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  • Artificial Condition

  • By: Martha Wells
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,085
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,079

It has a dark past - one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself "Murderbot." But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more. Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don't want to know what the "A" stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This series should be one book

  • By J. Eisenach on 05-16-18

Good continuation of story

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

Reviewed: 05-27-18

Very entertaining. Loved the first book, and happily used a credit for this short listen. I actually applaud the author for keeping the length as it is, the detail and pacing are quite satisfying. Looking forward to the next in this series.

  • 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 3,669
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,408

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

5 star rating from a non-scifi person

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

Reviewed: 05-27-18

This is GREAT! Interesting, funny, well-paced, overall completely entertaining. I think I got this as a daily deal, but in spite of the short length it's credit-worthy, In fact I happily shelled out a credit for the equally short sequel. Narration seems strange at first, but in the end I thought the voice captured the character well. Recommended highly.

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  • 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 61,403
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57,610
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,502

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

Enjoyable for a non-techy

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

Reviewed: 05-27-18

Science fiction isn't my go-to genre, but it is so growing on me. I found this book very entertaining, and the theme of a computer simulation of one's brain is mind blowing. Forgive me, sci-fi-ers, if this is a common theme, for me it's a first. The political plots are arguably prescient, with religious fundamentalism and theories of MAD as a deterrent playing the villians. The main character is interesting and funny, with Ray Porter's narration filling it out nicely. There's a bit of detail about science and engineering that, believable or not, left me nodding off. Overall I recommend this listen.

  • Hell Divers

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,293
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,253

More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers - men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I usually don't read my SciFi however....!!

  • By Michalena on 10-06-17

Fun overall

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

Reviewed: 03-27-17

This is not my usual genre, so take this review for what it is. I suppose to summarize, I enjoy sci-fi/post apocalypse when the premise and characters are good. Really liked the premise here; living on a ramshackle space station and sky diving into a devastated world for supplies. The story follows through the concept with rampant illness due to conditions, evolution of an unfair class structure and evolving social movements, and psychological burnout. It really could have been a much deeper a story, but it keeps it on the lighter side for better or for worse. My biggest criticism was that I found myself rolling my eyes at some of the characters. A few were annoying caricatures, and along with others were just underdeveloped. Not terrible, not enough to make me not enjoy the book, but a little irritating. Not a fantastic ending. But overall I enjoyed the listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Brat Farrar

  • By: Josephine Tey
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,219

A stranger enters the inner sanctum of the Ashby family posing as Patrick Ashby, the heir to the family’s sizeable fortune. The stranger, Brat Farrar, has been carefully coached on Patrick’s mannerisms, appearance and every significant detail of Patrick’s early life, up to his 13th year when he disappeared and was thought to have drowned himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great all around

  • By Catherine on 10-23-11

Modern Dickens

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

Reviewed: 03-26-17

I recommend this listen to any Dickens fan or general Anglophile. The start was slow, and I almost set it aside, but patience paid off; I greatly enjoyed the last 3/4. The storyline has a Dickens quality in the drama and coincidence; so, like Dickens, you just let the story flow over you and don't bother with unlikelies. The characters were very British, stiff-upper-lip and all. My biggest criticism of the book is that the speech patterns and "strength" of all the characters is too similar. What I particularly love about this book is that it follows the British tendency toward strong, independent women characters. Narration was excellent. Very enjoyable overall.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Baggage

  • By: S. G. Redling
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,028
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 935
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 930

Over the years, terrible things keep happening to Anna Ray on February 17. First, there was the childhood trauma she's never been able to speak about. Then, to her horror, her husband killed himself on that date. A year later and a thousand miles away, Anna tries to find solace in the fresh start of a new job in a new place. She takes comfort in her outspoken cousin Jeannie, the confidant and best friend who's there whenever she needs help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting read!

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-12-16

Great characters

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

Reviewed: 10-02-16

This book's strengths are the full-fleshed, three dimensional characters with dialogue that follows each character with their own very particular speech patterns. The author sets this up so the reader must judge the reliability of the narrator and the trustworthiness of those she has close to her. I loved these characters and invested in the story, despite it getting a bit contrived as it went on, then a bit cheesy in the end. The ending isn't very hard to foresee, if that bothers you. The story is very dark, with much misery and depression for the main character. A lot of drinking and being hung over, forewarning to those with sensitive stomachs. I liked the narration, didn't love it. Overall, the voice is well suited for the character, with somewhat of a Midwestern quality, which can include that nasal-ly tone that other reviewers have pointed out, it can be grating. But I thought the emotional level of the reading was just right, and the different character voices were OK. Overall I enjoyed this listen.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Real Tigers

  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 535

The Bond-esque River Cartwight and his group of defunct MI5 spies, headed by the irascible Jackson Lamb, will do anything to get back into the game. When a member of London's Slough House - MI5's stable for disgraced spies, so-called "slow horses" - is kidnapped by a former soldier bent on revenge, the agents must risk treason and breach Regent's Park to steal intel in exchange for their comrade's safety. But the kidnapping is only the tip of the iceberg as they are caught in a conspiracy that threatens the future not only of Slough House but of MI5 itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A taste of Caviar in Slough House

  • By Aaron on 05-07-16

Agree that it's hard to follow

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

Reviewed: 09-27-16

In my mind, I've put my finger on why it's hard for me to keep track of characters in such a book. I put some of the blame on myself, that I have a short attention span (i do), or I've blamed it on the setting, that I have a hard time with names in other languages. Well, I'm going to spread a bit of the blame onto the authors. In a book such as this, the characters are formally introduced. They are named, and what follows is a page or two of description. With my attention span, I quickly forget who is who, and when listening, it isn't easy to go back and find the passage reminding you of this character's background and quirks. In other words, I was quickly disoriented and fatigued with this listen. I can now appreciate authors who introduce their characters by doing, not saying. As an Anglophile and Gerard Doyle fan, I really wanted to like this book. I tried really hard. I ended up knowing I should appreciate the character depth, dark humor, and political shrewdness the English seem to breath. But I just felt icky. And tired. Perhaps I'll try the hardcover for the sequel.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Demon in the Freezer

  • By: Richard Preston
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 743
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483

"This book will give you nightmares," cautions The New York Times. Richard Preston takes us inside the ongoing war against bioterrorism, investigating the anthrax attacks of October 2001 and the potential for a future bio-attack using smallpox or, worse yet, a new superpox virus resistant to all vaccines. "As exciting as the best thrillers, yet scarier by far, for Preston's pages deal with clear, present and very real dangers," says Publishers Weekly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty interesting listening in a horrific way

  • By S A on 09-19-03

I get it now

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

Reviewed: 09-26-16

A must-read/listen. I feel dumb, that I didn't really grasp what are "biological weapons". I've heard this term a thousand times, but never really examined it. Scary, but everyone should be aware of this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Orphan X

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,300

Evan Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. He's also a man with a dangerous past. Chosen as a child, he was raised and trained as part of the off-the-books black box Orphan program, designed to create the perfect deniable intelligence assets - i.e. assassins. He was Orphan X. Evan broke with the program, using everything he learned to disappear.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Distraction

  • By A. Musser on 06-03-16

3.5 Stars

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

Reviewed: 09-26-16

GRRRR......I'm disappointed in this book! The premise has so much potential, but for me it came off as a bit silly; as if the author was trying to add some dark humor or give the protagonist some depth, but it came off as amateurish. Like a modern-day Batman, but in the manner of how a modern-day Batman would live in the mind of a 15 year-old. And neighbors who are constantly imposing on him. How many kooky nosy people can live in one building? Add in Scott Brick's turn-it-up-to-11 drama volume and I'm really annoyed. I finished it, and have to admit was somewhat entertained, but overall was disappointed. The ending pointed toward a sequel; I would take a look, but with a very skeptical eye.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Survivor

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,038
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,020

Nate Overbay, a former soldier suffering from PTSD and ALS, goes to an 11th-floor bank and climbs out the bathroom window onto the ledge, ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself to jump, a crew of gunmen bursts into the bank and begins viciously shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate climbs back inside, confronts the robbers, and with his military training, starts taking them out, one by one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: “He will make you pay in ways you can’t imagine.” Soon enough, Nate learns what this means.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the sum of its parts

  • By Janice on 08-26-12

Not perfect but I liked it

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

Reviewed: 09-26-16

When I finish a listen, I sometimes like to go back and read reviews just to compare experiences. Another listener commented that the entire premise was preposterous, and that is completely accurate. Completely. But, I can't help but still like this book. This is my third Gregg Hurwitz, and they have similar elements; a man with a troubled childhood is ripped apart from his family, fighting back with an amazing survival instinct and nothing else to lose. Well, call me a sucker, but for whatever reason I'm able to just set my reasoning aside and flow with the story. There is always a strong underdog element going, maybe that's it. There's stuff here that is just done really well in my opinion.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful