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  • The Ringworld Engineers: The Ringworld Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    Overall
    (491)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (439)

    It’s been 20 years since the quixotic and worldsweary Louis Wu discovered the Ringworld. Now he and SpeakertoAnimals are going back, captives of the Hindmost, a deposed puppeteer leader.

    Kevin d. says: "Good Story, Wrong Narrator. Way Wrong."
    "Not as good as first book, but quite good"
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    Where does The Ringworld Engineers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    About an eight out of ten. I'll definitely listen to it several more times in the years to come, whereas some audiobooks need a long time in-between.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ringworld Engineers?

    Nothing really stands out since it was all about equally good. I did particularly like the fight at the end, however.


    What about Paul Michael Garcia’s performance did you like?

    A good reader who doesn't oversell but gets the tone just right almost every time.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The look at addiction in the future was interesting and I've thought about it many times over the years.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of my go-to books for working out, shopping, cleaning. That sort of thing. Some books demand your undivided attention, but this is one that is long and interesting, but I can do other things at the same time.

    I'd rank it about equal to the last four Harry Potter books for its consistent flow and engagement of the listener. There are battles and action-focused sections, but its mostly about character interactions and science.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Chris Hardwick
    • Narrated By Chris Hardwick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (776)
    Performance
    (721)
    Story
    (718)

    Nerds: Once a tormented subrace of humans... Now captains of industry! You don’t have to be a stereotypical geekwad to appreciate the tenets of Nerdism and to make your innate talents for overanalysis and hyper-self-awareness work for you instead of against you. Join Nerd superstar Chris Hardwick as he offers his fellow “creative-obsessives” the crucial information needed to come out on top in the current Nerd uprising. Success is the most satisfying - and legal - form of vengeance there is. And you can achieve it when you follow the Nerdist Way,

    Anne Terry says: "hashtag squee"
    "My favorite self-help book of the many I own"
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    Where does The Nerdist Way rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've only had it a few weeks and already played some chapters five or more times. I can't say that about many of my hundred-plus Audible books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    He's been in your shoes (if you're a nerd that is) learned from his mistakes and passed that on in this book. So far everything in the book I have tried myself has worked fairly well or else I was already doing something similar.


    What does Chris Hardwick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Normally I won't get a book narrated by its author as these have almost always been terrible, but this book was an exception. I have the eBook as well (mostly to get the charts, graphs and exercise illustrations) and I hear his voice when reading it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did make me pause the playback many times so I could absorb what had just been explained. It wasn't that he said anything I hadn't heard before, though some was new to me, it was more that he made it real and personal- not dry and academic as so many other books do.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book to any nerd who struggles with their own mind and it's tendency to turn inward.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (3082)
    Performance
    (2921)
    Story
    (2926)

    World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

    Kim Venatries says: "A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED"
    "Excellent overall, but jumps around a lot"
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    What did you love best about World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition)?

    Kept my interest well and the performances were generally excellent, though there were a couple that were over acted to Shatner levels and these stood out.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Thought provoking and well written for the most part.


    Any additional comments?

    This will probably be in my top ten audio book rotation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cryptonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (2162)
    Performance
    (1501)
    Story
    (1522)

    Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    flaos says: "Finally Audible"
    "Great story telling, characters, and technology"
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    If you could sum up Cryptonomicon in three words, what would they be?

    If you liked Snow Crash and The Diamond Age you already know the author's style. This novel is more of the same, but its a very long and involved story with multiple acts going on in different times.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The world war two stuff was especially good, but as a bit of a nerd I liked the tech items as well.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were many good scenes, not sure which was best.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really, it just moves along with an engaging pace and some surprises here and there. Its the characters, history, and tech that really kept me going.


    Any additional comments?

    I gave this five stars because I liked the characters so much, particularly the world war two era characters, that I came back to the book again and again. That said, the way it bounces around in time does get a bit wearing and so I usually only listened to an hour at a time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1358)
    Performance
    (894)
    Story
    (903)

    It has been 40 years since the publication of this classic science-fiction novel that changed the way we look at the stars and ourselves. From the savannas of Africa at the dawn of mankind to the rings of Saturn as man adventures to the outer rim of our solar system, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a journey unlike any other.

    Jeffrey K. Ericson says: "Great Read"
    "A longer story is all I could wish for"
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    Where does 2001 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This will be in my top ten rotation of audio books I listen to every year.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    HAL of course.


    Any additional comments?

    The reading was well done and the forward by Clarke is good stuff. I was not disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Mountains: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (225)

    Rudi Mackenize, now Artos the First, High King of Montival, and his allies have won several key battles against the Church Universal and Triumphant. But still the war rages on, taking countless lives, ravaging the land once known as the United States of America. Artos and his Queen, Mathilda, must unite the realms into a single kingdom to ensure a lasting peace. If the leaders of the Changed world are to accept Artos as their ruler, he will need to undertake a quest to the Lake at the Heart of the Mountains....

    Matthew says: "Same Great Story, One too Many Books..."
    "Good ending, but last 3 books could have been one"
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    Would you listen to Lord of Mountains again? Why?

    I'm sure I will since I listen to the whole series in order every six months or so.


    What other book might you compare Lord of Mountains to and why?

    The rest of the series, or any of the better S.M. Stirling works.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last few chapters were my favorite and they summed up the whole series in a way.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reactions, but most of it was good and kept my attention.


    Any additional comments?

    The last three books really should have been condensed down into one or two at most, but other than that it was good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (182)

    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is both a whimsical fantasy and a social satire chock-full of brilliant Twainisms. Hank Morgan, a nineteenth-century American---a Connecticut Yankee---by a stroke of fate is sent back into time to sixth-century England and ends up in Camelot and King Arthur's Court.

    Ian C Robertson says: "A Classic Yarn"
    "Entertaining, but a bit slow in places"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If they liked Sci Fi, this is the earliest example of popular alternate history work that I am aware of and its fairly good writing.


    What other book might you compare A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court to and why?

    Parts of the book are very 'Mark Twain' kind of amusing yarn spinning, and other parts read more like modern sci-fi.


    What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent reader. I'll probably look for other books he's read and consider buying them no matter what they are.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not particularly.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sure I'll keep this is my rotation of books and read it at least a few more times. There were a few slow parts, and some parts that were just too rooted in the time it was written for me to really follow completely, but overall I liked it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Gate: Mithermages, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4655)
    Performance
    (3425)
    Story
    (3447)

    Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself"....

    joshua says: "Card doing what he does best."
    "As good as the Alvin Maker series"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Lost Gate the most enjoyable?

    It moved along well, stayed interesting and had good characters, and was unpredictable.


    What other book might you compare The Lost Gate to and why?

    The early Alvin Maker series felt a lot like this book.


    Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Janice Card – was your favorite?

    No one character really stands out for me. They were all good.


    Any additional comments?

    A good listen that I'm sure I'll come back to several more times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Footfall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (1014)
    Performance
    (630)
    Story
    (626)

    They first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates, heading from Saturn directly toward Earth. Since the ringed planet carries no life, scientists deduce the mysterious ship to be a visitor from another star. The world's frantic efforts to signal the aliens go unanswered. The first contact is hostile: the invaders blast a Soviet space station, seize the survivors, and then destroy every dam and installation on Earth with a hail of asteriods.

    Flatlander says: "Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle at Their Best"
    "No "mote in God's eye" or "lucifers hammer" but ok"
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    Where does Footfall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    About a "B" - I'm sure I'll listen to it many more times in the coming years.


    What other book might you compare Footfall to and why?

    Mote in God's eye and Lucifers hammer. Same authors.


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

    None stood out really.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The last paragraph was pretty good.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth a listen if you like these authors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9821)
    Performance
    (5491)
    Story
    (5568)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Great book; switching readers is very distracting"
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    If you could sum up Dune in three words, what would they be?

    Sci-fi Tolkien


    What other book might you compare Dune to and why?

    Lord of the rings for the depth of its world.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    Any of the well reviewed readers, but use JUST ONE. The switching of readers really brings this recording down. VERY distracting.


    Any additional comments?

    I've never listened to a book where switching the readers worked. Why do you allow this?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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