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  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,638

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

An Enjoyable Romp through an Interesting World

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

Reviewed: 11-24-16

I had a wonderful time in John Scalzi's imagined world where under the right conditions people come back to life.

A well paced story, incredibly well narrated by Zachory Quinto. Who delivers the dry humor that Scalzi writes.

I would recommend this to anyone looking for a jaunt through the kind of speculation fiction that makes sci-fi great.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Altered Carbon

  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,709

In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Altered Carbon

  • By Jake Williams on 09-22-07

Fantastic Production

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

Reviewed: 11-24-16

I had read Richard K. Morgan's Altered Carbon ages ago and it was a wonderful revisit to the series (also in time for the Netflix production). I'm a fan of his works and both of his trilogies.

Todd McLaren had a great performance and brought a lot to the audiobook. His female voices are definitely not the best, but it didn't impede the narrative.

I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants a good sci-fi crime noir that doesn't pull any punches when it comes to sex of violence.

  • Aurora: CV-01

  • Frontiers Saga, Book 1
  • By: Ryk Brown
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,791
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,656

A world recovering from a devastating plague. A brutal enemy threatening invasion. A young man seeking to escape the shadow of his father. A ship manned by a crew of fresh academy graduates. A top-secret experimental propulsion system. A questionable alliance with a mysterious green-eyed woman. What destiny has in store for the crew of the UES Aurora is far greater than any of them could ever imagine. And this is only the beginning....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 90% SciFi, 10% Cheese

  • By John C. on 06-16-14

bit on the Shallow End

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

Reviewed: 12-03-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Characters feel a flat, perhaps it's a bit that they fit their roles too well, or maybe it's the lack of character development. The attempts to round them out are forced, as though to say, "See Nathan grieve, grieve Nathan, grieve."

What could Ryk Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Most of this doesn't ring true, some of the military bits are inauthentic on top of that.

It seems to me that the author has derived most of his ideas from watch too much in the way of television and movies. Not that I have a problem with derivatives--lots of wonderful stuff is derived from other things. It's just that in this case, the vital components are left out, so everything starts to feel cliche.

What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?

Good performance on the narrator's part. He captured a lot of thought processes behind the characters.

Was Aurora: CV-01 worth the listening time?

I don't regret listening to this, but I might be hard-pressed to want to listen to the next one when there are other ones out there.

Any additional comments?

It's not bad if you want a short Sci-Fi Military Action piece, if you liked JJ Abram's Star Trek, with a gutsy, 'natural born hero', who's dashing and gets laid because... he's him. The humor comes off as laugh-track worthy though, like when Jessica tells Nathan that the dress makes her ass look good.

  • A Call to Duty

  • Book I of Manticore Ascendant
  • By: David Weber, Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,169

Growing up, Travis Uriah Long yearned for order and discipline in his life...he two things his neglectful mother couldn’t or wouldn’t provide. So when Travis enlisted in the Royal Manticoran Navy, he thought he’d finally found the structure he’d always wanted so desperately. But life in the RMN isn’t exactly what he expected. Boot camp is rough and frustrating; his first ship assignment lax and disorderly; and with the Star Kingdom of Manticore still recovering from a devastating plague, the Navy is possibly on the edge of budgetary extinction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Blend of Military Sci-Fi and Space Opera

  • By lykanthrope on 12-03-14

Fantastic Blend of Military Sci-Fi and Space Opera

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

Reviewed: 12-03-14

Where does A Call to Duty rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's certainly one of the most outstanding audiobooks I've listened to thus far.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Call to Duty?

The interplay between characters trying to outwit one another, a very lovely call and response that feels very organic.

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

Yes. Sadly, I could not.

Any additional comments?

This is my first time into the Honorverse, and it was quite enjoyable. There were a few things that I felt like I may not have had all the information--but they were minutia and just part of my own OCD to know the more esoteric details.

This, however, isn't my first time with Zahn. I do enjoy the wonderfully crafted thought processes that he puts into his characters. Though it was a little hard to get to liking Travis--as I knew someone in my own travels with the military very much stick-firmly-in-places. But by the end, I was rooting for him anyway.

I very much enjoyed this listen, and will definitely pick up the next one.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Midnight at the Well of Souls

  • By: Jack L. Chalker
  • Narrated by: Peter Macon
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 517

At the heart of a bizarre planet lay the goal of every being that had ever lived.… Below average in height and unprepossessing in appearance, Nathan Brazil is an unassuming if cynical starship owner, carrying passengers and cargo for a living - hardly the sort of person to hold the fate of the entire universe in his hands. But when Nathan detours from his route to answer a distress call, a hidden stargate hurls him and his passengers to the Well World, the master control planet for the cosmos. Billions of years ago, a godlike race unlocked all the secrets of space and time and remade the universe according to their grand design.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Step Through The Portal, And Be Changed Forever!

  • By Michael on 05-02-13

Well Made Well World

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

Reviewed: 12-03-14

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

I would recommend this to friends who are looking for something somewhere between Sci-Fi and Fantasy. It was enjoyable, with a whole lot of world building.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jack L. Chalker? Why or why not?

I will continue the series at some point in the future. I enjoyed the themes presented, and it was interesting to hear what the author had to say about them.

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

This is the first experience of his voice. It was a great performance, and he had a variety of characters and provided a great distinction between them. They were all on the deep-side, but I appreciate that they felt natural ( with the exception of the computerized translator--which was quite apropos ).

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

I don't believe it was that kind of book. More of a journey and exploration with motes of existentialism.

Any additional comments?

There was a lot more fantasy mixed into here than I had originally hoped for, but it was still a worth while listen. Lots of interesting ideas that are executed in a real well done way.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Agent of Change

  • Liaden Universe Agent of Change, Book 1
  • By: Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
  • Narrated by: Andy Caploe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 424
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 387

Fleeing the scene of his latest mission, Val Con yos'Phelium finds himself saving the life of ex-mercenary Miri Robertson, a young Tarren on the run from interplanetary assassins. Thrown together by circumstances, Val Con and Miri struggle to elude their enemies and stay alive without slaying each other - or surrendering to the unexpected passion that flares between them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At long last we have the Liadan stories on Audible

  • By Claire on 09-07-12

but Those Eyes

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

Reviewed: 12-02-14

What disappointed you about Agent of Change?

Both characters are so amazingly resourceful and so damn brilliant at what they do, that there's no external conflict. No real 'change' in their personalities up until the end when they realized that "Surprise, we actually love each other!"

What could Sharon Lee and Steve Miller have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

It all feels very flat, like an one-dimensional facsimile of the Vorkosigan series. Maybe if the authors read up on Pride and Prejudice to grok some idea of how to bring two differing minds together. Without having to shove the characters in an MDMA powered ship.

Would you be willing to try another one of Andy Caploe’s performances?

A lot of the characters felt like cartoon characters, charming as the turtles are, it doesn't make up for the fact that Miri has to sound like a girl from Jersey to be tough.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

There were tons of interesting ideas floating around the world.

But many of those great ideas don't have any lead-in, and most of them were never followed up on, or explored with any amount of detail.

Any additional comments?

Nearly spat my coffee when chapter twenty-two rolled around and by the by, he also has telekinesis. Must be those perfect green eyes of his. So perfect, that I need to be reminded of their perfection throughout the book.