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  • You're Going to Mars!

  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 844
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 791
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790

Living and slaving in Fill City One, you get used to the smell. We call it the Everpresent Stink. But every once in a while, on a spring day with a breeze, it clears away enough to remind us that there is something more out there. Most Fillers' wildest dreams would be just to get past the walls and live in the mainland. But my dream? It’s a little bigger. I’m going to Mars.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Author nails it again!

  • By @newhaven265 on 11-14-18

Fun on Earth. Dull in Space.

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

Reviewed: 11-22-18

Enjoyable right up to the departure time. The actual sci-fi plot quickly falls apart and dies on Mars, and with it all the entertainment and fun of this book.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian Chronicles

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,165

Bradbury's Mars is a place of hope, dreams, and metaphor - of crystal pillars and fossil seas - where a fine dust settles on the great, empty cities of a silently destroyed civilization. It is here the invaders have come to despoil and commercialize, to grow and to learn - first a trickle, then a torrent, rushing from a world with no future toward a promise of tomorrow. The Earthman conquers Mars...and then is conquered by it, lulled by dangerous lies of comfort and familiarity, and enchanted by the lingering glamour of an ancient, mysterious native race.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Original. Great Stories, Great Narrator.

  • By Troy on 04-05-16

Great Narrator. Dreadful Content. Avoid!

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

I've enjoyed great many many sci-fi classics, but this book did not age well. I struggled to keep listening and eventually gave up. It's a cringe fest.

  • Guerrilla P.R. 2.0

  • Wage an Effective Publicity Campaign without Going Broke
  • By: Michael Levine
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Every Fortune 500 corporation, movie star, and scandal queen knows that a good publicist is essential to building success and maintaining public support. But if you're a small-business owner, an entrepreneur, or an undercapitalized beginner seeking an edge in a highly competitive arena, it's unlikely that you have your own high-powered publicist. Guerrilla P.R. 2.0 offers all the resources necessary to mount your own campaign and get the media exposure you need.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing "Guerrilla" About This Book

  • By Dejan on 06-15-16

Nothing "Guerrilla" About This Book

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

Reviewed: 06-15-16

This is a really good guide to basic PR without a single instance actual guerrilla approach. Essentially, Levine mixed up words "cheap" and "guerrilla". He failed to bring up any significant digital PR opportunities, despite his attempt to stay in touch with the trends.

So the value you'll get from this book is:

1. Wisdom and perspective from a PR veteran.
2. Some low-budget PR tactics.
3. Occasional creative PR example.
4. Lots of useful, basic and common sense PR advice.

  • Starfire

  • By: B.V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,253
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,253

On June 30, 1908, an object fell from the sky, releasing more energy than a thousand Hiroshima bombs. A Siberian forest was flattened, but the strike left no significant crater. The anomaly came to be known as the Tunguska Event, and scientists have never agreed whether it was the largest meteor strike in recorded history - or something else. Alien artifacts have been uncovered since the 1908 event, and a new star drive is discovered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Spy flick meets First contact. :)

  • By Antonio Stevens on 04-27-15

So close...

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

Reviewed: 08-31-15

This book came very close to be one of my favourites but I just couldn't buy into the whole renewed cold war scenario. There are some pretty unreasonable hostilities in this book which don't build up or have a good explanation.

  • 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 17,291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,062
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,056

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

All males sound like cartoon characters.

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

Reviewed: 06-17-15

Great book. Great idea. Great story. Two objections...

One: Male Characters

I wish Mary Robinette Kowal wouldn't attempt to do male voices and instead just read everything in her natural voice, which is quite pleasant and crisp. Males sound like cartoon characters, or idiots perhaps. I found it distracting and difficult to take the story seriously.

Two [Light Spoiler]: Emotional Impact

I am a hard science fiction fan and don't care much for character development for as long as there is a cohesive story with good amount of interesting ideas and technical background. That said, as a father, I found it difficult to understand how easily one of the main characters abandoned his kids. More importantly how can Neal Stephenson as a father himself write such shallow nonsense?

  • Proxima: Book 1

  • By: Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 433
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 395

The very far future: The galaxy is a drifting wreck of black holes, neutron stars, and chill white dwarfs. The age of star formation is long past. Yet there is life here, feeding off the energies of the stellar remnants, and there is mind, a tremendous galaxy-spanning intelligence each of whose thoughts lasts a hundred thousand years. And this mind cradles memories of a long-gone age when a more compact universe was full of light... The 27th century: Proxima Centauri, an undistinguished red dwarf star, is the nearest star to our sun. How would it be to live on such a world?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No Sense of Conclusion

  • By Lisa Davidson on 04-24-16

Great Story. Ruined by the Narrator.

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

Reviewed: 01-20-15

Do yourself a favour and listen to the sample before buying this book. I find him extremely irritating.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Fire Upon the Deep

  • By: Vernor Vinge
  • Narrated by: Peter Larkin
  • Length: 21 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,790
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,508
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,517

A Fire Upon the Deep is the big, breakout book that fulfills the promise of Vinge's career to date: a gripping tale of galactic war told on a cosmic scale. Thousands of years hence, many races inhabit a universe where a mind's potential is determined by its location in space, from superintelligent entities in the Transcend, to the limited minds of the Unthinking Depths, where only simple creatures and technology can function.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a wild, wacky, awesome book!

  • By Noah on 06-20-10

I couldn't finish it...

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

Reviewed: 12-07-14

A fascinating story at the beginning of the book took a wrong turn and never recovered. The narrator didn't help either with oddly shrill, comic voice which didn't belong to any of the characters in the book. I've asked for a refund.

  • Ark Royal

  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,406
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,098

Seventy years ago, the interstellar supercarrier Ark Royal was the pride of the Royal Navy. But now, her weapons are outdated and her solid-state armour nothing more than a burden on her colossal hull. She floats in permanent orbit near Earth, a dumping ground for the officers and crew the Royal Navy wishes to keep out of the public eye. But when a deadly alien threat appears, the modern starships built by humanity are no match for the powerful alien weapons.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good solid effort at a Space Opera

  • By Jim In Texas! on 08-05-14

Warning: Difficult to listen due to audio gating.

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

Reviewed: 09-17-14

Be warned. The audio sample is not representative of what the full recording actually sounds like. It's a roller-coaster of loud, explosive sentence starts and barely audible endings. It sounds like noise gate filter gone horribly wrong. I gave up trying to listen to it without earphones.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Outcast

  • Star Force, Book 10
  • By: B. V. Larson, David VanDyke
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,108

Star Force is called to arms again! Outcast is a new beginning, the first book in a new spin-off series. Many peaceful years have passed since the Macro Wars ended. Most of those who fought against the heartless machines have aged - but not the ingenious artificial construct known as Marvin. His insatiable curiosity is as strong as ever, and he’s brought home fresh perils to humanity’s doorstep.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captain Marvin Takes Command

  • By shalte on 07-22-14

Totally template-based. Totally worth it.

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

Reviewed: 08-27-14

What Larson did here was just swap the main character with his son and left everything else the same. Literally. And you know what? I'm a sucker for it. Keep them coming.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Off to Be the Wizard

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,880
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,248

It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hang in there

  • By Kelly on 03-04-17

Started off well and then somehow got lost

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

Reviewed: 08-27-14

I found the first part of this book really exciting, but things developed so quickly and I started to wonder what could the author possibly do next with the story. The second part of the book seems simply attached to what had already happened and I did not have fun listening to any of it. Perhaps this should have been a short story and not a book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful