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  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,516

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

Scalzi is a genius! (as always)

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

Reviewed: 04-06-19

When I was looking at Audible Originals, I was so happy to see a story by John Scalzi. I have loved all of his work that I have listened to, and the only thing that saddened me was that it wasn't narrated by Wil Wheaton. That being said, Quinto did a great job on this one, and it truly was a joy to listen to. The concept of people not dying was introduced early, and then we got to explore all of the avenues that would take a culture. This included religion, government, black market dealing, crime families, assassination, and just a lot of things that Scalzi thought thru when he made the story. The length of only 2 hours was also well done, as it was enough to set the stage and explore the interesting things about it, while still telling a story and not dragging it out for no reason.

Well done! Highly suggested!

  • Skitarius: Warhammer 40,000

  • Adeptus Mechanicus, Book 1
  • By: Rob Sanders
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

The skitarii are the soldiers of the Machine God, the tireless legions of the Adeptus Mechanicus. Holy warriors, they carry the word of the Omnissiah across the galaxy, destroying impure machines and spearheading the Quest for Knowledge. A discovery of ancient technology sends a skitarii legion into battle on a forge world overrun by Chaos. When a cataclysm cuts him off from his tech-priest overseers, Stroika must rally his forces and battle both corrupt machines and Chaos Space Marines.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Political Intrigue, Poor Show Piece for Adeptus Mechanicus

  • By Korben Dallas on 12-15-17

sadly disappointing...

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

This book fell into the trap that I feel many 40K books fall into. The character development was lacking, primarily because the main character was an emotionless cyborg. While Sanders did a good job in making us understand that, there just wasn't enough done to make the main character relatable, and thus there was very little buy in on my part to listen to and care about what was happening to him. The story line could be summed up as "Skitarii went to a place, fought a lot, the end." It wasn't until the very last chapter or two of the book that I really was drawn in to see what was going to happen. Overall it wasn't horrible, but just didn't draw me in. I won't be listening to the next one.

  • Warhammer Adventures: City of Lifestone

  • Book 1 of the Realm Quest series
  • By: Tom Huddleston
  • Narrated by: Billie Piper
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

The adventure begins.... Raised as a slave, Kiri dreams of one day living a better life. That day comes when her barbarian captors are attacked by the noble Stormcast Eternals. Seizing her chance, Kiri flees through a mysterious Realmgate to the fabled city of Lifestone. There she meets a special group of children: Thanis the fighter, Alish the inventor, Kaspar the sneak and Elio the healer. Together they must lift a terrible curse and save the city from darkness. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much better than expected!

  • By travis on 04-02-19

Much better than expected!

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

I got this book because I'm a huge warhammer 40k fan, as well as a Doctor who fan. While I like 40k, I'm pretty new to the warhammer Age of Sigmar story line. Combine this with I feel that most of the 40K books I have read have been pretty lack luster. Stories need to be relatable to draw the audience in. in 40K, I have always been disappointed in the character development, because the main characters commonly aren't human, and they are being put in situation that are completely unimaginable in our world.

None of this was a problem in this book. The fact that it was AoS seemed to make it easier to have a relatable character in a more fantasy genera that already exists. I was immediately drawn into the story, and while I know the book was short, I ended up finishing it in 1 sitting. It really did a great job at pacing and didn't make me feel like it was written for a little kid. Highly suggested for all ages.

  • Will Save the Galaxy for Food

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,254

Space travel just isn't what it used to be. With the invention of Quantum Teleportation, space heroes aren't needed anymore. When one particularly unlucky ex-adventurer masquerades as famous pilot and hate figure Jacques McKeown, he's sucked into an ever-deepening corporate and political intrigue. Between space pirates, adorable deadly creatures, and a missing fortune in royalties, saving the universe was never this difficult!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By Anonymous User on 04-09-17

Wow! Way better than I was expecting!

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

I got this on a whim while it was on sale. It seemed like it could be humorous to keep me entertained, and turned into something that I couldn't stop listening to when I got home until it was done. Great book with a really good job at making the situation the characters are in relatable while it still being a sci-fi space book. Very well done and highly suggested!

  • Etiquette & Espionage

  • Booktrack Edition
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Moira Quirk
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners - and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Original, Flawed Booktrack Edition

  • By Thomas Affinito on 03-18-19

Harry Potter school story, but with spies!

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

The first books I ready by Carriger were the Parasol Protectorate series, which I thought was amazing. This is definitely a change from that, but it still has a similar style of taking a story and painting it with Victorian England high society. It is the story of a girl off to finishing school, which ends up also being a spy school. The character development isn't amazing, but never feels lacking either. The pacing is perfect and never seems to drag or be to rushed. It really was well done and I definitely will be listening to the rest of the series!

  • The Spies That Bind

  • A Gallagher Girls Prequel
  • By: Ally Carter
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,819
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,792

The first day at a new school is tough for any kid, but it's especially scary when you're going to a school for spies. Cammie Morgan has spent her whole life dreaming of becoming a Gallagher Girl, but she has no idea what she’ll face when she arrives at The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women. Secret passages? Check. Lab experiments that might make you lose your eyebrows (and other body parts)? Check. Classmates who are the smartest, strongest, most intimidating girls in the world? Double check. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fun listen

  • By RThompson on 01-08-19

Harry Potter but with spies and lots of girl drama

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

This really was pretty good. It kept my interest and was passed very well. Carter did a great job with this book and Soler did a great job performing it. The only thing that I have against it is that it was just TOO young adult for me to really get any interest in. I know that this is me complaining that it is what it is advertised as, but I can't in good conscience give it a 5 star and not let someone know what they are getting into with this book. This felt like the very first harry potter book to me, but it didn't have any of the surprise and majesty you get from a wizard school. This just made it a little bit to boring, and the book focused on the relationships between all the new girls more than anything else.

that being said, I will defiantly be suggesting this to my daughter.

  • Warhammer Adventures: Attack of the Necron

  • Book 1 of the Warped Galaxies series
  • By: Cavan Scott
  • Narrated by: David Tennant
  • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

The adventure begins.... Zelia Lor's life changes when alien Necrons attack her home planet and tear it apart! Separated from her mother, Zelia must escape the doomed world, her only hope a scrambled transmission promising safety at a mysterious place known only as the Emperor's Seat. She is joined by a ragtag group of survivors: the street-tough Talen, gadget-obsessed Martian boy Mekki and superintelligent alien-ape Fleapit. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great performance, but for a VERY young crowd

  • By travis on 03-21-19

Great performance, but for a VERY young crowd

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

I love warhammer and I love David Tennant. I thought he did a great job portraying this adventure of young people being brought together to fight adversity. The story itself really wasn't that bad, it was just written for such a young crowd that it ends up lacking much imagination. Still, it is a great book for that young crowd. There is no swearing, sex/nudity, or even any blood. The violence that there is only leaves damaged robots or the occasional person turned to dust from some over powered weapon.

Great book, but if you aren't younger than a teenager, go into it realizing that it is written for very young kids. If you can accept that, it is completely worth the listen.

  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Book 2
  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Martin Freeman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,149

Facing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons? Time for a cup of tea! Join the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his uncommon comrades in arms in their desperate search for a place to eat as they hurtle across space powered by pure improbability.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this book!

  • By DrVeebs2b on 07-02-12

I still love it!

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

Reviewed: 03-13-19

I love the first book of this series, and I love Douglas Adams writing style. While I currently haven't listened to any more of the series, I feel that in many series it is important to take breaks so that it doesn't get stale or boring. If you liked the first book, you will love this just as much.

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,814
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,906
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,904

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun nonsense

  • By Randall on 04-25-09

A classic!

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

Reviewed: 03-13-19

I love this book, I love the movie, I love the older TV series, and I love this audio book. The writing style of Douglas Adams is amazing and something that you can easily pick out when someone is trying to copy him. It is amazingly funny, while being completly serious all at the same time. A monument to stalwart slapstick!

Love it!

  • Forging Hephaestus

  • Villains' Code Series, Book 1
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 26 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,886
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,880

Gifted with meta-human powers, Tori Rivas kept away from the limelight, preferring to work as a thief in the shadows. But when she's captured trying to rob a vault that belongs to a secret guild of villains, she's offered a hard choice: prove she has what it takes to join them or be eliminated. Apprenticed to one of the world's most powerful (and supposedly dead) villains, she is thrust into a strange world where the lines that divide superheroes and criminals are more complex than they seem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Nice Surprise with some Really Fun Characters

  • By Small Mountain on 09-29-17

One of Hayes's best!

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

Reviewed: 03-13-19

I have listened to all of the "Super Powereds" books that Hayes has pus out, as well as Corpies. I feel that in his super hero genera, THIS is his best book. The development of the main character, inner turmoil, and being shown that there are multiple timelines based on the outcome were all amazing. Like I said in the title line, this is my favorite book the Drew Hayes has done, and I have kept up with everything that he has put on audible.

Its good. get it.