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  • Existence

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Brin
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins, Robin Miles, L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (731)
    Performance
    (655)
    Story
    (650)

    Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there’s something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn’t on the decades’ old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth’s infomesh about an "alien artifact".

    Andreas Henriksson says: "Will its universe envelop you?"
    "An Excellent Future History"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Existence the most enjoyable?

    The book had excellent insights into what might happen in the near and not so near future.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite characters were the crystals.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was too long for that.


    Any additional comments?

    A most enjoyable future history!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14829)
    Performance
    (13891)
    Story
    (13894)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "The real Star Trek"
    "A boring book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book was a waste of time. The first coda was especially boring. I prefer hard Sci Fi and nothing could have made this book that. After reading Old Man's War , which was excellent, I was was hoping for better.


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

    No


    What three words best describe Wil Wheaton’s voice?

    A repectable job.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 2312

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Narrated By Sarah Zimmerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (624)
    Performance
    (555)
    Story
    (568)

    The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity's only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system on moons, planets, and in between. But in this year, 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront its past, its present, and its future. The first event takes place on Mercury, on the city of Terminator, itself a miracle of engineering on an unprecedented scale. It is an unexpected death, but one that might have been foreseen....

    Casey says: "My favorite book of the past 5 years."
    "Future history at its best"
    Overall
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    Story
    If you could sum up 2312 in three words, what would they be?

    A good listen.
    Kim Stanley Robinson writes enjoyable books.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Sarah Zimmerman?

    Not my favorite narrator but she does the job.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy future histories this is a book for you.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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