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  • Spin

  • By: Robert Charles Wilson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,345
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,348

One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen!

  • By Brian on 03-28-08

Solid Foundation

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-28-16

I breezed right through this Scott Brick narrated delight. The premise is fascinating and big in a way that many many authors wrestle with following through on but this book actually delivers. If you like big idea science fiction this one's for you. Solid sci-fi with a big heart.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lexicon

  • By: Max Barry
  • Narrated by: Heather Corrigan, Zach Appelman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,194
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,202

At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren't taught history, geography, or mathematics - at least not in the usual ways. Instead, they are taught to persuade. Here the art of coercion has been raised to a science. Students harness the hidden power of language to manipulate the mind and learn to break down individuals by psychographic markers in order to take control of their thoughts. The very best will graduate as "poets": adept wielders of language who belong to a nameless organization that is as influential as it is secretive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fasten your seat belt...

  • By Tango on 06-22-13

A powerful idea

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-14

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Max Barry is back in top form. This entertaining musing on the power of words may go to extremes to get it's point across but in a world drowning in con men disguised as salesmen this is exactly the modern parable we should celebrate.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Survivor

  • By: Chuck Palahniuk
  • Narrated by: Paul Garcia
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,359
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,363

Tender Branson, the last surviving member of the so-called Creedish Death Cult, is dictating his life story into the flight recorder of Flight 2039, cruising on autopilot at 39,000 feet somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. He is all alone in the airplane, which will crash shortly into the vast Australian outback. But before it does, he will unfold the tale of his journey from an obedient Creedish child and humble domestic servant to an ultra-buffed, steroid-and-collagen-packed media messiah.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sucks you in

  • By A on 01-29-08

We have just lost cabin pressure...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-14

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A book born to be in audio form. I read the book years ago fresh and knowing the first person format of the writing I was intrigued how this would sound. It sounds amazing. Tender Branson. He may not be the hero America wants, but he's certainly the hero we're going to get.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Fortress of Solitude

  • By: Jonathan Lethem
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 18 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 174

This is the story of two boys, Dylan Ebdus and Mingus Rude. They are friends and neighbors, but because Dylan is white and Mingus is black, their friendship is not simple. This is the story of their Brooklyn neighborhood, which is almost exclusively black despite the first whispers of something that will become known as "gentrification."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A smorgasbord of language

  • By Jonathan on 10-21-03

A bastion against judgment

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-14

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This coming of age tale is something truly unique. The most fantastic aspects of the story are, funnily enough, the least engaging. The characters are never truly surprising and this is welcome because what they lack in spontaneity they drown in realism. The attention to detail and the love and care which all subjects are handled is something to be lauded. I often find books easily a number of adjectives for a good time but rarely so moving, and heartfelt as this unabashed meditation on growing up in a world without heroes.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 175,659
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 164,183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163,840

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Insert Quarter to Play

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-14

Any additional comments?

In one word: Entertaining. I feel like this book was written specifically to appeal to me. It's as if someone knew everything I ever watched, played, read, or experienced and then was given a full time job pandering to my sensibilities. The thing I was most scared of was Wil Wheaton narrating and this is the thing that most pleasantly surprised me. A note for those eager to dismiss Wesley Crusher; he can read the hell out of a book!

  • Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone

  • The Essential Writing of Hunter S. Thompson
  • By: Hunter S. Thompson
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 17 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323

“Buy the ticket, take the ride,” was a favorite slogan of Hunter S. Thompson, and it pretty much defined both his work and his life. Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone showcases the roller-coaster of a career at the magazine that was his literary home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buy the ticket...this is a great compilation.

  • By Shaun on 11-21-11

The Doctor Lives

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-14

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I was downright terrified that some backwater idiot was going to read Hunters work to me in the weasel toned professorial way some of his other works have been handled. Not here. Here you'll get nothing but tough hard edging Phil Gigante being the behemoth his name implies. He channels the Doctors wit and charm and you can almost close your eyes and pretend the good Doctor never left us. Rest in Peace you doomed fool. You are gone but a man as unique as you will live on in the curses of wretched fools like Bush, Nixon, and their ilk for generations to come.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,936
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,760

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book!

  • By Scott on 04-10-08

Dune: Radioplay edition

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-14

Any additional comments?

Dune is one of my favorite reads so it was with great caution that I picked up the audio book. This is a choice I would make again a hundred times. The presentation and care with which this work is handled is truly a labor of love and it can be heard in every performance. What you get here feels alive in a way that a Frank Herbert novel, that is normally so full of internal dialogue and exposition, never could on it's own.

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,891
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,653

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Owe Stephen King An Apology

  • By Kelly on 04-16-12

An Ode to America

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-14

Any additional comments?

In this love letter to the America of yesterday Stephen King captures the heart of the 60's and 70's. He shines a spotlight on the light and dark at a pivotal time in American history. You could see the seeds of today's tolerance being planted but you could see the all too real shadows of the darkness we were coming out of.

This is King at his best. Don't miss a chance to see the master weave a poignant hopeful tale with a heart as dark as night.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 150,799
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 139,144
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 139,008

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 plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOOK BOOBIES

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 07-07-14

Martian Survival 101

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-14

Any additional comments?

This tight, tense read is every bit as entertaining as it feels educational. This is a truly rare feat. I won't drone about the plot points, I will simply say that few books seem like they were written for the audio book format, and this one is a shining example of a book made better when heard.