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  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4750)
    Performance
    (3005)
    Story
    (3042)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Time For Some Anger"
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    Decided to listen to a more traditional Science Fiction book, and by one of the current popular writers. The 2nd half of this book consumed me and I definitely will listen to the next book in the Commonwealth Saga; “Judas Unchained”.

    My favorite theme from “Pandora’s Star” is the anger caused when an innocent person is victimized and harmed by another person (or in this case a being). Especially when the he/she/it defends their actions by saying, “it’s not my fault, it’s what I do”.

    I had to adjust to the narrator’s style. He modulates his voice from quiet to loud and had me constantly reaching for the volume control.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Caesar: Life of a Colossus

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Adrian Goldsworthy
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (114)

    Tracing the extraordinary trajectory of Julius Caesar's life, Adrian Goldsworthy covers not only the great Roman emperor's accomplishments as charismatic orator, conquering general, and powerful dictator but also lesser-known chapters. Ultimately, Goldsworthy realizes the full complexity of Caesar's character and shows why his political and military leadership continues to resonate some 2,000 years later.

    Steven says: ""Via Mea""
    "I Bought, I Listened, I Finished"
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    Every March 15 I think about Julius Caesar, but since I only have a few thoughts, I decided that a 25 hour book would fill some gaps. As expected, it’s jam-packed with military battles and the political intrigue of the Roman Senate. But this book also shares details that left me in shock. For example, there was the widespread practice among Roman Senators of seducing a rival’s wife to gain a political advantage. Also, as a demonstration of leniency following a bloody battle, to cut off the hands of the defeated army and setting the soldiers free. I was also surprised by Caesar and Cleopatra’s motivations for becoming friends with benefits. And finally, the narration is delivered with an academic voice that frequently reminds us that demeaning, mutilating and using others was very acceptable in the ancient world.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Red Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Pierce Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2204)
    Performance
    (2024)
    Story
    (2035)

    Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

    Charles says: "It Got Better and Left Me Wanting More."
    "Almost Missed A Great Book"
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    Originally I skipped this book because the publisher’s description led me to believe this was just another story about slaves on Mars working for the man. Instead, the publisher should have summarized “Red Rising” as a dark, violent coming of age Sci Fi thriller that builds on George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” and “Nineteen Eighty Four”.

    Now I am late to the party and trying to excuse myself. Somebody needs to yell at the publisher!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quantum Lens

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Douglas E. Richards
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Omar Haddad is a brutal jihadist in Syria who appears to be invulnerable and capable of supernatural feats. But is Haddad divine, as he claims? Is he a gifted magician? Or is he making use of a stunning scientific breakthrough? And what, exactly, is keeping him from unleashing the global apocalypse he’s so eager to bring about? Brennan Craft, a quirky quantum physics genius, has the answers, and the US military is desperate to capture him.

    Connor says: "Thriller"
    "Thriller"
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    A maniacal villain is planning to cleanse the world of everyone he dislikes, which is almost all of us. The book’s hero would like to stop him. Expect action, tense moments and difficulty turning the story off when it’s time for work or bed.

    The author reminds me of Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park, The Lost World, etc.). The book is packed with interesting science facts and the author’s views on religion, government, taxes, torture and comic book heroes.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Far Bank of the Rubicon: The Pax Imperium Wars, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Erik Wecks
    • Narrated By Dan Boice
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    For three hundred years, the Pax Imperium secured peace throughout the galaxy. Now the empire teeters on the brink of collapse. As war brews, the House of Athena expects Jonas to enlist. Unable to escape his gilded cage, the young prince accepts his fate. But when the factions come to blows, his secret affair with the daughter of a rival becomes a liability.

    Connor says: "Mixed Feelings"
    "Mixed Feelings"
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    A coming of age book that includes intense space battles and high tech cloak and dagger. Unfortunately for me, the storyline also includes first love. I did enjoy that she broke his nose during their first argument.

    This is a series, but uncertain that I am motivated enough to continue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Willful Child

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Steven Erikson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    These are the voyages of the starship A.S.F. Willful Child. Its ongoing mission: to seek out strange new worlds on which to plant the Terran flag, to subjugate and if necessary obliterate new life-forms, to boldly blow the... And so we join the not-terribly-bright but exceedingly cock-sure Captain Hadrian Sawback and his motley crew on board the Starship Willful Child for a series of devil-may-care, near-calamitous and downright chaotic adventures through "the infinite vastness of interstellar space".

    Ethan M. says: "Loving, biting, very funny parody of classic SF"
    "Not Laughing"
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    I have a weakness for parodies and other laugh out loud Sci-Fi books. A few of my favorites are "Jane Carver of Waar", "Redshirts" and "Hard Luck Hank: Screw the Galaxy". The "Willful Child" will not be joining this esteemed list of classic literature. I liked the high-tech gadgets and that the ship’s crew was selected based on their photographs. But, this book seems more like a novel about Zapp Brannigan (Futurama) than a parody of James T Kirk from the original Star Trek series. The Willful Child’s captain is arrogant, condescending, racist, sexist and stupid. Hard to like someone who reminds me of a US Senator.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Prefect

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1328)
    Performance
    (1069)
    Story
    (1068)

    Tom Dreyfus is a Prefect, a law enforcement officer with the Panoply. His beat is the multifaceted utopian society of the Glitter Band, that vast swirl of space habitats orbiting the planet Yellowstone, the teeming hub of a human interstellar empire spanning many worlds. His current case: investigating a murderous attack against one of the habitats that left 900 people dead, a crime that appalls even a hardened cop like Dreyfus.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Best yet of the Revelation Space series"
    "Glad That I Made Time For This Book"
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    In the distant future, Humans have reached the golden age. Many have relocated to a distant solar system and built 10,000 artificial habitats which are designed to fulfill a fantasy or provide access to a unique lifestyle. An innocuous computer program error sets events in motion that, if unchecked, will lead to the genocide of humanity in this futuristic Garden of Eden. A detective (prefect) with the single minded purpose to bring justice to those who break the law is determined to track down those who are responsible. But can he succeed against a mind that is vastly more intelligent?

    Published in 2007, this was one of my favorite books of 2014. There is action, intrigue, twists and a villain who is meant to be hated. And, as always with Alastair Reynolds, technology that I wish I could purchase at Amazon. While part of the “Revelation Space” series, it is a stand-alone book and covers events that precede other books in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Abyss Beyond Dreams: Chronicle of the Fallers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (705)
    Performance
    (640)
    Story
    (644)

    The year is 3326. Nigel Sheldon, one of the founders of the Commonwealth, receives a visit from the Raiel - self-appointed guardians of the Void, the enigmatic construct at the core of the galaxy that threatens the existence of all that lives. The Raiel convince Nigel to participate in a desperate scheme to infiltrate the Void. Once inside, Nigel discovers that humans are not the only life-forms to have been sucked into the Void. The humans trapped there are afflicted by an alien species of biological mimics.

    C. Hartmann says: "Intersection of the Void and Commonwealth - Super"
    "Another Excellent Book By Peter Hamilton"
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    The “Abyss Beyond Dreams” reminds me why I listen to Science Fiction. When faced with the certain destruction of their civilization and the Milky-Way Galaxy, the Commonwealth quickly clones one of their two most influential leaders and ships him off to save the day. (The other person was too busy to help.) Does the intrepid hero succeed? The outcome may or may not end as planned, but the listener is guaranteed a good story.

    If I was interested in listening to this book, but had not heard the 100+ hours of the previous novels, I would not hesitate. Yes, the other books provide background, but are not a requirement for enjoying a well told story by a Science Fiction heavy weight.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Who Goes There?: The Novella That Formed the Basis of 'THE THING'

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John W. Campbell
    • Narrated By Steve Cooper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (602)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (519)

    Who Goes There?, the novella that formed the basis of the film The Thing, is the John W. Campbell classic about an antarctic research camp that discovers and thaws the ancient body of a crash-landed alien.

    Joel D Offenberg says: "An Absolute Classic!"
    "Classic"
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    Published in 1938 and continues to be excellent entertainment. Later, the author became the editor for several famous Sci Fi writers; most notably Isaac Asimov.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Evolutionary Void: Void Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1968)
    Performance
    (1336)
    Story
    (1339)

    Exposed as the Second Dreamer, Araminta has become the target of a galaxywide search by government agent Paula Myo and the psychopath known as the Cat, along with others equally determined to prevent---or facilitate---the pilgrimage of the Living Dream cult into the heart of the Void. An indestructible microuniverse, the Void may contain paradise, as the cultists believe, but it is also a deadly threat. For the miraculous reality that exists inside its boundaries demands energy....

    Ingwe says: "Brilliant end to the trilogy"
    "Great Series Ending"
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    The key players from the previous 2 books gather for the series finale and everyone is rushing to finish their story. The book moves fast. The narrative rushes at you and the futuristic concepts left me with my mouth open. Despite the sub-plots and infighting among the characters, the overriding plot line is the continued existence of the Galaxy. Will it be destroyed or saved. I was not certain until the end and could see it go either way.

    The Void Trilogy is one of the very few series I have ever completed. Usually, I start a series, but then see that a new book has been released and I never return. I am easily manipulated by marketers because I love the new and the shiny. This series kept my attention.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Better Part of Valor

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Tanya Huff
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (153)

    Telling a two-star general what she really thought of him was the mistake Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr made with General Morris. But as a battle-hardened professional, she took pride in doing her job and getting her troops back alive. So after she'd saved the mission to bring the Silsviss into the Confederation - instead of losing them and their world to the enemy known only as the Others - she let the general know exactly how she felt.

    Connor says: "Much Better Than Series Opener"
    "Much Better Than Series Opener"
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    A Military Sci-Fi book that features furious battles with an unrelenting enemy. The officers are arrogant but incompetent. The soldiers are highly trained and their repartee is witty. The only one with common sense is the Sergeant.

    The second book in the series and much more fun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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