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  • Daughters of the Night Sky

  • By: Aimie K. Runyan
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,199

Russia, 1941. Katya Ivanova is a young pilot in a far-flung military academy in the Ural Mountains. From childhood, she's dreamed of taking to the skies to escape her bleak mountain life. With the Nazis on the march across Europe, she is called on to use her wings to serve her country in its darkest hour. Not even the entreaties of her new husband—a sensitive artist who fears for her safety—can dissuade her from doing her part as a proud daughter of Russia.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator sets the scene

  • By Jake's Handler on 02-16-18

Entertaining to a degree, but feels historically inaccurate

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

While there was
Nothing inherently "wrong" with this book, I kept getting the feeling it was not a well-researched historical novel. Even the author's note mentioned not being an expert on the subject-matter. With that said, I find the topic intriguing and would be interested to learn more.

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71,845
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 67,434
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67,299

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

Satisfying space tales

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

A very easy listen with a nice quirk of a consistent narrator’s voice which is also the voice of many different characters. Things like this are great in audio form!
Plotwise the “legion” part of the title means many different episodic narratives to enjoy, and for space exploration tv/movie fans you get multiple familiar and satisfying tropes to enjoy all at once. One caution: this is one of those nostalgia trips that packs a lot of its humor, and shorthand’s some of its science/science-fiction, by using direct analogies and call backs to movies and tv shows.

  • The Plague of Swords

  • The Traitor Son Cycle, Book 4
  • By: Miles Cameron
  • Narrated by: Neil Dickson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 784
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726

With one army defeated in a victory that will be remembered through the ages, now the Red Knight must fight again. For every one of his allies, there is a corresponding enemy. Spread across different lands and on sea, it will all come down to one last gamble. And to whether or not the Red Knight has guessed the foe's true intentions. With each throw of the dice, everything could be lost.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • ugh! go back to the original narrator

  • By kayla on 01-07-17

Solid connective tissue

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

Cameron is a deft hand at continuously expanding his cast of arrogant yet competent soldiers and royalty. Each character is given moments to shine and honor is paid to past characters and relationships as well.

That said, for those reading for pure combat and armor-buckling grit: the plot of this book is a -lot- of scoutings, preparations, and council meetings. It seems like an extended resolution to the previous book, but hopefully pays for the next book to be epic.

  • Ancillary Sword

  • By: Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,342

With a new ship and a troublesome crew, Breq is ordered to go to the only place in the galaxy she would a agree to go: to Athoek Station to protect the family of a lieutenant she once knew - a lieutenant she murdered in cold blood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but the shift in pronunciation was jarring.

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-22-15

Ancillary Holmes

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

First of all, I listened to this a long time after the first book, and so I barely noticed any change of names or terms with the new narrator. The jargon and proper names were a little alien and heavy to hear at first, but that’s exactly what I expect with Sci-fi.

This book continues to paint in the corners of the empire introduced in Ancillary Justice, and spends even more time building up the protagonist. She’s almost a Sherlock Holmes figure in this book, and it works well to show her intellect and slightly inhuman qualities. Expect a slow burn detective/political story though, not a bombastic space opera with flashy technologies and action.

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  • Best Served Cold

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 26 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,515
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,177

There have been 19 years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll and cities burn, and behind the scenes bankers, priests, and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • as good as the main trilogy

  • By mohamed on 02-25-16

Great book, but toys with your expectations

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

Reviewed: 04-29-17

The audiobook is fantastic - the narrator really brings to life each of Abercrombie's endearingly unlikeable characters. You can hear every spit and sneer. The story also surprises and yet satisfies at every turn.

Just know what to expect from Abercrombie - unhappy lives, ugly decisions, and some anti-climax that still manages to be earned and artful. 4 stars because the end left me wanting just a bit more.

  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,885
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,724

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

Great, but be prepared to want more

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

Reviewed: 11-19-16

The performance is great, first of all. The story and concept are great too. Scalzi's work is always full of snappy dialogue and smug characters that work beautifully in audio form. His sci-fi ideas are exciting, and tend to grow from relatable modern technology and politics. The dispatcher is no exception, and I really enjoyed it! That said, his short fiction is so fascinating that you will crave to know more. It's also loaded with exposition to give you the big ideas in a such a dense format. Be prepared for a bit of a tease!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Between the World and Me

  • By: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Narrated by: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,985
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,092
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17,005

"This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it." In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of "race", a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Heartfelt Self-aware Literary Masterpiece

  • By T Spencer on 07-30-15

The voice is of the body

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

Reviewed: 03-11-16

This is a powerful book that will broaden your perspective. It will also hurt and sadden you. It's a very personal expression of belief, and I was glad to hear the author deliver it himself. I think the audio book is ideal, the message and the literary power of the words is best delivered in a human voice.

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,090
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,424
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,427

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours in, restarted so husband could listen too!

  • By Pikay on 12-13-14

Over too soon

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

Reviewed: 09-20-15

Excellent listen, with plenty of suspense. The way the beginning unfolds is really intriguing. I just wished the ending were a little less abrupt and had a stronger climax.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Use of Weapons

  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,195

The man known as Cheradenine Zakalwe was one of Special Circumstances' foremost agents, changing the destiny of planets to suit the Culture through intrigue, dirty tricks, and military action. The woman known as Diziet Sma had plucked him from obscurity and pushed him toward his present eminence, but despite all their dealings she did not know him as well as she thought. The drone known as Skaffen-Amtiskaw knew both of these people. It had once saved the woman's life by massacring her attackers in a particularly bloody manner. It believed the man to be a lost cause.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tips on how to listen to this novel - NO SPOILERS

  • By Ken on 05-12-13

A tapestry woven from both sides

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

Reviewed: 06-11-15

As other reviewers have said, this book can be tricky to follow in audio format. It gets hairy because half the chapters count down in reverse to a critical moment past, while the others tick forward through the after effects, and their resolution. On top of that, various characters deliver exposition and experience flashbacks within each kind of chapter. If it were text you could flip back and compare an early flashback to a reverse-time later chapter for instance. Stick with it, the loose threads stitch closer together as the story goes on, and the final chapters shed light on the whole tapestry.

  • A Darker Shade of Magic

  • A Darker Shade of Magic, Book 1
  • By: V. E. Schwab
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,208
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,200

Kell is one of the last Travelers - magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes. As such, he can choose where he lands. There's Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there's Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. There's White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. And once upon a time, there was Black London...but no one speaks of that now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • social commentary magical high fantasy

  • By withherownwings on 08-31-15

Great book, could have used 2 narrators

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

Reviewed: 05-27-15

A great first read for a new fantasy world, with interesting characters and excellent world building. The narration was nuanced and smooth, but the one downside is that Crossley has a gravely deep British accent that makes his female characters just a bit tough to identify with. This is one of the sacrifices of single narrators though, and after a while you stop hearing the Monty Python men-dressed-as-women effect!

28 of 33 people found this review helpful