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Michael

Michael New Orleans, LA Member Since 2006
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  • "An Epic Story Herein - You'll Want ..."

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    I truly enjoy originality, new concepts, and game changer stories, especially EPIC ones. The Saga Of The Seven Suns is SO original, that you may find yourself listening to it a few times to catch everything. I know I did. Now, that's not to say that the story is hard to follow - Quite the opposite. It's just that the story has such richness of the different civilizations, politics, religions, sciences and races, you'll want to revisit it a couple of times. There are wonderful machiavellian plots and subplots that are a wonderful change in pace from the typical scifi romp.

    This first audiobook in the series lays groundwork, but in a very enjoyable way. I consider the sign of a great storyline, is one you won't mind hearing. This is such an audiobook.

    This doesn't take place on one world, or one solar system - This reaches literally across the stars, and Anderson provides a well-rounded initial book in this series. I loved this series so much, that I have ALL of the audiobooks therein, and THAT my fellow Audible listener, is the VERY BEST proof that this is a MUST READ series. Enjoy!

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    Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1

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    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    An explosive new science fiction series by New York Times best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson, Hidden Empire is the first volume in The Saga of the Seven Suns, modeled after the Star Wars and X-Files universes. Anderson has become the foremost science fiction writer of the century, bringing to life vivid characters and worlds that delight his fans across the galaxy.

    A User says: "Great Listen"
  • "The Shrike Awaits. Enter The Time ..."

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    I read this series back in its first published hardcovers, so I look at this book with a judgmental eye - Is it a worthy listen, and its subsequent writings? Here's my take on this audiobook.

    This is outstanding scifi, to the point. It reminds me of "The Mote In God's Eye," in its depth, solid character backstories and various perspectives. As in the mentioned comparison, this is complex storytelling that makes you consider as you listen. Each character has purpose and propels the story along, often in unexpected ways. This is THOUGHTFUL scifi, with tremendous respect for the reader's/listener's time, intellect, and maturity. If you want pulp scifi, go listen to Heinlein - This one's for those hungry for a story with meat on its bones, one that makes you want more. One that makes you want to listen to it again, in case you missed something important, and that's quite possible, with this fantastic scifi audiobook.

    What's it all about, you ask? Again, Audible listener, I give only hints in reviews, neither plots nor spoilers here. Here's a taste of what your hear...

    Knights Templar traveling across the galaxy in living trees. A undying priest carries
    a nightmarish secret from an abandoned zombie-like congregation, a woman becomes younger each day, and races to beat the clock, literally. A virtual reality-trained military leader seeks the love of a woman haunting him in his computer-driven landscape. A drunken writer seeks the final and ultimate story. A spacefaring horde, soon to arrive in the known space of man, to conquer and enslave the billions that fear their arrival. And of course, they all seek the Shrike, a man-shaped judge and jury covered in blades, riding the currents of the time tombs, bringing death to most, and life to some.

    And that just scratches the surface.

    These various stories and their perspectives come together to create a great tale, and you'll definitely want more.

    The narration team does a good job to bring this audiobook to life - If you read my other reviews, you know I'm BRUTAL on narrators. The can make or break the author's work. So, "good" is high praise coming from me.

    All in all, this is an audiobook that you'll like.

    So the Shrike awaits. Enter the Time Tombs, Audible listener, and be judged!

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    Hyperion

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    • By Dan Simmons
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    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    aaron says: "A LESSON in How to Write Smart, Dark, ADULT SciFi"
  • "A Great Standalone Read Worth Your ..."

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    Alastair Reynolds is a fantastic writer, and often, the challenge is to pick a first read of this exceptional author. Well, this is a GREAT place to begin: Strong plot and subplots, wonderful descriptive wring that draws you in, characters with appreciable depth, and a universe that is chock full of original ideas and execution. Chasm City is, in my humble opinion, one of the author's best works.

    And it's also a GREAT listen.

    You've probably read the audiobook's description, and have made a general opinion. Well, stop there. You have NO IDEA how well this has been written for you, the listener.

    From viruses that cause religious memories and experiences, to dna-level bio-political synchronicity, to infected nanotechnology that warps architecture, to biology and societies on a far-flung planet that went from becoming the hub of the known galaxy slowly grinding into the dregs of a forgotten but very active planet of biological and social mysteries. Place a ferocious chase between murderer and hunter in this maelstrom, and throw in a backstory involving deception on the multigenerational starships that delivered mankind to this world. It's simply engaging and listen-worthy.

    AND. You can start here to get acquainted with the author's other works.

    There is a challenge though, and it's keeping up with the sweeping storylines that crisscross at many points within the story. Pay attention, and you won't be disappointed.

    Keep your hands in the car at all times, because this is one exhilarating roller-coaster ride.

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    Chasm City

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    • By Alastair Reynolds
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    The once-utopian Chasm City - a domed human settlement on an otherwise inhospitable planet---has been overrun by a virus known as the Melding Plague, capable of infecting any body, organic or computerized. Now, with the entire city corrupted - from the people to the very buildings they inhabit---only the most wretched sort of existence remains. The stakes are raised when Tanner Mirabel's search brings him face to face with a centuries-old atrocity that history would rather forget.

    Tango says: "Enter Revelation Space HERE"
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  • Gehenna Dawn: Portal Wars, Book 1

    "Military Sci Fi Fans Rejoice!"

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    If you could sum up Gehenna Dawn in three words, what would they be?

    A solid audiobook


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gehenna Dawn?

    Jake Taylor stumbles upon a seriously wounded private. The internal and spoken dialogue was truly gut wrenching. This jaded pessimist, i.e. yours truly, stopped what he was doing and that unfocused stare kicked in, a stare that signals "this is a solid piece of narration - stop and listen!" I had another such experience later when a 12 megaton warhead of life changing realization is detonated in Taylor's lap.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This audiobook is loaded with several exceptional scenes that trying to pick one does not give it justice. No joke, if you are a fan of military science fiction, and have gotten tired of trying to slog through yet another 34 hour audiobook that you thought would justify your $$$ and time spent only to suffer through hours of exhaustive backstory about some crybaby's "lost early teenage years" on some drab minor space colony; or, after 8 hours of meandering nothingness about the rather unremarkable life histories of the 14 main and secondary characters, someone finally pulls out a f....cking weapon or the enemy finally hoves into view, this book will restore your faith in the genre.

    Jay Allen wrote a gem of a story. Plus, and I say this without fear of contradiction, we listeners have been set free from the tyranny of having to listen to the rather amateurish narration perpetrated on us in the author's "Crimson Worlds" series - a very well written saga but, in my humble opinion, tarnished in its narration.

    Jake Taylor is a natural born 'alte hasse' veteran and a leader of men. After 10 years of heavy combat on some god-forsaken, armpit of an oven baked planet that really only looks good when it is viewed in your spaceship's rear view mirror, Jake has had enough but yet cannot sheathe his sword for fear of unspeakable horrors being exacted on everyone he holds dear by that conniving bastard Kazan and his fellow evil overlords. Put it this way, "fisting" of women is on the retribution menu - and if you don't know what that word entails, good for you and your wonderful little bubble world of ginger cakes and sweet nothings. For the rest of us, yeah fisting - something I really do not get all that fired up about to be honest, especially if some soap is not in the general area, but I digress......

    I think Jake Taylor summed it up quite nicely when he referred to the above mentioned evil overlords as 'human monsters". I have a feeling that in this book's sequel, the phrase "Payback is a Bitch!" will come into play early and often.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Didn't I just answer this question 2 questions ago? How many versions "tell me how you feel" do I have to answer? For all intents and purposes, "Most memorable moment / moment that...particularly moved you" are basically the same.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy this audiobook! Tons of action, narrator does a solid job. There is even a good-hearted prostitute for Jake to alternately pound and then spoon with into the wee hours! Finally, throw in some misunderstood aliens who really aren't the murderous space scum they have been made out to be, and you have a welcome addition to your audiobook library. I am fired up for the next installment.

  • The Lost Stars: Perilous Shield: Lost Stars, Book 2

    "Drakon sure has his hands full!"

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    Where does The Lost Stars: Perilous Shield rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Perilous Shield ranks at least 9.3 out of 10 among the audiobooks stacked on my groaning virtual bookshelf.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The best thing about this book and the Lost Stars series so far is discovering how utterly depraved, ruthless and backstabbing the smarmy, nasal voiced Syndic leadership is as seen through the eye's of Midway Star System's dynamic duo: Iceni and Drakon plus their respective minions, scions, syncophants and suck ups. The way I see it, even Syndic newborns better crawl to a back corner of their crib pronto and start erecting their fluffy CEO dolls into a makeshift barrier against all suspicious subjects - and don't discount mommy be she biological or, ahem, surrogate.

    Also, I now know whom to never, ever have in the back seat sitting behind me in any vehicle anywhere - Morgan.


    What about Marc Vietor’s performance did you like?

    Marc Vietor is a narrator of the first water. He injects the right amount of menace, if that is the word I want, into the story. Vietor's narration style complimented the spoken text to make this audiobook a solid listen. I particularly like his sultry, Southern-drawl voiced Morgan. This f......ed n the head rocket is a stone cold give you a soft, warm sensuous kiss then empty a clip of 9mm hollow-tip poisoned slugs in the back of your head kind of gal. Whenever she enters a scene someone is going to die, be left crumpled in an expanding pool of their own blood, or stage a hasty retreat hampered by a pronounced limp.


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

    Will Iceni and Drakon finally get some peace and quiet to realize that what is most important is to jump each other's bones?


    Any additional comments?

    A guaranteed cert listen. Black Jack Geary and all of his superhuman, golden touch baggage is now starting to mess with the minds of the Midway Star System's mucky mucks. I bet they start to get pissed at this added psychic burden in the next installment with hilarious results.

  • Steadfast: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 4

    "Black Jack Faces His Toughest Opponent Yet"

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    If you could sum up Steadfast in three words, what would they be?

    Don't Trust Machines


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Who else? Black Jack Geary. He continues on his streak of absolute domination over everything everywhere. Black Jack is literally running out of enemies to hate, pursue and destroy, and that is not necessarily a bad thing.

    This book seemed to focus on him a smidge more than earlier ones. Why? Because Geary deserves it. This guy has earned every second of story time. For Christ's sake, he's saved humanity's ass from complete annihilation what, about 14 times so far in this series? And along the way shacked up with the galaxy's hottest battle cruiser captain. In my opinion, the right call is for more Black Jack and less whining Alliance senators who spend their days waddling around the bridge bleating nonsense to Black Jack, backstabbing each other and second guessing Black Jack's every move. If I were him all three of those loud mouths would have been flushed out the airlock about 40 seconds after blasting off three books ago.


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    He has the right voices for the right characters and belts them out effortlessly.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really. At some point in my day I have to work and throw in some sleep. Bought it yesterday, finished it this afternoon. Good enough for me.


    Any additional comments?

    A solid addition to a top notch series. I would not put this one at the top of the rankings. But anything new about the adventures of Black Jack Geary and his wife Tanya, the ultra dedicated, motivated, space academy educated Captain of the Dauntless, and who in my struck in 161/2 year old mind's eye when it comes to beautiful women, does what she does best - takes charge and shakes that beautiful ass as she struts around her ship's bridge in that royal blue skin tight body suit / mini skirt uniform confident as hell and looking clean.

    Books like this in a series like Lost Fleet, Beyond the Frontier is why I subscribe to Audible. I really enjoy a well written book performed by a great narrator, and there are few if any better teams than the two in this series. Jack Campbell's creative writing matched with Christian Rummel's professional narration keeps me coming back for more.

    I have a feeling that the next book will be a doozy. Black Jack will have to be on top of his game and trust in his instincts if he is to lead his fleet to victory against an enemy blind to mercy and led by an A/I doppelganger that only he can understand and destroy.

  • Outcast: Star Force, Book 10

    "Captain Marvin Takes Command"

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    Where does Outcast rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Outcast scores a competitive 9.16 on my Modified Integrated Listening Fun (MILF) Scale. Why? Because it just does. Cody Riggs, Adrienne the Oxford educated fair haired rocket who also is the sister of Cody's murdered girlfriend (nice scenario B.V., you sick bastard) , the Master Sergeant and Marvin - the greatest "artificial construct" in the Milky Way Galaxy all find themselves in deep intergalactic excreta through no fault of their own. Cody told the Captain to go armed to the feast - you will know what I mean very early in the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Marvin. He is the driver of the action, the brains of the operation and, when all hell breaks loose as humanity is 9/10's through its collective circling of the toilet flush of extinction, the ultimate savior of Earth based sentient life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Marvin got the word that his dreams of finally assuming command of a ship were crushed after Cody recited the "Law of Trover" pointing out that Marvin never left the ship. I had a mind camera playing that showed Marvin drooping at what you may call his waist, all of his once flagellating arms limp and his head bowed in a posture of total resignation and defeat. I felt so sad for him. However, as is always the case, Marvin found a way to circumvent the situation and through sheer force of personality and shameless manipulation persuaded Cody to brevet him as Warrant Officer thereby elevating him to de facto Captain Marvin. I felt so proud of Marvin.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't cry. This wasn't really a "get the tissues ready" kind of audiobook. I did laugh a bunch of times whenever Marvin inserted his presence. As I have said before, and I will say it again, Marvin is the greatest non-human character in the history of everywhere. It doesn't matter what he says, I just start smiling and usually end up thrusting both hands in the air and shouting "Marvin!" I guess that is kind of extreme.


    Any additional comments?

    Get this audiobook. New characters, some old ones, conniving homicidal carnivorous panda bears and tons of laser beam firing kill vehicles. Even the smarmy Crustacean professor guy is in the mix. All I can say is thank you Mr. Larsen for keeping Marvin alive as a character. My day got a bit brighter and lighter as I listened to Outcast.

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James Springfield, MO, United States 11-22-12 Member Since 2010

New grandpa. Married 35 great years. Drink Batch 19,Tsing Tao, and Bohemia. Read Card, King, Hobb, Sawyer, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction.

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  • "Do I hear Can't?"

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    So many books are written about aliens visiting us, but Cherryh turns the tables and writes about a human who is the alien or is he? This about Thorn who is raised in seclusion. He thinks he is some sort of mutant, but is he? He is taught to be a warrior. His teacher is furred, has long pointy ears with dog like hearing, and talons or claws for weapons. It is a paranoid world where you can not trust anyone, not even your teacher.

    Back in the 80's you could not walk into a used or new bookstore without finding several CC books on the shelves. The first book I read of hers was Rimrunner, which I liked, so I bought several more. I am a slow reader and in those days I only read about 10 to 15 books a year, but I loved buying books, so my shelves are full of CC books. The next three books of CC I did not like so well, so I quit reading her. Thanks to Audible I have been able to catch up on authors who are not exactly my favorites. I am glad I did, as this is a very good book.

    I got a little lost in some of the alien politics, but the rest was good to excellent. The relationship between Thorn and his teacher was good, but could have been better, this is where I have have a problem with CC, in that I have trouble getting strong feelings for her characters. The Alien world is perfect and I had no problem picturing what it looked like to live there. It is a little slow in places and the constant not knowing where Thorn came from became irritating. At the end when you do find out, it is an excellent explanation, which showed lots of creativity on CC's part and good science. If you get bored, then put on fast play and then slow back down for chapter 12 and the final chapter 15.

    I am now looking forward to listening to some more CC books and maybe listening again to some I did not get into years ago.

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    Cuckoo's Egg

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    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
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    They named him Thorn. They told him he was of their people, although he was so different. He was ugly in their eyes, strange, sleek-skinned instead of furred, clawless, different. Yet he was of their power class: judge-warriors, the elite, the fighters, the defenders. Thorn knew that his difference was somehow very important - but not important enough to prevent murderous conspiracies against him, against his protector, against his caste, and perhaps against the peace of the world. But when Thorn finally learned what his true role in life was to be, that the future of two worlds might hinge on him, then he had to stand alone to justify his very existence

    James says: "Do I hear Can't?"
  • 4.8 (13 ratings)
    As the World Dies: Untold Tales, Volume 3 (






UNABRIDGED) by Rhiannon Frater Narrated by Kathy Bell Denton

    As the World Dies: Untold Tales, Volume 3

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    In the third volume of the As the World Dies Untold Tales experience three terrifying tales of those who are forced to face the unrelenting and hungry walking dead. Returning to Texas after celebrating his divorce in Vegas, Rune, a biker cursed with the ability to see ghosts, discovers that the world is being taken over by the hungry undead. Soon he realizes he will have to depend on all his abilities to survive not only the ravenous zombies, but the dangerous men lurking on the back roads of Texas.

    Shea says: "Awesome"
  • 4.8 (15 ratings)
    The Empire's Corps (






UNABRIDGED) by Christopher G. Nuttall Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer

    The Empire's Corps

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    The Galactic Empire is dying and chaos and anarchy are breaking out everywhere. After a disastrous mission against terrorists on Earth itself, Captain Edward Stalker of the Terran Marine Corps makes the mistake of speaking truth to power, telling one of the most powerful men in the Empire a few home truths. As a result, Captain Stalker and his men are unceremoniously exiled to Avalon, a world right on the Rim of the Empire. It should have been an easy posting...

    Teresa says: "I Want Book 2"
  • 4.8 (10 ratings)
    Kris Longknife's Assassin (






UNABRIDGED) by Mike Shepherd Narrated by Dina Pearlman

    Kris Longknife's Assassin

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    Raised in the shadow of her brother Hank, Vicky now finds herself heir to the Peterwald Empire and hell bent on killing Kris Longknife. When that doesn't work out, she finds herself shipped off to the Greenfeld Navy as a boot ensign. There she learns she can solve problems without taking her clothes off, and really feel good about it! When Kris Longknife crosses Vicky's path again, Vicky is ready to help her save Vicky's dad's life.

  • 4.7 (10044 ratings)
    Ready Player One (






UNABRIDGED) by Ernest Cline Narrated by Wil Wheaton

    Ready Player One

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    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
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  • 4.5 (17292 ratings)
    11-22-63: A Novel (






UNABRIDGED) by Stephen King Narrated by Craig Wasson

    11-22-63: A Novel

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    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
  • 4.6 (21578 ratings)
    Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition (






UNABRIDGED) by Orson Scott Card Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir

    Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

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    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
  • 4.3 (7838 ratings)
    Speaker for the Dead (






UNABRIDGED) by Orson Scott Card Narrated by David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki

    Speaker for the Dead

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    • By Orson Scott Card
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    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    Joe says: "The Enderverse"
  • The Martian (






UNABRIDGED) by Andy Weir Narrated by R. C. Bray

    The Martian

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    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
  • Outcast: Star Force, Book 10 (






UNABRIDGED) by B. V. Larson, David VanDyke Narrated by Mark Boyett

    Outcast: Star Force, Book 10

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    Star Force is called to arms again! Outcast is a new beginning, the first book in a new spin-off series. Many peaceful years have passed since the Macro Wars ended. Most of those who fought against the heartless machines have aged - but not the ingenious artificial construct known as Marvin. His insatiable curiosity is as strong as ever, and he’s brought home fresh perils to humanity’s doorstep.

    rich says: "Captain Marvin Takes Command"
  • Ark Royal (






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    Ark Royal

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    Seventy years ago, the interstellar supercarrier Ark Royal was the pride of the Royal Navy. But now, her weapons are outdated and her solid-state armour nothing more than a burden on her colossal hull. She floats in permanent orbit near Earth, a dumping ground for the officers and crew the Royal Navy wishes to keep out of the public eye. But when a deadly alien threat appears, the modern starships built by humanity are no match for the powerful alien weapons.

    C. Hartmann says: "TWO (!!) audiobooks this year get SIX stars"
  • The Stand (






UNABRIDGED) by Stephen King Narrated by Grover Gardner

    The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    Overall
    (6141)
    Performance
    (5411)
    Story
    (5458)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Meaghan says: "My First Completed Stephen King Novel"
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  • 11-22-63: A Novel (






UNABRIDGED) by Stephen King Narrated by Craig Wasson

    11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17292)
    Performance
    (15363)
    Story
    (15316)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
  • Off to Be the Wizard (






UNABRIDGED) by Scott Meyer Narrated by Luke Daniels

    Off to Be the Wizard

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (416)

    It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

    Charles says: "Fantastic"
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition (






UNABRIDGED) by Orson Scott Card Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir

    Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    Overall
    (21578)
    Performance
    (13045)
    Story
    (13176)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
  • The Remaining (






UNABRIDGED) by D. J. Molles Narrated by Christian Rummel

    The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (1692)
    Performance
    (1591)
    Story
    (1597)

    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....

    Mike Naka says: "top notch! highly recommended!"
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  • Influx (






UNABRIDGED) by Daniel Suarez Narrated by Jeff Gurner

    Influx

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2119)
    Performance
    (1949)
    Story
    (1953)

    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.

    Craig says: "Solid to Silly to Inane"
  • Ready Player One (






UNABRIDGED) by Ernest Cline Narrated by Wil Wheaton

    Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10044)
    Performance
    (9346)
    Story
    (9349)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (






UNABRIDGED) by Douglas Adams Narrated by Stephen Fry

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
    Overall
    (5378)
    Performance
    (2993)
    Story
    (3016)

    Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

    John says: "HHTGH - Lightly Fried"
  • Lock In

    • UNABRIDGED
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
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    (0)
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    (0)
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    (0)

    Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

  • Blightborn: The Heartland Trilogy, Book 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by Chuck Wendig Narrated by Nick Podehl

    Blightborn: The Heartland Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Chuck Wendig
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
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    (0)
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    (0)
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    (0)

    Cael McAvoy is on the run. He's heading toward the Empyrean to rescue his sister, Merelda, and to find Gwennie before she's lost to Cael forever. With his pals, Lane and Rigo, Cael journeys across the Heartland to catch a ride into the sky. But with Boyland and others after them, Cael and his friends won't make it through unchanged. Gwennie's living the life of a Lottery winner, but it's not what she expected.

  • Metamorphosis: The Cocoon Story Continues (






UNABRIDGED) by David Saperstein Narrated by Alex Hyde-White

    Metamorphosis: The Cocoon Story Continues

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By David Saperstein
    • Narrated By Alex Hyde-White
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    (0)
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    Metamorphosis: The Cocoon Story Continues is the second book of the Cocoon Trilogy. The first, Cocoon, was a New York Times Best-selling novel. A major, and very successful worldwide motion picture, Cocoon, was produced (story by the author, David Saperstein - nominated by the Writer's Guild of America for Best Original Story written for the screen). The movie plays often on TV and cable, worldwide. It is also available on DVD. Metamorphosis: The Cocoon Story Continues, begins five years after Cocoon ends.

  • Apocalypse: Underwater City: A Dystopian Novella, Part 1, The Hope Saga (






UNABRIDGED) by Chrissy Peebles Narrated by Elizabeth Meadows

    Apocalypse: Underwater City: A Dystopian Novella, Part 1, The Hope Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 22 mins)
    • By Chrissy Peebles
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Meadows
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    (0)
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    (0)

    I'm a survivor living in a post-apocalyptic world. I live deep in the ocean, and that's how we all survived the world's greatest catastrophe known to man. I'd often dreamt of a normal life, but sadly, that wasn't what fate had in store for me. Where do I even begin? Let's start from the beginning, shall we? My name is Sky Hammons, and this is my story.

  • Recycling, the Novel (






UNABRIDGED) by Paul V. Montesino Narrated by Dave Cohen

    Recycling, the Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Paul V. Montesino
    • Narrated By Dave Cohen
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    The story: It is a typical Spring in California. A space ship from an advanced distant civilization in a neighbor galaxy that claims to have visited and created life on Earth millions of years before crashes unexpectedly on the Pacific Ocean near the US West Coast. Their peaceful intention is to repeat their early contribution to life on Earth by planting new life matter in our waters, hoping for a better outcome this time: a world free from disease, both physically and mentally, perhaps even conflict.

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  • Realms of Time: Scrapyard Ship, Book 4 (






UNABRIDGED) by Mark Wayne McGinnis Narrated by L.J. Ganser

    Realms of Time: Scrapyard Ship, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Mark Wayne McGinnis
    • Narrated By L.J. Ganser
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    Captain Jason Reynolds and his team are up against a new, and unexpected foe - an adversarial force that has every intention of aligning with the powerful and dreaded Craing Empire. Welcome to the fourth installment of the Scrapyard Ship series, Realms of Time. Captain Jason Reynolds and his team are up against a new, and unexpected foe-an adversarial force that has every intention of aligning with the powerful and dreaded Craing Empire.

  • Starliner (






UNABRIDGED) by David Drake Narrated by Aaron Abano

    Starliner

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Drake
    • Narrated By Aaron Abano
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    (0)
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    (0)
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    Six thousand lives in a single hull, trembling through multiple universes to land on raw, often violent worlds, each with its own history and wonder. The Empress of Earth - neutral pawn in an interstellar war! When hostile necessity knows no law, Ran Colville and the rest of the complement of the Empress of Earth must bring home their ship and the passengers entrusted to them.

  • Free Souls: Mindjack Trilogy, Book 3 (






UNABRIDGED) by Susan Kaye Quinn Narrated by Kelli Shane

    Free Souls: Mindjack Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Susan Kaye Quinn
    • Narrated By Kelli Shane
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    (0)
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    (0)
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    When your mind is a weapon, freedom comes at a price. Four months have passed since Kira left home to join Julian's Jacker Freedom Alliance, but the hole in her heart still whistles empty where her boyfriend Raf used to be. She fills it with weapons training, JFA patrols, and an obsessive hunt for FBI agent Kestrel, ignoring Julian's worries about her safety and repeated attempts to recruit her for his revolutionary chat-casts.

  • Golden Fool: The Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by Robin Hobb Narrated by James Langton

    Golden Fool: The Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By James Langton
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    (0)
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    (0)
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    (0)

    Prince Dutiful has been rescued from his Piebald kidnappers and the court has resumed its normal rhythms. There FitzChivalry Farseer, gutted by the loss of his wolf bondmate, must take up residence at Buckkeep as a journeyman assassin. Posing as a bodyguard, Fitz becomes the eyes and ears behind the walls, guiding a kingdom straying closer to civil strife each day. Amid a multitude of problems, Fitz must ensure that no one betrays the Prince’s secret - one that could topple the throne.