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  • The Singularity Trap

  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,233
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,091

When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent.

  • By Amy Snider on 06-13-18

Derivative and predictable.

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

There's just nothing here; not a single new idea in the first three hours. At this point, I am losing hope that there's any actual content in this book.
It doesn't even rise to the quality of being offensive, it's just grey autopilot soup for hours on end.
Narrator does fine, but he really doesn't have much to work with.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,540
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38,925
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,748

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as it gets without the old texts

  • By William Taylor on 05-10-18

A fine retelling

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

Reviewed: 05-03-17

Gaiman does well by the old Norse tales; the only things that annoy me are the brevity and the English insistence on calling jotun 'giants' and 'ogres'.

  • Nonviolent Communication

  • Create Your Life, Your Relationships, and Your World in Harmony with Your Values
  • By: Marshall Rosenberg PhD
  • Narrated by: Marshall Rosenberg PhD
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,980
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,524

On Nonviolent Communication, this renowned peacemaker presents his complete system for speaking our deepest truths, addressing our unrecognized needs and emotions, and honoring those same concerns in others. With this adaptation of the best-selling book of the same title, Marshall Rosenberg teaches in his own words.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is an amazing life changing book!!!

  • By Olesya on 08-03-16

Entertaining, but useless.

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

Reviewed: 12-17-16

Would you try another book from Marshall Rosenberg and/or Marshall Rosenberg?

Not unless I wanted to wade through another 5 hours of entertaining anecdotes of the author expressing how following his method magically makes everyone love him and want to do as he says, in the process neatly solving racism, crime, inequity and bigotry, to have him suddenly turn around and admit that for that, unless everyone wants to cooperate neatly, his method is useless.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It made me want to demand my money back.

Which scene was your favorite?

The one where he suddenly fixes racism.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Frustration. It's a shiny piece of hope, snagged away once you realize just how bollocks it is.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fall of the Kings

  • By: Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman
  • Narrated by: Ellen Kushner, Nick Sullivan, Neil Gaiman, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 213

This stunning follow-up to Ellen Kushner's cult-classic novel Swordspoint is set in the same world of labyrinthine intrigue, where sharp swords and even sharper wits rule. Against a rich tapestry of artists and aristocrats, students, strumpets, and spies, a gentleman and a scholar will find themselves playing out an ancient drama destined to explode their society's smug view of itself - and reveal that sometimes the best price of uncovering history is being forced to repeat it....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Scholars with Teeth (and Tongues and Lips)

  • By Dave on 10-01-13

Great performance. Disappointing story

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

Reviewed: 04-25-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It feels like this is a completely different world than the first two. Magic? Northern barbarians? It's all university intrigue, there's barely a blade in sight, and there was not a trace of the quick wit and pacing of the first two.
I was sorely disappointed.

What could Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Sorry Delia, but I really think you should have written your own story and let Ellen write this in her own setting.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Therion Campion.

Was The Fall of the Kings worth the listening time?

The first half showed promise. The rest severely dashed that promise.

  • Great North Road

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 36 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,899
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,904

A century from now, thanks to a technology allowing instantaneous travel across light-years, humanity has solved its energy shortages, cleaned up the environment, and created far-flung colony worlds. The keys to this empire belong to the powerful North family - composed of successive generations of clones. Yet these clones are not identical. For one thing, genetic errors have crept in with each generation. For another, the original three clone "brothers" have gone their separate ways, and the branches of the family are now friendly rivals more than allies. Or maybe not so friendly....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Get the Timeline and Cast of Characters

  • By Don M on 02-03-13

Jarring voicework

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

Reviewed: 09-30-14

Where does Great North Road rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Middle

What did you like best about this story?

Complexity, idea levels

Did Toby Longworth do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Toby Longworth sounds like he's having a really bad day narrating this. Grating voce, no modulation. His idea of having anyone not a main character speak in a heavy accent is really jarring. It spoils lots of the narrative for me.
The idea of using terrible mock russian or indian accent for anyone not presented as sympathetic is not endearing.

Overall, he'd be better narrating Tom Clancy.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. It's 1½ days long ..

Any additional comments?

I'd love to hear this story given justice by a decent narrator.