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  • Leviathan Wakes

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 20 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,918
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,906

The first book in the landmark Expanse series, now a major television series from Syfy! Leviathan Wakes is James S. A. Corey's first novel in the epic New York Times best-selling series The Expanse, a modern masterwork of science fiction in which humanity has colonized the solar system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Started a love affair with hard sci fi

  • By N. H. on 07-30-17

Good character definition

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-19

Good character definition and lots of depth to the characters. A very good start to an expansive series.

Definitely interesting to follow.

  • 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 5,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,661
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,660

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 just wish all four stories were one book...

  • By Garrett Stone on 11-05-18

Wow. Hooked at the 1st chapter

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-19

Wow. Hooked at the 1st chapter and now I can’t stop.

Already planning on getting the next 3 books so I can enjoy the whole series. Martha Wells is a fantastic writer.

  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,906
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,290

Sir John Penlyon is planning to spend Christmas at his estate with his niece and his friend Danby, the closest thing he has to family since disowning his daughter years ago. (She eloped with the parson, who was, of course, penniless.) Danby suggests that at Christmastime the estate needs the presence of small children, and offers to find some - the “hirelings” - despite Sir John’s skepticism. Three children duly arrive, and the youngest, precocious four year-old Moppet, quickly endears herself to Sir John. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A warm and lovely Christmas story

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 12-13-18

Family is always important

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-19

Family is always important and this a lovely story of how an estranged family is brought back together by the simplicity of a child’s unconditional love.

The story gives such hope even in modern times and nothing should stop families from getting closer. Unconditional love is just that. No matter who, what, where or how someone wants to live a family should never withdraw its unconditional love.

Great story for all times but even more so over Christmas.

  • My Planet

  • Finding Humor in the Oddest Places
  • By: Mary Roach
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 461
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 425

Follow New York Times best-selling author Mary Roach - but be careful not to trip - as she weaves through personal anecdotes and everyday musings riddled with her uncanny wit and amazingly analytical eye. These essays, which found a well-deserved home within the pages of Reader's Digest as the column "My Planet," detail the inner workings of hypochondriacs, hoarders, and compulsive cheapskates. (Did we mention neurotic interior designers and professional list makers?) For Roach, humor is hidden in the most unlikely places, which means that nothing is off limits.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator drove me crazy

  • By Ann on 04-23-14

Mary Roach is Brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-19

The in your face, tell it as it is author gives s glimpse at her own daily life and it’s hilariously funny with that touch of truth we all been through before.

Great short stories to perk up your day and we all can relate to a good deal of her stories and humorous analogies. I really love Mary’s simple way of explaining it as if explaining for her husband the whole time. Great work.

  • New York 2140

  • By: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren, Robin Miles, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 22 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,257
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,259

The waters rose, submerging New York City. But the residents adapted, and it remained the bustling, vibrant metropolis it had always been. Though changed forever. Every street became a canal. Every skyscraper an island. Through the eyes of the varied inhabitants of one building, Kim Stanley Robinson shows us how one of our great cities will change with the rising tides. And how we, too, will change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complex, believable, nuanced, riveting

  • By Lois on 04-07-17

Great Kim Stanley Robinson

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-19

The more I read of this author the more I love his works.

Great story about how the world will change with some interesting changes to his usual scientific research. Lots of human speculation here and interesting scenarios. Well thought out as always.

  • The House of Unexpected Sisters

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 753
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 742

Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are approached by their part-time colleague, Mr. Polopetsi, with a troubling story: A woman, accused of being rude to a valued customer, has been wrongly dismissed from her job at an office furniture store. Never one to let an act of injustice go unanswered, Mma Ramotswe begins to investigate but soon discovers unexpected information that causes her to reluctantly change her views about the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 18th novel and I'm still enchanted and addicted!

  • By Wayne on 11-11-17

Could of been more open about LGBT

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

This was a little disappointing with the introduction of an LGBT character but only insinuating such without actually saying that they are partners.

Even if it is African stories LGBT issues still exist. All good for introducing such characters but be bold, stand out for the cause if you are going to bring in LGBT characters make it clear. We tired of having to hide our relationships as friendships because there are narrow minded bigots in the world who feel that we cannot love because we are LGBT.

Very disappointed as this could of been more open about LGBT issues especially in a small country like Botswana.

  • If This Isn't Nice, What Is?

  • Advice for the Young
  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins, Scott Brick
  • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523

Master storyteller and satirist Kurt Vonnegut was one of the most in-demand commencement speakers of his time. For each occasion, Vonnegut’s words were unfailingly unique, insightful, and witty, and they stayed with audience members long after graduation. As edited by Dan Wakefield, this book reads like a narrative in the unique voice that made Vonnegut a hero to readers and listeners of all ages. At times hilarious, razor-sharp, freewheeling, and deeply serious, these reflections are ideal for anyone undergoing what Vonnegut would call their "long-delayed puberty ceremony".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life advice from the ultimate cynic

  • By Wayne on 12-05-18

Wow - just amazing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-30-18

Wow - if this isn’t nice, what is.

Absolutely brilliant wisdom given to college graduates but worth even more in today’s times (2018) Vonnegut was wise beyond his books he was a real inspiration and role model. To see him referenced in modern literature like Ready Player One shows his great influences.

This book Is brilliant and I think I’ll re-listen/read it many times. His advice is strong, his thought out speeches would definitely motivate most and his out the box views are infectious.

If you cannot find yourself to live Vonnegut after hearing this well - so it goes.

  • A Martian Romance

  • By: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by: Brian Corrigan
  • Length: 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

A Martian Romance is a bittersweet story that takes place on the bleak and wintry Red Planet. A group of original colonists set sail in an iceboat across the frozen seas of Mars, many years after their first epic journey, hoping to relive their past and to touch the sky one last time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice mini Addition to the Mars volumes

  • By brett on 08-22-12

A quick story of Mars

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-28-18

A nice quick story continuing the Mars books. Always good from this author.

Great to see the story continue

  • In Harm's Way

  • The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors
  • By: Doug Stanton
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,266
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,054
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,041

On July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed in the South Pacific by a Japanese submarine. An estimated 300 men were killed upon impact; close to 900 sailors were cast into the Pacific Ocean, where they remained undetected by the navy for nearly four days and nights. Battered by a savage sea, they struggled to stay alive, fighting off sharks, hypothermia, and dementia. By the time rescue arrived, all but 317 men had died. The captain's subsequent court-martial left many questions unanswered

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Clarence Sparks on 10-22-16

Excellently written

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-28-18

This book is not only amazing in how it explains what happened but also why certain things happened.

An enthralling listen/read the whole was through I finished the book in less than 2 days.

The horror of the Navy’s incompetence and secrecy is truly shocking and the fear they sailors must have felt absolutely horrifying.

Definitely a great non-fiction book.

  • Ask an Astronaut

  • My Guide to Life in Space
  • By: Tim Peake
  • Narrated by: Robin Ince, Tim Peake - introduction
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262

Based on his historic mission to the International Space Station, Ask an Astronaut is Tim Peake's guide to life in space and his answers to the thousands of questions he has been asked since his return to Earth. With explanations ranging from the mundane (how do you wash your clothes or go to the bathroom while in orbit?) to the profound (do humans have a duty to explore the unknown?), all written in Tim's characteristically warm style, Tim shares his thoughts on every aspect of space exploration.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring

  • By Evelyn Canas on 03-06-18

Amazing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-19-18

Great answers to all those questions we always wanted to know about space life and the ISS. Really informative and well thought out.