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  • Level Five

  • By: William Ledbetter
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,351
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,351

In Level Five, the debut near-future thriller by Nebula Award winner William Ledbetter, AIs battle for dominance, and nanotechnology is on the loose. And all that stands in the way of the coming apocalypse is a starry-eyed inventor who dreams of building a revolutionary new spacecraft and an intelligence agency desk jockey faced with the impossible choice of saving her daughter - or saving the world. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Techno thriller? Or hard science fiction? Either way, it’s excellent!

  • By Martin L. Shoemaker on 07-22-18

Outstanding.

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

Reviewed: 07-11-19

Absolutely brilliant. Very engaging, suspenseful, disturbing, funny and thought provoking. Worth every penny. Very raw, very intense science. An adequate amount of action. Worth the buy.

  • Area X

  • The Southern Reach Trilogy - Annihilation, Authority, Acceptance
  • By: Jeff VanderMeer
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick, Bronson Pinchot, Xe Sands
  • Length: 26 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,640
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,410
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,425

Dive into the mysteries of Area X, a remote and lush terrain that has inexplicably sequestered itself from civilization. Twelve expeditions have gone in, and not a single member of any of them has remained unchanged by the experience - for better or worse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost Great

  • By clifford on 12-26-15

Book1: ok Book2: huh? Book3: WTF

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-29-19

Abysmal. Waste of 26 hours and money. Book 1 was not good SiFi, not sure how it made NYT best seller. Very limited character development, no rising action, no climax, no falling action. Not worth your time. Next time I will read reviews before I start a new book.

  • The Long Walk

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,700
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,702

In the near future, when America has become a police state, 100 boys are selected to enter an annual contest where the winner will be awarded whatever he wants for the rest of his life. Among them is 16-year-old Ray Garraty, and he knows the rules - keep a steady walking pace of four miles per hour without stopping. Three warnings and you're out - permanently.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Overall good story, Bad recording

  • By Kent R Carlberg on 06-04-18

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 05-13-19

Brilliant. I couldn’t help but read into this book as an analogy for the long walk we all take in life. Interesting dynamic drawn between men and women in this read. Absolutely brilliant. The audio skips suddenly like it’s being edited. It’s totally fine, but not perfect.

  • Icehenge

  • By: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by: Danny Campbell, Kevin T. Collins, Carla Mercer-Meyer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

On the North Pole of Pluto there stands an enigma: a huge circle of standing blocks of ice, built on the pattern of Earth's Stonehenge - but 10 times the size, standing alone at the farthest reaches of the Solar System. What is it? Who came there to build it? The secret lies, perhaps, in the chaotic decades of the Martian Revolution, in the lost memories of those who have lived for centuries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great characters, don’t look for closure

  • By Ivan the Reviewer on 04-03-18

Surprisingly anti-climactic

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

Reviewed: 05-08-19

The science, the idea, the writing are all phenomenal. Without question one of KSR’s coolest ideas. Full of the deep research expected from any KSR book. Having listened to every single one of his books, Icehenge is by far bottom of the barrel. The mystery is interesting and was really gripping at moments. But the book only really gripped me in the last hour or so of listening. Overall, decent, but lacks some seriously gripping material.

  • Relic

  • By: Alan Dean Foster
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 335

Once Homo sapiens reigned supreme, spreading from star system to star system in an empire that encountered no alien life and thus knew no enemy.... save itself. As had happened many times before, the most primal human instincts rose up, only this time armed with the advanced scientific knowledge to create a genetically engineered smart virus that quickly wiped out humanity to the last man. That man is Ruslan, the sole known surviving human being in the universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really fun story!

  • By APLang on 08-16-18

Brilliant. Simply brilliant.

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

Reviewed: 04-18-19

The highly animated reader read a brilliant, heartfelt story that made me question, hate and love our collective humanity. Relic is hands down one of the greatest books I’ve ever discovered.

  • A Short, Sharp Shock

  • By: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

Kim Stanley Robinson, award-winning author of the best-selling trilogy Red Mars, Green Mars, and Blue Mars, was called “a literary landscape artist, creating breathtaking vistas” by the Detroit Metro News. Now he confirms his reputation for brilliance and for the unexpected in this luminous short work.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wicked, thrilling, exciting

  • By Matt on 01-09-19

Wicked, thrilling, exciting

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

This book is a TRIP. While it is not my favorite KSR book, it should be regarded as one of his greats. The storyline was fantastic, though hard to follow at times. The characters were interesting, and expressive. The DETAIL in this book is second to none in terms of fantasy fiction. KSR is a lyrical genius, and his genius is on full display in a Short, Sharp Shock.

  • 2312

  • By: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by: Sarah Zimmerman
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 765
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 689
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 700

The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity's only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system on moons, planets, and in between. But in this year, 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront its past, its present, and its future. The first event takes place on Mercury, on the city of Terminator, itself a miracle of engineering on an unprecedented scale. It is an unexpected death, but one that might have been foreseen....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book of the past 5 years.

  • By Casey on 09-07-15

Brilliant scientific concepts

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

This was a fantastic listen. The concepts and storyline were great, but I felt as though the book concluded a bit too abruptly. I was left wanting more, instead of feeling satisfied. I absolutely love how KSR includes snippets of all his books in the world he paints. Listening to this brought me back to the Mars Trilogy, and the profound effect it had on me. Overall great.

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  • The Gripping Hand

  • By: Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,518
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,354
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,367

Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, award-winning authors of such best sellers as Footfall and The Legacy of Heorot, return us to the Mote, and to the universe of Kevin Renner and Horace Bury, of Rod Blaine and Sally Fowler. There, 25 years have passed since humanity quarantined the mysterious aliens known as Moties within the confines of their own solar system. They have spent a quarter century analyzing and agonizing over the deadly threat posed by the only aliens mankind has ever encountered - a race divided into distinct biological forms, each serving a different function: Master, Mediator, Engineer, Warrior.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sequel to "The Mote in God's Eye"

  • By Ken on 01-14-13

Not your standard Pournelle and Niven

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

This book will be amazing if you absolutely loved the first book Mote in Gods Eye. While I enjoyed it, this book focused on a side story that just wasn’t THAT interesting in my opinion. Overall the performance of this book was just fine, but the story was not one of Pournelle’s or Niven’s finest works. The book seemed forced, and focused far too much on setting. Would always prefer detail over setting as Pournelle and Niven do usually. I’d recommend passing on this book. Mote in Gods Eye is just about all you need.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Legacy of Heorot

  • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 419
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371

Best-selling science fiction superstars Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle combine their talents with those of Steven Barnes in an extraordinary adventure of humankind’s first outpost in the farthest reaches of space. Light years from Earth, colonists land on a planet they name Avalon. It seems like a paradise - until native creatures savagely attack. It will take every bit of intelligence, courage, and military-style discipline to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read!

  • By Thomas on 12-05-12

Good!

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

Not my favorite sci-fi work, but certainly worth the listen. Overall, I’d say the story was a lot less scientifically technical than I though it should have been given that the book details “humanity’s first time settling a planet.” Further, the “ice crystals on the brain” that the colonists get from staying in sleep too long played almost no role in the entire book. I was anticipating a space gained ailment to play a much more significant role in the development of characters and events. Overall, it was classic sci-fi, found myself feeling like the book was grossly incomplete at the end, as the colonists never went to the mainland.

  • Blue Mars

  • By: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 31 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 931
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 951

The once red and barren terrain of Mars is now green and rich with life - plant, animal, and human. But idyllic Mars is in a state of political upheaval, plagued by violent conflict between those who would keep the planet green and those who want to return it to a desert world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fine end to a good series

  • By Hooga Chacka on 10-01-13

Masterful

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

just finished Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy. I am in total awe at how incredible his science fiction writing is. His entire series was brilliantly written, throughly researched and outstandingly thought provoking. You’ll ride a wave of emotions as he forces you to ask questions and think deeply about life and death, relationships, the climate, politics, family, science, mathematics and so many other topics. I can’t recommend the Red Mars trilogy enough. Even if you aren’t fascinated by space and science, I promise you’ll laugh, cry, cringe while reading. Blue Mars, however is, in my opinion, the greatest of the three. Incredibly captivating. Very very good.