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  • The Collapsing Empire

  • The Interdependency, Book 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,929
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,167

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely not my favorite scalzi

  • By pat on 03-25-17

Next please.

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

Reviewed: 12-24-17

Any additional comments?

The story started out slow and a bit jumbled. At about an hour into the book it began to pick up and the author hit his stride and in the end I was disappointed that the next installment was not waiting for me. Well worth my time and I will be watching for book two.

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,988
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,085
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,022

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

A hero discovered.

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

Reviewed: 12-19-17

Any additional comments?

I seldom take the time to write a review but with this book I felt compelled to do so. This is without any doubt one of the best books I have read in a long time. The story of the war from a view of the Italian prospective is rare. This story of an unknown national hero is a reminder to us all of how close the world came to total disaster and the debt we all owe a generation now almost gone.

  • Ink and Bone

  • The Great Library
  • By: Rachel Caine
  • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,401
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,399

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly - but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden. Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Poor, Poor Protagonist

  • By Hopeisananchor on 04-08-16

As good as it gets.

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

Reviewed: 12-03-16

As one who usually listens to military and adventure type Novels, the story started a bit slow for me. I cannot stress how glad I am that I stuck with it. This is truly an outstanding story delivered by one of the best readers ln the business.

  • Not Alone

  • By: Craig A. Falconer
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 22 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,893
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,412
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,400

When Dan McCarthy stumbles upon a folder containing evidence of the conspiracy to end all conspiracies - a top-level alien cover-up - he leaks the files without a second thought. The incredible truth revealed by Dan's leak immediately captures the public's imagination, but Dan's relentless commitment to exposing the cover-up and forcing disclosure quickly earns him some enemies in high places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive Book About Aliens & the Hype Industry

  • By Russell on 12-21-16

Outstanding.

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

Reviewed: 09-15-16

What made the experience of listening to Not Alone the most enjoyable?

I seldom do this but I am compelled to pass on my recommendation. This is a most unique SF book, perhaps the most unique I have ever had the pleasure to read. The only down side is there is nothing new from the author, yet. If you enjoy the genre, buy the book. Kudos to the narrator, very well done.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Bloody Ground: Battle of Antietam, 1862

  • The Starbuck Chronicles: Volume Four
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Ed Sala
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

Nate is given command of a battalion of undesirable soldiers—including deserters and murderers —and sent to join the action at Antietam Creek. There, during the bloodiest single day of the entire war, Nate and his men must find the courage to survive the brutal horrors of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By S. Bruno on 09-05-12

WHY?

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

Reviewed: 07-30-12

Why was this offered to the public for sale? I have over 200 titles in my collection from Audible and this is the first I could not finish. I am a huge fan of Mr. Cornwell's work but this production is not worthy of either the author or the reader. It sounds as if Mr. Sala was seriously ill at the time of production. Very sad.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Shadows in Flight

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card, Scott Brick, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,027
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,042

At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children--the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth’s scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgotten - a fading ansible signal speaking of events lost to Earth’s history. But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity in days to come.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Build Up, and then Just Ends

  • By Monee on 01-21-13

SLOW

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

Reviewed: 04-30-12

As a big fan of this series I was sad to see the storyline take on such a lazy track in the first third of the story. Thankfully things did pick up the pace and in the end left me wanting more.

  • The Winds of War

  • By: Herman Wouk
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 45 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,871
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,190

Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Masterpiece

  • By Robert on 05-24-13

Wouk at his best

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

Reviewed: 12-05-11

This is in my opinion, Herman wouk's best work. It has managed to stand up to audio transcription far better than it did to film. I can not praise kevin Pariseau enough. Well done.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Symbol

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,364
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,461

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In love with books again

  • By Paul on 01-31-10

Dan Brown's last book?

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-16-09

I had to work at getting to the end of this book. The main points of suspense were childish and the pace just SLOW. Can I get a refund.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Thirteen Moons

  • By: Charles Frazier
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669

This magnificent novel by one of America's finest writers is the epic of one man's remarkable journey, set in 19th-century America against the background of a vanishing people and a rich way of life. At the age of 12, under the Wind Moon, Will is given a horse, a key, and a map, and sent alone into the Indian Nation to run a trading post as a bound boy. It is during this time that he grows into a man, learning, as he does, of the raw power it takes to create a life, to find a home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary!

  • By Dick Galland on 10-30-06

Thirteen Moons

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-13-07

This is one of the best Audible books I have yet purchased. Will Patton was the perfect reader. I highly recomend to anyone who enjoys a good tale from the past.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful