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  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68,790
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 64,561
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64,433

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

A great surprise!

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

Reviewed: 11-09-16

Would you listen to We Are Legion (We Are Bob) again? Why?

I will definitely be listening again, because it appears that this is the first book in a series, and as new books come out, this is a story I will enjoy hearing again and building on.

What other book might you compare We Are Legion (We Are Bob) to and why?

The concept here is pretty singular, so it's hard to find a good comparison. I picked this up because of the narrator, Ray Porter - I've listened to him narrate the Joe Ledger books for years and have really enjoyed them. Though the Joe Ledger books aren't exactly SF, they do share a similar sense of humor with We are Bob.

Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

Bob in all his incarnations. This book is basically all told in the first person, from a variety of AI's based on the same human consciousness.

Any additional comments?

This isn't hard SF - it's a fun, light read with a really interesting concept.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Going Grey

  • Ringer, Book 1
  • By: Karen Traviss
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 22 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346

Ian isn't crazy. Life would be a lot simpler if he was. He's eighteen, on the run, and scared - the shape-shifting delusions he's had since childhood have turned out to be real. He's the result of a dynamic mimicry project intended to help undercover agents "go grey" and blend in unnoticed. Now the biotech company wants its property back, and the only people he can trust are two private military contractors sent to find him...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oddly wonderful

  • By Barbara on 08-24-15

Great book, great narration, terrible production

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

Reviewed: 12-04-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Going Grey to be better than the print version?

I'm not sure I would. I originally wrote and submitted a review for this book in December 2014, where I sang the books praises, but expressed annoyance at a LOT of production problems. Shortly thereafter, I got an email from Amazon saying that the publisher fixed the book, so my review was being removed, and that I should redownload the book and behold the majesty of a well-produced audiobook.

Problem. It didn't actually get fixed. I redownloaded a couple of weeks ago, and all the same problems are still there.

My original complaint was that about once every 90 minutes or so, a line is read, there is a brief pause, and the same line is read over again and the book continues. That is... SO annoying.

The story is fun, relatively fast paced, and contains a bunch of really great friendships. The narration is pretty good. I'm waiting impatiently for the sequel.

What did you like best about this story?

The bromance between two of the main characters is a lot of fun to read. The premise is really interesting, even if it is pretty far fetched.

Have you listened to any of Euan Morton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Excellent narrator - I hope he narrates the sequels, but that whoever edits it together is more careful.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The sixth time the sentence, pause, repeat the sentence happened, I was incredibly frustrated. Does that count?

Any additional comments?

Fantastic book. Great narrator. Annoying production. Extra annoying that audible removed my review even though the book wasn't actually fixed.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Witch with No Name

  • The Hollows, Book 13
  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,919
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,664
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,679

In The Witch with No Name, Kim Harrison brings back her wildly popular heroine for one final, epic battle. Rachel Morgan's come a long way from the klutzy runner fleeing a bad job. She's faced vampires and werewolves, banshees, witches, and soul-eating demons. She's crossed worlds, channeled gods, and accepted her place as a day-walking demon. She's lost friends and lovers and family, and an old enemy has become something much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you Kim Harrison for the memories!

  • By Fun Lovin Lady on 09-10-14

A satisfying conclusion

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

Reviewed: 09-21-14

Any additional comments?

I appreciate that Kim Harrison elected to wind this series down before it could get too stale. This is a satisfying conclusion to the series, and wraps up many loose ends very conveniently. I don't think it's POSSIBLE to write a perfect ending for an entire cast of characters, but I think that this book comes as close as possible. I hope to catch glimpses of some of these characters in the future, but I appreciate a clean ending to an enjoyable series.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Shatter Me

  • By: Tahereh Mafi
  • Narrated by: Kate Simses
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,063
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,882
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,888

"You can't touch me," I whisper. I'm lying, is what I don't tell him. He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him. But things happen when people touch me. Strange things. Bad things. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't let the sample fool you - So Good!

  • By Amanda on 06-08-12

"My bones are breaking" quoth the protaganist.

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

Reviewed: 05-01-14

What disappointed you about Shatter Me?

Where to begin. The overblown prose. The repetition of phrases like "my bones are breaking" and all it's possible variances - "my legs are broken", "my legs are breaking", "my spine is breaking", "my spine cracks", "every bone in my body breaks". And the melting - "I'm melting", "I melt", "my body melts". And the descriptions of a supporting characters eyes, which are "buckets of rainwater" "buckets of water" "buckets of river water, and I want to cry into them".

Whoever produced this book also made the rather crazy decision to include a sound effect between nearly every sentence; it's like an indrawn whooping gasp, like the sound you make when a car runs over your foot. At one point, early on, the narrator repeats "I'm not insane" over and over, with that sucking sound between each repetition, for a little over 30 seconds. It doesn't sound like a lot of time, but when you're listening to it, 30 seconds is a torturously long stretch.

What was most disappointing about Tahereh Mafi’s story?

The protagonist is a sniveling, whiny mess, who falls instantly in love with a boy. I'm not saying the girl has no right to snivel and whine, but it makes for dull, frustrating reading.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing, though.

What character would you cut from Shatter Me?

Nobody needs to be cut, just edited.

Any additional comments?

I'm so glad that Audible has introduced the ability to get a refund on books, because this was a complete waste of my credit.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ghosts of Bungo Suido

  • By: P. T. Deutermann
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346

In late 1944, America’s recapture of the Philippines is jeopardized by what seems an insurmountable threat from Japan: immense Yamato-class battleships, which dwarf every other ship at sea. Built in total secrecy, these 76,000-ton warships seem invincible. American military intelligence knows of two such ships, but there are rumors of a third, built not as a battleship but as an aircraft carrier. Now ready to go operational from Japan’s heavily defended and mined Inland Sea, a carrier of that size could disrupt the entire invasion effort.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Riviting

  • By Jean on 01-13-17

As always, a great adventure from P.T. Deutermann!

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

Reviewed: 12-14-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I've been a very big fan of this author's work for a long time, so I recommend him to anyone I know who likes this particular genre. His books are interesting, well, written, and though fictional, do a lovely job of showing what the world was like during the war.

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

Worth a credit, worth a listen!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Serpent and the Pearl

  • Borgias, Book 1
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Leila Birch, Maria Elena Infantino, Ronan Vibert
  • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282

Rome, 1492: The Holy City is drenched with blood and teeming with secrets. A pope lies dying and the throne of God is left vacant, a prize awarded only to the most virtuous - or the most ruthless. The Borgia family begins its legendary rise, chronicled by an innocent girl who finds herself drawn into their dangerous web.... Vivacious Giulia Farnese has floor-length golden hair and the world at her feet: beauty, wealth, and a handsome young husband. But she is stunned to discover that her glittering marriage is a sham.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator for Giulia sounds like she needs a nap

  • By lintoinette on 09-06-13

This was a pleasant surprise!

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

Reviewed: 12-14-13

What made the experience of listening to The Serpent and the Pearl the most enjoyable?

I often struggle with buying audiobooks from first time writers, because I've been burned way too often. Thus, I bought this book with really low expectations, and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

I think the best part of it was the choice to have multiple narrators. I found it exceptionally wonderful to listen to these three narrate this story, and what's more, it really complements the way author wrote each character both as they see themselves, and as others see them. That's a clumsy way to describe it, but when you hear it, it will make perfect sense.

What did you like best about this story?

I don't read historical fiction so that I can learn about history, but I really do enjoy being able to get a sense of a place and time other than my own here and now. This book does a wonderful job of taking you then and there, and shows you what life is like from more than one point of view.

Any additional comments?

Worth a credit, worth a listen, and looking forward to book 2!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,780
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,096

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's over, it's finally over!

  • By Fly Fisher on 03-06-17

Why did I wait so long?

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

Reviewed: 12-14-13

What did you love best about 11-22-63?

When this book first came out, I somehow got the idea that it was about the Kennedy assassination, and was one of the author's essays, even though it was classed as fiction.

I am a moron.

Though the Kennedy assassination is the backdrop for this book, ultimately, this is King, probably at his very best. I've been reading SK novels since I was really, really young, and the thing that's always struck me is how easy it is to develop a "relationship" with King's characters, even the throwaway one or two paragraph characters (like Victor Pascow from Pet Sematary).

The characters in this book are ALL like that. They matter. I can't describe it any better than that. Even though they're almost all fictional, these people matter, and could really exist.

What did you like best about this story?

Probably the tiny little crossover with the book IT, where the protagonist from this novel crosses paths with some of the characters from that novel.

Have you listened to any of Craig Wasson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He was the perfect choice for this book. Perfect.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both, at different times.

Any additional comments?

Worth a credit, worth a listen.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Origin

  • A Technothriller
  • By: J. A. Konrath
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,498
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,503

When linguist Andrew Dennison is yanked from his bed by the Secret Service and taken to a top secret facility in the desert, he has no idea he's been brought there to translate the words of an ancient demon. He joins pretty but cold veterinarian Sun Jones, eccentric molecular biologist Dr. Frank Belgium, and a hodge-podge of religious, military, and science personnel to try and figure out if the creature is, indeed, Satan. But things quickly go bad, and very soon Andy isn't just fighting for his life, but the lives of everyone on earth…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • what a trip

  • By Christopher on 03-16-12

Huge disappointment

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

Reviewed: 12-13-13

Has Origin turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. The problem isn't the genre, and really, the book had great potential, except for two things; one, this is NOT, by any stretch of the imagination, a technothriller - if that's what you're after, try Daniel Suarez' Daemon. The second issue, I'll explain later.

What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

Luke Daniels did a fantastic job with all of the voices, particularly with Bub.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Frustration. The second part of the reason I think this book is a failure is that the pacing is really messed up, and the characters are a bunch of selfish morons.

The protagonist is a linguist who speaks 30 languages, but the day he shows up, before he does a single thing, suddenly the reason he's been called there evaporates. There is literally no reason for the protagonist to be a skilled linguist. He could have been a cook or an architect and the story would have been pretty much the same.

The way the characters are developed is pretty good, and the prose is also pretty good, but the whole book has the feeling of being hugely abridged; we spend the first half of the book learning who these people are and why they do what they do, and then they start dying gruesome, quick deaths. This only works if you are George RR Martin, and even then, it feels like a waste of my time.

Pretty much every single character there does something incredibly, irretrievably idiotic, tantamount to hearing a scream from the basement and going downstairs armed with a hairbrush.

Any additional comments?

Luke Daniels is a really great narrator; I look forward to picking up other books read by him!

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 162,983
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150,427
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 150,265

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Seriously good fun!!

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

Reviewed: 10-03-13

Where does The Martian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's probably in the top ten, and over the years, I've probably purchased about 400 or so.

What other book might you compare The Martian to and why?

I'm not entirely sure this IS comparable to anything. I suppose, if anything, it could be the bastard child of Kim Stanley Robinson's Red Mars and Packing For Mars by Mary Roach. Good (enough for fiction) science, a funny, interesting story, with a perfectly chosen narrator.

Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not sure, but he does a fantastic job here!

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

If you've ever seen the movie Apollo 13, there's one scene where the engineers on Earth are sitting in a room when some people come in with cardboard boxes and dump them on the table and say "This is what they have on the spacecraft - make air scrubbers out of it." This book is essentially a longer version of that - problem solving your way off of a hostile planet. It is incredibly well done, and I've recommended it to everyone I've talked to lately.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Six Wives of Henry VIII

  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 22 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,575
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,563

This acclaimed best seller from popular historian Alison Weir is a fascinating look at the Tudor family dynasty and its most infamous ruler. The Six Wives of Henry VIII brings to life England’s oft-married monarch and the six wildly different but equally fascinating women who married him. Gripping from the first sentence to the last and loaded with fascinating details, Weir’s rich history is a perfect blend of scholarship and entertainment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Overview AND Sordid Details

  • By Troy on 10-29-13

A nice companion to fictional novels of the era

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

Reviewed: 04-18-13

If you could sum up The Six Wives of Henry VIII in three words, what would they be?

Facts Are Fun!

What did you like best about this story?

I appreciated that the book was based on historical facts, but not dry and uninteresting.

Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Great as always!

Any additional comments?

Though this book is non-fiction, the facts are still so interesting that it's occasionally hard to believe that these things actually happened.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful