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  • Syncing Forward

  • By: W. Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 549
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 519

Attacked and injected with a drug that slows his metabolism to a fraction of normal, Martin James becomes an unwilling time traveler who hurtles through the years. His children grow up, his wife grows older, and his only hope is finding the people who injected him in the first place - not an easy task when one day for Martin lasts four years. And while Martin James strives to find a cure before everyone he loves is gone, others are uncertain if his journey can be stopped at all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Getting Up to Speed with A Forced Freeze on Time!

  • By espanolish on 05-05-16

Exhausting, and utterly boring.

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

Reviewed: 12-27-16

To start with such a fascinating premise and to squander it so atrociously must be some sort of talent -- a credit to the author. :p
The book almost never stopped with the melodrama. It occasionally meandered into pseudoscientific paranoia about GMO food harming humans and various things like that. The main character is an unlikable, bratty child, who is unable to focus on anything but self pity and his own indignation at the changing culture as he is "syncing forward".

The book went on and on repeating this same theme of self pity and indignation. It should have ended at half its length. It was torturous to listened to so many hours of this predictable, boring nonsense. I would not recommend this one. There are many better sci Fi books.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Infinite Jest

  • By: David Foster Wallace
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 56 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,916
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,925

A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listening to this is quite an experience

  • By kurdis teed on 04-25-17

One of my favorite audiobooks

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

Reviewed: 08-20-16

The narrator, Sean Pratt, is excellent for this story. Even though the sentences can get very long and meandering, he speaks with such a casual rhythm that it becomes very easy to understand. The voices and dialects are also very believable and consistent. Besides the performance, this book is fantastic in its own right. Everyone should read it or listen to it at least once. Since its such a long book, I think listening is the best option along with reading the endnotes separately (since its not included in audio).

The book is thought provoking, and uncomfortable at times. It confronts the gruesome reality of the pursuit of pleasure and happiness and success as being all of one nature, a possibly obsessive drive.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Everything Bad Is Good for You

  • By: Steven Johnson
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Mind Wide Open comes a groundbreaking assessment of popular culture as it's never been considered before: through the lens of intelligence. Forget everything you’ve ever read about the age of dumbed-down, instant-gratification culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • nice to hear "the rest of the story"

  • By stacey nelson on 03-17-18

a good cultural commentary, a little redundant

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

Reviewed: 04-27-16

Maybe it's because he's preaching to the choir in my case, but there were sections of this book that seemed a bit obvious and superfluous to his thesis. That said, there is plenty in this book that I would want everyone to read. The fashionable self deprecation in our culture should stop and this book gives good reasons why it should stop.

  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,825
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,362

In what is considered one of Heinlein's most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world. It is 21st-century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans, a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But that's the problem with the inevitable: it always happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good Interpretation

  • By Gerald on 10-25-08

interesting portrayal of AI, but stunted politics

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

Reviewed: 04-25-16

The idea behind AI consciousness was engaging. but when Heinlein started dealing with nitty gritty politics and war maneuvers, it immediately became boring. I can't remember a single thing that happened in the skirmishes. there were a bunch of threats, there were some rocks hurled from the moon to earth, but I had no investment in the point by point. anarchism as described here, looks to be an idiotic ideology. The "prof" sounds more like a villain from Ain rands books, and his sudden disappearance disappearance seemed contrived... I didn't care one way or another. It's not a bad sci fi, but there are many that are better.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 190,779
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 178,156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177,784

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Very fun, campy, nostalgic novel... but its simple

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

Reviewed: 09-15-15

it's a very easy read; it feels most like a young adult novel. the themes are cliche, the romances are simple, the character development is straight forward. there is no moral ambiguity, or thought provoking decisions. the good guys are good, bad guys are bad and the ending feels like he was in a rush to just end it.

but its fun! It feeds into the nostalgia within all of us. even though I didn't live through the 80s, I felt the nostalgic tone and enjoyed the references vicariously through the author's enthusiasm.

  • Brave New World

  • By: Aldous Huxley
  • Narrated by: Michael York
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,853
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11,159
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,211

When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • “Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”

  • By Jefferson on 10-03-11

Banal and outdated dystopic story

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

Reviewed: 05-28-15

There's nothing in this narrative that hasn't been done better by another author. While it was probably very imaginative at the time it was written, today it is disappointing and boring. If dystopia is what you seek, try Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. She makes a far more compelling and plausible story about bioengineering. If science fiction is what you seek, try the robot series by Asimov. But I can't recommend this novel because it offers neither a compelling cerebral experience, nor adventure. The first few chapters and the very end are the only worthwhile segments.

  • American Psycho

  • By: Bret Easton Ellis
  • Narrated by: Pablo Schreiber
  • Length: 16 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,146

Patrick Bateman moves among the young and trendy in 1980s Manhattan. Young, handsome, and well educated, Bateman earns his fortune on Wall Street by day while spending his nights in ways we cannot begin to fathom. Expressing his true self through torture and murder, Bateman prefigures an apocalyptic horror that no society could bear to confront.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fanntastic book but maybe not for everyone....

  • By So Fain on 03-27-11

great performance but the movie is slightly better

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

Reviewed: 05-16-15

Pablo Schreiber does an excellent job voicing the story and all of the narration. However, there is something darkly humorous and charming about the movie interpretation that wasn't quite achieved in the original text. While the violence in the book was vivid, and so delightfully extreme that the movie couldn't possibly match it, the Patrick Bateman character in the movie, as portrayed by christian bale, seemed so much more cohesive. Sometimes the dining scenes in the text, while interesting and descriptive, didn't offer any new insight into Bateman's character -- and were therefore, forgettable. on the other hand, every dinner scene in the movie was tied into some critical character development.

definitely give this a listen for the blood and gore and torture... that is undeniably well done, but go for the movie again for a better overall story experience.

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,840

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book!

  • By Scott on 04-10-08

A captivating story with decent voice acting

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

Reviewed: 03-17-15

a pleasant listening experience. However, the changing of voice actors between chapters was jarring. Otherwise, well done.

  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

  • By: Richard P. Feynman
  • Narrated by: Raymond Todd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,012
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,552
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,561

With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife of a Princeton dean to remark, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" But the many scientific and personal achievements of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist are no laughing matter. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, Feynman relates the defining moments of his accomplished life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious and inspiring

  • By Brad Grimm on 11-09-09

Pleasant and amusing story about an eccentric

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

Reviewed: 02-17-15

Feynman is probably one of the most charismatic physicists in history. This narrator captures his "voice" with delightful nuance.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful