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  • Zero Hour

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 5
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,856
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,690

United Nations Special Operations Command sent an elite expeditionary force of soldiers and pilots out on a simple recon mission, and somehow along the way they sparked an alien civil war. Now the not-at-all-merry band of pirates is in desperate trouble, again. Their stolen alien starship is falling apart, thousands of light years from home. The ancient alien AI they nicknamed Skippy is apparently dead, and even if they can by some miracle revive him, he might never be the same.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Monkeys kick A**, but......

  • By Beachcombers on 02-14-18

Best book I’ve read ...

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

Best book that this smelly ignorant and stupid monkey has read, that you know of ... 😄

  • A Gift of Time

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,016
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,666

When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart and original

  • By J. OBrennan on 12-29-17

Six Stars

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

Reviewed: 11-29-17

If audible allowed 3 books per year to have 6 Stars this would be one of my choices. Also the narrator knocked it out of the park.

48 of 53 people found this review helpful

  • Juggler of Worlds

  • 200 Years Before the Discovery of the Ringworld
  • By: Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292

Covert agent Sigmund Ausfaller is Earth's secret weapon, humanity's best defense against all conspiracies, real and imaginary, and all foes both human and alien. Who better than a brilliant paranoid to expose the devious plots of others?

But Sigmund may finally have met his match in Nessus, representative of the secretive Puppeteers, the elder race who wield vastly superior technologies.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • boring rewrite

  • By John on 02-25-09

Bloody Marvellous

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

Reviewed: 09-21-11

Just Fantastic. Larry Niven needs to get off his butt and write more like this one.

  • The Mote in God's Eye

  • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
  • Narrated by: L J Ganser
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,275
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,512
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,554

The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great read!

  • By J. Rhoderick on 02-12-10

Beautifully Clever

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-09

This is a beautifully clever book. It is a worthwile spend of your time, but to avoid disappointment do not be too impatient at the outset.

I find Larry Niven slow going at first. I even get irritated by the care with which he sets the foundations of his proes, but then it hots up and you are transported to his world. A well thought out, clever, insightful and exciting place that is just around the corner. The world could be, or would be as he describes if we were only able to develop the technology to travel from star to star.

This is an excellent book. I recommend it strongly but prescribe you give the start a chance, you will be richly rewarded.

His book Ringworld is similar. It starts out slow and thereafter the only disappointment is that it ends.

Rgds

Paul Levy

35 of 40 people found this review helpful

  • Red Mars

  • By: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 23 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,993
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,253
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,268

Winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel, Red Mars is the first book in Kim Stanley Robinson's best-selling trilogy. Red Mars is praised by scientists for its detailed visions of future technology. It is also hailed by authors and critics for its vivid characters and dramatic conflicts.

For centuries, the red planet has enticed the people of Earth. Now an international group of scientists has colonized Mars. Leaving Earth forever, these 100 people have traveled nine months to reach their new home. This is the remarkable story of the world they create - and the hidden power struggles of those who want to control it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Old School Hard Sci Fi, but softly

  • By JLM on 08-21-12

Long, long, long

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-09

I tried. I listened. The plot reveals itself desperately slowly.
If you want to stretch time, listen to this book.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Ender's Game

  • Special 20th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,343

Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Enderverse

  • By Joe on 06-13-05

Addictively brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-09

There should be warning on the cover of the Enderverse series stating that once started life will take a backseat until its done.
Doesn't get better.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Waiter Rant

  • Thanks for the Tip - Confessions of a Cynical Waiter
  • By: The Waiter
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 818
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 408
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 408

According to The Waiter, 80 percent of customers are nice people just looking for something to eat. The remaining 20 percent, however, are socially maladjusted psychopaths.

Waiter Rant offers the server's unique point of view, replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogant misbehavior, and unseen bits of human grace transpiring in the most unlikely places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Could not turn it Off!

  • By Eric on 08-04-08

See from another side

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-09

The narrator is good.
This book stayed with me long after the listening was over. it's gift is viewing the world from the other side of the table.
Good choice.

  • Tooth and Nail

  • Inspector Rebus, Book 3
  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: Samuel Gillies
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

They call him the Wolfman, because he takes a bite out of his victims and because they found the first victim in the East End's lonely Wolf Street. Scotland Yard is anxious to find the killer and Inspector Rebus is drafted in to help, thanks to his supposed expertise in the modus operandi of serial killers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • an excellent book

  • By Ruth on 11-27-07

Keeps the promise

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-09

Well written, well narrated, is what it is.
Worth it, wonderful.
Enjoy.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Denial of Death

  • By: Ernest Becker
  • Narrated by: Raymond Todd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 763
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 588
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 577

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1974 and the culmination of a life's work, The Denial of Death is Ernest Becker's brilliant and impassioned answer to the "why" of human existence. In bold contrast to the predominant Freudian school of thought, Becker tackles the problem of the vital lie: man's refusal to acknowledge his own mortality. In doing so, he sheds new light on the nature of humanity and issues a call to life and its living that still resonates more than 30 years after its writing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not for the closed-minded

  • By Yhatze on 05-27-17

Factual but long

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-09

If you like listening to a text book (which I do), you are halfway there. The ideas are somewhat dated. Strong Freudian themes and explanations, but in audio format it is a long listen.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Visits from the Drowned Girl

  • By: Steven Sherrill
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Tower jockey Benny Poteat has seen a lot of things. Working hundreds of feet in the air repairing tension lines and replacing burnt-out bulbs, secured by nothing but a leather harness and carabiners, he's witnessed baptisms, outdoor weddings, dogfights, glorious sunsets, topless sunbathers, fierce storms, raging fires, and plenty more. Not much he sees surprises him, until the day he watches a woman die.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting & worth a listen!

  • By Clint on 06-13-05

Beautifully dense

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-09

A magnificent book. The language is beautifully rich. The author does a wonderful thing, he describes the world of a simple person in a refreshingly intricate way.

Listening is bliss.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful