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  • Now Wait for Last Year

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (26)

    Earth is trapped in the crossfire of an unwinnable war between two alien civilizations. Its leader is perpetually on the verge of death. And on top of that, a new drug has just entered circulation - a drug that haphazardly sends its users traveling through time. In an attempt to escape his doomed marriage, Dr. Eric Sweetscent becomes caught up in all of it. But he has questions: Is Earth on the right side of the war? Is he supposed to heal Earth’s leader or keep him sick? And can he change the harrowing future that the drug has shown him?

    Al says: "A story that stays with you."
    "A story that stays with you."
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    Performance
    Story

    Modern, and as the story goes, it plays without being redundant on the subject theme. Even though it's not long, it knows when to end – but the ending has a deep & insightful insight – that is good to remember. PKD delivers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dreaming Void: Void Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (2208)
    Performance
    (1363)
    Story
    (1382)

    AD 3580. The Intersolar Commonwealth has spread through the galaxy to over a thousand star systems. It is a culture of rich diversity with a place for everyone. A powerful navy protects it from any hostile species that may lurk among the stars. For Commonwealth citizens, even death has been overcome.

    Ethan M. says: "Solid Hamiltonian Space Opera"
    "Awesome Space Opera with a great narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It gets better with each audible chapter. It helped to go online to see a list of all the characters to get them straight but wow - Aarons drive, Corrie-Lyn's attitude, Oscar and Paula’s meeting, Araminta is importantly cool and wild. I am sold on this author and this story arc. Can’t wait for more and to understand more about Edeard. As good as any Al Reynolds book - and that is a compliment from me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Galactic North

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (190)

    Centuries from now, the basic right to expand human intelligence beyond its natural limits has become a war-worthy cause for the Demarchists and Conjoiners. Only vast lighthugger starships bind these squabbling colonies together, manned by the panicky and paranoid Ultras. And the hyperpigs just try to keep their heads down. The rich get richer. And everyone tries not to think about the worrying number of extinct alien civilizations turning up on the outer reaches of settled space...because who's to say that humanity won't be next?

    wendy says: "Great background for Revelation Space novels"
    "EXCELLENT FINISH - night cap"
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    Performance
    Story

    Can't get enough of this author A. Reynolds. Absolution Gap (as well as Redemption Ark) were daring in brushstrokes, but this last book helps imagine areas that were missing or not clear in the whole Revelation Space scenery. The Greenfly entity makes you think farther than you thought the Inhibitors would go. Just being able to hear more about Clavain is worth it. The different stories fit in nice and actually are gripping with drama and action. To me the whole series is a classic along with the side books like The Prefect and "Chasm City" (which is a must). If you CAN -- get into this whole space opera burrito. I hear he is making a Doctor Who story. wow

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pushing Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (1970)
    Performance
    (1638)
    Story
    (1653)

    2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they're good at it. The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed.

    Jesse says: "Proof that a good story doesn't require a trilogy"
    "Very Cool"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I didn't want to take the ear plugs out, as (again) I was enthralled by Reynolds' images and style. They bicker and scheme and yet grow onward in the fantasy of youth-in-deep-time. If this is space opera then I am a patron. E.T.'s and future technology that is sharp and imprisoning. I can't wait for his Doctor Who book/audio. Still makes you want to hear some of A. Reynolds' other stories - even though this is my 3rd of his.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17648)
    Performance
    (15694)
    Story
    (15646)

    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"
    "This is brilliant!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Great time travel and a look at that period. I thought I would not like it at that length - but jeez it was gripping the whole way. A big 'yes' on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Walter M. Miller
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (837)
    Performance
    (735)
    Story
    (741)

    Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of 20th-century literature—a chilling and still-provocative look at a postapocalyptic future.

    Joel says: "A Classic"
    "Ad nauseam, (eam - Yes from Latin nausea)"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Why and where is all the sci fi. A classic? Ok it has great vocabulary. Latin to impress us?
    Ad-tedium (if that was a word)

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10396)
    Performance
    (9683)
    Story
    (9684)

    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"
    "Great Fantasy Modern Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Ready Player One the most enjoyable?

    Engaging all the way and twists that made you want more. The narrator was right on the money, tone, energy, cadence just a pleasure to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish all audiobooks were this good!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Foundation's Edge

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (384)

    At last, the costly and bitter war between the two Foundations had come to an end. Now the two exiled citizens of the Foundation - a renegade Councilman and the doddering historian - set out in search of the mythical planet Earth. Meanwhile, someone - or something - outside of both Foundations seems to be orchestrating events to suit its own ominous purpose.

    chris says: "Enjoyed it as much as the original trilogy"
    "MY FAVORITE OF THE SERIES"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    TOTALLY. THE NUANCES AND BYZANTINE PATHS OF THE DIALOG ARE BEAUTIFUL. EXCITINGLY SO THAT I COULD NOT PUT THE AUDIO DOWN. IT MAKES YOU WANT MORE. MIND BITING.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    EVERY BIT OF IT - He's great - Why oh why was he not in the next one 'FOUNDATION AND EARTH' ? HE NEEDED TO FINISH IT - Remake the last one?


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

    ASIMOV had me sold on this one. And I thought the trilogy was great.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Revelation Space

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1537)
    Performance
    (1066)
    Story
    (1072)

    Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just as it was on the verge of discovering space flight. Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself. With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the cyborg crew of the starship Nostalgia for Infinity. But as he closes in on the secret, a killer closes in on him because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason.

    Eoin says: "Defeated"
    "wow"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Revelation Space in three words, what would they be?

    excellent mind blower


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    Accents can be problematic but you get used to them and they then sound classy.


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

    wouldn't know where to start


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rendezvous with Rama

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1765)
    Performance
    (1031)
    Story
    (1052)

    At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence.

    Peter Tersteeg says: "Excellent story, terrible naration"
    "This is great sci fi"
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    What did you love best about Rendezvous with Rama?

    The imagination and visually discriptive recitation A C Clarke used.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rendezvous with Rama?

    The Hermians attitude and Ramans' indifference.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Ganim and Robert J. Sawyer (Introduction) – was your favorite?

    JImmy Pak


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

    Mind blowing technology


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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