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  • Woken Furies

  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 22 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,192
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,329
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,298

Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • a first

  • By customer on 02-10-08

Pornography? Emotional Intelligence of a Termite

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

Richard Morgan must have somehow devolved into a Hustler-reading, porn-watching teenager between writing the first two books and this one... although I think it was a steady downhill slide. Takeshi, the protagonist, has so little emotional Intelligence in this book that he has the self control of a 20-year-old, not an Envoy who has intimate mind control and whose life has spanned centuries. The depictions of sex (VERY frequent) are exsctly like cheap pornography. Richard Morgan must have no idea what women are really after and/or half his reason for writing is to satisfy some juvenile fantasy of what women want. I have no problem with books including graphic sex, but this is fairly annoying for the same reason women find it annoying to date men who turn out to have no clue about women except what they saw on Internet porn (and furthermore don't care). As for the emotional intelligence, the protagonist gets angry and irrelevant things, belligerently snaps at people, makes "junior high" jokes, and makes poor decisions based on immediate gratification of his own petty grievances. Overall, this is nowhere near the quality of the first book. FYI-- "cunt" seems to be the most commonly used word in the book-- both in the context of a body part and as a derogatory epithet. "Breast" is generally used in the sense of "sucking on" with cheap porn verbiage to such as extent that I really think this book was written by a 13-year-old son of Richard Morgan. Bottom line-- Woken Furies is like a lurid romance novel written for men instead of women-- violent techno porn, maybe.

  • Destroyer

  • Rewinder, Book 2
  • By: Brett Battles
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 855
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 851

With the whole of human history altered, Denny Younger may be the last rewinder in existence - and the last person on Earth with a chaser unit capable of time travel. While caring for his ailing sister, Denny must discover a way to recharge his device before he's left with no defense against a past that wants him dead. Before long, Denny notices a mysterious stranger following him - keeping tabs on Denny, his family, and his friends. Is Denny just paranoid?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic narration! Terrible story.

  • By Woodrow M Bell on 03-26-16

Horrible Book! Idiotic Protagonist- Moronic Plot

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

The protagonist is a heinous idiot who can't see the obvious when it's dangled and inch from his nose. The antagonist is equally idiotic-- driven by a totally irrational hatred of the protagonist out of all proportion to his actions-- a typical dime store villain who is willing to detroy the world to get back at one person for committing a relatively small mistake. Too bad because this could have been a great plot. I will be returning this one shortly!

  • Code Breakers: Beta

  • By: Colin F. Barnes
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

The fanatical Red Widows sweep destruction across the abandoned lands. Their aggression threatens to destroy the city Gerry had risked his life to save. Petal, the woman Gerry has come to love, is dying. The despotic cabal, The Family, demand he brings her to them, but she's missing, running from the Widows, searching for the truth of her origins before it's too late. When their paths cross, Petal and Gerry will hold the fate of humankind in their hands - if they can survive the malevolent digital entity that stalks them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dime Store Cyber Punk

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-16-18

Dime Store Cyber Punk

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

SUPER cheesy, but relatively entertaining. Characters constantly enter enemy or unknown facilities alone, leaving their backup outside, much like in low budget horror movies. The romance is juvenile and tragic. People gain years worth of skills, knowledge, and maturity in several days without explanation and characters jump from one action scene to the next with nothing in between. Last everyone mysteriously happens to end up in the right place at the right time to move the plot conveniently forward (like randomly stumbling upon an enemy bunker VERY far from anything, in a storm). Overall, the audio book is not a terrible way to be entertained while doing the yard work or painting your house... but expect "B movie" quality.

  • The Punch Escrow

  • By: Tal M. Klein
  • Narrated by: Matthew Mercer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,819
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,817

Joel Byram is an everyday 22nd century guy. He spends his days training artificial-intelligence engines to act more human, jamming out to 1980s new wave - an extremely obscure genre - and trying to salvage his deteriorating marriage. Joel is pretty much an everyday guy with everyday problems - until he's accidentally duplicated while teleporting. Now Joel must outsmart the shadowy organization that controls teleportation, outrun the religious sect out to destroy it, and find a way to get back to the woman he loves.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible execution of an interesting idea.

  • By alexkazam on 09-07-17

Similar Genera to Ready Player One

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

This is a similar feel and genera to Ready Player One, but is way more limited in scope. Where RPO is a super epic novel, this one is very limited in scope. The writing style is straight forward, but well executed. The plot is fun and has a few philosophically interesting points. I recommend it if you like somewhat light, fast-paced, sci fi adventures with minimal melodrama and a fair amount of speculation about how technology could impact human culture.

  • The Gold-Son

  • By: Carrie Anne Noble
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 369

All sixteen-year-old Tommin wants is to make beautiful shoes and care for his beloved grandmother, but his insatiable need to steal threatens to destroy everything. Driven by a curse that demands more and more gold, he's sure to get caught eventually.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Aimed at a younger public, but still enjoyable

  • By Andressa W. on 10-21-17

Reasonably Stupid Romantic Allegory

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

The Gold-Son is basically an allegory about women who fall in love with weak-minded junkies who the women believe yo be "sweet and misguided". The female character in the book is trying to "save" the protagonist, who she loves, from his compulsion to steal gold and the withdrawals he he has from his addiction... and there is romance. The book reads almost like the outline of a book im some ways-- it isn't very well developed. On the other hand, the author dwells at painful length on the emotional states of characters. Overall, it's a typical, trite, "chick book", but meant for teens. Personally, I think this is the wrong message to be sending teen girls if we want them not to fall into the trap of trying to save dysfunctional men and/or want them to be strong, independent, smart, people.

  • The Fourth Monkey

  • By: J. D. Barker
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Graham Winton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,699

Se7en meets The Silence of the Lambs in this dark and twisting novel from the author Jeffery Deaver called "a talented writer with a delightfully devious mind". For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one that proves he has taken another victim, who may still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twisted Knives And Killer Humor

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-15-17

Not My Genera, But Well Written

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

This is a well developed story with a good balance of suspense, horror, character development, drama, and action. I generally dislike graphic murder mysteries, but I recommend The Fourth Monkey if that's your thing... A nice twist on sociopathic serial killers.

  • World of Trouble

  • The Last Policeman, Book 3
  • By: Ben H. Winters
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 368

With the doomsday asteroid looming, Detective Hank Palace has found sanctuary in the woods of New England, secure in a well-stocked safe house with other onetime members of the Concord police force. But with time ticking away before the asteroid makes landfall, Hank's safety is only relative, and his only relative - his sister Nico - isn't safe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best one!

  • By Najima Rainey on 02-01-15

Painful Due to Unreliable Protagonist

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

Reviewed: 01-13-18

World of trouble is well written as a speculation about how people might psychologically cope with impending apocalypse, but it's also painful to read. I had a hard time getting through it because I couldn't stand the basically psychotic, self-centered, protagonist. He single-mindedly spends the entire trilogy solving "cases" that have become irrelevant due to the impending end of the world. He does so to the detriment of people around him, endangering them and using scarce resources because he can't control his compulsion to find whatever piece of information he has become obsessed with. He is so delusional in this last book that he feels compelled to "gather evidence" and "take fingerprints" three days before the world will end and when there is no lab anywhere or police force to analyze them. He perpetrates cruel acts toward several others in order to "interrogate" them, about crimes that no one cares about, in his unfettered compulsion. The author may be doing a good job of depicting psychological breakdown under stress-- most of the remaining people have become somewhat psychotic-- but it's hard to read a book whose first-person protagonist is so out of control. Also, I personally don't find Winters' depiction of a pre-apocalypse credible. I can't imagine that there would be absolutely no organization or any major attempt to take humanity underground.

  • The Fountains of Paradise

  • By: Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 920
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 925

Vannemar Morgan's dream is to link Earth to the stars with the greatest engineering feat of all time: a 24,000-mile-high space elevator. But first he must solve a million technical, political, and economic problems while allaying the wrath of God. For the only possible site on the planet for Morgans Orbital Tower is the monastery atop the Sacred Mountain of Sri Kanda.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A magical poem for geeks

  • By David on 11-16-11

Whoa, Holy Boring Book!

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

I LOVE Arthur C. Clarke, but everyone occasionally produces something that isn't a resounding success. This presented some highly interesting ideas and is probably good from a technical standpoint for hardcore sci-fi.... but the plot os INSANELY boring. I managed to slog through it only because I enjoy reviewing books and pride myself on finishing them. Ot was a little like reading a very dry history text... but fictional. It also took over half the book to figure out which character was going to be the protagonist. I only recommend this to people whose goal is to read every sci-fi classic.

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  • Countdown City

  • The Last Policeman, Book 2
  • By: Ben H. Winters
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 428

There are just 77 days to go before a deadly asteroid collides with Earth, and Detective Hank Palace is out of a job. With the Concord police force operating under the auspices of the U.S. Justice Department, Hank’s days of solving crimes are over - until a woman from his past begs for help finding her missing husband....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't bother buying a new watch battery

  • By Matthew on 08-14-13

Societal Denial & Obsessive Compulsive Protagonist

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

Reviewed: 12-31-17

The protagonist is fairly annoying in this sequel. He is more or less in denial about the apocalypse, has made nearly no plans, and is obsessively following "leads" in a ridiculous "case" and endangering others by refusing to let it the f@$k go. The rest of society is more or less in the same denial, which is even more incredible and somewhat annoying. The books overall have a very interesting premise, but the details seem unlikely to be realistic. It seems much more likely that people would start preparing and organizing as soon as a major planet-level disaster became a certainty, particularly if they had something more than a year to plan. The obsessive protagonist who is in denial may be realistic, but he is still annoying.

  • Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life

  • By: Wendy Mass
  • Narrated by: Andy Paris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Jeremy Fink has big plans for this summer with his best friend Lizzy, a notorious troublemaker (and no, he does not have a secret crush on her). He has everything he needs within a few blocks of his home, so he never has to leave his little neighborhood. And this summer, he officially becomes a teenager.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Feel-Good Story That Opens The Heart & The Mind

  • By Hector on 07-12-13

Great Story! Philosophy for Pre-Teens... & Adults!

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

I recommend this for adults who enjoy a thought-provoking kids' book and for kids who are philosophical and/or intellectually curious. It's a fun story about the meaning of life with a fairly simple, but fundamentally important message. I personally found the main supporting character somewhat annoying because I have a hard time with people who are not curious and with kids who are willfully incurious... but the author did a very good job of capturing multiple common personality types, which is a great thing for young readers to learn about. We all have strengths despite being wildly different from one another. Like I always tell my staff, having a tool shed full of hammers is not very useful to any project. The best tool shed has a huge diversity of tools.