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  • The Android's Dream

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,525

A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams

  • By James on 07-26-11

Loved the story but....

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

Reviewed: 11-23-18

This was a fun book to listen to but John Scalzi unfortunately fell victim to what I call the Agatha Christie dilemma; he said; she said, you said, I said, they said. You get the idea. No-one 'states', no one 'comments' If I had a sip of wine every time Mr. Scalzi uses the word 'said' I would die of alcohol poisoning. That having been 'said', Mr. Scalzi has a wonderful imagination and great sense of humour.

I've heard Will Wheaton narrate a numbr of audio books and he can make the TV Guide sound fun so If you can get past a slight lack of imaginitive dialogue you'll love this book.

  • The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Adam Baldwin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,449
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,436

Have you ever seen a planet invaded by rampaging space mutants from another dimension or Nazi dinosaurs from the future? Don't let this happen to you! Rifts happen, so you should be ready when universes collide. A policy with Stranger & Stranger can cover all of your interdimensional insurance needs. Rated "Number One in Customer Satisfaction" for three years running, no claim is too big or too weird for Tom Stranger to handle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Someone owes me a new keyboard

  • By Aimee M on 05-24-16

I laughed out loud when I listened to this book!

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

I don't write a lot of reviews, I'm not the most prosaic individual but I know what I like and this book hit all tens with me. I don't know whether to give the majority of credit to the author or the narrator but between them they created this masterpiece of fiction. Favourite character? Wendell the Manatee; despite not being able to translate manatee and Wendell not being able to speak English just thinking of him makes me giggle. All the pop culture references in this novel had me listening to it asecond time to make sure I didn't miss anything and I have to say I laughed harder the second time I heard it. Thank you, Adam Baldwin,for creating the personalities for all the characters with such unique traits (the General with the white board was a beautifully portrayed nutter!) and thank you Larry Correai for the self-mocking humour which actually makes me wonder if you're a fellow Canuck. Listen to this book, people, you won't regret it!

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  • 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 6,435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,885

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

Fingers crossed for more of this story.

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

This book was excellent on its own merit but the narration put it over the top. I've listened to many books where you had to concentrate to figue out which character was 'speaking' but not with Jefferson Mays' rendition. Job well done Misters Corey & Mays!

  • The Nothing Girl

  • The Frogmorton Farm Series, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,344
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,339

Getting a life isn't always easy. And hanging on to it is even harder.... Jodi Taylor brings all her comic writing skills to this heartwarming tale of self-discovery. Known as The Nothing Girl because of her severe stutter and chronically low self-confidence, Jenny Dove is only just prevented from ending it all by the sudden appearance of Thomas, a mystical golden horse only she can see. Under his guidance Jenny unexpectedly acquires a husband - the charming and chaotic Russell Checkland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not To Be Missed!

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-28-15

Jodi Taylor does it again! :)

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

Reviewed: 11-23-17

I am a huge fan of the St. Mary’s Chronicles and began listening to The Nothing Girl with a bit of trepidation, it promised to be a little less quirky and a bit more down to Earth (other than the Thomas, of course!) but I quickly realized Jodi Taylor had once again created beautifully flawed, endearing characters who wrapped you up in their story from the first paragraph. On my bucket list? Meeting Jodi Taylor!

  • Curse on the Land

  • Soulwood, Book 2
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,124
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,991
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,985

Before Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she had no one to rely on, finding strength only in her arcane connection to the dark woods around her. But now she has friends in the newly formed PsyLED team to keep her grounded - even if being part of the agency responsible for policing paranormals comes with dangers of its own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By The Mays on 11-13-16

Not the depth of character in Ms. Hunter's Jane Ye

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

Reviewed: 07-19-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I read the first two books in this series because I enjoyed the Jane Yellowrock books and was hoping for a spin-off series I would enjoy equally as much but the Soulwood books didn't measure up for me. I felt the characters lacked depth and the heroine herself comes across as annoyingly whiny (sorry).

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

Although Khristine Hvam reads the book well and voices the characters as the writing seems to have been intended they be read not even her talents could save this story for me. I am rarely unable to finish listening to a book but this one truly tested that practice and only Khristine Hvam's abilities helped me make it to the end.

Could you see Curse on the Land being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Casting someone like Eliza Dushku as Nell would add a bit of an edge and strength to the character if the series ever made to it to the screen.

Any additional comments?

Regardless of m own opinion of this novel I encourage everyone to take a chance if you're a Faith Hunter fan, opinions are very personal and you may feel this is the best book you've ever listened to so go with your gut on this one.

  • Ministry Protocol: Thrilling Tales of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences

  • Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Anthology
  • By: Tee Morris, Jared Axelrod, Glenn Freund, and others
  • Narrated by: Tee Morris, Pip Ballantine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

From the Creators of the award-winning steampunk Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series comes a collection of new adventures from around the world. The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences investigates the bizarre and unusual, and protects the citizens of the Empire from forces of darkness. Every agent knows that thrusting themselves into danger is part of the job, and may demand of them the ultimate sacrifice. They call on their own inner strength, wits, intellect, and innovations of science and technology.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not all authors are great narrators

  • By Sheila Levi-Aland on 07-26-16

Stories interesting, narration left a bit to be desired

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

Reviewed: 06-12-17

The stories themselves were interesting, backstories always intrigue me, but many were ruined by the narration; specifically the portions performed by the male narrator. I'm sure he did his best, and was better than I could ever be, but he should stick to writing. The female narrator was much more enjoyable to listen to and as a result the stories she read were more interesting and kept my attention better.

  • A Symphony of Echoes

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 2
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,089

Book Two in the madcap time-travel series based at the St Mary's Institute of Historical Research that seems to be everyone's cup of tea. In the second book in the Chronicles of St Mary's series, Max and the team visit Victorian London in search of Jack the Ripper, witness the murder of Archbishop Thomas A Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, and discover that dodos make a grockling noise when eating cucumber sandwiches.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed This Second St Mary's Time Travel Book

  • By Sires on 04-27-14

Another wonderful day spent with the wingnuts of St. Mary's

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

Reviewed: 03-01-17

Drama, wit, comedy, excellent writing and even better narration. A more appealing set of audiobooks you will never find!

  • London Falling

  • The Shadow Police, Book One
  • By: Paul Cornell
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 443
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 404
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 405

Detective Inspector James Quill is about to complete the drugs bust of his career. Then his prize suspect, Rob Toshack, is murdered in custody. Furious, Quill pursues the investigation, co-opting intelligence analyst Lisa Ross and undercover cops Costain and Sefton. But nothing about Toshack’s murder is normal. Toshack had struck a bargain with a vindictive entity, whose occult powers kept Toshack one step ahead of the law - until his luck ran out. Now, the team must find a 'suspect' who can bend space and time and alter memory itself. And they will kill again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Team Quill

  • By Tango on 05-03-15

Took a while to get going but was worth the wait.

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

Reviewed: 02-06-17

Very reminiscent of the River books written by Ben Aaronovich and it would be interesting if the two authors collaborated on one together. The narration was good but it was sometimes difficult to catch who was speaking as the variation between characters was not very pronounced. Still a great listen and I'll be downloading the next book in the series shortly.

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  • Monster Hunter Alpha

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 18 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,868
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,874

Earl Harbinger may be the leader of Monster Hunter International, but he's also got a secret. Nearly a century ago, Earl was cursed to be a werewolf. When Earl receives word that one of his oldest foes, a legendarily vicious werewolf that worked for the KGB, has mysteriously appeared in the remote woods of Michigan, he decides to take care of some unfinished business.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpectedly Enjoyable

  • By Nicholas on 02-22-12

Can't get Christopher Walken out of my head!

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

Reviewed: 01-26-17

Another excellent read in the Monster Hunter series; humour, suspense, a book full of well-written, down to earth characters who could be the next door neighbours you visit for a BBQ & beer on a Summer weekend. An intelligent, witty dialogue delivered with great panache by Oliver Wyman, without whose vocal talents I think this audiobook would have been missing a bit of its soul. Can anyone listen to Mr. Wyman's interpretation of Nikolai and not think of a 40 something Christopher Walken being channeled into the character?!? Absolutely perfect! I hope this duo of author and narrator continue their romp through MHI's world for many more novels.

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  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

  • By: Mark Haddon
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,589
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,653
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,676

Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Unexpected Gift.

  • By Amanda on 12-07-11

A thought provoking and emotional trip.

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

Reviewed: 09-10-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time to be better than the print version?

I bought this book on a whim and didn't really expect to be so captivated by the story but Jeff Woodman's narration gave the words such depth and emotion I became enthralled with Christopher's story. The writing is excellent but the narration gave the story life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This novel is written from the perspective of Christopher, whom you very quickly learn is a young man with what appears to be some form of developmental difficulty. The writing and narration combine to convey Christopher's personality and his view of the world so well that you become totally wrapped up in his journey. Hands down the star of this book is Christopher.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favourite moment in this book is in the last few paragraphs when Christopher describes his plans for the future I found myself smiling and silently cheering him on.

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

Once I started this book it was very difficult to put it aside and go to work, I looked forward to getting back to the story each day on my trip to and from the office.

Any additional comments?

This is one of those books that is a truly unique surprise. The Author beautifully articulates the way an individual like Christopher moves through the world and how his vision of even the simplest thing is complicated by the manner in which his brain interprets his surroundings. I plan on listening to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time again and have no doubt I will enjoy it even more the second time around. Thank you, Misters Haddon and Woodman, I hope to hear more of Christopher in the future.