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  • Masters of Doom

  • How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture
  • By: David Kushner
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,204

Masters of Doom is the amazing true story of the Lennon and McCartney of video games: John Carmack and John Romero. Together, they ruled big business. They transformed popular culture. And they provoked a national controversy. More than anything, they lived a unique and rollicking American Dream, escaping the broken homes of their youth to produce the most notoriously successful game franchises in history - Doom and Quake - until the games they made tore them apart. This is a story of friendship and betrayal, commerce and artistry.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How it was

  • By Ryan on 08-27-13

A fun and informed look inside an entriguing era.

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

If you were alive in the 80s and had even a tiny interested in technology, video games, or even economics, than you will enjoy this. If you're a gamer you will enjoy this. If you like an all around good story, you'll enjoy this book. Something for everyone

  • Redshirts

  • A Novel with Three Codas
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,566
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,544

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever, creative, and FUN!

  • By Kent on 04-18-13

Scalzi has phenomenal stories. This isn't one.

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

The premise has been done, which does get addressed in the book if you can make it that far. Even so, it's a cool premise and could be worth re-exploring for the umpteenth time if done right. It isn't.

Personally I almost gave up about five minutes in when, during a conversation between a couple of characters, the words "Dan Said" are for some reason repeated so many times that I thought that the audible recording must be skipping (it wasn't). This is just one example of how the somewhat juvenile style of Scalzis writing distracts from the story and pace of the book, and is only so disappointing because it's not on par of what I expected being a fan of Scalzis other books.

Wil Wheaton is a fantastic narrator, the best in the scifi genre at least, and probably too five overall. Sadly even his ability to bring characters to life wasn't able to make up for what seems like a story that didn't need to be told. There are a lot of characters. Correction, there feels like there are a lot of characters. I don't actually think there are, but since you never really end up caring about any of them, it becomes almost hard to keep track of who's who.

Overall I would have to say this one is a hard pass and recommend checking out of one the other Scalzi books, preferably one with Wheaton narrating.

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • A Novel
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,527

A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gaiman delivers an intimate masterpiece

  • By Talia on 08-07-13

spellbinding

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

Reviewed: 08-17-16

perfect talk woven from our pasts by a master tailor of fantasy. Can't believe I let this book slip through the cracks until now.

  • Bream Gives Me Hiccups

  • By: Jesse Eisenberg
  • Narrated by: Jesse Eisenberg, Hallie Eisenberg, Annapurna Sriram, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 625

Taking its title from a group of stories that begin the book, Bream Gives Me Hiccups moves from contemporary LA to the dorm rooms of an American college to ancient Pompeii, throwing the listener into a universe of social misfits, reimagined scenes from history, and ridiculous overreactions. In one piece a tense email exchange between a young man and his girlfriend is taken over by the man's sister, who is obsessed with the Bosnian genocide ("The situation reminds me of a little historical blip called the Karadordevo agreement").

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • the mix of narrative style and form was intriguing

  • By Gaele on 11-13-15

eclectic, odd, and still engrossing.

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

Reviewed: 01-21-16

shows signs of the authors depth and ability. I think if Eissenberg took the time to care, he would wrote the next great American novel, however it's his lack of caring which creates the word play and pseudo playful stories like in this book. overall a good read. little gained but nothing lost at all.

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