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Johannesburg, South Africa
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  • Daemon

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,767
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,420

Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever

  • By Erica on 01-22-09

Excellent techno thriller. Creepily plausible.

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

Reviewed: 03-22-16

This had me hooked from the first moment. It definitely deserves teh cliche of tour de force (I know.. Sorry). A very plausible fast paced story about a game developer who leaves behind a daemon Internet virus thingy to wreak havoc in his stead. And then some

  • This Book Is Full of Spiders

  • Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It
  • By: David Wong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,955
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,965

Warning: You may have a huge, invisible spider living in your skull. This is not a metaphor. You will dismiss this as ridiculous fearmongering. Dismissing things as ridiculous fearmongering is, in fact, the first symptom of parasitic spider infection - the creature secretes a chemical into the brain to stimulate skepticism, in order to prevent you from seeking a cure. That’s just as well, since the “cure” involves learning what a chain saw tastes like. You can’t feel the spider, because it controls your nerve endings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If You're Considering This... Go Ahead!

  • By Tracey Rains on 05-29-13

Seriously dude, read this book, it has spiders!

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

Reviewed: 01-14-16

I rarely give books 5 stars, but everything about this book deserves all 5. Story is ridiculous, yet internally consistent. It's well plotted, the action and mystery flowing smoothly. Many surprises, and a ton of laughs. I was literally incapacitated by laughter a few times. The performance is perfect. I am going to devour everything Mr Wong has and will write.

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,759
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,762

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FLEETWOOD MAC

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 09-04-15

Everything I look for a dystopians zombie story

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

Reviewed: 10-12-15

Wow. I finished this, then went straight back and re-listened to the last third of it. And had by then already gotten my girlfriend to start listening to it, so I've listened to about a third of it with her. And will probably finish it with her too. Brilliantly entertaining post-apocalyptic story all about the Z-word. And one of the best I've read in said genre. Characters are wonderfully flawed. The world leaves many questions. The science is great. The action is good. I loved everything about it. It ended as it should have. Oh and the narrator was excellent.

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  • Ghost Fleet

  • A Novel of the Next World War
  • By: P. W. Singer, August Cole
  • Narrated by: Rich Orlow
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,866
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,693
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,704

The year is 2026. China has taken over as the world's largest economy, while the United States, mired in an oil shortage, struggles to adjust to its diminished role. Then, a surprise attack throws the US into a chaos unseen since Pearl Harbor. As the enemy takes control, the survival of the nation will depend upon the most unlikely forces: the Navy's antiquated Ghost Fleet and a cadre of homegrown terrorists.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An unusual war story

  • By Mike From Mesa on 09-06-15

Massive enjoyable near future military fiction.

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

Reviewed: 07-07-15

Very entertaining, and very believable in its extrapolation of current technology into a future setting. Drone warfare and hacker armies battling alongside 20th century naval vessels. The Characters all felt real. The tension wasn't forced. Exactly what the blurb offered and more.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Long Mars

  • Long Earth, Book 3
  • By: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 536

2040-2045: In the years after the cataclysmic Yellowstone eruption there is massive economic dislocation as populations flee Datum Earth to myriad Long Earth worlds. Sally, Joshua, and Lobsang are all involved in this perilous rescue work when, out of the blue, Sally is contacted by her long-vanished father and inventor of the original Stepper device, Willis Linsay. He tells her he is planning a fantastic voyage across the Long Mars and wants her to accompany him. But Sally soon learns that Willis has an ulterior motive for his request....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • slow death

  • By Jonathon Fairfield on 01-14-18

Thoughtful and insightful if a bit slow

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

Reviewed: 02-11-15

The (probably) last book in the Long Earth series, was even slower than the previous two. The scope was however much larger. As the name implies the traversing of the Long Mars, among other adventures keep the characters we've come to know busy discovering more and more fascinating aspects of this ring of infinite worlds.

Unfortunately I felt that the separate stories were all a little flat, a little distant, a little shallow. Overall I enjoyed it very much, but there was something missing compared to the first 2 books, and I'm still needing some more conclusive end to the series

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • What Do You Care What Other People Think?

  • Further Adventures of a Curious Character
  • By: Richard P. Feynman, Ralph Leighton
  • Narrated by: Raymond Todd
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,049
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 736

One of the greatest physicists of the twentieth century, Richard Feynman possessed an unquenchable thirst for adventure and an unparalleled ability to tell the stories of his life. "What Do You Care What Other People Think?" is Feynman's last literary legacy, prepared with his friend and fellow drummer, Ralph Leighton.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sure You're Joking is much better.

  • By Jose on 12-29-16

Wonderful anecdotes from a brilliant mind

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

Reviewed: 02-03-15

A mixed bag of fascinating stories that fill in any of the gaps from Fyenman's life that weren't covered in Surely You're Joking Mr Feynman. Insightful and touching. Albeit very scattered and not particularly chronological

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)

  • By: Hugh Howey
  • Narrated by: Minnie Goode
  • Length: 17 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,305
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,002

This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Annoyingly good...

  • By Lizzystick on 03-03-14

Very fine post-apocolyptic fiction

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

Reviewed: 02-02-15

I loved this. It' has been recommended to me on so many different forums and in so many formats. I'm very pleased to have fianlly given it a listen. Great characters. Totaly suspecion of belivve, really took me away. Unexpected plot twists. Humour, sadness, hope. I highly recommend it. The narration was perfect, albeint she had a few slightly over-done character accents. Overal a wonderful story, well produced.

  • Alif the Unseen

  • By: G. Willow Wilson
  • Narrated by: Sanjiv Jhaveri
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 267

In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients — dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups — from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. He goes by Alif — the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a convenient handle to hide behind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 21st Century Arabian Nights

  • By Ryan on 05-28-14

Cute and entertaining eastern tech adventure

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

Reviewed: 01-22-15

Entertaining, if not particularly deep techno adventure.

Interesting mix of plausible hacktivism and djinn based Middle Eastern superstition. Plausible escapism. Decent characterisation. A fun romp through the Middle East and it's censorship and it's mythology

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pushing Ice

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,671
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,684

2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they're good at it. The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Proof that a good story doesn't require a trilogy

  • By Jesse on 01-14-12

What sci-fi is made of

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

Reviewed: 01-14-15

Brilliant. Great balance of first contact, far future tech, unique aliens, realistic space science. Space opera as it should be.

John Lee gives a brilliant performance as usual

  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Dennis Olsen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229

It is 1939, Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the teen classification!

  • By HDJ on 11-13-12

The most beautiful book I've ever read.

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

Reviewed: 09-04-13

Not something I say lightly. But I've never been as deeply touched by a story, by a grouping of words. Simple, beautiful, thought provoking. Zusak is a wordsmith of the highest calibre. Each sentence lingers in my ears, my heart. Mayne tears where shed, mayne giggles escaped my lips, and so much was caught in my throat. Read it, read it again, pass it on, and read it to them.

Thanks you Mr Zusak. Thank you

2 of 2 people found this review helpful