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  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 201,312
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 187,990
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187,584

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

Not sure who the intended audience is.

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

I guess this should appeal to gamers/SF fans but at times I felt the descriptions of 'how games are played' was geared toward someone who had never played a video game - or even seen one. And the listing of point allocations could get tedious (reading this as a physical book - those lists could easily be skimmed, but listening to them being read...).
The basic sty was well done: poor boy gets a chance to win massive amounts of money. fame, power via a contest set up by a famous programmer (Willy Wonka for gamers). The characters were interesting and 'real', the plot well structured, and the end satisfying (if predictable). Overall quite a nice listen

  • Mission Pack 1

  • Black Ocean Mission Pack, Missions 1-4
  • By: J.S. Morin
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 20 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

The Mobius is a cobbled-together ship with a matching crew. Captain Carl Ramsey is an ex-Earth Navy pilot whose crew won't let him fly his own ship. The pilot is his ex-wife, the mechanic is a drunk, and the chief of security is from a predatory species. Instead of a star-drive to travel through the astral space between worlds, the ship's wizard does it by hand.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good

  • By BikeVON on 10-28-16

probbaly better in small doses

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

interesting - but too "tv-show" for me. No one grows, or changes in the first 4 "missions" - much like a scripted TV show, everyone is exactly the same as they were at the start of the previous mission. No growth means not a lot of tension. Nice, but not great.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • All Systems Red

  • By: Martha Wells
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,852
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,578
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,579

All Systems Red is the tense first science fiction adventure novella in Martha Wells' series The Murderbot Diaries. For fans of Westworld, Ex Machina, Ann Leckie's Imperial Raadch series, or Iain M. Banks' Culture novels. The main character is a deadly security droid that has bucked its restrictive programming and is balanced between contemplative self-discovery and an idle instinct to kill all humans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVE MURDERBOT

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 11-06-17

too short

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

Reviewed: 04-30-18

somehow I missed seeing this was only about 3 hours long. Which is good and bad. Good because I would not have purchased if I'd seen the run-time (and I would have missed out on a fantastic story). Bad because I was not prepared for this to be over.

Murderbot is all I ever wanted in a security robot - deadly, sarcastic, and insightful. The fact that he prefers watching serial dramas to interpersonal interaction makes me love him even more. Well worth the listen

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,850
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35,854

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.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Stay Away

  • By Anonymous User on 10-12-18

fascinating

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

A well-plotted story and characters who were all individuals (and there were A LOT of characters, so well done Peter Clines!). Because of the intricate plot, quite a bit of the action bunched up at the end, but overall, the pacing was fantastic.

Tenants of an old apartment building work together to solve a mystery - with lots of humor and tense moments. Quite a fun listen.

0 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Ascend Online

  • Ascend Online, Book 1
  • By: Luke Chmilenko
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,769
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,389
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,365

Diving into a revolutionary new video game, Marcus and his friends escape a stagnant society, entering into a world that defies their wildest imaginations. But from the moment that he logs in, Marcus finds himself separated from his friends and thrown into a remote village under attack by a horde of goblins. Forced into battle, Marcus rallies the beleaguered villagers and, with their help, manages to drive off the invading creatures. With the village in ruins and their supplies spoiled, the villagers turn to Marcus for help in rebuilding the village.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Luke Daniels and a great LITRPG; enough said

  • By Don Gilbert on 08-07-17

needs a bit of editing

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

Reviewed: 10-03-17

First, I love this story. It's fantastic. The characters are interesting the pace is just right, the plot is riveting. For anyone who has played RPGs - this is a joy of a novel.

But the writing needs a bit of editing. Unneeded words/phrases abound. (for example *A tear rolled down his face as he rubbed his face* - would be so much better if *face* wasn't repeated). Also the endless lists of where game points could be spent/how many points each item gained were wearisome (happily, they could be fast-forwarded through).

Overall this story is a gem. I really am enjoying it, But I wish someone had paired down some of the more obvious flaws before publication.

  • The Crow Trap

  • A Vera Stanhope Mystery
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,059
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,045

Three very different women come together to complete an environmental survey. Three women who, in some way or another, know the meaning of betrayal.... For team leader Rachael Lambert, the project is the perfect opportunity to rebuild her confidence after a double betrayal by her lover and boss, Peter Kemp. Botanist Anne Preece, on the other hand, sees it as a chance to indulge in a little deception of her own. And then there is Grace Fulwell, a strange, uncommunicative young woman with plenty of her own secrets to hide....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the Wait

  • By Marina on 02-26-17

unexpected

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

Reviewed: 07-25-17

Any additional comments?

I've read/listened to a few of the books in this series (not in any order). This one was not what I expected. Vera - the eponymous detective - didn't show up until the final third of the book.

I enjoyed the story quite a lot, but it wasn't what I expected given the other titles in the series.
Keep an open mind - this is a very good story - well worth the time. The various tales of the researchers are well told and fascinating in their own rights. And, there's a nice chuck of Vera musing on her youth (just be patient)

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Psychology of Human Behavior

  • By: David W. Martin, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: David W. Martin
  • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462

Today's psychologist is apt to be very different from the image most people conjure up when asked to picture one - an image that almost always suggests Sigmund Freud or someone like him, complete with leather couch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By TJ on 04-25-15

interesting

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

Reviewed: 07-16-17

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed the series. Much of the information was new to me. The ideas were presented in a logical fashion (and I understand the theory behind the formula 1) what we will learn, 2) giving the lecture 3) repeating what we have learned - though it did get tiresome).

However, the last few lectures on evolution and psychology hit a few sour notes. Rather than stick to either male/female or men/women - the lecturer would say: male and woman - giving a subtle bias. It annoyed me enough that I was unable to fully concentrate on the lecture. Some behaviors were portrayed as individuals consciously scheming to bag a mate possessing specific characteristics which the lecturer deemed 'desirable', rather than the unconscious results of evolution at work.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,608
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 58,751
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,641

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

fun listen

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

Reviewed: 06-11-17

Any additional comments?

I really like this book. It's dramatic and funny and thought-provoking - everything I want in an SF novel (or, really, ANY novel). The narrator does a fantastic job differentiating the "Bobs", which could not have been easy. I'm so glad I took a chance on this. Already have Book 2 in my library. Bob is an ordinary guy who decides to allow himself to be frozen after death (he doesn't believe in an afterlife). When he 'awakens' he finds he is an AI - with the ability to 'copy' himself (it's fun figuring out where he gets the nicknames). Each "Bob" has a slightly different focus, interests, and problems. Lots of problems. I;m so glad I took a chance on this one.

  • A Closed and Common Orbit

  • Wayfarers Series, Book 2
  • By: Becky Chambers
  • Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,305

Embark on an exciting, adventurous, and dangerous journey through the galaxy with the motley crew of the spaceship Wayfarer in this fun and heart-warming space opera - the sequel to the acclaimed The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. Lovelace was once merely a ship's artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in a new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has no memory of what came before.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No drive in the story

  • By Siri B. L. Søberg on 02-22-17

fun read

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

Reviewed: 05-15-17

Any additional comments?

a nice stand-alone sequel. Which is hard to do.
I found myself way more interested in Pepper's journey from child to adult than in Sidra's journey (which felt like it should be the main storyline...). But I really did like the story as a whole. Lots of concepts (gender identity, what is 'sentient', 'who' is a person) to chew over long after the book is finished.

  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon

  • By: Kelly Barnhill
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,767
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,329

Every year the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, Delightful, Engaging

  • By Tom on 08-31-17

good - not great

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

Reviewed: 05-15-17

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the story, the characters were compelling and stayed true to themselves. But the repetitions in the writing started to grate... Constantly saying a character's name over, and over. Making a point in the narrative - then repeating in dialogue. Repeating facts over and over.
Echoes can be used to good effect - over-doing them makes the story drag.