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  • The Hydrogen Sonata

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (253)

    The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, provably, the End Days for the Gzilt civilization. An ancient people, organized on military principles and yet almost perversely peaceful, the Gzilt helped set up the Culture 10,000 years earlier and were very nearly one of its founding societies, deciding not to join only at the last moment. Now they've made the collective decision to follow the well-trodden path of millions of other civilizations; they are going to Sublime, elevating themselves to a new and almost infinitely more rich and complex existence.

    Ethan M. says: "Culture meets Hitchhiker's Guide & Da Vinca Code"
    "A REALLY BIG SECRET"
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    I enjoy Iain M. Banks’ Culture books. If new to this series, suggest beginning with “Consider Phlebas”, “The Player of Games” or my favorite, “Use of Weapons”. (Unfortunately, it is not available on Audible, and sigh, must be read.)

    In the Culture, humans generally augment themselves to enhance physical and mental capabilities. There is no poverty and no one really seems to have a job. Machines perform much of the day to day tasks, and since they are equipped with Artificial Intelligence, also do much of the thinking. AI’s are self aware and have unique personalities - many with an attitude.

    My favorite part of “The Hydrogen Sonata” are the Culture Space Ships who are among the most intelligent of the AI’s. The Ships are attempting to solve a mystery that is thousands of years old, but, if resolved, may change the fate of a civilization. Like most Culture books, there is a lot of action as well as philosophical discussions. So I got my heart rate up and improved my mind.

    3 of 5 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
    (331)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (269)

    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
    (1794)
    Performance
    (1184)
    Story
    (1187)

    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
    (214)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (128)

    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.

    Lydia says: "great series"
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Companions: Forgotten Realms: The Sundering, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By R.A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (477)
    Performance
    (447)
    Story
    (444)

    This latest installment in New York Times best-selling author R.A. Salvatore's beloved fantasy saga, The Companions moves Salvatore's signature hero Drizzt into a new era of the Forgotten Realms. As Drizzt's fate hangs in the balance, he reflects on the lives of the trusted allies who stood by his side throughout his early life - the friends now known as the Companions of the Hall. Meanwhile, the first stirrings of the Sundering begin.

    Roger says: "BWAHAHA! R.A. Salvatore does it again!"
    "Coming of Age In A Dangerous Place"
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    A Dwarf, a Battle Mage and a Halfling gather in the Hereafter and swear a pact to be reincarnated on earth to come to the aid of an Elf friend. Before they part ways, the group decides to reconvene in 21 years on the first day of spring at a remote mountaintop. Little do they know that this will be no simple feat. They have forgotten that their world is a dangerous place with much uncertainty, and each will face many grave perils as they mature from infant to adult.

    While the beginning is difficult to follow, the three stores are ultimately fun tales.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lines of Departure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Marko Kloos
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (545)
    Story
    (542)

    Vicious interstellar conflict with an indestructible alien species. Bloody civil war over the last habitable zones of the cosmos. Political unrest, militaristic police forces, dire threats to the solar system.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "MUCH BETTER than the first book"
    "War Doesn't Determine Who's Right, Just Who's Left"
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    Earth is in trouble. Aliens are attacking Human colonies on distant planets, the North Americans and the Chinese – Russians are fighting each other and in the major cities, the motto is steal first and worry about it later.

    Most of the book is non-stop military sci-fi action and the narrator is very engaging. This is Book II of the series and can stand alone. But I found that listening to “Terms of Enlistment” before “Lines of Departure” increased the entertainment value.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Valor's Choice

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Tanya Huff
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (188)

    In the distant future, humans and several other races have been granted membership in the Confederation - at a price. They must act as soldier/protectors of the far more civilized races who have long since turned away from war.

    Shelby says: "Surprisingly Good!"
    "OK Military Sci-Fi"
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    The best part of “Valor’s Choice” was the witty dialog which I plan to use my friends. Otherwise, an easily forgettable book. But not for me, because I purchased this book and the sequel as part of an Audible special offer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redemption Ark

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (961)
    Performance
    (650)
    Story
    (659)

    Late in the 26th century, the human race has advanced enough to accidentally trigger the Inhibitors---alien-killing machines designed to detect intelligent life and destroy it. The only hope for humanity lies in the recovery of a secret cache of doomsday weapons---and a renegade named Clavain who is determined to find them. But other factions want the weapons for their own purposes---and the weapons themselves have another agenda altogether.

    Michael says: "Stick with this series!"
    "Take A Sip Of Some Excellent Hard Sci-Fi"
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    In the distant future, humans are locked in a desperate civil war for control of the Universe. Ah, but there is a third entity who is lurking in the outer realms of space with plans of hunting down and killing all humans. They are ruthless, relentless and should be feared.

    I enjoyed Alastair Reynolds’ “Chasm City” and decided to listen to his Revelation Space Series. I hated book one, “Revelation Space”, and quickly abandoned my plan. After several months of healing from the bad listen, I decided to fire up “Redemption Ark” and learned that resistance is futile. I will lower my shields and be assimilated by this Hard Sci-Fi series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Two Serpents Rise: The Craft Sequence, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Max Gladstone
    • Narrated By Chris Andrew Ciulla
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Shadow demons plague the city reservoir, and Red King Consolidated has sent in Caleb Altemoc - casual gambler and professional risk manager - to cleanse the water for the sixteen million people of Dresediel Lex. At the scene of the crime, Caleb finds an alluring and clever cliff runner, crazy Mal, who easily outpaces him.

    Ethan M. says: "Some of the most inventive fantasy written today"
    "Needs Some Help"
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    Not one of my favorites. I agree with other reviewers that this is a very unique book and that the author’s creativity is off the scale. But this book badly needs a co-writer and a different narrator. Pee-yew.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Palace Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Patrick Weekes
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (174)

    Loch is seeking revenge. It would help if she wasn’t in jail. The plan: To steal a priceless elven manuscript that once belonged to her family, but is now in the hands of the most powerful man in the Republic. To do so, Loch - former soldier, former prisoner, and current fugitive - must assemble a crack team of magical misfits that includes a cynical illusionist, a shape shifting unicorn, a repentant death priestess, a talking magical war hammer, and a lad with seemingly no skills.

    Brent Auble says: "Fun Fantasy Heist in a Well Thought-out World"
    "Lost on Page 1"
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    I was thoroughly confused while listening to this book. Was I not following approved listening procedures? Did I skip the instructions? Were there too many characters? Was the narrator too clever with her accents? If there was a quiz after the book ended, Audible would be emailing me a big fat “F” and contacting my parents.

    To be fair, the narrator was enthusiastic and parts of the book had me biting my nails.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ark Royal

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (795)
    Performance
    (743)
    Story
    (747)

    Seventy years ago, the interstellar supercarrier Ark Royal was the pride of the Royal Navy. But now, her weapons are outdated and her solid-state armour nothing more than a burden on her colossal hull. She floats in permanent orbit near Earth, a dumping ground for the officers and crew the Royal Navy wishes to keep out of the public eye. But when a deadly alien threat appears, the modern starships built by humanity are no match for the powerful alien weapons.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Riveting military sci-fi"
    "Packed with Space Battles"
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    A story of 1st contact with visitors from another world, but they are not cute little guys looking for Reese’s Pieces or a telephone to call home. They are reptile-like beings with bad attitudes that appear suddenly, kill the humans and disappear.

    After the aliens smash the most advanced ships in the fleet, the military discovers that their best defense is a 70 year old, antiquated, but heavily armored space ship. The Captain has a drinking problem and the crew consists of misfits that no one else wants. So, with the fate of the planet in their hands, off they go to battle aliens in distant solar systems.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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