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  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,807
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,382
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,290

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

Great reader okay story

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

Reviewed: 04-11-19

Zachary Quinto makes a great reader for this book. However, the story is a bit weak. The concept is great, that when people are murdered they come back, but the story was lackluster and reminded me a bit of Lock In. Made for a good listen while in a business trip since I didn't have to invest a lot in it.

  • The Raj Quartet: The Jewel in the Crown, The Day of the Scorpion, The Towers of Silence & A Division of the Spoils

  • A BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation
  • By: Paul Scott
  • Narrated by: Mark Bazeley, Anna Maxwell Martin, Benedict Cumberbatch, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

As The Jewel in the Crown opens, World War II is at its height, and Gandhi is calling for the British to leave. When Daphne Manners arrives in Mayapore, she meets two men who will change her life: Hari Kumar and Ronald Merrick. She begins to fall for Hari, but Ronald Merrick - the local police superintendent - becomes infatuated with her and seethes with hatred for Hari. The Day of the Scorpion finds Merrick worming his way into the Layton family, and his treatment of Hari Kumar is revealed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The abridged version

  • By Zachary on 02-12-19

The abridged version

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

Dramatization of novel means it's abridged. And not just one book abridged, but all four novels. The cast was great except when they were talking low or in whispers, the audio needs to be adjusted because you can't hear them.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Vol. 2-B

  • By: Ben Bova, Isaac Asimov, others
  • Narrated by: Angelo Di Loreto, Vivienne Leheny, Gabriel Sloyer, and others
  • Length: 22 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

This last volume in the definitive collection of the best science fiction novellas published between 1929 and 1964 contains 11 great classics. No anthology better captures the birth of science fiction as a literary field. Published in 1973 to honor stories that had appeared before the institution of the Nebula Awards, The Science Fiction Hall of Fame introduced thousands of young listeners to the wonders of science fiction and was a favorite of libraries across the country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best SF audio book ever.

  • By MikeFarr on 10-26-18

Not as good as the other two

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

The previous two volumes are much better. There are hidden gems in here like E for Effort and The Martian Way, but most the other stories I had a hard time getting in to.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Dragon of a Different Color

  • Heartstrikers, Book 4
  • By: Rachel Aaron
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 21 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,646

To save his family from his tyrannical mother, Julius had to step on a lot of tails. That doesn't win a nice dragon many friends, but just when he thinks he's starting to make progress, a new threat arrives. Turns out, things can get worse. Heartstriker hasn't begun to pay for its secrets, and the dragons of China are here to collect. When the Golden Emperor demands his surrender, Julius will have to choose between loyalty to the sister who's always watched over him and preserving the clan he gave everything to protect.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • interesting--but...

  • By MVF on 01-28-18

Repeat Listener

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

I have listened to this series at least 5 times through now and it never gets old. Vikas Adams is a phenomenal reader and he makes the story enthralling every time I listen. If you are on the edge with Heartstrikers, please give it a chance. You won't regret it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Red Sister

  • First Book of the Ancestor
  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Heather O'Neill
  • Length: 19 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,610
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,607

From the international best-selling author of the Broken Empire Trilogy comes the first in a brilliant new breakout fantasy series. A searing novel set in a brand-new world, this series follows a young girl who enters a convent where girls are selected to train in religion, combat, or magic. Nona is selected to learn combat and finds herself at the center of an epic battle for empire on the outer reaches of a dying universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story supported by great narration

  • By jdykes33 on 04-15-17

Doesn't live up to the hype

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

Reviewed: 06-23-17

A lot of people raved about Red Sister, but honestly I wasn't that impressed with it. The opening, middle, and end are one story arc, with the rest of the book a second arc that was supposed to catch you up. While the idea was neat, the diller story couldn't match it. The intro of the book far outweighed the rest, to the point where I almost quit reading.

The main issue I had with Red Sister was the jumps in the timeline. Maybe a physical copy doesn't have this problem, but with the way Red Sister was read I had a hard time discerning when Nona was reflecting or if the story was continuing on. Furthermore I found the character development jarring and inconsistent. A lot of time was devoted to inconsequential characters while the protagonists were often ignored.

I wish I hadn't gotten my hopes up reading other reviews because I believe it left me more disappointed in the end. As of now I don't think I would invest in the second book.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • John Carter in The Warlord of Mars

  • Barsoom Series #3
  • By: Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359

For six long Martian months, John Carter has haunted the terrifying Temple of the Sun. Inside the walls of this mysterious revolving tower is his beloved wife, Dejah Thoris, the beautiful princess of Barsoom. Worse yet, his wife is trapped there with the lovely but wicked Phaidor, who has sworn to make John Carter her own - even if it means murder. How can Carter gain access to the Temple, whose doors swing open only once a year? And when he does find his way inside, will he find Dejah Thoris's welcoming embrace - or her corpse?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • John Carter does our again - even better

  • By Margie on 06-25-17

Fantastic Narration with a Substandard Storyline

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

Reviewed: 04-13-17

I am a huge fan of the previous two books. They were immensely entertaining and provided me much amusement on some rather dull work days. But The Warlord of Mars kind of sold itself short. It was predictable, repetitive, and laborious to get through if I am being honest. I know the John Carter series continues on for another few books, but I don't think I will continue the saga. The ending thankfully doesn't end on a cliffhanger, and the primary story arc wraps up nicely at the end allowing this clean break. Scott Brick makes a wonderful John Carter, and he did a surprisingly great job with the material he had to work with.

If you have read or listened the first two novels, you will definitely want to finish this one. But will you be as dissatisfied as me? Who knows. Maybe it will appeal to you more than me. For now though, I am finished with the John Carter series unless I should get a hankering in the future for some pulpy scifi.