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  • Orconomics: A Satire

  • The Dark Profit Saga, Book 1
  • By: J. Zachary Pike
  • Narrated by: Doug Tisdale Jr.
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,633
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,628

Professional heroes kill and loot deadly monsters every day, but Gorm Ingerson's latest quest will be anything but business as usual. The adventuring industry drives the economy of Arth, a world much like our own but with more magic and fewer vowels. Monsters' hoards are claimed, bought by corporate interests, and sold off to plunder funds long before the Heroes' Guild actually kills the beasts. Of course, that's a terrible arrangement for the Shadowkin; orcs, goblins, kobolds, and their ilk must apply for to become Noncombatant Paper Carriers to avoid being killed and looted by heroes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Holy shit

  • By EyeDeKay on 02-21-17

Great story well read

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

Orconomics is a fun and entertaining story through a fantasy world that plays with the usual building blocks of the genre. The narrator does a great job and makes the characters have....well character. Wasn't sure what to expect going into it but very happy I did. Looking forward to the next in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Mother Tongue

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Stephen McLaughlin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 744
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 669
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 670

With dazzling wit and astonishing insight, Bill Bryson - the acclaimed author of The Lost Continent - brilliantly explores the remarkable history, eccentricities, resilience, and sheer fun of the English language. From the first descent of the larynx into the throat (why you can talk but your dog can't) to the fine lost art of swearing, Bryson tells the fascinating, often uproarious story of an inadequate, second-rate tongue of peasants that developed into one of the world's largest growth industries.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • More satire than history

  • By Barbara on 12-18-15

Entertaining entry for beginners

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

Reviewed: 11-23-16

I am not a linguist or student in the field so I can't comment on the accuracy of the information presented. However, Bryson does cite sources and I is up front about areas where there is on going debate or no clear answer. Narrator does a good job with what could be difficult material to convey without visuals.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Adam Baldwin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,980
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,378
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,365

Have you ever seen a planet invaded by rampaging space mutants from another dimension or Nazi dinosaurs from the future? Don't let this happen to you! Rifts happen, so you should be ready when universes collide. A policy with Stranger & Stranger can cover all of your interdimensional insurance needs. Rated "Number One in Customer Satisfaction" for three years running, no claim is too big or too weird for Tom Stranger to handle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Someone owes me a new keyboard

  • By Aimee M on 05-24-16

Politics why!?

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

Reviewed: 10-24-16

Interesting idea unfortunately gets ruined by the author blasting an astonishingly ignorant and outdated political world view into a sci-fi story. I was hoping for a Douglas Adams kind of fun sci-if story taking the mundane and placing it in the extraordinary. Instead it goes like a 13-year old take on what "cool" is matched with the outlook of an angry middle aged laid off autoworker.

4 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Cryptonomicon

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 42 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,878
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,823
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,848

Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fixed!

  • By Rob J. on 04-16-17

Entertaining and intriguing

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

Reviewed: 10-24-16

Three story lines allow for some good ol fashion WWII fun, an intellectual discussion on math a cryptology, and a modern take of some beneficial use of the two. Only down point(s) for me were a slightly stereotypical view of humanities academia, and masculinity. But the draw backs are few and more asides then part of the main narrative.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Stuff Matters

  • Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World
  • By: Mark Miodownik
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,078
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,069

Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does a paper clip bend? These are the sorts of questions that Mark Miodownik is constantly asking himself. A globally renowned materials scientist, Miodownik has spent his life exploring objects as ordinary as an envelope and as unexpected as concrete cloth, uncovering the fascinating secrets that hold together our physical world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly good

  • By D. MacLeod on 01-29-15

Wish it was longer

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

Reviewed: 10-07-15

I really enjoyed the mix of information and personal anecdotes. I wish there were more hopefully there will be a follow up.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Men at Arms

  • Discworld #15
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,070
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,293
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,285

The town of Ankh-Morpork is in big trouble, and the City Watch is desperate for a few good men to protect it. But all they've got are the dwarves Corporal Carrot and Lance-constable Cuddy; the troll Lance-constable Detritus; Lance-constable Angua, who is believed to be a woman; and, worst of all, Corporal Nobbs, who has been disqualified from the human race for shoving!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Pratchett novel, good reader, bad recording.

  • By Eric on 04-15-10

Maybe my favorite discworld story

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

Reviewed: 06-30-15

Really great story and the narration is solid. Even with the poor recording I'd recommend it to someone who liked guards guards

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Science of Discworld

  • A Novel
  • By: Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens, Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391

Not just another science audiobook and not just another Discworld novella, The Science of Discworld is a creative, mind-bending mash-up of fiction and fact, that offers a wizard’s-eye view of our world that will forever change how you look at the universe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best Pratchett, but gets there in the end

  • By Rachel on 07-30-14

Great narrative and interesting facts

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

Reviewed: 05-26-15

This is a great book for anyone who is interested in an insightful overview of science and has enjoyed a couple of the discworld books

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Good Omens

  • By: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,616

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You'll laugh yourself silly

  • By goddess_of_pipework on 11-28-15

Funny and well read

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

Reviewed: 03-02-15

This book introduced me go both. Gaiman and Pratchett and is both funny and interesting. I really like the idea of two agents far from their bosses becoming more similar to each other then to their respective ideologies. Like two cold was spies in a far flung country becoming friends.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • An Unwelcome Quest

  • Magic 2.0, Book 3
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,966
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,813

Ever since Martin Banks and his fellow computer geeks discovered that reality is just a computer program to be happily hacked, they've been jaunting back and forth through time, posing as medieval wizards and having the epic adventures that other nerds can only dream of having. But even in their wildest fantasies, they never expected to end up at the mercy of the former apprentice whom they sent to prison for gross misuse of magic and all-around evil behavior.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LIKED YOU TWO BETTER WHEN,

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 12-24-15

Great narration

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

Reviewed: 02-26-15

Great performance and direction. Enjoyable story not as strong as the others in the line but worth the purchase price.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Guards! Guards!

  • Discworld #8
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,596
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,590

"Where have all the dragons gone?" Explore the crazy, creepy land called Discworld, where you'll discover that the dragons aren't asleep or dead - they're dormant, packed in like huge, scaly sardines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best satire available

  • By Glen Phipps on 04-27-07

Glitchy recording

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

Reviewed: 02-22-15

My first book in the disc world and I was very pleased. The recording itself has some odd glitches but it's doesn't ruin the experience.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful