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  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5564)
    Performance
    (5190)
    Story
    (5186)

    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.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "Quirky fun and also thoughtful"
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    This book starts out as a stupid cartoon, and that is intentional. It is funny and bizarre, and wonderfully read by Wheaton, who was absolutely the right choice for this. Using the cartoon as a hook, Scalzi gets down to his usual business of writing about serious existentialism in a fun way. Super book!

    0 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
    (1204)
    Performance
    (1063)
    Story
    (1074)

    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"
    "Really odd, pretty fun."
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    A very interesting story with compelling characters. The images suggest to me what an acid trip must be like. Really bizarre.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Double Star

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (139)

    When the most important statesman of the 21st century disappears on Mars, the only hope of preventing interplanetary war lies in a ham actor's ability to impersonate the missing leader well enough to fool two worlds!

    W. Seligman says: "More worthy of a listen than a read"
    "Marvelous! Could have been written today!"
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    Except for everybody smoking cigarettes, and the use of microfilm, this book is absolutely modern. As with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club by the Beatles, I marveled at the inventive skillfulness throughout.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22040)
    Performance
    (13467)
    Story
    (13606)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Absolutely stunning, far better than I remembered."
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    and I remembered really loving the book when I read it almost 20 years ago.

    The work is absolutely masterful, the performance is really superb.

    I really don't want to give anything away. I suggest, if you enjoy fiction, science fiction, military history, politics, or psychology, that you read this book. Wholeheartedly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3769)
    Performance
    (2728)
    Story
    (2750)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "Really fun!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is quite a ride! Scalzi writes as both a very knowledgeable scientist and a very thoughtful existential philosopher. The ideas are totally believable and entirely fantastic. The characters are rich and interesting, and the character development is fascinating, more rich than even the very inventive plot. I loved it!

    Great performance, too. Well directed and acted, really quite transparent. Almost as if a brain-pal unpacked the story in my mind.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghost Brigades

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2099)
    Performance
    (1515)
    Story
    (1528)

    The Ghost Brigades are the Special Forces of the Colonial Defense Forces, elite troops created from the DNA of the dead and turned into the perfect soldiers for the CDF's toughest operations. They're young, they're fast and strong, and they're totally without normal human qualms.

    wendy says: "Great story"
    "Great read!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Ghost Brigades the most enjoyable?

    Fun, engaging, and even thought provoking. Scalzi writes as a combination of scientist and existentialist philosopher. He writes strong characters with interesting personalities, and makes the story engaging through character development, even more so than event development.

    Some people have complained about Scalzi's use of "he/she said." in basic dialogue construction. I have had this complaint in other books, particularly the later books in the Honor Harrington series by David Weber. I have no such complaint about this book. The performance was very good, so good that I did not once notice a "he/she said" standing out.

    Simply a fun and interesting read. I've never come out of a fiction book wanting to be a vegan before. Read and find out what I mean.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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