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  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,972
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,541

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FLEETWOOD MAC

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 09-04-15

Welcome to the new kind a zombie!

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

Reviewed: 07-27-14

Where does The Girl with All the Gifts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is probably my favorite so far.

What did you like best about this story?

I kept feeling quite conflicted. I wasn't certain whether to root for the zombie or the humans. It was constant tension as to who would harm whom.

Which scene was your favorite?

Favorite scene in the story was when the survivors had to walk through the town overrun with zombies. Tension was intense.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The most moving scene was probably when the small zombie girl was first touched by her favorite teacher. It was both anxiety producing, & heartwarming.

Any additional comments?

I think I can easily say this is the best zombie themed story I've ever heard. It is also my favorite audiobook that I've ever listen to.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Steel World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 1
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,761
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,765

In the 20th century Earth sent probes, transmissions, and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy. As most of the local worlds were too civilized to have a proper army, the only valuable service Earth could provide came in the form of soldiers....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Space Opera

  • By Don Gilbert on 12-05-13

Soldier sent to alien world to kill and conquer.

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

Reviewed: 07-20-14

What made the experience of listening to Steel World the most enjoyable?

Light science-fiction, lots of action, and enjoyable main character McGill.

What other book might you compare Steel World to and why?

"Starship troopers".

What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

Voice acting did a nice job with McGill the main character.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, this is pure guilty science-fiction fluff pleasure.

Any additional comments?

I would describe this book as for science-fiction oriented persons who aren't looking for deep thoughts. Enjoyable action, character development and interesting story is enough.

This ain't Blade Runner but it's not meant to be.

  • Dust World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 2
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,821
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,812

The Galactics arrived with their Battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spans the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In 2122 a lost colony expedition contacts Earth, surprising our government. Colonization is against Galactic Law, and Legion Varus is dispatched to the system to handle the situation. Earth gave them sealed orders, but Earth is 35 lightyears away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They’re back ready to die; again

  • By Don Gilbert on 07-07-14

Smart Alec soldiers fight aliens!

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

Reviewed: 07-20-14

What did you love best about Dust World?

This is a continuation of "steel world". Check out "steel world "for a more fleshed out beginning to the character and more in-depth explanation of why soldiers are being sent out into the universe to fight aliens.I like the series for its lightness. It scratches the science-fiction itch.

What did you like best about this story?

McGill is a fun character to hang out with.

What does Mark Boyett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Probably the accent in my head while reading would've been different.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No, this is just pure guilty pleasure. American space soldier kills aliens while trying to survive.

Any additional comments?

Science-fiction guilty pleasure.

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  • Words of Radiance

  • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 48 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 43,690
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40,865
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 40,852

In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radiance" shines

  • By Don Gilbert on 03-08-14

Fantasy world well imagine!

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

Reviewed: 07-20-14

Would you listen to Words of Radiance again? Why?

Definitely, there's so much going on here that over time you can forget the details.

What other book might you compare Words of Radiance to and why?

The first book in the series, obviously.

What about Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s performance did you like?

Again very good job of creating full-bodied characters.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Extreme reaction no, but this is a fantasy piece and I was drawn into what was going to happen to the characters as well as where the story was going.

Any additional comments?

"The Way of Kings" part two!

  • The Way of Kings

  • Book One of The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 45 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 51,901
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 46,941
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 46,946

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!

  • By Lore on 03-31-12

FantasyStormsWarsYoung Characters Discover Powers

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

Reviewed: 07-20-14

If you could sum up The Way of Kings in three words, what would they be?

New powers + War

What other book might you compare The Way of Kings to and why?

This book is a completely new and made-up universe. I can think of similar story lines however the main difference is the universe itself is unique.

The uniqueness of the universes what's attractive here.

Which character – as performed by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

All the main characters are fairly well fleshed out and enjoyable. I can't single one out as my favorite.

I think I was most interested in was where the story was going and solving the mystery layed before the reader.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This is so far a 3 book series. Impossible to read even the single book in one sitting.

Too much story character development and action to do all at once. This is more of an epic piece similar to "lord of the rings".

Any additional comments?

Someone had recommended me this book based on the fact it was a fantasy peace with completely unique universe creation. It has a similar epic feel to "Lord of the rings" however there are no trolls fairies gnomes or other classic fantasy pieces.

The characters are interesting. This story has a mystery that needs to be solved. The epic arc of the first two books is worthy of your time and effort.

Can't wait to read or listen to the third and final book.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 155,756
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 143,727
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 143,571

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Smartie pants gets left behind on Mars & now what?

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

Reviewed: 07-20-14

What did you love best about The Martian?

This is a very fast-paced and technically accurate science fiction realism story.There are no aliens or special time travel or other magical plot solutions. If you took a thought experiment to explain how to get to mars, set up human beings, and what you would do in a catastrophic emergency, this is the story you get.It can at times get into some nitty-gritty details however these are brief and the action is more often very fast-paced. Main characters are quite likable and you're rooting for them to survive.If a movie like Apollo 13 was appealing you would appreciate this book.

What other book might you compare The Martian to and why?

Kim Stanely Robison's trilogy: "Red Mars" + "Green Mars" + "Blue Mars" has a similar approach on a larger scale. "The Martian" has a narrower focus. Both excellent reads.

Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

Mark Watney = he is the character you spend 95% of your time with = stranded astronaut on Mars.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This book is quite fast paced. The pacing lends itself to listening to in large clumps. If time wasn't a factor, listening to this in one go through would definitely be pleasurable.

Any additional comments?

If you are inclined to like science or theoretical subjects in a realistic manner, then this is your read. It is action-packed but has a strong scientific grounded-based reality. It is quite enjoyable. Highly recommended.