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  • The Paths Between Worlds

  • By: Paul Antony Jones
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

For Meredith Gale, ending her life seems like her only choice, and that choice is the reason she’s dangling by her fingertips from a bridge high above the freezing water of the San Francisco Bay. But someone or some thing has other plans for Meredith, and as her fingers slip from the cold steel of the bridge, a disembodied voice asks her a simple question: “Candidate 13: Do you wish to be saved?” Realizing her mistake too late, Meredith screams “Yes!” and instantly finds herself transported to a mysterious island, alongside hundreds of other Candidates like her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HOLY WOW!!

  • By Willis Burns on 03-20-19

Entertaining science fiction story

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

Reviewed: 03-23-19

Entertaining story with an interesting plot, The Path Between Worlds is a fast moving sci-fi mystery. For science fiction buffs, the basic premise is very similar to Millennium and reminiscent of To Your Scattered Bodies Go.It also makes use of the many-worlds theory.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sphere

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,082
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,078

A classic thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Crichton, Sphere is a bravura demonstration of what he does better than anyone: riveting storytelling that combines frighteningly plausible, cutting-edge science and technology with pulse-pounding action and serious chills. The gripping story of a group of American scientists sent to the ocean floor to investigate an alien ship, only to confront a terrifying discovery that defies imagination,.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sphere

  • By BookReader on 06-01-16

Forbidden Planet

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

Well written and well read, but the central idea is the same as the 1956 science fiction classic, Forbidden Planet.

  • Fun Reunion! Meet, Greet, Murder

  • A Milo Rathkey Mystery
  • By: D.B. Elrogg
  • Narrated by: Tom Lennon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

The women of Thrana Hall are holding an all-school reunion. Classmate Jessica Vogel is hated by most of the attendees, but when she's pushed down the steps of an old spooky tower, Private Detective Milo Rathkey is pulled into the investigation. Is the murder tied to a fatal accident 12 years earlier, an old school grudge, or did the victim's penchant for blackmail get her killed?    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever and humorous

  • By norman on 03-03-19

Clever and humorous

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

A clever and humorous addition to the Milo Rathkey series. The light and humorous interplay of the characters and the clever clues make for a delightful and fast moving story. The narration of Tom Lennon, perfect for the character of Milo Rathkey, sets the lighthearted tone of the novel and series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Axillon99: A LitRPG Novel

  • By: Matthew S. Cox
  • Narrated by: Avery Reid
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

At 22, she's still slinging coffee at an Amazon Cafe despite having a degree in programming. It's not because she's unlucky, unmotivated, or even that she fancies herself an underground activist crusading against evil corporations. Hunting for a real job would take time away from her game. Axillon99 is the world's most popular multiplayer online experience, with a universe containing billions of planets to explore. Ever since video games broke the screen barrier, plunging players fully into their characters, reality just can't compete.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! What a ride!

  • By Kara on 02-28-19

Interesting litrpg novel

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

Reviewed: 02-20-19

Axillon99 is an interesting litrpg novel. Entertaining, fast moving plot, well developed and sympathetic characters, intriguing online world, and good narration. The narrator’s voice is a good choice for the main character.

  • Wayfarer: AV494

  • By: Matthew S. Cox
  • Narrated by: Erica Hilliard
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

 Kerys Loring hopes an expedition to a distant alien ruin will make her career - assuming she lives long enough to still have one. When Avasar Biotechnology appeals to her unique combination of experience and desperation, she jumps at the chance. At least she’ll be thousands of light-years away from her abusive ex. Within minutes of arrival, her excitement shatters at the sight of her ex already there. Then, on her first day in the ruins, she makes a profound discovery...but something goes terribly wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good sci-fi horror

  • By norman on 02-12-19

Good sci-fi horror

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

This novel started out as science fiction adventure,threatened to turn into a romance, but finally became good sci-fi horror. The plot was clever and well written with a riveting, fast moving story. Erica Hillard’s voice was a good fit for the main character, Derys. However, she had an unusual pronunciation of a couple words and sometimes seemed to be reading the story instead of telling the story. Overall, I enjoyed listening to Wayfarer.

  • Last Stand: The Complete Box Set

  • By: William Weber
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 24 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,011
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,013

Four audiobooks in one box set: Last Stand: Surviving America's Collapse, Last Stand: Patriots, Last Stand: Warlords, and Last Stand: Turning the Tide. John Mack, a prepper and former soldier, struggles to save his family and community after an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) takes out the country's electrical grid. With most electronics, communications, and transportation destroyed in a matter of seconds, the nation quickly collapses into anarchy. Threats emerge from enemies both foreign and domestic.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed feelings on "The Last Stand" series

  • By filmakr on 11-03-18

Riveting Story

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

This is a fast moving, highly entertaining apocalyptic story. Although nearly 25 hours long, it held my interest so that I hated to stop listening. The story has a very strong conservative bias, which might offend some listeners.

  • A Perfect Memory

  • A Short Horror Story
  • By: Dona Fox
  • Narrated by: Susan Marlowe
  • Length: 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

I am going to die here. My name is Mindy Mason; I’m a student from the University. I volunteered for one experiment; it was to be for one day only. I want to go home now. I hear cries, screams, and shrieks in the night. Some of the voices sound as if they are coming from the pillow under my head, others as if from a radio behind a door in a far room, and yet others come from my dreams, thus layering my terror. I know Wendy has a knife; perhaps she has killed again. How can I stop her? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Chiller

  • By Kayla Krantz on 01-28-19

Perfect recipe for horror

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

Reviewed: 01-29-19

Mix together an underfunded psychiatric hospital, a secret government project, and a hulking, sadist nurse. Add in an author who is a master of mood and description. Top off with a narrator capable of conveying a sense of mystery, terror and confusion. You get a perfect horror story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Year in the Borderlands

  • By: Kevin Candela
  • Narrated by: Gary Bennett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

A seven percent grasp of the infinite. The universe may be limitless, but our senses are not. Just as the human eye sees but a small percentage of the cosmic wave spectrum, in the same way, most of us are only able to perceive a similar sliver of what we brazenly term “reality”, even with the use of all five of our scientifically acknowledged senses. This month-by-month account of people-supernatural relations spans its own sci-fi/fantasy/horror/comedy spectrum, touring the weird side of the cosmos while leaving the passengers comfy and unscathed in their listening chairs.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sci fi Mix

  • By Radar on 03-22-19

Clever, imaginative, unusual

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

This clever group of short and novella length stories run the gamut from fantasy to horror, from the Cthulhu mythology to science fiction. All are imaginative with a unique, sometimes slightly twisted, perspective. With the superb narration of Gary Bennett, a worthwhile listen.

  • The Longest Night

  • Enter Darkness, Book 1
  • By: K. M. Fawkes
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

It started with bright lights; a new medical technology, promising to eradicate all human ills. History of blood clots? Cholesterol clogging up the old ticker? There was a nanobot for that. It wasn’t cheap of course, and everyone knew that new technology had bugs in it. But hey, why not let the rich be the guinea pigs for once? Fast-forward a year, and the one percent began dying en masse. The nanobots had evolved to view aging as a virus and were reacting by shutting down the host. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a wonderful post apocalyptic story

  • By Rebecca Azizov on 01-29-19

Imaginative story of apocalypse

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

The Longest Nighr starts out with an imaginative apocalyptic narrative and then tells a story of survival . The main characters are flawed but sympathetic. It has a fast moving storyline. Although this is the start of a series, it is an excellent stand alone novel. Andrew Wehrlen gives an outstanding narration and his voice is a perfect fit for the central character, Bradley.

  • The Rectify Series (2 Book Series)

  • By: Jacqueline Druga
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

This audiobook includes both books from the Rectify series. From Book 1: The virus CO-D4 rages across the globe with debilitating effects. Authorities, scientists and medical personnel scramble to find a cure. Those who fall victim to the virus, experience a fast and insufferable death and then they come back. From Book 2: When the CO-D4 virus rages across the globe, it not only leaves behind death and destruction, it creates three types of survivors. Those who want to see the infected die, those who want to help the sick, and those who want humanity to rise above it all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 01-08-19

Zombie Apocalypse

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

2 novellas that tell the story of medical personnel trying to alleviate suffering and find a cure for a virus that causes the infected to become zombies and how the military tries to contain the calamity. This is an interesting story with outstanding narration by Andrew Wehrlen.