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  • Medusa Uploaded

  • A Novel
  • By: Emily Devenport
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

A generation starship can hide many secrets. When an Executive clan suspects Oichi of insurgency and discreetly shoves her out an airlock, one of those secrets finds and rescues her. Officially dead, Oichi begins to rebalance power one assassination at a time and uncovers the shocking truth behind the generation starship and the Executive clans. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever and cool

  • By PreRaphaelite on 10-04-18

Clever and cool

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

What a trip! Kudos to Emily Devenport for creating a complex world, complete with political intrigue and excellent classical music and theatre references, and Oichi, a plucky heroine brave enough to delve into its labyrinthine structure. The twists were fun, and Oichi could give any hero or heroine a run for his/her money with her audacious adventures. Looking forward to the next book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Book of the Unnamed Midwife

  • The Road to Nowhere, Book 1
  • By: Meg Elison
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,858
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,722
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,728

When she fell asleep, the world was doomed. When she awoke, it was dead. In the wake of a fever that decimated the earth's population - killing women and children and making childbirth deadly for the mother and infant - the midwife must pick her way through the bones of the world she once knew to find her place in this dangerous new one. Gone are the pillars of civilization. All that remains is power - and the strong who possess it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "Equals" = "Annoying"

  • By Lulu on 12-26-16

Bleak but beautiful

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

The story is bleak and more than a little depressing, but its haunting qualities stayed with me long after I finished listening to the book. While the story wandered a bit as it found its pace, once it did, I was eager to listen in every spare moment, to see what would happen next. The narrator did a great job capturing the main character and her grit and resourcefulness.

  • Extinct

  • Extracted, Book 3
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 660
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 657

The end of the world has been avoided - for now. With Miri and her team of extracted heroes still on the run, Mother, the disgraced former head of the British Secret Service, has other ideas.... While Mother retreats to her bunker to plot her next move, Miri, Ben, Safa and Harry travel far into the future to ensure that they have prevented the apocalypse. But what they find just doesn't make sense. London in 2111 is on the brink of annihilation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Time-Travel Story

  • By Mike Pluta on 05-19-18

Superb conclusion to one of my favorite series!

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

Reviewed: 07-22-18

The Extracted Trilogy has it all: heart-pounding action, terrific friendships, political intrigue, history, and humor. I was sad to finish the third book, the end of this wildly inventive series. The narrator, Carl Prekopp, captures the different characters and their personalities, and enhances the experience of the books. Kudos all around!

  • The Last Days of Magic

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Tompkins
  • Narrated by: Sile Bermingham
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 170

Aisling, a goddess in human form, was born to rule both domains and - with her twin, Anya - unite the Celts with the powerful faeries of the Middle Kingdom. But within medieval Ireland, interests are divided, and far from its shores greater forces are mustering. Both England and Rome have a stake in driving magic from the Emerald Isle. Jordan, the Vatican commander tasked with vanquishing the remnants of otherworldly creatures from a disenchanted Europe, has built a career on such plots.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun

  • By Tom Bernard on 04-29-16

Love the story, execution fell short

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

What a fun story. Excellent. I love it. Wish I could give it 5 stars. But sometimes the author talked about characters in a narrative that was a tell-don't show Wikipedia entry, as in this happened, then this, then this. It felt a little clinical. The author excelled when he developed the characters and made them real people you could root for. As the story began to wind down, it seems he used more narrative than character development to wrap up events, and it made the fates of those characters less compelling than if more time (and words) would have been devoted to conveying their stories.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Library at Mount Char

  • By: Scott Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 935

Carolyn's not so different from the other human beings around her. After all, she was a normal American herself once. That was a long time ago, of course - before the time she calls "adoption day", when she and a dozen other children found themselves being raised by a man they learned to call Father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful and Thought Provoking

  • By D. Marie on 12-04-15

Blood-soaked, brutal and brilliant

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18

On the one hand, the violence led me to put the book down, but the inventive story led me to pick it up again to see what happened next. It is a brutal, vivid tale that takes you to multiple unexpected places. Clever and witty as it twists in on itself.

  • The Starchild Compact

  • Starchild Series, Book 2
  • By: Robert G. Williscroft
  • Narrated by: Trenton Bennett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Jon Stock takes his international exploration team to Saturn's moon, Iapetus, which Earth scientists have determined may be an artifact. Following launch, they discover Saeed Ismail, a Jihadist stowaway, who hopes to sabotage the mission. They arrive at Iapetus, determine it is a derelict starship, and eventually meet with the Founders, descendants of the starship builders. Their revelations impact the entire Solar System with momentous implications.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, clever look at the future -- and past

  • By PreRaphaelite on 03-11-18

Great story, clever look at the future -- and past

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

Thoroughly engaging story about a manned expedition to explore the Saturn moon Iapetus. You have to admit the gas giant's moon captures the imagination, with its passing resemblance to the Death Star and its unusual hexagonal shapes on the surface -- not to mention a seam-like equator. This is setting for Williscroft's enjoyable read, complete with intriguing hard science fiction aspects.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Slingshot

  • The Starchild Series, Book 1
  • By: Robert G. Williscroft
  • Narrated by: Trenton Bennett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

Slingshot is a love story - about a man, a woman, another man, another woman, some gender bending...and a machine, the largest ever built. It is an adventure - about following a dream, the ocean-deep, outer space. Slingshot is about constructing the first space launch-loop, stretching 2,000 km between Baker and Jarvis Islands in the Equatorial Pacific. It's about high finance, intrigue, unlimited ambition, heroism, fanaticism, betrayal...and about opening space to the common person.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Apparently yet another series begins...

  • By Matthew on 03-16-17

Great story

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

Very engaging story of a believable future vision. The action was interesting, and he did a great job describing the events and their sequence. Reading about the setting made for a mini vacation, with the sun and sea. Good suspense! It would be nice to see something like this come to life! Likable characters, including the dolphins. Loved that he has woman characters in senior positions. However, their characters were undermined by calling each other "girl" and hugging and kissing strangers, which usually doesn't happen in professional settings. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lilac Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Martha Hall Kelly
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Kathleen Gati, Kathrin Kana, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,041
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,009

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline's world is forever changed when Hitler's army invades Poland in September 1939 - and then sets its sights on France. An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unknown History

  • By Kristi on 06-15-17

I don't usually cry when listening to a book...

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

Reviewed: 11-22-17

Lilac Girls is heart wrenching, devastating, and hopeful. Martha Hall Kelly has given us a marvelous gift by honoring these women with her telling of the story. I feel richer for having learned about Caroline, Kasia, and the Rabbits, and the sobering Herta.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Grace of Kings

  • The Dandelion Dynasty
  • By: Ken Liu
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 21 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 985
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 912
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 910

Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, and shapeshifting gods.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Eastern-flavored epic fantasy

  • By Ryan on 12-27-15

As transporting as an airship!

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

This story is a little bit Chinese, a little bit Japanese, and a little bit fantastical, with a Greek chorus of squabbling gods thrown in for good measure. The battle scenes delight, while the main characters are likable heroes despite their flaws. The pacing and tone jump around a bit, but on the whole the book is engaging and transporting to an intriguing world. Go there!

  • Leviathan Wakes

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 20 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,070
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,060

The first book in the landmark Expanse series, now a major television series from Syfy! Leviathan Wakes is James S. A. Corey's first novel in the epic New York Times best-selling series The Expanse, a modern masterwork of science fiction in which humanity has colonized the solar system.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Addictive start and then a slump in the middle

  • By Elley Murray on 09-28-17

Engaging at many levels: planet, moon, asteroid

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

Reviewed: 10-11-17

Enjoyable, inventive story with great characters. Fun twists throughout. Woman characters interesting but would have liked to see them developed as well as the male characters. Still, would definitely recommend.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful