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  • The Consuming Fire

  • The Interdependency, Book 2
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,403
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,233

The Interdependency, humanity’s interstellar empire, is on the verge of collapse. The Flow, the extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel between the stars possible, is disappearing, leaving entire star systems stranded. When it goes, human civilization may go with it - unless desperate measures can be taken. Emperox Grayland II, the leader of the Interdependency, is ready to take those measures to help ensure the survival of billions. But nothing is ever that easy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Building upon a collapse, this follow-up exceeds!

  • By C. White on 10-16-18

Another Scalzi Masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

Complex political intrigue, intricate world building, compelling characters, humor, a great plot and a fast pace. All my favorite elements in one book.

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  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53,783
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53,638

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Great Story. Awesome Narration.

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

This is one of the best audio books I've ever listened too. The story is great. Andy Weir keeps you on the edge of your seat while enlightening you on what it would really be like living on the moon. Rosario Dawson is superb as Jasmine, the main character. In fact she IS Jasmine. Get the book and enjoy!

  • Warlock Holmes: The Hell-Hound of the Baskervilles

  • Warlock Holmes, Book 2
  • By: G. S. Denning
  • Narrated by: Robert Garson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370

The game's afoot once more as the long-suffering Dr. John Watson and a partially decomposed Warlock Holmes (though he's getting better) face off against Moriarty's gang, the Pinkertons, flesh-eating horses, a parliament of imps, boredom, Surrey, a succubus, an overly Canadian aristocrat, a tricycle fight to the death, and the dreaded Pumpcrow. Oh, and a hellhound, one assumes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Funnier, with more gruesome bits

  • By Melisa on 06-01-17

Can't wait for book 3

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

If you're a Sherlock Holmes fan, you'll love the Warlock Holmes stories. The supernatural twists make it fun, yet the writer still pays homage to the original stories.

  • Storm Front

  • The Dresden Files, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,979
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,264

A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt. Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters to vampires....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent listen and a great start to the series

  • By Donna on 07-13-09

Not bad

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

The narration was excellent. The story was okay.

I am not a fan of the detective noir genre. It's too formulaic for me and in this story every page was like walking through molasses, meaning he couldn't walk down the street without being attacked by demons, beaten up by hoods or rejected by a girlfriend. It was well written, but the constant struggles of the main character made it feel slow.

People who enjoy that genre will love it.

  • Blood of Dragons

  • The Legacy of Dragons, Book 2
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,959
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,828
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,831

Twenty years after the war that overthrew the Great Guilds, the Empire is vowing to avenge the massive defeat of the Imperial legions at Dorcastle. Aiding the Imperials are renegade Mechanics and Mages still loyal to the old Guilds or employed by the Empire. But before they can launch an all-out war, the Imperials must eliminate a major threat: Kira, daughter of Master Mechanic Mari and Master of Mages Alain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series! I relisten all the time!

  • By Trudy Owens on 08-20-17

Not as good as earlier books

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

Reviewed: 08-28-17

I'm a Jack Campbell fan, so I was disappointed in this book. Not up to his usual standards. I've enjoyed the previous books in this and the parent series, but this book had 2 overwhelming faults: the chase through the mountains went on and on and on ad nauseam; and the repetition of themes (okay so she doesn't like killing people, we got it the 1st, 2nd and 3rd times, yes they are willing to die for each other but won't let the other die for them we got that the 1st few times too).

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • On Tyranny

  • Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
  • By: Timothy Snyder
  • Narrated by: Timothy Snyder
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,425

The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the 20th century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Required reading

  • By A. R. S. on 04-17-17

A Must Read for Lovers of Freedom

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

Reviewed: 05-31-17

Important lessons from history. Written and narrated with rationality in an easy to read yet informative style. This is a book you and anyone you care about must read.

  • Vanguard

  • The Genesis Fleet, Book 1
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,057
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,850

Earth is no longer the center of the universe. After the invention of the faster-than-light jump drive, humanity is rapidly establishing new colonies. But the vast distances of space mean that the old order of protection and interstellar law offered by Earth has ceased to exist. When a nearby world attacks, the new colony of Glenlyon turns to Robert Geary, a young former junior fleet officer, and Mele Darcy, a onetime enlisted marine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great begining of a new series

  • By Duncan R Campbell on 05-17-17

Great start to a new series

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

Reviewed: 05-24-17

Hundreds of years before the events of the Lost Fleet, the new colony of Glenlion is forming. When danger threatens, Rob Geary steps up to defend his new world.

This series has multiple main characters and contains the exciting land, space and political battles we've come to expect from Campbell.

If you liked his other books, you'll like this one.

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  • Borders of Infinity

  • Miles Vorkosigan Series
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,527
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,125

The popular adventures of Miles Vorkosigan, a clever and outlandish science fiction hero for the modern era, continue in these three tales. In The Mountains of Mourning, Miles is dispatched to a back-country region of Barrayar, where he must act as detective, judge, and executioner in a controversial murder case. In Labyrinth, Miles adopts his alternate persona as Dendarii Mercenary Admiral Naismith for an undercover mission to rescue an important research geneticist from Jackson’s Whole.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book Order is Important!

  • By Alexis on 06-17-12

Another Episode. Another Excellent Read

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

Reviewed: 04-14-17

Bujold just keeps on turning out great reads. Well written and well narrated, I got through it in no time.

  • The Warrior's Apprentice

  • A Miles Vorkosigan Novel
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,883
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,939
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,950

Miles Vorkosigan makes his debut in this frenetic coming-of-age tale. At age 17, Miles is allowed to take the entrance exams to the elite military academy; he passes the written but manages, through miscalculation in a moment of anger, to break both his legs on the obstacle course, washing out before he begins. His aged grandfather dies in his sleep shortly after, for which Miles blames himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • worth it!

  • By Don Gilbert on 08-25-08

And so it begins

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

Bujold writes with a flowing style, filled with a smart sense of humor. The story is never boring and the characters, especially Miles, are well drawn and interesting.

On to the next in the series!

  • The Collapsing Empire

  • The Interdependency, Book 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,647
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,607

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely not my favorite scalzi

  • By pat on 03-25-17

Another Series Begins

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

Reviewed: 03-24-17

A great start to a new Sci-Fi series by John Scalzi. My only complaint is that now I have to wait for book 2.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful