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  • Foundation and Earth

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Larry McKeever
  • Length: 18 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,754
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,589

Golan Trevize, former councilman of the First Foundation, has chosen the future, and it is Gaia. A superorganism, Gaia is a holistic planet with a common consciousness so intensely united that every dewdrop, every pebble, every being, can speak for all - and feel for all. It is a realm in which privacy is not only undesirable, it is incomprehensible. But is it the right choice for the destiny of mankind? While Trevize feels it is, that is not enough. He must know.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Please please re-record with Scott Brick!!

  • By Jerry on 06-12-12

Narration is too bad to continue

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

This is my first encounter with the Foundation series (the original trilogy and then Foundation's Edge, and now Foundation and Earth) all via Audible audio books. The stories are genius, and the narration has been superb, making the first four books absolutely delightful...and then there's this. This new narrator is horrible, and after less than two hours of trying to listen to this book, I'm throwing in the towel and purchasing the paperback to read instead. The mono toned, robotic voice of the narrator is bad enough, but I've struggled through a few like this in the past and was able to finish. However, the way the narrator hesitates at odd times, especially during dialog, makes it nearly impossible to follow the story without rewinding every 5 minutes. I'm surprised Audible gave their stamp of approval on this one, but this is just unacceptable. I apologize to the narrator for the harsh criticism, but when I'm using one of my valuable credits and can't get past 1/10 of the book, it leaves me a little frustrated to say the least.

  • Off to Be the Wizard

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,522
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,520

It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hang in there

  • By Kelly on 03-04-17

Interesting concept and good humor

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

Narration was great and the story is pretty good. If you ignore all the potential loopholes in the plot and don't overthink it, it's very enjoyable. The characters are great - Philip is my favorite!

  • 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 45,973
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43,031
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,907

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

Picks up right where the last one left off

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

The second book in the Bobiverse series, this one picks up right where the last one left off, and keeps the story alive. If you're wondering about the "others" from the first book, you'll get what you're looking for here, along with more great stories and many, many more Bobs! Couldn't be happier with this series and will definitely get the third book and any others that come after it later on (hint, hint).

  • All These Worlds

  • Bobiverse, Book 3
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 41,553
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38,888
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,780

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfying End to a Fun Series

  • By Craig Schorling on 08-20-17

Another awesome book in the series

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

It's obvious this was meant to be the last book in this series for awhile... or maybe for good? (hopefully not) Got some closure on a few of the plotlines and tied up MOST of the loose ends in this one, but I still want more. Love the Bobiverse!!

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67,368
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63,215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,086

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Fantastic read for Sci-Fi nerds

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

I really can't say much more than the many, many other 5 star reviews. This book is great - I'm already 2/3 of the way through the second one, and will be purchasing the third without hesitation (ok, well I'm going to wait until I get my next Audible credit on June 2nd, but still..). Narration is excellent, the writing is superb, and there are plenty of interesting things going on in the bobiverse to keep me wanting more. Great story!!

  • Stay Hungry

  • By: Sebastian Maniscalco
  • Narrated by: Sebastian Maniscalco
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 894

At 24, Sebastian Maniscalco arrived in LA with a suitcase and saved up minimum wages. He knew no one and nothing about standup comedy, but he was determined to go for it anyway. At 44, he's on the Forbes' list of highest earning comedians, sells out arenas, and has starred in four hit comedy specials including Why Would You Do That? on Showtime. Stay Hungry tells the story of the 20 years in between.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A different perspective on success!! Good stuff!!

  • By ChiWax on 03-22-18

Great book with some good laughs

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

I honestly thought the book would be more jokes and less serious, but that wasn't the case. I really enjoyed it, and I think a lot of people can identify with most of Sebastian's stories. Kept my interest throughout the entire book. Well done!

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  • Life, the Universe, and Everything

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Book 3
  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Martin Freeman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,261

The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky above their heads - so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals stand between the killer robots of Krikkit and their goal of total annihilation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's my favorite of the series

  • By J. Morgan on 02-03-07

Another excellent story and performance!

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

Yet another hilarious title in the series, with an excellent performance by Martin Freeman whose reading is as appealing as the story itself.

  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Book 2
  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Martin Freeman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,999

Facing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons? Time for a cup of tea! Join the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his uncommon comrades in arms in their desperate search for a place to eat as they hurtle across space powered by pure improbability.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this book!

  • By DrVeebs2b on 07-02-12

Good follow-up to a classic

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

A great sequel to Hitchhiker's Guide, and excellent performance by Martin Freeman. Can't wait for the next one!

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,284
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,420

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun nonsense

  • By Randall on 04-25-09

Great book and excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

I've read this book several times already and love it every time. Stephen Fry does a great job narrating and really brings the characters to life.

  • Redshirts

  • A Novel with Three Codas
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17,079
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,009
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,986

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing, but somehow still worth a listen.

  • By Bradford on 03-06-13

Decent story with a good twist

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

Reviewed: 02-02-15

Enjoyed Wil Wheaton narrating. The story was good, with kind of a funny twist to it, but got a little too philosophical for me at the end.