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  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,974
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57,829

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Quite enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

once you get used to Rosario Dawson's monotone drone. As for everyone bitching that this book is not "The Martian" - well, it's not "The Martian". Apples and oranges, people. Really good crisp Apples, narrated by Will Wheaton and rather ordinary shallow oranges.

  • Influx

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,831
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,837

Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Solid to Silly to Inane

  • By Craig on 05-15-14

Great premise but ending fell flat

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

started out great but fizzled out by the third quarter, like a newbie marathoner that started out very strong only to faceplant 5 klicks before the finish line. Narration is good. Good listen overall.

  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,123

Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully narrated

  • By A. Hawley on 11-23-07

A treat

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

I've read and loved Anasi Boys years ago but Mr. Henry's performance adds another layer of enjoyment to a wonderful novel.

  • Zero Hour

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 5
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,697
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,330

United Nations Special Operations Command sent an elite expeditionary force of soldiers and pilots out on a simple recon mission, and somehow along the way they sparked an alien civil war. Now the not-at-all-merry band of pirates is in desperate trouble, again. Their stolen alien starship is falling apart, thousands of light years from home. The ancient alien AI they nicknamed Skippy is apparently dead, and even if they can by some miracle revive him, he might never be the same.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Monkeys kick A**, but......

  • By Beachcombers on 02-14-18

solid "meh"

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

This is book 5(?) of the same juvenile jokes and puns, monkeys rock because they were trained to do so in the army and ancient beer can AI save the day by pulling another sci-fi magical rabbit out of its bottomless hat. Aliens bad. Army good. I think I'm done with the series.. :/

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,176
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,800
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,740

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci Fi I didn't know I wanted

  • By Gary Glenn on 06-27-17

Between Old Man's War and Agent to the Stars

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

Reviewed: 06-19-17

1. A 20-something year old, all-American grunt, with a sense of duty and Army Pride - check.
2. A super-intelligent Deus ex Machina AI with a very human sense of humor and wise-ass snarkiness - check.
3. Spaceships, railguns and nukes - f** ye, check
4. End-of-the-world stakes - check

This a very fun listen, well written and entertaining in a simples way possible. If your looking for serious cerebral SciFi this is not for you, if your looking for fun lighthearted action-filled space opera you'll love it.



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  • Koban, Volume 1

  • By: Stephen W. Bennett
  • Narrated by: Patrick Freeman
  • Length: 25 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,868
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,741
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,742

We colonized 700 planets. Humankind enjoyed the benefits of expansion room and the end of wars. We even disbanded our military. Then the Krall found us. The Krall have used thousands of years of combat to select the genes of the strongest and fastest warriors. They are a species determined to dominate the entire galaxy, through destruction and annihilation of every opponent.

Koban is an uninhabited high-gravity planet with impossibly fast savage animals, which employ organic superconducting nerves. This deadly world is where the Krall tested humans for war capability.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story, dreadful narration.

  • By Nate on 05-14-15

OK premise, mediocre novel, terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 01-31-16

You don’t see many negative reviews on Audible site because they are removed if you return the book. That is the only explanation I can think of when I see the ratings for this book. The concept of the novel is interesting but the prose is dull, infuriatingly repetitive and feels like it was written by an ambitious high school student that is taking on more than he can chew.

Story:
Premise was interesting, but the novel really needs a good editor. If nothing else, at least to remove every other instance of the word "however" that the author uses a lot.
The dialogue is laughable, childish and repetitive and often used as a blatant attempt at info-dumping. The action scenes were frustrating. There was no urgency and in the middle of it the author would focus on small, unrelated or insignificant details that completely threw me off the story.

Narration:
Holy cow, where do I begin.... :-/ This was just awful! I refuse to believe that person that narrated this book is a professional voice-over artist. He is often monotone and the syntax is unbearable. The voices of characters and their accents were not consistent. Female characters were truly awful. Some words mispronounced and pauses in odd places made already slow pace of the book completely unbearable. As for chuckling and sobbing, I wish the narrator didn’t trouble himself, but if you must recreate the sounds, at least skip their description.

Gender reversal stuff:
Stephen Bennett was born in 1942, so a female-driven society is probably more scary and alien to him than super aggressive Krall along with (maybe) sentient animals of the Koban. All of the female leaders are shown to be incompetent, selfish or conservatively inclined when the human race cannot afford it.The casual anti-male attitude in even some of the 'heroines' is as bad as the worst stories of the 1950's and before. A woman in authority casually reaches down and grabs a subordinate's crotch. Of course, women quickly recognise undeniable superiority of male leader and assume roles of pretty much secretaries/cooks/personal assistants to masculine heroes on their masculine quest of war games with the Krall race. Just in case this point is not obvious enough to a reader, a woman gets her whole team killed because she freaked over a snake and another dies because she wore heels while evacuating from the ship.

Overall:
Way too long. I am a fan of world building, but this got tedious for me. Characters are flat and unrelatable. I do not recommend this book.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Intern's Handbook

  • A Thriller
  • By: Shane Kuhn
  • Narrated by: Pete Simonelli
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 868
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 869

John Lago is a very bad guy. But he’s the very best at what he does. And what he does is infiltrate top-level companies and assassinate crooked executives while disguised as an intern. Interns are invisible. That’s the secret behind HR, Inc., the elite “placement agency” that doubles as a network of assassins for hire who take down high-profile targets that wouldn’t be able to remember an intern’s name if their lives depended on it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reads like a movie script

  • By Sandi on 04-14-14

Not bad but not all that original

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

Reviewed: 06-23-15

Orphans are trained from childhood to be assassins, what a fresh concept. The main character, a veteran killer, pines for normal childhood he never had, resents his father figure that trained him to be an assassin and makes a fatal but very predictable mistake of falling for someone he knows he shouldn't.

John Largo, the main character, is no Dexter - lurking in a plain view invisible monster that accepted himself for what he is. John is more of a Pinocchio - he just wants to be a real boy.

Shane Kuhn has been a screenwriter, and it shows. He may be using this book as his "pitch" to movie-makers. The Intern's Handbook could be a TV movie - not quite good enough for the big screen, even considering Hollywood's love for remakes and unoriginal and predictable plots.

As for narration, as much as I enjoy deep and raspy Simonelli's voice and his talent for book narration, it was a weird casting choice in my opinion - the protagonist is hardly 25, according to the book and every time he mentions it (on quite a few occasions) would really throw me off.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,765
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28,717

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Mohannad Ahmed on 03-10-18

Great Sci-Fi Read

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

Reviewed: 06-18-15

Recommended to all fans of 14. Great story, compelling, interesting, well-written. Love the Lovecraftian mythos he's created in "14" and continued with in this book.
The Fold is not a sequel to 14 but takes place in the same universe (or multiverse, depending on how you look at it). Mr. Clines knows how to twist a story. He gives you clues about what is going on, but you miss them, for a while. Then you start to wonder. You think, "Did I miss something? I think I remember something, but I'm not sure." Then he continues into the realm of something else, he starts to bring in elements of horror, of creatures from another possibility. But it all feels so real, so logical, so possible.
Looking forward to the third installment.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,066
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,157

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

A nearly flawless psychological thriller

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

Reviewed: 03-09-15

I loved this book - great, multi-dimensional characters, character-driven plot, clever use of point of view, unreliable facts, presented by narrators and unexpected twists. A detective thriller, this novel is elevated in its commentary on the complex relationships that exist between men and women and children and their parents. An entertaining fiction, but there are unexpectedly astute observations on these pages.
The main characters' voices are wonderfully vivid. The language is witty, figurative, and just plain fun.
The ending was a complete surprise. It was so refreshing to see that the author is confident enough not to give the readers what they want, aware, or not. The ending was a perfect fit for the twists and turns of the rest of the book.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The End is Nigh

  • The Apocalypse Triptych
  • By: John Joseph Adams, Hugh Howey, Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Mur Lafferty, Rajan Khanna, Kate Baker, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 455
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 423
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 423

Famine. Death. War. Pestilence. These are the harbingers of the biblical apocalypse, of the End of the World. In science fiction, the end is triggered by less figurative means: nuclear holocaust, biological warfare/pandemic, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm. But before any catastrophe, there are people who see it coming. During, there are heroes who fight against it. And after, there are the survivors who persevere and try to rebuild. THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH will tell their stories. Edited by acclaimed anthologist John Joseph Adams and bestselling author Hugh Howey, THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH is a series of three anthologies of apocalyptic fiction. THE END IS NIGH focuses on life before the apocalypse. THE END IS NOW turns its attention to life during the apocalypse. And THE END HAS COME focuses on life after the apocalypse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing, couldn't put it down!

  • By Jon on 05-14-14

Mostly good, looking forward to the other 2

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

Reviewed: 02-22-15

Some stories in this compilation are better than others, just like in any compilation.
Some I really hope will carry over into a next compilation in the Apocalypse Triptych.

My rating for individual stories:
The Balm and the Wound by Robin Wasserman - ✪✪✪✪✪ - very enjoyable take on an 'End times' cult scam.
Heaven is a Place on Planet X by Desirina Boskovich - ✪✪✪✪✪ - bitterly clever great short story.
Break! Break! Break! by Charlie Jane Anders - ✪ - no recollection whatsoever.
The Gods Will Not Be Chained by Ken Liu - ✪ - cyber-meh.
Wedding Day by Jake Kerr - ✪✪ - as entertaining as watching someone's wedding video. I was hoping for the comet by the end of the story.
Removal Order by Tananarive Due - ✪ - something to do with an epidemic, not particularly memorable story.
System Reset by Tobias S. Buckell - ✪ - something to do with hackers, I think.
This Unkempt World is Falling to Pieces by Jamie Ford - ✪ - no recollection whatsoever.
BRING HER TO ME by Ben H. Winters ✪✪✪✪✪ - i really hope for the continuation of this story
In the Air by Hugh Howey ✪✪✪✪✪ - Silo Trilogy side story
Goodnight Moon by Annie Bellet - ✪✪✪ - Astronauts facing certain death.
Dancing with Death in the Land of Nod by Will McIntosh - ✪✪✪✪ - very well done 'epidemic isolation victim' short story.
Houses Without Air by Megan Arkenberg - ✪ - meh.
The Fifth Day of Deer Camp by Scott Sigler - ✪✪ - protagonist chanced to be away from civilization during the alien attack. Ok, but predictable.
Enjoy the Moment by Jack McDevitt
Pretty Soon the Four Horsemen are Going to Come Riding Through by Nancy Kress
Spores by Seanan McGuire - ✪✪✪✪ - predictable but well written
She’s Got a Ticket to Ride by Jonathan Maberry - ✪✪✪✪✪ - great approach.
Agent Unknown by David Wellington - ✪✪✪✪✪ - zombie genre for science nerds.
Enlightenment by Matthew Mather - ✪✪✪✪✪ - absolutely horrifying and very believable story.
Shooting the Apocalypse by Paolo Bacigalupi - ✪✪✪✪ - good take on a quite possible water crisis and already-existing revolting sensationalistic reporting.
Love Perverts by Sarah Langan - ✪✪✪ - an apocalypse lottery.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful