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  • Miniatures

  • The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam, Peter Ganim, Luke Daniels, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,279

The ex-planet Pluto has a few choice words about being thrown out of the solar system. A listing of alternate histories tells you all the various ways Hitler has died. A lawyer sues an interplanetary union for dangerous working conditions. And four artificial intelligences explain, in increasingly worrying detail, how they plan not to destroy humanity. Welcome to Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Small doses of "Scalzian" humor

  • By Andre Wallace Simonsen on 01-05-17

So many great ideas!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I read science fiction as much for the ideas as for the stories. And here Scalzi gives us some great little gems. The narrators are superb as well. You can return to this collection again and again whenever you need a quick hit of things that make you think.

  • The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist

  • A True Story of Injustice in the American South
  • By: Radley Balko, Tucker Carrington, John Grisham - foreword
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 955
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 883
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 878

In The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist, Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington write a true story of Southern Gothic horror - of two innocent men wrongly convicted of vicious crimes and the legally condoned failures that allowed it to happen. Balko and Carrington will shine a light on the institutional and professional failures that allowed this tragic, astonishing story to happen, identify where it may have happened elsewhere, and show how to prevent it from happening again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book - sheds light on horrific injustice

  • By A. Mackenzie on 03-16-18

I have never yelled back at a book before!

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

I listened over a long drive, and kept yelling "No", and "You're kidding" and a bunch of expletives I won't detail here. The stories are frustrating. The author is very thorough. And the reader is perfect. What's missing is a call to action. I want to do something, but the author doesn't suggest solutions.

But listen anyway.

36 of 39 people found this review helpful

  • Pilot X

  • By: Tom Merritt
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,504
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,407
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,408

Pilot X is Ambassador of the Alendans, a race with the ability to move through space and time as guardians of the timeline. Locked in ongoing conflict with the Sensaurians, an organic hive mind that can send messages in thought throughout its own history, and the Progons, a machine race who can communicate backwards in time, Pilot X finally manages to create peace among the three races.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing book

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-30-17

It's hard to know who the good guys are!

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

Reviewed: 03-30-17

And that's what makes the story Interesting! Also, time travel done right. Tom Merritt crafts a fun little tale here.You'll hear echoes of Douglas Adams and Kurt Vonnegut in his writing. The reader is a little over-earnest for my taste, but it's a fine performance of a unique novel. Recommended!

  • The Genius Factory

  • The Curious History of the Nobel Prize Sperm Bank
  • By: David Plotz
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

It was the most radical human-breeding experiment in American history, and no one knew how it turned out. The Repository for Germinal Choice, nicknamed the Nobel Prize sperm bank, opened to notorious fanfare in 1980, and for two decades, women flocked to it from all over the country to choose a sperm donor from its roster of Nobel-laureate scientists, mathematical prodigies, successful businessmen, and star athletes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting stories, but not what I expected.

  • By Z on 08-11-05

Guess who started the Eugenics craze? Not Germany.

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

Reviewed: 03-14-17

A great introduction to the United States Eugenics movement. Brilliantly told. Expertly read. Great story!

  • The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories

  • By: Ken Liu
  • Narrated by: Corey Brill, Joy Osmanski
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214

With his debut novel, The Grace of Kings, taking the literary world by storm, Ken Liu now shares his finest short fiction in The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories. This mesmerizing collection features all of Ken's award-winning and award-finalist stories.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic collection, great stories!

  • By Renee Tang on 05-17-18

Everything I read science fiction for!

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

Reviewed: 05-22-16

While I like a good space battle as well as the next person, I ultimately read science fiction for the ideas. This book is filled with wonderfully crafted stories which examine fascinating questions. What does it do to the human heart when it is possible to suppress emotions? If it is possible to go back in time and witness history, should we do it? What is our real connection to the past?

Be patient and savor these gems. Great stories. Great characters. Loving performances.

Brilliant.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Quantum Night

  • By: Robert. J. Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 498

Experimental psychologist Jim Marchuk has developed a flawless technique for identifying the previously undetected psychopaths lurking everywhere in society. But while being cross-examined about his breakthrough in court, Jim is shocked to discover that he has lost his memories of six months of his life from 20 years previously - a dark time during which he himself committed heinous acts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Discombobulated, but interesting

  • By Keith on 03-21-16

Interesting ideas - mediocre execution

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

Reviewed: 04-16-16

Sawyer loves to play with "what if" scenarios. He takes complex scientific and philosophical ideas and plunks his characters in a situation for them to play with those ideas. I love his ideas and I keep hoping he's become a good enough writer to construct a compelling story with believable people. Nope, not yet.

You can read the plot description above, and that's pretty much it.

Its a good thing that Scott Aiello is a great vocal artist with a variety of voices and accents to work with, because he needs them all in this very talky book. He does what he can with this material. His efforts kept me in it until the end.

  • Farthing

  • Small Change, Book 1
  • By: Jo Walton
  • Narrated by: John Keating, Bianca Amato
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 770
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 677

One summer weekend in 1949 - but not our 1949 - the well-connected "Farthing set", a group of upper-crust English families, enjoy a country retreat. Lucy is a minor daughter in one of those families; her parents were both leading figures in the group that overthrew Churchill and negotiated peace with Herr Hitler eight years before....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It Couldn't Happen Here, Right? RIGHT?

  • By Nancy J on 05-29-13

Are you enjoying "Man in the High Castle"?

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

Reviewed: 01-05-16

Oh this is so good! Its subtler than the PK Dick classic. But Jo Walton is arguably a better story teller. Anything I can say about the story itself is a spoiler. The characters are beautifully drawn in a world which is brilliantly developed. The narration is flawless. I consumed this is a weekend and never wanted to stop listening.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,302
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37,305

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

This was fun!

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

Reviewed: 12-21-15

I'm usually all about character development, and complex myths and all that. This story was just plain fun. There's plenty of "fan service" in here to tickle the true sci-fi geek, but to tell you any of the Easter eggs would spoil the fun.

Go ahead, give this a try. It's like popcorn for the brain!

1 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Farm

  • By: Tom Rob Smith
  • Narrated by: James Langton, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 462
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 416

The new international bestseller from the author of phenomenal Child 44 trilogy... The Farm. If you refuse to believe me, I will no longer consider you my son. Daniel believed that his parents were enjoying a peaceful retirement on a remote farm in Sweden. But with a single phone call, everything changes. Your mother...she's not well, his father tells him. She's been imagining things - terrible, terrible things. She's had a psychotic breakdown, and been committed to a mental hospital. Before Daniel can board a plane to Sweden, his mother calls: Everything that man has told you is a lie. I'm not mad... I need the police... Meet me at Heathrow. Caught between his parents, and unsure of who to believe or trust, Daniel becomes his mother's unwilling judge and jury as she tells him an urgent tale of secrets, of lies, of a crime and a conspiracy that implicates his own father.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Waste Your Time

  • By Stefanie on 08-02-14

Bring on the Crazy...

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

Reviewed: 07-21-14

I made it to the end, is about all I can say. Thanks to a recommendation from a source I can usually trust, (Books on the Nightstand) I tried this book. There are a lot of twists and turns, all of which are incredibly predictable. And there is no subtext - everything is text. In case you miss some of the subtext, the author restates it on several occasions.

The readers capture the earnestness of the prose with breathless pronouncements. It's not their fault - the author wrote it this way. I kept thinking to myself, "Is she really that crazy?" , "Is he really that gullible"? Yes, yes they are.

I won't spoil it for you...though it's really hard to spoil. You'll see the ending coming a mile away.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • And the Band Played On

  • Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic
  • By: Randy Shilts
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 31 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479

By the time Rock Hudson's death in 1985 alerted all America to the danger of the AIDS epidemic, the disease had spread across the nation, killing thousands of people and emerging as the greatest health crisis of the 20th century. America faced a troubling question: What happened? How was this epidemic allowed to spread so far before it was taken seriously?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The subtitle says it all!

  • By Jan Mitchell Johnson on 03-19-13

I, too, had forgotten

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

Reviewed: 06-30-14

This book is meticulously researched by a reporter who followed the entire story from beginning to end. And he pulls no punches - there is plenty of blame to go around. Politicians, gay leadership, scientists, journalists, business people, they all contributed to the crisis that was AIDS in the 1980s.

Shilts unravels the story piece by piece. What keeps you listening is the "And what happened next?" pacing. He brings to life the heroes and humans. It's truly a masterpiece and I thank Audible for producing this work. Without Audible the Audible Modern Vanguard publishing house, this work would not exist in this format.

Rarely has an 80 hour book so completely captured me. I swallowed this book in large chunks over a couple of weeks. I'm in the process of re-listening at a slower pace. If you are old enough to remember the Reagan administration, I believe this book will capture you as well.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful