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Steve

Walnut Creek, CA United States
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Meh.

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

Reviewed: 07-08-19

Worst in the series that I've listened to. I have not listened to 3.5, btw. First off, some of the non-Bray narrators didn't make any effort to sound like the narration Bray did in the first 7 books. While I loved Kate Mulgrew in Voyager and Orange is the New Black, she didn't give Nagatha the sound RC did. I believe there's even a sentence in the book (4?) where she's introduced saying she sounded like Julia Child. Whoever did Smyth didn't sound the same either. Not the end of the world, though I've experienced this sort of thing with a few audio series and I think that the production companies should see if the narrator's liked, then have the new one listen to all previous books.

Story was a little light on plot advancement, which was also a complaint I had about book 7, as if the series is being milked for cash. Skippy seemed a bit too dumb with the whole Brock Steele thing.

That said, I've never laughed during closing credits and there are some fun scenes acted out with music.

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Really enjoyed it. Interesting.

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

So I grew up in the US, in California, in a decent neighborhood. What he went through is much different than many readers, I'd imagine. He's a great storyteller, and combines humor, love, and social insight rather well!

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OK. The robots are awfully human

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

I enjoyed this overall, though not immensely. The portions which were about the larger minds and the history of what went down after the singularity were great!

I found that the robots were essentially human protagonists, unfortunately, and there's lots that doesn't add up - certain bits of current circumstance don't make sense. Likely to skip a hypothetical book 2 unless it appears better than book 1.

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Good, looking forward to book 2, great narration

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-23-18

Interesting plot concept, and nicely tied together. I always enjoy Wil Wheaton as a narrator.

Not his best!

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

I really enjoyed Diamond Age (and the narration is excellent), Snow Crash and Cryptonomicon. This one, not so much. Like a Wagner opera - it needs drastic editing to reduce its length. Too many conversations/scenes don't add anything to the plot. True in Cryptonomicon as well, but in that book, many of those scenes are bloody brilliant and make you laugh.

I finished it with a supreme effort of patience.

I genuinely enjoyed the book

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

I've read biographies of other scientists and somehow never read one on Fermi. This one is good. Spends plenty of time on his childhood and what shaped him, his work in Italy, and the time in the US before, during and after the creation of fission bombs.

It handles his death with respect, but doesn't overdo it.

Fermi was a very well-rounded and amazingly talented man.

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I'm genuinely enjoying this series

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

This series reminds me of the Bobiverse, at least in book 1. Rather than taking place in space with technology beyond what we have at present, this series takes someone well-educated and with a good idea how things work and puts him in a medieval society without being able to speak the language, knowing the culture, etc.

There are occasional bits of humor, and reveals of things that I assume will be important later.

Narrator's pretty solid, with enough range of inflections to do a lot of characters recognizably.

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About the author, not the history of google

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

Reviewed: 01-19-16

Would you try another book from Douglas Edwards and/or Douglas Edwards?

Probably not.

Any additional comments?

I've gone on a biography kick recently and really enjoyed biographies of Elon Musk (Ashlee Vance), and Steve Jobs (Walter Isaacson). These books start before the biographee is born, in the Musk case going back 2 generations. You get to learn about the key people in the companies, and you hear about the evolution of the company.

This book is about the author's experiences at google. This isn't a shock with "confessions of..." in the subtitle, however I found it to be quite disappointing. I will look for another book that covers the actual history of the company.

It also ends just post-IPO, I think early 2005, which is pre-maps, pre-hangouts, pre-android, pre-niantic/ingress. That's a lot of the stuff I'd like to know about.

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WOW

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-14

I loved this book SO MUCH. Wil Wheaton was the best narrator I'd ever heard and I don't even any have words to describe Ernest Cline's genius! All that comes to mind the I think of this book is, "Wow," Wade. Owen. Watts.

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Pretty Good

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

Reviewed: 09-17-11

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

Yes. It brought up some interesting points.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Theories of what forms life could take after it evolves intelligence

What three words best describe George K. Wilson???s performance?

Adequate, not exceptional.

Could you see The Eerie Silence being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Not at all. Maybe a discovery channel program.

Any additional comments?

A decent read. Lots of interesting thinking in the book, however some of the conclusions seem to be limited - not possible to make with the amount of evidence we have.

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