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  • Thin Air

  • A Novel
  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563

From the author of the award-winning Altered Carbon, which is now an exciting new series from Netflix. On a Mars where ruthless corporate interests violently collide with a homegrown independence movement as Earth-based overlords battle for profits and power, Hakan Veil is an ex-professional enforcer equipped with military-grade body tech that's made him a human killing machine. But he's had enough, and all he wants is a ticket back home - which is just what he's offered by the Earth Oversight organization, in exchange for being the bodyguard for an EO investigator.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Turns out there is life on Mars

  • By Gilbert on 10-26-18

Great characters, fantastic narration, amazing atmosphere but...

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

....no story—or at most a very chunky, clunky attempt at a story—a shame because I do like Morgan as a writer, in general.

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  • Saturn Run

  • By: John Sandford Ctein
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,959
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,752
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,745

The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope - something is approaching Saturn and decelerating. Space objects don't decelerate. Spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: Whatever built that ship is at least one hundred years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best Sci-Fi Book in a While!

  • By Ted on 05-29-17

Hard sci fi, soft story....

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

Characters lacked depth and were so extremely stereotypical that they distracted from what could have been a more compelling story.

  • Fingersmith

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 23 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,051
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,052

Orphaned as an infant, Susan Trinder was raised by Mrs. Sucksby, “mother” to a host of pickpockets and con artists. To pay her debt, she joins legendary thief Gentleman in swindling an innocent woman out of her inheritence. But the two women form an unanticipated bond and the events that follow will surprise every listener. Fingersmith was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Booker Prize, and was chosen as book of the year 2002 by more organizations than any other novel. Sarah Waters was named Author of the Year at the 2003 British Book Awards.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The BEST BOOK I"ve read this year!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-30-11

A perfect book lover’s book about lovers and books...

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

Beautifully narrated and expertly executed story in Victorian England. I look forward to both more by the author and the narrator.

  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,137
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,021
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,934

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refined writing with an intimate performance

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 04-11-18

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

There are only a handful of books that I can listen to or read again and again. This is one. What a beautiful writer, able to make the gods....human.

  • Blackwater: The Complete Saga

  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
  • Length: 30 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,993
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,731
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,723

Blackwater is the saga of a small town, Perdido, Alabama, and Elinor Dammert, the stranger who arrives there under mysterious circumstances on Easter Sunday, 1919. On the surface, Elinor is gracious, charming, anxious to belong in Perdido, and eager to marry Oscar Caskey, the eldest son of Perdido's first family. But her beautiful exterior hides a shocking secret. Beneath the waters of the Perdido River, she turns into something terrifying, a creature whispered about in stories that have chilled the residents of Perdido for generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A 6 Star Worthy Epic!

  • By jksullycats on 10-29-17

Much ado....

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

What would have made Blackwater: The Complete Saga better?

If there had actually been a story. Instead, the book meanders for 30 hours. The premise and characters are indeed interesting but the story never full develops despite spanning half a century. The book also has a racist tinge--all the African American characters are depicted as simple, subservient and child-like with the sole desire to work in humble positions for powerful whites.

Would you ever listen to anything by Michael McDowell again?

Doubt it.

Have you listened to any of Matt Godfrey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but would--he is simply fantastic as a narrator.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Blackwater: The Complete Saga?

All the scenes in which the black characters are questioned about would they want something more from life other than working as servants for wealthy whites--they universally say no....ugh.

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  • Carrion Comfort

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster, Laural Merlington
  • Length: 39 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,756
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,754

Caught behind the lines of Hitler's Final Solution, Saul Laski is one of the multitudes destined to die in the notorious Chelmno extermination camp. Until he rises to meet his fate and finds himself face to face with an evil far older, and far greater, than the Nazis themselves. Compelled by the encounter to survive at all costs, so begins a journey that for Saul will span decades and cross continents, plunging into the darkest corners of 20th century history to reveal a secret society of beings who may often exist behind the world's most horrible and violent events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Long, sure...but GREAT story!

  • By LillyO on 01-02-12

Now an all-time favorite...

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

Reviewed: 11-04-17

I have never been able to work my way through Simmons’ popular Hyperion so was hesitant to purchase another of his works. Wow! I’m so glad I did—this book is fantastic on so many levels: intriguing characters, a compelling story, fantastic writing and talented narration. My only negative criticism—and it is minor—was male narrator’s characterization of the black characters dialects: it was a bit too over-the-top.

Overall though, I was thoroughly pleased.

  • Seveneves

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal, Will Damron
  • Length: 31 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18,074
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,793
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,789

A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So Much Potential

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 06-08-17

Fantastic story....

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

Reviewed: 02-13-17

After Snow Crash, my favorite from the author. Stephenson's books are hefty and can sometimes be work. This book was sheer pleasure, and if anything, left me wanting more.

My only complaints are: (1) the first narrator of the first half of the book. She was hilariously awful and sounded as bad as I would doing fake British, Russian and German accent--very distracting. (2) The characters in the early part of the book lacked the emotional response to "the end of the world" with an almost Vulcan detachment. This was a bit odd coming from an author who seems to relish exploring even the most minute details of a story.

Nevertheless, a truly engaging work.

  • The Diamond Age

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Wiltsie
  • Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,921
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,942

Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The rock could use a bit more polishing

  • By Tango on 05-19-13

Great story, great narration but...

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

Reviewed: 11-07-16

...the ending was a bit of a letdown. Whereas I was drawn to the overall tightness of the story and its execution, the ending was loose. Still, well worth the time!

  • The Name of the Wind

  • (Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1)
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 27 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68,603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,659

This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Starts off slow but once it gets going...<br />

  • By Dallas on 04-10-18

A 28-hour prologue….

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

Reviewed: 09-11-16

What disappointed you about The Name of the Wind?

This book ambles and rambles about with a few interesting story lines and characters but fails to provide a single coherent and distinct narrative arc. In the last 5 minutes, the actual story begins, but I hesitate to get Book II, at 42 hours.

What was most disappointing about Patrick Rothfuss’s story?

That his love of weaving a story hindered him from actually doing the difficult work of distillation. Ultimately, I blame the publisher for not providing a good editor to guide the author.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator's voice lacked the gravitas I think was necessary for the tone of the story. He could do accents well though….

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,549
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,578
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37,580

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Overrated

  • By David on 04-03-13

Ray Porter Rocks

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

Reviewed: 02-25-16

Great story and narration. Characters were well developed and engaging. Porter does a remarkable job.

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