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  • The Accidental Time Machine

  • By: Joe Haldeman
  • Narrated by: Kevin Free
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 832
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 664

Joe Haldeman is the esteemed Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of The Forever War. Things are going nowhere for lowly MIT research assistant Matt Fuller - especially not after his girlfriend drops him for another man. But then while working late one night, he inadvertently stumbles upon what may be the greatest scientific breakthrough ever. His luck, however, runs out when he finds himself wanted for murder - in the future.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Cool idea. Tediously told.

  • By Ted on 12-02-16

Time Travel: YES!

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

Reviewed: 06-05-16

Time travel is my favorite science fiction sub-genre, and the added dystopian future world Haldeman unfolds makes for great entertainment. While I'm not a fan of all things Haldeman, I really liked this book and "The Forever War". Both novels are top notch must read science fiction. No science fiction library is complete without Haldeman's two great works of "The Accidental Time Machine" and "The Forever War".

  • On Tennis

  • Five Essays
  • By: David Foster Wallace
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

A "long-time rabid fan of tennis" and a regionally ranked tennis player in his youth, David Foster Wallace wrote about the game like no one else. On Tennis presents David Foster Wallace's five essays on the sport, published between 1990 and 2006, and hailed as some of the greatest and most innovative sports writing of our time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiration, though, is contagious, and multiform

  • By Darwin8u on 01-27-17

A must have for tennis enthusiasts

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

Reviewed: 06-05-16

David Wallace was a master of his trade. I will venture that practically anyone will enjoy this book of five essays. I've read through it multiple times now and it's always entertaining. If you like tennis you will surely find this book to be a favorite. If you ever picked up "Infinite Jest" and weren't enthralled (as some of his fans are) don't worry, this is well written nonfiction essays, and it's a very engaging read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cell

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,912
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,919

The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone's cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization's darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very, very compelling

  • By Vicki on 01-27-06

Apocalyptic SciFi/Horror

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

Reviewed: 06-05-16

It took me about a week to finish this book. So I wasn't infatuated, but I was eager to complete the book. Practically all King's work is good, he is a master at his trade. It's not five star material. In fact if I were ranking it among King's body of work alone it would be on the lower half of the list. But like I said, for me all of King's novels are good.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Water Knife

  • By: Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Narrated by: Almarie Guerra
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,854
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,849

In the American Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, and California skirmish for dwindling shares of the Colorado River. Into the fray steps Angel Velasquez, detective, leg breaker, assassin, and spy. A Las Vegas water knife, Angel "cuts" water for his boss, Catherine Case, ensuring that her lush, luxurious arcology developments can bloom in the desert, so the rich can stay wet while the poor get nothing but dust.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The fight for water in a drought fueled apocalypse

  • By Lore on 09-24-15

It's not an engaging novel

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

Reviewed: 06-05-16

The story starts slow, and the narrator is more suited for robo calls. I rarely leave bad reviews, but I feel cheated. Tip for the author - let the story tell the details, focus on engaging the reader.

  • The Arabian Nights Entertainments

  • By: Louis Rhead
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251

The central core of the stories concerns a Persian king and his new bride. The king has a brother who is a vizier in faraway Samarcand, and he invites him to come to the palace for a visit. Just before his departure, the vizier is shocked to discover his wife's infidelity. Enraged, he kills her. Full of pain and grief, the vizier continues on to the court of his brother, the king. But, once arrived at his brother's palace, the vizier soon discovers the king's wife is also involved in an even more flagrant infidelity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Includes stories absent from other versions

  • By D. Fearon on 11-21-13

A Must Have

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

Reviewed: 06-05-16

No library is complete without it, and this is an entertaining version. The narrator speaks in a British accent, and he does a good job. Complete with cheesy sound effects as the stories transistion.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Uglies

  • Uglies, Book 1
  • By: Scott Westerfeld
  • Narrated by: Emily Tremaine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,008
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,014

Tally lives in a world where your 16th birthday brings aesthetic perfection: an operation that erases all your flaws, transforming you from an "Ugly" into a "Pretty". She is on the eve of this important event and cannot wait for her life to change. As well as guaranteeing supermodel looks, life as a Pretty seems to revolve around having a good time. But then she meets Shay, who is also 15 - but with a very different outlook on life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Deadpan narrator murders bubbly story.

  • By Mrs. T on 11-09-16

very predictable

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

Reviewed: 06-04-16

It was a fun listen, it's not bad, but I can't say it was good. I will not continue the series. It's very amateurish science fiction. More suitable for children and teenagers.

  • The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Adam Baldwin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,064
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,458
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,445

Have you ever seen a planet invaded by rampaging space mutants from another dimension or Nazi dinosaurs from the future? Don't let this happen to you! Rifts happen, so you should be ready when universes collide. A policy with Stranger & Stranger can cover all of your interdimensional insurance needs. Rated "Number One in Customer Satisfaction" for three years running, no claim is too big or too weird for Tom Stranger to handle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Someone owes me a new keyboard

  • By Aimee M on 05-24-16

Surprisingly Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 06-04-16

It's ridiculous, yet funny and engaging. I wouldn't be surprised to see a small series come out of this. I'd listen if they make another episode.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Chocky

  • By: John Wyndham
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

Matthew is a normal 11-year-old boy living with his parents and little sister in Surrey. He's too old and sensible to have an imaginary friend really. Yet when Matthew's parents keep finding him talking and arguing with a strange presence whom Matthew calls Chocky, that's what they believe it must be…at first. But Chocky is oddly sinister, and keeps asking Matthew all sorts of complicated questions about the world and making him behave in unusual and erratic ways. Then Matthew suddenly does something heroic, well beyond his capabilities; the media become interested and the interest in Matthew widens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impressed

  • By colleen on 05-16-15

Highly Entertaining!

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

Reviewed: 02-19-16

If you like science fiction just buy the book already. It was great when I read it years ago, and it is now great in the audio-book format too.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Neuromancer

  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,839
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,408

Twenty years ago, it was as if someone turned on a light. The future blazed into existence with each deliberate word that William Gibson laid down. The winner of Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards, Neuromancer didn't just explode onto the science fiction scene - it permeated into the collective consciousness, culture, science, and technology.Today, there is only one science fiction masterpiece to thank for the term "cyberpunk," for easing the way into the information age and Internet society.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book. Terrible performance.

  • By Denis on 04-08-16

Not a great book, just OK.

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

Reviewed: 02-19-16

Perhaps in 1984 the "tech" in this book was more infatuating, although I have never been one to let an outdated Sci Fi novel stop me from diving in. I can totally deal with outdated. The entire story line is artificially derived from 1980's anecdotal ideas of what the future held. For me it seemed the story was over half way through. I realized I didn't care what happened to case. I don't understand why this book is celebrated. First and foremost, a writer needs to make the reader care about the characters.

  • The Eye of the World

  • Book One of The Wheel of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 29 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,958
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,978

When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Your first step down a very long and winding road.

  • By Lore on 06-29-12

I don't like fantasy.

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

Reviewed: 08-23-15

I've always shied away from fantasy, instead I'm a sci fi fan. Well, Ive heard alot about this series and Robert Jordan, thought I'd give it a try. The outcome is this is not my genre. I know fantasy fans highly regard Jordan, but I just couldn't get into it.