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  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,594
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,552

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

Great Research and Facts

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

If you are a conservative you need to listen or read this book. It is interesting and worthwhile for your protection and the government’s purpose and goals.

  • Exiles at the Well of Souls

  • By: Jack L. Chalker
  • Narrated by: Peter Macon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273

Antor Trellig, head of a ruthless interstellar syndicate, has seized a supercomputer with godlike powers that could make him omnipotent. The Council offers master criminal Mavra Chang any reward she desires if she can stop Trellig - and horrible, lingering death if she fails. But neither Trellig nor Mavra has taken the Well World into consideration. Built by the ancient Markovians, the Well World controls the design of the cosmos. When the opponents are drawn across space to the mysterious planet, they find themselves in new, alien bodies and in the middle of a battle where strange races fight desperately.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Overly complicated and slow plot.

  • By Gonzalo on 06-20-18

Just bizarre but...

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

Reviewed: 06-30-18

Great characters in this very imaginative and strange story just make it very entertaining. I’m hooked on the characters Maurva and Obie and just excited to go get the next book to see what happened. The reading and production are excellent also. A great choice for a sci-fi-fantasy fan. Or just as something different to read (listen to).

  • Glory Boy

  • By: Rick Partlow
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303

Caleb Mitchell gave up everything to protect his home. Shunned by friends and family for abandoning the pacifist beliefs of their religion, abandoned by the love of his life, he left his home world of Canaan to go to the Commonwealth Military Academy on Earth and train to fight in the looming war against the implacable alien threat of the Tahni Imperium. When a training mission with a crew of cadets winds up caught in the middle of one of the worst battles of the war, Cal and his fellow students are officially declared dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Miltary Sci Fi with Full Story in One Book

  • By Richard on 06-14-17

Good Military SciFi

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

Glory boys is is not a new idea. But, it is very well executed. There are several subtle things like our hero being raised as a pacifist “friend” that make some interesting twists possible. And, while you can see the end coming a mile away... it is not about the destination but about the journey that makes a good story. Not quite Jack Campbell but still a worthwhile book. Read or listen to the audiobook if you like military sci-fi you have a great time.

  • Falling Free

  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,817
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,510

Leo Graf was just your average highly efficient engineer: mind your own business, fix what's wrong, and move on to the next job. But all that changed on his assignment to the Cay Habitat, where a group of humanoids had been secretly, commercially bioengineered for working in free fall. Could he just stand there and allow the exploitation of hundreds of helpless children merely to enhance the bottom line of a heartless mega-corporation?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Don't read this one first

  • By Carol on 02-20-13

Surprisingly good book

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

Reviewed: 09-09-17

This was an off the wall pick for some travel reading on a summer trip. Wonderful idea and well told story. I would love to find out if there was a follow on when I get time. A worthwhile listen and a very good choice to introduce SF for a Young Adult reader.

  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon

  • By: Kelly Barnhill
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,916

Every year the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary Listening Experience

  • By Gunnyvil on 12-18-16

I listened to it twice

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

The story was interesting but hard to follow at the first pass. But I went back thinking I'd missed something at the beginning but ended up listening to the whole book again. It was worth it. I was able to follow the storyline much better and enjoyed the book. Great narration. Good book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Judas Unchained

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,080
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,096

Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.The Prime are the Commonwealth's worst nightmare. Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Different narrator would have made this infinitely better!

  • By Kurt W. on 07-18-16

A massive achievement

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

Reviewed: 07-24-17

At first I thought could not have imagined how you could write a story 42 hours long and hold the readers interested for that long. But, the storyline is so well thought out and the action so driving that the story never lags. More than that, it wrapped up the previous books and all threads are tied off. The characters are honest. No shenanigans to fix poorly thought out plot points. Truly a master at storytelling at work. Well worth every minute I spent with this book.

0 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67,485
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63,326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,196

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

A really creative story that is fun

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

Reviewed: 03-30-17

Bob is a great character with so much potential for creating an interesting dialog that I'd give this book six stars for the story if I could. Everything from the range of ideas to the speculative science are great thought provoking ideas that make this book a great read. I suspect this book could become a "classic" one day. Really looking forward to the next book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Zero World

  • By: Jason M. Hough
  • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 627

Technologically enhanced superspy Peter Caswell has been dispatched on a top-secret assignment unlike any he's ever faced. A spaceship that vanished years ago has been found, along with the bodies of its murdered crew - save one. Peter's mission is to find the missing crew member, who fled through what appears to be a tear in the fabric of space. Beyond this mysterious doorway lies an even more confounding reality: a world that seems to be Earth's twin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Conduit to SciFi Entertainment

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 02-25-17

Great Story

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

Reviewed: 02-23-17

This is one of the most innovative storylines I have seen in years. Interesting characters and thrilling action made the unique and interesting story a joy to listen to and contemplate. Great science fiction.

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,061

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Had so much promise

  • By Brian G on 09-01-17

Interesting Ideas

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

Reviewed: 02-17-17

I really liked the character of Mike and there's a lot more interesting twists in the story that keeps the interest up. There was one action account that I literally could not put down. Great time.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Kris Longknife's Assassin

  • By: Mike Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 129

Raised in the shadow of her brother Hank, Vicky now finds herself heir to the Peterwald Empire and hell bent on killing Kris Longknife. When that doesn't work out, she finds herself shipped off to the Greenfeld Navy as a boot ensign. There she learns she can solve problems without taking her clothes off, and really feel good about it! When Kris Longknife crosses Vicky's path again, Vicky is ready to help her save Vicky's dad's life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting spin-off

  • By Jean on 05-03-15

Fills in a nice piece of the background

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

Reviewed: 01-22-17

This story sets up the background to the Vicky Peterwald third book "Rebel" and goes a long way to explain how Vicky grew up and then really grew up in the Navy. It's not long but an interesting story.