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  • Hyperion

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,400

On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Shrike Awaits. Enter The Time Tombs...

  • By Michael on 10-13-12

Worthy Original SciFi

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

A friend of mine insisted for several months that I read this. And he was absolutely right. This is original SciFi, in a future universe with appropriately alien-feeling technology. But the story is still very approachable. And I have to say, the approach Dan Simmons took to this (Canterbury Tales in Space!) was brilliant. Basically seven people are on an interstellar journey, and share their individual stories, each as unique and with different tone as if they had been stand-alone stories. All of them tie together in ways that are revealed as the story goes on.

Now I can't wait to pick up the Fall of Hyperion and finish the story!

  • Lightning

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,887
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,928
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,942

A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable.

  • By Barry S. Sharpnack on 01-01-09

Engaging time travel story

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

This is probably one of the most thoughtful stories I've read from Koontz - or maybe from the other direction - this is one of the most thriller-like true time travel stories I've read.

Of course the writing style follows the Koontz thriller template, and the plot is structured around the thriller aspects, but the time travel story itself, and the way it asks questions, are true classic sci fi. This may be one of the more approachable time travel stories out there for people who typically don't read that sort of story.

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  • A Wrinkle in Time

  • By: Madeleine L'Engle
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis, Ava DuVernay, Madeleine L'Engle, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,425

Meg Murry, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a "tesseract", which, if you didn't know, is a wrinkle in time. Meg's father had been experimenting with time travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank You for a New Narrator

  • By Patricia on 02-01-12

Classic kids sci fi

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

I just recently listened to this story with my teenager in the car on the ride back and forth to school. This story really holds up, and I think Hope Davis does a good job of providing the narration.

Unlike some of the more modern mid-grade or young adult sci fi, this is much more philosophical science fiction, asking bigger questions than just inter-personal relationships. It's about our place in the universe, at a personal and at a human level. And one of the best things I think is it asks more questions than it answers.

  • Over Sea, Under Stone

  • Book 1 of The Dark Is Rising Sequence
  • By: Susan Cooper
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601

On holiday in Cornwall, the three children discover an ancient map in the attic of the house that they are staying in. They know immediately that it is special. It is even more than that: it is the key to finding a grail, a source of power to fight the forces of evil known as the Dark. And in searching for it themselves, the Drews put their lives in peril.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A short but excellent tale.

  • By Bryan J. Peterson on 06-02-12

The original kids fantasy series

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

This is my favorite set of stories from when I was young. I read them several times. And recently was happy to share these stories with my oldest child. Having them also in audiobook format is well appreciated.

This first story starts the adventure off in what i feel a brilliantly understated way, with still the childlike wonder of a treasure hunt.

The narration and audio recording quality feel a little out of date compared to some of the recent recordings, but it's good straightforward narration.

Do yourself a favor, if you've never read these, pick this one up.

  • The Dark Is Rising

  • Book 2 of The Dark Is Rising Sequence
  • By: Susan Cooper
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 784
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537

On the Midwinter Day that is his eleventh birthday, Will Stanton discovers a special gift: he is the last of the Old Ones, immortals dedicated to keeping the world from domination by the forces of evil, the Dark. At once, he is plunged into a quest for the six magical Signs that will one day aid the Old Ones in the final battle between the Dark and the Light. And for the twelve days of Christmas, while the Dark is rising, life for Will is full of wonder, terror, and delight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark Fanstasy for Exceptionally Gifted Children!

  • By Rhett on 05-18-04

The best kids fantasy epic

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

This series of books is really a great introduction to kids of 'Epic Fantasy' style stories, but approachable in that it mostly takes place in the modern world.

Each story *can* stand alone (except for the last one) but really they are best read first to last. (So pick up Over Sea Under Stone if you haven't yet) But the core plot of this story is really revealed in this book.

I find overall this series is very empowering to kids and a great thoughtful story. One of my favorite series ever.

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  • Greenwitch

  • Book 3 of The Dark Is Rising Sequence
  • By: Susan Cooper
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

Simon, Jane, and Barney, enlisted by their mysterious great-uncle, arrive in a small coastal town to recover a priceless golden grail stolen by the forces of evil: the Dark. They are not at first aware of the strange powers of another boy brought to help, Will Stanton, nor of the sinister significance of the Greenwitch, an image of leaves and branches that for centuries has been cast into the sea for good luck in fishing and harvest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Power from the Greenwitch...

  • By Bryan J. Peterson on 06-27-12

My favorite of the series

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

I can't say enough good about this series. It's a piece of my childhood. And this book was my favorite of the series. Each story has a slightly different tone. I think this may have been the most personal of the stories that Susan Cooper wrote, since she said she identified with Jane, which this story follows more closely than the others.

  • Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers

  • The Acclaimed Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping - Now Revised and Updated
  • By: Robert M. Sapolsky
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 870
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 869

Now in a third edition, Robert M. Sapolsky's acclaimed and successful Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers features new chapters on how stress affects sleep and addiction, as well as new insights into anxiety and personality disorder and the impact of spirituality on managing stress. As Sapolsky explains, most of us do not lie awake at night worrying about whether we have leprosy or malaria. Instead, the diseases we fear-and the ones that plague us now-are illnesses brought on by the slow accumulation of damage, such as heart disease and cancer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The narrator is awful

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-15-14

Keep calm and read this book

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

This book is a very good discussion on the effect chronic stress has in our modern society, and explains very well the mechanisms behind our bodies and why it makes sense (for our ancestors) for our body to do what it does.

I find this sort of thing fascinating, but I very much recognize that its style is not for everyone. This isn't just a 'top-level here's what you need to know'. This takes some deep dives into chemical mechanisms at times. So it's not just an 'anti-stress self help' book. But if you want to really understand the current science of a huge part of our bodies, and are willing to put in the attention, this is a great book.

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  • The Gene

  • An Intimate History
  • By: Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 19 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,001
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,533

The extraordinary Siddhartha Mukherjee has written a biography of the gene as deft, brilliant, and illuminating as his extraordinarily successful biography of cancer. Weaving science, social history, and personal narrative to tell us the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times, Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scientific history blended with humanity

  • By S. Yates on 05-23-16

Deep study of DNA

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

Once again Mukherjee provides a real deep dive which basically sets the standard for knowledge for his subject. He explores genetics from every angle, historical, chemical, medical, and even a personal connection he provides for insight.

This is a similar strategy he took with his brilliant Pulitzer-prize winning cancer book. This book is close to that one in terms of its revelation and insight.

Dennis Boutsikaris does a great job of narrating and giving this weighty tome a personal feel.

  • All the Birds in the Sky

  • By: Charlie Jane Anders
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,751
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,608
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,611

Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn't expect to see each other again after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one's peers and families. But now they're both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too twee for me.

  • By Amy on 03-13-17

Creative Magic vs Technology story

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

This story starts out whimsically, and my favorite part are the beginning when the characters are kids. A little tongue in cheek humor.

The narration was engaging and brought out the characters.

I did feel the 'Time Passes' transition felt a little awkward. But that was pretty minor. This is a unique and brilliant story.

  • Magic Tree House Collection: Books 1-8

  • By: Mary Pope Osborne
  • Narrated by: Mary Pope Osborne
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 981
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 983

This audio collection includes the first eight stories from The Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne: Dinosaurs Before Dark, The Knight at Dawn, Mummies in the Morning, Pirates Past Noon, Night of the Ninjas, Afternoon on the Amazon, Sunset of the Sabertooth, and Midnight on the Moon. Join Jack and Annie in adventures in time and space!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chapters have been fixed on audiobooks now

  • By J Hasan on 06-18-15

Great kids stories for the car

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

This first audiobook collects the first 8 books of the extensive Magic Treehouse book series.

My kids are 6 and 4, and these stories are perfect for both of their ages (and don't annoy my teenager too much ;)

These are great for car rides, stories the kids like. And nice calm stories that aren't too exciting. And a great message about the magic of books and childhood.