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  • Remnant Population

  • By: Elizabeth Moon
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Hart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 531

For forty years, Colony 3245.12 has been Ofelia’s home. On this planet far away in space and time from the world of her youth, she has lived and loved, weathered the death of her husband, raised her one surviving child, lovingly tended her garden, and grown placidly old. And it is here that she fully expects to finish out her days - until the shifting corporate fortunes of the Sims Bancorp Company dictates that Colony 3245.12 is to be disbanded, its residents shipped off, deep in cryo-sleep, to somewhere new and strange and not of their choosing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sci-Fi for the Red Hat Society

  • By Tango on 03-20-13

Spoiled by unclear narration

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, most of my friends do not like this kind of fiction.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Good ending, a well constructed story with good pacing

What didn’t you like about Vanessa Hart’s performance?

Very unclear diction, many of the phrases ran together and were hard to unravel, many others had inappropriate pauses, often she adds a sound at the start of a phrase that just adds to the confusion. I had to play this with earphones and at high volume just to figure out exactly what the narrator was saying. The performance detracted greatly from my understanding of the story.

Could you see Remnant Population being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Not likely

Any additional comments?

I am going to buy a paper version to do full justice to the story.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Gift of Time

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,882
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,497

When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart and original

  • By J. OBrennan on 12-29-17

Listen to this great book

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

Where does A Gift of Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the best time travel novel I have ever read and I have read a few good ones and lots of mediocre stories.

What did you like best about this story?

A well structured tale that spans literally millions of years, in, in my case, a single reading session.

Which character – as performed by Christopher Lane – was your favorite?

They were all first class, all outstanding, no deadwood at all.

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

It left me very pleased to have found it!

Any additional comments?

I started reading in the early evening and sat up most of the night so that I did not miss anything. This is a highly recommended read. There is some violence, but this is totally consistent with the story. Little or no bad language and a few minor adult scenes, but not enough to offend hardly anyone.Buy this book, its great,

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Noumenon

  • By: Marina J. Lostetter
  • Narrated by: Celeste Ciulla
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 82

In 2088, humankind is at last ready to explore beyond Earth's solar system. But one uncertainty remains: Where do we go? Astrophysicist Reggie Straifer has an idea. He's discovered an anomalous star that appears to defy the laws of physics and proposes the creation of a deep-space mission to find out whether the star is a weird natural phenomenon or something manufactured.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting premise, pedestrian execution

  • By Dr. DonnaJeanne on 12-20-17

Juvenile story, poor performance

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

Reviewed: 10-11-17

The concept was different, but not very well executed either by the author or the reader. It was painfully slow and completely unbelievable. The physics were appalling and some of the premises were absurd. The scale of the target star and the Dyson construction around it was never properly explained and there was a huge discrepancy between what the AI was able to do or not do at different places in the trip. I gave up with total boredom before the end!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Breakthrough

  • By: Michael C. Grumley
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,926
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,915

Deep in the Caribbean Sea, a nuclear submarine is forced to suddenly abort its mission under mysterious circumstances. Strange facts begin to emerge that lead naval investigator, John Clay, to a small group of marine biologists who are quietly on the verge of making history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mind Blown!!!

  • By FocusedOnTheJourney on 07-22-17

Not worth the time or effort

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

Reviewed: 09-10-17

A very naive story with some totally unbelievable segments, the meeting with the President for example; the release of the dolphins to search, and, the need to leave the area at such short notice. As another. The story is juvenile and contrived and not in any way credible. The reader is OK, a little too dramatic as usual, but the problem is the story not the reader.
The reviews seemed good, the reality is pretty poor.

  • Cast Under an Alien Sun

  • Destiny's Crucible, Book 1
  • By: Olan Thorensen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,112

Joe Colsco boarded a flight from San Francisco to Chicago to attend a national chemistry meeting. He would never set foot on Earth again. On planet Anyar, Joe is found unconscious on a beach of a large island inhabited by humans where the level of technology is similar to Earth circa 1700. He awakes amid strangers speaking an unintelligible language and struggles to accept losing his previous life and finding a place in a society with different customs, needing a way to support himself and not knowing a single soul.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slowly we turn, step by step, inch by inch...

  • By Ron on 09-18-17

Good story, well read

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

Reviewed: 06-15-17

What did you love best about Cast Under an Alien Sun?

This seemed very similar in style and content to the Ring of Fire books by Eric Flint, but was different and well worth the read. Looking forward to the subsequent books in the series.

  • The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard, Shelley Atkinson, Laural Merlington, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,789
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,776

From best-selling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional voice cast, unconventional format

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-03-17

Nothing wrong with the audio

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

Reviewed: 06-15-17

Where does The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Good story, marred by the occasional and completely unnecessary use of profanity. FOrtunately this does not detract from an otherwise well written and read piece of typical Stephenson

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

Book is too long to take in a single sitting.

Any additional comments?

Worth the credit

8 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Conclave

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Roy Mcmillan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

The Pope is dead. Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, 118 cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world's most secretive election. They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals. Over the next 72 hours, one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on earth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dirty doings at the Vatican

  • By Peter on 10-11-17

Great story, well written and well read

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

Reviewed: 05-30-17

Would you listen to Conclave again? Why?

Yes, mostly cause I fell asleep during one passage, but also because the book is so good

Who was your favorite character and why?

None in particular, all were realistic and well defined

What does Roy Mcmillan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Good pace, subtle changes in accent, great pronunciation

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

Yes, I did

Any additional comments?

Unusual book, well worth the credit

  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

  • Wayfarers, Book 1
  • By: Becky Chambers
  • Narrated by: Patricia Rodriguez
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 216

Firefly meets Mass Effect in this thrilling self-published debut! When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn't expecting much. The Wayfarer, a patched-up ship that's seen better days, offers her everything she could possibly want: a small, quiet spot to call home for a while, adventure in far-off corners of the galaxy, and distance from her troubled past. But Rosemary gets more than she bargained for with the Wayfarer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't say enough good things about this

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-28-17

Rubbish

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

Reviewed: 05-20-17

I find the reviews of this book to be totally incomprehensible. There is no story, no character development, no action , no plot - nothing. The reading is poor by a screechy voiced person with no reading talent. I have struggled with this for three hours and now I have given up. Do not waste time or credit on this.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Extracted

  • Extracted, Book 1
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,008
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,004

In 2061 a young scientist invents a time machine to fix a tragedy in his past. But his good intentions turn catastrophic when an early test reveals something unexpected: the end of the world. A desperate plan is formed: recruit three heroes, ordinary humans capable of extraordinary things, and change the future.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fast-Food Science Fiction

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 04-07-17

Lots of hype' not much substance

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

Reviewed: 04-15-17

Good in parts but long sections of nonsensical repetition and protracted violence. The good parts are very good but there is too much padding in between the substantive parts.

The story premise is ok, but am not at all sure I can see the logic for the selection of the three central figures.

I am forward skipping just to get to the end, will not buy the follow on. Finally - way to much profanity.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Spook Street

  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

A thrilling fourth installment in the CWA Gold Dagger-winning Slough House series. What happens when an old spook loses his mind? Does the Service have a retirement home for those who know too many secrets but don't remember they're secret? Or does someone take care of the senile spy for good? These are the questions River Cartwright must ask when his grandfather, a Cold War-era operative, starts to forget to wear pants and begins to suspect everyone in his life has been sent by the Service to watch him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best so far

  • By Meg on 03-11-17

Probably the best to date

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

Reviewed: 02-24-17

Where does Spook Street rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the espionage genre, this rates very highly. The concept is a bit off the wall, but the characters go from strength to strength in each unusual story. I am not happy with some of the obscenity, but it is at least consistent with the characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Spook Street?

Just about every time Lamb puts in an appearance is a memorable moment.

What does Gerard Doyle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great pacing of the story and a real understanding of each and every character

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

Lots of incidents raise a smile - very clever writing as always in this series

Any additional comments?

Buy it, read it - good book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful