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  • All These Worlds

  • Bobiverse, Book 3
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 36,945
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34,587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,490

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfying End to a Fun Series

  • By Craig Schorling on 08-20-17

Well Integrated Homage of Sci Fi's Greatest Hits

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

Imagine one author managed to integrate elements of Heinlein's Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Card's Homecoming Saga, and Asimov's Positronic Man, and still create a rich and original tapestry. That is what this the concluding chapter of the Bobiverse series manages to do in spades. If you are a die hard scifi fan of both social science fiction and hard science fiction than you have the opportunity to travel down memory lane to a new destination. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

  • Enigma Tales

  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
  • By: Una McCormack
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156

Elim Garak has ascended to Castellan of the Cardassian Union...but despite his soaring popularity, the imminent publication of a report exposing his peoples' war crimes during the occupation on Bajor looks likely to set the military against him. Into this tense situation come Dr. Katherine Pulaski - visiting Cardassia Prime to accept an award on behalf of the team that solved the Andorian genetic crisis - and Dr. Peter Alden, formerly of Starfleet Intelligence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More DS9 please!

  • By Toffylights on 07-03-17

Brilliant Character Evolution

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

As both an audiobook fan and a DS9 fan, it has been a long dry time since the last these two world have come together so brilliantly. Una McCormack has allowed use to see a world with a checkered past and a bright future. There are sure to be parallels drawn to the post-war reconstruction of West Germany or Japan, as those nations struggled to come to terms with their past crimes at the same time Elim Garak and Dr. Pulaski manage to both evolve and remain true to their established selves. Plus, not to give too much away, to hear well placed reference Douglas Adams is worth the three or four audible credits alone. If you love DS9, this is a must listen! - AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

  • The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,765
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,765

Timid, socially awkward, and plagued by self-esteem issues, Fred has never been the adventurous sort. One fateful night - different from the night he died, which was more inconvenient than fateful - Fred reconnects with an old friend at his high school reunion. This rekindled relationship sets off a chain of events thrusting him right into the chaos of the parahuman world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Stories are great, not crazy about the format

  • By Sugarpucker on 08-10-15

A surprise gem

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

Reviewed: 05-06-16

I have to admit, I bought this book when it was at a reduced price, but wow what a listen. It is utterly enjoyable. Kirby Heyborne's delivery is perfect for the main characters, as well as the others. In fact, the voice of one character, Gideon, is so different I thought they might have brought in another actor, just for that.

Back to the story. Yes, certain elements of this book's setting feels like a PG-13 Laurell K Hamilton book, but other aspects are wonderfully original. On top of that the perspective and humor are fantastic.

The second in the series, Undeath and Taxes, is also brilliant and a credit to both the author and the narrator. I have to admit, I looking forward to the third of this series a little more than I am looking forward to George R.R. Martin's Winds of Winter.

  • You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

  • A Memoir
  • By: Felicia Day
  • Narrated by: Felicia Day, Joss Whedon - foreword
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,899
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,437

In the tradition of #Girlboss and Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir from online entertainment mogul, actress, and "queen of the geeks" Felicia Day about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't dismiss this one out of hand!

  • By John S. on 09-09-15

Brilliant and Fearlessly Honest

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

Reviewed: 08-17-15

This book deserves praise on many fronts. From validating the existence of overachieving, fantasy-loving, game-playing, geeks of both genders. She presents her history, quirks and all.

Though not a focus of the book, Ms. Day's honesty about her struggles with depression is perhaps the most praiseworthy aspect of the book in my opinion. She frankly compares the reception of people to the news of her physical ailments to the reception of news of her psychological depression and anxiety challenges. She states that no one would consider a thyroid problem a personal shortcoming, but a psychological challenge like depression and anxiety are treated as such. These are condition, not moral failings or character flaws. This kind of fearless honesty is a rare and wonderful thing and deserves respect.

  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,068
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,561
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,587

In what is considered one of Heinlein's most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world. It is 21st-century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans, a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But that's the problem with the inevitable: it always happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good Interpretation

  • By Gerald on 10-25-08

This is the Jewel of my Audible Collection

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

Reviewed: 08-11-15

I was first introduced to this book in an anthropology class named Science Fiction and Social value. The instructor pointed out numerous aspects of the book, from it being written literally with a Russian accent, often dropping articles, to the range of emotions. Lloyd James does an outstanding job of providing the proper emotion and inflection to make this audiobook a truly compelling experience. I have to admit, it was among my first purchases when I joined Audible years ago and I listen to it at least once a year.

  • Modafinil

  • The Real Limitless NZT-48 Drug for Concentration, Confidence and Laser Sharp Focus
  • By: Carter Coombes
  • Narrated by: Jason Lovett
  • Length: 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20

First of all, let me ask you a few questions... do you wish you could be more productive? Are there times when you struggle to find the motivation to get work done? Do you find yourself tired and lacking energy? Do you ever notice those guys getting ahead in life, and wonder how they do it? If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions then Modafinil: The Real Limitless NZT-48 Drug is a must listen!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good information, but with a broken promise

  • By R Wixel on 04-26-15

Good information, but with a broken promise

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

Reviewed: 04-26-15

The book is brief and factual, but fails to provide its biggest promise. Both the Kindle and Audible versions of this book promises, "As a treat, you the reader will be given information about where you can safely and legally acquire Modafinil with more affordable prices (See 'Modafinil Vendors')." This is the last sentence in the early section entitled, "Is it Mere Fantasy or Scientific Reality?"

If the book had kept this promise, this review would have been four or five stars, but after listening to the entire book and then using the search function in my Amazon Fire's Kindle app, the only place the word "vendor" appears in the entire book is this erroneous promise.

That said, the book supplies good information, including statistics on side effect and details about responsible usage, but it falls short of being a great resource.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron

  • By: Marvel Press
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24

Things go very wrong when Tony Stark and Dr. Bruce Banner begin work on a global peacekeeping system, putting Earth's mightiest heroes - Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Incredible Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye - to the ultimate test. The evil Ultron threatens the fate of humankind, and it is up to the Avengers to stop his terrible plans. Uneasy friendships and unexpected action make for one exciting, epic adventure.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • only half of the story

  • By Patrick on 05-05-15

A Really Big Bite

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

Reviewed: 04-26-15

This audiobook is less a spoiler than a narrative appetizer. The action discussed stops at a point that feels as if it is at a half way or at a three quarters point. The story is intriguing and offers a lot of insight.

Begin a Junior Novel, its tone is one of a cliff notes summary and its missing the sparkling dialogue that Joss Whedon is known for the world over.

The three stars for performance is not Tom Taylorson's fault. This work screams out for a full cast production and the decision to handle this material as a single voice narration is not a wise one.

  • Why Leadership Sucks tm

  • Fundamentals of Level 5 Leadership and Servant Leadership
  • By: Miles Anthony Smith
  • Narrated by: Miles Anthony Smith
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

When Jim Collins coined the term "Level 5 Leadership" in his book Good to Great, little did he know he would inspire a generation to become servant leaders. Do you wish you were in leadership? Are you frustrated with being in leadership? Do you wonder why leadership sucks? You are not alone. Why does leadership suck? It sucks because real leadership is hard, requires selfless service, and because the buck stops here.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown...

  • By R Wixel on 08-24-13

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown...

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

Reviewed: 08-24-13

Stan Lee is often credited with the statement, “With great power comes great responsibility.” “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown,” said Shakespeare in Henry IV Part II. Either statement is perhaps an apt synopsis of the book, “Why Leadership Sucks: The Fundamentals of Level 5 Leadership and Servant Leadership.” The book does an excellent job of detailing the price, the frustrations, the rewards, and the responsibilities that go with leadership.

Far from an aggressive battle cry, the author creates a thoughtful portrait of what it truly takes to be a leader and why the big corner office may in fact be the last place you want to be. He also paints an honest picture of the rewards of leadership as he interweaves the key suggestions of numerous other popular-press management books and adds insights based upon Christian theology. To his credit, the author takes pains to carefully cite his source material, and near the end of the book he even lists his sources and suggests additional readings.

Some might be tempted to criticize this eclecticism of influences as derivative. However, here the combination works. Plus, in only a little over four and a half hours, you can gain the key insights of more than 30 hours of books. I know. I’ve listened to or read the majority of his source material previously.

Appropriate to the tone of the material, the author/narrator does not employ a forceful motivational speaker tone. This is not to say he will put you to sleep, but this is not the audiobook to keep you pumped up for a long drive.

All in all, this audiobook is a good choice for the aspiring executive, or the proven one, looking for an efficient way to gain the key insights of much of the current popular-press management literature. It’s worth the time.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret Anarchy of Science: Free Radicals

  • By: Michael Brooks
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 86

This thrilling exploration of some of the greatest breakthroughs in science reveals the extreme lengths some scientists go to in order to make their theories public. Fraud, suppressing evidence, and unethical or reckless PR games are sometimes necessary to bring the best and most brilliant discoveries to the world's attention. Inspiration can come from the most unorthodox of places, and Brooks introduces us to Nobel laureates who get their ideas through drugs, dreams, and hallucinations. .

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Scientific Insights

  • By Jacqui on 09-04-12

What's Going on Behind the Curtain!

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

Reviewed: 03-14-13

Okay, this book is all about the airs that science has put on since WWII. True, these airs have serve to put science on a pedestal and potentially highten its credibility, but it has been at the expense of its applicability.

Divulging and presenting the irregularities and controversies of science serves to both humanize the field and reveal that far from a preserve of esoteric knowledge. Science, regardless of its presence in academia or industry, is just as competitive as any other field of endeavor.

The stories are compelling, the performance is strong, and the message is clear. Science can no longer play it safe. Its future, and the future for all of us, depends on taking chances.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Ph.D. Is Not Enough!

  • A Guide to Survival in Science
  • By: Peter J. Feibelman
  • Narrated by: Peter J. Feibelman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Despite your graduate education, brainpower, and technical prowess, your career in scientific research is far from assured. Permanent positions are scarce, science survival is rarely part of formal graduate training, and a good mentor is hard to find. This exceptional volume explains what stands between you and fulfilling long-term research career. Bringing the key survival skills into focus, A Ph.D. Is Not Enough! proposes a rational approach to establishing yourself as a scientist.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • THIS BOOK IS NOT ENOUGH!!!

  • By AnthonyStevens on 02-27-11

If you're thinking of a doctorate, LISTEN TO THIS!

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

Reviewed: 03-14-13

Would you listen to A Ph.D. Is Not Enough! again? Why?

YES, the details pertaining to career planning and presentation issues are worth it. True, not everything espoused here applies to all disciplines equally, but most of it does.

If you are thinking or pursuing a doctorate, it's worth listening.

If you are currently going through a doctorate program, it's worth listening.

If you are science or engineering doctor and trying to decide whether to stay in academia or jump into industry, it's worth listening, but keep in mind the advice given here is not necessarily universally applicable.

That said, two out of three ain't bad.

What did you like best about this story?

This book is great as far as a guide for pursuing a doctorate in the sciences or engineering. It is also great as far as planning your career after you have reached this goal. As a person pursuing a PhD in marketing a great deal of this advice is confirmed by others sources and my advisors.

What does Peter J. Feibelman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Okay, the author is not on the level of a Simon Jones or Edward Hermann, but his delivery actually adds to the credibility of the piece. You know you are hearing the truth straight from the source. Plus, by the author reading it, you really gain insight into what is important to him, through his use of tonal emphasis and pauses.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This is not a one-sitting book. If it was that short then it really would not even come close to covering the subject. However, even if it were that short, the material actually lends itself to stopping and really contemplating what has been said. This is important stuff. You need to think about it as you go and re-listen to sections occasionally. It's that good.

Any additional comments?

There are some points of difference between the various disciplines, such as when or if to ever go outside of academia, but that also varies based upon the goals of the individual involved.

However, the stuff said pertaining to presentation and storytelling is universally true. For that alone this book is worth buying, recommending, and listening to three or four times at least.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful