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Daryle C. Taylor

Orlando, FL
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  • The Future of Humanity

  • Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth
  • By: Michio Kaku
  • Narrated by: Feodor Chin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,144

The number-one best-selling author of The Future of the Mind traverses the frontiers of astrophysics, artificial intelligence, and technology to offer a stunning vision of man's future in space, from settling Mars to traveling to distant galaxies. Formerly the domain of fiction, moving human civilization to the stars is increasingly becoming a scientific possibility - and a necessity. Whether in the near future due to climate change and the depletion of finite resources or in the distant future due to catastrophic cosmological events, humans will one day need to leave Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent and exciting.

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-01-18

He's a very pessimistic optimist

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

Although the book did contain some interesting insights, overall I found it to be a rehashing of already talked about topics. His views on timelines seem very pessimistic and he goes so far as to say that we won't be able to achieve faster than light travel until we become a type 3 civilization? Really? I think he leans too heavily on string theory which still remains very elusive and rejects the notion that we are very close (within this century) to realizing human habitation of other planets.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Land: Swarm

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 5
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,241
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,586
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,544

Aleron Kong's number-one best-selling LitRPG saga continues in The Land: Swarm. The enemies of the Mist Village are moving, the storm clouds are gathering, what are Richter and Sion to do? Crush the game, that's what! More of everything you love in LitRPG: powerful items, epic battles, awesome quests, and in-depth world building! What happened to Elora? Where is the swarm? Did the rock giant make Richter jelly? What are the colonel's secret spices?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gnomes Rule

  • By Dallas on 07-31-18

Another great Novel

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

Reviewed: 10-29-17

Having torn through the first four books, this fifth one definitely lived up to my expectations. Although I hate the cliffhanger at the end, I really enjoyed most of the book. Well not as action based as the first four books, it was a fascinating insight into the game mechanics and the Village building.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Augmented

  • Life in the Smart Lane
  • By: Brett King, Andy Lark, Alex Lightman, and others
  • Narrated by: Steven Jay Cohen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354

The Internet and smartphone are just the latest in a 250-year-long cycle of disruption that has continuously changed the way we live, the way we work, and the way we interact. The coming Augmented Age, however, promises a level of disruption, behavioral shifts, and changes that are unparalleled. While consumers today are camping outside of an Apple store waiting to be one of the first to score a new Apple Watch or iPhone, the next generation of wearables will be able to predict if we're likely to have a heart attack and recommend a course of action.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • All Headlines

  • By Stephen D. Brown on 10-18-17

Overly optimistic

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

Reviewed: 09-19-17

The authors assume too much regarding human nature and our receptiveness to future augmentation technology. They paint a rosy picture that just doesn't feel right. They assume that those with power will somehow magically be forced to give up that power and allow nations to crumble and become irrelevant. They gloss over the dangers of artificial intelligence like it was simply a matter of picking a color for our robot overlords. In general, I didn't find too much new in this book and I disagreed with many of its conclusions. Performance was adequate but a bit to monotonous.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Life 3.0

  • Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
  • By: Max Tegmark
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,763
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,341

How will artificial intelligence affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society, and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more than any other technology - and there's nobody better qualified or situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor who's helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Odd book with some good info

  • By Michael on 12-02-17

I respectfully disagree on many points

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

Reviewed: 09-05-17

I don't profess to be an AI researcher or expert at all but there were several assumptions that I disagreed with in this book. The most obvious one being that FTL travel isn't possible. I believe that will be proven wrong perhaps sooner than we will achieve AGI which would change many of his arguments in this book. That being said, he is brilliant in most other aspects of the book and overall it was very informative and enjoyable.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits

  • By: David Wong
  • Narrated by: Christy Romano
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,922
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,915

In a prosperous yet gruesomely violent near future, superhero vigilantes battle thugs whose heads are full of supervillain fantasies. The peace is kept by a team of smooth, well-dressed negotiators called The Men in Fancy Suits. Meanwhile a young girl is caught in the middle and thinks the whole thing is ridiculous. Zoey, a recent college graduate with a worthless degree, makes a reluctant trip into the city after hearing that her estranged con artist father died in a mysterious yet spectacular way.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Insufferable characters and disjointed themes

  • By BadAndy on 04-10-17

Just a quick note

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

Reviewed: 08-30-17

I loathed the bad guy in this and found Zoe to make constant bad decisions. I was hoping that they would both die at the end along with the cat. The resolution was totally unsatisfying and yet I made it all the way to the end. For that I guess I had to give it 4 stars. It managed to hold my interest even though I hated the protagonist and antagonist.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ascend Online

  • Ascend Online, Book 1
  • By: Luke Chmilenko
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,894
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,426

Diving into a revolutionary new video game, Marcus and his friends escape a stagnant society, entering into a world that defies their wildest imaginations. But from the moment that he logs in, Marcus finds himself separated from his friends and thrown into a remote village under attack by a horde of goblins. Forced into battle, Marcus rallies the beleaguered villagers and, with their help, manages to drive off the invading creatures. With the village in ruins and their supplies spoiled, the villagers turn to Marcus for help in rebuilding the village.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Luke Daniels and a great LITRPG; enough said

  • By Don Gilbert on 08-07-17

Fantastic LitRPG

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

Reviewed: 08-16-17

Well written with a flowing storyline and excellent performance by Luke Daniels. It felt a bit like 3 short books mashed together but overall a great beginning and a decent setup for a follow up book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The X-Files: Cold Cases

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,794
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15,562
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15,482

Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - and adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs ( The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), Cold Cases marks yet another thrilling addition to the pantheon of X-Files stories. Featuring a mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo's investigations like never before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-30-17

Terrible

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

A horrible script read with the enthusiasm of someone waiting for a colonoscopy. Very few bright spots. I was a huge fan of the show. This is just awful.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Bound

  • Alex Verus Series, Book 8
  • By: Benedict Jacka
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,613
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,506
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,502

Alex Verus is still haunted by his time apprenticed to Richard Drakh. He's been free of him for many years, but now the only way to keep his friends from being harmed is to again work for Richard and his deadly ally. Even worse, he's forced to bring the Light mage Anne into this servitude as well. After weeks of being hunted and finally cornered into what he thought was his last stand, Alex never thought his life would be spared - and never anticipated at what price. This time, the diviner can see no way out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tighter Coils and Straighter Straits

  • By Nekko on 07-03-17

Fantastic...But...

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

Reviewed: 04-26-17

First... I LOVED this book. Great story and never got boring at all. I had to subtract one star from the performance however as Morden's voice suddenly changed in this book. He now sounds like Griff from the first book. Gone was his snake-like voice that made my skin crawl and it took half the book for me to get used to it. Wonder why they did that? Other than that, fantastic.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Destiny

  • Here Comes Earth, Book 2
  • By: William Lee Gordon
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

How did our long-lost ancestors affect our past? More importantly, how will they affect our future? Mark and Julie are brilliant scientists and Major Reagan has kept them and others alive to this point, but the most dangerous confrontations will not be with the Noridians, it will be with the Lower Houses of The Accord. Destiny is a thought-provoking journey that will cause you to inspect your basic values.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen...but a bit heavy handed

  • By Daryle C. Taylor on 04-05-17

Great listen...but a bit heavy handed

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

Reviewed: 04-05-17

Great except when the right wing beliefs start smacking you in the face again and again. Ok we get it. Government...BAD. Personal responsibility...GOOD.

Overall a very enjoyable listen.

  • Forging Zero

  • The Legend of ZERO
  • By: Sara King
  • Narrated by: Liam Owen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,167
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,170

The oldest of the children drafted from humanity's devastated planet, Joe is impressed into service by the alien Congressional Ground Force - and becomes the unwitting centerpiece in a millennia-long alien struggle for independence. Once his training begins, one of the elusive and prophetic Trith appears to give Joe a spine chilling prophecy that the universe has been anticipating for millions of years: Joe will be the one to finally shatter the vast alien government known as Congress. And the Trith cannot lie...but first Joe has to make it through bootcamp.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • That Chime…

  • By Robert A Dean Jr on 05-21-15

Chimes?

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

Reviewed: 10-05-16

Good listen and interesting story but...what is up with the chimes in between sections? Very weird. Almost like a children's book. Ring ring! Turn the page

2 of 2 people found this review helpful