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Andre

El Paso, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Plot to Save Socrates

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Paul Levinson
    • Narrated By Mark Shanahan
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    In the year 2042, Sierra, a young graduate student in Classics is shown a new dialog of Socrates, recently discovered, in which a time traveler tries to argue that Socrates might escape death by travel to the future. Thomas, the elderly scholar who has shown her the document, disappears, and Sierra immediately begins to track down the provenance of the manuscript, with the help of her classical scholar boyfriend, Max.

    Sherry says: "Not perfect, but enjoyable"
    "Fun and Historic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a very good read, and very good look at history also. Not to mention fun at times. With some twists.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Legion: Monster Hunter, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3486)
    Performance
    (3231)
    Story
    (3237)

    When hunters from around the world gather in Las Vegas for a conference, a creature left over from a World War Two weapons experiment wakes up and goes on a rampage across the desert. A not-so-friendly wager between the rival companies turns into a race to see who can bag the mysterious creature first. Only there is far more to this particular case than meets the eye, and as Hunters fall prey to their worst nightmares, Owen Zastava Pitt and the staff of Monster Hunter International have to stop an ancient god from turning Sin City into a literal hell on earth.

    Sandi says: "What A Shock..."
    "Just a Lot of Fun !"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Everything hear is great fun. The Narrator is the best ever. The story line is twisting and turning and concludes well. Listen to it for just a stress relieving escape.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Player of Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (364)

    The Culture - a human/machine symbiotic society - has thrown up many great Game Players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh. Jernau Morat Gurgeh. The Player of Games. Master of every board, computer and strategy. Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel and incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game...a game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor. Mocked, blackmailed, almost murdered, Gurgeh accepts the game, and with it the challenge of his life - and very possibly his death.

    Ken says: "Great introduction to The Culture series"
    "Good Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    "Player of Games" had interesting concepts, it made you think. It was a look at the
    galactic federation called "the Culture". The talking ships and robots were very good and something different. Of the 3 Iain Banks Culture books that I have listen to, this is the only good one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Consider Phlebas

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (387)

    The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Principles were at stake. There could be no surrender. Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade. Deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a Planet of the Dead proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive Mind. Both the Culture and the Idirans sought it....

    Hyacinth says: "The Culture is a magnificent and enticing vision."
    "Story is not worth the time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is just not there. You put in all this time waiting for something that should be worth it and it never happens. Not nearly as good as "Player of Games". And that was not great. But it was the best of the 3 I have listen to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hydrogen Sonata

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (229)

    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"
    "Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is my 3rd Iain Banks Culture Novel. The Ships are the only fun thing about the culture series. They made this book bearable. At a few points the story was even a little disgusting. "Player of Games" was good. This one listen to only if your crazy about the ships. Because they are funny. The Story line is not worth all the listening time.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Peter Atkins
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    The laws of thermodynamics drive everything that happens in the universe. From the sudden expansion of a cloud of gas to the cooling of hot metal - everything is moved or restrained by four simple laws. Written by Peter Atkins, one of the world's leading authorities on thermodynamics, this powerful and compact introduction explains what these four laws are and how they work, using accessible language and virtually no mathematics.

    Diane Walter says: "Accessible, but needs the figures"
    "Very Good Non Math Text on Thermo"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I wish my engineering prof could have told it to me this way.
    It gave me a better picture of the whole then what I learned
    in school.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reality 36

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Guy Haley
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Richards – a Level 5 AI with a PI fetish – and his partner, Klein, a decommissioned German military cyborg, are on the trail of a murderer, but the killer has hidden inside a fragmenting artificial reality. Richards and Klein must stop him before he becomes a god – for the good of all realities.

    JIMMY says: "Cyberpunk Lives"
    "Reality 36 Could have been Much Better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The Tech was cool. A picture of the future that was different and possible.
    However, the narrator was very annoying. Just about the time I had finally
    gotten used to the narrator's voice, the story starts America Bashing. The
    female protagonist was very refreshing, the andriod and cyborg not as much.
    And then the story's ending was disapointing.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Judas Unchained

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3047)
    Performance
    (1880)
    Story
    (1898)

    Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.The Prime are the Commonwealth's worst nightmare. Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life.

    Susan says: "Exceptionally great book"
    "Judas Unchained too long"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    For what you get it is way to long. But at least this one has an ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fuller Memorandum: A Laundry Files Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (254)

    Hugo Award-winning author Charles Stross is renowned for his cutting-edge science fiction. This third entry in his “edgy … spoof of Cold War spy thrillers” (Booklist) finds covert agent Bob Howard learning about a top-secret dossier that vanishes with his boss. Determined to discover the contents of this memorandum, Howard runs afoul of Russian spies, ancient demons, and apostles of a hideous cult planning to raise the Eater of Souls from the undead.

    Maggie says: "Top notch!"
    "Fuller Memorandum: A Laundry Files Novel Yuk!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Just about the 1st thing the hero says is that there is no Jesus Christ. Thats when I stopped listening.

    0 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4144)
    Performance
    (2463)
    Story
    (2502)

    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"
    "Pandora's Star (not worth all the hours)"
    Overall

    After 37 hours, half of which are boring it ends in a cliff hanger that now requires you
    to listen another 40 hours. Unless you are really into Peter Hamiltons Common Wealth
    Pandora's Star is not worth it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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