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Vonda N. McIntyre
Shake Up Your Brain
by Vonda N. McIntyre

  I love science fiction, and I love audiobooks.
   The first books I remember reading are science fiction. I loved the way it took me to new world; I loved the way it shook up my brain.
   I don't remember learning to read; consequently, I don't remember being read to as a child. But my folks must have read to me because I knew how to read before I started school, and how else would I have learned?
   That may be why I love audiobooks. During the last few years I've (re)discovered the pleasures of being read to. Listening to a good story lightens the load of household tasks, errands, and long drives. Putting books on my Treo lets me take a library with me when I travel, without carrying another suitcase...Show More »

Selected By The Author
  • Gifts: Annals of the Western Shore, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Jim Colby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (90)

    In the Uplands, people have magical and fearsome gifts. Orrec, a boy growing into his powers, can destroy any living thing with simply a glance. But he refuses to use his ability, and wears a blindfold to protect others from his devastating gaze.

    Ken says: "Book 3 won the 2008 Nebula Award"
  • The Girl Who Stopped Swimming

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (577)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (368)

    While Laurel Gray Hawthorne's life seems neatly on track - a passionate marriage, a treasured daughter, and a lovely home in suburban Victorianna - everything she holds dear is suddenly thrown into question the night she is visited by the ghost of a her 13-year old neighbor, Molly Dufresne.

    J. E. JONES says: "One of the Best books I've purchased"
  • The Botany of Desire

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2142)
    Performance
    (1345)
    Story
    (1346)

    Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers' genes far and wide. In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship.

    Theodore says: "If you have an open mind... Give it a listen"
  • Curse of the Spellmans

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Lisa Lutz
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (151)

    When Izzy Spellman, PI, is arrested for the fourth time in three months, she writes it off as a job hazard. She's been (obsessively) keeping surveillance on a suspicious next door neighbor (suspect's name: John Brown), convinced he's up to no good - even if her parents (the management at Spellman Investigations) are not.

    Sherri says: "What a difference the narrator makes"
  • Fly by Night

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Frances Hardinge
    • Narrated By Lesley Sharp
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    In a fractured realm, struggling to maintain an uneasy peace after years of civil war and religious tyranny, a 12-year-old orphan and her loyal companion, a large and homicidal goose, are about to become the unlikely heroes of a revolution.

    incognito says: "Truly original"
  • The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5683)
    Performance
    (3174)
    Story
    (3170)

    "What should we have for dinner?" To one degree or another, this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn't. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance.

    MCRedding says: "Great presentation of a moral dilemma"
Audiobooks by Vonda N. McIntyre
Browse our favorite listens by this month's sci-fi editor.

Dreamsnake

  • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
  • By Vonda N. McIntyre
  • Narrated By Anna Fields
Overall
(158)
Performance
(112)
Story
(116)

When the healer Snake was summoned, she traveled the blasted landscape with her three serpents. From the venom of two of them, she distilled her medicines. But most valued of all was the alien dreamsnake, whose bite could ease the fear and pain of death.

'houla says: "Sets the Mark for Fantasy Excellence"

The Moon and the Sun

  • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
  • By Vonda N. McIntyre
  • Narrated By Anna Fields
Overall
(45)
Performance
(25)
Story
(24)

In 17th-century France, Louis XIV rules with flamboyant ambition, yet the Sun King's appetite for glory knows no bounds. In a bold stroke, he sends his natural philosopher on an expedition to seek the source of immortality, a rare, perhaps mythical, sea monster.

Kim says: "Compelling historical romantic fantasy"

Star Wars: The Crystal Star

  • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 3 mins)
  • By Vonda N. McIntyre
  • Narrated By Anthony Heald
Overall
(76)
Performance
(63)
Story
(63)

Princess Leia is dealt a crushing blow when her three children, Anakin and the twins Jaina and Jacen, are kidnapped. Leia's advisers counsel her to wait for a ransom note, but waiting is the hardest thing for a mother to do when her children are in danger. And worse than waiting is her discovery that she cannot sense her children through the Force.

Dennis W Barrett II says: "Doesn't do the book justice."

Star Trek: The Entropy Effect (Adapted)

  • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 35 mins)
  • By Vonda N. McIntyre
  • Narrated By Leonard Nimoy, George Takei
Overall
(100)
Performance
(60)
Story
(62)

A mad scientist. A murdered James Kirk. A universe collapsing onto itself! Featuring a dramatic reading by Leonard Nimoy and George Takei, and enhanced with sound effects and an original score!

Matthew Kelley says: "Fun! Wish it were unabridged"

Star Trek: Enterprise, the First Adventure (Adapted)

  • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 29 mins)
  • By Vonda N. McIntyre
  • Narrated By Leonard Nimoy, George Takei
Overall
(106)
Performance
(65)
Story
(67)

Jugglers, flying horses, and the threat of war - here is the untold story of James T. Kirk's first mission as the commander of the Enterprise! Featuring a dramatic reading by Leonard Nimoy and George Takei, and enhanced with sound effects and an original score.

Unreal Name says: "Abridged :( :( :("
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