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  • Stations of the Tide

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Michael Swanwick
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
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    The Jubilee Tides will drown the continents of the planet Miranda beneath the weight of her own oceans. But as the once-in-two-centuries cataclysm approaches, an even greater catastrophe threatens this dark and dangerous planet of tale-spinners, conjurers, and shapechangers. From author Michael Swanwick—one of the most brilliantly assured and darkly inventive writers of contemporary fiction—comes a masterwork of radically altered realities and world-shattering seductions.

    Katherine says: "Nebula award winner, now on audio"
    "Heck of a business trip this guy had!"
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    A good example of Swanwick's superior writing ability, and his blend of SF and F. Oliver Wyman does an excellent job.

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  • The Fall of Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (2163)
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    (1253)
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    (1278)

    In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. Onthe world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing - nothing anywhere in the universe - will ever be the same.

    Darwin8u says: "Hyperion is FALLEN, am I too to fall?"
    "Had me guessing to the end."
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    Great novel. Had me guessing to the end. The John Keats persona is a clever device used to tie events to "Old Earth" and as a way to introduce and discuss philosophy. I like how Simmons transitions between first person and third person throughout the novel.

    Victor Bevine is an awesome narrator.

    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
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    Overall
    (3609)
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    (2574)
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    (2601)

    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"
    "Slow start, but gets interesting."
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    I struggled with this book at first and then liked it more and more as I progressed. This is a good story that serves as a podium to discuss topics that touch all of us...marriage, friendship, war, death, and understanding of self. I like that it was not completely predictable, especially that it didn't end with the protagonist walking off into the sunset with his special forces wife.

    I do not care much for William Dufris' narration. He's not bad, but the quality of his voice and his character voices are not as professional sounding as many of the other narrators. Wil Wheaton is a better voice for Scalzi's novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade: A Duty Dance with Death

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Ethan Hawke
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    Overall
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    Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes 'unstuck in time' after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

    William says: "What more can be said?"
    "Superb!"
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    A commentary on war told through the eyes of Billy Pilgrim, a prisoner in WW2 Germany who was abducted by aliens from Tralfamador and who endlessly skips from one event in his life to another. Superbly written. Great characters. Layers of meaning.

    Ethan Hawke was perfect for this classic novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Bridge of Years

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
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    Overall
    (116)
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    (67)
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    A secluded Pacific Northwest cottage becomes a door to the past for Tom Winter, who travels back to the New York City of 1962, followed by a human killing machine that he alone must stop.

    Shellbin says: "absorbing, excellent narration"
    "Classy. Smooth. Enjoyable reading."
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    A very enjoyable book. This novel is a good display of RCW's smooth writing style. By the title you know going in that the book deals with time travel, and I was impressed with how effortless RCW tied different stories together and skipped around in time without confusing the reader. The novel is heavy with 1960s nostalgia, and while I personally would prefer less of that and more hard core sci-fi, this book is easily four stars.

    Jonathan Davis is superb, as usual.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Abides: The 60th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By George R. Stewart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Connie Willis
    Overall
    (1379)
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    A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he'd either dreaded or hoped for.

    V. Sharol says: "Thought provoking and entertaining"
    "Engaging and well written."
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    I'm not sure why this book is considered science fiction by some. It's an early apocalyptic survival story. I enjoyed it but it didn't knock me over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Solaris: The Definitive Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston (translator)
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    Overall
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    (1740)
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    At last, one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it. To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Solaris, Audible, in cooperation with the Lem Estate, has commissioned a brand-new translation - complete for the first time, and the first ever directly from the original Polish to English. Beautifully narrated by Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica), Lem’s provocative novel comes alive for a new generation.

    Burns says: "A comment on negative reviews"
    "Captivating. Try to wrap your head around this one"
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    This is the sort of story I think of when I think science fiction. Inquisitive humans get entangled with something they don't understand and keep probing in hopes of understanding, but all the while never really able to comprehend what they have discovered. Maybe they learned more about themselves in the process, or maybe they're more confused. I like what Lem doesn't say as much as what he does say; he let's your imagination fill in the gaps.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flowers for Algernon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Daniel Keyes
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (836)
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    Charlie Gordon knows that he isn't very bright. At 32, he mops floors in a bakery and earns just enough to get by. Three evenings a week, he studies at a center for mentally challenged adults. But all of this is about to change for Charlie. As part of a daring experiment, doctors are going to perform surgery on Charlie's brain. They hope the operation and special medication will increase his intelligence, just as it has for the laboratory mouse, Algernon.

    FanB14 says: "Phenomenal Classic"
    "A must read for everyone"
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    One of my all time favorite books. Excellent plot. Superbly written. Well defined characters and motivations. Provides some answers but, like life, leaves a little bit unknown. Works both as a light, entertaining read and a source for philosophical discussion of how we view intelligence, how we judge each other, and how we treat each other.

    Jeff Woodman's narration is perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Human Division

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (667)
    Performance
    (595)
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    (606)

    The people of Earth now know that the human Colonial Union has kept them ignorant of the dangerous universe around them. For generations the CU had defended humanity against hostile aliens, deliberately keeping Earth an ignorant backwater and a source of military recruits. Now the CU’s secrets are known to all. Other alien races have come on the scene and formed a new alliance - an alliance against the Colonial Union. And they’ve invited the people of Earth to join them. For a shaken and betrayed Earth, the choice isn't obvious or easy.

    linda says: "A Middling Position"
    "Did not meet expectations"
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    First, I admit I did not finish the book. But I just couldn't go on. I did not hate the book, but I did not like it and had to rate it one star. The characters are flat and undeveloped. The dialogue sounds like the conversations you hear walking through a middle school. And the clichés! I think Scalzi needs a better editor, or a good advisor. The plot could have been something, but it wasn't. Looks like I'm hot and cold with Scalzi. I rated Fuzzy Nation really high, and Red Shirts really low. I haven't read Old Man's War yet, so that's next on my list. Hopefully it will be a five star.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neuromancer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1139)
    Performance
    (1005)
    Story
    (1012)

    Twenty years ago, it was as if someone turned on a light. The future blazed into existence with each deliberate word that William Gibson laid down. The winner of Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards, Neuromancer didn't just explode onto the science fiction scene - it permeated into the collective consciousness, culture, science, and technology.Today, there is only one science fiction masterpiece to thank for the term "cyberpunk," for easing the way into the information age and Internet society.

    David says: "5 stars for coolness, 3 stars for give-a-heckness"
    "One of a kind !"
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    Wow. Talk about a book ahead of its time. The concepts, terminology, and cultural references make this book one of a kind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calculating God

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1763)
    Performance
    (1172)
    Story
    (1184)

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

    Ione says: "Interesting book, very enjoyable narration"
    "Thought provoking"
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    I can see why some people would not like this book. There is a lot of dialogue between the human Tom and the alien Hollus about the existence and nature of God. Scientific rationale is used to prove that God exists and has a limited capacity to prevent suffering. The overarching theme of the book is that science and faith can co-exist; they do not have to be at odds with each other. A tremendous amount of factual information is delivered in the novel, and errant conclusions are intentionally made from carefully misguided extrapolations. But I am confident in my personal beliefs, and this is fiction after all, so I found the novel thought provoking and entertaining. I enjoyed the story of Tom's personal struggle and how it was woven into the story and provided a break from the dialogue with Hollas. I found myself wishing that the story ended with Tom shooting away from Earth. That would have made a great opportunity for a sequel.

    Jonathan Davis is superb !!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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