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  • Wool: Silo, #1; Wool, #1-5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Amanda Sayle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2078)
    Performance
    (1901)
    Story
    (1915)

    In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Post-apocalyptic life in a silo"
    "Worth the time and effort...."
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    Any additional comments?

    Good read.... Heard about this on "This is Audible" on XM... got it and wasn't disappointed. Interesting story and the reader is good to boot. I Recommend it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13837)
    Performance
    (12854)
    Story
    (12856)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "I Likey"
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    Good story, Good Reader, Got 99% of the references. Loved It. will be listening again I'm sure

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4643)
    Performance
    (3529)
    Story
    (3556)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "More!!!!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I love the Old Man War series.... (don't like the he said, she said, they said, in the reading but the story is good) and the reading is good too. Keeps you interested and i love the universe. Wish i could go there when I'm 75.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3468)
    Performance
    (3071)
    Story
    (3070)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    James says: "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"
    "Worth every penny"
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Just about anything John Scalzi has written and I have listened to has been totally worth the time and money. The stories keep you interested. The Old Mans War series I repeatedly listen to, Agent to the stars is good, Redshirts was awesome (I'm a big Trek fan) and Android's Dream is no different. Good story, Wil Wheaton does a great read.

    I Like a story and read that make you just loose track of everything but the images in your head.

    The Only thing I can complain about is the "he said", they said, she said.... constantly. cut that back and the readings would better. (That goes for all the Scalzi books I have listened to though)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gateway

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Frederik Pohl
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Robert J. Sawyer
    Overall
    (906)
    Performance
    (682)
    Story
    (690)

    When prospector Bob Broadhead went out to Gateway on the Heechee spacecraft, he decided he would know which was the right mission to make him his fortune. Three missions later, now famous and permanently rich, Robinette Broadhead has to face what happened to him and what he is...in a journey into himself as perilous and even more horrifying than the nightmare trip through the interstellar void that he drove himself to take!

    Ryan says: "A human-focused SF classic"
    "A must read for Sci Fi Fans"
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    Any additional comments?

    Come on! It's Gateway... Interesting structure in storytelling and just a good book. Soon as I can I am going to get the rest of them in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Worthing Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (816)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (383)

    It was a miracle of science that permitted human beings to live, if not forever then for a long, long time. Some people, anyway. The rich, the powerful, they lived their lives at the rate of one year every 10. Some created two societies: that of people who lived out their normal span and died, and those who slept away the decades, skipping over the intervening years and events. It allowed great plans to be put into motion. It allowed interstellar empires to be built.

    Lisa says: "Early Work of a Master"
    "Interesting Story telling"
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    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book, I found it interesting and compelling. until you get to the stories of Capitol. some of those I didn't really care for but they make sense in the total scheme of things. Thumbs up from me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Children of the Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir, John Rubinstein
    Overall
    (4106)
    Performance
    (2251)
    Story
    (2286)

    The planet Lusitania is home to three sentient species: a large colony of humans; the Pequeninos; and the Hive Queen, who was brought there by Ender Wiggin. Once again, the enemy (the Starways Congress) has gathered a fleet and is threatening to destroy Lusitania. Ender's oldest friend, Jane, an evolved computer intelligence, is trying to save the three sentient species of Lusitania, but the Starways Congress is destroying the computer world she lives in.

    Jim says: "Hmm"
    "This book just wasn't worth the time"
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    Any additional comments?

    I liked Enders Game and I liked the Enders Shadow Series. But Speaker For the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind were just no worth the time. These books are just to uninteresting to listen to more than once and I am having a hard time justifying the first listen. Especially at the cost of all three of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, a Full Cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5373)
    Performance
    (3266)
    Story
    (3313)

    Andrew "Ender" Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In this book, Card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean, the one who became Ender's right hand, part of his team, in the final battle against the Buggers. Bean's past was a battle just to survive. His success brought him to the attention of the Battle School's recruiters.

    L. says: "Totally Card"
    "Good book... Fills in some of the story"
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    Any additional comments?

    Good book, But listen to Enders Game first. (Don't bother with the rest of the Enders game books but the Enders Shadow books are pretty good)I like the fulfilling aspect of the story and how it fills in the gaps of Enders Game.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4597)
    Performance
    (3062)
    Story
    (3094)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    Michael says: "The Shrike Awaits. Enter The Time Tombs..."
    "Boring slow and not worth the time"
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    What would have made Hyperion better?

    A different writer


    What was most disappointing about Dan Simmons’s story?

    Lack of umph... I still have a hard time remembering anything about any of the characters, and the ending just falls on its face.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was good, story was lacking


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    very disappointed in the entire series


    Any additional comments?

    I bought all four books in this series, I made it thru about 70 hours of it and just couldn't go on to find out the conclusion of the last book. I like sci fi and thought it would be good. I was wrong. Some of the concepts in the story were interesting, but not interesting enough to keep my attention throughout the full series. Maybe it gets better at the end and it all comes together with some kind of clarity and will make you walk away saying, "This book has changed my entire perspective of universe!"

    Wouldn't know.

    Bought them 4 years ago and just can't bring myself to listen to them. (and that's saying something being the fact I have listened to a reading of the FAA pilots handbook just because I was bored driving down the highway).

    I just look at it as a bad purchase (all four) when I was trying to find something interesting and read rave reviews about it. Most of my audible books I have listened to at least 4 times each, (I have a lot of time available when driving) and it's sad when I can't even finish a series of books just once.

    I'm not some professional book critic and don't expect to read this at the New York Times, and don't take my word for it. I didn't like it and it's 70+ hours of my life I won't get back.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Voice of the Whirlwind

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Walter Jon Williams
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (24)

    Steward is a clone, a beta. His memories are 15 years old, because his alpha never did have a brain-scan update. And in those 15 years, the entire world has changed. An alien race known as The Powers has established relations with humanity, and the Orbital Policorp that held his allegiance has collapsed.

    Cliff says: "Really good cyberpunk"
    "Good Read...Been waiting years for the audio"
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    Would you listen to Voice of the Whirlwind again? Why?

    many times. and already have


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book in High school, and a couple times after that. I've Listened to it about 5 times since I bought it. There's just something about it I love. Hardwired was a decent read but Voice of the Whirlwind is a far better book, and I'm sure I will listen to it again sometime soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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