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  • Daemon

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,074
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,675
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,716

Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

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

  • By Erica on 01-22-09

Tremendous - Engaging & Enlightening

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

Reviewed: 02-24-16

What did you love best about Daemon?

The story is fascinating, complex and disturbs us with a glimpse into our future; one we are already in the process of laying out via computer programming. Best book I've heard in a very long time and best by far of this genre.

What other book might you compare Daemon to and why?

Our Mathematical Universe by Max Tegmark is also a tremendous book giving us food for thought about the nature of our reality - are we a binary code; the product of algorithms? While Our Mathematical Universe is non-fiction, the two books certainly overlap in theme.

What about Jeff Gurner’s performance did you like?

One of the best voices ever; so expressive and easy on the ears!

Any additional comments?

Get this book; you won't regret it!

  • Where the Hell is Tesla?

  • A Novel
  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,673
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,499
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,490

I found the journal at work. Well, I don't know if you'd call it work, but that's where I found it. It's the lost journal of Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest inventors and visionaries ever. Before he died in 1943, he kept a notebook filled with spectacular claims and outrageous plans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had A Blast Listening To This One!

  • By Cheri on 08-11-16

Coolest story & performance

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

Reviewed: 12-15-15

Unlike any book I've ever heard- this one is crazy nuts pure entertainment....brilliant beyond the beyond!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life

  • By: Rufus J. Fears, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Rufus J. Fears
  • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748

Why do "Great Books" continue to speak to us hundreds and even thousands of years after they were written? Can they deepen our self-knowledge and wisdom? Are our lives changed in any meaningful way by the experience of reading them?Tackle these questions and more in these 36 engaging lectures. Beginning with his definition of a Great Book as one that possesses a great theme of enduring importance, noble language that "elevates the soul and ennobles the mind," and a universality that enables it to "speak across the ages," Professor Fears examines a body of work that offers extraordinary wisdom to those willing to receive it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A course that will open you to new ideas.

  • By Kristi R. on 07-06-14

Had to Stop Reading

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

Reviewed: 07-11-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I got to chapter 8 and had to quit for several reasons. Credibility was lost for after I listened to the chapter on Mohammed. The author didn't just present what should have been a factual account of this prophet but seemed to be using the book as an opportunity to actually promote this particular religion and all its rules not only in this chapter but the one following. I found this disturbing particularly when put in context of how misogynist the Koran is and how burdened those that follow are bound by its rules which ultimately rob a person of thinking for themselves. The author came across as actually promoting the paradigm where there is no division of church/ state and individual.

What could The Great Courses have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

A more professional impartial approach to the subject.
The lyrical style of narrative became annoying as well as the formulaic music to begin each chapter and the piped in clapping that ends each chapter.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Professor Rufus J. Fears?

No.

Any additional comments?

Get rid of the formulaic music to begin and clapping at the end of each chapter. It's tiresome.

5 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Thirteenth Tale

  • A Novel
  • By: Diane Setterfield
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,038
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,052

All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Amazing Story--2 missing chapters

  • By J. Elliott on 01-28-10

Great Detail but where is the Story?

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

Reviewed: 06-14-15

What would have made The Thirteenth Tale better?

I appreciate detail but am drowning in it. After 5 chapters I still can't figure out what the story is about so am about to give up and call it quits.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Give us a story please and have details support the story. Details seem to be the main event and I've lost interest.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Bianca Amato and Jill Tanner ?

I don't think so.

Any additional comments?

I want to hear a story supported by details. The author is a master at detail - wonderful detail but detail seems to be the main event and I've lost interest.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • So You've Been Publicly Shamed

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337

From the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. 'It's about the terror, isn't it? ''The terror of what?' I said.' The terror of being found out. 'For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Required Reading for Navigating Our Current Times

  • By Samantha on 07-17-16

An Exploration of Public Shaming

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

Reviewed: 03-20-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

A good book for anyone that needs information on public shaming -this medieval action is used all too frequently in the middle east- Muslim countries. It makes my skin crawl the abuse they perpetrate on innocent people.

If you’ve listened to books by Jon Ronson before, how does this one compare?

I've listened to most every book by Jon Ronson and have loved all of them but this one the least because listening to abuse is hard to take.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Jon Ronson reads his own material and up until this book has done an outstanding job. For some reason he came across as a bit tired on this one.

  • Bullseye

  • An Original Will Robie/Camel Club Short Story
  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,691
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,533
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,536

In this all-new short story from #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci, worlds collide when government assassin Will Robie is caught in the crossfire with Oliver Stone and the Camel Club. Will Robie is closing in on his next target when he finds himself in the middle of a bank heist - and he's taken hostage alongside Oliver Stone. But is this just a simple bank job, or are the robbers after something even more valuable - and dangerous - than the cash in the vault?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I so miss the Camel Club

  • By Kathryn on 05-30-14

2 Engaging Hours

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

Reviewed: 02-11-15

If you could sum up Bullseye in three words, what would they be?

2 Engaging Hours

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bullseye?

For a first read of this author, it was a great introduction to his style. I usually stay about from the macho writers as the shoot-em up - blow em up - tough guy thing filled with espionage and high rollers wears thin with me. Once in a while I can handle it and this was just the right amount.

What does Ron McLarty bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He has a easy down home way of writing - grounded the book and made it feel real.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Nothing jumps out.

Any additional comments?

BTW - The narrator was great!

  • The Signature of All Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,199
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,208

In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker - a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't miss this one

  • By Molly-o on 12-27-13

It wasn't Eat Pray Love

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

Reviewed: 02-11-15

What would have made The Signature of All Things better?

I listened to all of it but didn't enjoy it nearly as much as Eat Pray Love. It was pleasant enough but lacked in depth and had a sombre note running throughout - like listening to an adagio for hours on end.

What could Elizabeth Gilbert have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Wish the main character had more confidence in herself; her work and knowledge. Instead she played out the stereotypical female who lets the men get credit while she remains in the background.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narrator was really good.

Any additional comments?

If the book had been written in a more personal way, I think it would have been more enjoyable, had more depth and was more engaging. As it is, it comes across like someone describing events rather than being in the event.

  • Hominids

  • The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 1
  • By: Robert J. Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,720
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,032
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,037

Neanderthals have developed a radically different civilization on a parallel Earth. A Neanderthal physicist, Ponter Boddit, accidentally passes from his universe into a Canadian underground research facility. Fortunately, a team of human scientists, including expert paleo-anthropologist Mary Vaughan, promptly identifies and warmly receives Ponter. Solving the language problem and much else is a mini-computer, called a Companion, implanted in the brain of every Neanderthal. But it can't help his fellow scientist back in his world, Adikor Huld, when the authorities charge Adikor with his murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Scicen Fiction Can Be Literature

  • By Scott on 08-10-09

An Engaging Flight of Canadian Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 02-11-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

One of the most entertaining books I've heard in years!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I enjoyed all of them; not anyone in particular. Each character added so much to the story; it was balanced with no one character dominating the story.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene where Pondar is standing on the Canadian Shield overlooking the spot where he would be living in the parallel dimension. Also where they are laying on the hood of the car looking up into the night sky.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I never listen to books all in one sitting. First of all I don't have that kind of time plus its more enjoyable to listen to books in bits. I usually put the timer on especially so with books I really enjoy; I don't want them to end.

Any additional comments?

I'm not big on fantasy and sci-fi but this one was a winner. The facts that were woven into the book - real locations (the neutrino observatory is real - actually exists in Sudbury); real history about our species and evolution really made the book come to life. The only thing that kind of threw me off that I feel didn't add anything to the book was the rape scene and the part where he flares his nostrils detecting the smell of her menstruating - that was a bit of a turn off.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Native Wisdom

  • Seven Keys to Health & Happiness
  • By: Ken Cohen MA
  • Narrated by: Ken Cohen MA
  • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

What if you could distill the great teachings of the world's indigenous cultures into seven principles that would bring inner peace and fulfillment to your life? Traditional healer Ken Cohen spent 35 years studying, practicing, and training with elder healers from the Native American, African, Siberian, Aboriginal, and Chinese indigenous traditions. Now, he shares the common threads that tie these paths together on Native Wisdom: Seven Keys to Health & Happiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This has really helped me rethink the way I go about my life and has instilled in me the importance of each living things place.

  • By wiliiam on 04-14-18

awesome and inspiring

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

Reviewed: 01-25-15

tremendous book, inspiring , rich in wisdom & council- about the best ever! thank you





  • The Winter of Frankie Machine

  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,806

Frank Machianno is a late-middle-aged ex-surf bum who runs a bait shack on the San Diego waterfront. An affable Italian with a love of people and life, he's a stand-up businessman, devoted father, and a beloved fixture in the community. He's also a hit man - specifically, a retired hit man. Back in the day when he was one of the most feared members of the West Coast Mafia, he was known as Frankie Machine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Winter of Frankie Machine is a ray of sunshine

  • By Lance in Surf City on 10-30-10

Glorifying a Low Life

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

Reviewed: 01-24-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I listened to a few chapters and quickly realized that the book was about a low life that the author was glorifying. That turned me off. I went to the last couple of chapters and it was confirmed. I was not impressed.

Has The Winter of Frankie Machine turned you off from other books in this genre?

Sure has. I am searching for a book grounded in reality and not hijacked by thug guys. I'm sick of the violence and the superhero persona. It's shallow and boring. Come on authors you can do better than churning out crap.

What about Dennis Boutsikaris’s performance did you like?

Narrator was great!

Could you see The Winter of Frankie Machine being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Would never bother to see it at the movies.

Any additional comments?

Authors - stretch yourselves and write something modern; cut waaay back on the violence; the sex and super hero la la land stuff.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful