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  • The Three-Body Problem

  • By: Cixin Liu
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,062
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,112

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They create a computer using a 30 million man Army

  • By Josh P on 12-07-14

Somebody was smoking something

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

Reviewed: 04-09-19

This is such a weird story. If I had to guess, I'd say the author set a whole poppy field on fire and then went down wind breathed in all the smoke. A V. R. game where people magically get dehydrated to live through a cold spell. The universe sending Morse code to scientists here on earth. Really boring.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tourists of the Apocalypse

  • By: C. F. Waller
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 304

Dylan Townsend stands on the beach watching commercial jets fall out of the sky like oak leaves twirling in the wind. A wing shears off the one closest to the shore just before it splashes down in the sea. Why was she telling him this outlandish story? What sort of tourist agency would offer people a front row seat to the end of the world? More importantly, why would anyone book such a vacation if there wasn't any way home afterward?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • State of the Art Bang-Bang

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-06-18

Not Science Fiction

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

Reviewed: 04-09-19

Science fiction by it's very nature is a fictional novel that contains one or more scientific devices that are not feasible now but would be great to have. I got a third of the way through the book. There is no science beyond what we now possess. The main topic of the story is that the main character has the hots for the woman next door. There is a sideline story about setting off some nukes to create an EMP and send the world back to the dark ages. But, again, no new science.

  • The Legion Awakes

  • The Sleeping Legion, Book 1
  • By: J. R. Handley
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

AD 2565. Tranquility-4 near the frontier of the White Knight Empire. Guided by mysterious orders, the authorities at the Human Marine Corps base of Beta City thaw Lance Scipio. In 2441, an entire Marine company was executed with the exception of Captain Grimgerde and Sergeant Lance Scipio, the usual punishment for running in the face of the enemy. But these two were preserved...as if they would be required in the future.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gimme that Old Time Marine Corp

  • By Dave on 11-09-17

No Blasphemy Please

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

The story started off great. Lots of action. I liked the characters. The reader was good. I was really getting into the story. And then the author started throwing in blasphemy. It ruined the story for me. I'm very disappointed.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard

  • By: Lawrence M. Schoen
  • Narrated by: J. G. Hertzler
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 335

In a distant future, no remnants of human beings remain, but their successors thrive throughout the galaxy. These are the offspring of humanity's genius-animals uplifted into walking, talking, sentient beings. The Fant are one such species: anthropomorphic elephants ostracized by other races and long ago exiled to the rainy ghetto world of Barsk. There, they develop medicines upon which all species now depend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is the greatest book I've ever read

  • By Connor Penhale on 11-26-16

Boring

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

Boring. It's all I can tell you. Animals talking to dead animals. The story doesn't make a lot of sense. I listened for 3 chapters and finally gave up. I returned the book.

  • Apple Declined

  • By: Robert P. Wills
  • Narrated by: John Dzwonkowski
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Earth is dying. Its resources are contaminated. Plagues have decimated the population to a mere two million - a population number not seen on Earth for 50,000 years. With time running out, Earth sends probes to find suitable planets to move its population to before their impending extinction. Project Arcturus is born. An advance party is sent to the distant world of Arcturus to eliminate the current population. The force does not expect the post-Iron-Age civilization to be any threat at all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • awesome book

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-30-18

Good Idea - Bad Execution

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

The premise for the story is good, but the author didn't do his homework. In the story, Earth tries to take over a planet where their "Adam & Eve" never ate the forbidden apple. If the author knew his bible, he would know that without sin, there would be no need for priests and temples, Etc. He would also know the animals would not fear mankind so there would be no need to go hunting.

Add to this, there is background music everywhere. Each chapter starts and ends with music. Most audiobooks I've listened to that have music and sound effects haven't been very good. This one is no exception.

And then there's the reader. He sounds like a 90 year old man reminiscing about how his deceased wife used to make apple pies. Even in the action areas of the story, the reader gets about excited as a 90 year old trying to get out of his chair to go to the bathroom. Very slow story. Disappointing.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Pattern Ship

  • The Pattern Universe, Book 1
  • By: Tobias Roote
  • Narrated by: Edward James Beesley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

Zeke is a homeless guy with an exotic metal plate in his head, living rough in a backstreet. Zirkos is an alien who needs the plate to rebuild his ship's AI. Zirkos should just take the plate and go, but instead finds a way of achieving his own ends without harming Zeke. His actions kickstart a chain of events that will dramatically change the course of Earth's future. The Nubl are an artificial space-faring race with a 'hive' intellect who abhor biological sentience. They will eradicate humanity with extreme prejudice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is an optimistic look at the future, but ...

  • By DocJim on 04-21-14

It might have been a good story...

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

It might have been a good story if the narrator had been able to just read the book. But they tried to get fancy and added background NOISE. It sounded like they found the oldest building in town, went to the basement, found the squirrel cage with the worst bearings, running on high and had the narrator try to read the book with that in the background. I stopped listening after 15 minutes. I tried to stick with it, but the background NOISE was just too annoying. Next time, just read the book and forget the fancy stuff.

  • The Royal Marine Space Commandos: Publisher's Pack

  • Books 1 and 2
  • By: Jon Evans, James Evans
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

This publisher's pack contains Commando and Guerrilla, the first two books in The Royal Marine Space Commando series. Commando, Book 1: A young lieutenant. A fleet of alien invaders. Will first contact be humanity’s last stand? Guerrilla, Book 2: A ruthless invasion. An outmatched colony. A Commando's last chance offensive. If you like fast-paced action, interstellar battles, and characters with nerves of steel, then you’ll love Jon and James Evans’s thrilling saga.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good storyline, too many "F" bombs

  • By Bob H. on 02-27-19

Good storyline, too many "F" bombs

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

Reviewed: 02-27-19

This was a good story. Lots of action. I liked the characters. But it seemed like the "F" word popped up at too many inappropriate places. The story would be going along great, then a person would use the "F" word. And it would be totally inconsistent with the person's character in the story. Imagine watching "Sound of Music" and having Julie Andrews blurt out the "F" word. I'm not opposed to a little vulgarity, where appropriate. But this was over the top. I won't buy any sequels.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Rogue

  • Planets Shaken, Book 1
  • By: Lee W. Brainard
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

When rookie astronomer Irina Kirilenko discovers a planet-size comet in the Kuiper Belt on a collision course for Mars, she first faces stonewalling from the Minor Planet Center, then coercion and stricture from NASA. They press her to embrace an ingenious reinterpretation of her discovery and ban her from talking about it. It slowly dawns on her that the government is fostering a massive conspiracy to keep the public oblivious to the truth - Earth is facing an existential threat. For anyone who enjoys apocalyptic, bible prophecy, Christian fiction.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Rogue

  • By W. on 01-10-18

Looking forward to the next installment

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

Reviewed: 02-14-19

Even though this book was listed in science fiction, which this book isn't, it was a great surprise. There was science in the book, but it was current science. Both he story and the performance were great. The characters were realistic and made reasonable decisions based on their situation. I hate it when a character makes a decision that a 2 year-old wouldn't have made. The story moved along at a good pace and I found myself rooting for the good guys. And there's no blasphemy in the book. Do yourself a favor and get this audiobook.

  • Planetside

  • By: Michael Mammay
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,926
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,823

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
  • Couldn't put it down!

  • By Rebecca Enzor on 08-02-18

Went by too fast

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

Great story, good reader. You couldn't ask for more. There's a sequel at Amazon. Can't wait for Audible to pick it up. The story moves at a good pace. There's always one more clue to keep you looking for the next one. I could relate to the characters. The decisions they made were reasonable. There is some vulgarity in this book as one would expect in a military/Sci-fi book. But there is NO BLASPHEMY, which is great. This one's a definite keeper.

  • Exodus

  • By: Dr. Bill Creasy
  • Narrated by: Dr. Bill Creasy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 283

Join Logos Bible Study as we continue the story of redemption. As told by Dr. Bill Creasy, Israel falls into the cruel bondage of slavery in Egypt. And it is no accident: God had said to Abraham 500 years earlier that his descendants would be “enslaved and mistreated four hundred years”.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Bible Study

  • By Steven A. Davis on 02-04-13

Brings the Exodus story to Lofe

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

The author really brings the story of Exodus to life. The author explains a lot about the geography of where the story took place. He gives insights into the culture and living conditions of the various peoples in the story. The book keeps up a good pace and has plenty of humor to keep your attention. #Informative #Interesting #Biblically accurate #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes