stem cell research? Why is it so controversial? What is its relationship to human cloning? Events are moving so fast and biotechnology seems so complicated that many of us don't have an informed opinion about issues that are remaking the human future before our very eyes.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not At All What I Was Expecting

  • By RobinWinsor on 04-05-10

Not At All What I Was Expecting

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-10

I was expecting a good review of the state of the art in biotech. Instead this is a thinly disguised Catholic manifesto on the evils of abortion and the need to regard a few cells as a "nascent human life". The author comes out against in-vitro fertilization because of the excess fertilized eggs produced, demonizes researchers as motivated by money and the desire to "destroy nascent human life", and praises George Bush's stand against stem cell research. It's pretty much out of date anyway since the current research tends to emphasise induced pluripotent stem cells anyway and the embryonic argument is moot. I suppose the "Brave New World" in the title should have tipped me off to the author's bias... I wouldn't recommend this to anyone interested in a scientific overview. Might appeal to church groups but that's about the only ones I can see getting anything out of it.

2 of 8 people found this review helpful