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Pattern Recognition
    
    
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        William Gibson
    
    


    
    
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        Shelly Frasier
    
    


    
    Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
    1,353 ratings
    Overall 3.9
  • Pattern Recognition

  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,353
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 601
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 607

Cayce Pollard is an expensive, spookily intuitive market-research consultant. In London on a job, she is offered a secret assignment: to investigate some intriguing snippets of video that have been appearing on the Internet. An entire subculture of people is obsessed with these bits of footage, and anybody who can create that kind of brand loyalty would be a gold mine for Cayce's client. But when her borrowed apartment is burgled, she realizes there's more to this project than she had expected.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Unabridged

  • By Laura on 10-11-07

Perfect reader for a great book.

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

Reviewed: 06-18-16

Possibly Gibson's best book. Set around the time of publication, it succeeds as science fiction because it remains a story about how the future affects individuals. The reader does a tremendous job of conveying the sense of connection and disconnection in the main characters life. The reader's rendition of the different accents and tonality of various characters is on point. Really an excellent job.

  • Unstuff Your Life

  • Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good
  • By: Andrew J. Mellen
  • Narrated by: Andrew J. Mellen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,247
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,892
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,861

Arguably the most organized man in America, Andrew J. Mellen has created unique, lasting techniques for streamlined living, bringing order out of chaos for a client list that includes attorneys, filmmakers, and even psychologists. With Unstuff Your Life! he puts his powerful program in the hands of his widest audience yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Stuff

  • By Judy on 12-07-12

Trivial

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

Reviewed: 02-16-13

I suppose it might be better in paper form, where you can skip around to find whatever nuggets of information are useful to you. But as an audio book it's just pointless.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Eisenhower in War and Peace

  • By: Jean Edward Smith
  • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
  • Length: 28 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,426
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,282

Author of the best-seller FDR, Jean Edward Smith is a master of the presidential biography. Setting his sights on Dwight D. Eisenhower, Smith delivers a rich account of Eisenhower’s life using previously untapped primary sources. From the military service in WWII that launched his career to the shrewd political decisions that kept America out of wars with the Soviet Union and China, Smith reveals a man who never faltered in his dedication to serving America, whether in times of war or peace.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book to get to know Ike

  • By Keith Storrs on 09-25-12

Solid

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

Reviewed: 07-30-12

Where does Eisenhower in War and Peace rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

somewhere in the middle.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jean Edward Smith? Why or why not?

yes. I thought it was well written, and had a fairly good pace.

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

no

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

He was smarter than you thought.

Any additional comments?

The only serious criticism I have is that the author keeps saying that Ike was smart, or did things in a skillful manner, but rarely explains what those things were or how Ike did it. We are told that Ike worked really hard, sometimes driving himself to exhaustion. Just what was he doing in all those long hours?

  • Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom

  • China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War
  • By: Stephen R. Platt
  • Narrated by: Angela Lin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

Stephen R. Platt is widely respected for his incisive nonfiction, particularly in regard to his knowledge and understanding of China. With Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom, Platt details the absorbing narrative of the Taiping Rebellion, which resulted in the loss of 20 million lives. Occurring in the 1850s, this is the story of a cultural movement characterized by intriguing personages such as influential military strategist Zeng Guofan and brilliant Taiping leader Hong Rengan.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • InTOLerable Reader

  • By Adam on 07-07-12

InTOLerable Reader

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

Reviewed: 07-07-12

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The book was fascinating. An interesting description of a little known (in the west) period of chinese history.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Angela Lin?

Almost anyone, I think. Ms. Lin puts a heavy, portentous emphasis on almost every other word. It's intolerable, and it makes the book pretty much unlistenable. The READING DESTROYS all PLEASURE in the BOOK. You get the point.

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

Yes.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • What Would MacGyver Do?

  • True Stories of Improvised Genius in Everyday Life
  • By: Brendan Vaughan
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor, Shelly Frasier
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 12

You're driving on a deserted road when your car dies. Your cell phone isn't getting service. All you have on hand are a gum wrapper and a wire hanger. Or maybe you're living in a building without central air conditioning in July. You can't afford an AC; all you have access to are a fan and a bucket of water. In such times of desperation, many have called upon the symbol of all that is inventive, the hero who awed thousands with his cool, quick wit: "What would MacGyver do?" they ask.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing innovative

  • By Norm Donovan on 11-24-07

A sham in every way

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-29-10

The book is a bunch of "real world" stories. Some show moderately innovative thinking. In others the solutions are so mundane it's hard to believe anyone thought they were worth writing about. In any case, none of them involve the quick thinking, innovative, found- objects approach that characterized the TV character. Macgyver wouldn't do any of these things. Don't waste your time on this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful