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  • The Future of the Mind

  • The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind
  • Written by: Michio Kaku
  • Narrated by: Feodor Chin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

For the first time in history, the secrets of the living brain are being revealed by a battery of high-tech brain scans devised by physicists. Now what was once solely the province of science fiction has become a startling reality. Recording memories, telepathy, videotaping our dreams, mind control, avatars, and telekinesis are not only possible; they already exist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good first half.

  • By Justin on 2019-03-17

Good first half.

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-17

The first half is really good because it talks about real work. The second half is ramblings from a teenager that watches too much Sci-fi.

  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • Special Edition
  • Written by: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes, Ray Porter, Margaret Atwood, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 610

After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • definitely worth it

  • By Stephanie on 2018-05-30

Boring

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

Reviewed: 2018-11-21

It went nowhere. It was like listening to Seinfeld but if Seinfeld took place during the holocaust.

  • Digital Fortress

  • Written by: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage, not by guns or bombs, but by a code so complex that if released it would cripple U.S. intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still a great book!

  • By akonczi@mcsnet.ca on 2018-08-18

Useless plotlines with dumb characters.

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

Reviewed: 2018-10-13

75% of this story has no significance. The characters are irrational. The ideas are very dated.

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  • Bad Blood

  • Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
  • Written by: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 492

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose start-up “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fund-raising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’ worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Almost could not stop listening.

  • By Amazon Customer on 2019-02-01

Very interesting

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-29

This book comes off as more of a list of problems with Theranos than a story but it's still very engaging.

  • Foundation

  • Written by: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

For 12,000 years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future, to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last 30,000 years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire, both scientists and scholars, and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a fututre generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Foundation

  • By Anonymous User on 2019-02-20

Boring

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-11

Hard to follow because the characters keep changing. It's hard to tell what's significant. There are better modern sci-fi stories.

  • How Not to Be Wrong

  • The Power of Mathematical Thinking
  • Written by: Jordan Ellenberg
  • Narrated by: Jordan Ellenberg
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Ellenberg chases mathematical threads through a vast range of time and space, from the everyday to the cosmic, encountering, among other things, baseball, Reaganomics, daring lottery schemes, Voltaire, the replicability crisis in psychology, Italian Renaissance painting, artificial languages, the development of non-Euclidean geometry, the coming obesity apocalypse, Antonin Scalia's views on crime and punishment, the psychology of slime molds, what Facebook can and can't figure out about you, and the existence of God.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone should think like this.

  • By Justin on 2018-06-01

Everyone should think like this.

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

Reviewed: 2018-06-01

Some equations and numbers are hard to follow while listening but the idea comes through if you listen.

  • The Last Jedi

  • Star Wars
  • Written by: Jason Fry
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Written with input from director Rian Johnson, this official adaptation of Star Wars: The Last Jedi expands on the film to include scenes from alternate versions of the script and other additional content. From the ashes of the Empire has arisen another threat to the galaxy’s freedom: the ruthless First Order. Fortunately, new heroes have emerged to take up arms - and perhaps lay down their lives - for the cause.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • shining shit

  • By Tyler on 2018-04-07

Not enough detail

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

Reviewed: 2018-04-20

Good listen if you've already seen the movie. Details of the scenes are needed to follow the story.

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,226

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally engaged from the start

  • By Marilyn Pope on 2017-11-04

Useless

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

Reviewed: 2018-01-11

Unoriginal revelation. Useless characters going through uneventful plot lines. Irrational characters making silly decisions. Antagonists are not threatening.