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  • The Two Towers: Book Two in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3213)
    Performance
    (2907)
    Story
    (2963)

    The Two Towers is the second volume of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic saga, The Lord of the Rings. The Fellowship has been forced to split up. Frodo and Sam must continue alone towards Mount Doom, where the One Ring must be destroyed. Meanwhile, at Helm’s Deep and Isengard, the first great battles of the War of the Ring take shape. In this splendid, unabridged audio production of Tolkien’s great work, all the inhabitants of a magical universe - hobbits, elves, and wizards - spring to life. Rob Inglis’ narration has been praised as a masterpiece of audio.

    Anna says: "Thank you, Audible! Tolkien at long last!"
    "Overrated, dull and a lot of bla bla bla."
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    I remember reading this trilogy as a teenager and I wasn't impressed but given the 3 for 2 deal Audible was offering, I thought maybe as an adult reader I might find more to appreciate. I was wrong.

    If you wax romantic about loyal servants calling you master and kissing your hand, or about the travails of semi-dispossessed nobility as they fight the forces of pure evil (pronounced eee-ville), or if you like books where only flawed characters and eeevil characters die, then this book is for you. It's not for me.

    The narrator does an admirable job, especially when he sings the dozens and dozens of songs (really too many songs).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Decision

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2784)
    Performance
    (2490)
    Story
    (2499)

    Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

    Madeleine says: "What's that droning sound?"
    "Another excellent high tech adventure from Suarez"
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    A great story about a small elite special forces strike group that takes on the well connected and well financed forces of high tech evil.

    What I enjoy most about this and other Suarez books is this author's extremely cynical view of the people manipulating power behind the scenes in America, and how advances in technology could give unscrupulous elites the means to eliminate American democracy. It really makes you look at current events in a whole new light.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7584)
    Performance
    (7216)
    Story
    (7227)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Not really my cup of tea"
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    The bad - like an offshoot from a NASA survival class, this story digs into a lot of minutiae about jury rigging life support systems that seemingly only an engineer could want to hear. It got pretty tedious and I'm an engineer.

    The good - engineering humor gave me belly laughs several times. I loved the camaraderie of the astronauts and the whole world uniting in support of the astronaut stranded on Mars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22290)
    Performance
    (13692)
    Story
    (13834)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Slow start, but engaging genius boy general fable"
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    The early part of the book gets bogged down (lethargic narration by the woman who plays Ender's sister accentuates this) but the story picks up once Ender gets to the military training school.

    I think one of the reasons I enjoyed this book is because it highlights the duality of human nature – the smart sensitive kid who is mainly victorious over those who try to bully him, and who excels at the battle tactics and military strategy in the training games.

    Ender isn't quite as successful at outsmarting the adults who manipulate him into becoming their tool, but therein lies the tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaker for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8118)
    Performance
    (4586)
    Story
    (4640)

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    Joe says: "The Enderverse"
    "Very slow start, but it does get better"
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    First of all one of the women narrators (the one who does the voice of Ender's sister) is so laid back in her delivery that it really drags the story down in the early part of the book.

    Secondly, the book's first chapters could be drastically cut without losing anything critical to the story, but the majority of the story is more engaging as it goes along. All things considered, I did not find this story as satisfying or interesting as Ender's Game.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Influx

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2529)
    Performance
    (2330)
    Story
    (2334)

    Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

    Craig says: "Solid to Silly to Inane"
    "Enjoyable adventure fighting unchecked govt power"
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    It's hard to write my opinion of this book without revealing more than I should, so be warned.

    I very much enjoyed the major plot elements:

    - the most horrible torture scenario ever written, where an implacable computer with infinite time pries out your secrets by reading your mind and zaps away your favorite memories as punishment for non-cooperation.

    - a convincingly venal government agency gone rogue, developing incredible advanced technology not for America, but for its own ends, until it becomes so powerful that civilian government and armed troops are powerless against it.

    The parts I am less enamored of were the overly abundant, occasionally swashbuckling but unconvincingly fortunate outcomes.

    Still it is an interesting book that makes you wonder about whether there are real rogue agencies within the government with so much power that the government has to carefully pretend they don't exist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (1628)
    Performance
    (1533)
    Story
    (1541)

    Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

    Bruce Selzler says: "Another Winner"
    "Strikes me as drivel"
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    Boring beyond belief.

    I don't understand all the positive reviews - you read them and think this story might be worth while, but I could only handle about 37 minutes before deciding I want my money back.

    This is another one of those pulp sci-fi books whose only creativity seems to be in inventing creatures rather than in telling a good story. If you enjoy casual dismemberment after casual dismemberment and hearing about endless variations on daemons, leviathans, and ectoplasm creatures, etc., then this book might be for you.

    I do hate to be harsh, but this really reminds me of the simplistic stories my son used to write when he was in middle school.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom (TM)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5119)
    Performance
    (3088)
    Story
    (3105)

    In a world of conflicted loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power, and the possibility that anyone can be a spy, what's at stake is nothing less than human freedom's last hope to survive the technology revolution.

    James says: "wow - a must read"
    "Thought-provoking & Engrossing, Superb Narration"
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    Continuing where DAEMON left off, this book really succeeds on several levels.

    It's full of action and keeps you on the edge of your seat with anticipation.

    It offers a critique of modern civilization where greedy elites manipulate and control the majority and treat them like cattle.

    It posits a popular internet revolution that creates the seeds for a more democratic, more ecological, and more just world, but it adds this element without beating you over the head with a message.

    This isn't just science fiction, it is the type of science fiction that is grounded in a thorough understanding of the way the world works and then builds an innovative antithesis that makes you ask yourself critical questions about how our world could be improved, and Daniel Suarez does all this in a fun, action-packed novel that you almost can't put down.

    Production values on this audiobook are top drawer. You could easily distinguish who was saying what and even minor characters were fully differentiated (accents, regional speech patterns, etc). Really superb narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7109)
    Performance
    (4131)
    Story
    (4162)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Erica says: "Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever"
    "Excellent story and well read - engrossing"
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    This one really makes you think.

    Evil genius internet game-maker creates an AI (Artificial Intelligence) version of himself that takes over the internet. The daemon immediately proves to be a ruthless, remorseless mass murderer.

    It harnesses the energies of really evil people and gives them god-like power to destroy the daemon's enemies, enslaving people and major corporations. Then in an apparent contradiction the daemon almost seems like a benevolent dictator (as long as you do what he says).

    The best, brightest, and bravest humans fight to defeat the daemon. While government action is hobbled by pusillanimous bureaucrats, dedicated public servants are determined to fight to the end.

    Overall, it's a really fun and frightening story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guild of the Cowry Catchers: A Story of Pirates and Panamindorah, Complete 5-Book Series

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Abigail Hilton
    • Narrated By Abigail Hilton, Full Cast
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    Those with paws eat those with hooves. This is what the wyvern gods of Wefrivain teach. The fauns of the islands are the slaves and food animals of their paw-footed counterparts, and the wyverns maintain the hierarchy. In return, wyverns are fed and worshiped. These days, however, faun pirates are spreading new ideas. Their charismatic leader, Gwain, has taught them to kill wyverns, and they are effectively killing off Temple Police. Gwain's pirates are starting to worry Morchella, the Priestess of the wyvern cult.

    Michael says: "Buy this right now."
    "Not super bad, but definitely not a 5"
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    The story failed to pull me in. I gave it the old college try, but only made it about 1/3 of the way through and had to pull the plug.

    Creating a lot of creatures is not the same as creating an interesting story. Produced, directed and narrated by the author - I wonder if it would have benefited from sharing a little more creative control.

    Hilton did a pretty good job as the narrator, but some of the other characters seemed lifeless and amateurish.

    I will be getting a refund on this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dealer and the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Gerald Seymour
    • Narrated By John Telfer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    In a Croatian village near Vukovar, no one who survived will ever forget the night they waited for the weapons they needed to make a last-ditch fight against the advancing Serbs. The promised delivery never came, and the village was overrun. Eighteen years later, a body is unearthed from a field, and with it the identity of the arms dealer who betrayed them. Now the villagers can plot their revenge. In leafy England, arms dealer Harvey Gillott regards himself as a man of his word. There is only one blemish on his record, and that was long ago.

    Ethosian says: "Characters I don't care about"
    "Characters I don't care about"
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    Peopled with characters that I am never made to care about, this story becomes more of an endurance contest than something I'm engaged with and need to know the outcome of. I stopped listening about 2/3 of the way through it.

    I will be requesting a refund.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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