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  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 208,290
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 194,469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194,064

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Epic Classic Gamer Novel

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

If you love video games, if you've ever played and loved playing a 2D arcade game, if you've ever played an mmo or used VR gear, why are you so reading this review. Go ahead and pick up Ready Player One and start reading now!

  • Fire and Fury

  • Inside the Trump White House
  • By: Michael Wolff
  • Narrated by: Michael Wolff, Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,002
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,903

With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country—and the world—has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as credible as one would like.

  • By Jerry R. Nokes Jr. on 01-29-18

Wow. A must read. Trump is a true disaster.

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

Have to write 15 words because Audible is weird, but really my title says it all. Also, Bannon comes out much more positive than I thought he would in this particular read.

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  • The Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche

  • By: The Great Courses, Kathleen M. Higgins, Robert C. Solomon
  • Narrated by: Kathleen M. Higgins, Robert C. Solomon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,029
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 906
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 884

Who was Friedrich Nietzsche? This lonely and chronically ill, yet passionate, daring, and complex man is perhaps the most mysterious and least understood of all contemporary philosophers. Why are his brilliant insights so relevant for today? How did he become the most misinterpreted and unfairly maligned intellectual figure of the last two centuries?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect entry point for understanding Nietzsche

  • By Charley Yeager on 03-09-15

Life Changing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-21-17

Explained Nietzsche and his philosophy in such a way that even a non-academic could benefit. Fantastic lectures from two great scholars.

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  • The Martian Chronicles

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 665
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 580
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 582

Leaving behind a world on the brink of destruction, man came to the red planet and found the Martians waiting, dreamlike. Seeking the promise of a new beginning, man brought with him his oldest fears and his deepest desires. Man conquered Mars - and in that instant, Mars conquered him. The strange new world with its ancient, dying race and vast, red-gold deserts cast a spell on him, settled into his dreams, and changed him forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The ghosts of Mars and Bradbury

  • By David on 02-20-13

Reminds me of Dandelion Wine

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

Reviewed: 11-01-16

While I enjoyed many stories, at times this reads (likely as intended) like a history of Mars. If you enjoy Bradbury's Dandelion Wine I think you will enjoy this book as well. Final few sections were my favorite, so keep reading even if you aren't pulled in early on.

  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,826
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,851

In what is considered one of Heinlein's most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world. It is 21st-century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans, a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But that's the problem with the inevitable: it always happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heinlein's Masterpiece

  • By Peter on 12-04-06

Fantastic Sci-fi classic!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-28-16

From philosophy to politics, AI technology to Balistics, Heinlein's classic has it all. Fantastic story of a budding revolution, set on our beloved Luna.

  • Nemesis Games

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,073
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,157

A thousand worlds have opened, and the greatest land rush in human history has begun. As wave after wave of colonists leave, the power structures of the old solar system begin to buckle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent bounce back

  • By Lore on 10-27-15

Wow! Most Epic yet with some Backstory to Boot

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

Reviewed: 08-29-16

Title says it all. Again, if you enjoyed the first four: don't stop reading. Mays gives another great reading. The backstory of some characters you thought you knew is intriguing. Great read.

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  • 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 12,273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,208

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
  • Is humanity ready for the stars?

  • By Lore on 02-03-14

Epic 3rd novel of the Expanse

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

Reviewed: 08-07-16

Great Preformace as usual. Epic novel. I was initially upset that a few characters didn't show back up but I quickly began to enjoy the new ones as well as those who returned in this, the 3rd novel installment of The Expanse. If you enjoyed the first two, keep reading. You'll like this one too. Most epic yet in the series. Can't wait for more.

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  • Caliban's War

  • The Expanse, Book 2
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 19 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,991
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,102

James S.A. Corey’s best-selling hit Leviathan Wakes earned Hugo and Locus Award nominations. In Caliban’s War, the second chapter of Corey’s Expanse series, a desperate Earth politician works tirelessly to prevent war from reigniting. Meanwhile, upheaval takes root on Venus and Ganymede. And amidst this tumult, James Holden and his crew on the Rocinante are charged with the impossible task of saving humanity from a terrifying fate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No sophmore slump as both plot and writing improve

  • By A reader on 09-17-12

Wow! Great followup!

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

Reviewed: 07-26-16

If you enjoyed the first novel, don't stop reading. The Leviathan has only just begun to awaken. Great read.

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  • Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade

  • A Duty Dance with Death
  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: Ethan Hawke
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,194

Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes 'unstuck in time' after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What more can be said?

  • By W. Seligman on 09-22-04

Vonnegut Classic

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

Reviewed: 06-15-16

Slaughterhouse 5 is a great introduction to Vonnegut and commentary on War. I would question what kind of novel it is: Sci-fi? Anti-war? Nihilistic? Existential? Post-modern? Modernist? I think Vonnegut leaves it up to the reader. Enjoy! PS: Ethan Hawke gives a great reading.

  • Breakfast of Champions

  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: John Malkovich
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,215
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,211

Breakfast of Champions (1973) provides frantic, scattershot satire and a collage of Vonnegut's obsessions. His recurring cast of characters and American landscape was perhaps the most controversial of his canon; it was felt by many at the time to be a disappointing successor to Slaughterhouse-Five, which had made Vonnegut's literary reputation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Funny..., Even if Malkovich Could Not Care Less

  • By W Perry Hall on 02-05-16

Fantastic Vonnegut

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

Reviewed: 06-12-16

Malkovich's Preformance is amazing. Great novel, the followup to Slaughterhouse 5. Read brilliantly. He even describes Vonnegut's silly sketches.