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  • The Flicker Men

  • A Novel
  • By: Ted Kosmatka
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 563

A quantum physicist shocks the world with a startling experiment, igniting a struggle between science and theology, free will and fate, and antagonizing forces not known to exist. Eric Argus is a washout. His prodigious early work clouded his reputation and strained his sanity. But an old friend gives him another chance, an opportunity to step back into the light.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Started out good but fell flat

  • By Edward on 08-04-15

A true Sci-fi thriller

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

Reviewed: 05-28-17

If you are looking for an interesting sci-fi plot which requires the science to compel the action, then get this book. It isn't a physics lecture or a disguised murder mystery from the fiction section. It is a synergy of both. I was also very pleased that I could not detect a political viewpoint from the author since I find that those tend to distract from the overall experience (a la Robert Sawyer and others who insert known political figures into predictable roles in sci-fi utopias).

I read at least one sci-fi book on Audible per month and have done so for five years or more. This is one of the few I have ever rated 5 stars on all three categories. I will definitely keep an eye out for other works by both the author and the narrator.

  • Tower Lord

  • Raven's Shadow, Book 2
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 24 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,887
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,885

Vaelin Al Sorna, warrior of the Sixth Order, called Darkblade, called Hope Killer. The greatest warrior of his day, and witness to the greatest defeat of his nation: King Janus' vision of a Greater Unified Realm drowned in the blood of brave men fighting for a cause Vaelin alone knows was forged from a lie. Sick at heart, he comes home, determined to kill no more. Named Tower Lord of the Northern Reaches by King Janus's grateful heir, he can perhaps find peace in a colder, more remote land far from the intrigues of a troubled Realm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Masterpiece from Anthony Ryan. One

  • By Howard on 09-21-14

Second time was even better

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

Reviewed: 09-12-16

Few books are as good the second time; this one improved. You should also read the series in close succession because that will help keep the people and places straight. May the Departed guide you on this journey.

  • Daemon

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,355

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

Exciting and thought provoking!

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

Reviewed: 04-26-16

This is a must-read for sci-fi and/or dystopia fans. It is an action thriller so you won't have much time to ponder ramifications. It will challenge readers to keep up with the technology. For me, that was a big part of the fun. The narrator did very well and Penguin added some effective touches. I will tell many of my friends and family to listen to this version.

  • The Lost Fleet: Valiant

  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,094
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,099

Deep within Syndicate Worlds' space, the Alliance fleet continues its dangerous journey home under the command of Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who was revived after a century spent in suspended animation. Geary's victories over the enemy have earned him both the respect and the envy of his fellow officers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The lost fleet is still wandering around...

  • By Katherine on 06-19-13

A future well rendered

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

Reviewed: 05-26-15

To enjoy the fourth book in a series is saying something. It has not run its' course yet for me. Part of the pleasure of listening to this series is imagining each planetary system and then overlaying the fleet tactics. I also enjoy speculating on the progress of technology and the cultural changes, and constants, humans would experience along the way, and Jack Campbell does a fantastic job on both counts. Wrapped up in exciting action makes the experience very enjoyable. I highly recommend keeping your hands occupied with yardwork or housecleaning while listening; you'll burn a few calories with The Lost Fleet series.

  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things

  • Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2.5
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,061
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,074

Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place. Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries. The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows.... In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • But No....

  • By Josh on 11-04-14

A great change of pace for readers

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

Reviewed: 05-03-15

Where does The Slow Regard of Silent Things rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

My recommendation for this book is not based on where it ranks among all audiobooks I have heard. It was very interesting and different. It is not a story asking for rank; like an object Auri encounters it is a story with a unique identity waiting for a reader to help find its' place in the world. I am a fan of Mr. Rothfuss's Kingkiller Chronicles and I knew the character, Auri, so I was willing to give it a try. The risk turned out to be worth it as I enjoyed the book and really appreciated how different it is from just about anything else I have read.

What other book might you compare The Slow Regard of Silent Things to and why?

A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich comes to mind but that book was depressing. Slow Regard is interesting. I do think it is for advanced readers.

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

The professional actors on Audible spoil us with their skills so I was worried when I saw the author had recorded his own work. Fortunately Mr. Rothfuss was very good - good enough that I forgot he was the author. The character Auri does not think like any person I have ever met so the advantage of having the author narrate was his ability to shade the language with meanings that a written page might not have imparted.

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

Maybe so, but not in the way another reader might expect. I kept asking "where is the Puppet story?" That thought came up every fifteen minutes. I wonder if other Rothfuss fans thought the same thing. No, this is not the kind of book which will make most people laugh or cry and Mr. Rothfuss goes to great pains to explain why in a recitative that he inserts at the beginning.

Any additional comments?

If you have just finished a long series and want a short, different story, try the Slow Regard of Silent Things. I think you will like it and pick up other Patrick Rothfuss books.

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  • The Prefect

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,911
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,912

Tom Dreyfus is a Prefect, a law enforcement officer with the Panoply. His beat is the multifaceted utopian society of the Glitter Band, that vast swirl of space habitats orbiting the planet Yellowstone, the teeming hub of a human interstellar empire spanning many worlds. His current case: investigating a murderous attack against one of the habitats that left 900 people dead, a crime that appalls even a hardened cop like Dreyfus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best yet of the Revelation Space series

  • By Michael G Kurilla on 04-03-11

SciFi detective drama

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

Reviewed: 07-12-14

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

I would recommend this to any frequent reader of Sci Fi. I would also recommend that people read this if they are thinking about reading Reynold's Revelation Space series. I think it creates the setting better so that Revelation Space and the others would be easier to follow. I loved those books, too.

What did you like best about this story?

Reynolds creates a different solar system in the distant future and then uncovers a riveting murder mystery in it. His uses of the environments he created was amazing.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were many interesting scenes so I have a hard time picking one. The Prefect's interactions with the Spider (augmented human) were all interesting. His interrogations of beta and alpha artificial intelligences were cool. His characters called Ultras are cool. The whiphound was a great invention. Each habitat in the Glitter Band was creative. I liked those so much I toyed with the idea of trying to write my own sci fi so that I could create other Glitter Band habitats. That isn't my gig, though, so I hope some other, real authors pick up that thread.

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

I listened to this book in 2 hour chunks. John Lee's voice becomes so comfortable in my head that I start needing a fix every now and then.

Any additional comments?

Great science fiction overall. Alastair Reynolds should team up with some Japanese artists and write a series of Manga with hyperpigs as the protagonists.

  • Calculating God

  • By: Robert J. Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,423
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,700
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,719

In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting book, very enjoyable narration

  • By Ione on 05-07-10

Best mix of science and faith I have ever heard

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

Reviewed: 07-12-14

Where does Calculating God rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This might be the second most important book one will ever hear. It isn't the best story - it is a great story, but not "the best ever"; it's value is in making important points about the scarcity of life. I was immediately captivated by it and went out and bought the hardcopy to give to my kids.

What other book might you compare Calculating God to and why?

This would be like updating, then blending, Douglas Adam's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy with C.S. Lewis's Out of the Silent Planet. Sawyer uses very lighthearted tones to illustrate deep ideas.

What about Jonathan Davis and Robert J. Sawyer ’s performance did you like?

Jonathan Davis nailed the attitude of Hollus.

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

I did more yardwork because I kept listening to this. I also intend to listen to it again in a few months.

Any additional comments?

There were some laugh-out-loud scenes early in this book. That is all I can say about them. My physicist and computer-engineering friends will probably love it, too.

  • Damocles

  • By: S. G. Redling
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 899
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 819
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 812

When Earth is rocked by evidence that extraterrestrials may have seeded human DNA throughout the universe, a one-way expedition into deep space is mounted to uncover the truth. What linguist Meg Dupris and her crewmates aboard the Earth ship Damocles discover on Didet - a planet bathed in the near-eternal daylight of seven suns - is a humanoid race with a different language, a different look, and a surprisingly similar society. But here, it’s the "Earthers" who are the extraterrestrial invaders, and it’s up to Meg - a woman haunted by tragedy and obsessed with the power of communication - to find the key to establishing trust between the natives and the newcomers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What did I tell you about that pie!?

  • By Brian on 06-05-13

Entertaining SciFi

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

Reviewed: 07-12-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Damocles to be better than the print version?

Angela Dawe did a great job. Most of the books I have heard were narrated by men and she was a really good change of pace. She changed voices very well and captured the spirit of the characters and story.

What other book might you compare Damocles to and why?

A comparison might be The Mote In God's Eye by Niven. That isn't a great comparison because of obvious differences but I can't think of another. I chose it because the challenge of First Contact could go any number of ways and those stories are two plausible scenarios.

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

I have not heard Angela Dawe before.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The very first interaction between Loul, the Didet, and Meg, the Earther, was very engaging. The story was already interesting and that was the point where I became emotionally engaged with the characters. Also the author built the perfect amount of suspense in the confrontation.

Any additional comments?

I thought Redling did a great job of being thought provoking without trying to do too much with the story. It was a fun listen and one that many people should pick for a long drive or flight.

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  • Theft of Swords

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 1
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 22 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,957
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,938

Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Two books in one - keep listening!!

  • By Magpie on 08-21-12

A very fun story

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

Reviewed: 02-13-13

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

Anyone who likes sci-fi / fantasy should try this one. That is the genre I listen to the most and this was a great purchase. If you listen to books while exercising or doing yardwork, this will make the time go by. The author tells a good story without being predictable, and the reader brings the characters to life.

What other book might you compare Theft of Swords to and why?

Kingkiller Chronicles: The Name of the Wind is analogous; Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card has some similarities; Eye of the World readers would like it; and Game of Thrones fans would most likely enjoy it. This is a more light-hearted book than most of those and in that vein, levity is hard to find. It is not a comedy, just a tale that does not take itself too seriously.

Which scene was your favorite?

The entrance to the hidden prison. It was not for the drama, it was because of the images created. That scene was so well described it stood out as innovative and memorable. I do not want to say more because part of the fun is the discovery for future readers.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Theft of Swords is a great name but I am not coming up with a tag line at the moment.

Any additional comments?

No additional comments.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Eye of the World

  • Book One of The Wheel of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 29 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,266

When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Your first step down a very long and winding road.

  • By Lore on 06-29-12

Great value

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

Reviewed: 12-02-12

What did you love best about The Eye of the World?

I loved the alternate universe where the story takes place almost as much as the story itself. I appreciate how hard it is to create a world with different physical laws than ours and keep those principles alive throughout the book. The story was very exciting. It is the kind of audio book to have for long hours in the gym or a big cleaning project at home. I think a family could listen to it together on a long drive if the kids are old enough to watch Lord of the Rings types of movies.

What other book might you compare The Eye of the World to and why?

Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings - Robert Jordan references imagining how TLOTR would be different as one of his creative inspirations.

Which scene was your favorite?

I didn't have a specific scene as a favorite. I found the encounters with Darkfriends very well done as the main characters moved through the landscape.

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

I would listen to this book beyond the time I had budgeted on any given day.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful