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  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,030
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,936
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,912

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

well thought out

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

gives us pause for thought, its apolitical as in its not about the idea of whos right or wrong. but oga better way to look at one another then proceed... **Also Great Science Fiction!

  • Children of Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,070
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,086
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,102

The sand-blasted world of Arrakis has become green, watered, and fertile. Old Paul Atreides, who led the desert Fremen to political and religious domination of the galaxy, is gone. But for the children of Dune, the very blossoming of their land contains the seeds of its own destruction. The altered climate is destroying the giant sandworms, and this in turn is disastrous for the planet's economy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great story, more production problems

  • By Ziya on 04-22-08

as always Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

this is my 7th or 8th time through it. first 6 times was reading. Herbert sets a standard, that few if any match, his son Brian and Keven J Anderson do a fair job, but they do not quite reach Franks level. no shame in that, he will be a hard act to follow for years to come!

  • All These Worlds

  • Bobiverse, Book 3
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 36,879
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34,528
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,430

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfying End to a Fun Series

  • By Craig Schorling on 08-20-17

Well Done Bob Well Done!

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

love the story concept and implementation.humanity not being hand feet body but heart and love and the willingness to sacrifice!

  • Ruins of Empire

  • Blood on the Stars, Book 3
  • By: Jay Allan
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499

Captain Tyler Barron and the crew of Dauntless are finally enjoying the rest they've earned while their aging battleship gets the repairs and refit it desperately needs. But their respite will be short-lived. In the Badlands, deep in the haunted vastness of pre-Cataclysmic space, a new discovery threatens to upset the balance of power. Orbiting a world in a distant system is an ancient battleship, vastly larger and enormously more advanced than anything possessed by the contending powers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story great series

  • By Eric on 07-18-17

buy it...

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

Reviewed: 10-29-17

love it, read it, and believe ...

Good people exist! and not all of them fictional....

heres to the future and hope!

  • Call to Arms

  • Blood on the Stars, Book 2
  • By: Jay Allan
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566

War. The word spreads throughout the Confederation...the long-expected Union invasion has come. The enemy is strong, their fleets larger and more powerful than intelligence reports had predicted. They have broken through the forward defenses, sent the Confederation's proud fleets into an ignominious retreat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By David on 06-15-17

excellent Space Opera great Voice Choice!

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

Reviewed: 10-26-17

I am now on the 3rd book from Audable, I've heard your reader on Daniel Aransons books... Excellent Choice.

love the storyline and well developed cultures of the various Federations...
buying more!

  • Duel in the Dark

  • Blood on the Stars, Book 1
  • By: Jay Allan
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 784
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 782

The Confederation has fought three wars against the forces of the totalitarian Union. Three generations of its warriors have gone off to war, held the line against the larger, more powerful enemy. Now the fourth conflict is imminent, and the Confederation's navy is on alert, positioned behind the frontier, waiting for the attack it knows is coming.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • backwards thinking

  • By Anonymous User on 06-05-17

an excellent book highly recommended it honors vet

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

Reviewed: 10-20-17

well done well done indeed. you've got your the essence of what it means to be a servant a soldier and the family man thank you for does honour to our hundred dead and our families down through the centuries and to my father

  • Earth Valor

  • Earthrise, Book 6
  • By: Daniel Arenson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

The marauders, vicious alien predators, brought us to our knees. They destroyed our fleets. They burned our cities. They butchered millions. But now we fight back. Across the ruins of Earth, we rise in rebellion. In the depths of space, we seek allies. And our last warship prepares for one final battle. It's a time for heroes. A time to show our human pride. Because Earth is our home. Earth is our birthright. Earth is eternal. We will save it. Or we will die on our feet.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • up against the odds

  • By Mark on 11-13-17

love the story line, excitement & urgency...

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

Reviewed: 09-27-17

As I said I love the story line and the excitement created with the sense of urgency. makes you want to read/listen faster! well created human characters and alien culture/ethos creation.
Also a great sense of the magical, endless beauty and hope that exists in all creation.

As story telling/writing, my only caviot is I feel the discriptive detail of human sexual interactions is too detailed and therefore, it takes away from the over all narative. Your writinf and story telling are Great, so much so that I can't but think you can share the fact of relations can be there without all that.

Thank you, and keep writing!

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  • 1984

  • New Classic Edition
  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,716
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,744

George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the real thing

  • By Andrew George on 05-30-08

chilling how much it's like today...

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

Reviewed: 09-18-17

we must teach history before it is changed and lost with time. we say we remember 9/11 we need to remember a heck of allot more!

  • The End of the World as We Knew It

  • By: Nick Cole
  • Narrated by: Doug Tisdale Jr., Guy Williams, Mare Trevathan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

In the future, an artist specializing in historical records creates a piece of art based on three separate accounts of the pandemic. What follows is a patchwork tale of survival and horror as two lovers struggle to survive the undying dead and the collapse of an America turned charnel house. Told as memos from Ground Zero, and later in the journal of a dark tower-like quest by train and foot across a nightmare landscape of ruined cities and raving corpses, the three accounts reveal more than just the grim realities of society's collapse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book stays with you long after you finish.

  • By JD on 07-13-17

sweet n sad

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

Reviewed: 09-08-17

poignant and deeply human a story. gold and brass and dust we be...
thank you nick for the reminder...

  • Earth Fire

  • Earthrise, Book 4
  • By: Daniel Arenson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

Five years ago, we won our first galactic war. We defeated the scum, a race of alien centipedes. But the marauders are stronger, smarter, and crueler by far. And they will show us no mercy. Marco Emery, hero of the last war, struggles today as a civilian. Shell shock cripples him. Nightmares haunt him. Yet now he must become a soldier again. Now his old platoon must reunite. Together, they must defeat the greatest threat Earth has ever known. Or humanity will fall.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wtf?

  • By Rishard Chapoteau on 09-12-17

loved it....

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

Reviewed: 07-28-17

but short.... cant wait 4 more. we have to have Hope win... we need that.

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