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  • Planetside

  • By: Michael Mammay
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,082
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,922

War heroes aren't usually called out of semi-retirement and sent to the far reaches of the galaxy for a routine investigation. So when Colonel Carl Butler answers the call from an old and powerful friend, he knows it's something big - and he's not being told the whole story. A high councilor's son has gone MIA out of Cappa Base, the space station orbiting a battle-ravaged planet. The young lieutenant had been wounded and evacuated - but there's no record of him having ever arrived at hospital command. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshing Sci-Fi

  • By Chris Duemig on 08-01-18

Excellent writing, no emotional pull on people or dilemma

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

Reviewed: 06-07-19

I found myself never really caring about any of the characters or their dilemma. I wish the main character was forced to be more than investigative, because of found myself only thinking objectively the whole time, and getting no emotional pull into the story.

  • Starship Liberator

  • Galactic Liberation, Book 1
  • By: David VanDyke, B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,084
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,876
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,862

The Hundred Worlds have withstood invasion by the relentless Hok for decades. The human worlds are strong, but the Hok have the resources of a thousand planets behind them, and their fleets attack in endless waves. The long war has transformed the Hundred Worlds into heavily fortified star systems. Their economies are geared for military output, and they raise specialized soldiers to save our species. Assault Captain Derek Straker is one such man among many.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I just don't care

  • By jon beach on 05-30-18

Solid B

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

Uninspiring hero- he was emotionally arrested because he family were civilian casualties of a war, so to fix that he now and then unwantingly kills some civilians while executing his military operations believing it is necessary for the greater cause....he is the exact person that killed his parents. So right off the bat, he is an hypocrite.

What made it worse were his consistent self-soothing affirmations as he campaigned to be others “liberators” like it or not. Whether or not the majority of the people were better off, his self-righteousness smacks of hubris.

What nails it in the coffin for me were his final words, that the means for a good society lie in honor, family and responsibly— ya, the same values allies and enemies share alike in any historic war. That’s not a differentiator. Good society is platformed on less subjective, emotional “values”, and focus more on the objective tool- reason, due process, balance of power, etc.

  • A Little History of Economics

  • By: Niall Kishtainy
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 901

What causes poverty? Are economic crises inevitable under capitalism? Is government intervention in an economy a helpful approach or a disastrous idea? The answers to such basic economic questions matter to everyone, yet the unfamiliar jargon and math of economics can seem daunting. This clear, accessible, and even humorous book is ideal for young listeners new to economics and to all listeners who seek a better understanding of the full sweep of economic history and ideas.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Biggest big ideas, paced nicely in history stories

  • By Philo on 06-20-18

Clarifies economics, narrated smoothly

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

I enjoyed the way this content was structured and delivered to the reader. It was useful for aligning your perspective of economics and why they function the way they do today. I also loved this narrator’s voice- very refined proper British accent— like a wise, succinct scholar admits a mystic court of intellectuals :)

  • Survivor

  • By: Chuck Palahniuk
  • Narrated by: Paul Garcia
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,882
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,886

Tender Branson, the last surviving member of the so-called Creedish Death Cult, is dictating his life story into the flight recorder of Flight 2039, cruising on autopilot at 39,000 feet somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. He is all alone in the airplane, which will crash shortly into the vast Australian outback. But before it does, he will unfold the tale of his journey from an obedient Creedish child and humble domestic servant to an ultra-buffed, steroid-and-collagen-packed media messiah.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 4.51 stars....one hell of a ride

  • By j phillips on 08-18-18

WTF- I did not get this

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

This was one long depressing book about a cult victim who turns into a sociopath that does nothing but they might see the future and there is a really long strung-out importance for the cult victim to have sex which ruins any future for him, and likely ruined the future for others, and then it ends. They spin a little morale at the end that he found a way to break free of something internal by doing all this. The author is a great writer but he wasted his time on a story so forgettable. He is better than this book.

  • The Robots of Dawn

  • The Robot Series, Book 3
  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,510
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,375

Detective Elijah Baiey is called to the Spacer world Aurora to solve a bizarre case of roboticide. The prime suspect is a gifted roboticist who had the means, the motive, and the opportunity to commit the crime. There's only one catch: Baley and his positronic partner, R. Daneel Olivaw, must prove the man innocent. For in a case of political intrigue and love between woman and robot gone tragically wrong, there's more at stake than simple justice. This time Baley's career, his life, and Earth's right to pioneer the Galaxy lie in the delicate balance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Some of Audible and Asimov's Best

  • By thomas on 08-12-14

Nice

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

Still a great book about robots. A a a a a b c d e

  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52,073
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,913

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

Fun short story

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

I could see this turning into a fun movie, especially with the concept of the hero dying multiple times— like Lucky Number Sleven meets Edge of Tomorrow.

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,578
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,083

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

Smart with satisfying ending

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

This book is not for the weary. Reading gets a bit difficult to borough through the lengthy pages of the sentient-spider culture, dynamics and history, although the author makes great effort to make you care for the spiders you are following. But too many times the reader is told what each spider’s motivation is rather than the spiders illustrating motivation to the reader. Also, the beginning needed a bit more intrigue— by that I mean all the characters in the first chapter were intelligent idiots, so I didn’t care if they lived or died. I would have been more hooked in the beginning if I had one character (whether or not he lived through chapter 1) that I could relate to, to get an understanding of what’s happening and why I should care how it turns out. It’s not enough to say humanity is on the brink of extinction, you have to make me think there is one human in the bunch I care to see survive.

That criticism covers 15% of the book- the rest is amazingly written. Dialogue is otherwise clever and believable. Fantastically meticulous step-by-step progression of evolution, especially through the perspective of a different species.

On the science vs entertainment scale, I give the science a 95% and the entertainment an 85%.

  • Ender's Game

  • Special 20th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,344

Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Enderverse

  • By Joe on 06-13-05

Love the book. Despised narrator’s interpretation.

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

Ender’s Game is a classic for the ages. Buy this book. That said, the narration is not how I interpreted the dialogue of the book. His choice when to laugh in between words, or his choice of tonal inflections, was opposite of how I read the book in my head. But OSC approved it, so then I must have interpreted it differently than the author intended. Still, the narrator sound patronizing in his voice- just far too irritating for my preference.

  • Political Order and Political Decay

  • From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy
  • By: Francis Fukuyama
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 24 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,453
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,257

Fukuyama examines the effects of corruption on governance, and why some societies have been successful at rooting it out. He explores the different legacies of colonialism in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and offers a clear-eyed account of why some regions have thrived and developed more quickly than others. And he boldly reckons with the future of democracy in the face of a rising global middle class and entrenched political paralysis in the West.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Understanding our place thru Poly Sci

  • By Gary on 12-29-14

Great info, hard to retain via audiobook

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

Depending on your ability to retain textbook-like books via audiobooks, this was a great read on a globally important topic

  • Travels

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249

Fueled by a powerful curiosity - and by a need to see, feel, and hear, firsthand and close-up - Michael Crichton's journeys have carried him into worlds diverse and compelling - swimming with mud sharks in Tahiti, tracking wild animals through the jungle of Rwanda. This is a record of those travels - an exhilarating quest across the familiar and exotic frontiers of the outer world, a determined odyssey into the unfathomable, spiritual depths of the inner world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good, but takes a turn into left field...

  • By Jeffrey D. on 06-28-18

Interesting but vital bio info missing

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

Critchon tells a compelling and interesting story of his vacations and his emotional/mystical retreats. But his life of writing stories and making movies is marginalized to footnotes and one chapter of Great Train Robbery. Even more sad is the story ends in the 1980’s, before Critchon became a household name. This highly narrowed focus is fun for what it is, but what it is is bypassing a lot of Critchon’s life and works.

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