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  • Wormhole: The Rho Agenda, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (862)
    Performance
    (783)
    Story
    (787)

    When the Rho Project’s lead scientist, Dr. Donald Stephenson, is imprisoned for his crimes against humanity, the world dares to think the threat posed by the Rho Project’s alien technologies is finally over. The world is wrong. In Switzerland, scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider have discovered a new threat, a scientific anomaly capable of destroying the earth - and only Rho Project technology can stop it.

    Brian says: "SPECTACULAR SERIES!"
    "A trilogy that gained momentum from the start"
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    I enjoyed the whole series. I listened to them back to back as I found the story so compelling.

    At first I thought it was a young adult series (mainly as the lead characters were teens) but soon forgot that.

    A great story well told; what more can I say?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Starship

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Vaughn Heppner
    • Narrated By David Stifel
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (24)

    Ten thousand years ago, a single alien super-ship survived a desperate battle. The vessel's dying crew set the AI on automatic to defend the smashed rubble of their planet. Legend has it the faithful ship continues to patrol the empty battlefield, obeying its last order throughout the lonely centuries.In the here and now, Earth needs a miracle. Out of the Beyond invade the New Men, stronger, faster and smarter than the old. Their superior warships and advanced technology destroy every fleet sent to stop them.

    Amazon Customer says: "A new low!"
    "A new low!"
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    This has to be the worst book I've listened to on Audible.

    The concept is interesting but the story is poorly written, the characters one dimensional with unbelievable relationships, and it meanders to a pointless ending. I often wondered if this was written by a teenager with no knowledge how an adult's brain works.

    The narrator was appalling ... and that's being kind!

    His tone was dull, he kept mixing voices up - especially in group conversations when he would forget to change voice until halfway through a sentence. The worst had to be his Scottish accent, which sounded like a speech impediment. Don't the producers do auditions for these things? When one of the main characters is supposed to be Scottish I would have thought the narrator would be asked to say something with an appropriate accent before recording started. He wouldn't have got the job if that was the case.

    I have to say that I couldn't wait to end this book. I rarely give up listening as I'm hopeful the end will justify the struggle. Not in this case. The narrator destroyed the book and drained it of whatever pleasure it may have had. I will avoid any other books narrated by him like the plague.

    When I bought the book it had a small number of good ratings. I can only assume that these were from friends and family being supportive.

    This lost starship should stay lost!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (447)
    Performance
    (400)
    Story
    (399)

    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".

    A. Massey says: "Big ideas, good science fiction, frustrating style"
    "Half the length this would be twice as good!"
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    This was my first and last Brin book. He writes to impress, but doesn't impress with his writing. I eventually gave up 12 hours in, losing the will to live. I rarely give up on any book I start.

    The story line rambled all over the place. His editor probably gave up trying to make sense of it and took a vacation.

    It could have been good but it was such a trial to maintain concentration on it. I listen to books on my daily commute and often eagerly look forward to my drive. For compelling books I'll listen in the evening ... maybe even late into the night. Not with this one. I was just so reluctant to start listening when I got into the car.

    After 4 hours I took a look at the reviews to see if there was any hope it would get going. Opinions were mixed but several urged patience, so I persisted. But no more, I give in. And that makes me angry. That's 12 hours of my life I won't get back.

    To David Brin, if you ever read this, remember that you're a story-teller first and foremost.Don't be self indulgent. Use discipline and weed out the unnecessary and distracting waffle.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Cards I

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin (editor), Walter Jon Williams, Melinda Snodgrass, and others
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (567)
    Story
    (573)

    In the aftermath of WWII, an alien virus struck the Earth, endowing a handful of survivors with extraordinary powers. Originally published in 1987, the newly expanded saga contains additional original stories by eminent writers.

    Joseph Rispoli Jr says: "A True Classic!"
    "This caught me by surprise!"
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    OK, so I didn't know what to listen to next and this book had been in my library for some time, so ... why not?

    I really enjoyed it. The stories were 'out there', the story telling was 1st class, and it hung together pretty well.

    Yeah, I would have liked for some of the individual stories fleshed out a bit. Some needed an ending - I was left hanging wondering "So what happens to them next?", but overall this was super(b).

    I've just bought the sequel so I guess that tells you all you need to know.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pushing Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (2038)
    Performance
    (1699)
    Story
    (1714)

    2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they're good at it. The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed.

    Jesse says: "Proof that a good story doesn't require a trilogy"
    "I stuck with it... but don't know why."
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    At 4 hours in I nearly gave up.

    The narration was driving me nuts. Machine gun like and characterless it made a reasonable story very hard going. Don't get me wrong, the narrator was talented with an amazing array of voices and accents, but his normal speaking voice was clipped and boring. For me it sucked the life out of the story.

    The story itself was OK but a bit tedious and overly drawn out at times. I normally love long books: I was just relieved when this one ended.

    I hope you get more out of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7315)
    Performance
    (4327)
    Story
    (4360)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Really Fast Paced Sci Fi!"
    "A great surprise!"
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    This was one of those "I'll give it a try" purchases I made when I wanted a change from my favorite authors. I was hooked from the start. It's well written, a gripping story, fabulously narrated.

    I've immediately bought the sequel and another book by the same author and can't wait to listen to them.

    And in case you're wondering, you don't have to be a tekky to understand this story...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Time Travelers Never Die

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (149)

    When physicist Michael Shelborne mysteriously vanishes, his son Shel discovers that he had constructed a time travel device. Fearing his father may be stranded in time---or worse---Shel enlists Dave Dryden, a linguist, to accompany him on the rescue mission.

    Dave Cole says: "meh."
    "Hard work"
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    This has to be the worst audio book I've bought. Maybe the story is OK but the narration is DULL: staccato and monotonous, it detracts from the story. I've never stopped listening to a book before the end - this one is a test.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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