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  • The Raven Tower

  • By: Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

For centuries, the kingdom of Iraden has been protected by the god known as the Raven. He watches over his territory from atop a tower in the powerful port of Vastai. His will is enacted through the Raven's Lease, a human ruler chosen by the god himself. His magic is sustained via the blood sacrifice that every Lease must offer. And under the Raven's watch, the city flourishes. But the power of the Raven is weakening. A usurper has claimed the throne. The kingdom borders are tested by invaders who long for the prosperity that Vastai boasts. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By CCCii on 03-04-19

Excellent narrator and author

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

This narrator brings life to the story even through mundane parts. The author is top notch and I’ve enjoyed several of her works now. The combo of this author and narrator is phenomenal!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Flowers for Algernon

  • By: Daniel Keyes
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,610
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,605

Charlie Gordon knows that he isn't very bright. At 32, he mops floors in a bakery and earns just enough to get by. Three evenings a week, he studies at a center for mentally challenged adults. But all of this is about to change for Charlie. As part of a daring experiment, doctors are going to perform surgery on Charlie's brain. They hope the operation and special medication will increase his intelligence, just as it has for the laboratory mouse, Algernon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal Classic

  • By FanB14 on 03-22-13

Touching and relevant story

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

I really enjoyed the story, and the performance was great too. A small little quirk I noticed was when matters of money were discussed. Like how the hair cut was so cheap. That was absolutely the only clue of how long ago this story was written, and i missed it. I looked up more book details after I listened to it and saw what year it was written. I would not have guessed.

  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet: Booktrack Edition

  • Wayfarers, Book 1
  • By: Becky Chambers
  • Narrated by: Patricia Rodriguez
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn't expecting much. The ship, which has seen better days, offers her everything she could possibly want: a small, quiet spot to call home for a while, adventure in far-off corners of the galaxy and distance from her troubled past. But Rosemary gets more than she bargained for with the Wayfarer. The crew is a mishmash of species and personalities, from Sissix, the friendly reptilian pilot, to Kizzy and Jenks, the constantly sparring engineers who keep the ship running. Life on board is chaotic, but more or less peaceful - exactly what Rosemary wants. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't get this version. it's horrible

  • By anthony on 01-15-19

Has sci-fi turned into LGBTQ utopia stories?

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

Who and how, what is humping who just gets a little old. If only the religious lobsters just wanted to hang around and hump other species there would not have been any problem, but then again there would have been no plot.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Memories, Dreams, Reflections

  • By: C. G. Jung
  • Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 679

In 1957, four years before his death, Carl Gustav Jung, psychiatrist and psychologist, began writing his life story. But what started as an exercise in autobiography soon morphed into an altogether more profound undertaking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dr. Jung's Life Would Make A Good Movie

  • By M. Clarke on 05-17-16

I’ve heard the name so often...

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

I’ve heard the name mentioned often in other works, both fiction and non-fiction that I wanted to research, or at least listen to, his works independently. This book, as an autobiography, and it needs to be read as such, really gives an idea of the era Jung sprang from, certain held dispositions, and the influences that shaped his thinking.

  • Ninefox Gambit

  • By: Yoon Ha Lee
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 664
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 614
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 612

To win an impossible war, Captain Kel Cheris must awaken an ancient weapon and a despised traitor general.

Captain Kel Cheris of the Hexarchate is disgraced for using unconventional methods in a battle against heretics. Kel Command gives her the opportunity to redeem herself by retaking the Fortress of Scattered Needles, a star fortress that has recently been captured by heretics. Cheris' career isn't the only thing at stake. If the fortress falls, the Hexarchate itself might be next.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just too confusing with enough context

  • By Jose Alvarez on 04-02-17

10 hours to go but I don’t think I’ll bother.

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

I guess it was just not my cup of tea. I think I expected a little more substance. Oh well.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Dreaming Tree

  • By: C. J. Cherryh
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

It was that transitional time of the world when man first brought the clang of iron and the reek of smoke to the lands which before had echoed only with fairy voices. In that dawn of man and death of magic, there yet remained one last untouched place - the small forest of Ealdwood - which kept the magic intact and protected the old ways. And there was one who dwelt there, Arafel the Sidhe, who had more pride and love of the world as it used to be than any of her kind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • mysterious, authentic, beautiful

  • By B. Mertz on 12-09-18

Good story and performance

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

No, my eyes were watering, those weren’t little tears. I enjoyed the story As one would enjoy echos of JRRT. Towards the end of book two before the big battle there seemed to be some filler chapters with Branwyn generally being a B and just saying “no” to everybody, and the honor of loyalty in the heroes being lengthily reestablished. I put it to 2x speed during those few chapters.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Slan

  • By: A. E. van Vogt
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

Jommy Cross is a slan, a genetically bred superhuman whose race was created to aid humanity but is now despised by normal humans. Slans are usually shot on sight, but that doesn't stop Jommy's mother from bringing him to see the world capital of Centropolis, the seat of power for Earth's dictator, Kier Gray. But on their latest trip to Centropolis, the two slans are discovered, and Jommy's mother is killed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Old Friend

  • By Jon on 05-24-08

Phenomenal

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

I could’ve kept listening to this book even if it was 10 times longer. Great descriptions and story. Atomic age tech was smoothly palatably explained without insulting the readers intelligence. The story has twists and surprises. masterfully crafted, well written, and the narrator did a superb job.

  • Burning Chrome

  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Dennis Holland, Kevin Pariseau, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443

William Gibson's dark visions of computer cowboys, bio-enhanced soldiers of fortune, and hi-tech lowlifes have won unprecedented praise. Included here are some of the most famous short fiction and novellas by the author of Count Zero and Neuromancer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hypnotic dreams of a gleaming, gritty future

  • By Ryan on 03-15-14

A depth of authenticity to Gibson’s Sci-Fi

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

These short stories are great. Stubs of imagination and themes that fill out in his longer works. Even a surprise short johnny mnemonic is in here. Pleasant surprise to me I guess because I didn’t read the table of contents. Some of them are in the same vein of his Sprawl trilogy (count zero, Neuromancer, mona Lisa overdrive). Enjoyed the whole book. Thanks!

  • Never Let Me Go

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,741
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,755

From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Be patient; it will pay off

  • By Kc on 05-23-05

Not a lot of middle ground

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

I’m used to more of the fast paced space cowboy stuff. This certainly is not one of those. I also delve into intelligent sci fi, which often name drops famous philosophers, etc. This is not one of those either. Yet it does have huge philosophical undercurrents. On the surface I would say it’s a coming of age story that tracks a group of friends into their late 20’s. Along the way hints and clues are added to let the reader know that something isn’t right and there’s a great evil. more toward the end, after we’ve formed all of our ‘who we like and don’t like’ type of opinions it’s revealed what the great evil is. The listener will find their sophomoric opinions who they like or don’t like fade when they realize nobody deserves what the group is destined for.

I say there is not a lot of middle ground because people either really like this book or really don’t. I give the story 5 stars because it is emotionally moving and memorable. It’s one of those stories I’ll remember reading years from now.

  • Ball Lightning

  • By: Cixin Liu, Joel Martinsen - translator
  • Narrated by: Feodor Chin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 582

When Chen’s parents are incinerated before his eyes by a blast of ball lightning, he devotes his life to cracking the secret of the mysterious natural phenomenon. His search takes him to stormy mountaintops, an experimental military weapons lab, and an old Soviet science station. The more he learns, the more he comes to realize that ball lightning is just the tip of a new frontier in particle physics. Although Chen’s quest provides a purpose for his life, his reasons for chasing his elusive quarry come into conflict with soldiers and scientists who have motives of their own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Silly title, great book

  • By tosbanzai on 08-25-18

Great cover....

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

It was a dark and stormy night, during which something interesting happened, then nothing interesting happen for a very very very long time. By the time I thought I was going to have no pulse, like the narrative arc, a few interesting things were starting to happen. But, by then I found myself playing the audio at 1.5x speed just to get through the book so I could listen to something else.

The narrator was too singsong for me. He was not dry, but in my opinion did not convey the emotions the book was trying to evoke.

Overall, the book was not bad, but it was not good. It was average and mundane. The only aspect that stood out was the Mainland China centric people and places.

The cover is great.

14 of 20 people found this review helpful