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  • Bioshock: Rapture

  • Bioshock, Book 1
  • By: John Shirley
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039

It was the end of World War II. FDR's New Deal had redefined American politics. Taxes were at an all-time high. The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki had created a fear of total annihilation. The rise of secret government agencies and sanctions on business had many watching their backs. America's sense of freedom was diminishing... and many were desperate to take that freedom back.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • YAAY! Finally . . . Wait, What!?

  • By Jason on 06-29-12

For fans of the game...

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

Reviewed: 04-28-17

This is just incredible for those that played the game(s). Understanding everything that led up to how the first game starts when your character finds themselves getting into Rapture and the whole game makes so much more sense. I want to play again now knowing all this to see how it enhances the experience.
Wish the narrator didn't try some of the character voices but otherwise an exceptionally good narrative job as well.

  • On the Edge

  • By: Richard Hammond
  • Narrated by: Richard Hammond, Mindy Hammond
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214

Richard Hammond describes his childhood and adolescence and the emergence of the adrenalin junkie, the first ridiculous stunts on his tricycle, and an increasing and near obsessive attraction to speed and the smell of petrol. He finds an attractive girl, Mindy, who shares his interests and helps him organise his high-speed life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must listen for Top Gear fans

  • By S. Anderson on 06-04-15

Must listen for Top Gear fans

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

Reviewed: 06-04-15

If you are a fan of Top Gear you really need to listen to this. You know Richard had a bad crash. You know he was quite different for a while after returning. You know the BBC won't ever air that episode again.
But you don't know what Richard and his family and friends and colleagues really went through to bring him back to being a part of the show. This book was truly heart felt in its writing and delivery by Richard and his wonderful wife Mindy.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Gears of War

  • Aspho Fields
  • By: Karen Traviss
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574

As kids, the three of them were inseparable; as soldiers, they were torn apart. Marcus Fenix and Dominic Santiago fought alongside Dom's elder brother Carlos at Aspho Fields in the epic battle that changed the course of the Pendulum Wars. There's a new war to fight now, a war for mankind's very survival. But while the last human stronghold on Sera braces itself for another onslaught from the Locust Horde, ghosts come back to haunt Marcus and Dom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Be a careful listener complex storylines

  • By Don on 05-01-15

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 03-26-13

If you played the Gears of War series of games listening to this series of books is an absolute no brainer! Unless you are a multiplayer kind of person and didn't play the campaign but I am also assuming those people do not listen to audiobooks.
For those that did like the game story these books fill in the gaps and backstory in an amazing way that make playing the games again more fun. It also endears the characters to you in a way that would play a role in your emotional state as you play.
For anyone who never played or doesn't care about the games the books can be read without ever feeling like you missed out or leaving you confused. They simply stand on their own and enhance the games if you do play.

  • Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant

  • By: Karen Traviss
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415

After a brutal 15-year war for survival, the Coalition of Ordered Governments is forced to destroy mankind's last city in a final bid to stop the Locust Horde. As the survivors flee Jacinto, they must contend with the last of the Locust, bent on vengeance, as they struggle to stay alive in an icy wilderness. Marcus Fenix, Dom Santiago, and their fellow Gears fight to get Jacinto's refugees to a safe haven but find themselves in a lawless new world - where the enemy is human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific Sequel

  • By Tim on 01-28-10

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 03-26-13

If you played the Gears of War series of games listening to this series of books is an absolute no brainer! Unless you are a multiplayer kind of person and didn't play the campaign but I am also assuming those people do not listen to audiobooks.
For those that did like the game story these books fill in the gaps and backstory in an amazing way that make playing the games again more fun. It also endears the characters to you in a way that would play a role in your emotional state as you play.
For anyone who never played or doesn't care about the games the books can be read without ever feeling like you missed out or leaving you confused. They simply stand on their own and enhance the games if you do play.

  • Gears of War: Anvil Gate

  • By: Karen Traviss
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358

With the Locust Horde apparently destroyed, Jacinto's survivors have begun to rebuild human society on the Locusts' stronghold. Raiding pirate gangs take a toll - but it's nothing that Marcus Fenix and the Gears can't handle. Then the nightmare that they thought they'd left behind begins to stalk them again. Something far worse, something even the Locust dreaded, has emerged to spread across the planet, and not even this remote island haven is beyond its reach.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-02-18

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 03-26-13

If you played the Gears of War series of games listening to this series of books is an absolute no brainer! Unless you are a multiplayer kind of person and didn't play the campaign but I am also assuming those people do not listen to audiobooks.
For those that did like the game story these books fill in the gaps and backstory in an amazing way that make playing the games again more fun. It also endears the characters to you in a way that would play a role in your emotional state as you play.
For anyone who never played or doesn't care about the games the books can be read without ever feeling like you missed out or leaving you confused. They simply stand on their own and enhance the games if you do play.

  • Gears of War: Coalition's End

  • By: Karen Traviss
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 20 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418

When the Locust Horde burst from the ground 15 years ago to slaughter the human population of Sera, mankind began a desperate war against extinction. Now, after a decade and a half of bloody fighting, and with billions dead, the survivors have been forced to destroy their own cities and sacrifice their entire civilization to halt the Locust advance. The last-ditch measures have succeeded, but at an enormous cost: the survivors have been reduced to a handful of refugees.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • These books are great!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-31-11

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 03-26-13

If you played the Gears of War series of games listening to this series of books is an absolute no brainer! Unless you are a multiplayer kind of person and didn't play the campaign but I am also assuming those people do not listen to audiobooks.
For those that did like the game story these books fill in the gaps and backstory in an amazing way that make playing the games again more fun. It also endears the characters to you in a way that would play a role in your emotional state as you play.
For anyone who never played or doesn't care about the games the books can be read without ever feeling like you missed out or leaving you confused. They simply stand on their own and enhance the games if you do play.

  • Gears of War: The Slab

  • By: Karen Traviss
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 21 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 417

Ten years after Emergence Day, as the Locust Horde advances on humanity’s last defended area -Ephyra - in a bloody war that has seen billions die, Marcus Fenix does the unthinkable: he defies orders and abandons his post during a critical battle in a bid to rescue his father, weapons scientist Adam Fenix. But Adam is buried in the rubble during a ferocious assault on the Fenix mansion, and Ephyra falls to the enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bittersweet return to the world of Sara

  • By Kamal on 07-18-13

Outstanding!

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

Reviewed: 03-26-13

If you played the Gears of War series of games listening to this series of books is an absolute no brainer! Unless you are a multiplayer kind of person and didn't play the campaign but I am also assuming those people do not listen to audiobooks.
For those that did like the game story these books fill in the gaps and backstory in an amazing way that make playing the games again more fun. It also endears the characters to you in a way that would play a role in your emotional state as you play.
For anyone who never played or doesn't care about the games the books can be read without ever feeling like you missed out or leaving you confused. They simply stand on their own and enhance the games if you do play.

  • The Lost Gate

  • Mithermages, Book 1
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,043
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,051

Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself"....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Card doing what he does best.

  • By joshua on 01-05-11

Not my usual cup of tea

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

Reviewed: 03-26-13

I normally do not like much in the way of fantasy and suppose many readers would not classify this as such but it leans more towards it than I normally go for.
That said I finished listening to this and with so much by Orson Scott Card could not wait to get the next one and continue the story. I was really upset when it was not available and I had to wait to see where this story is going.
A must read for any Card fans.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mass Effect: Retribution

  • By: Drew Karpyshyn
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688

Humanity has reached the stars, joining the vast galactic community of alien species. But beyond the fringes of explored space lurk the Reapers, a race of sentient starships bent on "harvesting" the galaxy's organic species for their own dark purpose. The Illusive Man, leader of the pro-human black ops group Cerberus, is one of the few who know the truth about the Reapers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good sequel to a great series.

  • By David Florist on 01-06-15

Good not great

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

Reviewed: 03-26-13

I really did enjoy this book and may be biased in my opinion based on the other books and the stories in the games but found this to be the weakest link in what is otherwise a great story arc in a very large and fascinating universe.

  • Eternity

  • A Sequel to Eon
  • By: Greg Bear
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 235

The crew of the asteroid-starship Thistledown has thwarted an attack by the Jarts by severing their link to the Way, an endless corridor that spans universes. The asteroid settled into orbit around Earth and the tunnel snaked away, forming a contained universe of its own. Forty years later, on Gaia, Rhita Vaskayza recklessly pursues her legacy, seeking an Earth once again threatened by forces from within and without.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but not up to the standard Eon set

  • By S. Anderson on 03-26-13

Good but not up to the standard Eon set

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

Reviewed: 03-26-13

I enjoyed this book but at the same time, as it follows Eon, could have stopped there and been fine. I don't think anyone out there would be disappointed by it if they like sci-fi but personally found it lacking that intangible thing that made Eon so much better.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful