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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 66,142
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 62,080
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61,950

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

Great Sci-Fi with Excellent Narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-13-17

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

Yes, this book is not only entertaining but complex. I'm sure I missed some things the first time through.

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

I listened to his reading of The Fold and really enjoyed his performance. This narration is even better. He puts a lot of emotion into his reading while not distracting from the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fluency

  • By: Jennifer Foehner Wells
  • Narrated by: Susanna Burney
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,604
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,610

NASA discovered the alien ship lurking in the asteroid belt in the 1960's. They kept the Target under intense surveillance for decades, letting the public believe they were exploring the solar system, while they worked feverishly to refine the technology needed to reach it. Dr. Jane Holloway is content documenting nearly-extinct languages and had never contemplated becoming an astronaut. But when NASA recruits her to join a team of military scientists for an expedition to the Target, it's an adventure she can't refuse.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I "drug" myself away as quickly as possible.

  • By Aurochs on 08-10-16

Bad romance, poor sci-fi

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

Reviewed: 02-10-17

This slow paced space romance is one awkward situation after the other. The sci-fi elements had potential; but the focus on the 40 year old virgin stalking the "sexy" but "frumpy" teacher kept distracting the author. I found myself saying "oh come on!" And "let's move this along" aloud far too often.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Road

  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,363
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,392

America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • eh

  • By Stefanie R Riha on 11-21-16

Atypical Post Apocalyptic Story

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

Reviewed: 06-24-15

What made the experience of listening to The Road the most enjoyable?

The performer does a superior job portraying the two protagonists. The performer really captures the story while his voice acting is subtle yet convincing.

Any additional comments?

This story is unlike any post apocalyptic story I've read before. Usually the story centers around a mystery, hero situation or dis/utopia. The characters in this book are not extraordinary in any way. This is a simple story of survival and the love between a father and son.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • We

  • By: Yevgeny Zamyatin
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 835
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 755
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 756

Set in the 26th century A.D., Yevgeny Zamyatin's masterpiece describes life under the regimented totalitarian society of OneState, ruled over by the all-powerful "Benefactor." Recognized as the inspiration for George Orwell's 1984, We is the archetype of the modern dystopia, or anti-Utopia: a great prose poem detailing the fate that might befall us all if we surrender our individual selves to some collective dream of technology and fail in the vigilance that is the price of freedom.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting history, prose a little outdated

  • By Joel D Offenberg on 11-30-11

A Classic Dystopian Story

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

Reviewed: 06-24-15

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

This book should be read by any fan of sci fi, post apoc, or dystopian society stories. It was an important, influential book in the genre. The story is a little slow paced and the characters don't really develop much. It was still a good read, but not one that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Andromeda Strain

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: David Morse
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,036
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,522
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,534

The United States government is given a warning by the preeminent biophysicists in the country: current sterilization procedures applied to returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated re-entry to the atmosphere.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best science + biology fiction book I have read

  • By Ryan Johnson on 07-31-15

Good story, overly complicated

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

Reviewed: 06-24-15

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

The reader was easy to listen to and of standard quality.

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

The ending was disappointing to me. The book builds suspense that the world is in jeopardy while the end of the book focuses merely on the research team.

10 of 17 people found this review helpful