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  • Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything
  • By: Kelly Weinersmith, Zach Weinersmith
  • Narrated by: Kelly Weinersmith, Zach Weinersmith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641

In this smart and funny book, celebrated cartoonist Zach Weinersmith and noted researcher Dr. Kelly Weinersmith give us a snapshot of what's coming next - from robot swarms to nuclear fusion powered-toasters. By weaving their own research and interviews with the scientists who are making these advances happen, the Weinersmiths investigate why these technologies are needed, how they would work, and what is standing in their way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Good-ish!

  • By See Reverse on 04-16-18

Meh...

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

Reviewed: 05-13-18

The subject was okay. Once again, this is another reason why authors should not read their own books. Finally, the work was nearly ruined by their sophomoric humor. Bad jokes are much worse than no jokes.

  • Aurora

  • By: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by: Ali Ahn
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,387
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,217
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,214

A major new novel from one of science fiction's most powerful voices, Aurora tells the incredible story of our first voyage beyond the solar system. Brilliantly imagined and beautifully told, it is the work of a writer at the height of his powers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By ewreirct on 07-14-15

Where to start...

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

So very, very bad. I am disappointed that I cannot give it 0 stars. Pointless and plotless. They fly around and whine a lot, then they fly around some more and complain even more, then they arrive and nothing satisfies them. Terrible dialog and narration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Socket Greeny Saga

  • Socket Greeny, Book 1-3
  • By: Tony Bertauski
  • Narrated by: Tony Bertauski
  • Length: 22 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

The entire Socket Greeny trilogy ( Discovery, Training, and Legend) follows a white-haired teenager that discovers he's part of an evolved human race, how he trains to understand his true self, and the legendary conclusion of his true nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An exceptional sci-fi/tech trilogy

  • By Ms. Christian C. on 08-26-17

A perfect...

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

Reason why the author of a mediocre book should never be its narrator. The gravitas he tried to convey was not warranted. The book has a confounding plot and cannot decide it so own genre. Boring and unsatisfying.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Starship Grifters

  • Rex Nihilo, Book 1
  • By: Robert Kroese
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,982
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,860
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,851

A space-faring ne'er-do-well with more bravado than brains, Rex Nihilo plies the known universe in a tireless quest for his own personal gain. But when he fleeces a wealthy weapons dealer in a high-stakes poker game, he ends up winning a worthless planet - and owing an outstanding debt more vast than space itself! The only way for Rex to escape a lifetime of torture on the prison world Gulagatraz is to score a big payday by pulling off his biggest scam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes you just gotta give a book a chance!

  • By Sad Carlos on 07-08-14

Silly

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

Stupid main character and no redeeming value. That is 7 hours of my life I'll never get back.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,771
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51,627

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The opposite of the Martian...

  • By Ruth Nielsen on 11-27-17

Meh

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

Not a very good mystery story. Then again, it is hard to follow up a great novel. There narration was outstanding.

  • Will Save the Galaxy for Food

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,144

Space travel just isn't what it used to be. With the invention of Quantum Teleportation, space heroes aren't needed anymore. When one particularly unlucky ex-adventurer masquerades as famous pilot and hate figure Jacques McKeown, he's sucked into an ever-deepening corporate and political intrigue. Between space pirates, adorable deadly creatures, and a missing fortune in royalties, saving the universe was never this difficult!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By K. F. on 03-09-17

Pointless drivel

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

An uninteresting story made worse by being narrated by the author whose over excited voice failed to whip up any drama.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Icarus

  • Interstellar Cargo, Book 1
  • By: Matt Verish
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 169

Cole Musgrave's dream of interstellar travel is about to become a nightmare. When a high-profile delivery is compromised aboard a state-of-the-art cargo vessel, the newly appointed captain finds himself embroiled in an assignment far above his pay grade. Blackmail, terrorists, a malfunctioning prototype A.I. pilot, and a sinister terraforming corporation with deep criminal ties await him. Who knew delivering cargo to the deep recesses of space could be so dangerous?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Light Space Opera

  • By Skipper on 10-09-16

Pointless

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

I have no idea what the author wanted to accomplish with this story--except perhaps to sell later books. No satisfying plot and no deep character development. Moreover, the narrator's monotonous drone was uninteresting and made the Audible version very difficult to follow. A waste of money even at the sale price.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Left Hand of Darkness

  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,295
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,095
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,096

A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can change their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter's inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the completely dissimilar culture that he encounters. Embracing the aspects of psychology, society, and human emotion on an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Almost 50 and still amazing

  • By kwdayboise (Kim Day) on 06-07-17

A slog...

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

From the Grand Dame of science fiction. While this may have been a unique study of sexual orientation and attraction in 1969, it certainly isn't shocking almost 50 years later. It does not warrant a place at the top of the SF pantheon.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Duel in the Dark

  • Blood on the Stars, Book 1
  • By: Jay Allan
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 816
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 758

The Confederation has fought three wars against the forces of the totalitarian Union. Three generations of its warriors have gone off to war, held the line against the larger, more powerful enemy. Now the fourth conflict is imminent, and the Confederation's navy is on alert, positioned behind the frontier, waiting for the attack it knows is coming.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • backwards thinking

  • By Anonymous User on 06-05-17

Cliches Abound

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

Reviewed: 06-25-17

Every military cliche ends up in the amateurish book. On top of that every person has a stereotypical name to go with their awful fake accent: Fritz, Gaston, Rodriguez. I'm not kidding. Plus, it was never explained why the Union and Confederation (yes, those are the sides) had such a different collection and mix of accents. There is nothing new or different in the book that makes it worthy of purchase.

  • Cosega Search

  • Cosega Sequence, Book 1
  • By: Brandt Legg
  • Narrated by: Danny Campbell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 80

Ripley Gaines, a brilliant archaeologist, has spent his life searching for an elusive artifact to prove his controversial theory. What he finds shocks even him. The discovery rewrites human history and promises to change the planet's future. It has to be suppressed. The most powerful forces in the world align against him, and a deadly competition for the artifact ensues. Capturing Gaines is not enough; he, and everyone who has seen the artifact, must be killed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very good start..

  • By ATX-LH on 10-12-16

So, so stupid...

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

Reviewed: 04-04-17

A wannabe DaVinci Code, Indiana Jones, and Clive Cussler without aptitude. It's a one volume story that the greedy author broke into 3 or 4 short audio books for the obvious reason to make money. At least the former superior authors/screenplays could tell a self-contained story.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful