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  • Sci-Phi: Science Fiction as Philosophy

  • By: The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Professor David K. Johnson PhD University of Oklahoma
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

The science fiction genre has become increasingly influential in mainstream popular culture, evolving into one of the most engaging storytelling tools we use to think about technology and consider the shape of the future. Along the way, it has also become one of the major lenses we use to explore important philosophical questions. The origins of science fiction are most often thought to trace to Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein, a story born from a night of spooky tale-telling by the fireside that explores scientific, moral, and ethical questions that were of great concern in the 19th century - and that continue to resonate today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It only scratches the surface

  • By Marcos Trujillo Cue on 06-14-18

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I wish this was twice as long. Everything was well thought out and made me think of things I had never thought of before.

  • Gods of the Mountain

  • By: Christopher Keene
  • Narrated by: Justin Thomas James
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Accused of murder, Faulk is on the run after his chance at redemption went horribly wrong. He finds himself allied with the mysterious Yuweh, a woman sent by her gods to capture an assassin who is spreading forbidden magic. Journeying across a land where all magic, cultures, and wars are dictated by its cycles in nature, they uncover a plot that threatens to destroy everything they hold dear. Faulk and Yuweh must reconcile their clashing cultures to prevent the chaos from repeating...as another attempts to use it for his benefit.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good hard magic system, okay characters and story

  • By Sean McCaffrey on 07-08-18

Over all, not bad

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

I wondered for a long time if I should give this book three stars or four stars, over all. I did bump it up to four stars because the narration was incredible.
This book is a good mindless summer read. A High fantasy the grabs your attention and really doesn't let go. It isn't long enough for have any real character development, especially since we are dealing with so many characters in such a short book. The magic system is well thought out and I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like it.
I do have two major sticking points with this book. The first one is that the religious character is treated like a straw man. She is given stupid lines to say about why she believes in her gods, just so that another character can wittily put her down. This is a rather offensive way to deal with opinions that the author doesn't agree with. The second one is the "native" people who live in the mountains, and how they were depicted. It felt very much like their “primitiveness” was used as justification for their beliefs. It felt to me like it was on the cusp of noble savage and made me feel uncomfortable.
Over all, not bad.

  • Broken Shells: A Subterranean Horror Novella

  • By: Michael Patrick Hicks
  • Narrated by: Justin Thomas James
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

Antoine DeWitt is a man down on his luck. Broke and recently fired, he knows the winning Money Carlo ticket that has landed in his mailbox from a car dealership is nothing more than a scam. The promise of $5,000, though, is too tantalizing to ignore. Jon Dangle is a keeper of secrets, many of which are buried deep beneath his dealership. He works hard to keep them hidden, but occasionally sacrifices are required, sacrifices who are penniless, desperate, and who will not be missed. Sacrifices exactly like DeWitt.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Relatively short, but a helluva listen!

  • By Fujiyama Mama on 06-28-18

Trigger warnings

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18


It seems silly to have trigger warnings on a horror story. We’re all here because we relish the unexpected. However, I did want to give a warning for the racism in this story. If it were longer, I might have been able to forgive the amount of racist people in this story. But, with the story this short there are only so many people with talking roles, and of those talking roles I felt there was an unnecessarily high percentage of racism, both personal and institutionalized. Along side that I’d also would like to give a warning for police brutality. When I sit down with a horror book I prefer to keep real world horrors to the absolute minimum.

The idea for the story was solid, but I wish there had been more character development. That being said, if you are looking for a quick story with massive amounts of body horror, this is the story for you.

The narrator was amazing. I could just listen to his voice all day.


  • Black Hat

  • Afterlife Online, Book 2
  • By: Domino Finn
  • Narrated by: Justin Thomas James
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263

Living in a virtual game world sounds like the ultimate dream. Plenty of action, intrigue, and guess who gets to be the big hero? But what happens when that digital reality gets flipped on its head? Bad guys are after your sweet loot, your fancy title is loaded with unrealistic expectations, and achieving such a high level comes with a big fat target on your back. Something has to give, so when a new crusader faction rolls into town, Talon senses an opportunity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much better

  • By Bri on 01-09-18

So much better

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

Reviewed: 01-09-18

Every complaint I had about the first book is fixed this time around. I connected more to the characters and I loved watching the world expand. Once again, the narrator was amazing, and even if you don't pick up this book you should look into other books he's narrated. If you like this kind of book, it's worth the credit.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Titan's Wrath

  • By: Rhett C. Bruno
  • Narrated by: Justin Thomas James
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

After inciting rebellion against Earth throughout Titan's off-world colonies, Kale Trass learns that leadership isn't only about fighting. Keeping control of his people--even his own family--requires a different set of skills. Following a pivotal battle over Saturn, Kale travels deep into enemy territory under the guise of seeking peace, though peace is the last thing on his mind. Malcolm Graves used to be an infamous Collector for a powerful Earther corporation--and then he nearly lost his life on Titan. Now he's retired. But when Kale's wake of destruction follows Malcolm to Mars and claims the life of a friend, it's time for the ex-Collector to dust off his pulse-pistol and leap back into a fight he thought he'd left behind. With the solar system divided, heroes are few and short-lived ... but someone has to put the self-proclaimed King Trass of Titan in his place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A humans a human, no matter where from

  • By Bri on 12-30-17

A humans a human, no matter where from

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

Reviewed: 12-30-17

A human's a human, no matter where from
First off, I have to say that Justin James is one of my favorite narrators. I have listened to almost all of his books, and he makes the character voices in ever single book sound genuine and unique. If you don't pick up this book, pick up some of his other stuff.
I was given this book for free in return for a honest review. I know that this book is the third in a series, but this was the first one I read.
I almost never pick up this type of science fiction and that means I am unfamiliar with most of the tropes and pitfalls that come with this genre. I can tell you that there was a steep learning curve. I was not given much time to learn about the character's worlds, or how they had come to be fighting as a freedom fighter/terrorist group. I had to pick up things as best I could as we plowed deep into the story.
I loved the characters in this book. Each one of them seemed like the hero of the story who was perfectly right and just in his convictions, until the point of view changed, and you could see them as the monster every else perceived them to be. In many ways this book is about the fall of a good man who made bad choices because he felt like he had no other choice.
The politics of the story were interesting, but the characters were what kept me reading. If you like science fiction, go ahead and pick this one up.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Wizard Killer, Season 1

  • A Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy Serial
  • By: Adam Dreece
  • Narrated by: Justin Thomas James
  • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Waking up from the dead for the third time with vengeance on his mind, the Wizard Killer realizes his memory is shot. Who is he? And more importantly, how is he going to survive in the post-apocalyptic fantasy wasteland long enough to find out?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Addicting Serialized Fantasy Adventure

  • By TheShadesofOrange on 12-06-17

I'll get the next one, but...

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

Let me start out by saying that I do hope to get the next season. However, there are some pretty big issues with this story. I was willing to give it some leeway because it’s a serialization, but it took me until the last half hour or the narrative to really get into it.
I love post-apocalyptic stories almost as much as I love high fantasy. I was sure that the combination would be amazing. However, it wasn’t. We meet the main character in the middle of a wasteland, waking up after being stabbed, and he doesn’t remember who he is. This could have been a really interesting story of survival, like The Road. The problem was, I didn’t relate to the main character enough to care. The main character was not proactive at all. Everything happened to him, rather than him taking charge of his life. Even when he was fighting for his life, he was just a very reactive character.
The learning curve was very steep. I was thrown into the world without a life jacket, or even floaties. If you would like some explanation to what’s going on, you really won’t get one. This upset me, mostly because I didn’t really understand the magic system until halfway through the story. Even then, I didn’t know what the limitations on the magic system were, aka what it could and couldn’t do.
All this being said, I have nothing but good things to say about the narration. Justin James has the voice of an angel. It’s deep and rumbling and over all soothing. He made me care enough to keep going, when I otherwise would have put it down. The reading style wasn’t too slow or too fast, and his diction was on point. Over all fantastic job.
I did get into it at the end, and like I said, I will get the next season. I hope our main character will be a little bit more proactive in that one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Reboot

  • Afterlife Online, Book 1
  • By: Domino Finn
  • Narrated by: Justin Thomas James
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467

Tad Lonnerman is having a crappy day stuck in crappy traffic late to a crappy meeting. On the bright side, his game development career is the only non-crappy thing he has going for him, so life isn't all bad. At least until he dies. Now Tad finds himself uploaded to a beta test of Haven, an unannounced hyper-immersive MMO where the dead have a second chance at life. It's not virtual reality, it's digital reality. A true afterlife online. Except Haven isn't exactly blissful paradise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m definitely equally as addicted to this new series as one can be!

  • By Andrew Smith on 10-18-17

Amazing preformance, meh story

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

Reviewed: 08-26-17

What made the experience of listening to Reboot the most enjoyable?

The narrator was amazing. He is the reason I didn't put the book down.

What could Domino Finn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Everything seemed to happen to quickly and to easily. It broke my feeling of plausible deniability.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful