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  • The Years of Rice and Salt

  • By: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 25 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 492
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 452
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 452

It is the 14th century, and one of the most apocalyptic events in human history is set to occur - the coming of the Black Death. History teaches us that a third of Europe's population was destroyed. But what if the plague had killed 99 percent of the population instead? How would the world have changed? This is a look at the history that could have been - a history that stretches across centuries, a history that sees dynasties and nations rise and crumble, a history that spans horrible famine and magnificent innovation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By dm on 09-07-15

one of my favorites

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

Reviewed: 08-10-15

one of my favorites by a great sf writer, an emotionally powerful ride that teaches and inspires a better world, perfect sf...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Earth

  • By: David Brin
  • Narrated by: David DeVries, Kristin Kalbli
  • Length: 26 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 102

The long-awaited new novel by the award-winning, best-selling author of Startide Rising and The Uplift War- an epic novel set 50 years from tomorrow, a carefully-reasoned, scientifically faithful tale of the fate of our world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • David has an inside line on the future

  • By Sean Dustman on 08-21-12

great science fiction, characters and facts

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

Reviewed: 02-04-13

What did you love best about Earth?

the connections it made for me about how the world works; social; economic and physical

What other book might you compare Earth to and why?

Kim Stanley Robinson "2312" except on a universal palette

Have you listened to any of David DeVries and Kristin Calbley ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

Any additional comments?

wish it wasn't over.....

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Claw of the Conciliator

  • The Book of the New Sun, Book 2
  • By: Gene Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 693
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 541

The Claw of the Conciliator continues the saga of Severian, banished from his home, as he undertakes a mythic quest to discover the awesome power of an ancient relic, and learn the truth about his hidden destiny.

Gene Wolfe's "The Book of the New Sun" is one of speculative fiction's most-honored series. In a 1998 poll, Locus Magazine rated the series behind only "The Lord of the Rings" and The Hobbit as the greatest fantasy work of all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fascinating world

  • By Riley A. Vann on 06-27-10

good book, nice read, mid series book

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

Reviewed: 10-02-12

If you could sum up The Claw of the Conciliator in three words, what would they be?

complex, layered, fascinating

What did you like best about this story?

nuanced and adult

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

mostly gives greater context - age, experience, personality

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

not possible nor desirable, its a book (series) to be soaked in slowly

Any additional comments?

looking forward to books 3 and 4!

  • The Caryatids

  • By: Bruce Sterling
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29

The world of 2060 is divided into three spheres of influence, each fighting with the others over the resources of fallen nations and an environment degraded almost to the point of no return. There is the Dispensation, centered in Los Angeles, where entertainment and capitalism have fused with the highest of high-tech.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cloned Sisters Rule!

  • By Vicki In Crete on 03-15-10

great listen!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes it was very different and wacky and provoking - typical Bruce Sterling

What did you like best about this story?

how it examines our unspoken assumptions

Have you listened to any of Jay Snyder’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

don't think so

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

nope - far too long

Any additional comments?

I do recommend it

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Wizard of Earthsea

  • The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1
  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,751
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,410
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,436

When Sparrowhawk casts a spell that saves his village from destruction at the hands of the invading Kargs, Ogion, the Mage of Re Albi, encourages the boy to apprentice himself in the art of wizardry. So, at the age of 13, the boy receives his true name - Ged - and gives himself over to the gentle tutelage of the Master Ogion. But impatient with the slowness of his studies and infatuated with glory, Ged embarks for the Island of Roke, where the highest arts of wizardry are taught.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A little gem, excellently narrated.

  • By Marjorie on 05-14-12

wonderful reminder of an old favorite

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

Reviewed: 04-23-12

What made the experience of listening to A Wizard of Earthsea the most enjoyable?

absorbing the deatail - i tend to speed read so as always listening to books ive read is a treat

What did you like best about this story?

the textured appreciation that one makes mistakes and pays for them

Which scene was your favorite?

hard to say as it all fits togehter in such a balanced manner

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

not really; but i did feel the shared satisfaction of finally facing ones demons

Any additional comments?

Audible needs to present the missing books of the series asap

5 of 6 people found this review helpful