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  • Ghost in the Wires

  • My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker
  • By: Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,407

Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen for tech fans

  • By Mikeyxote on 06-01-12

FREE KEVIN!

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

Reviewed: 07-28-14

Any additional comments?

Being a teenager around the beginning of the Myth of Kevin i always wanted to know more about him. I was one of those teenagers stuck in a dark room with a 300bps modem connecting to BBS systems , and looking for the 0 day warez. Spent most of my middle school and high school time exploring telecom systems and the ever evolving internet.

I enjoyed Kevin's story, I enjoyed the level of technical description, but I really enjoyed was the stories into social engineering. I mean really? People just give up the info so easily? As a telecom employee I never gave up any information that could get my walls breeched, or was I socially engineered and not even know it. Thats how good he was.

I felt at times that he embellished portions of the book, or really just over acted some parts. In the end its his story and it is a wild one , he can say what he wants. Some portions of the book seem to serve as an apology message.

I will share this will my old "Computer" buddies.

  • Deep Sky

  • By: Patrick Lee
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435

The anomaly called the Breach is the government’s most carefully guarded secret. But there is another secret even less known... and far more terrifying. As the U.S. President addresses the nation fromthe Oval Office, a missile screams toward the White House. In a lightning flash, the Chief Executive is dead, his mansion in ruins, and two cryptic words are the only clue to the assassins’ motives: “See Scalar.” Now Travis Chase of the covert agency Tangent - caretakers of the Breach and all its grim wonders - have only twenty-four hours to unearth a decades-old mystery....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sad to see the story end.

  • By Sandra on 01-13-12

Did not disappoint me, what a great series

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

Reviewed: 07-09-14

Any additional comments?

This is the last book of three and all I can really say is that this was an action pack series that made me feel fulfilled at the end. This last book brings in all the little things you found in the first two books and puts a bow on it. If you are a fan if Sci-Fi , please give this series a try and when you get to this book, look in the mirror at your grin and be happy. If you read the first two books, what are you waiting for! Dive back in and finish the job!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Robogenesis

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel H. Wilson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews, Emily Rankin, Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 508

Humankind had triumphed over the machines. At the end of Robopocalypse, the modern world was largely devastated, humankind was pressed to the point of annihilation, and the Earth was left in tatters…but the master artificial intelligence presence known as Archos had been killed. In Robogenesis, we see that Archos has survived. Spread across the far reaches of the world, the machine code has fragmented into millions of pieces, hiding and regrouping.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Picks up right you where dropped off!

  • By CSoAmazon on 06-27-14

Picks up right you where dropped off!

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

Reviewed: 06-27-14

Any additional comments?

The second book in the Robopocalypse series (maybe a 3rd) picks up right where you left off, but where you where dropped off wasn't what you thought. This book gave me the same excitement that I got out of the first book, and i'm hoping for a 3rd. If you are fan of near future Sci-Fi technology thrillers you have just looked at a review for one of the best.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Anathem

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
  • Length: 32 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,075
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,817
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,825

In celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent's gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected". But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Joe on 12-04-09

After the book, I didn't feel unsatisfied

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

Reviewed: 05-01-14

Any additional comments?

When I first started this book I was a little put off by the language and complexity of how it was written. After the first few chapters I began to sink in and I was able to grasp the jargon used. The characters where dynamic, the plot was amazing and it was a very satisfying book. I am a heavy science fiction reader, and this book was on the mark for this, and a little fantasy. Thank you for the person who suggested this book for me. It is the second longest book I've ever read, coincidentally the first longest book Ive read was by the same author

  • The Last Firewall

  • By: William Hertling
  • Narrated by: Jennifer O'Donnell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 452
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 400

In the year 2035, robots, artificial intelligences, and neural implants have become commonplace. The Institute for Ethics keeps the peace, using social reputation to ensure that robots and humans don't harm society or each other. But a powerful AI named Adam has found a way around the restrictions. Catherine Matthews, nineteen years old, has a unique gift: the ability to manipulate the net with her neural implant. Yanked out of her perfectly ordinary life, Catherine becomes the last firewall standing between Adam and his quest for world domination.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great series of books

  • By Richard on 05-22-14

Very much enjoyed this book.

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

Reviewed: 03-12-14

Any additional comments?

Wonderful read, great new characters and after finishing this book I understand how this fits in with the other two. You can read this separate from the other two or in series and its just as great of a read.

Kat is a character that was effected by ELOPe, this was before "Yoni", year of no internet. By the way ELOPe was only mentioned twice in the book. She plays a critical roll in the evolution of everything.

One thing puzzles me, what happened to ELOPe.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Remaining

  • By: D. J. Molles
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,492
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,490

In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Die Hard Meets 28 Days Later

  • By G Wallace on 01-10-14

Its a good, entertaining story

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

Reviewed: 03-05-14

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

His performance was great. Captured the voices and emotion well.

Any additional comments?

Post apocalyptic world, with the USA planting seeds of american soldiers to rebuild the government. Sounds like an impossible task, but thats what makes it interesting. Can Lee do it? I want to believe he can! This is the first in three books (the magic number it seems for a series) and leaves off in a great position for the next book. This is not your regular zombie book, because there is more in this story that "we need to survive", and more like "We need to survive and rebuild".

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Influx

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,708
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,714

Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Solid to Silly to Inane

  • By Craig on 05-15-14

Was not disappointed at all !

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

Reviewed: 02-28-14

What was one of the most memorable moments of Influx?

Finding out who "Leroy Jenkins" really is outside of WoW.

Any additional comments?

Let me say one thing about this book, "Physics rocks!"

I had high hopes for this book being such a fan of the three previous books to this point. I was greatly satisfied. It had me reading at lunch at work, at work, and up late at night. Its not like the other books, but in its self a great work of Sci-Fi.

It was a great read(Listen) , and highly recommend this book if you love tech, and Scf-Fi.

Only one thing I had to get over, John Grady sounded just like John Ross. My mind resolved it quickly.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Jumper

  • By: Steven Gould
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,510

What if you could go anywhere in the world, in the blink of an eye? Where would you go? What would you do?Davy can teleport. To survive, Davy must learn to use and control his power in a world that is more violent and complex than he ever imagined. But mere survival is not enough for him. Davy wants to find others like himself, others who can Jump.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A nice descent into fantasy...

  • By Cather on 08-13-12

Can you make a better cover?

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

Reviewed: 02-24-14

Any additional comments?

Let me start by saying that I now understand when a movies says "Based on the book _______ by _______". If its is based on it , it doesn't necessarily have to follow it. In this case there was a few things that match the movie but just a few.

This book is written in a way that I could relate to, sympathize with, and get into. I mean I don't know exactly how he could feel but this gives me background to understand. Im curious now to see how the other books in this series goes.

Despite the cover that makes it look like a teen book, it has much more content than you might have expected.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • WWW

  • Wake
  • By: Robert J. Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, Jennifer Van Dyck, A. C. Fellner, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,482
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,483

Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math - and blind. Still, she can surf the net with the best of them, following its complex paths clearly in her mind. But Caitlin's brain long ago co-opted her primary visual cortex to help her navigate online. So when she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness, spreading out all around her in a riot of colors and shapes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great, if Incomplete, Concept

  • By Seth H. Wilson on 04-14-09

WWW: Wow!

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

Reviewed: 02-20-14

Any additional comments?

I was presently surprised by this book. The main character was "Full of awesome" , the AI was stupid and THEN got smarter, and it kept me reading. I wasn't expecting it to be as technical but it was and that always makes me happy. The only thing I was disappointed by is that "Jagster" is not a real search engine. I think I am going to like this series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Atopia Chronicles, Book 1

  • By: Matthew Mather
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, Nick Podehl, Angela Dawe, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 679
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 606
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 601

In the near future, to escape the crush and clutter of a packed and polluted Earth, the world’s elite flock to Atopia, an enormous corporate-owned artificial island in the Pacific Ocean. It is there that Dr. Patricia Killiam rushes to perfect the ultimate in virtual reality: a program to save the ravaged Earth from mankind’s insatiable appetite for natural resources.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I tried and I tried...

  • By Jeri on 07-10-14

Great book :: Surprised me!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-14

Any additional comments?

This book had so many elements , and was put together well. I really enjoyed the first person switching, and the effort it took to imagine all of this information. Bob is easily my favorite character, and look forward to more. I highly recommend this book for Sci-Fi fans.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful