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  • The Genius of Birds

  • By: Jennifer Ackerman
  • Narrated by: Margaret Strom
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209

Birds are astonishingly intelligent creatures. In fact, according to revolutionary new research, some birds rival primates and even humans in their remarkable forms of intelligence. Like humans, many birds have enormous brains relative to their size. Although small, bird brains are packed with neurons that allow them to punch well above their weight.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What a disappointment!

  • By S. Benedict on 07-05-16

You will want to listen to this over over.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-17

After listening to this the first time I immediately listened to it again stopping only to stock up the snacks and curl back in bed. It was as delightful the second time through.

  • Alien Shadows

  • Alien Hunters, Book 3
  • By: Daniel Arenson
  • Narrated by: Jack R. R. Evans
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

On a dead world orbiting a black hole, shadows awaken. Some call them ghosts. Others believe them mere figments of the imagination. Yet for the scientists stranded on this rocky outpost, the evil haunting their halls is all too real.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Pre-teen audiences

  • By J. S. Bowers on 02-24-18

Exceptional narrator

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-17

What really brings this trilogy to life is the narration. Your never aware of a narrator trying to voice the opposite sex. Your instantly aware of which character is talking by the distinct voice the narrator uses. And some of the characters are priceless.

  • Seveneves

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal, Will Damron
  • Length: 31 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,893
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,759
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,753

A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So Much Potential

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 06-08-17

Great Read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-22-16

Broad scope, some great hard science fiction, wonderful characters. Listened straight through, couldn't stop listening.

  • Periodic Tales

  • A Cultural History of the Elements, From Arsenic to Zinc
  • By: Hugh Aldersey-Williams
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 389

Like the alphabet, the calendar, or the zodiac, the periodic table of the chemical elements has a permanent place in our imagination. But aside from the handful of common ones (iron, carbon, copper, gold), the elements themselves remain wrapped in mystery. We do not know what most of them look like, how they exist in nature, how they got their names, or of what use they are to us.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but Rambling

  • By Carolyn on 08-24-15

A Definite Reread

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-15

I had learned of the Periodic Table in school science. This novel brings a whole new spin to the actual world behind the table.

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  • The Diamond Age

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Wiltsie
  • Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,300

Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The rock could use a bit more polishing

  • By Tango on 05-19-13

Major Kudos to the Author

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-21-15

This novel should set a new nexus in SYFY literature. It is truly stunning. It has taken me into new flights of fantasy and hard science. Like a trip through a new looking glass. Truly wonderful. I look forward to listening to this novel in the future.

  • Haydn of Mars

  • Book 1 of the Masters of Mars Trilogy
  • By: Al Sarrantonio
  • Narrated by: Harriet Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52

On Mars, in the distant future, the princess Haydn's arranged marriage cannot save her beloved Republic. Her arch-enemy, the warrior-woman Frane, seeks to make herself Queen while Haydn - the legitimate heir - must flee for her life. A reluctant symbol for those who would restore the monarchy, Haydn is too young and unprepared to assume the throne - but determined to become a great Queen. With a bounty on her head, she will journey to the realization that - in order to save her world - she must sacrifice all that she holds dear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How has this gotten overlooked!

  • By Shelby on 02-23-15

Worth the Read, Looking Forward to a Sequel.

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

Reviewed: 05-14-15

It took me some time in to reading to start enjoying the novel. Overall well written.

  • Parallel Worlds

  • A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos
  • By: Michio Kaku
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 986
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 977

In this thrilling journey into the mysteries of our cosmos, best-selling author Michio Kaku takes us on a dizzying ride to explore black holes and time machines, multidimensional space and, most tantalizing of all, the possibility that parallel universes may lay alongside our own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't be afraid

  • By Robert on 05-05-10

Had I heard this in my teens...

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-15

I would have changed careers. The author is one of the best people on the planet.