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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 43,292
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40,551
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,434

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

logical next step from bk1

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

again the original is improved in this middle book of the 3part series. the narrative is engrossing giving tons of insight into the bobiverse and the issues that befall man machine interfaces as we continue to question about the meaning and definition of "being human".
the production and performance are excellent too

  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,452
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,559
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,489

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW

  • By Kate on 11-05-18

excellent stage production from Billy Crystal

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

another great stage production and performance from Kelvin Kline and cast. worth the 1 credit for the hour of entertainment

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Hugh Laurie
  • Length: 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, a classic Roald Dahl story, brought to life in an audiobook reading by House star Hugh Laurie. Billy dreams of turning a weird old wooden house into a wonderful sweet-shop. But a giraffe, a pelly, and a monkey already live inside! Soon they are friends, and when they meet the richest man in England, Billy's scrumptious-galumptious dream just might come true....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hugh Laurie is awesome

  • By Rene Steenkamp on 07-20-16

grwat performance by narrator to a classic Dahl.

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

great work to keep my gang mesmerised for the hour. feel thet 1credit for an hour of entertainment is not good value for money

  • Galaxy Outlaws: The Complete Black Ocean Mobius Missions, 1-16.5

  • By: J. S. Morin
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 85 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,742
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,475

Meet the galaxy's unluckiest outlaws. Carl Ramsey is an ex-Earth Navy fighter pilot turned con man. His ship, the Mobius, is home to a ragtag crew of misfits and refugees looking to score a big payday but more often just scratching to pay for fuel. The crew consists of his ex-wife (and pilot), a drunkard, four-handed mechanic, a xeno-predator with the disposition of a 120kg housecat, and the galaxy's most-wanted wizard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Firefly cranked up on Meth plus a Space Wizard!

  • By Ray Johnson on 04-27-18

an awesome sprint marathon

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

as a kick on from Firefly it oudoes the predecessor.
as Black ocean series its a monumental work of author's skill and the brilliance from the Narrator. fully worth the time to escape to the Mobius and the galaxy that has tech and magic strangling each other while the bumbling crew make ends meet in semi clandestine ops.

  • Persepolis Rising

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 20 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216

In the thousand-sun network of humanity's expansion, new colony worlds are struggling to find their way. Every new planet lives on a knife-edge between collapse and wonder, and the crew of the aging gunship, Rocinante, have their hands more than full keeping the fragile peace. In the vast space between Earth and Jupiter, the inner planets and the Belt have formed a tentative and uncertain alliance still haunted by a history of wars and prejudices.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • once more unto the breach Holden goes

  • By CoolHand on 08-22-18

once more unto the breach Holden goes

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

if you have become a fan of thevseries this is a must read. if not, get it just for the joy of listeing to jefferson mays' narration.
as the next in the expanse saga this ticks all the blocks of chracters development, plot and society exposed to new tech (epstein fusion drives and alien protomolecule). for the real science of scifi this falls short only the forerunners have done such a great job of illustration. In this book, the authors explore the full extent of the political ramifications and it's ultimate conclusions of the rise of empires.
as a collective the expanse series is not crowned by perseplis but rather well supported and able to stand alone. its a great scifi romp with all the ingredients like marine fist fights, space battles, combat stratergy, romance, desire for power and much more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Babylon's Ashes

  • Book Six of the Expanse
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 19 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375

A revolution brewing for generations has begun in fire. It will end in blood. The Free Navy - a violent group of Belters in black-market military ships - has crippled the Earth and begun a campaign of piracy and violence among the outer planets. The colony ships heading for the 1,000 new worlds on the far side of the alien ring gates are easy prey, and no single navy remains strong enough to protect them. James Holden and his crew know the strengths and weaknesses of this new force better than anyone.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This time around the story just stalls

  • By Bert Heymans on 12-28-16

Rocinante jousting against the human condition

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

this is what scifi is meant for: to tell better stories expose the human condition and offer a glimmer of hope that perhaps we can achieve a future. both science and tech are lights that expose where we stand as a civilisation and as what as a collective our choices could be.
while this book follows closely in the footpath of the series it is perfect as a sequel to nemsis games but outshines it as a thought provoking examination of our understanding the terror of freedom.
if you are looking for gripping stuff then read book 1 and 2 for pure joy of scifi by authors who have come to know their characters and understand the full impact of the tech books 3 and 4. this book, 6th is the jewel of the series but cannot be separated from 5. so perhaps 5 and 6 are a super book.
the great thing here is the consistency of Jonathan Mays as the narrator. his performance and the production again set the high water mark.

  • Nemesis Games

  • Book 5 of the Expanse
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351

A thousand worlds have opened, and the greatest land rush in human history has begun. As wave after wave of colonists leave, the power structures of the old solar system begin to buckle. Ships are disappearing without a trace. Private armies are being secretly formed. The sole remaining protomolecule sample is stolen. Terrorist attacks previously considered impossible bring the inner planets to their knees. The sins of the past are returning to exact a terrible price.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable SciFi, recommendable, with faults

  • By Raphael Huber on 08-06-17

solar system war: crew on vacation

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

another masterpiece of hard sf in near future setting with our crew and chracters growing from narative ache types to complete persons. clearly this is an interlude story preparing us for the next increments of this series and tying up loose character ends. Again an exceptional performance from the narrator.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,487
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55,341

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Meet your new welder “Jazz” Bashira

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

Like many such attempts to describe the intercultural society of the near future, they fail in either too little detail of what the futuristic society has integrated into (here we still are in our cultural pidgeon holes) or become too preachy on supposed unity in diversity blab. Despite the obvious catharsis where different cultures and society levels need to resolve their differences, we still don't really have a workable and realistic scenario. Failure to explore this in favour of realistic science at work (a sassy heroine and some insight to life on the moon, chemistry, artificial habitation domes, economics and welding), does not make that the Artemis is a fail. on the contrary, it just means it cannot be labelled a "classic" like "The Martian" was. Although Weir has created a bit of a slapdash concoction of an SF story, which despite the brash language, sexual innuendoes and contrived plot, I totally enjoyed the couple hours of escape it afforded me.
My commute home is a real pain.
Again, like many such works, written almost expressly for the eventual screen time it will demand - it rides on the past laurels of the author's previous successes (and why not? "for there to be babies, someone needs to be screwed" Declares Jazz).

Artemis in paperback would be trash - but with the narrative performance of Rosario Dawson, the whole book and character of our welder/porter/smuggler/genius Jazz and her fellow Artemisians come to life. While the narrator cannot do much on the predictability of the characters and the unfolding of the plot her performance carries the science and technology required for lunar habitation (without becoming a physics lecture). Her range of accents is well demonstrated through the cast of the diversity of Artemisian citizenry. But, I will remember Dawson's performance for Jasmine Bashira - as an angry teenager, jilted lover, sassy smuggler, down and out hobo to eventually the worldly wise negotiator with the city governor. The standout scene of Dawson's performance comes towards the end (and perhaps has the whole performance has been building to this scene: Jazz in the hospital, blister radiated, burned, asphyxiated, vacuumed exposed and almost blinded is faced by the constable Rudi (an uber pain in ze butt) -
" Rudi: "care to tell who was in on this?"
Jazz: "Nope"
Rudi:"I know Dale was there"
Jazz "I dunno what you're talking about Dale was just driving around"
Rudi "In Bob's car?"
Jazz "Yeah he lent it to him; guys lend each other shit"
Rudi: "With Loretta Sanches?"
Jazz: "Perhaps they are lovers"
Rudi: "Dales gay"
Jazz: "Perhaps he is not very good at it"...
How Dawson kept a straight face and delivered these lines with all the inflexion of pain of that our knocked around Jazz who has done some rapid growing up in the 4 or 5 days of the story; is the truly pure genius in acting and sound production. All the factors lift Artemis, Jazz, Dawson and Weir into a precious place on my sci-fi shelf of totally enjoyed.


  • Cibola Burn

  • The Expanse, Book 4
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 20 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,475
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9,688
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,642

An empty apartment, a missing family, that's creepy. But this is like finding a military base with no one on it. Fighters and tanks idling on the runway with no drivers. This is bad juju. Something wrong happened here. What you should do is tell everyone to leave. The gates have opened the way to a thousand new worlds, and the rush to colonize has begun. Settlers looking for a new life stream out from humanity's home planets. Ilus, the first human colony on this vast new frontier, is being born in blood and fire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jefferson Mays is back!

  • By Joe R. on 03-30-17

Perhaps the best expanse novel yet

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

There is really so much to enjoy from the story that one can take away and digest ages still, either from a Scifi "other worldy" and alienness view point or to the space opera of dramatic low orbit spaceship rescue. Or the familiarity of the near future universe that has been crafted so far in the series - or the depth of characters that are developed from hero Holden (and his team), or the evil megalomaniacal corporate security chief or to the really really alien convoluted tapestry of alien world substrata. All these meld into engrossing claustrophobic spiral that suspends reality and opens new vistas of the human condition under extreme exposure.
Mostly I enjoyed the theme of redemption themes that are uniquely presented though the strangeness of the alien world and it's 4 biomes - for the a stupid act from a grieving father, the desire from Holden to protect those entrusted to him and even creepy Miller gets the recognition for his unselfishness, even if it is only in a snatch of a phrase and a probe fired into a distant alien sun, from a distant alien world by perhaps the only friend he had had. We all need a shot at redemption, and why not on the farthest frontier where laws of man fail and the laws of love and humanity can still prevail?

It's hard to separate the brilliance of the text from the brilliance of Jefferson Mays narration. Mays takes one through the whole expanse of emotions of being human in a very strange situation and not only suspends reality by his range of accents but also delivers one headlong to the culture and brashness of the Belters or stifled straight jacket of the Corporate Earth. Even the dispassionate poetry of the Investigator - Protomolecule is given equl exposure that it not just immerses one into the tentacles or enzymal threads of the story, but one is drowned by it leaving one gasping or just grabbing for another aircan on the evo suit to stay alive.

Don't do this book in one sitting, rather enjoy the mastery that both author and performer deliver, savour the brush stroke on the canvas, love the character the tech (human or alien) is bite size chunks - but you won't, coz the adrenalin will keep you flicking pages or chapter's. Which is good, but you will miss the brilliance of the prose.

  • Catalyst

  • Breakthrough, Book 3
  • By: Michael C. Grumley
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611

In 1984 a doomsday vault was constructed on a remote island in the Arctic Ocean. Its purpose was to preserve Earth's genetic history in the event of a global catastrophe. Now, decades later, a second vault has been uncovered. This one resting where no one ever expected. And the problem is, it's not ours. Yet even more curious than the vault itself is what lies inside. Seeds. Millions of seeds. Each with a genetic embryo untouched and perfectly preserved. Waiting. No one knows who built it. Or when. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sci-fi action and adventure...

  • By shelley on 06-03-18

another enthralling addition to the series

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

Reviewed: 05-13-18

if Breakthrough and Leap helped me through the tediousness my daily commute (thanks to to the narration by Scot Brick and a great premise by Grumley and his characterisations of the cast - Catalyst ruined my sleep patterns. Again for mostly the same reasons, and I wanted to regularly check to see if Steve Ceasar wasn't creeping in the rhododendrons outside my windows.

Grumley has done the scifi community a service by verbalising the thoughts in the debate over interpretation, genetic origin, and intelligent design. The cross species link between human and other animals is mostly explored in either the magical realm from the fantasy genre or in the assumed tech of far future tech of scifi. Here in this near future scifi it is stretched (through the growing pains and computer glitches) to plausible dimensions, and humans are by no means going to take the center stage. I enjoyed the plot and character development where the good guys are almost too good (hey and why not have a really good hero here?) the bad guys? they are just dripping concentrated evil! Great pace to the plot development too! Catalyst has all the elements of a great escape onto the peaks of South America to submerged vessel in the Caribbean, from the Pentagon boardrooms to the enclaves of modern China, and to the romance (and why should scifi be all science and have no lovey-dovey?) for our almost too good Alison, Sally and Dee-Anne.

As in the previous narrations by Scott Brick, the text really came alive and his range of accents has really elevated a good story to prized keep sake. I will forever keep his rendition of evil Oterra in mind when future literature comparisons are made.

I'm really going to prune those plants back (and take a microscope sample tonight) - nothing natural should have leaves that regenerate so darn fast?