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Mark T

Portland, OR
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  • The Mote in God's Eye

  • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
  • Narrated by: L J Ganser
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,283
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,518
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,561

The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great read!

  • By J. Rhoderick on 02-12-10

Story Might Work With Better Narration

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

This book strikes me as teenage-level scifi. At least part of the problem is the narrator - it's just not a good scifi voice. Would the book be significantly better with a better narrator? I'm not really sure. But 20 hours is just too long to figure it out. I did jump way ahead to see whether things seem to have changed - they hadn't.

  • Undercity

  • By: Catherine Asaro
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

In the galaxy-spanning future, Major Bhaajan is a tough female P.I. who works the dangerous streets of Undercity. Major Bhaajan, a former military officer with Imperial Space Command, is now a hard-bitten P.I. with a load of baggage to deal with, and clients with woes sometimes personal, sometimes galaxy-shattering, and sometimes both. Bhaajan must sift through the shadows of dark and dangerous Undercity - the enormous capital of a vast star empire - to find answers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • No Skolian Empire Here!

  • By Mark T on 05-23-18

No Skolian Empire Here!

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

I have always loved Asaro's Skolian Empire. So I assumed this book would have some relationship to that storyline. But it really doesn't. It's really just a mediocre fiction story that happens to occur within the context of the rest of Asaro's work. Misleading at best, nothing more than teenage romance fiction at worst.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Complete Thunder Series

  • By: Dietmar Wehr
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 644

The Tyrell are a race that love to fight. The more difficult the fight, the better they like it. Every race they find is given the same level of technology and a specific amount of time to exploit it before the Tyrell come back looking for a fight. Humanity is warned by another alien species that the Tyrell are coming, and the race is on to build an Alliance of races strong enough to stand up against an empire whose expansion has been relentless.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story

  • By Jake on 04-08-18

Pretty Silly - Not Terrible - But Nothing Special

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

This was a pleasant listen. Nothing memorable, and pretty silly in most respects, but pleasant.

  • Legacy

  • By: Ken Lozito
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 784
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 781

After narrowly defeating the invading enemy fleet, there is evidence that the attack isn't over. Thousands have died, and all that stands between human extinction and the invaders are the remnants of the colonial military. Connor must find a way to rally the colony using every scrap of ingenuity to stop the invaders. But will he succeed when he finds himself pitted against mankind's ultimate enemy?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done trilogy wrap up

  • By J. Caulfield on 03-31-18

Space Noise - Not Bad Noise - But Still Noise

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

Went ahead and listened to this series because it cost $1.99 for each book with Kindle Unlimited. Certainly not worth more than that. A SciFi story like thousands of others.

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  • Infinite

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,415
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,910
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,892

The Galahad, a faster-than-light spacecraft, carries 50 scientists and engineers on a mission to prepare Kepler 452b, Earth's nearest habitable neighbor at 1400 light years away. With Earth no longer habitable and the Mars colony slowly failing, they are humanity's best hope. After 10 years in a failed cryogenic bed - body asleep, mind awake - William Chanokh's torture comes to an end as the fog clears, the hatch opens, and his friend and fellow hacker, Tom, greets him...by stabbing a screwdriver into his heart. This is the first time William dies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a rather complex science fiction story

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 12-26-17

Grew on me over time

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

I started this book four different times before getting into it enough to keep going. Eventually it turned into a story with interesting twists and turns. But it took awhile! So beware!

  • Galaxy's Edge

  • By: Nick Cole, Jason Anspach
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,340
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,011
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,000

On the edge of the galaxy, a diplomatic mission to an alien planet takes a turn when the Legionnaires, an elite special fighting force, find themselves ambushed and stranded behind enemy lines. They struggle to survive under siege, waiting on a rescue that might never come. In the seedy starport of Ackabar, a young girl searches the crime-ridden gutters to avenge her father's murder; not far away, a double-dealing legionniare-turned-smuggler hunts an epic payday; and somewhere along the outer galaxy, a mysterious bounter hunter lies in wait.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • bit of a disconnect between parts

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-10-18

Starts out well - then reverts to space noise

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

Again I'm flummoxed by many of the reviews on Audible. I chose this book by author(s) I wasn't familiar with due to the very positive reviews. And for a few hours it seemed to be living up to its billing. And then came Part 2. And it went to heck in a hand basket. Just your typical silly shoot-em-up totally implausible "hero kills thousands, survives anything" story line. Not awful in the sense of not being able to listen to it, but hardly high caliber SciFi. So why such positive ratings by so many?

  • Cast Under an Alien Sun

  • Destiny's Crucible, Book 1
  • By: Olan Thorensen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,953
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,788
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,790

Joe Colsco boarded a flight from San Francisco to Chicago to attend a national chemistry meeting. He would never set foot on Earth again. On planet Anyar, Joe is found unconscious on a beach of a large island inhabited by humans where the level of technology is similar to Earth circa 1700. He awakes amid strangers speaking an unintelligible language and struggles to accept losing his previous life and finding a place in a society with different customs, needing a way to support himself and not knowing a single soul.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slowly we turn, step by step, inch by inch...

  • By Ron on 09-18-17

Desperate for a good new author - not it

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

I just don't understand the 4.5 average reviews of the book. It's a pleasant enough listen, but it's such a basic story that it's nothing more than ear-candy. Couldn't find a reason to actually listen to the whole book, although I did skip ahead several changes to see if the approach had changed. No such luck.

  • A Long Time Until Now

  • By: Michael Z. Williamson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
  • Length: 22 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,871
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,746
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,751

A military unit is thrust back into Paleolithic times with only their guns and portable hardware. Ten soldiers on convoy in Afghanistan suddenly find themselves lost in time. Somehow they arrived in Earth's Paleolithic Asia. With no idea how they arrived or how to get back, the shock of the event is severe. They discover groups of the similarly displaced: imperial Romans, Neolithic Europeans, and a small cadre of East Indian peasants.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Different Than Expected--But an Excellent Listen !

  • By C. Hartmann on 06-11-15

Your basic apocalyptic survival - just in the past

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

Couldn't stick with this book. It's a long book, and I just couldn't find any reason to listen for more than 20 hours. I jumped through the book to see whether it would get more innovative, but it didn't seem to. If you're looking for nothing more than a fun story - you may be quite satisfied. If you're looking for anything innovative or thought-provoking, I don't think you're going to find it.

  • Adulthood Rites

  • Xenogenesis, Book 2
  • By: Octavia E. Butler
  • Narrated by: Aldrich Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,008
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 926
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 926

In this sequel to Dawn, Lilith Iyapo has given birth to what looks like a normal human boy named Akin. But Akin actually has five parents: a male and female human, a male and female Oankali, and a sexless Ooloi. The Oankali and Ooloi are part of an alien race that rescued humanity from a devastating nuclear war, but the price they exact is a high one the aliens are compelled to genetically merge their species with other races, drastically altering both in the process.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Addictive

  • By Lynnette on 10-13-16

Didn't match up to Book 1 - Won't continue to Book

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

Reviewed: 10-10-17

Book 1 involved new ideas and concepts. Book 2 just ran with the same ideas and concepts for another 15 hours, often in a confusing way. I just don't see purchasing Book 3.

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  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,296
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34,193

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

Waited a long time for something thought-provoking

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

Reviewed: 10-10-17

In an 18 hour audible book I found the first 15 hours almost entirely predictable. It wasn't until the end that I was actively trying to figure out where things were going, and engaging in new thought experiments. Ultimately an interesting book, but not sure it was up to several of Dan Brown's others.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful