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Spell or High Water audiobook cover art

slightly weak story logic overall good plot

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

Reviewed: 07-17-16

the storyline was good. but the detail of the interactions and battles had bad creativity and logic

Snow Crash audiobook cover art

neal stephenson has great plots, but is longwinded

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

Reviewed: 06-07-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

pacing wayyy off. this book has great plot, but the pacing is very slow and tons of unnecessary tangents

If you’ve listened to books by Neal Stephenson before, how does this one compare?

one of the better, but still don't like it very much

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no i have not

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

yes

Any additional comments?

nope

Hard Magic audiobook cover art

Xmen meets 1920s meets zombies meets great narrati

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

Reviewed: 10-06-14

Would you listen to Hard Magic again? Why?

The first 2/3 pacing and plot is very good.

What did you like best about this story?

the first 1/3 was written with such epic style (i.e. like a movie trailer)

Which scene was your favorite?

first fight.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

no, nothing hit me like a brick, but the whole thing was very smooth

Any additional comments?

The last 1/3 was too stereotyped for me. especially given the first 2/3 being so great

The Diamond Age audiobook cover art

50% story about the life if a little girl :-/

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

Reviewed: 08-04-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Brilliant writing, amazing performance..... very boring storyline. The story has many great nuggets of creativity and energy, but 60% of the book is very boring narratives about the development of a child by benevolent benefactors, of sorts. If I wanted that kinda nap, I would have read Charles dickens

If you’ve listened to books by Neal Stephenson before, how does this one compare?

NA

Which character – as performed by Jennifer Wiltsie – was your favorite?

All, she was spot on with everything.

Do you think The Diamond Age needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

nope, too boring.

The Power of Habit audiobook cover art

10% content, 90% narrative fluff.

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

Reviewed: 08-04-14

What would have made The Power of Habit better?

This book is better summarized by a single review article by any one of the several/few professors cited over and over again in this book. This book is 90% unnecessary narrative, and 10% solid, useful, content.

Has The Power of Habit turned you off from other books in this genre?

yup. I'll only read books by phd's in the field of the book from now on. I won't buy writing by writers trying to get a piece of the action.

Which character – as performed by Mike Chamberlain – was your favorite?

NA

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Power of Habit?

any narrative that went more than 5 pages.

Any additional comments?

let the primary source write the books, instead of these second-hand front runners.

Ready Player One audiobook cover art

Not literary brilliance, YES perfectly creative!

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

Reviewed: 08-04-14

What did you love best about Ready Player One?

The author and story matched so well and the topics and pace were so solid, I could not wait for my morning commute to listen to this book.

What did you like best about this story?

The INFINITE references to my childhood and a very creative way.

What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

everything...i'm serious.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

yes! soooo many exciting plot points!

Any additional comments?

PLLLLLLLEASE make more like this.

Underwriting audiobook cover art

clean and to the point, too short

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

Reviewed: 08-04-14

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

very clear info, just not the best info.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

add more relevant content to a person interested enough in this obscure topic.

What does Emily Sophie Knapp bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

good energy.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no

Any additional comments?

more info!

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Nudge audiobook cover art

Dense with information, instead of narratives

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

Reviewed: 08-04-14

What made the experience of listening to Nudge the most enjoyable?

No full of unnecessary anecdotal stories that drag on. Solid, relevant information, at a good pacing.

Who was your favorite character and why?

NA

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

Good tone of voice, not overly monotonous or boisterous for the topic,

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Libertarian Paternalism comes to your home.

Any additional comments?

Maybe a little more engaging and even more detailed information

Fuzzy Nation audiobook cover art

The Firm meets E.T. meets the Ewoks

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

Reviewed: 11-25-13

Would you listen to Fuzzy Nation again? Why?

Well, the story was very rich and complex, but a lot of the plot points became obvious and thus a lot of the dialog tends to come across as verbose. So on a second read the issue would become unbearable. Having said that, it is an engaging storyline.

What did you like best about this story?

The plot points were very good. If the dialog pulled back a. Little bit it wand didn't spell everything out for me, it would have been incredibly good.

Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi (Introduction) ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't listened to other books, but I would. The plots are rich.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Spoiler?!! When hallway first met the fuzzier.

Any additional comments?

The dialog is noticeable verbose and spells out everything in too much detail. However the reason for this seems that the legalise might come across too complex. Good story.

Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain audiobook cover art

Pure unfiltered creativity.

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

Reviewed: 11-20-13

If you could sum up Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain in three words, what would they be?

Pure creativity. Great character dynamics between two main characters

What was one of the most memorable moments of Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain?

The fight on the island.

What about Scott Aiello’s performance did you like?

Brilliant. The voices were perfect. Seriously. Couldn't be any better.

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

No. I like it in doses.

Any additional comments?

More details! The scenes are so perfect I want it to all go slower.

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