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Michael Ngo

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  • Kill Someone

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 257

From the author of the international best seller The Stone Man, short-listed for Audible UK's Book of the Year Award 2015. Here are the rules. Method: you can't use a gun. You can't use explosives. You can't use poison. It has to be up close and personal. You don't have to worry about leaving evidence; that will be taken care of. Victim: no one suicidal. No one over the age of 65. No one with a terminal illness. Choose your method. Choose your victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Good of the Many is More Important...Or is it?

  • By JoanneG on 12-06-16

What would you do?

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

I went into this book thinking it was a "making of a monster" kind of gory book and toward the middle, I started feeling disappointed because it wasn't. Then toward the end after the twists and turns, I appreciated the ethics and moral philosophy it provoked.

What I like most about this book is that it's thought proking. Every step of the way you question whether Chris is doing the "right thing" and what you would do in his place and that was quite fun.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • AlterWorld

  • Play to Live, Book 1
  • By: D. Rus
  • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,129

A new pandemic - the perma effect - has taken over Earth of the near future. Whenever you play your favorite online game, beware: your mind might merge with the virtual world and dump its comatose host. Woe be to those stuck forever in Tetris! But some unfortunates - the handicapped and the terminally ill, shell-shocked army vets, wronged crime victims and other society misfits - choose to flee real life willingly, escaping to the limitless world of online sword and sorcery MMORPGs.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for people who are expecting a 4.5 star book

  • By Liz on 06-06-16

Awesome made me want to play a MMORPG again

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

Reviewed: 05-11-17

That was awesome.

This book literally made me go back to playing Maplestory after like 8 years.

There isn't a hard plot to the story and lots of world building, but that's pretty much what open world games are. I liked the quest stories and I found the grinding and training and partying training relatable.

Looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Treatment

  • By: Suzanne Young
  • Narrated by: Joy Osmanski
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 222

Can Sloane and James survive the lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end? Find out in this sequel to The Program, which Publishers Weekly called "chilling and suspenseful". Sloane and James are on the run after barely surviving the suicide epidemic and The Program. But they’re not out of danger. Huge pieces of their memories are still missing, and although Sloane and James have found their way back to each other, The Program isn’t ready to let them go.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious

  • By None on 03-21-17

I like the relationship development

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

Reviewed: 02-12-17

I like the relationship development we got. James is always a fun character and it's good we got more of him here.

I enjoyed the first half of the book but the second half of the book felt too much like the first book.

I don't like that the ending felt too easy and too passive. It made sense but it still felt too easy.

  • The Program

  • By: Suzanne Young
  • Narrated by: Joy Osmanski
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 458

In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program. Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone - but so are their memories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorites!

  • By Dasarae on 06-13-13

I really like this book

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

Reviewed: 02-04-17

I really like this book and am excited to read the sequels and prequels.

I like how the Program is terrible but also the epidemic of teen suicide and depression is worse. There were times when I was like, this program is terrible, how can you strip people of them memories and identity. Then when Sloane gets released from the Program and it feels like she's normal again and she and her family is happy again, I thought, well at least she's not dead and she's happy.

I also really liked the relationship in the story. In a lot of books, love is often a kind of happenstance love, but in this book, it makes you really believe in true love. Like these two really belong together despite everything that's happened to them.

  • Supersymmetry

  • By: David Walton
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Ryan Oronzi is a paranoid, neurotic, and brilliant physicist who has developed a quantum military technology that could make soldiers nearly invincible in the field. The technology, however, gives power to the quantum creature known as the varcolac, which slowly begins to manipulate Dr. Oronzi and take over his mind. Oronzi eventually becomes the unwilling pawn of the varcolac in its bid to control the world. The creature immediately starts attacking those responsible for defeating it 15 years earlier.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This was pretty good

  • By Michael Ngo on 01-27-17

This was pretty good

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

Reviewed: 01-27-17

This was pretty good, it didn't have the murder mystery element that the first book had which made it really cool.

  • The Hero of Ages

  • Mistborn, Book 3
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 27 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 32,638
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,737
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28,726

The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave listeners shaking their heads in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well concluded!

  • By Julio on 01-12-09

Great wrap up to an amazing series.

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

Reviewed: 12-23-16

Great wrap up to an amazing series. Not quite a "happy" ending but a complete ending that made sense. Looking forward to the series after the series.

  • The Well of Ascension

  • Mistborn, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 28 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,900
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,925
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,955

The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler - the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years - has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slower but worthwhile

  • By Jeff on 01-28-10

Best book I ever read

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

Reviewed: 12-23-16

Best book I ever read, dethroning Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.

Good mix of politics, philosophy, war, superpowers, action, romance, and deception.

But best of all is the character development, so much character development for the main cast. Even when I started to not like a character, it was done intentionally and purposefully.

Also it's an exciting end leading to the next in the series

  • 48 Laws of Power

  • By: Robert Greene
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 23 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,098
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,095
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,055

Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills 3,000 years of the history of power into 48 well-explicated laws. This bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other infamous strategists. The 48 Laws of Power will fascinate any listener interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You don't have to be a psychopath to like this.

  • By Gaggleframpf on 02-25-16

Lots of examples and well written

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

Reviewed: 12-03-16

This is the unabridged version, I read the abridged version prior. I enjoyed both, this version had more examples the other was more concise, both very useful and written well.

  • Rewinder

  • By: Brett Battles
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,133
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,901
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,888

You will never read Denny Younger's name in any history book, will never know what he's done. But even if you did, you'd never believe it. The world as you know it wouldn't be the same without him. Denny was born into one of the lowest rungs of society, but his bleak fortunes abruptly change when the mysterious Upjohn Institute recruits him to be a Rewinder, a verifier of personal histories. The job at first sounds like it involves researching old books and records, but Denny soon learns it's far from it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Poul Anderson's Time Patrol meets Jumper

  • By Bob on 01-23-15

Great setup for the series

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

I liked the plot and the setup for the story. It felt a lot like Isaac Asimov's End of Eternity book but less convoluted and easier to understand.

I do think this book needed some more world building especially if you are going to end a timeline, the audience needs to feel like that that's justified because of the world they are in. Because without that world building, it sure looks like Denny fell for insta-love within a week and ended his timeline because of a girl he knew for a week. The romance was pretty cute though.

  • Destroyer

  • Rewinder, Book 2
  • By: Brett Battles
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 867
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 816
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 812

With the whole of human history altered, Denny Younger may be the last rewinder in existence - and the last person on Earth with a chaser unit capable of time travel. While caring for his ailing sister, Denny must discover a way to recharge his device before he's left with no defense against a past that wants him dead. Before long, Denny notices a mysterious stranger following him - keeping tabs on Denny, his family, and his friends. Is Denny just paranoid?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic narration! Terrible story.

  • By Woodrow M Bell on 03-26-16

Half the book was okay, ends of a cliffhanger

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

I like the beginning section when things are simple but toward the end I started getting confused on what was happening and why.