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  • All Systems Red

  • By: Martha Wells
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,084
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,793
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,793

All Systems Red is the tense first science fiction adventure novella in Martha Wells' series The Murderbot Diaries. For fans of Westworld, Ex Machina, Ann Leckie's Imperial Raadch series, or Iain M. Banks' Culture novels. The main character is a deadly security droid that has bucked its restrictive programming and is balanced between contemplative self-discovery and an idle instinct to kill all humans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVE MURDERBOT

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 11-06-17

Get it only on a cheap sale!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

I read this book as a whim, it was on sale on audible and I figured why not give a try. The good parts were the price, inexpensive, and the length which was under four hours. So it wasn’t a huge commitment.

Shortly after listening to the book I was glad I had picked a short book. “Murderbot” wasn’t really fascinating as a character. The character had a lot of contradictions, and I didn’t like how it interacted with the rest of the crew. Also the character made a lot of decisions out of the blue (especially at the end) that didn’t make sense based on what they were doing before.

For me, the biggest problem is that there wasn’t a lot of human emotion to connect with, and while I get it that was the point, it just wasn’t entertaining.

The weird thing is, by the end of the book I was still interested in the story and really wishing the author had done it differently. The main character was itself still boring, but I was interested in some of the side characters.

It didn’t really do it for me. I wouldn’t call the book good or bad, mostly just filler. I can say that I won’t be following up on the series, and I am not too sure I will follow up on the author.

  • Gather ‘Round the Sound

  • Holiday Stories from Beloved Authors and Great Performers Across the Globe
  • By: Paulo Coelho, Yvonne Morrison, Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters, Daniel Frances Berenson, Magda Szubanski, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5,514
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,846
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4,844

2017 has been a monumental year for Audible, having just celebrated our 20th anniversary, a milestone that would have never been possible without our wonderful and loyal listeners. One of our major commitments is bringing new and diverse audio experiences to our members, so this year, as our gift to you, we pulled together a collection that reflects a little bit of everything we’ve been up to recently.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Holidays

  • By ZOE R on 12-12-17

This is a negatory Houston moment.

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

Full Disclosure: I generally dislike holiday books/stories and I had successfully avoided all Christmas carols and specials this year (except of course the required Dr. Who Christmas Special) so I thought I would give something a try now that the season was over.

This was free, and most of the stories are boring and forgettable, but the first one about the group at employees at GE answering letters written to Santa Claus was the most interesting. The office people volunteering for this were interviewed and with obvious emotion in their voices talked about how it changed their world. I do admit it tugged a little at the heart strings. The problem I had with the story is they kept saying the name GE so many times it started sounding like a commercial for GE. GE had to have been named more then 20 times in the 12 minute interview…

Made me wonder if GE paid for part of the book.

The positive was the fact the book is extremely short, so I was only bored for a little over an hour. When I was done I realized it had reinforced the idea I should have completely avoided Christmas stories.

So my words to you, it isn’t worth the time you put into listening to it.

  • Succubus!

  • Hell High
  • By: Michael-Scott Earle
  • Narrated by: David Dietz
  • Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 258

Sherman had always thought high school was a real drag. He was looking forward to finishing his senior year so that he could coast through college, get a day job, and spend the rest of his life playing video games. He is used to seeing angels, but when a new girl transfers into his AP physics class, he thinks demons might be more his style.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wild

  • By B. Mulder on 01-27-17

An unexpected but good surprise

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

I picked up this book as something quick to listen to between two larger audio books. I figured I would listen a few minutes at a time, but I just ended up listening to the whole thing. I think I picked it up for under $5 and it was worth the risk.

The story itself centers on a senior in high school and the things he sees in that high school. The story involves monsters, demons, devils and a hot succubus girl. I will admit, about 10 minutes into the story I was hooked and found myself enjoying it.

The ending is too abrupt (but it was at a stopping point). This is to be expected since it is only a 90 minute book. I just found out that there are two more books that are about 3 times the size of this book (over four hours each). I will end up picking those up.

  • The History of Ancient Egypt

  • By: Bob Brier, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Bob Brier
  • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,330
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,326

Ancient Egyptian civilization is so grand our minds sometimes have difficulty adjusting to it. It lasted 3,000 years, longer than any other on the planet. Its Great Pyramid of Cheops was the tallest building in the world until well into the 19th century and remains the only Ancient Wonder still standing. And it was the most technologically advanced of the ancient civilizations, with the medical knowledge that made Egyptian physicians the most famous in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incomprehensibly complete

  • By Nassir on 07-09-13

The absolute best resource on ancient Egypt!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

Bob Brier is probably the best presenting college professor I have had the pleasure of listening or watching. His absolute knowledge of the subject, the fact he is an Egyptologist himself and the only person to recreate creating a mummy I have heard of just underlines his knowledge.

He reviews 3,000 years of history in 30 hours or so, packing each 30 minute lesson full of interesting details. He clarifies many myths we are told about and underscores how they weren't quite so primitive as we think.

The breadth of the entire course is massive. He brushes just about everything niche subject you would want to know about Egypt. Do you like medicine, he covers it some. Do you like magical and religious beliefs, there you go. Do you like drama and romance... even some of that is there.

You cannot go wrong listening to Bob if you like Egpyt. He has everything and I just can't recommend his courses more.

  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,077
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,112

Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Start To A Space SciFi Series

  • By breckoz on 12-15-12

Better than you would expect!

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

Nothing too new, but enough little things to make it interesting.

I wasn't expecting to like this book very much. The last several military sci-fi or even just military fiction books have been disappointing. Maybe that makes me more open to this book, I couldn't tell you.

What I can tell you is that while the character is by default a gary stu, it isn't like most. They show were he can't keep up with the expectations of those in the current day against his reputation and he can't really process, understand or even approve of the tactics that have happened after his disappearance.

The character interaction is a higher level then expected, the tactics and just military writing shows that the author is very familiar with naval strategy and I think he brought his background in it for that pretty well.

I do recommend it, I am going to pick up the next book soon and get into it. Hopefully the first book was just the beginning.

  • Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

  • By: Mark W. Muesse, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark W. Muesse
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,478
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,056
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,994

Meditation offers deep and lasting benefits for mental functioning and emotional health, as well as for physical health and well-being. These 24 detailed lectures teach you the principles and techniques of sitting meditation, the related practice of walking meditation, and the highly beneficial use of meditative awareness in many important activities, including eating and driving. You will also learn how to use the skills of meditation in working with thoughts and emotional states.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good lectures on mindfulness!

  • By Mike on 09-19-13

Not bad for an intro course.

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

It adds some detail to mindfulness, but isn’t a breakout.

I have understood the importance of meditation, mindfulness and especially in the Buddhist outlook and this definitely helps underscore that tradition of thought.

I firmly believe this is a good resource to those new with mindfulness and might give explanations in a way that makes more sense and perhaps is more accessible.

That being said, if you are already comfortable with the idea of mindfulness, you probably don’t need this book.

  • Great Mythologies of the World

  • By: The Great Courses, Grant L. Voth, Julius H. Bailey, and others
  • Narrated by: Grant L. Voth, Julius H. Bailey, Kathryn McClymond, and others
  • Length: 31 hrs and 36 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,637
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,441

The deep-seated origins and wide-reaching lessons of ancient myths built the foundation for our modern legacies. Explore the mythologies of Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Learn what makes these stories so important, distinctive, and able to withstand the test of time. Discover how, despite geographical implausibilities, many myths from across the oceans share themes, morals, and archetypes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • mostly awesome

  • By Dan on 03-16-16

An incredibly brief and informative journey!

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

This was a great series of lectures of mythology from around the world. I wouldn’t say it is the most in depth, but it covers so many cultures that it surprised and entertained me.

As someone who has read a lot of Greek, Roman, some other European and Egyptian mythology there was nothing surprising. I have heard all these before and in more depth, so it was a disappointment. However, this is an overall view so of course they would skim the surface not dig deep.

The beauty of this was in the other Middle Eastern myths, Southeast Asian myths and African myths. I am sure they are much like the Greek and Roman mythology covered. They are probably the very basic myths and not connected well between then. However, they were brand new to me and have inspired me to check them out closer.

The one problematic area were the Native American myths. Most of them were great, I enjoyed listening to them. The problematic myth though involved what seemed to be a tale about a child watching her father be with what seems to be a two-spirit or possibly transgender lover and in the end that lover killed her father.

What bothered me greatly about this was his constant reference of that being/person/creature being a transvestite and how it was wrong. I do admit it felt personal and in full disclosure I am transgender myself, but his CV indicates no professional experience with Native American subject matter (that isn’t anything he is listed as being a specialist in) and it felt like a personal conservative viewpoint with an agenda. The rest of his myths seemed fine, but his personal observations on that one are what bothered me a lot and is why it only gets a four.

Like many of their courses, I definitely recommend this course in mythology. It is well worth the time, money and effort to get through almost 32 hours of courses. Or at least it was for me.

  • Marching with Caesar

  • Birth of the 10th Legion
  • By: R.W. Peake
  • Narrated by: Simon Burdett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279

Titus Pullus, the hero of the 10th Legion and the Marching With Caesar series, tells his story from the very beginning of his life, starting with his relationship with his father, how his friendship with Vibius Domitius began, and how their burning ambition to join the Legions was helped by a veteran nicknamed Cyclops. Enlisting in the 10th Legion, raised in 61 B.C. by Gaius Julius Caesar, Birth of the 10th Legion recounts the first campaign ever conducted by Julius Caesar as a commander...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb history and pulse pounding excitement.

  • By William H. Harrington on 12-10-14

A great Roman historical fiction novel!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

o be honest I was very surprised. When I first heard of the book I thought it would be a mid-grade pulp novel at best and that was what I was prepared for. Fortunately that wasn’t the case and I was happy with the surprise.

The story keeps itself tight. Starting with an older Roman Commander who relates to his scribe his life on joining the 10th Legion. I was a little worried, I have seen this trope before, but it didn’t feel cliche and it seemed to work. Starting with his childhood and working into the first battles of his career and returning home for the first time.

Overall the characters are well fleshed out and you can see growth in them. The action scenes aren’t overwhelming and it just feels like the author followed historical events about the formation of the 10th close and he does it well enough that it doesn’t annoy people who like history itself.

It was great to finally get a fictional book that I enjoyed, instead of dreading every page turn I gulped through the book like a man starving. I am definitely going to be picking up his further novels in the series and I can’t recommend it enough.

  • Giovanni's Room

  • By: James Baldwin
  • Narrated by: Dan Butler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903

Set in the 1950’s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin’s now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Baldwin: sensational. Butler: great. One caveat.

  • By Music Man on 06-28-14

Baldwin’s writing is as impactful now as in 1950s

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18


Type: Audible
Length: 6 hours 49 minutes

Baldwin’s writing is as impactful now as it was 60 years ago.

In 1956 Baldwin had traveled to Paris, believing racism would never end in the USA. He also was a gay man and he felt if that was found out while in America he would never be able to write, a two strikes and you are out situation.

His words are as impactful as his writings in “The Fire Next Time” but instead of dealing with racism in America he was dealing with the emotions and sexual connection between two men in 1950s Paris.

What is unique for me is that it isn’t truly about being homosexual, but about being bisexual. It is the earliest novel I have seen about a man who has relations with both women and men, once again Baldwin is ahead of himself.

The story itself is hard emotionally. Baldwin packs every sentence with details and emotions. The novella is dark, and don’t expect yourself to walk away not feeling the pain of the whole situation. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t read it, just that it is one of those stories that will haunt you for a while after you read it, and will stick in your head permanently.

  • Wild Wastes: Eastern Expansion

  • By: Randi Darren
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,401

Before World War II could reach its conclusion, the world suffered what could only be defined as a cataclysm. Now, Yosemite City stands as the gateway between two worlds. The empire of humanity to the west, and the wild wastes to the east. Standing at the helm for Yosemite is Vince, a ranger turned city-state ruler. Vince has begun to maneuver through the intricacies of ruling. At the same time he must balance his expanding foundation and fend off external threats.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I liked it. I am not proud of that fact.

  • By Matrin Zachs on 10-31-17

Sliding down the quality scale one book at a time.

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

If you read my review for the first book review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show…, it shouldn’t surprise you that we are on a downward spiral. Not worth the time.

The book continued its decline. There were really no positives in the book. The writing of the women and the “shipping” between characters declined. Mostly in an attempt to distance him from his current women and to add additional women.

The cons from the first big are still there, but even more evident. The relationships are stale, the plot line veers from Vince being all powerful to not being able to stand up to a strong wind. There was no real world building here, just Vince thinking he could threaten everyone and they should follow him.

It is a shame, the world is interesting, even the portals he finds, but just not enough to keep it going. The relationship scenes are very much written by rote, and not worth the time.

Overall, this is where I jump off the series. I am fairly certain I won’t pick up more of his books either. I don’t think he has bad ideas necessarily, just doesn’t go anywhere with them, and gets more and more plot bloat as we go.