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Kevin Thomas Dillon

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  • Cat's Cradle

  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: Tony Roberts
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,969
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,970

Cat's Cradle is Kurt Vonnegut's satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planet's ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist; a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer; and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny. A book that left an indelible mark on an entire generation of readers, Cat's Cradle is one of this century's most important works...and Vonnegut at his very best.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • KV at his best.

  • By Robert on 06-22-12

Weird and wonderful

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

Great dialog strings together strange stories from colorful characters that come together unexpectedly into a grand finale.

  • Dangerous

  • By: Milo Yiannopoulos
  • Narrated by: Milo Yiannopoulos
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,021
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,807
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,797

The liberal media machine did everything they could to keep this book out of your hands. Now, finally, Dangerous, the most controversial book of the decade, is tearing down safe spaces everywhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do I Dare to give less than 5 🌟🌟?

  • By GIJaneB4 on 09-30-17

Came for the politics, left loling

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

Reviewed: 09-10-17

Good points, well-cited, but more than anything, it's uproariously. Makes serious topics lighter and more digestable. A pleasure to listen-to.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Superintelligence

  • Paths, Dangers, Strategies
  • By: Nick Bostrom
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,734
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,413
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,389

Superintelligence asks the questions: What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? Nick Bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life. The human brain has some capabilities that the brains of other animals lack. It is to these distinctive capabilities that our species owes its dominant position. If machine brains surpassed human brains in general intelligence, then this new superintelligence could become extremely powerful - possibly beyond our control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Colossus: The Forbin Project is coming

  • By Gary on 09-12-14

Naive and incomplete

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

Reviewed: 05-24-17

Nick comes off as condescending and elitist. While he makes many good points, he fails the fundamental test. He considers that all other humans have the same attitude and morality that he does, and that will lead them to be rational actors with regards to their goals. Nothing could be further from the truth.

There is a deep human need for God. (it is selected-for evolutionarily) And in this age of godlessness, what Nick doesn't understand, is that humans will create God of they can, to fill the void left by Neitzsche's observations.

There are literally transhumanist people today who believe it is the role of humans to be a stepping stone to a technological god, and want to make it even if it means the death of the human race.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 2001

  • A Space Odyssey
  • By: Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,613
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,896
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,910

It has been 40 years since the publication of this classic science-fiction novel that changed the way we look at the stars and ourselves. From the savannas of Africa at the dawn of mankind to the rings of Saturn as man adventures to the outer rim of our solar system, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a journey unlike any other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Narration - Great Book

  • By Venu on 07-04-09

The classic, and explains...

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

Reviewed: 03-31-17

... that which can only be inferred by the movie. But does not replace the movie. They are supplemental to each other.

  • Seveneves

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal, Will Damron
  • Length: 31 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,061
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,055

A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So Much Potential

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 06-08-17

Poor science meets unlikely circumstance

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

Reviewed: 10-24-16

Far too long, implausible scenario, leading to an idiotic non-scientific solution that nobody would ever seriously entertain. This is all wrapped up in jargon to make it sound less ridiculous than it is. Storytelling is dry and lacks and kind of flavor. Characters are boring and uninspired, such that most of them are hard to tell apart... and for practical purposes they don't need to be. It's mostly just black and white.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Star Beast

  • Heinlein's Juveniles, Book 8
  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Lummox has been the pet of the Stuart family for generations. With eight legs, a thick hide, and increasingly large size, Lummox is nobody's idea of man's best friend. Nevertheless, John Stuart XI, descendant of the starman who originally brought Lummox back to Earth, loves him. But when Lummox eats a neighbor's car and begins to grow again, the feds decide that enough is enough.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it!

  • By Kevin Thomas Dillon on 09-06-16

loved it!

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

Reviewed: 09-06-16

A little predictable, but otherwise large hearted children's story about tolerance, cultural differences, and not judging a book (or alien) at face value.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Book 1

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 65,907
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 59,811
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 59,799

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Sad, Sad Confession…

  • By Mike L Lane on 08-08-17

A modern classic

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

Reviewed: 04-01-16

Brilliantly original and imaginative, while accessible to young readers and still entertaining for adults, the Harry Potter series is a triumph.

16 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • High-Rise

  • By: J.G. Ballard
  • Narrated by: Tom Hiddleston
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 898
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 894

When a class war erupts inside a luxurious apartment block, modern elevators become violent battlegrounds, and cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on "enemy" floors. In this visionary tale, human society slips into violent reverse as once-peaceful residents, driven by primal urges, re-create a world ruled by the laws of the jungle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • TOM HIDDLESTON NEEDS TO READ EVERYTHING

  • By Jeanette on 04-05-15

Awful

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

Reviewed: 03-22-16

Class warfare drivel with hollow characters so forgettable that it's hard to know (or care) which character is speaking. All are in a high rise that for no reason anyone can explain, go crazy because they all find the building that they live in somehow unnerving, and yet all refuse to move out. It's also written abominably. Jack did X, Jack did Y. The building was spooky. Not material for serious readers.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Templar Salvation

  • By: Raymond Khoury
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 341

Constantinople, 1203: As the rapacious armies of the Fourth Crusade lay siege to the city, a secretive band of Templars infiltrate the imperial library. Their target: a cache of documents that must not be allowed to fall into the hands of the Doge of Venice. They escape with three heavy chests, filled with explosive secrets that these men will not live long enough to learn. Vatican City, present day: FBI agent Sean Reilly infiltrates the Pope's massive Vatican Secret Archives of the Inquisition....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A book that "jumped the shark"

  • By Andrea on 10-31-10

Interesting ideas, poor execution

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

Reviewed: 09-20-15

In a similar vein to other Raymond Khoury adventures, flat tropish cardboard cutout characters embark on generic Dan Brown style adventures lacking description or believability. Unlikely descriptions pair an inexcusabley poor pacing and deficit of character development or wordplay. Worst of all is the flat style, "Tess did X. Tess saw Y." Simple actions, little content or depth.

The book's saving grace is the impeccable research, plausible ancient tales, and alluring artifacts that the flat boring heroes seek. The reader seems pretty good.