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  • Reamde

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 38 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,423

Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not perfect, but worth a listen.

  • By ShySusan on 10-01-11

Action and adventure with believable tech

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

Stephenson does a masterful job of describing a realistic cyber setting that is central to the book. The action takes place in the real world as well as the world of the MMORPG, with believable characters and globe-spanning non-stop action. A thoroughly enjoyable way to pass the time while commuting to work. I had difficulty confining my listening time to my commute - the book kept trying to suck me back in.

  • Golden Son

  • Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy
  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,313
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,117

Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I felt like the first book was a great Epic story

  • By Dirk on 02-01-18

Didn't finish it

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

The first book of the series was interesting and compelling. About mid-way through this book, the second in the series, the author seems to have run out of plot twist ideas. But he keeps twisting. Toward the end of the book, the plot twists became so overworked that they became unbelievable. I did not finish the book, nor do I plan to.

  • Earthcore

  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,998
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,517
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,489

EarthCore is the company with the technology, the resources, and the guts to go after the mother lode. Young executive Connell Kirkland is the company's driving force, pushing himself and those around him to uncover the massive treasure. But at three miles below the surface, where the rocks are so hot they burn bare skin, something has been waiting for centuries. Waiting...and guarding. Kirkland and EarthCore are about to find out first-hand why this treasure has never been unearthed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start, but it gained momentum quick

  • By Jan on 12-15-17

Hot mess

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

Many Sci-Fi titles require a suspension of disbelief, but this book more than many I've read. Any early plot point revolves around the use of blackmail to obtain a secret. The secret is crucial to the plot, but the blackmail scenario is so thin as to be laughable.

The author describes several scenes of torture in vivid detail, along with the sexual fulfillment one character derives as the torturer. Other scenes of "torture" are graphic descriptions of rather horrific injuries characters suffer prior to their death. And characters die. And die. And die. Because the vast majority of the characters are unlovable, I did not mourn their passing. Three somewhat significant figures, and one minor character, live to the end.

To top it all off, the two characters who emerge from the depths of the author's hell do so in spite of injuries that the author graphically describes as life threatening. Injuries that would prevent the human body from functioning do not keep these two from undertaking a geometry-defying three mile uphill run in less than 45 minutes. As for the geometry, if the character is three miles below the surface of the earth, the "walkable" trail out has got to be more than three miles long. Not to mention the ludicrous notion of out driving the apocalyptic explosion at the end.

Just not very good.

  • Welcome to Night Vale

  • A Novel
  • By: Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor
  • Narrated by: Cecil Baldwin, Dylan Marron, Retta, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,330
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,325

Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. It is here that the lives of two women, with two mysteries, will converge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is so good, but

  • By Christopher on 04-30-16

What's the fuss?

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

If you like murky, non-sensical, plot-averse ramblings, then this is your book. It may work well as a print experience, but as an audio book, it was downright painful. I kept listening just to see if it would make sense in the end, and it barely did. But what a dreadful experience.

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