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Saint Paul, MN, USA
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  • Paranoia

  • A Novel
  • By: Joseph Finder
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,349
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,356

Adam Cassidy is twenty-six and a low level employee at a high-tech corporation who hates his job. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime. Corporate Security gives him a choice: prison or become a spy in the headquarters of their chief competitor, Trion Systems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Clever and interesting.

  • By Karen on 02-02-04

Nice writing, slow story

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-09

I've read a couple by Finder and usually i enjoy his work, but on this one I found the narrative to be slow moving. The premise is much more interesting than the actual story. Every character in this book except the protagonist is a stereotype of some kind. His father, his friends, the people he meets at work. And his over description of the reasons they wear what they wear and talk the way they talk really wore on me after a while.

Also, I was three hours into the audio book before he even gets to the new company. Since that was the major plot point, i would have thought he'd get there quite a bit sooner.

I gave it three stars because the writing is very good.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • iWoz

  • How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way
  • By: Steve Wozniak, Gina Smith
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,365
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,289
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,315

Before cell phones that fit in the palm of your hand and slim laptops that fit snugly into briefcases, computers were like strange, alien vending machines. They had cryptic switches, punch cards, and pages of encoded output. But in 1975, a young engineering wizard named Steve Wozniak had an idea: What if you combined computer circuitry with a regular typewriter keyboard and a video screen?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Another Apple History!

  • By Daniel Dennis on 04-08-08

Simple Genius

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-08

Steve Wozniak isn't a complicated man, as he'll tell you in this book. But through his genius, a ton of things we take for granted were his ideas. This is a great listen if you want to take yourself back to a time before the internet, the proliferation of personal computers and technology.

The Plus's: He really does a good job of re-creating a sense of wonder he felt as he designed the first modern personal computer. His positive attitude permeates the entire recording.

The Minus's: Lot's of engineer-speak. He does ramble on about the counter-culture of the sixties & the anti-governmental ideas. And there isn't very much about Apple Computers or Steve Jobbs here. You have to get half-way through it before he even gets to Apple.

All in all, a good read, but I would have liked a little more information about the early Apple years.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Cross

  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Peter J. Fernandez, Jay O. Sanders
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543

Alex Cross was a rising star in the Washington, D.C., Police Department when an unknown man gunned down his wife in front of him. His desire for vengeance was placed on hold as he raised his children himself. But when a case triggers a connection to his wife's death, Alex may finally have a chance to catch the killer.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I'm cross too

  • By Terri on 11-30-06

One of the best!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-07

I had read Patterson's Cross novels from the beginning, but had stopped a few hears ago. I read the blurb on this one on the Audible site, and thought I'd give it a try again.

As usual, it was an excellent book, with excellent voice talent that really let's you 'live' inside the characters for a few hours a day.

Pros: Well written, fast paced, incredible voice talent(s), good quality audio...

Cons: Not many. The story is not as tight as a usual Cross novel, but I think that that is more the nature of this book than the writer.

  • The Last Juror

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,802

In 1970, one of Mississippi's more colorful weekly newspapers, The Ford County Times, went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by a 23 year-old college dropout, named Willie Traynor. The future of the paper looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member of the notorious Padgitt family. Willie Traynor reported all the gruesome details, and his newspaper began to prosper.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham's Finest

  • By Danielle on 02-08-04

Good but not Great

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-07

I had read just about every Grisham novel up until about six or seven years ago, so I decided to pick one up and try him again. This book was lying on a shelf at a Cabin I was staying at, so I started reading it out of boredom. I actually started to enjoy it, so I ordered the audio version when I got back to civilization.

Pros: It's well written and reasonably interesting and the voice talent is exceptional.

Cons: There's no real mystery here. It's much more like a personal journey than anything else, and the constant sidetracks into Race relations, the Vietnam War, rural Southern Politics gets old.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful