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  • Where the Hell is Tesla?

  • A Novel
  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,767
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,759

I found the journal at work. Well, I don't know if you'd call it work, but that's where I found it. It's the lost journal of Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest inventors and visionaries ever. Before he died in 1943, he kept a notebook filled with spectacular claims and outrageous plans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had A Blast Listening To This One!

  • By Cheri on 08-11-16

Yes!

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

Great story, laugh out loud funny and the authors delivery as a narrator is unparalleled. A must listen. I", looking forward to reading more works from Dircks

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard, Shelley Atkinson, Laural Merlington, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,754
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,259
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,243

From best-selling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional voice cast, unconventional format

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-03-17

Not a representative work for Stephenson

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

Not one of the better Stephensen books. Sections of the book ramble on with back and forth date narratives. Makes staying focused on the story distracting.

  • Dimension of Miracles

  • By: Robert Sheckley
  • Narrated by: John Hodgman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,134

Dimension of Miracles is a satirical science fiction novel first published by Dell in 1968. It's about Tom Carmody, a New Yorker who, thanks to a computer error, wins the main prize in the Intergalactic Sweepstakes. Tom claims his prize before the error is discovered and is allowed to keep it. However, since Tom is a human from Earth without galactic status and no space traveling experience, he has no homing instinct that can guide him back to Earth once his odyssey begins - and the galactic lottery organizers cannot transport him home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easily The Best Title I've Encountered on Audible

  • By Niels J. Rasmussen on 07-02-13

Thanks for the recommendation Neil

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

Reviewed: 03-28-15

I loved this book, laughed out loud until my face hurt. Intelligent, witty, and very well narrated. I was not in the mood to laugh when I started this book, but decided to give it a shot. I was pleasantly surprised, and my mood was instantly altered. Highly recommend

  • Song of Kali

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 324

Blood will curdle in Calcutta. In the most crime-ridden city, nightmares become real and evil is defined by frightening occurrences. When an American family finds themselves encircled by the terrors of this land, lurid events befall them and life takes on a new meaning - death. Winner of the World Fantasy Award, Song of Kali will chill the blood and frighten even the most jaded of horror fans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, atmospheric horror

  • By Jim N on 11-11-14

not his best, but still good

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

Reviewed: 03-28-15

The narrators voice was a little too subdued and mono-toned, but maybe that was the desired effect to compliment this dark story.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Reamde

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 38 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,325

Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not perfect, but worth a listen.

  • By ShySusan on 10-01-11

you can sit on the edge of your seat for 38 hours

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

Reviewed: 03-28-15

I kept wondering how so much suspense could be packed into a mere 38 hours, but Stephenson managed to com up with new creative ways to keep you interested. I really liked this story, and the characters. The narrator also did a great job with the character voices.

  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,723
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,942
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,918

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun! Things you might want to know:

  • By Alexis on 08-29-14

Not his best

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

Reviewed: 10-07-14

The story line was original, but the execution was not as great as some of Scalzis other works. I enjoyed it, but the plot sort of dragged on, and there was a strange compilation of news style clips just tacked on to the end of the book that really didn't do much to enhance the story.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Agent to the Stars

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,064
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,069

The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hollywood Agent Represents Stinky Aliens

  • By Bryan on 04-22-11

Another quirky Scalzi sci-fi great

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

Reviewed: 10-07-14

John Scalzi seems to crank out two types of books, those in the serial style of Asimov, and those with a sense of humor that is uniquely his own. This one is the latter.

The story line follows an alien that finds the way to integrate into human acceptance is not through politics, or systematic desensitization, but with the help of a great publicist.

The humor in this book is what endears me to Scalzis other books of this type and I would recommend all of them.

Wil Wheatons performance is great as usual.

  • Brilliance

  • By: Marcus Sakey
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,391
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,397

In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible. They’re called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Written like a movie script

  • By Pam on 04-23-15

Predicatable, but entertaining

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

Reviewed: 10-07-14

The story was sort of vanilla as far as the genre goes, even trending a little towards young adult. The usual good guy gone bad for all the right reasons, and a love interest thrown into the mix.

The narrator did a good job with the characters and made it worth listening to.

  • Calculating God

  • By: Robert J. Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,877
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,896

In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting book, very enjoyable narration

  • By Ione on 05-07-10

Interesting narrative

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

Reviewed: 10-07-14

A lot of reviews voice frustration with the philosophical discussion in this book, but I thought it was well ordered, and the theme surrounding the progression of emotion, and change of ideals when faced with mortality was well thought out.

The only reason I did not give it five stars is that the narration was a little mono-toned, and could lull you into sleep

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Spell or High Water

  • Magic 2.0
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,943
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,797
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,782

A month has passed since Martin helped to defeat the evil programmer Jimmy, and things couldn't be going better. Except for his love life, that is. Feeling distant and lost, Gwen has journeyed to Atlantis, a tolerant and benevolent kingdom governed by the Sorceresses, and a place known to be a safe haven to all female time-travelers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator!

  • By D. Murdock on 03-13-17

Sequesl as great as the first

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

Reviewed: 10-06-14

I laughed out loud at this sequel to Off to be the Wizard. The perfect follow up to nerd boy finds out about medieval magic, nerd man finds love in Atlantis.

Can't wait for the next one and hope that Luke Daniels stays on as narrator.