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  • I Will Fear No Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (304)

    As startling and provocative as his famous Stranger in a Strange Land, here is Heinlein’s grand masterpiece about a man supremely talented, immensely old, and obscenely wealthy who discovers that money can buy everything.

    Lisa says: "Not Heinlein's best - but still good"
    "Definitely Heinlein"
    Overall

    This book, while well written isn't Heinlein's best. The book has a grand premise and wonderful characters, but seems to be a little to centered on and preachy regarding sex. I'm not a prude and don't mind books with a sexual undercurrent or even theme, but in this case it detracted a little from the masters story for me. Granted Heinlein was rebelling against a rather puritanical society at the time and in that light it is understandable.
    However, even with that criticism, this book is a great read. Exploring the psychology of being thrst into a new body, let alone one of the opposite sex is fascinating.
    Read it, just don't make it your first Heinlein novel!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3512)
    Performance
    (1451)
    Story
    (1473)

    In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

    Amazon Customer says: "Superb!"
    "Brilliant"
    Overall

    Forget the Will Smith movie. This is a fantastic novel!
    Post apocalyptic madness and mayhem with a hero, zombies and excellent writing set in 1950s L.A.
    Not an action packed novel, but a well thought out, well written analyses of life after Richard Matheson's doomsday. You may have to help your kids understand what a record player is, but this is an excellent listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Steve Wozniak, Gina Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (2382)
    Performance
    (1376)
    Story
    (1401)

    Before cell phones that fit in the palm of your hand and slim laptops that fit snugly into briefcases, computers were like strange, alien vending machines. They had cryptic switches, punch cards, and pages of encoded output. But in 1975, a young engineering wizard named Steve Wozniak had an idea: What if you combined computer circuitry with a regular typewriter keyboard and a video screen?

    Anthony says: "Best of the Best"
    "Required Reading"
    Overall

    Is it narcissistic? Yes. Can parts be meandering and seem out of place? Sure.
    But this book gives real insight into how the personal computer industry was born.
    In this current era, where Steve Jobs seems more like an Imperialistic Dictator it is easy to forget that Apple really sprang from the genius of Steve Wozniak. It is a really interesting read which explains a great deal about where Apple's sprang from.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7120)
    Performance
    (3521)
    Story
    (3575)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Valerie says: "Just As Wonderful as I Remembered!"
    "King at his best!"
    Overall

    My favorite Stephen King novel yet! Incredible storytelling and an over the top imagination combine with an incredible reading to make this an incredible novel. Listened to it on a trip and it was over before you knew it and left me ready for the sequels!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The Day of the Troll

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Simon Messingham
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (142)

    When the Doctor arrives on Earth in the far future, he is horrified to find the planet beset by famine and starvation. England is a barren wasteland, and scientists are desperately seeding the ground to make the crops grow again. But now it seems that something even worse is happening. Karl Baring, the owner of research facility The Grange, has been snatched away in the middle of the night.

    Sophie says: "david tennant is an ace narrator"
    "Loved It!"
    Overall

    In the fine tradition of juvenile novels written by the likes of Heinlein, it was a fast, entertaining and easy to follow book. David Tennant's reading of it made it all the more believable. From the bits where he is playing the Doctor to the narrations where his regional accent becomes more pronounced he is a skillful orator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (4369)
    Performance
    (1720)
    Story
    (1745)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

    Scott says: "Epic Drama & Love Story through Time Travel"
    "A Love Story for SciFi Fans"
    Overall

    This book feels like it was designed to be listened to! While not truly SciFi, the time travel in this book makes a well written relationship book incredibly accessible to the man in the car, while your wife hears a love story with a few extra quirks.

    This is one of those rare books we listened to together where neither of us felt like we would rather be listening to anything else! We talked about it for hours.

    An excellent, enjoyable, well paced listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Empire: The Empire Duet, Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (785)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (220)

    Orson Scott Card is a master storyteller, who has earned millions of fans and reams of praise for his previous science-fiction and fantasy works. Now he steps a little closer to the present day with this chilling look at a near-future scenario: a new American Civil War. The American Empire has grown too fast, the fault lines at home are stressed to the breaking point, and the war of words between Right and Left has collapsed into a shooting war.

    Andrea says: "Good pace, weak premise"
    "An enjoyable listen!"
    Overall

    While his research may not hold up to the levels of Tom Clancy, his story telling is certainly more than a match and leads the other authors of the genre.
    Card manages to critique the radicalism of the left and the right, without coming to judgment on their respective viewpoints, while showing the inherent endgame of radicalism on either front, Totalitarianism.
    The premise is very well thought through, the characters are believable, and while my personal beliefs may conflict with the details, yes I am a Conservative, the story is well written and well read, making for a very enjoyable listen!

    A must for any Card fan!

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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