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  • Foundation and Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Larry McKeever
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (295)

    Councilman Golan Trevize is wondering if he was right to choose a collective mind as the best possible future for humanity over the anarchy of contentious individuals, nations and planets. To test his conclusion, he decides he must know the past and goes in search of legendary Earth, all references to which have been erased from galactic libraries. The societies encountered along the way become arguing points in a book-long colloquy about man's fate, conducted by Trevize and traveling companion Bliss, who is part of the first world/mind, Gaia.

    Jerry says: "Please please re-record with Scott Brick!!"
    "Slow Story Slow Reader"
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    Story

    I listened to this on fast, I cold not take the drowning pace. The story was OK it closed to series and provided insight as to the gaps in the saga. The story was true Asimov mystery style, But the book is a bit long winded, the bickering with bliss and Trevise was annoying. I read the book 20 years ago and liked it then, so much of it may be related to the performance. All in all must read to finish the story line started in I Robot. I love all the stories, but this was so so. The Story written in the 1980's still likens to Classic 1950's SCIFI that Isaac Asimov was the master of.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1733)
    Performance
    (690)
    Story
    (693)

    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"
    "Slow but picks up in book 2"
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    This is one of Kevin J. Anderson's early works and it shows in the writing. Not that I could do better... But he has to cover so much back story that it make the story slow to start like a history text, but by the end you can not wait for book 2.

    NOTE: Take a break between book 3 and 4 as the change Narrators is hard to listen to.

    The Series is well worth the credits and time,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scattered Suns: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (684)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (283)

    The war between the alien hydrogues and the faeros rages, reducing suns to blackened shells - including one of the fabled seven suns of the Ildiran Empire. Instead of protecting themselves, the Ildirans engage in bloody civil war and the many factions of humanity are bitterly divided. Can mankind and Ildirans overcome their own internal fighting to face a deadly new enemy that is ready to annihilate them?

    Joel says: "GREAT Series....Narrator change from Book 4 on"
    "Take 6 months off between books 3 and 4.!"
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    Lazy Narrator ,If the new Narrator could have troubled him self to listen to a bit of the recorded books version it would have been `possible to take the southern accents from every one. but if he had done any research about the book he would have realized E A were letters like D D. the sad part is that i got the whole series and may dump it, yes it is that bad. maybe if I start from book 4 next year, That is my recommendation to other readers take 6 months to a year off between book 3 and 4.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5193)
    Performance
    (3167)
    Story
    (3180)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "Chilling story of today written in 1957."
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    What a great story! I had a uncle who was reading the book and raved about it, then friends at work were talking about the Movies and I decided to get it through audible. I did some research an Amazon and found that it was written in the late 40's and early 50's and was published in 1957. The similarities between the society in the book and today are astounding. I wish I had read the reviews about the narration before I purchased this version, But I liked all of Scott Bricks other work, but it sounds like a Dune Novel. The narration bothered me from the start, but I became used to it by part 2 and then is was all about a driving story and a great mystery, not the who done it, but what is going on and were will it all lead. This may be the best book I have listened to, I can't believe I never came across it before now. Try this book, I really doubt you will regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Foundation

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Jim Gallant
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    After 12,000 years, the once-supreme Galactic Empire was plunging into a future of barbarism and warfare. All knowledge previously created by mankind faced destruction. Only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, foresaw the dark age of ignorance that was to come, and set out to preserve knowledge and mankind itself.

    Colin says: "Stop read"
    "Music not needed."
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    This is a great Classic SCIFI story, although a bit dated. I have read, listened to on tape(abridged) and on audible (Unabridged) the Narrator and the funky music were complete distractions in this version and took away from the story, Dramatic long pauses... Not needed. But I am glad Audible finally added most of the series from Isaac Asimov, I enjoy the saga as a whole, these stories were shorts from magazines and it shows, in that they are a bit thin, but a great book over all,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Moonlight: Free Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (1611)
    Performance
    (1347)
    Story
    (1356)

    Barely a teenager, Kaylin Neya is a thief, a fugitive and an attempted assassin. She also has a smart mouth, sharp wits and mysterious markings on her skin. All of which make her perfect bait for a child prostitution sting in the city of Elantra - if she survives her first meeting with the Hawks!

    Jason says: "Great STUFF!!!"
    "Wow For Free"
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    What a surprise this was, Not my normal type of book but it was free. it was a bit hard to follow at the start, terms creatures and magic not spelled out well, but the basic story was of a girl with a troubled past finding her calling. After the first third I couldn't stop listening, a wonderful story for teens to adult.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I, Robot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1558)
    Performance
    (534)
    Story
    (551)

    They mustn't harm a human being, they must obey human orders, and they must protect their own existence...but only so long as that doesn't violate rules one and two. With these Three Laws of Robotics, humanity embarked on a bold new era of evolution that would open up enormous possibilities, and unforeseen risks.

    Herb says: "Forget the violence - Read this one for the humor"
    "Dated Classic Short Stories."
    Overall
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    The I Robot stories and much of Issic Asamov's stories are dated by unforeseen directions. The book is set in current times, but is missing modern technology and we have never made a Positronic Robot. But if you get past that, it is a great story, written from a 1950's point of view. But someday this moray will be vogue again, Assamov talks about this in his 1980's books. The stories are set from the mid 1990???s to the mid 2160???s and are about the development and testing of Robots. Each story is a mini mystery as to why the Robot is not working as expected and ties back to the 3 laws of Robotics which are over repeated in each story, as the original stories were written as magazine articles. Each problem was new and the solution intriguing. This is a good story for the young with much vocabulary building. This was my first real book I read in the 1970's I love the stories then and today, they are well written and intuitive, If you look at each with a what if point of view and past no cell phones or PCs you will see why I gave it 5 stars. If you don???t like this book I would recommend steering clear of Vern, Orwell, Clarke and Heinlein. All Science Fiction becomes dated with time but is doesn???t change the quality of the story. The performance by Scott Brick is as always outstanding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Colorado Kid: A Hard Case Crime Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Jeffrey DeMunn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (630)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (237)

    No one but Stephen King could tell this story about the darkness at the heart of the unknown and our compulsion to investigate the unexplained. With echoes of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon and the work of Graham Greene, one of the world's great storytellers presents a surprising tale that explores the nature of mystery itself.

    Dammschippee says: "Gotcha!"
    "Dark Tower Connection"
    Overall

    I was concerned after reading some of the reviews of this King short Novel. But as I listened I made an immediate connection to the Dark Tower and Insomnia. This would explain the mystery that is the central theme of the novel. I think if Stephen King ever revisits the Dark Tower universe that the other side of the story may be told. In 2009, King announced an upcoming eighth book, The Wind Through the Keyhole this could be it. The Characters are excellently constructed and the Narration fits the local speech on Northern Maine To confirm the connection from Wikipedia I found this, ???While for the casual reader there may seem to be no explicit links to King's magnum opus Dark Tower novels, the author noted on his personal website on October 7, 2005 that an apparent research error regarding the rise of Seattle, Washington-based Starbucks Coffee may hold other implications. Wrote King: "The review of The Colorado Kid in today???s issue of today's USA Today mentions that there was no Starbucks in Denver in 1980. Don???t assume that???s a mistake on my part. The constant readers of the Dark Tower series may realize that that is not necessarily a continuity error, but a clue.??? This might also be a clue to the inclusion of a mention of Blockbuster in the story, which did not exist until 1985. I think Starbucks was an error, because of his wife or maybe he travels the universes and time a lot. Either way for a King Fan this is good New England yarn and another clue in the Larger King Universe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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