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  • Second Foundation

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,650

The fate of the Foundation rests on young Arcadia Darell, only 14 years old and burdened with a terrible secret. As its scientists gird for a final showdown with the Mule, the survivors of the First Foundation begin their desperate search. They too want the Second Foundation destroyed, before it destroys them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Distractions

  • By JWD on 05-21-10

buy it

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

Reviewed: 04-05-19

the narrator absolutely nails the reading providing just enough distinction between voices to make it easy to understand. as to the story, it's book 3 in the series and it's by Asimov. it's as close to perfection as sci fi gets.

  • Renegades

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 7
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,957
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,357
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,318

The battle-scarred star carrier Flying Dutchman is finally on her way back to Earth, after an exceptionally successful series of missions that have once again saved the world. The ship needs a serious refit, and her exhausted crew just wants a break from constant clandestine warfare against a vicious and superior enemy. Wishes come true, right? Not for the Merry Band of Pirates.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Same Problems as BSG and LOST

  • By Spankybus on 04-03-19

awesome as always

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

These books are always entertaining, and once again I wasn't disappointed. If you've been enjoying the series, get this book. It's fast paced, exciting, funny and Skippy swears.

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  • The Unnamed Way

  • The World Walker, Book 4
  • By: Ian W. Sainsbury
  • Narrated by: Todd Boyce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297

The fourth book in the best-selling The World Walker series. Does absolute power corrupt absolutely? Maybe Seb Varden is in a good position to find out. Depending on your point of view, he has either spent a few days, six months, or 17 years playing a potentially deadly game. At stake: the freedom of the alien who saved his life, the future of all intelligent species in the universe, and his sanity. Not only does Seb not fully understand the rules, but it's just possible the game itself is rigged.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great series, great book.

  • By Kalin Blaskoff on 02-21-18

satisfying end to an enjoyable series

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

Reviewed: 12-23-17

The narration was markedly improved this time around, with none of the odd pronunciation that plagued the other books in the series.

The ending was creative as well, I won't spoil for you but if you've ever read a sci-fi book you can probably predict it yourself, there's really only one way for it to end.

If you've read the other books, invest the credit. Its worth it.

  • The Seventeenth Year

  • The World Walker, Book 3
  • By: Ian W. Sainsbury
  • Narrated by: Todd Boyce
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421

Joni, the daughter of World Walker Seb Varden, has never met her father. And the world he left behind has become a dangerous place for the last generation of Manna users. Mee and John insist Seb will return, but what if they're wrong? Could it be possible she has none of Seb Varden's powers? Or might her abilities reveal themselves as she leaves childhood behind? In her 17th year, Joni will be forced to leave those she loves, face a great evil, and finally learn the truth about her father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A new beginning to an incredible story.

  • By ByEqualMeasure - julie on 07-14-17

Decent story, really just one book split into 3

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

Reviewed: 12-16-17

this book could have easily been part of the previous 2. but hey I bought it so I guess it doesnt bother me that much.
my biggest complaint is with the narrator and his odd pronunciation. If he has an accent I can't place it, but it really takes me out of the book when I feel I need to think about the sound he made and decode what he meant. There are moments in the book that I was truly surprised that his pronunciation made it through the editing process. for example he pronounces the work nonchalant as if it was nunchulunt multiple times throughout the story.
He has an excellent grasp of the rhythm of a conversation and his ability so switch between voices is spot on, if only those voices had consistent pronunciation I would rate it as among the best performances I had ever heard.

The story itself is a little shallow, but it's certainly entertaining. I enjoyed the first two books much more, but I'm still glad I listened to this one. Its interesting to see the tale of Seb and the mana users from a new perspective. I also like the use of the island to limit the power of the mana users and remove the over top all powerful magical solutions to all the problems.

the end is very much deus ex machina but hey the hero is basically a God so I suppose it fits.

  • The Unmaking Engine

  • The World Walker Series, Book 2
  • By: Ian W. Sainsbury
  • Narrated by: Todd Boyce
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 916
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 845
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 844

Seb Varden is starting to get used to life as a World Walker. With a body full of alien nanotechnology, the ability to travel anywhere instantly and - most surprising of all - a steady relationship with Meera Patel, things are finally looking up. Until Seb has his first blackout, starts meeting aliens and discovers a plan that threatens the entire human race. And, of course, Mason, the most dangerous Manna user, picks this particular moment to come after him and Meera.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nice potential but ultimately not satisfying

  • By "_dax_" on 07-07-17

great narration but odd pronunciation

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

this is an odd thing I know, but the guy just mispronounces words throughout the story and that really kicks me out of the story. its a great story too, twists and turns, full of drama, but then wham, mispronounced word.

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  • The World Walker

  • The World Walker Series, Book 1
  • By: Ian W. Sainsbury
  • Narrated by: Todd Boyce
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,572
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,473
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,477

Just outside Los Angeles, a prisoner hidden away for 70 years sits up, gets off the bed and disappears through a solid wall. In Australia, a magician impresses audiences by producing real elephants. Nobody realizes it's not an illusion. Across the world, individuals and organizations with supernatural power suddenly detect the presence of something even they can't understand. At the center of it all, Seb Varden, a 32-year old musician with a secret in his past, slits his wrists, is shot dead and run over on the freeway.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Stuff

  • By DobieChuck on 01-15-17

totally unexpected!

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

Reviewed: 11-29-17

this one took me a few chapters to get hooked but lord almighty once it did I tore through it. took such an expected turn but once the story coalesced it made perfect sense. one of the best I've listened to in ages!

  • Rendezvous with Rama

  • By: Sir Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim, Robert J. Sawyer - introduction
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,614
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,434
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,448

At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed in the narrator

  • By Brent on 06-01-12

This is classic sci-fi

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

Reviewed: 07-26-17

all I can say is there's a reason this book is called a must read.

  • Paradise

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 3
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 30,122
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,111

While the crew of the starship Flying Dutchman have been trying to assure people that hostile aliens do not have access to Earth, the UN Expeditionary Force has been stranded on the planet they nicknamed "Paradise". The Flying Dutchman is headed back out on another mission, and the UN wants the ship to find out the status of the humans on Paradise.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • running out of ideas...

  • By AP on 06-08-17

keeps sucking me in!

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

Reviewed: 06-17-17

This series starts off almost dull, but once Skippy appears and the dynamic between Skippy and Joe starts to develop this series takes off. Book 3 capitalizes in that relationship to really draw you in, by the end if the book I was so attached to the characters and their plight I had to hear more!
The voice acting is much stronger in this book than the others. The narrator even attempts some new England slang. he gets it wrong but I commend his attempt. for the record is pronounced "frap" not frap-a despite its spelling. 😁 anyway get this book you'll love it.

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,237
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29,692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,617

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci Fi I didn't know I wanted

  • By Gary Glenn on 06-27-17

weird vocal choice but it works

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

Reviewed: 05-31-17

the story is great, very different. I was a little put off by the voice actor who has a gritty Boston boy accent. he's supposed to be a young Mainer and instead sounds like a 50yo smoker complaining about the T outside a dunks in southie. but once I got used to it I really enjoyed the book.

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  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 49,249
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 46,140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,015

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Denis E.Taylor Sets A New Standard For Sci-Fi

  • By Devin on 04-18-17

great story and narrator with some technical flaws

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

Reviewed: 04-25-17

I love the series but the clarity of the recording is inconsistent and that took me out of the experience a few times. there were also awkwardly long pauses between chapters, it felt like a strange way to extend the length of the audio file.
The narration is superb though, having listened to dozens and dozens of audible books I have to say this is at or near the top.
the story itself is excellent. the character development is perfectly timed, with just enough conflict to make the story engaging. Each Bob really is a unique personality but i enjoy how they all retain their bobness. it reminds me of my D&D days, nerds are truly their own species and these Bob's are perfect quirky nerds. the story is unique which is hard to find in the sci fi universe, no magic and only a little stretching of reality. definitely believable in that star trek way. the extended races are all entertaining as well, and like the rest of the story each is unique and quirky. if you like nerds you'll like this book.

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