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  • Pushing Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (1943)
    Performance
    (1617)
    Story
    (1631)

    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"
    "Lost in Space"
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    A Sci Fi adventure cruise through time and space. The story of a spaceship crew caught up in unexpected, alien technology and dragged to another star system. The book revolves around two female protagonists with different views for survival. Each believes she is correct and the other is not.

    Enjoyed but it is long and detailed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miserere: An Autumn Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Teresa Frohock
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Exiled exorcist Lucian Negru deserted his lover in Hell in exchange for saving his sister Catarina's soul, but Catarina doesn't want salvation. She wants Lucian to help her fulfill her dark covenant with the Fallen Angels by using his power to open the Hell Gates. Catarina intends to lead the Fallen's hordes out of Hell and into the parallel dimension of Woerld, Heaven's frontline of defense between Earth and Hell. When Lucian refuses to help his sister, she imprisons and cripples him...

    Tango says: "Mercy Me! Seriously good, edgy fantasy."
    "Excellent"
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    This is a novel about a man’s attempt to reclaim the life he lost years ago, and those who are determined to stop him. Set in the current, a majority of the book takes place in the realm where Heaven and Hell wage battles for control of earth. The author, Teresa Frohock, is a major talent and the narrator, Eileen Stevens, is equally gifted.

    “Miserere” was released on Audible in November 2013 and I am shocked by the small number of listeners who have left reviews. Easily one of the most engaging books I have listened to at Audible and was so taken by the book that I let other parts of my life slide. I am so much in trouble, but this book is worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Terms of Enlistment

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Marko Kloos
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (395)
    Story
    (391)

    The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you’re restricted to 2,000 calories of badly flavored soy every day. You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service. With the colony lottery a pipe dream, Andrew chooses to enlist in the armed forces for a shot at real food, a retirement bonus, and maybe a ticket off Earth.

    DAVE says: "Solid military sci-fi."
    "Straight Forward Military Sci Fi"
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    Sometimes I want a book filled with guns and explosions. It’s even better if the plot is easy to follow and does not tax me with cerebral insights on the human condition. Sometimes I just feel shallow.

    This book is not original, nor does it expand the boundaries of Military Science Fiction. But it is entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Starshine: Aurora Rising, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By G. S. Jennsen
    • Narrated By Pyper Down
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    The year is 2322. Humanity has expanded into the stars, inhabiting over 100 worlds across a third of the galaxy. Though thriving as never before, they have discovered neither alien life nor the key to utopia. Earth struggles to retain authority over far-flung planets and free-wheeling corporations while an uneasy armistice with a breakaway federation hangs by a thread as the former rebels rise in wealth and power.

    Mr. J says: "I'm in love with Caleb"
    "First Book of a New Series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    "Starshine" is a Military Sci-Fi Romance. Not the “jump on the sheets and bump the uglies” romance, rather the “I hope he kisses me because my hair looks good today” romance. The Military Sci-Fi part includes space battles, assassinations and political intrigue. The writing is excellent and the narrator has a great laugh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alien Honor: A Fenris Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Vaughn Heppner
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    AD 2457. The longest space voyage in history has begun: 230 light years from a ravaged Earth to the pristine star system of New Eden - a beacon of hope following the Doom Star days. Aboard the ship are human colonizers, the Space Navy, fierce “Monitors” once bred to fight Cyborgs, and four “Specials” - humans with psionic abilities, capable of ripping holes in space to jump vast distances.

    Connor says: "Telepathics in Space!"
    "Telepathics in Space!"
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    An unlikely hero is kidnapped, trained to be a member of a space mission, fights aliens during a space battle, and joins the underground resistance on a large space station. Then the book abruptly ends, but the story continues in a sequel. It was like having a cool drink on a hot day, only to see it snatched from my hand and told to pay again for another sip. Alien Honor should be a 5 star, but the author has been charged with “attempted manipulation”.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Luck Hank: Screw the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Steven Campbell
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (32)

    Hank is a thug. He knows he's a thug. He has no problem with that realization. In his view the galaxy has given him a gift: a mutation that allows him to withstand great deals of physical trauma. He puts his abilities to the best use possible and that isn't by being a scientist. Besides, the space station Belvaille doesn't need scientists. It is not, generally, a thinking person's locale. It is the remotest habitation in the entire Colmarian Confederation. There is literally no reason to be there.

    Connor says: "Fun Sci-Fi Humor"
    "Fun Sci-Fi Humor"
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    Hank lives on an unimportant space station that is located at the far end of the Colmarian Empire, a confederation of planets that no one else wants. Hank is a level four mutant that is bulletproof (but it still stings) and earns his living by doing odd jobs for the Bosses who run the space station. Most of the time, Hank does not seem very smart, but has flashes of brilliance during a crisis. The book moves quickly from one ridiculous situation to the next and is full of over the top action sequences.

    As a member of the science fiction humor genre, the book is for enjoyment and listeners should not expect life altering messages. My rating is based on the book’s entertainment value, but I was disappointed that the second half of the book is rushed and ends abruptly.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Caliban's War: The Expanse, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (922)
    Performance
    (845)
    Story
    (848)

    James S.A. Corey’s best-selling hit Leviathan Wakes earned Hugo and Locus Award nominations. In Caliban’s War, the second chapter of Corey’s Expanse series, a desperate Earth politician works tirelessly to prevent war from reigniting. Meanwhile, upheaval takes root on Venus and Ganymede. And amidst this tumult, James Holden and his crew on the Rocinante are charged with the impossible task of saving humanity from a terrifying fate.

    Ethan M. says: "No sophmore slump as both plot and writing improve"
    "A Space Opera that Kept Me Up Late at Night"
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    I am happy to add my name to the list of hundreds at Audible who have listened to “Caliban’s War” and rated the book. Easily the best book I have listened to in the past 3 months. The characters are likeable and the action sequences always include a surprise. The book even has a “Yoda – like” character, but this version swears, drinks and mocks others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goblin Emperor

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Katherine Addison
    • Narrated By Kyle McCarley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an "accident," he has no choice but to take his place as the only surviving rightful heir. Entirely unschooled in the art of court politics, he has no friends, no advisors, and the sure knowledge that whoever assassinated his father and brothers could make an attempt on his life at any moment.

    Alison says: "Excellent story and great narration!"
    "The Big Snooze"
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    An Emperor and his sons die a fiery death which leaves the least likely member of the royal family to assume the throne. This is a coming of age story of a newly crowned Emperor as he confronts political intrigue, racism, class status and women’s rights. The narrator is excellent and works hard to keep the listener’s attention.

    But “The Goblin Emperor” includes long stretches of boring and should not be listen to while driving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Afterparty

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Daryl Gregory
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (106)

    It begins in Toronto, in the years after the smart drug revolution. Any high school student with a chemjet and internet connection can download recipes and print drugs, or invent them. A seventeen-year-old street girl finds God through a new brain-altering drug called Numinous, used as a sacrament by a new Church that preys on the underclass. But she is arrested and put into detention, and without the drug, commits suicide. Lyda Rose, another patient in that detention facility, has a dark secret: She was one of the original scientists who developed the drug.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "You may suffer from psycosis while listening"
    "Unique"
    Overall
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    In the near future, several friends have gathered to celebrate the sale of their company, but their lives are turned upside down by a tragedy.

    This book is primarily focused on the events in the life of a woman who attended the party. Her sanity is questionable due to an overdose of a designer drug and her friends also have issues with reality. She is a highly intelligent woman who is motivated by a 10 year old promise. The woman is also gay which proves to be an important plot element. There is action, several scenes of brutality and a lot of discussions about religion (another important element in the plot). Additionally, the F-word is frequently mentioned but is not an important element (unless I missed something).

    Am I glad I listened? The topic is unique and the narrator lively, but I did get tired of listening to an emotional roller-coaster. There is a great twist at the end which I enjoyed. A solid four star.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revelation Space

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1492)
    Performance
    (1023)
    Story
    (1027)

    Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just as it was on the verge of discovering space flight. Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself. With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the cyborg crew of the starship Nostalgia for Infinity. But as he closes in on the secret, a killer closes in on him because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason.

    Eoin says: "Defeated"
    "May Cause Vomiting"
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    I hate to write a bad review, but this book is begging for it. Words that come to mind are “dark”, “confusing” and “eyes glazed over”.

    The “Revelation Space” series has allot of good buzz, but reviewers must be talking about the other books. I found it difficult to pay attention while listening, and when I did, I discovered unlikeable characters and a slow narrative. There were a few moments of mind blowing concepts, but then I would become lost in a forest of details.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stealing Light: Shoal, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Gary Gibson
    • Narrated By Charlie Norfolk
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (113)

    In the 25th century, only the Shoal possess the secret of faster-than-light travel (FTL), giving them absolute control over all trade and exploration throughout the galaxy. Mankind has operated within their influence for two centuries, establishing a dozen human colony worlds scattered along Shoal trade routes. Dakota Merrick, while serving as a military pilot, has witnessed atrocities for which this alien race is responsible.

    C. Hartmann says: "Cool character & plot ! Do you like Chase Colpath?"
    "A Long Time Getting to the Point"
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    This is the story of a tough, independent woman making her living in the 25th Century as a space ship pilot. She may have broken a few laws and now must accept questionable jobs from shady people. The 25th Century technology is excellent and the last third of the book is riveting. My complaint was the other 70% of the book. My mind kept wandering and I could not decide if it was me or the book.

    Overall, the book's beginning and middle are slow and somewhat confusing while the ending is a fun listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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