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  • Lucifer's Hammer

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3846)
    Performance
    (2419)
    Story
    (2437)

    The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

    DJM says: "Good story from front to back"
    "10 Hours I wish I had back"
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    What disappointed you about Lucifer's Hammer?

    I gave up after 10 hours, I couldn't take it anymore. Poor character development and a preachy condescending style turned me off. The author seems more concerned with explaining basic physics than developing the store.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Synchronicity War, Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dietmar Wehr
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (177)

    After almost a century of peaceful exploration and colonization of space, the United Earth Space Force stumbles across a shockingly xenophobic alien race that has more and better armed ships and refuses all attempts at contact. As the outgunned Space Force is driven back in battle after battle in what appears to be a war of extermination, one officer experiences precognitive visions that help him blunt the enemy onslaught, but he can't control or predict when they occur.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Military science fiction geeks will enjoy this"
    "Meh..No desire to read the next book"
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    There's nothing really bad about this book, but there nothing really good about it either. Excellent narration by Luke Daniels, but IMO the storey is, at best, mediocre.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24904)
    Performance
    (22863)
    Story
    (22868)

    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?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "A rare combo of wit, sci-fi, action and suspense"
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    This book is so well done you would think it actually happened. I applaud Andy Weir for having the ability to bring humor to sci-fi - Which is really rare in sci-fi books. I've read and listened hundreds of sci-fi, and I can't remember ANY that made me laugh like this book. If you are looking for aliens and ray guns you won't find it here, this is one man’s struggle to stay alive and get off Mars. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down.

    This is great science fiction, well written, well researched, and full of suspense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of a Queen: Annihilation, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Saxon Andrew
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (177)

    The Humans have destroyed 2,000 Alliance Warships and now they are taking the war to the worlds responsible for attempting to destroy Earth. The Alliance still has more than 48,000 Warships but the way things are going, they may not be enough. A new Queen has come to power and her impact on the struggle will be monumental.

    Chuck says: "I just couldn't stomach it."
    "What a waste of time - Don't waste yours"
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    Idiotic concept - Hey, we'll show you that you have no reason to hate and kill us....Then, we're all best friends...Kiss kiss.

    Geez, what a bunch of bilge. Too bad we can't give negative scores.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • State of Nature: Book Three of The Park Service Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ryan Winfield
    • Narrated By Michael Braun
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (116)

    The final adventure...

    After leaving the Isle of Man, Aubrey and Jimmy return to the Foundation to confront Hannah about her betrayal and to free the people of Holocene II only to find themselves facing new and more difficult challenges in a world where nothing is as it seems.

    Coreyb says: "Please read this series"
    "The BEST Dystopian series yet on Audible"
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    I've listened to most YA Dystopian Novels that are popular now, The Hunger Games, The Giver, Fahrenheit 451,Wool,Divergent, and The Maze Runner, but this is by far the most engaging and memorable. ..To Ryan Winfield - More please!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Annihilation: Love Conquers All

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Saxon Andrew
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (232)

    Tag, an exceptional young human living in Central City on the planet Earth, tries to keep his powerful, one-of-a-kind skills undetected by leading an ordinary life and staying under the radar. But one day, on the way home from school, Tag's compassion leads him to make a decision that alters the course of his life - and history.

    Michael says: "Great Scifi Action Audiobook!"
    "Some Sappy Dialogue"
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    This book is worth a listen, especially in the beginning. The powers of the main character are described in a interesting way. Unfortunately, you may find the dialogue between the other main character (or significant other) to cause you to retch. Conversations with "Oh my darling" are, at points, laughable. The scifi is good, the romance is bad..IMO.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Atlantis Gene: The Origin Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By A. G. Riddle
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2292)
    Performance
    (2078)
    Story
    (2086)

    Seventy thousand years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how.

    Until now. The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time. The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they've hidden the truth about human evolution. They've also searched for an ancient enemy - a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

    january says: "Pretty bad, but not the worst I've ever read"
    "Who's on First-No who's on second.Plot twist mess"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I would suppose someone that enjoys reading Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica for it's purely literary aspects.


    Would you be willing to try another book from A. G. Riddle? Why or why not?

    Riddle has an interesting idea. I might try the second books, but if whips around like the first to the point of confusion, I'm done. If this book were a rollercoaster, each rider would snap their neck.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Bel Davies – was your favorite?

    Kate


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Atlantis Gene?

    No scenes, I would change the flow in the latter 1/2 of the book - MAKE IT LESS CONFUSING


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Total Relaxation: Guided Meditations for Achieving Inner Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By Richard Latham
    • Narrated By Jane Warren
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (15)

    These easy-to-follow guided meditations involve beautifully crafted stories with music and natural sound effects. Each track will ease you into a deep state of relaxation, where you can tap into the restoring power of meditation.

    Scott says: "Wonderful!"
    "Terrible for meditation"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If your going to listen to a guided meditation your mind should not wander aimlessly...I found nothing of value in this series.


    What could Richard Latham have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I'm not sure this concept would ever work for meditation


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jane Warren?

    I don't think it would have mattered.


    What character would you cut from Total Relaxation?

    NA


    Any additional comments?

    A waste of a credit

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3414)
    Performance
    (3068)
    Story
    (3083)

    Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Superheroes vs. Zombies? Sure, why not..."
    "Not the same old Zombie Apocalypse"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ex-Heroes to be better than the print version?

    Stupid question


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Dragon (St. George)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The battle against the Sixteens


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

    Couldn't stop listening


    Any additional comments?

    It's like a cross between "The Walking Dead" and "Hero's"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Neuromancer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1624)
    Performance
    (1447)
    Story
    (1458)

    Twenty years ago, it was as if someone turned on a light. The future blazed into existence with each deliberate word that William Gibson laid down. The winner of Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards, Neuromancer didn't just explode onto the science fiction scene - it permeated into the collective consciousness, culture, science, and technology.Today, there is only one science fiction masterpiece to thank for the term "cyberpunk," for easing the way into the information age and Internet society.

    David says: "5 stars for coolness, 3 stars for give-a-heckness"
    "Dated. I'm sure in it's day it was great...But"
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    What disappointed you about Neuromancer?

    Couldn't get through it - My mind kept wandering. I could not get into the characters.


    Has Neuromancer turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, not necessarily.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Robertson Dean’s performances?

    Yes.


    What character would you cut from Neuromancer?

    I just couldn't get into any of them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13366)
    Performance
    (12139)
    Story
    (12170)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Charles says: "Completely Engaging"
    "Great Read"
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    Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

    Yes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The pace, although the end gets a little wild.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    Tim


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

    Yes this would make a great movie, the Squales would interesting to see.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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