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  • Head On (Narrated by Amber Benson)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Amber Benson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 752

Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers. The main goal of the game: obtain your opponent's head and carry it through the goalposts. With flesh and bone bodies, a sport like this would be impossible. But all the players are "threeps", robot-like bodies controlled by people with Haden's Syndrome, so anything goes. No one gets hurt, but the brutality is real, and the crowds love it. Until a star athlete drops dead on the playing field.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic book hampered by a mediocre reader.

  • By LooptyLoop on 06-13-18

Scalzi creates another Brave New World

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

Scalzi seems to be able to twist a story line around with the best of the mystery writers. Amber Benson did a great job of keeping the story going and the characters identifiable.

  • Tech, Lies, and Wizardry

  • A Space Opera Fantasy Short Story (Black Ocean, Book 0)
  • By: J. S. Morin
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

It started as a simple heist. It went to hell from there. On a space station orbiting a pale blue sun, a package changes hands. Data too sensitive to transmit will be exposed for one brief moment. The client is paying a crazy sum - if the job is clean. That’s not going to happen. Instead, the galaxy’s unluckiest crew of outlaws will have to put all their resources into salvaging what they can from the job. Even if it’s only avoiding blame for the fallout.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good tale of the dark ocean.

  • By Bruce Derflinger on 01-03-19

Good tale of the dark ocean.

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

Far too short, I hope that future add on stories will be longer. Narrator was excellent - as usual.

  • Galaxy Outlaws: The Complete Black Ocean Mobius Missions, 1-16.5

  • By: J. S. Morin
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 85 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,611
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,300

Meet the galaxy's unluckiest outlaws. Carl Ramsey is an ex-Earth Navy fighter pilot turned con man. His ship, the Mobius, is home to a ragtag crew of misfits and refugees looking to score a big payday but more often just scratching to pay for fuel. The crew consists of his ex-wife (and pilot), a drunkard, four-handed mechanic, a xeno-predator with the disposition of a 120kg housecat, and the galaxy's most-wanted wizard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Firefly cranked up on Meth plus a Space Wizard!

  • By Ray Johnson on 04-27-18

The best credit that I have spent

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

After 83 hours of almost nonstop listening I am ready for another Marathon session in The Black Ocean. Both J.S. Morn and Mikael Naramore have done a fantastic job of creating a Galaxy that I have enjoyed immensely.

Now I know what Firefly would have been like if not killed of early by a TV executive who has damaged every SciFi feature that he touched.

  • Ashes

  • Ashes Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Ilsa J. Bick
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,140
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,021
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,032

An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device and killing billions. Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom, a young soldier, and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP. For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it's now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Readable Story About the End of the World

  • By Aser Tolentino on 09-25-12

Formula Horror Story

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

basic Horror Story premise. Heroine makes a questionable action at the start of the story. Then continues to make bad decisions all the way to the end of story, constantly placing herself in more and more danger. At the end of the story...

  • Welcome to Night Vale

  • A Novel
  • By: Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor
  • Narrated by: Cecil Baldwin, Dylan Marron, Retta, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,549
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,240

Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. It is here that the lives of two women, with two mysteries, will converge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is so good, but

  • By Christopher on 04-30-16

Strange, very strange, and then some

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

Night Vale is a town that exist in its own time space continuum. But they're not organized enough to call it that. Join the zany cast as they stumble through library of Horror, meetings with angels, and a horde of Troy's. Make sure that your head is screwed on tight otherwise you may lose the top of it.

  • City of Endless Night

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,890
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,880

When Grace Ozmian, the beautiful and reckless daughter of a wealthy tech billionaire, first goes missing, the NYPD assumes she has simply sped off on another wild adventure. Until the young woman's body is discovered in an abandoned warehouse in Queens, the head nowhere to be found. Lieutenant CDS Vincent D'Agosta quickly takes the lead. He knows his investigation will attract fierce scrutiny, so D'Agosta is delighted when FBI Special Agent A. X. L. Pendergast shows up at the crime scene assigned to the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The allusive Pendergast..,

  • By shelley on 01-18-18

surprisingly good - Rrecommended highly

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

this book look interesting when I saw it on the website, but I wasn't sure it would hold my interest because it's not my normal genre. but I was pleasantly surprised as I was drawn into the complex weaving of threads of the story. Recommended highly

  • Competence

  • Custard Protocol, Book 3
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Moira Quirk
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395

All alone in Singapore, proper Miss Primrose Tunstell must steal helium to save her airship, the Spotted Custard, in a scheme involving a lovesick werecat and a fake fish tail. When she uncovers rumors of a new kind of vampire, Prim and the Custard crew embark on a mission to Peru. There, they encounter airship pirates and strange atmospheric phenomena, and are mistaken for representatives of the Spanish Inquisition. Forced into extreme subterfuge (and some rather ridiculous outfits) Prim must also answer three of life's most challenging questions.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Rachel on 10-17-18

Another great steampunk story

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

Always filled with quirkiness and unique situations and locales. Truly a joy to listen to and an up lifting story to while away the day.

  • Treason

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,374
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,374

Lanik Mueller is a "rad" - radical regenerative - a freak who can regenerate injured flesh...and trade extra body parts to the Offworld oppressors for iron. On a planet without hard metals, or the means of escape, iron offers the promise of freedom through the chance to build a spacecraft. But it is a promise which may never be fulfilled, as Lanik uncovers a treacherous conspiracy beyond his imagination.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entirely enjoyable

  • By Barry S. Sharpnack on 11-12-09

Card & Rudnicki - it can't get better than this

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

Considering that this is one of his earliest novels and written in about three weeks - his success is understandable.

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  • Guide to Saul D. Alinsky's Rules for Radicals

  • By: Eureka
  • Narrated by: Dwight Equitz
  • Length: 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 4

Rules for Radicals: A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals (1971) by Saul D. Alinsky is a how-to guide for political organizers who want to make real, lasting changes to a political system. Alinksy draws on decades of his own organizing experience to elaborate rules for bringing about change. He argues that these tried-and-true rules will work regardless of time or place.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • What a ripoff

  • By Bruce Derflinger on 06-16-18

What a ripoff

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

Reviewed: 06-16-18

This isn't even a poor example of Cliff notes! The writer barely expands on the chapter titles. A true waste of eleven minutes. One star is more than it deserves.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Cosmos

  • By: Carl Sagan
  • Narrated by: LeVar Burton, Seth MacFarlane, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,310

Cosmos is one of the best-selling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Over-acting voice actors

  • By Seph on 11-09-17

LeVar gets breathless over Sagan.

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

Interesting reading of Sagan's book. LaVar seemed so excited that he was panting to keep up with himself.