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  • The Order of Time

  • By: Carlo Rovelli
  • Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429

In lyric, accessible prose, Carlo Rovelli invites us to consider questions about the nature of time that continue to puzzle physicists and philosophers alike. For most listeners, this is unfamiliar terrain. We all experience time, but the more scientists learn about it, the more mysterious it appears. We think of it as uniform and universal, moving steadily from past to future, measured by clocks. Rovelli tears down these assumptions one by one, revealing a strange universe where, at the most fundamental level, time disappears.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rovelli is a Genius

  • By Mike on 05-11-18

Inscrutable

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

This book was billed as a primer about time for the layman, making a difficult topic understandable to just about anyone and you wouldn't need an advanced degree in astrophysics to fully grasp the concepts. I am not unintelligent, I actually have a doctorate in a scientific field (and although it's not in physics I did do well in my college courses in physics), but I simply could not get my head around about 90% of the 75% I actually fought through before giving up. I am not saying the author isn't authoritative, and clearly brilliant, I am just saying if you think the discussion will be "simple" and even relatively easy for a layman to follow, you're in for a rude awakening. Sure, the beginning of the book taught me some interesting concepts I was unaware of such as time passes differently at the top of a mountain relative to the bottom, and differently if one is stationary vs. moving, but the discussion from then on became so arcane as to be inscrutable for me.

  • The Gone World

  • By: Tom Sweterlitsch
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 284

Shannon Moss is part of a clandestine division within the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. In Western Pennsylvania, 1997, she is assigned to solve the murder of a Navy SEAL's family - and to locate his teenage daughter, who has disappeared. Though she can't share the information with conventional law enforcement, Moss discovers that the missing SEAL was an astronaut aboard the spaceship USS Libra - a ship assumed lost to the darkest currents of Deep Time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What an amazing find!

  • By Veronica on 03-07-18

Prepare to scratch your head incessantly. . .

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

Alternate realities, parallel universes, and inscrutable timelines--they're all here. A "can't tell the players without a scorecard" kind of story. Tremendously inventive plot with few cliched tropes but (not to put too fine a point on it), literally all life and all reality everywhere are at risk here if our heroine can't somehow save us. Descriptions are occasionally overly lengthy and there is gruesomeness at times definitely not for the fainthearted. I'm perfectly willing to suspend disbelief but you have to give up any semblance of concern about how this storyline could actually "happen" to truly enjoy it, so just sit back and let it happen!

  • A Column of Fire

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,363
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,696

In 1558 the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty, and love. Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious divide sweeping across the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Follett is a Master Storyteller

  • By Charles Atkinson on 10-11-17

Huge disappointment to Follett fans

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

Reviewed: 11-28-17

All five members of my family were huge fans of Follett's previous sagas, but independently my son wrote us and said "I'm trying to get into this, but did any of you find it difficult?"
I told him his Mom and I quit after about two hours on a long car trip. We "hated every minute". My daughter, Follett's biggest fan, responded with a succinct review: "Column of HELL!!" No way any of us were going to take the hours out of our life to plod through this.

  • Founding Brothers

  • The Revolutionary Generation
  • By: Joseph J. Ellis
  • Narrated by: Bob Walter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263

An illuminating study of the intertwined lives of the founders of the American republic - John Adams, Aaron Burr, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Narrative of the Founding Fathers

  • By Derick on 08-23-16

Exceedingly Dry Biographies

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-28-17

My wife and I listened to about three hours of this on a long car trip, and it took us almost an hour to realize that what we thought was the author's scholarly introduction to the book (which we couldn't wait to get past and get on to "the good stuff") was actually the book itself. We kept with it, though, because the author says he would start with the Hamilton-Burr duel story because it was "very exciting" and would capture the listener's attention. Not. Not at all. And the narrator's dry reading was no help at all. This was not the terrific JOHN ADAMS by a long shot. We had to quit. . .

  • When the Air Hits Your Brain

  • Tales from Neurosurgery
  • By: Frank T Vertosick Jr. MD
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,218

With poignant insight and humor, Frank Vertosick, Jr., MD, describes some of the greatest challenges of his career, including a six-week-old infant with a tumor in her brain, a young man struck down in his prime by paraplegia, and a minister with a .22-caliber bullet lodged in his skull. Told through intimate portraits of Vertosick's patients and unsparing-yet-fascinatingly detailed descriptions of surgical procedures, When the Air Hits Your Brain illuminates both the mysteries of the mind and the realities of the operating room.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sensitive and Enlightening

  • By Largactil on 02-03-17

Surprisingly exciting!

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17

As a retired surgeon (but in another specialty) I found this account not only fascinating but surprisingly quite exciting and I couldn't wait to hear the outcomes of many of the cases and surgeries. Very approachable for noon-medical backgrounds as well, very carefully explained. The only drawback was the narration, not because of the voice (which was pleasant) but due to the inexcusable almost unanimous ( and sometimes even laughable) mispronunciations of almost every medical term! Certainly someone with the proper background should have "proofheard" this in advance. I found it decidedly annoying and off-putting.

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54,820
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 51,475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,385

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

The most fun I've had in a long time!

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

Reviewed: 03-28-17

You've undoubtedly read the Publisher's Comments so no need to give the same background another time, but suffice it to say it's about a computer expert who chooses to freeze his body when he dies for possible future rehabilitation, then proceeds to get hit by a car. When he wakes up 131 years later, it's to nothing he ever imagined.
The sci-fi premise is superb, the problems are intellectual, there are a few space battle hi-tech encounters, and there is even humor. The narrator is top-tier as well. What more could you ask for? A sequel? Thank goodness it's already preordered--I can't wait for its release!

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  • Dark Matter

  • A Novel
  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,916
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,915

"Are you happy with your life?" Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason's never met smiles down at him and says, "Welcome back, my friend."

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Genius Protaganist is an Idiot

  • By RBerrymanilow on 10-06-16

Fascinating take on the time travel genre but without the time travel

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

Reviewed: 10-25-16

Well designed story with enough futuristic twists to satisfy the most ardent sci fi fan. At times a bit redundant and with many questions we'd like answers to unresolved, however. The ending is a few pages too short since a sequel seems improbable and I want to know just a bit more about "what happens next?" Still, highly recommended, like the Wayward Pines trilogy before the story was massacred by the awful TV series second season.

  • Hostile Witness

  • The Witness Series, Book 1
  • By: Rebecca Forster
  • Narrated by: Tara Platt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 701
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 602
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 598

Josie Baylor-Bates returns to the practice of criminal defense when her friend's sixteen-year-old daughter, Hannah, is arrested for the brutal slaying of her step-grandfather-a California Supreme Court justice. Although all evidence points to Hannah's guilt, her family's disturbing relations may play a more significant role than anyone could guess. As Josie unravels a circle of secrets, she discovers a shocking truth that could save her client-or destroy them all...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Naration ALMOST spoils good story

  • By Kristine on 08-04-13

Standard courtroom/legal genre

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

Reviewed: 10-08-16

An okay story, but overly melodramatic and repetitious. Fine for keeping you occupied on a commute, but no Grisham.

  • Transfer of Power

  • Mitch Rapp Series
  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,965
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,966
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,955

On a busy Washington morning, the stately calm of the White House is shattered in a deadly terrorist attack on the executive mansion. The president is evacuated to an underground bunker, but not before nearly one hundred hostages are taken. Mitch Rapp, the CIA’s top counterterrorism operative, is sent in to take control of the crisis and determines that the president is not as safe as Washington’s power elite had thought....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story-Bad Narration

  • By Michael on 05-20-11

Yet another tired Islamic terrorist trope. . .

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

Reviewed: 09-01-16

I have enjoyed the Mitch Rapp series until now. A much overused genre, and a ridiculous plot to take over the White House (again!). Please, something more original, Mr. Flynn!

  • The Best of Connie Willis

  • Award-Winning Stories
  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Eliza Foss, Jessica Almasy, Mia Barron, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 112

Here are the greatest stories of one of the greatest writers working in any genre today. All ten of the stories gathered here are Hugo or Nebula award winners - some even have the distinction of winning both. With a new Introduction by the author and personal afterwords to each story, plus a special look at three of Willis' unique public speeches - this is unquestionably the collection of the season, an audiobook that every Connie Willis fan will treasure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An index for locating stories

  • By Ruth Green on 11-29-14

Not at all what I had hoped for

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

Reviewed: 06-04-15

I thought I was going to get some great SF short stories. What I got was a long-winded oration from the author about her history and odd things like her relationship to Shakespeare. It took a long time to wade through this (way, way too long) and then the stories were, in my opinion, just so-so. I will not be running to read something from this author again anytime soon.

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