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  • The Churn: An Expanse Novella

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,692
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,492
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,485

Before his trip to the stars, before the Rocinante, Amos Burton was confined to a Baltimore where crime paid you or killed you. Unless the authorities got to you first.

Set in the hard-scrabble solar system of Leviathan Wakes, Caliban's War, Abaddon's Gate, and the upcoming Cibola Burn, The Churn deepens James S. A. Corey's acclaimed Expanse series.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hmm...that was weird

  • By B. First on 01-13-18

Gotta love Amos

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

Reviewed: 04-26-15

Great listen in between listens. Actually, I suggest you pick this up before Cibola Burn. Contributes to the background.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • We Few

  • Prince Roger Series, Book 4
  • By: David Weber, John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,910
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,367

Prince Roger is coming home, but home isn't what it was when he left. Traitors have murdered his brother and sister, his nieces and nephews. His mother, the empress, is still alive but in the hands of Roger's own biological father, who controls her through drugs and physical and psychological torture. A new heir to the throne has been conceived, and once the child is born his mother will no longer be necessary to the traitors' plans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Ending To A Great Series

  • By Douglas J. Owen on 04-19-07

Ringo and Weber have outduned Dune

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

Reviewed: 02-15-15

Yea yea, I'm probably exaggerating and oversimplifying. However, I haven't enjoyed a scifi series as I have enjoyed Prince Roger in years! This series is a must.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Insanely Great

  • The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer that Changed Everything
  • By: Steven Levy
  • Narrated by: Steven Levy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

The creation of the Mac, in 1984, catapulted America into the digital millennium, captured a fanatic cult audience, and transformed the computer industry into an unprecedented mix of technology, economics, and show business. Veteran technology writer and Newsweek senior editor Steven Levy zooms in on the great machine and the fortunes of the unique company responsible for its evolution. Loaded with anecdote and insight, and peppered with sharp commentary, Insanely Great is the definitive book on the most important computer ever made. It is a must-have for anyone curious about how we got to the interactive age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not your typical Jobsian apotheosis

  • By Michael on 01-12-15

Not your typical Jobsian apotheosis

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

Reviewed: 01-12-15

Good thing it was written way back in the 90s (then updated, then updated some more). Had it been written today, it wouldn't have seen the light of day.
This is story of the real Apple, the real Steve Jobs, and the real origins of the ideas that have shaped the way we interact with technology. It credits the right people for the right things, and by this it does a great historical justice.
Must read for anyone who ever worked on, or interested in UX/UI, and computer-human interfaces in general.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Between the Bridge and the River

  • By: Craig Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Craig Ferguson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 413
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 389

Two childhood friends from Scotland and two illegitimate half-brothers from the deep South suffer and enjoy all manner of bizarre adventures that, it turns out, are somehow interconnected and, even more surprisingly, meaningful. The eclectic cast of characters features Socrates, Carl Jung, and Tony Randall, along with an ex-television evangelist with a penchant for booze, prostitutes, and uncomfortable knitwear who gets mugged in Miami by an almost pure-blooded Watusi warrior - and sets off on a road trip in a stolen motor home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hillarious and thought-provoking

  • By Steven on 03-27-14

I LOLed.

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

Reviewed: 01-12-15

I really enjoy CF's wit. And needless to say, he's a brilliant performer. This book is a great example of how one could slap a few aphorisms and puns together, and make them stick with a story not much unlike duct tape. It holds together, but you know it's makeshift.
Treat it as such, and you'll have a great time.

  • Influx

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,838

Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Solid to Silly to Inane

  • By Craig on 05-15-14

It's okay

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

Reviewed: 01-12-15

Daniel Suarez is a decent author. This is an average conspiracy theory scifi, made enjoyable by Jeff Gurner's excellent narration.
Here's the thing though, story only gets 3*. The idea has so much potential, but it's wasted on a primitive Hollywood plot. The main characters are so one-dimensional, there's no suspense or thrill - you know what they're gonna do in each and every scene. Dialogues suffer greatly because of it as well. There are two interesting characters, but they're on the sidelines, and greatly underdeveloped.
Had this story revolved around Cotton (on of the better written characters), this could have been a magnificent multi-volume epic. But as it is, we're dealing with a flawless idealistic, surprisingly shortsighted (even though he's supposed to be the most brilliant mind of our time), boring dogooder in his quest to overthrow the tyrannical evil organization with the help of (I'm shocked!) its second in command who has seen the light, a friendly computer, and a well-meaning criminal. Somewhat dull.
Still, it's action-packed, compactly-packaged, and very well performed. I enjoyed it as I would enjoy an mediocre JJ Abrams movie.

  • The Joy of Hate

  • How to Triumph over Whiners in the Age of Phony Outrage
  • By: Greg Gutfeld
  • Narrated by: Steve Kramer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387

Greg Gutfeld hates artificial tolerance. At the root of every single major political conflict is the annoying coddling Americans must endure of these harebrained liberal hypocrisies. In fact, most of the time liberals use the mantle of tolerance as a guise for their pathetic intolerance. And what we really need is smart intolerance, or as Gutfeld reminds us, what we used to call common sense. The Joy of Hate tackles this conundrum head on- - replacing the idiocy of open-mindness with a shrewd judgmentalism that rejects stupid ideas, notions, and people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indisputable.

  • By StreetDoc on 12-09-12

Should be mandatory in schools

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

Reviewed: 01-07-13

Someone is finally saying what the silent majority is thinking. It's not about being a liberal or a conservative - it's about not being a whiner over made up issues!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Chariots of the Gods

  • By: Erich von Daniken
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,133

Erich von Däniken's Chariots of the Gods is a work of monumental importance---the first book to introduce the shocking theory that ancient Earth was visited by aliens. This world-famous best seller has withstood the test of time, inspiring countless books and films, including the author's own popular sequel, The Eye of the Sphinx.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Makes for an interesting perspective

  • By Telebiopic on 11-05-12

Unnecessary.

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

Reviewed: 07-28-12

Sadly, the author, instead of presenting an interesting set of ideas, focuses on attacking and disproving religion in a childish 'in your face' manner. Furthermore, after that tedious long apologetic/defensive foreword of his, where he spends 10 minutes admitting mistakes and making excuses, you can't really take anything he says seriously. He just doesn't get his point across, and it's a shame.

William Dufris, as always, gives a decent performance.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Red Dwarf

  • Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers
  • By: Rob Grant, Doug Naylor
  • Narrated by: Chris Barrie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 730
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 736

When Lister got drunk, he really got drunk! After celebrating his birthday with a Monopoly-board pub crawl around London, he came to in a burger bar on one of Saturns moons, wearing a lady's pink crimplene hat and a pair of yellow fishing waders, with no money and a passport in the name of "Emily Berkenstein". Joining the Space Corps seemed a good idea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally!

  • By Missy Hoppe on 07-03-08

Mediocre at best

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

Reviewed: 05-29-12

Although it has its funny points, it's mostly boring. The performance is lousy. Couldn't force myself to listen till the end.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Citizen of the Galaxy

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672

Citizen of the Galaxy takes place far in the future, when the human race has spread out to colonize other planets. In a slave market in the capital of Jubbul and the Nine Worlds, an auctioneer announces, "Lot 97. A boy." Slavery is commonplace in Jubbul, and the sight of the ragged, starving boy, Thorby, on the auction block is not unusual. What does puzzle bystanders and Thorby himself is his purchase by crippled Baslim, the beggar who sits every day in a corner of the marketplace.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of Heinlein's best

  • By L. on 11-20-06

Not bad at all.

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

Reviewed: 03-12-12

A very nice book, and a good listen. A very Heinlein story line. Definitely recommended.

  • Cryptonomicon

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 42 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,072
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,098

Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fixed!

  • By Rob J. on 04-16-17

A Masterpiece.

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

Reviewed: 02-08-12

From a few dozen books I've bought on Audible (most of them quite good), this is the only one that made me actually get out here and rate it.
Besides the novel itself, William Dufris does a great reading, really puts his soul into it.
A must for any geek who's into computers, UNIX, math, crypto, or WWII.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful