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  • Earthcore

  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,084
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,598
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,569

EarthCore is the company with the technology, the resources, and the guts to go after the mother lode. Young executive Connell Kirkland is the company's driving force, pushing himself and those around him to uncover the massive treasure. But at three miles below the surface, where the rocks are so hot they burn bare skin, something has been waiting for centuries. Waiting...and guarding. Kirkland and EarthCore are about to find out first-hand why this treasure has never been unearthed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start, but it gained momentum quick

  • By Jan on 12-15-17

Unexpected

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

Great book! The story actually went in some completely unexpected directions. In the beginning, you can see the story going along in the usual predictable way, but it doesn't end up there! My only complaint is that the story took longer than it should to really get going. A lot of build up to get there.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wool

  • Silo, #1; Wool, #1-5
  • By: Hugh Howey
  • Narrated by: Amanda Sayle
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,786
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,213
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,237

In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story, ridiculous narration

  • By virginia on 10-26-14

Not horrible, but not great

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

Reviewed: 06-18-13

This contains a few minor spoilers, but nothing important to the story. Don’t get attached to Holston. He’s completely gone after the first chapter. And that leads into what I consider poor story structure. The book will start building momentum and become interesting. It appears to start very quickly with Holston. Then there’s an abrupt turn. The story stops dead and almost seems to restart. That's fairly common for some stories; hook the reader in the beginning, then get more in-depth before continuing on. The problem is that this same technique is used a few different times during the book rather than just at the beginning. It seems to just be getting interesting, then time resets and explains how it got to this situation in rather boring detail.
Rather than going into the more traditional science fiction you’d expect, this story is more about internal politics and drama. There’s minimal focus as to why the planet is as it is. You get a few paragraphs that basically used the tired old story thread “The U.S. was secretly evil” to explain in passing and that’s it. No details at all and its completely superfluous to the story. Another silo is somewhat explored, but it answers few questions that aren’t answered elsewhere. There’s otherwise no exploring the outside world other than to say “maybe later we’ll do it”. So essentially, this is a story about the politics of people living in a massive structure.
It’s not entirely bad, I guess I was just expecting something else, but I don’t think I would read anything by this author again.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Living

  • By: Glenn Bullion
  • Narrated by: Mark Nelson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 129

It didn’t take long for the world to die. The dead rose with no explanation and only one purpose...to eat living flesh. Born on the day everything died, the world of the living dead is the only world that Aaron knows. Kept in relative isolation from the walking corpses, his family teaches him how to read and write, how to survive on his own. After a tragedy hits close to home, he discovers he is different than any human left alive. The undead want nothing to do with him....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • better than expected

  • By Mike Naka on 02-06-13

Poor dialog, narration and misleading synopsis

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

Reviewed: 06-14-13

Also poor character development. Other than being mildly naive about certain human interactions, the protagonist seems to be perfect in every way, which is a great thing to aspire to, but makes for very boring reading. The love interest is just as odd. She goes from a lifelong distrustful loner to opening up and falling in love with him in just over 48 hours of story time. All the surrounding characters are extra flawed, ready to throw their own families to the wolves (or zombies anyway), to make Aaron seem that much better.

There’s inconsistency in the story as well. Chief among them being that the story explicitly states that the undead don’t decay – that’s why the story takes place 20+ years after it began and still has mobs of undead. However, just a few paragraphs later it describes the extreme and continuing decay of most of the creatures, some of them outright falling apart. This and several other inconsistencies continues on throughout the story in various ways wherever and whenever convenient.

As for the narration I can’t blame Mark Nelson entirely. Judging by what others he’s narrated he is used to doing a combination of non-fiction and B-movieish stories. He just doesn’t have the right voice for something that is not trying (at least successfully) to be campy.

I could see past all those flaws (the first two chapters were actually fairly good), but what I can’t forgive is that most of the book is devoted to Aaron and Sam’s love story. Zombies are happening somewhere in the background, but are just a peripheral focus after a few hours in and don't really matter. Despite this, the story tries to be extra graphic for the first couple of chapters I guess in an attempt to make up for the complete lack of action later.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Junkie Quatrain

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel, Therese Plummer
  • Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,829
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,685
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,696

Six months ago, the world ended. The Baugh Contagion swept across the planet. Its victims were left twitching, adrenalized cannibals that quickly became know as Junkies. Civilization crumbled as people created isolated safe havens to hide from the infected... and the possibly infected. Now, as society nears a tipping point, lives will intersect and intertwine across two days in a desolate city.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An awesome set of vignettes

  • By Tango on 04-20-13

Not really worth it

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

Reviewed: 06-11-13

Clines is overall a very good author - his story "14" is one of my favorites. This one however....

Even a really great story wouldn't be worth spending much money or a credit on for such a short book (less than four hours). And though it is well written I wouldn't call it very good.

I suppose the problem comes down to the format. This is a compilation of four short stories. Each story crosses over, but only mildly, except for the last two. There is no resolution for any of them. In the end it's just a series of events with no outcome. If you can get it on sale for just a couple of bucks it might be worth it, but otherwise don't bother.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Raising Stony Mayhall

  • By: Daryl Gregory
  • Narrated by: David Marantz
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,450
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,301
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,304

In 1968, after the first zombie outbreak, Wanda Mayhall and her three young daughters discover the body of a teenage mother during a snowstorm. Wrapped in the woman's arms is a baby - stone-cold, not breathing, and without a pulse. But then his eyes open and look up at Wanda, and he begins to move.The family hides the child - whom they name Stony - rather than turn him over to authorities who would destroy him. Against all scientific reason, the undead boy begins to grow....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Pacifist Zombie Tries to Keep It Together

  • By Jefferson on 06-09-12

Slow but overall worthwhile

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

Reviewed: 06-04-13

The story is overall very slow as it chronicles the "life" of Stony Mayhall, but I still found it entertaining for the most part.
There's not much more I can say without spoilers. The cause of the dead rising is never discovered. The story begins in the 1970's. In this world, "Night of the Living Dead" was a documentary, not a horror flick, but afterword begins to follow real world history up to the present. If you're looking for a traditional zombie story, this isn't it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Day By Day Armageddon

  • By: J. L. Bourne
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,230
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,217

In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man's struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them. Enter, if you will, into the world of the undead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Freakin' AWESOME!

  • By Brandon on 02-09-11

Compelling but a little too much Sci Fy for me

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

Reviewed: 06-04-13

The third book got a little too Sy Fy for me. I realize some zombie tales could reasonably be called Sy Fy, but without giving too much away, it got a little too traditional Sy Fy for me. It does also seem that the author didn't outline his entire story prior to the publication of the first book due to some inconsistency in style and some very minor plot points established earlier on.

Despite that, I found it to be very compelling, well written and well narrated. These are you're traditional slow but unrelenting, "bullet to the head" undead zombies, but some of them become faster/smarter (like an animal not a human) than the majority of the walkers.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Frozen Sky
    
    
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        Amy H. Sturgis
    
    


    
    Length: 11 hrs
    61 ratings
    Overall 3.2
  • The Frozen Sky

  • By: Jeff Carlson
  • Narrated by: Amy H. Sturgis
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 54

Something is alive inside Jupiter's ice moon Europa. Robot probes find an ancient tunnel beneath the surface, its walls carved with strange hieroglyphics. Led by elite engineer Alexis Vonderach, a team of scientists descends into the dark...where they confront a savage race older than mankind....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT story of first contact!

  • By Trip Williams on 02-03-13

Couldn't finish it

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

Reviewed: 03-08-13

This story starts out well, but after about two hours it goes off track and never really recovers. It becomes more of a soap opera with politics and pseudo science. Maybe it gets better in the end, but I just didn't have the motivation to make it there.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Revelation Space

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 22 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,956
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,279
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,279

Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just as it was on the verge of discovering space flight. Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself. With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the cyborg crew of the starship Nostalgia for Infinity. But as he closes in on the secret, a killer closes in on him because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Challenging noir space opera bursting with ideas

  • By cmthomas on 02-03-10

No spoilers

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

Reviewed: 02-21-13

Seems rather dystopian to me, which I generally avoid, but overall still a good story. My only real complaint is with the narrator. The different portions of the story when switching from character to character, and chapter by chapter have little to no space between them, causing one scene to bleed into the next. This is likely how the publisher compiled the audio and nothing the narrator was doing. Also much of the storyline is, by necessity, non-linear, due to an inability to travel faster than light.
In this future it seems as if all of humanity has switched to a feudal or tribal system. (It doesn't specifically say this, but that's how it appears to me.) You never hear about any major governments or even long term alliances. The best technology was developed centuries in the past(ship engines, cache weapons), and the knowledge of how it even works is lost. Most of the existing tech is capable of maintaining itself, so it's still working. There's a lot of nano tech (which is not lost tech), but much of it is compromised by the Melding Plague, a cyber-nano virus who's origin is explained in another story of the same universe. Most technological development has been arrested. A person can spend decades away from a planet and return with little technical change.
Here's a couple of definitions that will make the story easier to follow, without giving anything away. There are Jugglers, or Pattern Jugglers. These are massive lifeforms that encompass whole planets, or at least the oceans. They are essentially ancient massive organic databases, with some debate on how conscious they may or may not be. They can store any kind of information, including whole minds, organic and electronic.
Shrouds or Shrouders. There are multiple Shrouds, area's of highly localized energy and gravitational anomalies. Artificial in nature, their purpose is unknown.
The eighty. In Chasm City there's a shrine to these people. They were the first to try to scan their brains into a computer(which is now common). The scanning process itself was imperfect at the time, and killed them.

Tooth and Nail
    
    
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        Craig DiLouie
    
    


    
    
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        Steve Cooper
    
    


    
    Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
    265 ratings
    Overall 3.8
  • Tooth and Nail

  • By: Craig DiLouie
  • Narrated by: Steve Cooper
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 149

As a new plague related to the rabies virus infects millions, America recalls its military forces from around the world to safeguard hospitals and other vital buildings. Many of the victims become rabid and violent but are easily controlled—that is, until so many are infected that they begin to run amok, spreading slaughter and disease.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rough, but Enjoyable

  • By Flavius Krakdaddius on 08-18-10

Good, but comparatively not great

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

Reviewed: 12-20-12

I don't know if DiLouie wrote this book first or Infection, but I'm betting it was this one because it doesn't seem as well written. It's an excellent story, but not nearly as good as his Infection books. This story has a lot of similarities to Infection, but I don't believe is executed as well. If you've never read anything by DiLouie, I'd recommend you start with this one, then it should improve from there.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Redshirts

  • A Novel with Three Codas
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,276
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,250

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing, but somehow still worth a listen.

  • By Bradford on 03-06-13

Accurate, but loving mockery of Star Trek

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

Reviewed: 09-17-12

This is an excellent book almost the whole way through. There is a section at the end where it seems as though the editor told Scalzi that the book needed to be longer because it's totally unnecessary. Basically, when the story starts talking from the point of a blog, you can shut it off. Prior to that though it's very good.