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  • Embers of War

  • By: Gareth L. Powell
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella, Amy Landon, Greg Tremblay, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

From BSFA award-winning author Gareth L. Powell comes the first in a new epic sci-fi trilogy exploring the legacies of war. The sentient warship Trouble Dog was built for violence, yet following a brutal war, she is disgusted by her role in a genocide. Stripped of her weaponry and seeking to atone, she joins the House of Reclamation, an organization dedicated to rescuing ships in distress. When a civilian ship goes missing in a disputed system, Trouble Dog and her new crew of loners, captained by Sal Konstanz, are sent on a rescue mission.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sign me up for the crew!

  • By Beckersly on 06-20-18

great space opera

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-21-18

I just finished #nebulareading of @garethlpowell's Embers of War. Great #spaceopera with self-aware ships, ancient tech, and human conflict. An anti-war, anti-violence story of guilt, redemption, power and humanitarianism.

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  • Westlake Soul

  • By: Rio Youers
  • Narrated by: Evan Greenberg
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Meet Westlake Soul, a 23-year-old former surfing champion. A loving son and brother. But if you think he’s just a regular dude, think again; Westlake is in a permanent vegetative state. He can’t move, has no response to stimuli, and can only communicate with Hub, the faithful family dog. And like all superheroes, Westlake has an archenemy: Dr. Quietusa, nightmarish embodiment of Death itself. Westlake dreams of a normal life of surfing and loving again. But time is running out; Dr. Quietus is getting closer, and stronger....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By kristabela on 08-06-18

powerful. heart-kicking.

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

Reviewed: 11-20-16

westlake soul is diagnosed as being in a vegetative state on page 1. the adventure begins there, but it is a deeply personal, surreal, charming, romantic, loving, frightening trip with some of the tension hard to bear. really powerful. reminds me of michael chabon's kavalier and clay.

  • Ninefox Gambit

  • By: Yoon Ha Lee
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 665
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 615
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 613

To win an impossible war, Captain Kel Cheris must awaken an ancient weapon and a despised traitor general.

Captain Kel Cheris of the Hexarchate is disgraced for using unconventional methods in a battle against heretics. Kel Command gives her the opportunity to redeem herself by retaking the Fortress of Scattered Needles, a star fortress that has recently been captured by heretics. Cheris' career isn't the only thing at stake. If the fortress falls, the Hexarchate itself might be next.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just too confusing with enough context

  • By Jose Alvarez on 04-02-17

very good

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-16

i loved yoon ha lee since i listened to battle of candle arc at clarkesworld. i love what lee has done here to continue this incredibly inventive science fiction/fantasy story. the calendrical warfare is original and evocative. and i love the twists and turns and layers within layers.

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  • The Fuller Memorandum

  • A Laundry Files Novel
  • By: Charles Stross
  • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,029
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 915
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 920

Hugo Award-winning author Charles Stross is renowned for his cutting-edge science fiction. This third entry in his “edgy … spoof of Cold War spy thrillers” ( Booklist) finds covert agent Bob Howard learning about a top-secret dossier that vanishes with his boss. Determined to discover the contents of this memorandum, Howard runs afoul of Russian spies, ancient demons, and apostles of a hideous cult planning to raise the Eater of Souls from the undead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top notch!

  • By Maggie on 06-12-11

enjoyed it so much i listened twice

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

Reviewed: 09-19-16

charles stross does cthulhu with a ton of originality. i love the laundry stories. :)

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  • The First Machine Dynasty
  • By: Madeline Ashby
  • Narrated by: Christina Traister
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 126

For the past five years, she has been grown slowly as part of a mixed organic/synthetic family. She knows very little about her android mother’s past, so when her grandmother arrives and attacks them, young Amy wastes no time: she eats her alive. Now she’s on the run, carrying her malfunctioning granny as a partition on her memory drive. She’s growing quickly, and learning too. Like the fact that in her, and her alone, the failsafe that stops all robots from harming humans has stopped working….

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Imaginative Novel of Robots, Control & Chaos

  • By JTF on 05-22-14

loved it. fascinating science fiction.

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

Reviewed: 06-23-16

loved it. real SF with fun characters. i loved amy and javier. i also loved the layered ethical metaphors.

  • The Darkness That Comes Before

  • The Prince of Nothing, Book One
  • By: R. Scott Bakker
  • Narrated by: David DeVries
  • Length: 20 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 591
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 531
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 530

In a world scarred by an apocalyptic past, evoking a time both 2,000 years past and 2,000 years into the future, untold thousands gather for a crusade. Among them, two men and two women are ensnared by a mysterious traveler, Anasûrimbor Kellhus - part warrior, part philosopher, part sorcerous, charismatic presence - from lands long thought dead. The Darkness That Comes Before is a history of this great holy war, and like all histories, the survivors write its conclusion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Finally in audiobook!

  • By Andy on 06-28-12

Absolutely amazing, second read

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

Reviewed: 06-09-13

If you could sum up The Darkness That Comes Before in three words, what would they be?

Unique epic fantasy.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Darkness That Comes Before?

Nearly everything about the novel is memorable. There are some characters that fascinate me more than others, but even the ones I am less interested in remain gripping. The intellectual, moral, philosophical and political complexity of the story is amazing. I read it 5 years ago, read the whole series, in fact, and came back to this now. And it is still amazing.

What about David DeVries’s performance did you like?

I don't normally read epic fantasy, so am not accustomed to this many characters and wondered if the vast creativity and the suspense would translate into audio. DeVries' capacity to do a dozen different accents, and another half-dozen tones of voice, made this a really good audio book. That is not to say there are not a lot of complex names and geographies to keep in your head as you listen, but Bakker is writing to an intelligent audience.

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

Just loved it (again). And just bought the second in this series.

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