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  • Dead Weight

  • By: Matt Casamassina
  • Narrated by: Joshua Nicholson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

When 17-year-old Zephyr Rockwell wakes from a camping trip in the woods, he discovers that nearly everyone in the world has disappeared and most of the luxuries mankind maintained are already breaking down. What happened? Where did everybody go? Why is he still here? The boy soon embarks on a journey for answers and companionship in a new reality where great cities lay in ruins, food and water grow scarcer by the day, and every other survivor is a potential threat. There are secrets waiting in California, but is the trek halfway across the country worth the risk? Zephyr and his new friends decide to find out. Some of them, however, may not return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read for fanatics of this genre!

  • By ~☆Ashelina☆~ on 03-26-17

Great Story to Add the Canon

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

Reviewed: 01-20-17

Ish. Gordon Krantz. Randy Bragg. John Matherson. And now Zephyr Rockwell. Like the best of post-apocalyptic fiction, Dead Weight poses questions of meaning and friendship in the face of staggering loss, and forces us to examine what we should believe and do with our lives when surrounded by uncertainty. This skillful, first novel by writer Matt Casamassina is an exciting, fresh addition to the genre, and will leave you thinking about its ending long after you've finished reading.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Shop Class as Soulcraft

  • An Inquiry into the Value of Work
  • By: Matthew B. Crawford
  • Narrated by: Max Bloomquist
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 728
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 498
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 492

Shop Class as Soulcraft brings alive an experience that was once quite common but now seems to be receding from society - the experience of making and fixing things with our hands. For those who felt hustled off to college, then to the cubicle, against their own inclinations and natural bents, Shop Class as Soulcraft seeks to restore the honor of the manual trades as a life worth choosing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mercedes Have No Dipstick

  • By Ray on 06-16-11

Amazing

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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: 07-02-16

Just about perfect; the kind of book that you end up remembering as an intuition more than a bookmark.

  • Morning Star

  • Book III of the Red Rising Trilogy
  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 21 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27,510
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,644
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25,594

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society's mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The narration and content = outstanding

  • By Gus on 05-30-17

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 04-22-16

Like the Ender Saga, I didn't want this series to end. It is a complete world —the best kind of science fiction — with rich, complex characters, and grand ideas that don't just make you think. They make you feel.

  • 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 27,552
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,478
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,406

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Modern Classic Which Will Endure

  • By HMW on 01-09-15

This book deserves an 11.

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

Reviewed: 04-12-16

I won't review this title in the traditional sense, because you just need to listen to it. Remarkable.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lights Out

  • A Cyberattack, a Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath
  • By: Ted Koppel
  • Narrated by: Ted Koppel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,331
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,328

Imagine a blackout lasting not days but weeks or months. Tens of millions of people over several states are affected. For those without access to generators, there is no running water, no sewage, no refrigeration or light. Food and medical supplies are dwindling. Devices we rely on have gone dark. Banks no longer function, looting is widespread, and law and order are being tested as never before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good read that isn't fear mongering

  • By Elliott McNair on 01-01-16

Gripping, Timely, and Reflective

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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: 11-06-15

Journalists, Ted writes in this book, at some point must make a "gut check" as to whether or not they trust a source. Having grown up watching Ted on TV every night, I've come to trust both his reporting and journalistic instincts, as shown in his choice of topics to bring to our collective attention. It is with this trust in mind that I began this book, and it is a main reason that it truly frightened me.

"Lights Out" is a cautionary tale of the threats posed by a new technological age, not yet fully realized by the public or policy makers, and provides definite and far-reaching implications across all aspects of society. Not only does it challenge us to rethink the means by which we prepare (or do not prepare) for catastrophic events, it challenges us to rethink our basic relationship with the Internet, privacy, and government.

The book succeeds as a solid piece of journalism at alarming, informing, and posing numerous questions at the reader, in a digestible manner than never feels panicked, judging, or exaggerated.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Exponential Organizations

  • New Organizations Are Ten Times Better, Faster, and Cheaper Than Yours (and What to Do About It)
  • By: Salim Ismail, Yuri van Geest, Michael S. Malone, and others
  • Narrated by: Kevin Young
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,017
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,014

In business, performance is key. In performance, how you organize can be the key to growth. In the past five years, the business world has seen the birth of a new breed of company - the Exponential Organization - that has revolutionized how a company can accelerate its growth by using technology.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not a revelation

  • By A. Yoshida on 01-24-16

Thoughtful and Needed

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

Reviewed: 05-16-15

Great book. There's a lot of deep content here, and the authors packaged it well.

My only criticism comes near the very end, where they discuss the future of HR using genomics, chemical sensors, etc. to fit individuals to jobs "objectively". Employees would then monitor their personalities and social credit in order to optimize for job placement.

Two points :

1. the act of building such a system sounds downright dystopian when taken to its end.

2. choosing to create such a world is itself a value judgement on the type of world that SHOULD exist, and as such, is inherently subjective. Abdication of personal responsibility to "market trends" is not an excuse. What is not mentioned here is the need for governments everywhere to sometimes control exponential trends for the good of the markets and employees that make them up.

Criticism aside, this is an excellent book and well worth the read for business leaders and laymen alike.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The World Without Us

  • By: Alan Weisman
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 673
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 279

In this far-reaching narrative, Weisman explains how our massive infrastructure would collapse and vanish without human presence; which everyday items may become immortalized as fossils; why some of our earliest buildings might be the last architecture left; and how plastic, bronze sculpture, and man-made molecules may be our lasting gifts to the universe.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • mixed feelings

  • By Chris on 08-23-07

Terrifying and Facinating

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

Reviewed: 05-14-15

Both terrifying and fascinating at once, this journey from glacial continents to violent tsunamis, supervolcanoes and planets covers a breathtaking amount of ground - and space.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful