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  • The Legacy of Heorot

  • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 412
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364

Best-selling science fiction superstars Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle combine their talents with those of Steven Barnes in an extraordinary adventure of humankind’s first outpost in the farthest reaches of space. Light years from Earth, colonists land on a planet they name Avalon. It seems like a paradise - until native creatures savagely attack. It will take every bit of intelligence, courage, and military-style discipline to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read!

  • By Thomas on 12-05-12

A horror story on a distant planet

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

Well written and action packed. An ecological horror story with credible aliens and believably naive colonists. I first read The Legacy of Heorot, shortly after it was published and was captivated. I returned to it recently as an audible book and found it holds up well, 30 years later. It's a science fiction novel with roots deeply sunk in in the classic Nordic tale of Beowulf.

  • The Lost Fleet: Valiant

  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,938
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,764
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,768

Deep within Syndicate Worlds' space, the Alliance fleet continues its dangerous journey home under the command of Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who was revived after a century spent in suspended animation. Geary's victories over the enemy have earned him both the respect and the envy of his fellow officers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Love the series but...

  • By AudioAddict on 01-13-17

The fleet is feeling the strain of being lost

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

Aliens, saboteurs, romance, and syndic's with faces. This fourth novel focuses on our hero's romantic entanglements more than the other stories. Still fun and engaging, with many great leadership lessons woven into the plot.

  • The Lost Fleet: Fearless

  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,323

Outnumbered by the superior forces and firepower of the Syndicate Worlds, the Alliance fleet continues its dangerous retreat across the enemy star system. Led by the legendary Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who returned to the fleet after a hundred-year suspended animation, the Alliance is desperately trying to return home with its captured prize: the key to the Syndic hypernet, and the key to victory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This series is really starting to ROCK!

  • By AudioAddict on 11-26-13

Fun!

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

A good story that brings to mind the adventures of Horatio Hornblower or the Master and Commander novels by Patrick O'Brian.

  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,463

Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable, light read

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 07-27-12

Space Opera that's fun and engaging

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

Enjoyed every minute. Made my daily commute something to look forward to. The author has managed to bring to mind the navy of Horatio Hornblower or Master and Commander without over working technical descriptions, yet all the while emphasizing meaningful naval traditions. The reader is clear and brings thoughtful and sometimes unexpected but thoroughly appropriate accents and speech mannerisms to the characters. An entertaining and logically consistent universe. Well developed characters, and an urgent and compelling plot. What else could you want?

  • Peak

  • Secrets from the New Science of Expertise
  • By: Robert Pool, Anders Ericsson
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,063
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,674

Have you ever wanted to learn a language or pick up an instrument, only to become too daunted by the task at hand? Expert performance guru Anders Ericsson has made a career of studying chess champions, violin virtuosos, star athletes, and memory mavens. Peak condenses three decades of original research to introduce an incredibly powerful approach to learning that is fundamentally different from the way people traditionally think about acquiring a skill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Offers more wisdom than even intended

  • By Tristan on 07-10-16

Great explanation of Deliberate Practice

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

Reviewed: 07-09-17

Anders Ericsson's book explaining his research in "deliberate practice" I found it empowering and motivating.

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Book 4

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 21 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 49,114
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 45,081
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 44,984

The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter - but that doesn't stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe'en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, dragons, and dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through - alive!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best of a Brilliant Series

  • By Gretchen SLP on 11-21-15

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire - Book 4

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

Reviewed: 06-02-16

Well that was fun. May be my favorite in the series thus far. Loved the introduction of new characters and the additional depth provided to familiar ones.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Book 2

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 56,039
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 51,294
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 51,224

Harry Potter's summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors - and then the attacks start.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Of all the trees, we get one that hits back!

  • By Andrew on 11-20-17

Well that was fun... and easy.

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

Reviewed: 05-14-16

Another great performance by Jim Dale. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets adds more depth and nuance to the story I learned as a movie.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Book 1

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 80,905
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 73,491
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 73,440

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Sad, Sad Confession…

  • By Mike L Lane on 08-08-17

Embarrassingly late to the party

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

Reviewed: 05-10-16

I have seen the movies and heard snippets of the books, and now, finally, I am listening to Jim Dale's amazing performance cover to cover. Fun!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Armada

  • A Novel
  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,673
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34,616

It's just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom - if he can make it that long without getting suspended again. Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great unless you are expecting Ready Player One

  • By Tyler J. on 02-11-18

It's a test!

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

Reviewed: 04-16-16

Fun and well written take on first contact. Blending gaming and pop culture tropes into something new and witty. Will Wheaton adds a great performance, providing a well crafted voice for the characters and universe of Armada.

  • The Lessons of History

  • By: Will, Ariel Durant
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,722
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,362

The authors devoted five decades to the study of world history and philosophy, culminating in the masterful 11-volume Story of Civilization. In this compact summation of their work, Will and Ariel Durant share the vital and profound lessons of our collective past. Their perspective, gained after a lifetime of thinking and writing about the history of humankind, is an invaluable resource for us today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a must for every Educated Person

  • By BradleyBurr on 10-29-07

A product of its time, at times Orwellian and dark

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

Reviewed: 04-09-16

Thought provoking. Best known for The Story of Civilization, 11 volumes written in collaboration with his wife Ariel Durant and published between 1935 and 1975. In this book, thru a series of interviews and extracts from The Story of Civilization, the focus is on finding the meaning and Key messages of history.