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  • Citizen of the Galaxy

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663

Citizen of the Galaxy takes place far in the future, when the human race has spread out to colonize other planets. In a slave market in the capital of Jubbul and the Nine Worlds, an auctioneer announces, "Lot 97. A boy." Slavery is commonplace in Jubbul, and the sight of the ragged, starving boy, Thorby, on the auction block is not unusual. What does puzzle bystanders and Thorby himself is his purchase by crippled Baslim, the beggar who sits every day in a corner of the marketplace.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of Heinlein's best

  • By L. on 11-20-06

one of Heinlein's best

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

Reviewed: 02-28-16

This work and The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress are two of Heinlein's best. A must read for any SF fan.

  • Existence

  • By: David Brin
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins, Robin Miles, L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 32 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 753
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 674
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 668

Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there’s something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn’t on the decades’ old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth’s infomesh about an "alien artifact".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Will its universe envelop you?

  • By Andreas Henriksson on 07-20-13

Dedication is needed to make it through the tedium

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

Reviewed: 10-26-13

What would have made Existence better?

Brin describes every scene in extreme detail, describing every crease of the (virtual) page, but never really progressing the plot. The first three quarters of the story hardly advances the plot at all. The final quarter skips past huge chunks of the plot that should have been written in place of all the filler that has been used. If your like women's magazines you might like the book but look elsewhere if you find a novel with a plot more interesting. To improve the story Brin would need to remove all the descriptive fluff that contributes nothing to the plot.

What was most disappointing about David Brin’s story?

It would appear that Brin is being asked to write longer and longer novels but can't come up with a plot that suits a longer novel. There are very few elements of the story that keep your interest and very few times when you are eager to find out what comes next.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration is done by a male and a female. I find that the compression algorithm makes the sibilance in the female voice difficult to listen to. However, I would never have read this novel as a book as the story is just far too tedious. I listened to the story in the car when there was nothing better to do. Distraction isn't a problem as you can miss five minutes occasionally and you won't miss any plot points.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom.

Any additional comments?

Try some of Brin's earlier works as some of these are great. Avoid this one, however.

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  • Revelation Space

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 22 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,535
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,889
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,890

Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just as it was on the verge of discovering space flight. Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself. With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the cyborg crew of the starship Nostalgia for Infinity. But as he closes in on the secret, a killer closes in on him because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Challenging noir space opera bursting with ideas

  • By cmthomas on 02-03-10

You'll keep listening, even with the bad narration

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

Reviewed: 05-03-13

Where does Revelation Space rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A good book, up there with some of the best story wise, but almost the worst narration I have heard. There are many, many books that have much better narration and it would be nice if they would ditch this guy...

What other book might you compare Revelation Space to and why?

Revelation Space has a grand scheme in mind, like an Asimov series, but also gives you characters with some depth, and leaves you wanting to know more of their back-story, like some Heinlein novels.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

John Lee starts every sentence with an exclamation and trails off to an almost inaudbile wisper at the end of every sentence. This makes it very difficult to listen to, especially if you are in a car, as you have to put up with a very loud first word just so you can here the next six.

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

You'll want to hear how the story pans out, but this bit hear and bit there story telling style gets tiresome after the second book in the series.

  • Foundation

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Jim Gallant
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

After 12,000 years, the once-supreme Galactic Empire was plunging into a future of barbarism and warfare. All knowledge previously created by mankind faced destruction. Only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, foresaw the dark age of ignorance that was to come, and set out to preserve knowledge and mankind itself.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Stop read

  • By /Colin on 10-31-06

Almost a good listen

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-10

This is a decent representation of the book, however a good chunk of the logic of the book is left out. At least the book is advertised as abridged unlike other titles on Audible. I would recommend reading the bound version rather than purchasing this audio version.

  • Foundation and Empire, Book 2, Part 2

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Jim Gallant
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Foundation and Empire, the second book in the Foundation series, charts the struggles of two mighty forces of civilization who oppose each other in a galactic battle for mastery of the universe.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Rip-ff #2

  • By Edward C. Charbonnet on 10-30-09

Do not buy this book

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-10

This book is not 'unabridged' and only contains two fifths of the published book. For anyone familiar with the story, it deals with the Foundation's battle with the empire and stops at that point, leaving out the last three fifths of the book dealing with the Mule and the conquering of the first Foundation. A significant portion of the book is very poor music.

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  • Foundation and Empire, Book 2, Part 1

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Jim Gallant
  • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Foundation and Empire, the second in the series, charts the struggles of two mighty forces of civilization who oppose each other in a galactic battle for mastery of the universe. By science and will, the Foundation has so far managed to survive and even gain control of a small federation of planets. However, it has greater enemies to face and finds itself caught between the decaying but still all powerful Empire and the rising forces of the mule - a powerful and talented mutant.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Very Disappointing and Misleading

  • By Narses Barona on 08-19-09

Do not purchase

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-10

This book is not 'unabridged' and only contains two fifths of the published book. For anyone familiar with the story, it deals with the Foundation's battle with the empire and stops at that point, leaving out the last three fifths of the book dealing with the Mule and the conquering of the first Foundation. A significant portion of the book is very poor music.