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  • Ender's Game

  • Special 20th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,349

Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Enderverse

  • By Joe on 06-13-05

Entertaining, but deep as well!

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

Reviewed: 10-19-11

Some novels are purely entertaining, while others are dry, yet philosophically intriguing. Occasionally there comes a story that is both gripping, and philosophically challenging. Ender's Game is one such book.

Intriguing, well written, and superbly acted (probably my favourite audible performance to date), this is a classic that every lover of Sci-Fi should own!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 217,191
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 202,836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202,423

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Thrilling, Awesome, and intensely Geeky!

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

Reviewed: 10-02-11

You will LOVE this book.

Full of constant, thrilling action, awesome technology and world-building, and believable characters whom you end up really caring about, Ready Player One is easily one of the funnest books I've read in years!

While not particularly provocative or deep, the pure entertainment value of such an exciting, wild story so well-told is enough to make even the pickiest of readers just eat this book up!

Plus - all that 80's and Gamer geekyness give it an extra-fun, nostalgic flair that will totally make you fall in love with it if you grew up in that decade or consider yourself a gamer in any way.

Just friggen READ IT already!

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Forbidden

  • By: Ted Dekker, Tosca Lee
  • Narrated by: Henry Leyva
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 514
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 515

New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker teams with Tosca Lee to create this gripping thriller set in a desolate future. Many years have passed since civilization's brush with apocalypse. The world's greatest threats have all been silenced. There is no anger, no hatred, no war. There is only perfect peace... and fear. But a terrible secret has been closely guarded for centuries: Every single soul walking the earth, though in appearance totally normal, is actually dead, long ago genetically stripped of true humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't miss out on a great book!

  • By Donna Stieglitz on 10-29-11

Uninspiring story, but with fantastic narration!

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

Reviewed: 09-23-11

"Forbidden" explores cliché themes with a fairly predictable plot-line and superficial characters whose motivations are unbelievable and whose personalities are difficult to relate to. While not an overly boring read (much thanks to the excellent narration by Henry Leyva), "Forbidden" feels adolescent, leaving much to be desired for in a professional work of adult fiction.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Childhood's End

  • By: Sir Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer, Robert J. Sawyer - introduction
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,283
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,339

The Overlords appeared suddenly over every city - intellectually, technologically, and militarily superior to humankind. Benevolent, they made few demands: unify earth, eliminate poverty, and end war. With little rebellion, humankind agreed, and a golden age began.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Food for Thought

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-17-08

Interesting ideas, but flat characters & no story.

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

Reviewed: 09-17-11

Some fans of speculative fiction might consider this a masterpiece. However, if you enjoy a good story with interesting three-dimensional characters, then this story is NOT for you. While the ideas explored in Childhood's End were intriguing, the lack of any interesting plot or relatable characters made it hard for the story to really capture my attention.

The performance was good, but without a solid story behind it, it ended up falling flat.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Graveyard Book

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,505
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,781
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,795

Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful!

  • By Paula A Ford on 12-13-09

Classic Gaiman! One of his best!

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

Reviewed: 09-16-11

This is one of my favourite Gaiman stories ever! Although technically a story for children, it's full of that magical charm, creepiness and wit that makes all of Gaiman's work so engaging. A great read!

  • Freedom (TM)

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,934
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,956

Daemon is firmly in control, using an expanded network of real-world, dispossessed darknet operatives to tear apart civilization and rebuild it anew. Soon civil war breaks out in the American Midwest, in a brutal wave of violence that becomes known as the Corn Rebellion. Former detective Pete Sebeck, now the Daemon's most powerful - though reluctant - operative, must lead a small band of enlightened humans toward a populist movement designed to protect the new world order. But the private armies of global business are preparing to crush the Daemon once and for all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow - a must read

  • By James on 07-11-10

Intense! Exciting! An all-too realistic future!

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

Reviewed: 09-16-11

Freedom (TM) is the second book of the fast-paced, exciting and hugely intriguing story about a possible future not too far off. There is a solid and incredibly exciting plot with a rich variety of interesting and unlikely heroes, set against terrifying villains with near unlimited resources. The ideas Suarez proposes are surprisingly original, yet seem not only likely - but almost inevitable. The performance is good in general, but some of the voices Jeff Gurner uses get a little distracting at points. Still - one of the best audio books I've ever listened to!

  • Daemon

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,298

When the obituary of legendary computer game architect Matthew Sobol appears online, a previously dormant daemon activates, initiating a chain of events that begins to unravel our interconnected world. This daemon reads news headlines, recruits human followers, and orders assassinations. With Sobol’s secrets buried with him, and as new layers of his daemon are unleashed, it’s up to Detective Peter Sebeck to stop a self-replicating virtual killer before it achieves its ultimate purpose - one that goes far beyond anything Sebeck could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever

  • By Erica on 01-22-09

Intense! Exciting! An all-too realistic future!

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

Reviewed: 09-16-11

Daemon is a fast-paced, exciting and hugely intriguing story about a possible future not too far off. There is a solid and incredibly exciting plot with a rich variety of interesting and unlikely heroes, set against terrifying villains with near unlimited resources. The ideas Suarez proposes are surprisingly original, yet seem not only likely - but almost inevitable. The performance is good in general, but some of the voices Jeff Gurner uses get a little distracting at points. Still - one of the best audio books I've ever listened to!

  • The Hero of Ages

  • Mistborn, Book 3
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 27 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38,362
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34,056
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 34,033

The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave listeners shaking their heads in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well concluded!

  • By Julio Marchini on 01-12-09

One of the best Fantasy Series. Ever!

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

Reviewed: 09-15-11

Rich, interesting characters, intriguing, slow-revealing mysteries, an incredibly detailed and original universe, and fantastic dialogue all brought together into one wildly adventurous epic tale! And even amongst the adventure and struggle, Sanderson manages to artfully discuss the deep questions of human existence, religion and philosophy. Paired with Michael Kramer's excellent performance, the Mistborn series should be on everyone's virtual shelf! Truly brilliant!

  • The Well of Ascension

  • Mistborn, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 28 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,510
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34,110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,128

The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler - the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years - has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It keeps getting even better

  • By Robert on 07-21-11

One of the best Fantasy Series. Ever!

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

Reviewed: 09-15-11

Rich, interesting characters, intriguing, slow-revealing mysteries, an incredibly detailed and original universe, and fantastic dialogue all brought together into one wildly adventurous epic tale! And even amongst the adventure and struggle, Sanderson manages to artfully discuss the deep questions of human existence, religion and philosophy. Paired with Michael Kramer's excellent performance, the Mistborn series should be on everyone's virtual shelf! Truly brilliant!

  • The Final Empire

  • Mistborn Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,783
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 44,276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,269

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 2nd to the Storm-light Archives.....

  • By Mitchell on 03-30-18

One of the best Fantasy Series. Ever!

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

Reviewed: 09-15-11

Rich, interesting characters, intriguing, slow-revealing mysteries, an incredibly detailed and original universe, and fantastic dialogue all brought together into one wildly adventurous epic tale! And even amongst the adventure and struggle, Sanderson manages to artfully discuss the deep questions of human existence, religion and philosophy. Paired with Michael Kramer's excellent performance, the Mistborn series should be on everyone's virtual shelf! Truly brilliant!