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  • Commune

  • Commune, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,042
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,819

For dinosaurs, it was a big rock. For humans: Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). When the Earth is hit by the greatest CME in recorded history (several times larger than the Carrington Event of 1859), the combined societies of the planet's most developed nations struggle to adapt to a life thrust back into the Dark Ages. In the United States, the military scrambles to speed the nation's recovery on multiple fronts including putting down riots, establishing relief camps, delivering medical aid, and bringing communication and travel back on line. Just as a real foothold is established in retaking the skies (utilizing existing commercial aircraft supplemented by military resources and ground control systems), a mysterious virus takes hold of the population, spreading globally over the very flight routes that the survivors fought so hard to rebuild.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want to adopt the characters into my family

  • By yarginator on 11-27-17

Too much gun lore

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

I read post apocalyptic stories for the sci-fi element. This story had almost none of that. Also I usually enjoy anything narrated by RC Bray, but for this book Bray was actually a detriment because his Achilles heel is female voices. His voice has way too much testosterone and one of the main points of view in this book is female. Bray made almost no effort to modulate his voice for her character. It was very confusing to hear.

  • Architects of Infinity

  • By: Kirsten Beyer
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 137

As the Federation starship Voyager continues to lead the Full Circle Fleet in its exploration of the Delta Quadrant, Admiral Kathryn Janeway remains concerned about the Krenim Imperium and its ability to rewrite time to suit its whims. At Captain Chakotay's suggestion, however, she orders the fleet to focus its attention on a unique planet in a binary system where a new element has been discovered. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great story!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-20-18

Boring

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

Nobody loves Star Trek Voyager more than I. I've ready literally every book. But this one is so dull and lifeless. Classic Voyager was action packed. Miss Beyer has managed to make it turgid. The narrator didn't help either. And can we please just dump the whole alternate timeline fiasco and just pretend you never tried to kill off Janeway?

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,673
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55,526

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

Too much Snark!

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17

Hipsters on the moon? What's with all the snark? The tone of this is nothing like "The Martian". I feel sorry for Rosario Dawson having to read this drivel. At no point does her dialogue sound like anything other than some man is putting words in her mouth, making her sound like some kind of too hip for the room moon babe. The plot is ridiculous, something about her being a paid industrial saboteur. I didn't believe any of it for a minute. Very disappointing Mr. Weir.

8 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Genius Plague

  • By: David Walton
  • Narrated by: Nick Thurston
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 88

In this science fiction thriller, brothers are pitted against each other as a pandemic threatens to destabilize world governments by exerting a subtle mind control over survivors. Neil Johns has just started his dream job as a code breaker for the NSA when his brother Paul, a mycologist, goes missing on a trip to collect samples in the Amazon jungle. Paul returns with a gap in his memory and a fungal infection that almost kills him. But once he recuperates, he has enhanced communication, memory, and pattern recognition.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing idea poorly executed

  • By RJPF on 10-14-17

There's a fungus among us!

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

Reviewed: 10-27-17

Excellent hard sci-fi. I'm not going to post too much information here, because it will be more fun for you if you don't have any preconception of what's going on before you start enjoying this book. Suffice it to say that this book is well written around an intriguing and original concept. The Audiobook performance is not the best I've heard, but the narrator grows on you and is appropriately nerdy for the main character. His female voices aren't bad either. The hard sci-fi aspects are built around an emotional core of losing a family member to Alzheimer's, but the book is not overly sappy either. It's also got some good spy tech going on. And like all good hard sci-fi, you may actually learn something - in this case, about mycology! Highly recommended! I look forward to the author's next book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Black Ops

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 4
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,118
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,848
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,770

The elite crew of the pirate ship UNS Flying Dutchman had a simple mission: determining whether the Thuranin are sending another starship to Earth. Along the way, they became sidetracked by securing a future for the UNEF troops on the planet Paradise. When asked whether Earth was now safe, their ancient alien AI responded "Not so much"...now they have to deal with the consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Solid continuation that fizzles at the end

  • By Tyson S Sukeforth on 10-04-17

Entertaining funny sci fi

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

I can't wait for the next one! Skippy come back! Don't leave us hanging like this!

  • Colony Lost

  • By: Chris Philbrook
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

Seven hundred fifty years ago, human colonists left Earth and settled on the moons of the distant gas giant Ghara. Civilization has flourished on Ghara's fertile moons, but humanity's drive to colonize and explore is still strong. Detecting plentiful mineral resources and a rich abundance of alien life on the nearby planet of Selva, the Gharian Colonists mount a dangerous expedition

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Need more books

  • By JASONLAMOUNTAIN on 08-31-17

Star Travel! Marines! Bugs! Zombies!

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

This book starts a little slow. But just stick with it for a few hours and then it will take you on a thrill ride! Far exceeded my expectations and I didn't want it to end! Now I can only hope for a sequel! Now that the author has established his universe, I only hope that he does it again soon. Already growing attached to his characters so I hope he brings them back! Bravo Mr. Philbrook!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Executed

  • Extracted, Book 2
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,003
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,858

The team of heroes extracted from their timelines to stop the impending apocalypse didn't think they needed a leader. But they've got one anyway. With their mission in tatters, Miri has been called in to steady the ship. And to focus them on their assignment: preventing the end of the world. The problem is, the world doesn't know it's in danger. With governments pursuing them relentlessly, attempting to steal the time-travel device to use for their own ends, the heroes are on the run.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If I could give it a higher rating, I would

  • By Reena on 06-11-17

Beadce

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

Headache-free time travel even Capt. Kirk would enjoy! Time travel done right. Can't wait for the next one.

  • Extracted

  • Extracted, Book 1
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,036
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,822

In 2061 a young scientist invents a time machine to fix a tragedy in his past. But his good intentions turn catastrophic when an early test reveals something unexpected: the end of the world. A desperate plan is formed: recruit three heroes, ordinary humans capable of extraordinary things, and change the future.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fast-Food Science Fiction

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 04-07-17

Ti.e Travel sans the headaches

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

Reviewed: 05-17-17

Can't wait for the next one! Even Captain Kirk would enjoy this time travel book!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • For Every Action

  • The Quantum Mechanic, Book 1
  • By: Jason Faris
  • Narrated by: Judy Rounda
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Desperate to prove that he has found the unified field theory in the Bible, young mathematics prodigy Jacob Saylor runs away to the Middle East. But when he and his brother venture into the desert they disappear, only to return years later with no memory of where they have been. Then a group of cybernetic terrorists calling themselves The Embodied attack. Having discarded their humanity for bodies of living technology they serve their masters by secretly manipulating world events, eliminating enemies, and toppling nations.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing story but. . .

  • By Cindy Smith on 07-20-17

Surprisingly good!

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

Reviewed: 04-14-17

Not run of the mill. Very original story. Well written and well performed. Loved it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Push Back

  • The Disruption Series, Book 2
  • By: R.E. McDermott
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 778
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728

Earth reels in the aftermath of a savage solar storm, a global disaster of unprecedented proportion which leaves most of the world without electrical power or the means to restore it. Across the world, the responses of unprepared national governments are too little, too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant second book!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 12-14-16

Not as interesting as the first book in the series

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

Reviewed: 01-14-17

What made the experience of listening to Push Back the most enjoyable?

The practical/technical maritime informing the whole narrative is fascinating.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Push Back?

The fight with the homemade napalm was memorable. Wish they'd used more of that stuff!

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I have a BIG gripe with the narrator. For the most part he's pretty good, but in a book where several major characters are African-American, every time this narrator tries to sound black, it comes out sounding like a hillbilly redneck! And in a book that also has its fair share of bikers and rednecks, the black characters are completely lost until the writer happens to mention their ethnicity. Then you say - what? Levi is black? Oh yeah, I forgot! Even Stephen King does a better black accent than this narrator.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book kind of went nowhere. It feels like a middle book in a trilogy, but not in a good way.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful