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  • Life in the North: An Apocalyptic LitRPG

  • The System Apocalypse, Book 1
  • By: Tao Wong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,423
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,342

All John wanted to do was get away for his life in Kluane National Park for a weekend. Hike, camp, and chill. Instead, the world comes to an end in a series of blue boxes, animals start evolving, and monsters start spawning. Now, he has to survive the apocalypse, get back to civilization, and not lose his mind. Life in the North is book one of the System Apocalypse, a litRPG apocalypse series that combines modern day life, science fiction, and fantasy elements along with game mechanics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book! Negative reviews are misleading!

  • By adam on 08-13-18

Great Narration, Awful Story

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

Reviewed: 06-15-19

One of the worst LitRPGs I've ever read. Steer clear if you like your characters to have depth and relationships, or if you like the world to have intrigue or potential.

If your favorite part of LitRPGs are the status pages read out 1000 times and going from one mob battle to the next, with virtually nothing in between, then this is for you.

  • Skyward

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,398
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,473
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,439

From Brandon Sanderson, the number one New York Times best-selling author of the Reckoners series, Words of Radiance, and the internationally best-selling Mistborn series, comes the first book in an epic new series about a girl who dreams of becoming a pilot in a dangerous world at war for humanity's future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Has Sanderson been reading Craig Alanson???

  • By Barry on 11-18-18

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

This book is simply phenomenal. A gripping page Turner with excellent world building, characters, and a plot with perfect pacing. Just the right amount of wonder and realism.

  • You're Going to Mars!

  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,214

Living and slaving in Fill City One, you get used to the smell. We call it the Everpresent Stink. But every once in a while, on a spring day with a breeze, it clears away enough to remind us that there is something more out there. Most Fillers' wildest dreams would be just to get past the walls and live in the mainland. But my dream? It’s a little bigger. I’m going to Mars.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reviewers Choice Award, its that good

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 11-13-18

Dircks' best work yet!

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

Over the past two weeks I've read every book Dircks has written.

I enjoyed all of them, but this was by far my favorite. The characters have more depth and purpose, the events still have the adventurous feel but require less suspension of disbelief, and the story is just downright addicting.

I can't wait to see what Dircks will dream up next!

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Valence

  • Confluence, Book 4
  • By: Jennifer Foehner Wells
  • Narrated by: Susanna Burney
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

Earth's days are numbered. Two very different women race to prepare for the battle to come. The future of Earth is in their hands. One struggles to resurrect her ruined ship so she can navigate the politics at the galactic core in a desperate bid to recruit allies. The other strives to master alien technology to supply the forces of Earth with the tools needed to defend themselves against the ravenous Swarm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Rebecca S. Anderson on 07-29-18

Perfect

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

I absolutely love this series.
It's a brilliant sci-fi epic with extremely rich world building and no glorification of warfare.

  • The Atlantis Gene

  • The Origin Mystery, Book 1
  • By: A.G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,752
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,979
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,998

Seventy thousand years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how.

Until now. The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time. The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they've hidden the truth about human evolution. They've also searched for an ancient enemy - a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully Horrible

  • By Laura Roderick on 07-29-17

Excellent Book of Intrigue

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

Reviewed: 02-05-15

This book kept me hooked! An excellent performance from the narrator and a very clever plot that leads you to places you never expected.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Moonrise

  • By: Ben Bova
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 245

A 21st century U.S. aerospace company has developed the first permanent human settlement on the Moon, made possible by major scientific breakthroughs, particularly in the practical use of nanotechnology. But conflict within the company's founding family and growing protests against the technology from radical environmentalists and religious fundamentalists on Earth put Moonbase in danger of closure

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A worthy read / listen

  • By Brian on 09-03-13

Great Performance, Disappointing Story

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

Reviewed: 03-27-13

I'm reading all of the Grand Tour books in chronological order. This was better than Privateers, but not nearly as good as Mars or Empire Builders.

I'm writing this review having just finished Moonrise's sequel, Moonwar. I'm very glad I *did* wait, because that's the one redeeming part of this book -- the sequel. In the sequel, you're able to forget about what a relatively conscious-less person Joanna is, and ignore the fact that the New Morality is randomly introduced without pre-amble halfway through this book.

The second book is very well written, and a very exciting journey, free from the hang-ups and crutches that this book uses.

I'm uncertain if you can read Moonwar without Moonrise -- but if nothing else, listen to this book on 2x speed, so you can get through the painfully dull or unrealistic moments much faster.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Moonwar

  • By: Ben Bova
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181

Seven years after the indomitable Doug Stavenger has realized his cherished dream of establishing a colony on the inhospitable lunar surface, Moonbase is a thriving community, a marvel of scientific achievement created and supported by nanotechnology: virus-sized machines that can build, cure, and destroy. But nanotechnology has been declared illegal by the home planet’s leaders, and a powerful despot is determined to lay claim to Stavenger’s peaceful city - or obliterate it, if necessary.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't see it coming, not for a second!

  • By John Pierce on 02-20-13

Better than Moonrise

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

Reviewed: 03-27-13

In my opinion this is one of Ben's best books I've read thus far. I'm reading through the entire Grand Tour series in chronological order, and this book rivals Mars. It far surpasses Powersat, Empire Builders, and the first book about the moon base -- Moonrise.

This book was cohesively put together, with a protagonist I could actually care about, a few relatively unpredictable characters, and an antagonist that was written very well.

I've felt previous books suffered from stilted vocabulary, a very slow plot, or very one-dimensional characters. This book was much better in all three of those areas.

The one disclaimer I'll throw out there is that I did listen to this book on 2x narrator speed. This is not something I normally do, but because Ben's books do tend to move a little slowly, this helped me to feel like I was listening at the same pace I'd have read it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Axis

  • By: Robert Charles Wilson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,152
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 683
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 685

Lise Adams is a young woman attempting to uncover the mystery of her father's disappearance 10 years earlier. Turk Findley is an ex-sailor and sometimes-drifter. They come together when an infall of cometary dust seeds the planet with tiny remnant Hypothetical machines. Soon, this seemingly hospitable world will become very alien indeed - as the nature of time is once again twisted, by entities unknown.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • From Hypothertical to Pathetic , let down!

  • By Jason on 08-30-08

Character Driven, But Ultimately Lacking Plot

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

Reviewed: 11-11-11

I loved the first book - Spin, and expected more of the same from the sequel. While this is still a great character novel, it unfortunately simply has much less actually happen throughout the book. Part of this is because it covers a much shorter time span than the first novel did, but with that aside it still lacks any significant events to drive the characters forward.

If you loved the first book, you'll still enjoy this one, but fair warning, it doesn't quite live up to it's predecessor. I'm starting the third one now and hopefully that one improves upon this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Spin

  • By: Robert Charles Wilson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,999
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,662
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,667

One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • thoughtful, Bradbury-esque SF

  • By Ryan on 09-20-10

Take it for a Spin

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

Reviewed: 10-29-11

Wow. Simply wow. I'm a long-time lover of Science Fiction, though admittedly new to reading science fiction novels (both contemporary and classic). This took me for a wholly new journey, equally parts auto-biographical, dramatic, and science fiction. I loved every second of it. It's not as fantastical as say Ender's Game, or Childhood's End, but it is a book that perfectly explores many fundamental pillars of Sci-Fi and nearly all of the big questions of life, the universe.... and well... everything.

  • Bossypants

  • By: Tina Fey
  • Narrated by: Tina Fey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,052

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I expected more, actually.

  • By T. Redwood on 01-06-16

Hilarious -- And Good for Men too.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-11

This was a very funny book, and as a 30 Rock fan it was tons of fun to hear about how she came to be in the TV business and some of what went on behind the scenes as 30 Rock came into existence. So long as you're a Tina Fey fan, you'll enjoy this regardless what gender you are. I didn't feel like it was geared towards women hardly at all.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful