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  • Ruins: Pathfinder, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1562)
    Performance
    (1386)
    Story
    (1407)

    When Rigg and his friends crossed the Wall between the only world they knew and a world they could not imagine, he hoped he was leading them to safety. But the dangers in this new wallfold are more difficult to see. Rigg, Umbo, and Param know that they cannot trust the expendable, Vadesh - a machine shaped like a human, created to deceive - but they are no longer certain that they can even trust one another. But they will have little choice. Because although Rigg can decipher the paths of the past, he can’t yet see the horror that lies ahead: A destructive force with deadly intentions is hurtling toward Garden.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Story Stretching 101"
    "Gave Me a Headache"
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    Pathfinder: Book 1 was entertaining and Orson Scott Card is rich and famous because he is a good author. Ruins: Pathfinder Book 2 was less interesting because the characters were constantly arguing with each other. I can visit my Brother and Sister if I want to hear screaming, pouting and lying. No need to use a credit when the real thing is free.

    1 of 1 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
    (34)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    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.

    0 of 0 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
    (1231)
    Performance
    (985)
    Story
    (984)

    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
    (253)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (236)

    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
    (413)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (344)

    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
    (1820)
    Performance
    (1209)
    Story
    (1212)

    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
    (220)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (134)

    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
  • 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
    (489)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (456)

    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
    (627)
    Performance
    (585)
    Story
    (582)

    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
    (323)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (195)

    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
    (968)
    Performance
    (657)
    Story
    (666)

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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