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Aerindel

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  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11608)
    Performance
    (9542)
    Story
    (9591)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    Michael says: "The Shrike Awaits. Enter The Time Tombs..."
    "More than a book"
    Overall

    The important thing to understand is that is the first part of series and in reality this book is little more than a prologue. That being said it is a gripping first chapter. The hyperion series is more than a story, it is a work of philosophical and religious fiction that explores the meaning of life and the universe. Don't take that to mean its not full of action, it is. This series has everything in it from medieval sword fights to massive space battles and the destruction of worlds.

    At its heart this is the story of mankind's struggle for true transcendence. The plot is deep and convoluted involving substantial time travel and is its secrets cannot be fully understood until the last book. This is a work that you have to begin with some faith that at some point it will all make sense. Trust me, it does and the final revelation in The Rise of Endymion is remarkable.
    Christians beware, this book may challenge many of your belifes in uncomfortable ways.

    45 of 54 people found this review helpful
  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tim Lebbon
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (246)

    As a child Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating - and waiting for suitable prey.

    Jason says: "A very good listen."
    "Pretty Bad. "
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If it was an original Alien story, not some weird thing shoehorned into the cannon timeline.

    The whole thing is basically a repeat of Aliens and Alien: Isolation with Ripley simply having her memory wiped in the last five minutes and sent on here way like nothing happened (to explain why none of this is mentioned in Aliens)


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    No idea.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The. NarATor. Read. EvERY Line...As if HE was William Shat-NER. With every OTHER word being needLESSLY over emphasized for NO reason.


    What character would you cut from Alien: Out of the Shadows?

    Ripley.

    Really it was pretty mediocre, read like fan fiction, but would have been at least passible if it was just a Alien spin off rather than trying to be a mainline story.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could trust audible reviews more. This book was terrible but seemed well reviewed which was why I got it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8435)
    Performance
    (6313)
    Story
    (6311)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Richard says: "Great Sci-Fi, not sanitized for your protection"
    "Not as good as the TV series (surprisingly)"
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    If you could sum up Altered Carbon in three words, what would they be?

    Sex. Blood. Crime.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character, classic anti-hero.


    Have you listened to any of Todd McLaren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Many of them. Perhaps too many. It was hard not to think of other characters he has read.


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

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    Unfortunately, the netflix series is better. Not what I expected but this time it was the TV series that had more story and the book that felt kinda stripped down.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Semiosis: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Burke
    • Narrated By Caitlin Davies, Daniel Thomas May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (262)

    Forced to land on a planet they aren't prepared for, human colonists rely on their limited resources to survive. The planet provides a lush but inexplicable landscape - trees offer edible, addictive fruit one day and poison the next, while the ruins of an alien race are found entwined in the roots of a strange plant. Conflicts between generations arise as they struggle to understand one another and grapple with an unknowable alien intellect.

    Lilyn G. says: "Weird. But good. But weird."
    "Great book...no ending. "
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure, its an interesting book and well read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the ecosystem and its components, very imaginative.


    What about Caitlin Davies and Daniel Thomas May ’s performance did you like?

    Nothing memorable, which is generally a good thing.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many, but I won't spoil them.


    Any additional comments?

    This book had no real ending.....it just went on with more and more interesting things happening and then just came to an end with no real feeling of ending or resolution.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Artemis

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By Rosario Dawson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46133)
    Performance
    (43085)
    Story
    (42948)

    Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

    will says: "A ferrari with no motor"
    "Terrible. "
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    What would have made Artemis better?

    If the main character had been even slightly likable. She was basically an incompetent psychopath, which could be an interesting starting point but there was no arc, no redemption, just a really unpleasant person from start to finish coupled with a improbably plot and dull story.


    What could Andy Weir have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He should have stuck to what he was good at, highly technically problem solving and humor.


    Have you listened to any of Rosario Dawson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't but the performance was just fine, it was the story that was bad.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Artemis?

    Frankly I would have cut the whole thing. The back of the napkin plot is okay, a heist story on the moon, no problem, but everything else was just unpleasant, unlikeable and hard to believe.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Andy Weir writes another book as good as the martian someday.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seveneves: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal, Will Damron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15116)
    Performance
    (14037)
    Story
    (14029)

    A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

    Kurt Schwoppe says: "So Much Potential"
    "Felt like it was only half a book."
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Decent begining but it felt like the story ended before it really got going. I kept waiting for the "Faraday cage" moment (if you've read Anathem you will understand) but it never came and pretty soon the book was over and was left feeling like I had just listened to an introduction.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Neal Stephenson? Why or why not?

    Of course. He has produced several of my all time favorite books. This just wasn't one of them.


    Which character – as performed by Mary Robinette Kowal and Will Damron – was your favorite?

    No idea, I can't remember who voiced what. Probably my favorite character was Sonar Tax Law mostly because of her crazy name.


    Do you think Seveneves needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Maybe. This felt like less than half the story but I'm not sure he actually knows himself what the other half ways and Stephenson normally doesn't make sequels. I would much rather have a sequel to Anathem, Snowcrash or Cryptonomicon instead.


    Any additional comments?

    Once thing that was nice about this book is that it had the proper loss of life you would expect from a story about the end of the world. It seems obvious but many apocalyptic books fail to actually bother to kill everyone, this book doesn't pull any punches, when he writes about the end of the human race he means it. No 99% percent death rate here literally only one in a billion people survive the the first three years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under a Graveyard Sky: Black Tide Rising, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Tristan Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1399)
    Performance
    (1310)
    Story
    (1314)

    Zombies are real. And we made them. Are you prepared for the zombie apocalypse? The Smith family is, with the help of a few marines. When an airborne "zombie" plague is released, bringing civilization to a grinding halt, the Smith family, Steven, Stacey, Sophia, and Faith, take to the Atlantic to avoid the chaos. The plan is to find a safe haven from the anarchy of infected humanity. What they discover, instead, is a sea composed of the tears of survivors and a passion for bringing hope.

    Sara Marie Dalke says: "Excellent Zombie Apocalypse Tale"
    "Interesting beginning that goes nowhere."
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have liked it much better if it had stuck with the intense, serious tone it started with rather than turning into cheese after the first few chapters. Its really too bad, the basic premise of this book is a good one and the characters, at least at first, where pretty likable


    Would you recommend Under a Graveyard Sky to your friends? Why or why not?

    To my OMGZombies! friends I would recommend it, it has some fun parts and the writing is solid. But to my actual prepper friends, the kind who have actual disaster codes in place and view the zompoc as a metaphor for what is really going to happen to the world after about three weeks without electricity, no. There is nothing here for the serious survivalist, too much is just ridiculous. A 13 year old girl wearing 120lbs of gear jumping into a ship and slaughtering dozens of zombies single handedly? Yeah, I don't think so. It would have been hard to believe if it had been a navy Seal, its impossible to believe when its a young, civilian teenager.

    Also this author seems to know very little about real world guns and a lot of about internet stereotypes. You would think Ringo would know better but as others have hinted at, I think this book was ghost written.


    What about Tristan Morris’s performance did you like?

    He did a good job with the accents, which was appropriate for the characters but it did get annoying eventually.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe. It probably would have made a better movie than a book.


    28 of 36 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
    (149556)
    Performance
    (138003)
    Story
    (137867)

    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 plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "LOOK BOOBIES"
    "The best audiobook I've listened to since '14'"
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    Yes this little book from a no name author is actually one of the best books I've listened to in a long long time.

    Some books are great because of the plot, Some because of the setting or the writing.

    This book is great because of the character and the sheer amount of science that is put into it. If your tired of sci-fi glossing over the details in favor of melodrama then this book is for you.

    The plot is as simple as can by, survive 500 days on mars, travel 3200 kilometers, by yourself, with no contact with earth. Accomplish this mostly with duct tape. Yes, its sound preposterous but its little different from what the crew of apollo 13 did when they built an air filter out of duct tape, plastic bags and socks.

    Sound dry to you? Its not, for just one reason, the protagonist is as hilarious as he is smart. Get tired of talking about Kilowatt days? Invent your own unit of measure, the PirateNinja. Hurt your back and need to spend a few days recovering? Study maritime law and figure out that if you achieve your goal you will technically become the first space pirate.

    How else do you survive almost two years alone on mars? Learn to find humor in everything, even your own imminent demise.

    This is a must read. I wish I had followed my instinct and bought it when it first came out instead of waiting for the positive reviews to stream in.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: Day by Day Armageddon: Grey Fox

    • UNABRIDGED (44 mins)
    • By J. L. Bourne
    • Narrated By James Snyder
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (193)

    Time is a very fluid thing, no one really has a grasp on it other than maybe how to measure it. As the maestro of the Day by Day Armageddon Universe, I have the latitude of being in control of that time. I can adjust the slider either direction, moving the timeline back and forth along the continuum. This is one of the perks of creation, the benefit in constructing something (albeit small) from nothing. Sort of makes you wonder what the maestro of the universe is up to, no? You have again stumbled upon a ticket with service through the apocalyptic wastes, but this time the train is a little bit older, a little more beat up, and maybe a little wiser. Keep your doors locked.

    Felix says: "Maybe the end"
    "Apology accepted Mr, Bourne, Apology accepted....."
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    Like many people, I loved the first two books of the Day by Day series, and like many people, I felt the third book was a steaming pile, the kind of thing written by a nine year old on a three day caffeine high.

    With this short story J. L. Bourne shows that no, he didn't have a stroke or if he did, he has recovered. This story is everything the first two where and more. The only downside is that it was so short, barely had time to finish cleaning my AR before it was over.

    Here is hoping that when the author talks about time being a fluid thing that he is hinted at disavowing the third book in the series and re-writting it as it should have been done in the first place. Don't worry, every author is allowed one terrible book as long as they move past it and get back to what they do best. We'll happily forget your mistake and buy your next book if its anything like Grey Fox.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6824)
    Performance
    (6373)
    Story
    (6392)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "I Was Scared All The Way Down To My Meat And"
    "The "American Pie" of zombie fiction."
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    Don't want to waste too much time trying to review this, and as I could only make it through the first half hour of the book there really isn't much to say. I was at first disgusted and then bored.

    This author doesn't understand the difference between 'gross' and 'horrifying' Sure, stepping in dog feces may be the first thing that you do during the zpoc but that doesn't mean it should be the focus of first chapter of the book. Main character and his wife are utterly unlikeable. Story is generic and only sets its self apart by how much it focuses on the smell and texture of dog poop rather than the matter at hand. Its an apt metaphor for the experience.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered Hourglass: Day by Day Armageddon, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By J. L. Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1792)
    Performance
    (1653)
    Story
    (1651)

    In a desperate bid to take back the continental United States - where hordes of undead now dominate the ravaged human population - a Navy commander leads a global mission to the heart of the pandemic. Task Force Hourglass is humanity’s final hope, and his team’s agonizing decisions could mean living one day more - or surrendering to the eternal hell that exists between life and death.

    Amanda H. says: "A bit on the dull side"
    "Nothing like the others."
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    Day by Day Armageddon and Beyond Exile are two of my favorite books. This book, while modestly entertaining, is just another cliche zombie adventure. I guess the author really had no idea why his first two books where so loved. For that matter, did he actually even write this one?

    The only good thing I have to say about this book is that its not actually so bad that it retro actively ruined the first two books, but its not one that I will ever listen to again or keep in my library.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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