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  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 208,400
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 194,565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194,160

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

if you are a child of the 80s... And we're kind of a nerd... Then this book is a must listen. it's not the deepest narrative or written with the most elegant prose and a few of the more modern references may have a tad pinch of cringe, but a more fun story you are unlikely to find. I binge listened every moment I could. Highly recommended.

  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition)

  • An Oral History of the Zombie War
  • By: Max Brooks
  • Narrated by: Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,381
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,566

World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED

  • By Kim Venatries on 05-22-13

A Better Cast than the Movie and a Surprising Book

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

Reviewed: 11-12-14

What did you love best about World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition)?

First of all, I was shocked at how this has virtually nothing to do with the movie, which I had seen before this. I enjoyed the movie but the book is a completely different animal. The way it's put together with the individual tales was just so compelling to me. I've seen several movies that are almost nothing like the book (I Am Legend for example) so I don't know why I am still surprised that the movie and book have so little in common but both can still be good.

What did you like best about this story?

The way the author presents the content combined with the performance of the readers was so refreshing in an audiobook!

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  • A Plague Upon Your Family

  • Zombie Fallout, Book 2
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,885
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,559

The Talbots are evacuating their home amidst a zombie apocalypse. Mankind is on the edge of extinction as a new dominant, mindless opponent scours the landscape in search of food, which just so happens to be noninfected humans. The Talbots have escaped Little Turtle, but to what end? On the run, they find themselves encountering a far vaster evil than the one that has already beset them. As they travel across the countryside they soon learn that there are more than just zombies to be fearful of....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent sequel

  • By Theodore on 11-24-12

I tried... And I failed.

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

Reviewed: 10-13-14

What would have made A Plague Upon Your Family better?

I like some humor in the novels that I most enjoy but it's not always a necessary element. this series just takes it a bit too far. It's not slapstick (as has been said in other reviews) but more of a constant commentary on day to day life by a smartass. That's fine but in this book it takes it to the point of hindering the story. The tale itself i find interesting but you have to dig thru countless comments, asides and silly stories to get to the meat.Some reviewers have fawned over the "McDonald's" tale which baffles me. I understand that this is a work of fiction but to have the main character go on and on about an obviously over-the-top unbelievable experience at Mickey D's was the last straw for me. I couldn't sit thru it and I just couldn't find it funny... Mainly because it just doesn't ring true as anything other than a play on the stereotypes of the Indian, the teenage girl, the bad mother, the roach infested fast food restaurant, the defeated manager, blah, blah, blah... I came to read an apocalypse novel but at this point in the book i finally came to realize I was getting about 25% zombie novel and 75% rant. Pass.

What could Mark Tufo have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Stay on the subject and not so much on the internal ramblings of the main character. But, hey, I'm obviously in the minority here so who am I to judge the writer's technique?

What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

The reader was great and really makes the main character come alive. He IS Michael Talbot. It's a very good reading of the tale.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Plague Upon Your Family?

The McDonald's scene would hit the cutting room floor faster than you could blink your eye.

Any additional comments?

Meh. If you want a comedy along the lines of Archie bunker, this is for you! If you want a Zombie Apocalypse novel, there are much better books available.

  • Die Trying

  • By: Nicholas Ryan
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

Trapped amidst the horror of the zombie apocalypse, three men hear the sound of a helicopter overhead and know it represents their last desperate hope to survive the terror and reach safety. But survival comes at a cost - and the undead hordes that ravage the world are not the only lurking evil the men must face. But for Mitch Logan; his brother, Jed; and their friend, Clinton Harrigan; there is no choice.They must fight to survive - or Die Trying.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bray does a great job on a ok story

  • By The Zombie Specialist on 11-17-14

Not bad, but not a whole lot here.

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

Reviewed: 09-26-14

Would you try another book from Nicholas Ryan and/or R. C. Bray?

Sure, I wouldn't eliminate the author or the reader from possible future purchases, but I'm not exactly rushing to read another from the author.

What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I do think that the narration helped make the story interesting for me. The tale itself is a small segment in what is apparently a global apocalypse. You don't get much info about the larger picture except from a brief conversation with one character who comes to the party a few chapters in. The narration helped keep the story moving for me and added to the tension.

Any additional comments?

The story is okay but the the narration helps make it better. Not my favorite from this genre by any means, but also not the worst. It's a middle of the pack novel.

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  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,880
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,284

They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I thought I was desensitized

  • By Parola138 on 02-19-11

I always underestimate Stephen King. Why?

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

Reviewed: 01-02-12

I read this book when it was first released and loved it but as I have gotten older, I stopped reading King. I decided to give this audiobook a spin and am very glad that I did. It reminded me again that King is just better than I want to believe for some reason. Excellent story and an even better reading performance. The narrator actually does some pretty good impressions and his reading of Richie was very entertaining. All around a top-shelf audiobook and it just took it's place in my Audible top 10 list.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • The Caves of Steel

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 679

Like most people left behind on an over-populated Earth, police detective Elijah Baley has little love for either the arrogant Spacers or their robotic companions. But when a prominent Spacer is murdered under mysterious circumstances, Baley is ordered to the Outer Worlds to help track down the killer. Then he learns that he has been assigned a partner: R. Daneel Olivaw. Worse, the R stands for "robot" - and his positronic partner is made in the image and likeness of the murder victim!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • perfectly executed!

  • By Dionne on 05-14-07

Loved it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-11

This is my second Asimov book (after iRobot) and enjoyed the listen just as much. Great book and fantastic reader. I love reading about the future from a writer in the past. His theories on tech are interesting and the fact that he wrote his books long before the modern computer coming makes his stories lines unique. Will be downloading more Asimov right away!

  • American Psycho

  • By: Bret Easton Ellis
  • Narrated by: Pablo Schreiber
  • Length: 16 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,356
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,365

Patrick Bateman moves among the young and trendy in 1980s Manhattan. Young, handsome, and well educated, Bateman earns his fortune on Wall Street by day while spending his nights in ways we cannot begin to fathom. Expressing his true self through torture and murder, Bateman prefigures an apocalyptic horror that no society could bear to confront.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fanntastic book but maybe not for everyone....

  • By So Fain on 03-27-11

Fanntastic book but maybe not for everyone....

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-27-11

I had previously seen the movie and so this audiobook made it on to my read list when a friend suggested that the book was better and one of his favorites. I must say that I did enjoy the audio version a lot. I found the main character to be fascinating and a great study in an extreme sociopath stuck in the shallow upperclass yuppie social scene of the 1980s. I have read other people who say that his constant references to designer clothes and the trappings of money to be annoying but it is a key element to getting into the head of Patrick Bateman. I must also say that he disgusted me and, as the book neared it's end, I began to loathe Bateman even as his tenuous grasp on reality began to slip. The language and imagery are disturbing and not for the timid. However, if you are an adventurous listener that can spend 10 hours inside the mind of a luncatic, I believe this is a worthwhile listen that will make you think and leave you wondering if Patrick Bateman really is who you thought him to be after all. Good book. Good narrator.

31 of 33 people found this review helpful

  • I, Robot

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,077

They mustn't harm a human being, they must obey human orders, and they must protect their own existence...but only so long as that doesn't violate rules one and two. With these Three Laws of Robotics, humanity embarked on a bold new era of evolution that would open up enormous possibilities, and unforeseen risks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forget the violence - Read this one for the humor

  • By Herb on 02-19-05

Amazing!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-11

First, this is my first Isaac Asimov book and it left me wondering why I hadn't gotten around to reading his work before. I'm stingy with 5 star ratings but this earned one from me easily. As many others have stated, despite Will Smith being on the cover, this book has very little to do with the movie other than the 3 Rules of Robotics and a few plot elements from some of the stories in the book. This is a fantastic collection of short stories tied together cleverly. Yes, some of the technology seems a little old-fashioned as we have already found better solutions to some problems presented in the book but it does not take much effort to place yourself into Asimov's world. This was a great listen! Fantastic book! Good narrator. Highly recommended for any sci-fi lover!

  • Ender's Game

  • Special 20th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,997
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,234

Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Enderverse

  • By Joe on 06-13-05

Best Sci-fi Book of All Time!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-11

Best sci-fi that I have ever read and this audiobook's production does the book justice. This is a must-read for me and I cannot recommend it any more strongly. Great book! Good narration. Would give it 6 stars if I could!

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,773
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27,947
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,946

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HHTGH - Lightly Fried

  • By J. Medany on 05-08-05

Enjoyed listening to this classic...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-11

Listened to this on a roadtrip. I enjoyed the audiobook and found myself laughing out loud in several spots. It was a fun listen and made the first leg of my trip fly by. Not the best sci-fi nor the funniest of the books I have read this year but it's a classic that is an enjoyable 6 hour listen. Great book. Good narration. Would recommend.