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  • METAtropolis

  • By: Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and others
  • Narrated by: Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2,662
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,320
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2,374

Armed camps of eco-survivalists battle purveyors of technology in this exclusive, original production featuring five sci-fi masters and five all-star narrators.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Painful

  • By Anthony on 07-29-13

Boring naive stories

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

Reviewed: 03-04-14

None of the short stories in this book are memorable, entertaining, or mildly thought provoking. Only one of the six stories well written at all.

The only people who might like these stories are extreme environmentalists who fantasize about a day when we all ride around in bicycles and have 100% sustainability.

  • Fahrenheit 451

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 903
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 801
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 810

The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires. And he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs or the joy of watching pages consumed by flames, never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Classic tale deserves a better narrator

  • By happy weaver on 04-16-14

I am glad that I revisited this classic.

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

Reviewed: 11-08-13

I read this book many years ago and liked it then. I just read it again and I cannot believe how awestruck I am. When you consider that this story was first published in 1953 and the future that Mr. Bradbury envisioned, he was quite prophetic.

Ray imagined rooms with entire walls that were televisions. Ads were targeted towards each individual viewer. Instant gratification was required by society. Entertainment is inane, shallow, and pre-digested. Porn is in 3D. Society is so self absorbed and focused on immediate happiness that they cannot see their society crumbling and oncoming nuclear holocaust. Our society with its large screen TVs, targeted internet ads, reality TV shows, news headlines that focus more on celebrity gossip, and our never ending cycle of wars is not to different from what Ray imagined.

I wish that more people would read this book. If they did, they would see the parallels that I see and maybe they would reconsider how they view the world.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce

  • By: Jonathan Swift
  • Narrated by: David Hyde Pierce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,986
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,683
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,685

A Signature Performance: Four-time Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce delivers an air of lovable self-importance in his rendition of the classic social satire that remains as fresh today as the day it was published.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved every minute

  • By Rose on 01-16-11

Surprisingly good.

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

Reviewed: 11-02-13

My expectations were that this was a children's story. I was surprised to find out that it is not. It is actually a sitcom intended for an adult audience if you think about it. And some of the bits could be quite funny if they were written in a modern style.

  • Stark's Command

  • Stark's War, Book 2
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer, Jack Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 887
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 689

A mutiny on the moon places Sgt. Ethan Stark in command of the U.S. military forces there - and turns a dream for independence into a reality.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting military Sci Fi

  • By Jean on 03-28-13

Too bland.

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

Reviewed: 11-02-13

This review is about the entire series:

I am a big fan of John G. Hemry, and I realize that this is his first series. My major objection to this entire series is that the language is too clean. John is censoring the language and it takes away from the realism of the combat. Why does he do this? I do not know. I find it frustrating that language is more offensive than describing people getting their limbs torn off.

Let’s face facts. Combat is a dirty, ugly business. Combat soldiers swear, and call their enemies some of the most racist, ugly names you can imagine. This series lacked the grit that would have made it exciting and believable.

The only redeemable thing about this entire story is the underlying messages. But it is simply not worth putting up with the oatmeal blandness. I want gumbo!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Stark's Crusade

  • Stark's War, Book 3
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer, Jack Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655

He was sent into space to protect the U.S. Lunar Colony. Instead, when faced with orders that would do nothing but get his soldiers killed, Sergeant Stark lead a rebellion. Now he and his soldiers must fend off deadly aggression from their own country without igniting a full-scale civil war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sorry to see the series end

  • By Jean on 06-10-13

Too bland.

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

Reviewed: 11-02-13

This review is about the entire series:

I am a big fan of John G. Hemry, and I realize that this is his first series. My major objection to this entire series is that the language is too clean. John is censoring the language and it takes away from the realism of the combat. Why does he do this? I do not know. I find it frustrating that language is more offensive than describing people getting their limbs torn off.

Let’s face facts. Combat is a dirty, ugly business. Combat soldiers swear, and call their enemies some of the most racist, ugly names you can imagine. This series lacked the grit that would have made it exciting and believable.

The only redeemable thing about this entire story is the underlying messages. But it is simply not worth putting up with the oatmeal blandness. I want gumbo!

  • Stark's War

  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Eric Summerer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 931
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 936

To seize the moon from foreign powers--and keep his men alive - Sergeant Ethan Stark must choose which orders to obey - and which to ignore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All too believable

  • By Andy on 09-10-10

Too bland.

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

Reviewed: 11-02-13

This review is about the entire series:

I am a big fan of John G. Hemry, and I realize that this is his first series. My major objection to this entire series is that the language is too clean. John is censoring the language and it takes away from the realism of the combat. Why does he do this? I do not know. I find it frustrating that language is more offensive than describing people getting their limbs torn off.

Let’s face facts. Combat is a dirty, ugly business. Combat soldiers swear, and call their enemies some of the most racist, ugly names you can imagine. This series lacked the grit that would have made it exciting and believable.

The only redeemable thing about this entire story is the underlying messages. But it is simply not worth putting up with the oatmeal blandness. I want gumbo!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wings of Wrath

  • Magister Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: C. S. Friedman
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 385

Kamala, a peasant woman, has claimed the powerful sorcery of the Magisters - the ability to draw on the power of the human soul without dying for it- as her own. But in her rise to power, she finds herself hunted by the brotherhood, and flees to a land where spells are warped by a fatal curse. It is a land that even Magisters fear.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good although not as good as the first one.

  • By Marco on 02-12-15

Nothing compelling here.

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

Reviewed: 10-27-13

This review is of the entire trilogy:

After an interesting beginning, I was so hoping that there would be something about the main character that would make her interesting. Unfortunately that never happened. I was so disappointed. She was quite dull and shallow.

The author was too predictable. One of the problems I had was with how she would always kill off potential mates of the main character. Some of them started of quite interesting and likable. Yet you knew they were going to die like red shirted crewmen on Star Trek.

Most male characters were cookie cutter as well. They were mostly self centered, shallow, and misogynistic. Very few were worthy and noble. If they were, they were killed off by the author.

It is sad. There were a lot of missed opportunities with this series.

The narrator was not very good either. She is pretty flat and emotionless. She did not help the story at all.

Overall, I recommend passing on this series. There is nothing redeemable.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Feast of Souls

  • Magister Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: C. S. Friedman
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 18 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 782
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 716
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 717

C.S. Friedman, acclaimed author of The Coldfire Trilogy, returns to the epic style which has made her one of the most popular fantasy writers in the genre. In this first book of the trilogy, Friedman introduces listeners to a world of high fantasy, replete with vampire-like magical powers, erotic interludes, treachery, war, sorcery, and a draconic creature of horrific power and evil that will have listeners eagerly awaiting the next novel in the series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Price of Power - Would You Pay It??

  • By Stefan on 08-30-13

Nothing compelling here.

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

Reviewed: 10-27-13

This review is of the entire trilogy:

After an interesting beginning, I was so hoping that there would be something about the main character that would make her interesting. Unfortunately that never happened. I was so disappointed. She was quite dull and shallow.

The author was too predictable. One of the problems I had was with how she would always kill off potential mates of the main character. Some of them started of quite interesting and likable. Yet you knew they were going to die like red shirted crewmen on Star Trek.

Most male characters were cookie cutter as well. They were mostly self centered, shallow, and misogynistic. Very few were worthy and noble. If they were, they were killed off.

It is sad. There were a lot of missed opportunities with this series.

The narrator was not very good either. She is pretty flat and emotionless. She did not help the story at all.

Overall, I recommend passing on this series. There is nothing redeemable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Legacy of Kings

  • Magister Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: C. S. Friedman
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339

The young peasant woman Kamala has proven strong and determined enough to claim the most powerful Magister sorcery for herself-but now the Magisters hunt her for killing one of their own. Her only hope of survival lies in the northern Protectorates, where spells are warped by a curse called the Wrath that even the Magisters fear. Originally intended to protect the lands of men from creatures known only as souleaters, the Wrath appears to be weakening-and the threat of this ancient enemy is once more falling across the land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and Enigmatic ... Yet Powerful and Willful

  • By Terri on 12-09-13

Nothing compelling here.

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

Reviewed: 10-27-13

This review is of the entire trilogy:

After an interesting beginning, I was so hoping that there would be something about the main character that would make her interesting. Unfortunately that never happened. I was so disappointed. She was quite dull and shallow.

The author was too predictable. One of the problems I had was with how she would always kill off potential mates of the main character. Some of them started of quite interesting and likable. Yet you knew there were going to die like red shirted crewmen on Star Trek.

Most male characters were cookie cutter as well. They were mostly self centered, shallow, and misogynistic. Very few were worthy and noble.

It is sad. There were a lot of missed opportunities with this series.

The narrator was not very good either. She is pretty flat and emotionless. She did not help the story at all.

Overall, I recommend passing on this series. There is nothing redeemable.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bioshock: Rapture

  • Bioshock, Book 1
  • By: John Shirley
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 967
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 968

It was the end of World War II. FDR's New Deal had redefined American politics. Taxes were at an all-time high. The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki had created a fear of total annihilation. The rise of secret government agencies and sanctions on business had many watching their backs. America's sense of freedom was diminishing... and many were desperate to take that freedom back.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • YAAY! Finally . . . Wait, What!?

  • By Jason on 06-29-12

This needs to be a movie.

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

Reviewed: 06-25-13

I bought this book on a lark. I have heard of the game, but never played it. I quickly however enjoyed the story. The whole time that I was listening to it, I was envisioning this as a movie. It is a bit twisted and gory at times, but I still liked it.

I liked the narrator a lot. I have not listened to him before, and I have about 160 books. The only issue I had with him is his accents. One of the main characters, Bill, was supposed to have a cockney accent. Bill however sounded more like a Vermonter than a Brit. He also could not do a Brooklyn accent very well either. But I loved his voice and cadence. He kept me interested.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful