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  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45,103
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,098

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Denis E.Taylor Sets A New Standard For Sci-Fi

  • By Devin on 04-18-17

Light reading

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

Reviewed: 01-26-19

The narrator mispronounces "Iridani" throughout the book, but otherwise does a good job. The writing is ok. It's not bad, possibly better than book 1, but there's nothing groundbreaking SF-wise here. There are no surprises (If you think it's likely then it will probably happen). Despite the continuity between books I'm unlikely to spend my next credit on book 3... there's just not enough here for me anymore.

  • Broken Angels

  • Altered Carbon, Book 2
  • By: Richard Morgan
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

Fifty years after the events of Altered Carbon, Takeshi Kovacs is serving as a mercenary in the Procterate-sponsored war to put down Joshuah Kemp's revolution on the planet Sanction IV. He is offered the chance to join a covert team chasing a prize whose value is limitless - and whose dangers are endless. Here is a novel that takes mankind to the brink.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely okay

  • By Hákon on 02-27-18

Not bad.

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

Some great SF, mystery and R- rated action writing interspersed with some easily skipped hardcore porn and graphic torture. The narrator is great and the story flows well. Just don't listen to it in the car with your kids.

  • Earthcore

  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,301

EarthCore is the company with the technology, the resources, and the guts to go after the mother lode. Young executive Connell Kirkland is the company's driving force, pushing himself and those around him to uncover the massive treasure. But at three miles below the surface, where the rocks are so hot they burn bare skin, something has been waiting for centuries. Waiting...and guarding. Kirkland and EarthCore are about to find out first-hand why this treasure has never been unearthed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start, but it gained momentum quick

  • By Jan on 12-15-17

Why is this not a movie?

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

Reviewed: 06-30-17

Easily movie material. This is a fantastically written thriller/sci-fi novel, perfectly read. My first Scott Sigler novel, and definitely not my last. Download this book now!

12 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Kings of the Wyld

  • By: Nicholas Eames
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,097
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,088

Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best, the most feared and renowned crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld. Their glory days long past, the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk, or a combination of the three. Then an ex-bandmate turns up at Clay's door with a plea for help - the kind of mission that only the very brave or the very stupid would sign up for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Locke Lamora Meets the Blues Brothers

  • By Matthew on 03-07-17

Dad Jokes

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

Reviewed: 05-18-17

I picked this book up on the basis of the reviews, but I'm returning it. The writer lost me when he named a place the "Isle of White" (or possibly Isle of Wight - you can't tell with the audio book) - get it?! GET IT?! Nope, not the kind of humor I'm after. If the humor breaks the third wall like that just because the writer can't hold back the puns, I'm not interested unless that's key to the story development in a meaningful way. The writing was good other than that, but not particularly gripping for me, and I never felt attached enough to the characters to care about their plight. Humor is hard to do. Nicholas Eames misses the mark on this one.

The narration was spot on and Jeff Harding does a great job.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Revenger

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 929
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 863
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 859

The galaxy has seen great empires rise and fall. Planets have shattered and been remade. Among the ruins of alien civilizations, building our own from the rubble, humanity still thrives. And there are vast fortunes to be made, if you know where to find them.... Captain Rackamore and his crew do. It's their business to find the tiny, enigmatic worlds that have been hidden away, booby-trapped, surrounded by layers of protection - and to crack them open for the ancient relics and barely remembered technologies inside.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, crap Mastering/Post work

  • By C.Dale on 03-23-17

Good story, terrible mastering

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

Reviewed: 04-20-17

Well written space pirate story, good SF, good characters. The narrator was good too, but it sounds like my 5y old did the sound mastering... it's all over the place in volume, and hard to listen to at times on headphones.

  • Age of Iron

  • By: Angus Watson
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 888

Dug Sealskinner is a down-on-his-luck mercenary traveling south to join up with King Zadar's army. But he keeps rescuing the wrong people. First Spring, a child he finds scavenging on the battlefield, and then Lowa, one of Zadar's most fearsome warriors, who has vowed revenge on the king for her sister's execution. Now Dug's on the wrong side of the thousands-strong army he hoped to join - and worse, Zadar has bloodthirsty druid magic on his side.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joe Ambercrombie style

  • By Stephen on 09-19-14

BRAVEHEART MEETS ABERCROMBIE

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

Reviewed: 04-05-17

If you think you *might* be interested in this book, stop reading reviews and download this trilogy.

It has characters with personality, read by a good narrator. It has well written dialogue that made me laugh out loud, feel like crying, and feel like throwing the book in anger. It has plenty of bloody violence (but not too much). It has vivid, believable landscapes, described well enough that I felt like I was there with the characters (but not so much description that I had to skip). It has just enough magic that no-one is sure there really is any magic.

This is the British Isles during the iron age, prior and during the Roman invasion. It is believable historical fiction with just a hint of magic.

  • Hell Divers

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,187
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,142

More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers - men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I usually don't read my SciFi however....!!

  • By Michalena on 10-06-17

"Snowpiercer" meets "Girl with all the Gifts"

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

Reviewed: 04-04-17

Not bad. Well written, good narrator, fast paced, but somewhat predictable - but given the genre that's fine.

Nicholas Sansbury Smith is new to me, and I picked this book mostly on a whim, because I remember really liking The Girl With All the Gifts (5 stars for sure, go get it) and thought this might be similar. It is. It's not as well crafted, and I found the mutants to be much less believable given the supposed time frame, but the story is fast paced enough and the characters likeable enough that the sci-fi plot holes (for me at least) were excusable. In some ways this novel reminded me of Snowpiercer, and there were a lot of unanswered questions regarding how 500 people survive on an airship.... but it's fine. I enjoyed the book, maybe enough to pick up another one by this author.

  • Spellmonger

  • Spellmonger, Book 1
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,971
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,478
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,457

Minalan gave up a promising career as a professional warmage to live the quiet life of a village spellmonger in the remote mountain valley of Boval. It was a peaceful, beautiful little fief, far from the dangerous feudal petty squabbles of the Five Duchies, on the world of Callidore. There were cows. Lots of cows. And cheese. For six months things went well. Then one night Minalan is forced to pick up his mageblade again to defend his adopted home from the vanguard of an army of goblins bent on a genocidal crusade against all mankind. And that was the good news.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shockingly good, best book in years

  • By Zer0Sum on 05-11-17

SEX MAGIC SAVES THE DAY

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

Reviewed: 04-02-17

Seriously, this book is so full of tropes that I couldn't finish it. I had to listen at 2x speed just to get to a point where I figured I could review it fairly. The hero is a one-dimensional invulnerable lecherous magic user who can do no wrong; the women all want to sleep with him, or already have; the enemies are not remotely scary. I couldn't empathize with anyone in the story. About the only good thing here is the narrator, who has a voice that is satisfying even at high speed.

10 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • The Dark Forest

  • By: Cixin Liu, Joel Martinsen - translator
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 22 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,463
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,999
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,994

This near-future trilogy is the first chance for English-speaking listeners to experience this multiple-award-winning phenomenon from Cixin Liu, China's most beloved science fiction author. In The Dark Forest, Earth is reeling from the revelation of a coming alien invasion - in just four centuries' time. The aliens' human collaborators may have been defeated, but the presence of the sophons, the subatomic particles that allow Trisolaris instant access to all human information, means that Earth's defense plans are totally exposed to the enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-25-15

Skip this one

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

Reviewed: 03-30-17

With a good editor the second book in this series would have been totally unnecessary. You can skip this book entirely and not miss out on the story. While book three alludes to events in book two, none of the missed events are critical to the characters or plot. Save your credits and jump to book three.

  • Dawn of Wonder

  • The Wakening, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,449
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,301

When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instant Favorite

  • By Joe on 03-21-16

Great Potential

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

Reviewed: 02-17-17

This book needs an editor.

Reynolds is spot on as a narrator, as always, but that didn't save the book for me.