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Joe Austin

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  • Ringworld

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (2867)
    Performance
    (1537)
    Story
    (1563)

    Welcome to Ringworld, an intermediate step between Dyson Spheres and planets. The gravitational force created by a rotation on its axis of 770 miles per second means no need for a roof. Walls 1,000 miles high at each rim will let in the sun and prevent much air from escaping. Larry Niven's novel, Ringworld, is the winner of the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1970 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1972 Ditmars, an Australian award for Best International Science Fiction.

    Kennet says: "Genuinely Creative"
    "If you love Sci Fi, you must hear this one"
    Overall

    I read this book quite a few years ago. It's remarkable how long ago this book was written, and just how many thoughtful predictions were made. We'll have to wait quite a few years to see if they all bear out. You'd be cheating yourself if you didn't give this a chance.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Orion: Orion Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (305)

    John O'Ryan is not a god...not exactly. He is an eternal warrior destined to combat the Dark Lord through all time for dominion of the Earth. Follow him, servant of a great race, as he battles his enemy down the halls of time, from the caves of our ancestors to the final confrontation under the hammer of nuclear annihilation.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Cornucopia of Genre's"
    "A classic, and may well win non sci fi fans."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    My second time through this book. It held up as well as the first time. To the readers who think most fantasy and sci-fi book are just to much into all the geek speak, and tech, this is a fine choice. It is a love story with a twist. And yes, it does fall into it's assigned genre. Great performance, and a fine listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jenna Miscavige Hill
    • Narrated By Sandy Rustin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (776)
    Performance
    (711)
    Story
    (711)

    Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member Sea Org - the church's highest ministry - speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape.

    Tim says: "The Despicable Truth Behind Scientology"
    "Compelling story and well delivered"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If even part of this story is true, it is just as stunning as it's title. I don't have any reason to doubt the writer, and had I not heard other tales about scientology, I would be doubtful. Even if the writer amplified some of her experiences at a very young age, what is alleged here is nothing short of shocking. If this organization is still tax exempt, it is an offense to us all.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17679)
    Performance
    (15719)
    Story
    (15672)

    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"
    "One of King's best."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A fantastic story, with the sort of detail and character development that King is well known for. I found it difficult to put down. Wasson does a great job with the narration and characterization. I don't want to give away any details, but fans of King's other works might find a familiar surprise or two.

    If you're new to King's work, and maybe not so much into the usual Sci-Fi and fantasy works, I can't think of a better choice than this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11375)
    Performance
    (9844)
    Story
    (9816)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Well... there goes half my day!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I downloaded this book at about 3PM, and thought I'd listen for an hour or so. Here it is now, about 7PM, and I can't seem to stop. Yes, I did stop to write the review, but I'll be right back listening just after I'm done here. Jobs is as close to an Edison as we will know in our lifetimes. Not a Tesla, nor a Pharnsworth. That job was originally held by Wozniak. And if you don't know the aforementioned inventors, you should.

    If you have any interest at all in this tale, I dare say it's worth your time. Even if it falls off a cliff from here (doubful) I'd consider it well worth the money. Reader and story work well together. And I can't wait to hear what happens next. Gotta go!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10207)
    Performance
    (7680)
    Story
    (7724)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "Fantastic... in the literal sense and more"
    Overall

    For the fantasy and SciFi fans out there, this is well worth your time. The Audiobook is as well produced as any I have experienced. And I enjoyed this experience very much. I look forward to the following volume.

    One note to the publisher, and to audible, you give away a significant spoiler about Shallan in the last paragraph of the description. I only realized this after I completed this book. It should be removed, as it gives away far too much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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