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  • Dead Moon

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,466
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,463

In the year 2243, the Moon belongs to the dead. The largest graveyard in the solar system, it was the perfect solution to the overcrowding and environmental problems that had plagued mankind for centuries. And the perfect place for Cali Washington to run away from her past. But when a mysterious meteor crashes into one of the Moon’s cemeteries, Cali and her fellow Caretakers find themselves surrounded by a terrifying enemy force that outnumbers them more than a thousand to one. An enemy not hindered by the lack of air or warmth or sustenance. An enemy that is already dead.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Why did you do this? Just why?

  • By Veronica on 03-02-19

Zombies on the moon. How original.

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

Reviewed: 03-30-19

The author phoned this one in. Reads like the plot of a videogame. And how does this rate as a series? The only thing that makes it a series is the same author, although I have my doubts about that. Perhaps Peter Clines has had some brain injury from a motorcycle accident or been the victim of a horrible tropical brain eating disease. Or maybe it's just over for him and in the future this book will look pretty good.
I had to stop listening with about 2 hours left and picked it back up a few weeks later. I forced myself to finish. Why? Good question.
The overwhelmingly bad reviews makes me wonder about the validity of the the rating system at audible. I place a lot of faith in the reviewers. I'd really like to meet someone who liked this book and gave it 5 stars. Almost seems like someone packed in a bunch of fake reviews.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Thin Air

  • A Novel
  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561

From the author of the award-winning Altered Carbon, which is now an exciting new series from Netflix. On a Mars where ruthless corporate interests violently collide with a homegrown independence movement as Earth-based overlords battle for profits and power, Hakan Veil is an ex-professional enforcer equipped with military-grade body tech that's made him a human killing machine. But he's had enough, and all he wants is a ticket back home - which is just what he's offered by the Earth Oversight organization, in exchange for being the bodyguard for an EO investigator.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Turns out there is life on Mars

  • By Gilbert on 10-26-18

Brain Spinach Saves the Day!

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

The tendency to judge a book against its author's prior work is tempting. In this case, it's better just to forget Takeshi Kovacs and go with the flow. Thin Air is an enjoyable fast paced SF thriller. The characters are interesting enough to keep you going and the plot sort of makes sense.
In the contemporary Sci Fi world that will have to do. While Altered Carbon was a whole new direction, this book seems like paint by numbers in a lot of places. Superhuman fighter always kills everyone in the room, with a little help from spinach- wait, no, that was Popeye. Veil uses built in systems that seem prepared for any eventuality. Convenient, to say the least.
Thrown in here and there are gratuitous sex interludes that will thrill the 14 year old male reader, I guess, but seem to have no other reason to intrude. Things just sort of happen, and miraculous escapes just sort of show up on schedule.
Anyway, I still enjoyed it. There is an originality to the book that is way ahead of the stamp it out by formula writers that dominate Sci Fi- I'm looking at you, B.V. Larson. I'm not sure if Morgan will ever be as good as he was with Altered Carbon, but that is a high bar, and this book makes a valiant effort at it.
It's possible that every writer has a few good books in them, and the other ones are the price you pay to get to those books. I'm happy to do that, with the hope that Morgan is just getting a started.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Salvation

  • Salvation Sequence, Book 1
  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,304

In 2204, humanity is expanding into the wider galaxy in leaps and bounds. Cutting-edge technology of linked jump gates has rendered most forms of transportation - including starships - virtually obsolete. Every place on Earth, every distant planet humankind has settled, is now a step away from any other. And all seems wonderful - until a crashed alien spaceship of unknown origin is found on a newly located world 89 light-years from Earth, carrying a cargo as strange as it is horrifying. To assess the potential of the threat a high-powered team is dispatched to investigate. But one of them may not be all they seem....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wait For Book 2

  • By StrikitRich on 09-26-18

No more enzyme bonded concrete roads

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

Another brilliant work by Peter Hamilton. As with his Fallers and Greg Mandel series, Hamilton combines the future world with interesting stories of fascinating characters. He has a gift for placing his stories in environments that seem plausible by the force of his narrative.
As the story unfolds, the reader slowly starts to get hints of what is happening, and that rockets the story along. This is a fast paced story, with wide ranging implications for the future he envisions.
In this book, the "G7 Turing" replaces "enzyme bonded concrete" as Hamilton's nod to everyday miracles of life in the future that one is expected to take for granted, while wondering all the while if there ever will be "enzyme bonded concrete", which seems like a really good idea.
John Lee strikes me as someone who is able to disconnect his various mouth parts from each other to create entirely new sounds from familiar words. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it really doesn't, but he's always been a great reader.
Can't wait for the next book!

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Tech World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 3
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,921
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,503

The Galactics arrived with their Battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spanned the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In the third book in the series, James McGill is deployed on another alien world. His third interstellar tour is different in every way. Rather than meeting up with a primitive society, this time he’s headed to an advanced world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dying isn’t enough this time

  • By Don Gilbert on 12-13-14

Getting Old

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

The whole dying and getting rejuvenated to get out of an impossible situation is getting old. The plot lines dropped are getting old. I feel like Larson is just phoning it in now. The Billybob good old boy persona of the main character must be heartening for high school dropouts with no future, but this series has run out of innovation and is just coasting. The author can do better.

0 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Hard Magic

  • Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,991

Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I thought it was going to be.

  • By Clinton on 08-06-11

Sad Puppy loses his groove

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

It was refreshing to read the first Monster Hunter book. Since then, it's been one retread after another. Conveniently, magic in the story makes it easy to fix plot holes and impossible situations with....you guessed it..even more previously unknown magic. It just gets lamer and lamer. The real icing on the cake is that the author is one of the Sad Puppies, trying to stuff the Hugo awards for his own gain.
Happily, in real life it takes more than magic to fix a bad plot, and Correia crashed and burned. Sad, Puppy.

0 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Forging Zero

  • The Legend of ZERO
  • By: Sara King
  • Narrated by: Liam Owen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,166
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,169

The oldest of the children drafted from humanity's devastated planet, Joe is impressed into service by the alien Congressional Ground Force - and becomes the unwitting centerpiece in a millennia-long alien struggle for independence. Once his training begins, one of the elusive and prophetic Trith appears to give Joe a spine chilling prophecy that the universe has been anticipating for millions of years: Joe will be the one to finally shatter the vast alien government known as Congress. And the Trith cannot lie...but first Joe has to make it through bootcamp.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • That Chime…

  • By Robert A Dean Jr on 05-21-15

Needs a simple edit to stop from being ANNOYING!

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

A very simple edit will improve this book immensely. First, get rid of the stupid, useless, annoying and overly loud tingle, or chime or noise, whatever you want to call it. It is jarring and does absolutely nothing to advance the story.
Second, stop with the sound effects. They don't work. This is becoming a new feature of audiobooks. Take the hint. It distracts. It stops you in your tracks while you try to figure out what it means and you have to back up and listen again.
The simplest fix i will save for last. Fire whoever is in charge of production and get someone with taste.
It was a good book, well written. It had a good narrator. Too bad the producer wasn't locked up down the hall.

0 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,879
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11,588
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,588

[Contains explicit content] Hear the story of what happened when the tech industry gave the world what it wanted: free porn. Lives were mangled. Fortunes were made. All for your pleasure. Follow writer and narrator Jon Ronson as he uncovers our web of desire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I will never forget it...

  • By Charles Atkinson on 07-31-17

Another good example of You get what you pay for.

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

Reviewed: 11-10-17

Manages to make sex boring. Manages to make porn pathetic. Never manages to engage.
Somewhere in there is a story, but this is not it.

0 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Power of the Dog

  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 20 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,786
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,767

This explosive novel of the drug trade takes you deep inside a world riddled with corruption, betrayal, and bloody revenge. From the streets of New York City to Mexico City and Tijuana to the jungles of Central America, this is the war on drugs like you've never seen it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Drama

  • By Deborah on 01-06-11

A powerful narrative on the world of Mexican drugs

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

Reviewed: 11-10-17

Well written, engaging story of the endless war on drugs and the brutality of the people in the Mexican drug cartels. This book reminds me of The Company, by Littell. Using the real life story in a narrative form brings the characters into focus and creates a powerful book.
And the narrator is BOB! Can't get better than that!

0 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Bourne Supremacy

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Ludlum
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 27 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,611

This time the stakes are higher than ever. For someone else has taken on the Bourne identity, a ruthless killer who must be stopped or the world will pay a devastating price. To succeed, the real Jason Bourne must maneuver through the dangerous labyrinth of international espionage, an exotic world filled with CIA plots, turncoat agents, and ever-shifting alliances, all the while hoping to find the truth behind his haunted memories and the answers to his own fragmented past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish I could give it 10 Stars!!!

  • By Bill Kloss on 02-27-09

Dated

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

Reviewed: 11-10-17

This series was ground breaking in it's day, but that day is past. The story setting and the world it inhabits is so different today that you might as well be reading historical fiction from the gilded age.
Ludlum was the king of airport bookstores back in the analog age, and just as the idea of reading an actual newspaper seems so retro, the harsh, backward, inward looking China is no more. They won.
The movie actually did a great job of bringing the story line up to date, but we still owe Ludlum for popularizing the concept of the anti-hero ( along with Greene, of course).

0 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Gray

  • The Complete Collection
  • By: Lou Cadle
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,308

Pre-med student Coral is on vacation in Idaho when something terrible happens. The black cloud is followed by a wildfire and searing heat that lasts for days. She survives deep in a cave but emerges days later to find the world transformed, with blackened trees, an ash-filled sky, and no living creatures stirring - except for her. So begins her desperate journey to find water and food and other survivors...and the answer to the mystery of what happened.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story - Superb Value

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 11-05-17

Relentlessly Depressing.

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

Reviewed: 10-21-17

If your idea of a good novel is one where the story arc is ever downward, this is for you. Things are bad, get worse, then really bad, then even worse...without letup.
I feel like I stumbled into the young adult section, where the books are always tragic and the heroine has to endure endless tortures. I guess the lessons must be ground in with fire for that crowd.
So, beware all that enter- there is no hope.

8 of 15 people found this review helpful