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  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,237

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

Ew, spiders!

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

Reviewed: 10-26-17

Excellent sci fi. Presented a reasonable scientific premise and included enough time for space travel to be viable. I liked that most of the major characters were women, a given for spiders and reasonable for humans. Well done.

  • The Genesis Secret

  • By: Tom Knox
  • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 45

In this epic thriller by popular British journalist and author Tom Knox, a secret lurks beneath blazing sands - triggering ritualistic slaughter and threatening the foun­dations of modern thought. When an archaeological dig in Kurdistan unearths a structure far older than Stonehenge or the Great Pyramids, British reporter Rob Lutrell rushes to the scene. But this intriguing assignment takes a turn for the worse when sabotage and murder cast a frightening shadow over the site.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Genetics Secret

  • By angel on 06-21-09

Gratuitous, horrific torture

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

Reviewed: 08-05-17

Well narrated, but contains a torture scene so brutal and unnecessary that I was unable to finish. Avoid. If 0 stars were possible, that's what it would be.

  • Irrationality

  • By: Stuart Sutherland
  • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 94

Why do doctors, generals, civil servants and others consistently make wrong decisions that cause enormous harm to others? Irrational beliefs and behaviours are virtually universal. In this iconoclastic book Stuart Sutherland analyses causes of irrationality and examines why we are irrational, the different kinds of irrationality, the damage it does us and the possible cures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Michael Carrato on 05-07-10

Been There, Done that

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-10

Maybe it was the fact that it as written a while ago, but there is little in this book that hasn't been written elsewhere in a more interesting manner recently. It was just kind of stale.

3 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Life of Pi

  • By: Yann Martel
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,986
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,052

Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audio of the year for me

  • By Theresa Ann McIntyre on 06-04-03

Well-written big fun

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-04

The book did start a little slow - description and reviews set high expectations - but the quality of the writing, and of the narration really paid off. The combination of different accents by the narrator, intriguing plot development, delicious philosophical nuances and an intriguing twist at the end made for a thought-provoking but not pretentious work of literature.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful