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  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,301

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Had so much promise

  • By Brian G on 09-01-17

Enjoyable. SciFi with just a little hand waving.

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

The SciFi made sense. Not hard sci-fi. But some of the plot is driven by “an old book” so it’s got a little hand waving.

But if you mentally read those parts as “because” it works out ok.

  • The Singularity Trap

  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,792
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,647
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,613

When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent.

  • By Amy Snider on 06-13-18

Slow to get going. Has a good payoff.

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

It’s starts a little slow and a little by the numbers. And it’s very reminiscent of “The changeling” From ST:TOS in someways.

But, about half way through, the story telling shits perspective and gets pretty interesting.

  • Fear the Sky

  • The Fear Saga, Book 1
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,784
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,656

From the Audie-nominated narrator of The Martian. In eleven years' time, a million members of an alien race will arrive at Earth. Years before they enter orbit, their approach will be announced by the flare of a thousand flames in the sky, their ships' huge engines burning hard to slow them from the vast speeds needed to cross interstellar space. These foreboding lights will shine in our night sky like new stars, getting ever brighter until they outshine even the sun, casting ominous shadows and banishing the night until they suddenly blink out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Caught me by surprise, and held me till the end.

  • By Brian Perry on 07-21-15

Like a metaphor that is a simile.

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

The story is pretty heavy. This is not a lightweight romp. Plenty of people die throughout the story.

The only detraction I have is the author often double-downs on his descriptions.

“The missiles darted into the ground like a hammer from heaven.”

It’s not terrible but I did find myself distracted once I noticed it.

  • Black Ops

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 4
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23,254
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,807
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,724

The elite crew of the pirate ship UNS Flying Dutchman had a simple mission: determining whether the Thuranin are sending another starship to Earth. Along the way, they became sidetracked by securing a future for the UNEF troops on the planet Paradise. When asked whether Earth was now safe, their ancient alien AI responded "Not so much"...now they have to deal with the consequences.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slightly better than books two and three.....

  • By Steve on 01-02-18

Cool city-wide assault. More human independence.

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

This far into the series you know what to expect overall.

This volume matches the tone of the rest of the series. The humans take the offensive. The morality is glossed over. But you know this isn’t that kind of a series.

Big dumb fun action.

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,368
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27,922
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,859

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci Fi I didn't know I wanted

  • By Gary Glenn on 06-27-17

50% Very good. 15% huh? 35% Annoying.

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

Reviewed: 03-26-18

Starts off as a good / very good alien invasion story. Protagonist has agency and is pretty cool.

About half way through our hero runs into a wisecracking almost all powerful AI beercan. The book makes a hard left into a completely different story.

The 2nd half is supposed to be funny. Your mileage may vary.

Someday I hope to read the second half of the story I started.

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  • Infinite

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,728
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,713

The Galahad, a faster-than-light spacecraft, carries 50 scientists and engineers on a mission to prepare Kepler 452b, Earth's nearest habitable neighbor at 1400 light years away. With Earth no longer habitable and the Mars colony slowly failing, they are humanity's best hope. After 10 years in a failed cryogenic bed - body asleep, mind awake - William Chanokh's torture comes to an end as the fog clears, the hatch opens, and his friend and fellow hacker, Tom, greets him...by stabbing a screwdriver into his heart. This is the first time William dies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a rather complex science fiction story

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 12-26-17

Overly Ambitious? Spoilers Ahead.

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

First, R. C. Bray is amazing. His voice and performance are wonderful.


Now about the story. Spoilers.

Perhaps I’ve seen The Matrix too many times. Or read too much Phillip K Dick and William Gibson. The story hangs on the question of is the main character in a simulation or not. It was kind of hard to get into the story as “real” since the constant question of is it not “real” was always in mind. I was tempted to “flip” to the end of the book to know what the final result would be so I could enjoy the story for what it was without second guessing it.

Taken at face value the story is one lucky break after the other and a sort of a tour of sci-fi tropes. It read almost like a serial or short story collection meandering here and there.

The science was really hand wavy. Basic explanations were given and they were serviceable. But sort of uneven. Great detail was given about the operation of the VR room and tactile skin. But very little to explain why he was immortal. “Experimental Genetic Modification”. The consequences of being immortal were inconsistent. It was more of a literary device to serve the serial nature of the story.

Taken as simulation and the puzzle of getting someone to accept a simulation as real, it’s more interesting. It was hard get into that idea since the book was trying to leave you in the dark. If the story is an exploration of the nature and acceptance of reality, I think it could have been told more succinctly.

Maybe the author was too ambitious? Trying to get the best of too many ideas and ending up with a sort of bland result that doesn’t commit to being really about anything.

Final Verdict: Some interesting ideas are present without enough examination. Otherwise, meh.

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  • The Man in the High Castle

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,863
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,378
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,401

It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some 20 years earlier the United States lost a war - and is now occupied jointly by Nazi Germany and Japan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted to see what all the buzz was about!

  • By Gray on 06-23-15

Drones on and on.

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

Reviewed: 11-27-17

PKD really lets you into the head of the characters in this book. Minutes and minutes of just listing to people think. I am 1/3rd of the way through and the most exciting thing that happened is someone was caught selling a fake firearm.

Maybe I am not smart enough for this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Swarm

  • By: Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Vikas Adam, Stephen Hoye, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,925
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,918

The first invasion of Earth was beaten back by a coalition of corporate and international military forces and the Chinese army. China has been devastated by the Formic's initial efforts to eradicate Earth life forms and prepare the ground for their own settlement. The Scouring of China struck fear into the other nations of the planet; that fear blossomed into drastic action when scientists determined that the single ship that wreaked such damage was merely a scout ship. There is a mothership out beyond the solar system's Kuiper Belt, and it's heading into the system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for a theoretical physics geek

  • By Daniel A. Dennett on 09-20-16

Full voice case is a little weird.

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

Reviewed: 06-04-17

This is my 4th audio book so I may be out of line here. The jacket said read by a full cast. This was on a chapter by chapter basis. So some characters got read by more than one author. It threw me for a minute a few times.

The book was great, but I did skip through some of the sequences of he loved her so much she loved him so much... type stuff. I get it. Let's get to the science fiction.

Some of the adventures were experienced more than once by, but different characters, so there was a little been there done that feeling to parts.

Overall I enjoyed it. Would recommend.

Me: Liked Enders quartet. Didn't care for shadow. Like most of OSC's stuff.

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  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition)

  • An Oral History of the Zombie War
  • By: Max Brooks
  • Narrated by: Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,808
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,979
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,976

World War Z: The Complete Edition features 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED

  • By Kim Venatries on 05-22-13

A great performance of the book.

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

Reviewed: 04-20-17

I've read the book a while back and was interested in reading it again. But I decided to try it as an audio book.

This is truly a performance of the book. It treats the book as a screen play or a radio script and then acts it out.

It's wonderful.

It seems fitting to listen to "An oral history of the zombie war".

NOTE. As you may be aware. Then book is far superior to the movie of the same name. Do not let your ideas of the movie keep you from experiencing a wonderful work of modern fiction.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 212,555
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 198,469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198,055

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

A little predictable. A little simple.

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

The nostalgia was fun for the first half, but then it got boring. Some Parts of the story were very exciting. Some of the suspense in the story is caused by the narrator just leaving out details only to tell you later. I guess that is ok if it's 3rd person. But when it's 1st person it just feels forced.

The narrator, our protagonist, is recollecting the story. So it seems like things always go his way. His solutions are not "lucky" they are "stupendously successful". It read a little like self indulgent wish fulfillment.

It was fun listening to Wil talk about Star Trek and Westly Crusher. Wil's performance was good. His character voices were very similar but distinguishable. But I think Wil's geek creed is great for the story.

Would I recommend it? Only to someone already read Snow Crash. Otherwise I would tell them to go read Snow Crash.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful