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  • The City of Mirrors

  • A Novel (Book Three of the Passage Trilogy)
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 29 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,086
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,451

The Twelve have been destroyed, and the 100-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world has ended. The survivors are stepping outside their walls, determined to build society anew - and daring to dream of a hopeful future.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Would not recommend.

  • By Chem Nerd on 05-09-18

It was a bit long winded.

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

Reviewed: 03-31-19

The story was not what I expected. That the supervillain simply be mad is not the way I would have gone. I'd like to give a shout out to the narrator, Mr. Brick. I love this guy!

  • The Rise of Endymion

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 29 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,840
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,848

In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. On the world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing - nothing anywhere in the universe - will ever be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written and narrated

  • By Chaim on 06-26-09

See How the pieces fit

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

I loved the story! It was my favorite of the three books. Things were nicely tied together. Of course, I know that franchises never end but there is a respite. Human evolution fascinates me as does diversity.

  • The Stone Sky

  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,470
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,048
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,037

The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women. Essun has inherited the power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter, Nassun, and forge a world in which every orogene child can grow up safe. For Nassun, her mother's mastery of the Obelisk Gate comes too late. She has seen the evil of the world and accepted what her mother will not admit: that sometimes what is corrupt cannot be cleansed, only destroyed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This review is for the entire series

  • By Jesslyn H on 09-05-17

Reap the Whirlwind

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

It is part prophesy but mostly graceful prose. She speaks of consequence beyond reckoning. Still, we ignore the changing world around us.

  • Forever Peace

  • By: Joe Haldeman
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 601
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 461
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 464

War in the 21st century is fought by "soldierboys". Remote-controlled mechanical monsters, they are run by human soldiers who hard-wire their brains together to form each unit. Julian is one of these dedicated soldiers, until he inadvertently kills a young boy. Now he struggles to understand how this has changed his mind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but not as good as The Forever War

  • By Noah on 08-25-10

To quote Mr Mackey from South Park, " War is Bad."

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

I cannot dis a two time Hugo winner. I just expected more.The resolution of our aggresive nature seemed much too simplistic.

  • The Wall of Storms

  • The Dandelion Dynasty, Book 2
  • By: Ken Liu
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 28 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303

Kuni Garu, now known as Emperor Ragin, runs the archipelago kingdom of Dara but struggles to maintain progress while serving the demands of the people and his vision. Then an unexpected invading force from the Lyucu Empire in the far distant west comes to the shores of Dara - and chaos results. But Emperor Kuni cannot go and lead his kingdom against the threat himself with his recently healed empire fraying at the seams, so he sends the only people he trusts to be Dara's savvy and cunning hopes against the invincible invaders: his children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow highly recommend

  • By Hector hernandez on 01-24-17

A stew of betrayal ,hubris, innovation & slaughter

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

It is the way of power to seduce. Few can resist it. I loved the ebbs and flows of fortune.I recoiled from the slaughter. Is the common man ever going to get a break. Liu's answer is that this has never been nor will it ever be .

  • Gateways

  • Original New Stories Inspired by Frederik Pohl
  • By: Elizabeth Anne Hull (editor), Greg Bear, Gregory Benford, and others
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

It isn’t easy to get a group of bestselling SF authors to write new stories for an anthology, but that’s what Elizabeth Anne Hull has done in this powerhouse book. With original, captivating tales by Greg Bear, Gregory Benford, Ben Bova, David Brin, Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Joe Haldeman, Harry Harrison, Larry Niven, Vernor Vinge, Gene Wolfe, and others, Gateways is a SF event that will be a must-buy for SF readers of all tastes, from the traditional to the cutting edge; from the darkly serious to the laugh-out-loud funny.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sensawonda

  • By Kindle me this: on 09-23-16

I guess I'm not a short story guy

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

The authors are all accomplished and I've read novels by many of them but I did not care for this collection.Perhaps adjusting to each writer's style as I went story to story prevented my enjoying the underlying theme.

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