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Mike Reiter

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  • What Einstein Got Wrong

  • Written by: Dan Hooper, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Dan Hooper
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

These 12 half-hour lectures are about what Einstein got wrong. He may have kindled a scientific revolution with his famous theory of relativity and his proof that atoms and light quanta exist, but he balked at accepting the most startling implications of these theories - such as the existence of black holes, the big bang, gravity waves, and mind-bendingly strange phenomena in the quantum realm. This course by research physicist Dan Hooper of the University of Chicago assumes no background in science and uses very little math.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting look at the impact of Einstein

  • By Mike Reiter on 2019-04-02

An interesting look at the impact of Einstein

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-02

This book was presented very well. It cover's things that Einstein got wrong but not just in general but things that his theories predicted and he didn't believe. I learned that he was actually the father of Quantum Mechanics even though he felt it had to be wrong. He predicted black holes and an expanding universe but felt that those were just things that made the math work and couldn't be real. It was interesting to see the man that gave humanity the tools to go beyond its previous thinking, was trapped by the same thinking he was freeing others from.

  • Artemis

  • Written by: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,576
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,570

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not so great

  • By plaj on 2017-11-28

interesting use of location for an engaging story

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-27

Jaz is a Porter/smuggler in the first and only city on the moon. She is always struggling and hustling to get by and she had one large outstanding debt she fills she must pay off. Fire the shot at a big payout she endangers everybody she cares about. The main character is interesting, helped our quite a bit by the narrator. the other characters are interesting is the intrigue. The setting enhances the plot rather than being a gimmick

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • Written by: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,514
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,233
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,226

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Amazon Customer on 2017-11-10

Interesting but I was expecting more humour

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-17

Trevor Noah give the story of his life as a child and young adult in South Africa which covered the period just prior to and just after the end of apartheid. It is fairly interesting. I did listen to the whole thing. His narration is engaging but given what I had seen of him on the daily show and some of his stand up, I expected it to have more humour.

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  • Wraith

  • Written by: Helen Harper
  • Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Saiya Buchanan is a wraith, able to detach her shadow from her body and send it off to do her bidding. But, unlike most of her kin, Saiya doesn't deal in death. Instead, she trades secrets - and in the goblin besieged city of Stirling in Scotland, they're a highly prized commodity. It might just be, however, that the goblins have been hiding the greatest secret of them all. When Gabriel de Florinville, a Dark Elf, is sent as royal envoy into Stirling and takes her prisoner, Saiya is not only going to uncover the sinister truth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable love story, weak fantasy world

  • By Mike Reiter on 2019-02-21

Predictable love story, weak fantasy world

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-21

Saiya is a wrath living in the modern day city of Stirling Scotland. It is ruled by goblins and under siege from another faction of goblins. Gabriel is a dark elf who has some magic, is en envoy of the government and hates wraths. What follows is a very predictable love story with a very weak story setting. The world doesn't hold together, all this is happening in a world with cellphones and the internet yet somehow this city is isolated while still being in present day U.K.. The dark elf has this seemingly unlimited magic ability but for some reason can't get simple things done. The abilities of the wrath seem to be whatever is needed at the time. Everything else is predictable and you could guess the story from the first three sentences of this review.

The narrator is very good and the only reason I saw this through to the end. I will look for more books narrated by her but I will definitely be skipping further offerings from this author.

  • The Witches' Tree

  • An Agatha Raisin Mystery
  • Written by: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21

Driving home from a dinner party in the village of Sumpton Harcourt, Rory and Molly Harris, the new vicar and his wife, strain to see the road ahead - and then suddenly brake, screeching to a halt. Right in front of them, aglow in the headlights, a body hangs from a gnarled tree at the edge of town. An elderly spinster has been murdered - and the villagers are bewildered as to who would commit such a crime. Agatha Raisin rises to the occasion (a little glad for the excitement, to tell the truth, after a long run of lost cats and divorces on the books).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • bitchy witchy<br />

  • By susan bingham on 2018-09-25

A light fun mystery

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

Reviewed: 2019-01-26

Agatha Raisin owns a detective agency in the Cotswolds. When a church lady is found dead in the witches tree she takes a break from missing dogs and divorce cases to try and solve a murder. The story is an excellent take on an Agatha Christy novel with an interesting array of characters. The narrators voice brings just the right amount of sardonic whimsy to the material.

  • Through the Belly of the Beast

  • Underworld, Book 2
  • Written by: Apollos Thorne
  • Narrated by: Graham Halstead
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Surviving Lord Darius' attack has put Elorion's level over the top. He must soon leave the Mistress' Labyrinth for the unknown dangers of the Underworld. There are three paths that stand before him. Should he absorb all the Blue Magic he can find, power level his fellow captives, or take on the bone palace alone?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Much like the first

  • By Mike Reiter on 2019-01-04

Much like the first

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

Reviewed: 2019-01-04

This was a good follow up to the first book. They escape their original environment and head off to explore the underworld. It sort of felt like half a story as it was the journey from their old home to their new home. I think one thing that was missing from this book was the sense of newness. I was expecting that to be offset with more indepth character development and maybe less focus on the main character and his omnipotence and more focus on group dynamics. I like the first book so much that I bought this one right after. Maybe it burned me out on the genre and the story and if I had had some time in between I would have felt better about this book. Since I have to wait for the next one we will see how I feel when it comes out.

  • Malevolent

  • Shaye Archer Series, Book 1
  • Written by: Jana DeLeon
  • Narrated by: Julie McKay
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

Everyone wondered about Shaye Archer's past. Including Shaye. Shaye Archer's life effectively began the night police found her in an alley, beaten and abused and with no memory of the previous 15 years, not even her name. Nine years later, she's a licensed private investigator with a single goal - to get answers for her clients when there aren't supposed to be any. And maybe, someday, answers for herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprise!!

  • By Meave on 2018-06-05

Good villian but bad twist at the end

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

Reviewed: 2019-01-04

This being the first book in the series I was expecting some character flusing out and that is what happened. Shay Archer a newly minted Private Investigator with a very traumatic past of which she has no memory, takes on a case of a woman who is being harrased by her dead ex-husband, whom she happened to have killed.

The story moves at a decent pace. The villian is sufficiently sick and cunning to be scary and the seach for them progresses well. Unfortunately the author decided the ending needed an unexpected twist that for me ruined the story. I won't spoil the ending here. Also there is a collateral death that goes unexplained which made the story feel unfinished because up to this point even minor events get explained.

I never warmed to the narrator's voice. All her male characters had the same voice, sort of a semi-surfer dude voice and the female characters all sounded in the fits of hysteria, even the ones that were meant to be calm.

I would be willing to try another Shay Archer book, but I don't think I would be willing to sit through it with the same person doing the performance.

  • Level Up or Die!

  • Underworld, Book 1
  • Written by: Apollos Thorne
  • Narrated by: Graham Halstead
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Elorion has just finished a VR gaming session to find a monster waiting for him. With 19 other students who have also been kidnapped, he is now subject to the whims of a thousand year old succubus, and he must survive deep under the Earth in the lost realm of the Underworld. Gifted with the ability to use magic and advance in power, he is given an ultimatum: Level up or die! 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting world environment

  • By Mike Reiter on 2018-12-18

Interesting world environment

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

Reviewed: 2018-12-18

First I want to say I didn't really like the narrators voice, but over time I got used to it. It was competent. The author takes an interesting way to get the people into the gaming world, kidnapped by a supernatural being. I found this more interesting than the typical "stuck in a vr machine that delivers pain and can actually kill you". This made the danger more congruous. The world was interesting as were the various world mechanics. The story moves along quite well. I bought the second book right after I finished the first and at the time of this writing, I am just about to start it. I assume it will explore the characters more and develop more plot since the world has been introduced.

  • The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter

  • Written by: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Michael J. Sullivan, Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

When Gabriel Winter's daughter mysteriously disappears and is presumed dead, the wealthy whiskey baron seeks revenge. Having lived in Colnora during the infamous Year of Fear, he hires the one man he knows can deliver a bloody retribution - the notorious Duster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 😊 Loved it !!!! 😊

  • By Lysane Maynard on 2018-01-10

Find a kidnap victim of slaughter a town

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

Reviewed: 2018-11-28

It is another good Ryira novel and the performance by Tim Gerard Reynolds is excellent. I have become comfortable with Mr. Reynolds narration over all the Ryira books, Red Rising and First Empire books and his performance is always very good.

Royce and Hadrian are tasked with either finding a kidnap victim or devastating a town, and Royce is up for either. This is a typically enjoyable Ryira book. If you are a fan of the series you will be a fan if this book.

I do have two complaints. It feels a bit out of place since it comes after the end of the Ryira Revelations. Although if you were starting the Ryira books today, you would probably read this one somewhere amongst the Ryira Chronicles. It would have been nice to see a book that took place after the Ryira Revelations. The Novron Church conspiracy seems a bit tired as the over arching enemy.

Other than that it is a good adventure, the banter between the characters is what you come to expect, although chronologically it must take place before they second Ryira Revelations as their relationship progressed past the point depicted in this book by then.

  • Critical Failures V

  • Caverns and Creatures, Book 5
  • Written by: Robert Bevan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Sleep
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Many view "hitting rock bottom" as a foundation on which to rebuild one's life, a place from which one can only ascend. Gamers know to search for a secret door leading down to the sewer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Takes a while to get going, gets pretty funny

  • By Mike Reiter on 2018-11-13

Takes a while to get going, gets pretty funny

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

Reviewed: 2018-11-13

If you enjoy the humour from the other's in the series you will enjoy this one. It takes a bit of a different tact that the characters are split up into several groups. I guess after the last couple of books there are so many characters that having them travel together would be problematic. The books starts off slow but once it does pick up speed it is pretty funny. My only disappointment is that it ends on a cliff hanger.