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  • Building Harlequin's Moon

  • By: Larry Niven, Brenda Cooper
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

The first interstellar ship, John Glenn, fled a solar system populated by rogue AIs and machine/human hybrids, threatened by too much nanotechnology, and rife with political dangers. The John Glenn’s crew intended to terraform the nearly pristine planet Ymir in hopes of creating a utopian society that will limit intelligent technology, but by some miscalculation they have landed in the wrong system.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How did this performance average 4.4?

  • By E. Novicki on 07-13-15

Excellent - but needed to be twice as long

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

Reviewed: 10-11-12

This book has world building scope (literally), but is too short to effectively flesh out all the possibilities. I loved the story, but really felt they skimped on developing the universe they created. What they did developed is extremely interesting and leads one to ponder the 'what if's'. And, as far I can determine, there is no sequel to expand on these great ideas.
Too bad.

Narrator was little too mechanical, the inflection was choppy. Also, I like the timbre of his voice, but the main character is a young female - not a good match.

Overall, good choice for the old school hard Scifi fan.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,385

They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I thought I was desensitized

  • By Parola138 on 02-19-11

Narrator knocked my socks off!

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

Reviewed: 09-14-12

I got this book for 2 reasons; I listened to 11/22/63 and Under The Dome, and 'It' was on sale.

I am not a fan of horror, but the above 2 books referenced lead me to understand that stephen King is a very good writer. As a consequence, I decided to try 'It' solely on the merits of the writer. Of course, $4.95 for a book 45 hrs long book has a lot to do with my decision.

As expected, I was not all that thrilled with the story. Interesting, but not riveting. Again, keep in mind that I'm not crazy about the horror genre. However, the performance by Steven Weber was nothing short of incredible! I was completely pulled in to the narrative based solely on his performance. WOW! I am now searching for all books narrated by Mr. Weber and I will buy all of them regardless.

BTW, SK is a really good story teller, horror or otherwise - just in case you didn't know.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Iron Gray Sea

  • Destroyermen, Book 7
  • By: Taylor Anderson
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,453
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,323

In Taylor Anderson's acclaimed Destroyermen series, a parallel universe adds an extraordinary layer to the drama of World War II. Now, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, the crew of the USS Walker, and their allies battle an ever-growing host of enemies across the globe in a desperate battle for freedom.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I want longer books!

  • By Casey Ferrell on 07-23-12

Great series! Book 7 is a cliffhanger...Boo

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

Reviewed: 08-07-12

I love this series, but part of what make these books great is the way Taylor Anderson finds a way to progress the storyline while bringing each installment to a satisfactory conclusion. Not so much in book 7. Lots of action, huge battle scenes, but the biggest is just left hanging, with our intrepid capt. Reddy saying - hey, we're getting our arse's handed to us, but I have something up my sleeve ....The End.

As usual, William Dufris gives a masterful performance. It's like a one man dramatization.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rite of Passage

  • By: Alexei Panshin
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

In 2198, 150 years after the desperate wars that destroyed an overpopulated Earth, Man lives precariously on 100 hastily-established colony worlds and in the 7 giant Ships that once ferried men to the stars. Mia Havero's Ship is a small closed society. It tests its children by casting them out to live or die in a month of Trial in the hostile wilds of a colony world. Mia Havero's Trial is fast approaching, and in the meantime she must learn not only the skills that will keep her alive, but the deeper courage to face herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • May have been the Inspiration for Hunger Games

  • By DAVID on 07-05-12

May have been the Inspiration for Hunger Games

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

Reviewed: 07-05-12

Very impressive work from Alexei Panshin, especially considering he wrote this book as a teenager while at summer camp. If the book reads a little "campy", I can forgive.

He seems to channel the emotions of a 14 year old girl shockingly well. I really became attached to Mia's character and cared about her plight. And while the premises were not incredibly original, they were well thought out.

This book was nominated for the Hugo award in 1969 and in my opinion is Panshins' best effort. Unfortunately, none of his later books (that I have read) approached the potential that was shown in Rite of Passage.

The narrator did a nice job, perfect for Mia, but a little weak on the male characters - kind of cartoonish.

Overall an excellent addition, highly recommend, especially for young adults.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Android's Dream

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,068
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,063

A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams

  • By James on 07-26-11

Covertly flatulent Scifi at it's best!

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

Reviewed: 11-12-11

Fun book, listening was a gas!

A word of warning to those who might be sheepish about genetic engineering; ewe may want to Baaack away from this one.

Narrator did a nice job, not a crusher performance, but very enterprising.

Ok I'm done.

145 of 160 people found this review helpful

  • Dragonfly in Amber

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 38 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,910
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,312

New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FOR GUYS AS WELL

  • By Jeff on 05-14-12

To: Manly Man Scifi listener...DON'T DO IT!

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

Reviewed: 11-10-11

I picked this book up when Audible was practically giving it away in a $4.95 sale. My wife already had the 1st book (red flag #1) from iTunes, so I figured "what the heck".

In the spirit of full disclosure, I must confess that I have not even started this book. I did start the 1st book, and since I did not purchase it from Audible, I can only write a review of this one (and presumably the entire series). This stuff is pure romance, not Scifi. If you really feel the need to mix a little romance with your Scifi, go get 'Replay' by Ken Grimwood - you'll thank me later. If you want to mix a little Scifi with your romance, get 'The Time Travelers Wife'. You probably won't thank me. If you would like to mix your abject boredom with severe indigestion, then by all means, get this book.

I know this it is very tempting because it appears to be a great buy, 39 hours for just one credit, and it's listed under Scifi, but DON'T DO IT! I only got about 3 or 4 hours into the 1st book when the main character started longing for some ancient stud muffin to relieve her aching loins. At that point, I was longing for a 3 hour gum scraping from my dentist.

And the narrator, WOW! Prissy, high brow, condescending, smug, UUUGH! I just wanted to slap her silly. I bet she sticks her pinkie out when she sips her spot of tea out on the veranda of the country club as she extols the virtues of old money vs. new money to her proper friends. But I digest... The narrator is just not MY cup of tea. Nor is this series.

14 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • Torch of Freedom

  • By: David Weber, Eric Flint
  • Narrated by: Peter Larkin
  • Length: 21 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 654
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529

As the slavemasters of Mesa plot against the Star Empire of Manticore and the newly liberated slave planet of Torch, Anton Zilwicki and the notorious Havenite secret agent Victor Cachat set off on a dangerous mission to uncover the truth concerning a wave of mysterious assassinations that have been launched against Manticore and Torch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Filled in the blanks on the main story line.

  • By Mark Henderson on 03-12-13

What? Huh? Argh? Where am I? Wait-What?

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

Reviewed: 10-29-11

WOW! I don't know what to say...

I absolutely love David Weber's work and Peter Larkin is one of my favorite performers, but the wheels really fell off this one. I don't blame Mr. Larkin, he did his best. He is very polished, but this book, like some other types of matter, just can't be polished.

This is the first co-authored Weber/Flint series I have started and I choose to believe that the co-author, Eric Flint, wrote the entirety of this novel and David Weber made the monumental mistake of signing off on it before reading the thing. The first offering was not on the same level as the Safehold, Honor Harrington or Prince Roger series, but good all the same. This one can knock the stink off a gut wagon.

5 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Children of the Sky

  • By: Vernor Vinge
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 27 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 537
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 488

Ten years have passed on Tines World, where Ravna Bergnsdot and a number of human children ended up after a disaster that nearly obliterated humankind throughout the galaxy. Ravna and the pack animals for which the planet is named have survived a war, and Ravna has saved more than one hundred children who were in cold-sleep aboard the vessel that brought them. While there is peace among the Tines, there are those among them - and among the humans - who seek power. And no matter the cost, these malcontents are determined to overturn the fledgling civilization....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Deeply unsatisfying

  • By Nurselord on 07-20-16

Sequels a classic - feels more sequel than classic

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

Reviewed: 10-29-11

I enjoyed this expansion of the classic 'A Fire Upon The Deep', but was a little disappointed in the choice of narrator. Don't get me wrong - Oliver Wyman is one of my favorites. Indeed, his performance's of the first two Safehold installments were brilliant, but I don't think he had the same energy as Peter Larkin had in 'Deep'.

That being said, the story was quite good, but not stunning. To be fair, all the mind blowing concepts were fleshed out in the first book, so you can't expect to be captivated in the same way.

also, I had a harder time visualizing the "Pack mind" in this offering than the first - not sure why.

All in all, not as good as 'A Fire Upon The Deep', but except for 'Aliens' and 'The Godfather Part 2', what sequel is ever as Good as the original. Anyway, it's well worth the effort.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Road

  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,035
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,013
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,043

America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I just wasn't a fan of this one.

  • By PJC on 06-09-16

Things put in your head you can't take back out

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-23-11

This book is brilliant and the author is a master. The book and the author deserve 5 stars - I am giving it 5 stars...and I hated it.

Listening to this audio book was the single most emotionally devastating event in my 48 years of life. I pray to God and all that is holy that someday I will be able to forget this book.

My only grandson just turned four last week. He is my world and I adore him
with every fiber of my being. We spend hours and hours together every week - sometimes fun and exciting, sometimes quite mundane - and each and every
moment is precious to me. I know this at each of these moments, not in retrospect.
He calls me Papa.

After listening to this book, I envisioned my grandson kneeling over my lifeless body, weeping uncontrollably, crying "oh Papa...". Now I can't get this scene out of my head. I may need therapy.

7 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • Rising Tides

  • Destroyermen, Book 5
  • By: Taylor Anderson
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,863
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,498

Stuck in an alternate universe during World War II, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy of the U.S.S. Walker has found an unlikely but invaluable ally in Commodore Jenks of the New Britain Imperial Navy. And now they are united in their desire to hunt down the traitor who abducted two women both men would die to protect: Reddy's love, nurse Sandra Tucker, and young Princess Rebecca of the New British Empire. But first they have a new battle to win. However, this battle will not be fought with broadsides and broadswords, but with cunning and intrigue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Each book in this series is better than the last!

  • By DAVID on 02-03-11

Each book in this series is better than the last!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-11

If you have not started this series yet, I envy you. If you have started this series, than you are likely in the same boat as myself...in agony, knowing there will be such a long wait for book 6. I wish there was a device that could erase specific parts of my memory so that I could go back and listen the these books again for the first time.

I enjoyed this book even more than the first 4 even though there was much less action. It's obvious Mr. Anderson is setting up the sequence for future events, and I usually hate that, but he did such a great job, I'm afraid the actual events are going to be anti-climactic. I'm sure my fear is unwarranted.

As always, a superior performance by the narrator. I absolutely forget that all those characters are coming from just one person. Well done Mr. Dufris!

22 of 22 people found this review helpful