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Len O'Rork

Lawrenceville, GA, US
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  • 4
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  • Binti

  • By: Nnedi Okorafor
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,312

Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs. Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Messages

  • By khaalidah on 10-07-15

Narrative of first second contact

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

Warning, Binti starts in the middle. We begin with Binti sneaking off into the night to go to university against her family's tradition. The elegant prose makes for fresh Afrocentric science fantasy. It would be interesting to see the back story and follow up of the newest alien species to join this reasonable and enlightened academic civilization. I looking forward to seeing the next adventure of Binti the harmonizer.

  • A Spy's Guide to Thinking

  • By: John Braddock
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 906
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 799
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 801

In this 45-minute listen, a former spy introduces two simple tools for thinking. The first describes how we think. The second helps us think ahead. They are the essential tools for getting things done. The tools are applied to an incident in a subway car in Europe where a spy faces a new enemy. Then, they're reapplied to Saddam Hussein's stockpiling (or not) of weapons of mass destruction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Smart Guide to Thinking

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-05-15

Spy Thinking 101

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

A little book. A little story. A BIG idea! Spying is about being small, unseen, insignificant when discovered, underestimated when confronted. I'd like to take John Braddock's sophomore course if the powers that be allow it. This was a great tool to inform my own writing and craft a master spy character. Bravo and thank you Mr. Braddock.
Glenn Parris

  • God Hammer

  • By: John Conroe
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,553
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,375

Declan O'Carroll is ready to start his summer internship at the hottest new company on the planet, Demidova Incorporated. What will he be doing? What tasks could he possibly handle for the most famous couple on Earth? After all, what could a second-semester college freshman hope to add to a multinational conglomerate? As the strongest male witch in existence, it might just be much, much more than anyone could ever predict.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book. Series is unstoppable.

  • By Paul on 04-14-16

It was like watching an anime movie in my head!

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

Great character development, incorporation of backstory and character arc across stories. This was the first novel in this series that I've read and I can't wait to read the prequel and as many sequels as I can get my hands on.

  • Dialogue

  • The Art of Verbal Action for Page, Stage, and Screen
  • By: Robert McKee
  • Narrated by: Robert McKee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408

In Dialogue, Robert McKee offers in-depth analysis for how characters speak on the screen, on the stage, and on the page in believable and engaging ways. From Macbeth to Breaking Bad, McKee deconstructs key scenes to illustrate the strategies and techniques of dialogue. Dialogue applies a framework of incisive thinking to instruct the prospective writer on how to craft artful, impactful speech.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Class you Wish you took in Writing

  • By Josiah on 12-05-16

Instructive for any aspiring fiction writer.

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

I love this book. His take on dialogue addresses all the intuitive quandaries that that lead to writer's block. Block buster tool for editing and rewriting. Robert McKee rocks!

  • The Mote in God's Eye

  • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
  • Narrated by: L J Ganser
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,667
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,869
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,912

The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great read!

  • By J. Rhoderick on 02-12-10

clever story

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

Reviewed: 09-18-17

Another unique tale from Larry Niven and the late Jerry Pournelle. May his soul rest in peace.

  • Ringworld

  • By: Larry Niven
  • Narrated by: Tom Parker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,291
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,665
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,689

Welcome to Ringworld, an intermediate step between Dyson Spheres and planets. The gravitational force created by a rotation on its axis of 770 miles per second means no need for a roof. Walls 1,000 miles high at each rim will let in the sun and prevent much air from escaping. Larry Niven's novel, Ringworld, is the winner of the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1970 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1972 Ditmars, an Australian award for Best International Science Fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Genuinely Creative

  • By Kennet on 05-25-03

A classical of science fiction

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

An example of World building at its best, and quirky, interesting characters to set the story apart. Excellent!

  • The Man with the Golden Torc

  • Secret Histories, Book 1
  • By: Simon R. Green
  • Narrated by: Stuart Blinder
  • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,309
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,001
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,008

Meet Shaman Bond, aka Eddie Drood, scion of the ancient Drood family. He is devoted to protecting humanity from the forces of darkness. Protected by the secret weapon received at birth by all members of the Drood family - a magical gold torc (i.e., a neck ring) that turns into a suit of nearly impervious golden armor - Eddie faces arcane dangers with healthy doses of wry self-confidence and sarcasm. Then the family matriarch sends him on a mission that turns out to be a deadly setup.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • entertaining

  • By Loren on 04-30-08

Great story for middle grade to adult

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

Reviewed: 02-19-17

Surprisingly entertaining performance complete with east end accent and popular American references. This is one of the most inventive use of cliches I've ever heard. Even when you see them coming, they're fun. Action, romance, sci Fi and fantasy with the narrative vibe of The Martian or The Intern's Handbook. The main character voice is great, but some of the other vocal characterizations are off putting. Good performance overall.

  • Patternmaster

  • The Patternist Series
  • By: Octavia E. Butler
  • Narrated by: Eugene H. Russell IV
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393

The Patternist is a telepathic race, commanded by the Patternmaster, whose thoughts can destroy, heal, rule. Coransee, son of the ruling Patternmaster, wants the throne and will stop at nothing to get it, including venture into the wild mutant-infested hills to destroy a young apprentice - his equal and his brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FINALLY SOMETHING LIVES UP TO WILD SEED!!

  • By Jordan on 08-14-16

Ready for the screen, big or small!

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

Octavia's Patternist series has long been a favorite of mine. This audio version was an entertaining performance, but left me wanting more. I'll always miss Octavia. This should be adapted to the screen for a new generation to enjoy with all its politico social nuances.

  • Hostile Takeover

  • A John Lago Thriller
  • By: Shane Kuhn
  • Narrated by: Pete Simonelli
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 232

Professional assassin John Lago faces off against his deadliest adversary yet - his wife - in Hostile Takeover, the exciting sequel to Shane Kuhn's best-selling debut The Intern's Handbook, which the New York Post called "a sexy, darkly comic thriller."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ultra entertaining from start to finish!

  • By D on 07-25-15

Fun follow up to the Intern's Handbook

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

Reviewed: 04-20-16

More of the adventures of John Lago and Alice?. It's a fun romp in the tradition of The Interns Handbook, but not very much new. Definitely enjoyable for someone who wants more of Lago's wisecracking exploits.

  • The Intern's Handbook

  • A Thriller
  • By: Shane Kuhn
  • Narrated by: Pete Simonelli
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 885
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 887

John Lago is a very bad guy. But he’s the very best at what he does. And what he does is infiltrate top-level companies and assassinate crooked executives while disguised as an intern. Interns are invisible. That’s the secret behind HR, Inc., the elite “placement agency” that doubles as a network of assassins for hire who take down high-profile targets that wouldn’t be able to remember an intern’s name if their lives depended on it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reads like a movie script

  • By Sandi on 04-14-14

An intimate thrill ride

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

Reviewed: 04-09-16

With a little taste of a dozen action movies, The Intern's Handbook is seasoned with wry humor, gritty action and a great ending. Loved the cliffhanger at the very end!