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review 2019-01-16 00:11
Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel
Only Human - Sylvain Neuvel

Book #3 in the Themis Files

 

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Giant Robots
Science Fiction w/Aliens
Living on another Planet
Existential Elements
A Satisfying Epilogue
Full-Cast Narration
 
 
 
Full-Cast Narration including, but not limited to; William Hope, Charlie Anson, Laurence Bouvard, Adna Sablylich, Laura Kirmen & Sylvain Neuvel
 
 
 
 
 

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Loved it on Audio, and I knew I would...With Full-Cast narration, it totally rocks.  If you've ever thought about trying out an Audiobook, this is good series to start with, the only issue may be that it could you spoil you for most books which only have one, maybe two, narrators.  I read an ARC of this earlier in 2018 and my review can be seen here.


 A Bookish Obsession Favorite 

 

๏ ๏ ๏  MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 

 
☆5☆STARS - GRADE=A+
 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 5/5
Narration Performance⇝ 5+/5
Main Characters⇝ 5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 5/5
The Feels⇝ 5/5
Pacing⇝ 5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 5+/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 5+/5
Ending⇝ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝ Fantastic
Setting⇝ Earth and Esat Ekt
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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Kindle eBook | Audio

Goodreads | Booklikes 



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review 2018-12-14 21:23
Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman (reread/listen on Audio)
Obsidio - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman

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Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they'll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady's cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza's ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha's past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This series...I'm so sad that I'm completely done with it...bbbuuuttt...I'm happy I own all 3 books plus the audio versions so I can always read/listen to them again.  Because, Damn. 

 

Check out that stellar full-cast list of narrators, below...it's quite the collection of voices, and they all make this phenomenal on Audio.  I'm going to keep this short and sweet and end with a...THANK YOU, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff for an amazing journey.

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏  MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 

5+STARS - GRADE=A++

 

 

 

 

 

 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 5/5
Main Characters⇝ 5+/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 5/5
The Feels⇝ 5+/5
Pacing⇝ 5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 5+/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 5+/5
Ending⇝ 4.8/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝ Love them all...
Narration⇝ Olivia Taylor Dudley, Carla Corvo, Johnathan McClain, Lincoln Hoppe, MacLeod Andrews, Erin Spencer, Andrew Eiden, Lisa Cordileone, Matthew Frow, Olivia Mackenzie-Smith, Ryan Gessel, Vikas Adam, Sile Bermingham, Mike Chamberlin, Feodor Chin, Charlotte Cole, Kimberly Farr, Kaleo Griffith, Hillary Huber, JD Jackson, David Jung, Greta Jung, Joshua Kane, Jolene Kim, David H Lawrence XVII, Nick, Martorelli, Donnabella Mortel, PJ Ochlan, Ray Porter, Ray Shappell, Emily Woo Zeller, Dan Zitt 
 
Series⇝ Illuminae #3
Setting⇝ Deep Space and Kerenza
Source⇝ I Own Audible Audiobook
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review 2018-07-04 01:35
No One Would Listen by Harry Markopolos
No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller - Harry Markopolos

This is the story of the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme from the whistleblower who first reported Madoff in 2000. It was interesting to see how this particular Ponzi scheme worked, how Madoff got away with doing it for so long, and how the 2008 financial crisis caught Madoff red handed and the SEC (Securities Exchange Commission) flat-footed. Markopolos kept reporting Madoff and keeping track of Madoff's crimes until Madoff turned himself in. However, Markopolos and his team only kept track of the institutional investors they knew of/heard of who invested with Madoff - even they were surprised at the charities and individual investors that were scammed and how big the fall out was ($65 billion dollars). 

 

Markopolos worked in finance as a quant (quantitve analyst), so basically he was a back room number guy whose job was to come up with new financial products for institutional investors and banks. He and a colleague first came to know of Madoff's financial products in 1999; his employer kept hounding him to come up with something similar to Madoff's products to try and get a piece of the money flowing into Madoff's investments. Markopolos and co-worker (also a quant) couldn't do it and as they tried harder/were pressured to do so, they uncovered the Ponzi scheme and began to investigate in their downtime. Eventually all the members on Markopolos' Madoff team would leave the company, but they continued to work on the investigation. They reported Madoff to the SEC again in 2005 with a more detailed account and a sham of examination by the SEC was conducted. Markopolos has no love for the SEC at all, as it gets clearer the further the story goes on to the point where he is just repetitive out of spite and smugness.

 

Although Markopolos and team were incredibly smart guys, Markopolos' writing makes him out to be the biggest wanker in the story not named Madoff. I couldn't really root for Markopolos to be vindicated because his personality was such a turn off. And why did an editor(s) feel that the story of how he asked his wife to marry him in any way, shape, or form have to do with the story of Madoff? He came out of that section as nothing more than a creepy loser (after pricing out diamond rings, he asked his fiancée if she would consider his paying for her to get a boob job in lieu of a ring okay, as boob jobs were cheaper than a two carat diamond ring). And Markopolos was obsessed with getting paid for his Madoff investigation - one of his demands in the retooling of the SEC is that they needed to pay whistleblowers a lot more money in order to make it more attractive to come forward. 

 

I would try to find a different book to learn more Madoff scam than this book.

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text 2018-07-01 10:00
July 2018 TBR
No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller - Harry Markopolos
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption - Bryan Stevenson
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States - Sarah Vowell
Negroland: A Memoir - Margo Jefferson
The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas - Anand Giridharadas
Lethal Warriors: When the New Band of Brothers Came Home - David Philipps
Zodiac Unmasked: The Identity of America's Most Elusive Serial Killers Revealed - Robert Graysmith
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI - David Grann
Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens - Eddie Izzard
Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press - James McGrath Morris

I am just binging on non-fiction, as it grabbing me so much more than fiction. I went a little OTT at the library and pulled a bunch of books. I have two read-a-thons I am doing towards the latter half of the month.

 

 

1. No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller by Harry Markopolos

         My current read is how Markopolos discovered the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme and was the whistleblower that brought Madoff down. He is not kind AT ALL to the SEC. 

 

2. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

           I want to learn more about criminal justice reform, so I am starting here.

 

3. Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell

              For the July 4th holiday, I am trying Vowell for the first time.

 

4. Negroland: A Memoir by Margo Jefferson

               Heard nothing but good things about this book.

 

5. The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas by Anand Giridharadas

              True Crime that doesn't involve Wall Street.

 

6. Lethal Warriors: When the New Band of Brothers Came Home, Uncovering the Tragic Reality of PTSD by David Philipps

                This is a really long title.

 

7. Zodiac Unmasked: The Identity of America's Most Elusive Serial Killer Revealed by Robert Graysmith

                 True Crime.

 

8. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

                      True Crime plus history.

 

9. Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens by Eddie Izzard

                      Not a true crime book, lol. Manicure on the cover is beautifully done.

 

10. Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press by James McGrath Morris

                    Also not a true crime book. I wish she was more of a household name today as she was when she was working. 

 

 

 

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text 2018-06-29 19:32
Friday Reads - June 29, 2018
No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller - Harry Markopolos
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption - Bryan Stevenson
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States - Sarah Vowell
Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story - Kurt Eichenwald

I finished Conspiracy of Fools (the story of the rise and collapse of Enron) this morning, went bowling and lunch with the kids, then came home and started No One Would Listen (written by the whistleblower of the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme). So No One is my focus to knock out this weekend. After that, I want to get to Just Mercy and for the holiday, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States

 

I am getting backed up on reviewing, which is bad for me because it is COYER time and part of COYER is reviewing. So this weekend I will be here writing reviews  - sorry in advance for the review wave coming. Also writing my personal essay and resume for grad school this weekend, as that is all that is left on my end for the application process. I will probably write while watching season two of 30 Rock, my show of the summer to binge this year. 

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