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  • Solaris

  • The Definitive Edition
  • By: Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston - translator
  • Narrated by: Alessandro Juliani
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,711
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,168
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,189

At last, one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it. To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Solaris, Audible, in cooperation with the Lem Estate, has commissioned a brand-new translation - complete for the first time, and the first ever directly from the original Polish to English. Beautifully narrated by Alessandro Juliani ( Battlestar Galactica), Lem’s provocative novel comes alive for a new generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A comment on negative reviews

  • By Burns on 09-20-11

There’s a story in there somewhere.

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

I don’t do this often but I’m calling it quits on this one. Somewhere in between the long drawn out, spectacularly narrated descriptions that would eventually make my eyes glaze over there is probably a good story. My mind would wander and I t would be ten minutes later that I remembered I was listening to an audiobook.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 208,521
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 194,680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194,275

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

One of the best.

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

I have to admit. I mostly listen to audio books when I'm commuting, walking the dog, or working around the house. This book is one of those rare books that draws you back to it. I was looking for any opportunities I could to listen to it any chance I had. Including at work (don't tell my boss). The story was innovative. It felt new and refreshing while still tapping into a feeling of nostalgia that many of us older folks feel about the 80's. It had me pulling up a lot of 80's music on Prime Music, and watching several old movies from that time. Great story, and I have to add; not because I am a big STNG fan, but I think Wil Wheaton nailed the delivery. Everything came together quite well, definitely worth listening to.

  • Home - A Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian Adventure

  • The Traveler, Volume 1
  • By: Tom Abrahams
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,388
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,385

Five years after a pneumonic plague killed two-thirds of the world's population, army veteran Marcus Battle is isolated. He's alone with his guns, his food, and the graves of his wife and child. Unaware of the chaos that's befallen everything outside of his central Texas ranch land, Marcus lives a Spartan life. If anyone steps onto his property, he shoots first and never asks questions. But when a woman in distress, chased by marauders, seeks asylum, Marcus has a decision to make.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One man, his home, his rules.

  • By Brian on 02-26-16

Deja vu

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

Reviewed: 01-17-18

I am about 99% sure that a lot of these books are all written by the same author under different pen names and it’s not just the fact that they all have the same narrator. The books aren’t horrible they’re just all the same. Stoic, brooding, Ex military, god fearing, Texan hero rescuing the distressed damsel in the face of economic collapse, plague or disaster. The story lines change minimally, and the wording and sentence structures are too similar, which gets tiresome after reading a few of the other series by other/same authors. Time to change it up.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Survival Theory

  • A Preparedness Guide
  • By: Jonathan Hollerman
  • Narrated by: Jim Pelletier
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390

This preparedness guide will help you develop a plan to escape the deadly rioting and looting, showing you where you can take your family to keep them safe, even if you can't afford a fully-stocked survival retreat. Jonathan Hollerman's in-depth expertise and recommendations will cover many topics including bug-out bags, SHTF Weapons, tactical gear, survival tools, knives, long-term food storage, livestock, bug-out locations, survival retreat recommendations, and much more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Got me moving!

  • By kisa on 09-05-16

Good but dificult listen

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

This is a bugout preparedness book. In the interest of full disclosure. I don't fully subscribe to that theory. Bugging out on the 1st or 2nd day of a grid down situation might work if you have somewhere to go, or are a former green beret, ranger, or other highly skilled individual with military training. The average suburban or urban desk jockey, even the ones that are in reasonable shape would have extreme difficulty with this. The author is not wrong, in a grid down situation, suburban and urban city centers would probably degrade quickly into chaotic disaster areas and it would be incredibly risky to stay. The real question is whether it is any less risky to grab whatever you can carry, leaving behind any supplies you may have built up for emergencies that you can't carry and hoof it out to the country, knocking on farmhouse doors until you can trade your services for sanctuary. There would be a lot of "ifs" between your front door and sanctuary. The first few days after the grid goes down, most farmers would look at you like your crazy. After a few weeks you'd begin to look like all of the rest of the desperate zombie horde. At that point, whatever groups that you might stumble into are probably going to be serious about protecting what they have from you and just shoot you anyway. If your reasonably prepared you have food, water, alternative energy sources, hopefully a garden, four walls, a roof over your head, and hopefully friends and family nearby. While it is a risk to stay, it seems equally or even more risky to leave. So, unless you have a ready homestead, I would expect that this plan would probably work for less than one percent of the people out there. That said, just because it would be risky doesn't mean that you shouldn't plan for it anyway. If a large fire storm is working its way toward your home and staying is no longer an option, having a plan to get out is a good idea and this book provides a ton of good information for doing that. Everything the author talks about is really well researched and definitely worth reading. My only real issues with the book are that it is one size fits all solution to what would be a horrible situation and the book is delivered with a lot of sarcasm and condescension that was difficult to listen to after a while. This was not really the narrators fault he was just reading the book as it was written.

  • American Exit Strategy

  • The Economic Collapse Chronicles, Volume 1
  • By: Mark Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,550
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,445

Liberty minded individuals and those who believe in the Constitution will find this near future dystopian novel to be right up their alley. Those who are looking to be more informed about the potential threats to America's financial stability will learn what to watch for and how to prepare themselves for an economic collapse. America is on the cusp of financial annihilation. Matt and Karen Bair face the challenges of Main Street during a full scale financial meltdown. Government borrowing and monetary creation have reached their limits.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too much bible, but good.

  • By Ryan on 09-05-16

Difficult to get through.

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

Reviewed: 05-26-17

Highly derivative read. Thinly veiled references to real people like Barack Obama. Implied slights portraying Obama as a Muslim; which, whenever I hear it, all I see is tinfoil hat conspiracy theories. I like a little religion in my apocalyptic reads. This book however, is essentially an extremely long sermon which ultimately detracts from the story. They were just using religion to rationalize putting non-believers in an early grave and relieve any guilt for the characters. I think my biggest problem is that any true patriot believes in the entire constitution, including the first amendment, the freedom of religion, regardless of whether or not they share those beliefs. The author here clearly discriminates against other religions. There are better reads within this genre. I suggested looking elsewhere.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It

  • Tactics, Techniques and Technologies for Uncertain Things
  • By: James Wesley Rawles
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 938
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 703
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 682

James Wesley Rawles, founder of survivalblog.com, shares with you everything you need to know to be ready for the worst. The book includes information on proper food storage and sanitation, gardening and livestock basics, investment strategies to protect your assets, medical advice, communication techniques, home security, and how to get "outta Dodge" when, in the parlance of the movement, "the shit hits the fan".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unsurprising

  • By skyrat on 04-25-11

Good Practical Guide for Prepping

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

Reviewed: 12-09-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book has a lot of good, practical information. It doesn't matter if you're an experienced prepper or new to it and want to find out what it is all about.

What did you like best about this story?

It is probabaly one of the most comprehensive guides to prepping I've found. It does a good job of opening peoples eyes. It goes beyond owning a gun and having a 10 year supply of toilet paper.

What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

Mr. Hill does a good job of presenting the information.

Any additional comments?

Not everything in this book is going to be usefull to everyone. It is predominantly designed around someone that has a retreat to go to in times of strife which is not practical for everyone. Even if you are locked in the inner city or suburbs being prepared can only help the situation no matter what happens. Everytime a hurricane or some such catastrophy hits you always see people on some news broadcast tearfully pleading for government help, wondering why they still have no heat or clean water after 5 weeks. This book will help you not be this person. Prepping is different for everyone. It doesn't necessarily mean donning the camoflage and traipsing around the backyard with an AR-15. If everyone just focused on having the basics, a good supply of food, water, shelter, heat and sanitation. We would all be better off in a crisis. Rather than looting from one another we'd all be in positions to help one another in a crisis. I realize this ideal scenario is unlikely. In addition, you have shows like "Doomsday Prepper" showcasing the nutcases on the fringe of prepping society, propegating the idea that prepping is for crazy people. I would just say that, no matter what your situation, you can find good, helpful information in this book that will allow you to be better prepared during a disaster. While the audio version is great, it is also practical to get a hard copy so you can have access to the lists, and details that just can't be obsorbed and retained via audio.

  • When Organizing Isn't Enough

  • SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life
  • By: Julie Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 108

Are you eager to make a change but unsure what's next? Organizing works when you know where you're going but don't know how to get there. But sometimes organizing isn't enough. When you're eager to make a change in your life but are unsure of your new destination, you need to SHED.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book but needs supplement

  • By Laura L. Brozier on 03-09-11

Couldn't get through it.

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

Reviewed: 12-09-12

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I consider myself a fairly persistent book enthusiast. Normally I will stick with a book even if it starts out bad. In this case I only managed to get about 3/4's of the way through it. Not that there isn't good information in it, but most of the good information is in the first part of the book. After a while it trundles down this winding path to self enlightenment and identifying your true self or some such etherial nonsense. If self enlightenment is what you want buy a book about it. I'm sure there are better ones out there. If you are more interested in digging yourself out of the piles of clutter that inexplicably seem to multiply faster than tribbles, It's All Too Much by Peter Walsh is a better option.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful