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  • The Great Symmetry

  • By: James R Wells
  • Narrated by: Mitchell Lucas
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59

Exoarchaeologist Evan McElroy has made a discovery about a long-extinct alien race. But his sponsors realize they can make huge gains if the new findings are kept completely secret. Step one of their plan is to kill the entire research team - starting with Evan. As Evan flees for his life, his trajectory awakens a long-buried struggle. The Infoterrorists, who believe all ideas are screaming to be free, have waited years for the right moment to take on the seven great families that control all of civilization.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The equivalent of an enjoyable scifi popcorn flick

  • By Kendra on 01-27-16

Left me wanting more

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

Reviewed: 11-09-15

What made the experience of listening to The Great Symmetry the most enjoyable?

OK so why did I like the book?

One of my favorite parts of SciFi is how the authors can project the possible evolution of mankind. In The Great Symmetry, the author projects a time when seven large companies rule/governor the various worlds to which humankind has moved. The greatest crime of the time is the distribution of information….Info Terrorism. Any person can be cut off from society by one of the seven companies, by a process known as “zeroing”. Think of zeroing as having all of your bank accounts and credit cards cut off because you are on a terrorist watch list.

Another item that I believe is required for a good SciFi book is that it sticks with the laws of physics as we know them. The author does a good job with this by discussing space travel in terms of acceleration. Also, he addresses the faster than light speed travel need to reach other stars by a system of connection points between stars called glomes. These are points around a star that have to be entered by a given direction and essentially act as wormholes to other stars. If you have read “The Forever War” by Joe Haldeman it has a similar concept.

The sections that detailed the trip though the cave were very good. I grew up and live near Mammoth Cave and caved quite a bit back in the 80’s and 90’s and the cave sections were well written. I also liked that the author addressed how humans might react in a lower gravity planet.

As with any book there has be development of the characters. The author does a good job for the length of the book. I would have liked to seen a little more development, in regard to a larger variation in the personality of the characters. A few more “bad” characteristics in the good folks and a little misguided good in the bad folks.

All in all, the book left me wanting more and I’m looking forward to reading more from the author.

What other book might you compare The Great Symmetry to and why?

Hard question. The faster than light travel is similar to "The Forever War" by Joe Haldeman. The ideal of a network of star systems being linked together is similar to "The Expanse" series by James S. A. Corey. The info terrorism is similar to "Snow Crash" by Neal Stephenso

What does Mitchell Lucas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He does a good job of changing voice for different characters and tones for situations.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,010
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,309

Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable, light read

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 07-27-12

What happens if you ignore the little things.

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

Reviewed: 07-26-13

Would you listen to The Lost Fleet: Dauntless again? Why?

Yes

What other book might you compare The Lost Fleet: Dauntless to and why?

Starship Troopers Shows the reason for miltary rules.

What does Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It is always best to have the author read the book

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Finished it in 2 days

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bad Astronomy

  • Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing 'Hoax'
  • By: Philip Plait
  • Narrated by: Kevin Scullin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 909
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 734
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 734

Dr. Philip C. Plait sets the record straight on many modern hoaxes and myths. Appalled that millions of Americans don't believe in the moon landing, or that an egg stands on its end only on the vernal equinox, Plait hilariously spills the truth and informs us of scientific inaccuracies in our everyday vernacular.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Answers to the astronomy questions that matter.

  • By Steven on 12-07-10

Good info for anyone interested in the night sky

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

Reviewed: 09-10-12

If you could sum up Bad Astronomy in three words, what would they be?

It is a collection of information about some of the most common mistakes people make about the sky.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Worm

  • The First Digital World War
  • By: Mark Bowden
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 876
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 769
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 770

Worm: The First Digital World War tells the story of the Conficker worm, a potentially devastating piece of malware that has baffled experts and infected more than twelve million computers worldwide. When Conficker was unleashed in November 2008, cybersecurity experts did not know what to make of it. Exploiting security flaws in Microsoft Windows, it grew at an astonishingly rapid rate, infecting millions of computers around the world within weeks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging and Informative

  • By Lynn on 11-04-11

Step by step development of Conficker

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

Reviewed: 07-27-12

Where does Worm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Good book. Not great but still glade I listened to it. If you are interested in worms and other internet malware, well worth the listen.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Worm?

In general the step by step / day by day development of the Conficker wrom.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Life Without Limits

  • Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life
  • By: Nick Vujicic
  • Narrated by: Nick Vujicic
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

Life Without Limits is an inspiring book by an extraordinary man - Nick Vujicic, who was born without arms or legs but overcame his disability to live not only independently, but to live a rich, fulfilling life that is a model for anyone seeking true happiness. Now an internationally successful motivational speaker, his key message is letting people know the importance of finding your life's purpose - even through pain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love It

  • By CK on 11-19-10

An uplifting and helpful message!

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

Reviewed: 06-04-12

What made the experience of listening to Life Without Limits the most enjoyable?

When you think about the obstacles Nick has to deal with you can't help but think how remarkable he is. You really get the feeling that there isn't much he can't do. He shares this infectious confidence and shows you ways to do it for yourself. Not just "Hey go do it" but here is what you need to do and it will take work and you are going to fall / fail but get up and learn from those failures.

Well worth the time and money!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Watch My Back

  • By: Geoff Thompson
  • Narrated by: Simon Trinder
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

After nearly being killed in a gang attack, and almost killing one of his attackers, he was forced to reassess his relationship with violence. After writing down his experiences, Geoff discovered a flair for writing. This is the story of an ordinary man who faced his fears and took himself from bedsit to best seller but very nearly got killed on the way. Geoff Thompson is now the author of over 30 books, a stage play and a BAFTA winning short film.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FREAKING AWESOME BOOK - BEST AUDIO BOOK SO FAR

  • By G on 02-25-12

Book about personal development, life & violence

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

Reviewed: 01-05-12

Would you listen to Watch My Back again? Why?

Yes for a refresher on the life lessons and insight to real life violence.

What did you like best about this story?

The look at real life violence and how it really occurs.

What does Simon Trinder bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

You just have to love the British accent. Although an British to American dictionary would have been handy a few time :)

Any additional comments?

Great book. I would really recommend it to young males say 16 to 28 years old. One for the life lessons it offers and two for the insights to real life violence. He shows you the steps that confirmations take on in real life. If you know the steps, you can avoid the dance.