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  • Cibola Burn

  • The Expanse, Book 4
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,188
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,601
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,563

An empty apartment, a missing family, that's creepy. But this is like finding a military base with no one on it. Fighters and tanks idling on the runway with no drivers. This is bad juju. Something wrong happened here. What you should do is tell everyone to leave. The gates have opened the way to a thousand new worlds, and the rush to colonize has begun. Settlers looking for a new life stream out from humanity's home planets. Ilus, the first human colony on this vast new frontier, is being born in blood and fire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jefferson Mays is back!

  • By Joe R. on 03-30-17

OK relative to Abaddon but still awesome

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

The story line is a little weird and gets into those shadows of sci-fi that sometimes gets hard to explain. Trying not to give away any spoilers, the climax becomes very forced and did not feel organic to me. The conflict with the corporation and Rocinante is fun to read. With one getting an upper hand over the other and back and forth.

Some of the physics gets too wonky with tethering ships and bubble tunnels in space. It felt like the authors wrote themselves into a corner and did not find a good way to end this book. Dont get me wrong, it was still an awesome read but I did not care too much how they closed all the story lines.

All the crazy things that happen on the planet was edge of seat stuff. Good character development as well. Good sci-fi for new world stuff. If you liked books like Aurora by Kim Robinson, you will enjoy this book.

Narration is excellent and the consistent with other books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Caliban's War

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 20 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,869
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,718
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,713

We are not alone. On Ganymede, breadbasket of the outer planets, a Martian marine watches as her platoon is slaughtered by a monstrous supersoldier. On Earth, a high-level politician struggles to prevent interplanetary war from reigniting. And on Venus, an alien protomolecule has overrun the planet, wreaking massive, mysterious changes and threatening to spread out into the solar system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book of Great Series

  • By Michael on 10-06-17

Brilliant follow up to Leviathan Wakes

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

One more of the detective sci-fi like the first one. Looking for a missing girl again this time. There are some plot holes in the story but on the whole the book is amazing.

Bobby, Avarasala, Prax are great POV too. I would love to read Bobby and Avarasala POV later in the series.

This series has turned out to be more fun than I expected and it keeps getting better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Abaddon's Gate

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 18 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,584

The alien artifact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has appeared in Uranus's orbit, where it has built a massive gate that leads to a starless dark. Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artifact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core. As the emissaries of the human race try to find whether the gate is an opportunity or a threat, the greatest danger is the one they brought with them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The worst part is waiting for book 4

  • By Greg on 09-16-13

Excitement & thrill reading this book doesn't die

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

I looked forward to reading (listening) this book every day. I would pick up chores and things to listen in. What an exciting world the authors have created? I felt engaged throughout the book. The new characters POV start slow but they become more interesting than the Rocinante crew.

The whole idea of a wormhole that can lead to multiple worlds opens up so many possibilities...Great writing and narration was well done too.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 1984

  • New Classic Edition
  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,463
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,821
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,854

George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ROOM 101

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 11-14-15

So glad I read it again in my 30's

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

Reviewed: 10-03-17

I read this when I was a kid and could not digest the implications and the meaning of this book as a whole. Reading it now, makes so much of an impact and you understand the author's sense of urgency. Really well written with a good story underneath. The premise does not feel so far fetched anymore. The writer definitely saw the power of governance gone wrong early in his career and transformed into an anxiety inducing book.

Thank you Orwell.

The narrator did an amazing job to describe the anxiety in every character's persona.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • All These Worlds

  • Bobiverse, Book 3
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 30,622
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,664
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,586

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clean ending to a fantastic series

  • By Virgil on 08-08-17

A downhill ending to a (somewhat) good series

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

Reviewed: 10-03-17

This series had a lot of promise from the first book, then second got slower and now the final installment is such a downer. I couldn't wait to finish this book. It started off with un-relatable and mostly 'don't care about them' characters and slow in action. With a relatively smaller book, I would expect the action to start early and stay on it. The book wanders around trying to end all the story lines. The Others are given hardly few chapters and finished in no time.

Very disappointing and anti-climactic end. Some stories ended ok but some were just ramblings. With so many stories going on with good potential, this last book was a rush and a waste of a series. The writing got real sloppy in this installment. It felt like the writer just wanted to finish the series and get on with something else. I couldn't tell which clone was the author talking about. It felt like he was all over the place. The end was so quick and so un-entertaining. I wish there was more to it.

The narrator did an excellent job till the end.

  • Leviathan Wakes

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 20 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,444

The first book in the landmark Expanse series, now a major television series from Syfy! Leviathan Wakes is James S. A. Corey's first novel in the epic New York Times best-selling series The Expanse, a modern masterwork of science fiction in which humanity has colonized the solar system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Started a love affair with hard sci fi

  • By N. H. on 07-30-17

Excellent story, characters and very smart writing

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

Reviewed: 09-13-17

I'm so glad I started this series. The writers have done a great job setting up the world and its protagonists. It does not feel campy at all like some sci-fi. It definitely has a feeling of epic-ness to it. It can expand into so many well done characters and vast universe. Writing is smart and adventurous too. Highly recommend it to readers of GoT and Hyperion. The exploration of the world could be compared to Hyperion series. In the first book, there was not too much depth to the characters yet but a good start.

The narration works well with the characters and the plot. I liked the transition from one character to another.

Definitely looking forward to the TV series too.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Brave New World

  • By: Aldous Huxley
  • Narrated by: Michael York
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,981
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10,372
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,423

When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • “Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”

  • By Jefferson on 10-03-11

Smart utopian future with...

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

Reviewed: 09-13-17

Un-relatable characters and un-engaging story. The future is very well developed and it gives some hope to all the dystopian novels around. But that hope is short lived and Huxley clearly shows how living a smart and happy life with no access to negative emotions can be destructive and shallow. With the current state of technology and medicine, I do not doubt that Huxley's future can be somewhat correct. A soma-inducing happiness with detachment is already there with not exactly in the same form as described in the book.

The plot was not so well written and the characters had no depth. Maybe that was the point of Huxley to show that people will have no depth to their emotions and personality and thus there would be no attachment and no reason to stay with a single individual. the Savage character was more annoying than sympathetic.

The narration was whiny and not fun to listen to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fahrenheit 451

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Tim Robbins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,645

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm Burnin', I'm Burnin' for You

  • By W Perry Hall on 10-22-14

Classic (short) and trippy

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

Reviewed: 07-14-17

This book has its moments where it starts blabbering like a trippy radio station. Why is it so short? It felt shorter than a short story. there is not much of character development. The story moves on really fast. The onus is more on the idea of destroying knowledge and making humans happy with brain dead entertainment. Story with the idea would have been better.

I expected narration to be top notch but Tim Robbins cannot do woman noises very well. It all came out whiny and annoying. Maybe their characters were suppose to be but he added something extra to it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 35,752
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,502
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,417

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • THE FECAL MATTER HAS HIT THE ATMOSPHERIC PROJECTOR

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 05-03-17

Starts slow but action's not too far

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

Reviewed: 07-14-17

The first book takes off pretty quick but this one takes longer to warm up. Things start spinning quick but not enough for the length of this book. The story with the deltans is so interesting since it resonates with theories of early humans and aliens interacting. The story with androids looking like humans is just sci-fi fun. The settlement colonies have their own action going on. The drama on earth with terrorists is gripping. This book is packed with action. That's why I think these books need to be longer to do all these short stories more in detail.

Narration is fantastic, very well done with humor. I would definitely want to listen to these series than read it.

  • 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 53,230
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 49,975
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,884

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

Smart concept well executed

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

Reviewed: 07-14-17

The concept of this series is so exciting and brilliant, that I thought it would fall off after a good start but the author managed to keep it afloat and raise it higher and higher. Every clone manage to spin off its own short story. Definitely a series to watch out for.

narration is spot on. It's done so well that it feels like reading this book would be less fun.