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  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,642
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,288

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 02-09-19

I can’t stop thinking about this book! The premise was so interesting that I stayed up late listening till it was done. Can’t wait for the sequel.

  • Black Leopard, Red Wolf

  • The Dark Star Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Marlon James
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 24 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 257

Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter: "He has a nose", people say. Engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years earlier, Tracker breaks his own rule of always working alone when he finds himself part of a group that comes together to search for the boy. The band is a hodgepodge, full of unusual characters with secrets of their own, including a shape-shifting man-animal known as Leopard. As Tracker follows the boy's scent, he and the band are set upon by creatures intent on destroying them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • no...I need a break

  • By j phillips on 02-26-19

Unintelligible narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-09-19

I found it very difficult to understand the narrator. Tried my best, but it was too much of a distraction.

13 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • Station Eleven

  • By: Emily St. John Mandel
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,804
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,150

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Alternative Dystopian Viewpoint

  • By CScott on 12-20-16

Enchanting, haunting, couldn't stop listening

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

Reviewed: 12-06-14

I just finished listening to this book and had to write a review. The story is insightful, compassionate, and very interesting - the best I've heard in ages, and really terrific narration.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • A Feast for Crows

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 31 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,647
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,879

It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No Roy Dotrice

  • By Aaron on 12-07-05

Great story, disappointing narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-11

The fourth volume of this series offers a great continuation to the game of thrones storyline - but for some reason they switched narrators. This is a shame - John Lee's performance is overly theatrical, and relies too much on awkward pauses and changes of tone that distract from the storyline and don't convey much personality. I sorely missed Roy Dotrice.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Storm of Swords

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 47 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 54,345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,899
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 46,863

As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow.

  • By Magikarp Salad on 12-22-07

Outstanding

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-11

I'm so glad I found the Game of Thrones series (thanks to HBO). The characters are vibrant, the world they inhabit is compelling, and the complex political intrigues that George RR Martin spins for them are endlessly interesting. The narration in this book is fantastic as well - Roy Dotrice does an excellent job of conveying the personality of each character. There are so many characters and such a large world in this storyline that you may wish to download maps and lists of characters.

  • A Clash of Kings

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 37 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 62,812
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54,170
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 54,099

A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm hooked, but narration...

  • By Peter on 04-02-13

Terrific

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-11

I'm so glad I found the Game of Thrones series (thanks to HBO). The characters are vibrant, the world they inhabit is compelling, and the complex political intrigues that George RR Martin spins for them are endlessly interesting. The narration in this book is fantastic as well - Roy Dotrice does an excellent job of conveying the personality of each character.

  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100,579
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87,035
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 86,965

Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King's Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert's name. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse - unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season. Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

Outstanding

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-11

I'm so glad I found the Game of Thrones series (thanks to HBO). The characters are vibrant, the world they inhabit is compelling, and the complex political intrigues that George RR Martin spins for them are endlessly interesting. The narration in this book is fantastic as well - Roy Dotrice does an excellent job of conveying the personality of each character.

  • Contagious

  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Scott Sigler
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930

Across America, a mysterious pathogen transforms ordinary people into raging killers, psychopaths driven by a terrifying, alien agenda. The human race fights back, yet after every battle the disease responds, adapts, using sophisticated strategies and brilliant ruses to fool its pursuers. The only possible explanation: the epidemic is driven not by evolution but by some malevolent intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Set of Books

  • By T. Migliaccio on 03-11-09

Should have hired a professional reader

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-11

I'm only about a half hour in to this listen, but I'm not sure I can go any further -- the narrator (the author himself) is so bad as to be almost unbearable. Sounds like a grade 4 student reading in front of his class.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Forever War

  • By: Joe Haldeman
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,344

William Mandella is a soldier in Earth's elite brigade. As the war against the Taurans sends him from galaxy to galaxy, he learns to use protective body shells and sophisticated weapons. He adapts to the cultures and terrains of distant outposts. But with each month in space, years are passing on Earth. Where will he call home when (and if) the Forever War ends?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic.

  • By John on 09-24-08

Aging, but still enjoyable

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-10

Although some of Haleman's predictions of the future seem a bit silly now (government-mandated homosexuality to control population, for example) and its pacifist message doesn't have as strong an impact as other efforts, this remains a thoroughly enjoyable yarn. Fun in the same way that other 1950s-1970s future-predictions are fun.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Passage

  • A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy)
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
  • Length: 36 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,947
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,927

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A new type of vampire

  • By Randall on 06-29-18

Passable

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-28-10

Though overhyped and much, much too long, there's enough here to keep you tuned in for the full 20 hours of narration.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful