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  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,382
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55,235

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

Science! And Dawson!

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

I had been craving another Weir fix, and "Artemis" didn't disappoint! The same man clearly wrote "The Martian," which is evident in the humorous tone, the science (yay, science!), and the "impossible thing to solve gets solved" type of storyline. This book is absolutely bursting with kick-ass women, though, and with a lot of diversity thrown in. Extra star, just for that!

Dawson could read the phonebook and I'd tune in, so I am biased, but she did very well with all characters and accents. Maybe they weren't all entirely on point, but they were distinct and highly enjoyable!

  • Slaughterhouse-Five

  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: James Franco
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,646
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,627

Traumatized by the bombing of Dresden at the time he had been imprisoned, Pilgrim drifts through all events and history, sometimes deeply implicated, sometimes a witness. He is surrounded by Vonnegut's usual large cast of continuing characters (notably here the hack science fiction writer Kilgore Trout and the alien Tralfamadorians, who oversee his life and remind him constantly that there is no causation, no order, no motive to existence).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything is nothing, with a twist.

  • By Darwin8u on 01-22-17

What can you say about a classic?

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

Reviewed: 07-13-17

Slaughterhouse-Five is a story that meanders like a calm brook over waxy dead bodies. Where the subject matter is gruesome, the tone (and performance) is soothing and calm. Slaughterhouse-Five is a reminder to live, even though death is just a construct of mankind. If that doesn't make sense to you, well, so it goes.

  • Going Rogue

  • Spells, Swords, & Stealth Series, Book 3
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,908
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,710
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,702

Adventuring is a costly affair, and while the tolls are often paid in blood, gold can drain away just as quickly. The party's trek out of Solium and across the lands of Alcatham has left them with only a handful of gold between them. Fortunately, they have drawn near Camnarael, Alcatham's capital, where all manner of quests - and rewards - await. But all is not as expected in the capital.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great continuation of the series

  • By david on 03-17-17

Number three and still awesome!

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

I have binged this series so hard! I can't wait for the next part to see what's become of our heroes! Still worth every star!

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  • The Spaceship Next Door

  • By: Gene Doucette
  • Narrated by: Steve Carlson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,063
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,066

When a spaceship landed in an open field in the quiet mill town of Sorrow Falls, Massachusetts, everyone realized humankind was not alone in the universe. With that realization everyone freaked out for a little while. Or almost everyone. The residents of Sorrow Falls took the news pretty well. This could have been due to a certain local quality of unflappability, or it could have been that in three years the ship did exactly nothing other than sit quietly in that field, and nobody understood the full extent of this nothing the ship was doing better than the people who lived right next door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another fun Sci Fi read with an Excellent Reader!

  • By bluestategirl on 12-30-16

Wild from start to finish!

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

I did not expect to enjoy this book even half as much as I did! Not just the overall story (which went somewhere completely different to where I expected it to go), but the details. The characters are awesomely super standard small town/alien spaceship lands on earth but also completely original. Main characters Annie and Ed are (for once! Thank you!) smart, down to earth, realistic people facing something fantastical and reacting like people would when things like this go down. No one questions anyone on gender/age/whatever else nonsence, they are in this together and they'll get out of it together, dammit! (Or die, but that's like the back-up of the back-up plan). Read this book if you like the tone of The Martian and thought there were a few too many explosions in Independence Day. Also: top notch narration!

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 158,633
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 146,397
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 146,238

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

My go-to book

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

Reviewed: 06-29-17

The movie is a joke when you love the book. The story is funny, captivating, and exciting. The science is interesting and works well within the story. The performance of the narrator is perfect. I have read/listened to this book at least 20 times and I still press play the second it's done.

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  • Split the Party

  • Spells, Swords, & Stealth Series #2
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,494
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,221

Fleeing from a vengeful king has sent the former NPCs across Solium's borders, into the kingdom of Alcatham. As wanted fugitives, they head to the small farming village of Briarwillow, hoping to blend in, lay low, and avoid trouble at all costs. Unfortunately, Briarwillow has problems all its own, and its troubles quickly become theirs. If they hope to survive long enough to escape, they'll have to tackle an all-but-forgotten mystery buried at the town's border as well as seek the wisdom of a mysterious group of mages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great follow up!

  • By M. D. Baines on 05-13-16

Just as good as book one

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

Another intriguing story that elevated that of the first book! Newly introduced characters and knowledge about the PC NPC's works well. Once more, the story feels like something I could have played myself--which is awesome! The voice acting is absolutely spot on once again. I love this guy!

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  • NPCs

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,953
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,409
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,400

What happens when the haggling is done and the shops are closed? When the quest has been given, the steeds saddled, and the adventurers are off to their next encounter? They keep the world running, the food cooked, and the horses shoed, yet what adventurer has ever spared a thought or concern for the Non-Player Characters? In the town of Maplebark, four such NPCs settle in for a night of actively ignoring the adventurers drinking in the tavern when things go quickly and fatally awry.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable if you manage your expectations

  • By Miachi on 01-23-15

For the true nerd

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

Reviewed: 05-30-17

To be honest, I bought this book on a complete whim. Long before the end, I sent a prayer to Grumble for part two being available. Full disclosure: I, a woman, spent much of my childhood playing Dungeons and Dragons, sometimes with assholes, sometimes with the very best of players, and sometimes on a shitty story, and sometimes on stories I remember to this day. NPC's feels like one of the very best low-level campaigns I have ever played, and it left me hungry for much more! The story is excellent, the characters exactly how they should be in a D&D-type world and we all know PC's like the author describes. I must also address the absolute excellence of the narrator, who made me entitely unable to stop listening. If you are a nerd, and you wear the banner proudly, you will love this book.

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  • The Bone Clocks

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 104

One summer's day in 1984, teenage runaway Holly Sykes encounters a strange woman who offers a small kindness in exchange for 'asylum'. Decades will pass before Holly understands what sort of asylum the woman was seeking.… The Bone Clocks follows Holly's life: not so far out of the ordinary, yet punctuated by flashes of precognition, visits from people who emerge from thin air, and brief lapses in the laws of reality.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What a lovely book

  • By Elena on 01-24-18

"Loved it" is too minor a term

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

Reviewed: 04-15-17

Beautifully poetic, intricately woven and delicately told. This was my first Mitchell book and will be buying all others in the hopes they can live up to this beautiful story. I'll keep Holly in my heart forever. Also a great "thank you" to the narrators, every single one was as good as the previous and they were perfectly cast to fit their persona. One always wants more from a story they love, but the closing words left me satisfied and joyful.

  • Mountain of Black Glass

  • Otherland, Book 3
  • By: Tad Williams
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 27 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486

Mountain of Black Glass is the third volume of Tad Williams's highly acclaimed four-book series, Otherland. A truly unique reading experience combining elements of science fiction, fantasy, and techno-thriller, it is a rich epic tale in which virtual reality could prove the key to a whole new universe of possibilities for the entire human race - or become the exclusive domain of the rich and the ruthless as they seek a technological pathway to immortality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OK! Now we're getting somewhere!

  • By Lora S. on 04-19-17

Now it begins!

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

Reviewed: 03-13-17

Part two of the series sets up the third and fourth--and the third most definitely does not feel like filler! If you're looking for answers, you'll find some here, but plenty of new mystery too!

  • Sea of Silver Light

  • Otherland, Book 4
  • By: Tad Williams
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 37 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 488
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486

A group of adventurers searching for a cure for comatose children find themselves trapped in a sequence of virtual worlds, the only opponents of a conspiracy of the rich to live forever in a dream. Now, they are forced to make an uneasy alliance with their only surviving former enemy against his treacherous sidekick Johnny Wulgaru, a serial killer with a chance to play God forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect end for an Incredible Series.

  • By Katherine Sherffius on 01-04-18

Love this series

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

Reviewed: 03-13-17

Yes, the ending drags a little. Did we need the little supernatural addition? Probably not. But truly, the only feeling one can be left with after finishing all four books is a sense of loss.

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