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  • Every Tool's a Hammer

  • Lessons from a Lifetime of Making
  • By: Adam Savage
  • Narrated by: Adam Savage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 876
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 824
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 819

Adam Savage is a maker. From Chewbacca’s bandolier to a 1,000-shot Nerf gun, he has built thousands of spectacular projects as a special-effects artist and the cohost of MythBusters. Adam is also an educator, passionate about instilling the principles of making in the next generation of inventors and inspiring them to turn their curiosity into creation. In this practical and passionate guide, Adam weaves together vivid personal stories, original sketches and photographs from some of his most memorable projects, and interviews with many of his iconic and visionary friends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Paradigm Changing Book

  • By Jared A. on 06-05-19

Inspiring book

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

Reviewed: 05-16-19

I definitely felt like I wanted to go build something after going through small parts of this book.

I consumed this book with the audible version, so hearing Adam Savage speak so slowly was a little strange. When I turned it up to 1.25X speed, it sounded more like his usual talking style.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Zero Hour

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 5
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24,090
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,530

United Nations Special Operations Command sent an elite expeditionary force of soldiers and pilots out on a simple recon mission, and somehow along the way they sparked an alien civil war. Now the not-at-all-merry band of pirates is in desperate trouble, again. Their stolen alien starship is falling apart, thousands of light years from home. The ancient alien AI they nicknamed Skippy is apparently dead, and even if they can by some miracle revive him, he might never be the same.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Monkeys kick A**, but......

  • By Beachcombers on 02-14-18

Trust the Awesome ... Narration!

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

Reviewed: 02-25-19

My whole family was laughing at the humor of this book. And the suspense in the story kept us listening.

And the harebrained ideas to elude capture tested the author’s ability to come up with ways to describe crazy plans which were far beyond “hold my beer“!

R. C. Bray turned in another excellent performance.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • SpecOps

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 2
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,235
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,971

Colonel Joe Bishop made a promise, and he's going to keep it: taking the captured alien starship Flying Dutchman back out. He doesn't agree when the UN decides to send almost 70 elite Special Operations troops, hotshot pilots, and scientists with him; the mission is a fool's errand he doesn't expect to ever return from. At least this time, the Earth is safe, right? Not so much.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Repetitive and watered-down

  • By Daniel on 04-26-17

Enjoyed by 2 hard-to-please people

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

If you enjoy sarcastic humor in your science fiction, this book is for you.

You definitely want to enjoy the books in order. Start with book one.

R. C. Bray is an extremely good narrator. My wife and I have rarely enjoyed a narrator’s performance this much. R. C. Bray may be better than Frank Muller. Bray MADE this book pop.

I bought the first book in part because Bray was narrating, but the author held up his part with good story telling. The many small story moments and character moments never got boring, and complimented the big story.

  • Infinite

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,986
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,307
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,295

The Galahad, a faster-than-light spacecraft, carries 50 scientists and engineers on a mission to prepare Kepler 452b, Earth's nearest habitable neighbor at 1400 light years away. With Earth no longer habitable and the Mars colony slowly failing, they are humanity's best hope. After 10 years in a failed cryogenic bed - body asleep, mind awake - William Chanokh's torture comes to an end as the fog clears, the hatch opens, and his friend and fellow hacker, Tom, greets him...by stabbing a screwdriver into his heart. This is the first time William dies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a rather complex science fiction story

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 12-26-17

Harder to rate this...

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

Which may be a good thing. In some ways this is a formulaic science fiction story. In some ways it is good writing because it has characters that can draw you in.

That makes it hard to write a review without giving away the good parts.

I found the story to be slow to get started. And it describes some grizzly scenes in the beginning. But it held enough of my attention to get me through and my anticipation of the ending grew over time. (Although I turned up the play speed through some parts.)

R. C. Bray gave another excellent performance. I found this book because I was searching for other books he narrated.

A Closed and Common Orbit
    Wayfarers Series, Book 2
    
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        Rachel Dulude
    
    


    
    Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
    1,505 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • A Closed and Common Orbit

  • Wayfarers Series, Book 2
  • By: Becky Chambers
  • Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,398

Embark on an exciting, adventurous, and dangerous journey through the galaxy with the motley crew of the spaceship Wayfarer in this fun and heart-warming space opera - the sequel to the acclaimed The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. Lovelace was once merely a ship's artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in a new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has no memory of what came before.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No drive in the story

  • By Siri B. L. Søberg on 02-22-17

No Wayfarer crew, but lots of character moments

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

If you wanted more stories of the wayfarer crew, you may have to wait for another book.

This book will entertain you while it gives you things to think about; how cultures collide, how they interact, how they cooperate, how people change and improve themselves, how we define a thinking, feeling person, and what to do with tattoos that move?

If you sympathize with misfits, and misfits that ban together, then you may Ike this book


The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
    
    
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        Becky Chambers
    
    


    
    
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        Rachel Dulude
    
    


    
    Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
    3,247 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

  • By: Becky Chambers
  • Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,031
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,032

Rosemary Harper doesn't expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen better days, it offers her a bed, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and, most importantly, some distance from her past. An introspective young woman, she's never met anyone remotely like the ship's diverse crew, including Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot; chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks, who keep the ship running; and Ashby, their noble captain.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Remarkably Boring

  • By A Tye on 08-02-17

A book full of characters and character moments with excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

A group of characters from literally far-away places form the crew of a ship. Fortunately for the captain (and the reader), they’re all willing to discuss the differences in their species and their cultures. And their newest crewmate gives them reason to do it again.

As they journey, we see them learn, grow, experience moments that are fun, happy, grumpy, sad, frightening and dangerous. (Even the difficult coworker realizes he needs to change his attitude.)

The narrator does an excellent job of communicating a wide range of characters and moments. The personality of Kizzy would easily be very very different with a different narrator.

1 of 1 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 64,984
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,642
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60,484

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

Very different from The Martian

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

Not as much hard science in this story. Most of it is related to the gravity of the moon, vacuum, and a little chemistry.

The main character is not as likable as Mark Whatney, so parts of the story feel like bad versus badder. There is nothing wrong with that. It is pretty well written. But if you expect a good guy versus bad guys story, you might be a little disappointed.

The narrator for the story is excellent! Her voice has a great range, even cracking just right at the right moments. Easy to forget there’s only one person talking.

Andy Weir has delivered another book set in the science fiction scene but with plau science but with a completely different style than his previous book. He shows that he really is a good writer.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Heretic

  • Archangel Project, Book 3
  • By: C. Gockel
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Commander Noa Sato has almost reached the Kannukah Cloud. Within hours her crew may be able to reach Sol System through a hidden time gate. If they make it, she and her crew won't just save their own lives - they'll save millions from genocide at the hands of Luddeccean fanatics. But the Luddeccean "fanatics" may not be as mad as Noa believes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A lot of thinking makes good sci-fi

  • By William Sellers on 09-26-17

A lot of thinking makes good sci-fi

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

Reviewed: 09-26-17

While continuing some of the silliness like having a person named Noah captain a ship named “Ark”, the story is compelling. The characters have their flaws and their charms.

The story also can make you ask “what is love?” And “What is life?” Or “is it real or is it a script?”

Another question: Why do they always say the full name “Carl Sagan” instead of just “Carl”?

It had pretty much the right amount of dry and sarcastic humor. It reminded me of “The Martian”.

Emily Zeller did an excellent job of narrating. I could forget there was just one person speaking.

  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 48,452
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 45,387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,264

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Denis E.Taylor Sets A New Standard For Sci-Fi

  • By Devin on 04-18-17

Nice mix of SciFi and dry humor

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

Reviewed: 05-22-17

The story has it existential elements just like the first book, but mixes in good stories about humans dealing with aliens friendly and not.

  • Archangel Down

  • Archangel Project, Book 1
  • By: C. Gockel
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 135

Commander Noa Sato plans a peaceful leave on her home planet, Luddeccea, but winds up interrogated and imprisoned for her involvement in the Archangel Project. A project she knows nothing about. Professor James Sinclair wakes in the snow, not remembering the past 24 hours or knowing why he is being pursued. The only thing he knows is that he has to find Commander Sato, a woman he's never met.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • hysterics

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-07-16

Great potential but seems undercooked

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

Reviewed: 02-26-17

It had elements I really liked but the storytelling kept falling short.

There were too many times when I could not tell if a character was thinking or talking. I found myself backing up and playing sections over because I thought I missed something important. I didn't.

If you like continuous action with few breaks, you may like this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful