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  • Cast Under an Alien Sun

  • Destiny's Crucible, Book 1
  • By: Olan Thorensen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,506

Joe Colsco boarded a flight from San Francisco to Chicago to attend a national chemistry meeting. He would never set foot on Earth again. On planet Anyar, Joe is found unconscious on a beach of a large island inhabited by humans where the level of technology is similar to Earth circa 1700. He awakes amid strangers speaking an unintelligible language and struggles to accept losing his previous life and finding a place in a society with different customs, needing a way to support himself and not knowing a single soul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth the credit

  • By Magnus on 06-03-17

A Relaxed Read

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

Despite the battles and being a page-turner--excuse me--a listen a little longer audio--I got the feeling the author was relaxed and in no hurry. I enjoyed the details of the protagonist's innovations and descriptions of life on the new planet.

It reminded me a lot of the Martian by Andy Weir.

The story comes alive and i was interested in the characters and what was happening. No one was overly villanous and the stupid got what they deserved.
I've already read book 2 and am waiting for book 3.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard, Shelley Atkinson, Laural Merlington, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,887
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,874

From best-selling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really, really fun

  • By Lovisa on 08-05-17

DODO IS A DUD

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

Based on the theme of saving the magic of witches, DODO charges ahead with a full complement of intellectually challenged generals, pompous senators and other annoyingly villainous bureaucracy interfering with the time travel of the heroic hero and his girl Friday. It’s an unoriginal romp with a few lively scenes and snappy lines, but too late to make this book fun or worth listening to for 26 hours.

My personal preference is for audio books read by one person. DODO is read by a gaggle of performers—none particularly good, some terrible. Tristan’s (Laurence Bouvard) sharp voice pierces eardrums and sets fillings to vibrate. In fact, all the male performers shout their parts.
The female lead, Shelley Atkinson, sounds like a teenager, but at least she can read. I’m not sure if it’s her voice or the witchy plot that made me think of Connie Willis’s Y/A time travel stories. Except for the fuc—ffttt—language, DODO certainly fits a YA theme as does most of the juvenile humor.

Neal Stephenson’s name on what could pass for a YA? I kept waiting for a taste, a whisper from the author of Cryptonomicon and Anthem. Stephenson’s influence finally shows up towards the end with one great scene and several bitingly funny comments, but too late to save this repetitious, overlong ramble. Dodo is a sad contrast to his magnificent, original epics.

Finally, I looked up Nichole Galland wondering why Stephenson would co-author with her. She’s written a couple of undistinguished books, has a background in history but Stephenson has never been lazy doing his own research. Then I saw the magic line: Nichole Galland worked for William Morrow. William Morrow is the publisher of Stephenson’s books!!!

Lesson learned: beware of too many five star reviews that all sound the same. Is there any kind of policing as to whom is writing these reviews?

  • The Collapsing Empire

  • The Interdependency, Book 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,705
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,052
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,019

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best of Scalzi

  • By Gonzalo on 05-11-17

Good Fun Romp

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

Reviewed: 05-05-17

I almost didn't buy this because of some of the reviews. Granted its not like my favorites: 'Old Man's War' or 'Lock In', but its entertaining, funny and original, a good space opera and not what I'd call a heavily political story. The various houses are plotting against each other and the Empero but this sets up the story realistically along with the main action of a collapsing empire. Scalzi's humor lightens it all. My only critcism is the length. Nine and a half hours is short for a SF. Seems like someone's trying to increase the income by dividing two books into three!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Tribe

  • By: Brad Manuel
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,805
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,396
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,383

Fourteen-year-old Greg Dixon is living a nightmare. Attending boarding school outside of Boston, he is separated from his family when a pandemic strikes. His classmates and teachers are dead, rotting in a dormitory-turned-morgue steps from his room. The nights are getting colder, and his food has run out. The last message from his father is to get away from the city and to meet at his grandparents' town in remote New Hampshire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect year in the post apocalypse.

  • By Andrew Pollack on 06-18-16

Cosy Apocalypse?

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

Reviewed: 09-15-16

I've heard of cosy mysteries, but this is my first cosy apocalypse. No murderous bands or attacking mobs, not even too much of the plague that spares 1 in a million. Mostly its a survival story: what would you do if suddenly you were the only one left alive in your city? Sort of an adult "Swiss Family Robinson". In all, an entertaining, fun read. Hope there's going to be a follow up.
P.S. Sometimes I find Scott Brick overly dramatic, but he does a perfect job on this book.

  • The Goblin Emperor

  • By: Katherine Addison
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,073
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,072

The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an "accident," he has no choice but to take his place as the only surviving rightful heir. Entirely unschooled in the art of court politics, he has no friends, no advisors, and the sure knowledge that whoever assassinated his father and brothers could make an attempt on his life at any moment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpectedly Great

  • By Mike on 07-30-15

Fabulous

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

Reviewed: 03-11-16

A real page-turner, original and fun. Not really about goblins and elves, but a coming of age story in a different world where our protagonist is charming and laid back, an unassuming superhero who never disappoints. I hope Katherine writes many more!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,231

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun! Things you might want to know:

  • By Alexis on 08-29-14

Surprisingly Good

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

Reviewed: 03-07-16

I've been disappointed in Scalzi lately and was delighted to find myself loving 'Lock In' almost as much as his masterpiece: "Old Man's War". The main book is really a detective mystery--albeit a most unusual one--and somewhat over explained at the end; but the basic story about about Haydens and the Lock In virus was original and pure fun reading. I'm hoping for sequals!
Also, his novella at the end about the virus was as good if not better in my opinion than the basic novel or detective story. I wonder if he wrote this a long time ago, then used it to expand.
Good reader too. Highly recommend!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Brilliance

  • By: Marcus Sakey
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,084
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,094

In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible. They’re called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Written like a movie script

  • By Pam on 04-23-15

All Action, no character developement.

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

Reviewed: 01-31-16

When a story is all action with no character development, who cares who wins or looses?
The idea is original and could have been very interesting and fun, but the author went straight to dire and death before we got to know anyone. Maybe he backflashes later. I don't know. I quit reading/listening after 2 hours.
I'm sad because I was hoping to discover a new series.

23 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • Heritage of Cyador

  • Saga of Recluce, Book 18
  • By: L. E. Modesitt Jr.
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

Scarcely a year after the events of Cyador's Heirs, Lerial uses his mastery of Order and Chaos, the competing natural forces that shape his world and define the magic that exists within it, to utterly destroy an Afritan military force crossing into Cigoerne. Five years later, Lerial, now an overcaptain and a field commander of Cigoerne's Mirror Lancers, must lead three companies of troops into Afrit on a mission of mutual interest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He's done it again

  • By Brian Perlmutter on 07-04-15

Good Reader, Good Tale but...

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

Reviewed: 05-13-15

The story is great, the characters sympatico and I'm so glad to have Kirby Hayborne back reading. His voice and Modesitt's stories go together in my mind. I went off the recluse books to a new setting with new reader and it didn't sit well. Kirby allows my imagination to get active--don't need the action shouted at me!
BUT..the but in the title is because of the author's choice of character names, especially concerning minor characters. Duke Kiedron and Duke Kesin, bitter enemies--- then also two important officers in the Afrit command: Drusin and Dresile!!! Come'on Modesitt!!!! Be kind to confused fans.

  • The Target

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,683
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,645

The president knows it's a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment, and the threats against the nation would multiply. So the president turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible: Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel. Together, Robie and Reel's talents as assassins are unmatched. But there are some in power who don't trust the pair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wild ride!!!!

  • By C. Webb on 03-09-16

Ridiculous Action

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

Reviewed: 05-13-14

Reminded me of the Woman Alien movie--one superman action scene after another with almost no plot--people who move faster than lightning with alien cognitive powers. The Korean woman was interesting, but the situation and description overboard. The child, who could have lent the same delightful touch as did the children in Baldacci's other recent books, petered out as did the story. Described as a tough ten-year-old bitch, when she was removed from the camp miraculously morphs into a cuddly, needy kitten. I almost didn't finish but kept hoping it would get better at the end. It didn't.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Antiagon Fire

  • Imager Portfolio, Book 7
  • By: L. E. Modesitt Jr.
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 17 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287

The hard-won battles fought in Imager's Battalion have earned Quaeryt a promotion to commander, as well as an assignment to convince the Pharsi High Council in the nation of Khel to submit to Lord Bhayar's rule, which is key to Bhayar's ambition to unite all of Solidar. Joined by his pregnant wife, Vaelora, who is also Bhayar's sister, Quaeryt leads an army and a handful of imagers deeper into the hostile lands once held by the tyrannical Rex Kharst.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Quaeryt is promoted and more battles ensue.

  • By Lore on 03-21-14

Love Modesitt

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

Reviewed: 07-05-13

Love Modesitt and couldn't wait for this book to come along, and he didn't let me down. I thought this would be the end of the series, but looks to me as if another is on the way. His characters are, as always, real as is the strange word he inhabits. Can't wait until the imager images a bunch of those 'conies' sp? to frighten off an army.