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Malcolm

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  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11705)
    Performance
    (9383)
    Story
    (9495)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Unique style"
    Overall

    Beautifully written with a fascinating mix of storytelling switching seamlessly from third to first person style. An engaging tale that makes the hours fly too quickly. More please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm from the Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (254)

    Rear Admiral Michelle Henke was commanding one of the ships in a force led by Honor Harrington in an all-out space battle. The odds were against the Star Kingdom forces, and they had to run. But Michelle's ship was crippled, and had to be destroyed to prevent superior Manticoran technology from falling into Havenite hands, and she and her surviving crew were taken prisoner.

    Daniel says: "Important for the Honorverse Story!"
    "Political Space Opera"
    Overall

    Perfect... for the 12 year old girl with fantasies of becoming a diplomatic fashion correspondent. Some interesting theories on relativistic space warfare buried under mounds of mind numbing political intrigue and mono dimensional character analysis.
    I must admit I am only 5 hours into it and am cheap enough to carry on so far but I wouldn't recommend it to an adult.

    8 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Anathem

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1817)
    Performance
    (822)
    Story
    (830)

    In celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent's gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected". But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change.

    Richard says: "Tour de force"
    "Brilliant"
    Overall

    A fascinating book extremely well read. I can always count on two or three enjoyable listens out of a Neal Stephenson book. I would buy Mr. Stephensons Grocery list if it were sold on Audible and read by these narrators.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rainbows End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Vernor Vinge
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (782)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (279)

    Set a few decades from now, Rainbows End is an epic adventure that encapsulates in a single extended family the challenges of the technological advances of the first quarter of the 21st century. The information revolution of the past 30 years blossoms into a web of conspiracies that could destroy Western civilization. At the center of the action is Robert Gu, a former Alzheimer's victim who has regained his mental and physical health through radical new therapies, and his family.

    Steve says: "Great Discovery"
    "WOW"
    Overall

    This author has put enough thought into his work that I enjoyed it the first time and immediately started again from the beginning. His world is a complex and believable concept of the near future. He has woven estimated psychological, physical and technological extrapolations from the present into the future and used them as the backdrop for an end of the world type crisis. The story line is entertaining but one can lose oneself in his vision of the everyday lives of our grandchildren.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1927)
    Performance
    (1115)
    Story
    (1117)

    Neil deGrasse Tyson has a talent for guiding readers through the mysteries of outer space with stunning clarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. This collection of his essays from Natural History magazine explores a myriad of cosmic topics. Tyson introduces us to the physics of black holes by explaining what would happen to our bodies if we fell into one; he also examines the needless friction between science and religion, and notes Earth's status as "an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos".

    Lind says: "Well written and well read"
    "A good listen"
    Overall

    Very enjoyable, offers brief explanations the sciences behind the objects which we use in everyday life as well as understandable clarifications of the findings in todays scientific frontiers. The author has a gift for making humorous and enlightening analogies and the narrator has an engaging voice. This is an audible offering I shall listen to many times.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9350)
    Performance
    (5048)
    Story
    (5117)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Good Listen"
    Overall

    A well paced and engaging story in spite of being dramatized. I usually only buy unedited and undramatized audiobooks but I must admit this dramatized version is not bad. However, I still prefer a good single narrator without sound effects.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Against the Day: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (53 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Thomas Pynchon
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (80)

    This novel spans the period between the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and the years just after World War I. With a worldwide disaster looming just a few years ahead, it is a time of unrestrained corporate greed, false religiosity, moronic fecklessness, and evil intent in high places. No reference to the present day is intended or should be inferred.

    Rebecca Lindroos says: "brilliant!"
    "Anti-insomnia"
    Overall

    I enjoy listening to just about anything so I find it hard to tell if this would be a better listen if not for the narration. However, the readers sing-song voice is hard to stay awake to, let alone pay attention to the story thread.
    The narrator has an interesting repertoire of character voices but the one he has chosen to narrate the story between when the characters are speaking (and this encompasses the vast majority of the story) should be used to calm unruly children.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Off Armageddon Reef Part 1: Safehold Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    When Earth herself lay under siege by an enemy humankind could not defeat, mankind undertook one last throw of the dice: Operation Ark. Earth's final colonizing expedition was meant to build a new civilization, on a planet so distant even the Gbaba might never find it, and without the high-tech infrastructure whose emissions might betray its location.

    Malcolm says: "Good but a little involved"
    "Good but a little involved"
    Overall

    7 hours into it. I chose this title because on its length, I have a long job to do and need the company.
    The story idea is facinating, humanity forced back into a pre technological age with an almost invincible alien race searching tirelessly for centuries for any signs of said technology.
    However, although many of the ideas presented are well fleshed out, they are perhaps a bit too well fleshed out and I find my mind wandering. I shall without a doubt finish this as I have nothing but time on my hands but although I only ever purchase unabridged versions, this is a book that one wishes to be able to press the "abridge now" button half way through.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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