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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 5,406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,069
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,073

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

It was okay.

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

Not too bad for a story written in the 50's, Oh, it wasn't written in the 1950's, well then.

  • Leviathan Wakes

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 20 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,926
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,910

The first book in the landmark Expanse series, now a major television series from Syfy! Leviathan Wakes is James S. A. Corey's first novel in the epic New York Times best-selling series The Expanse, a modern masterwork of science fiction in which humanity has colonized the solar system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Started a love affair with hard sci fi

  • By N. H. on 07-30-17

Woof Woof!

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

Reviewed: 11-23-18

My dog Buster here, says he can write better Science Fiction then these two guys! Woof Woof! What's that boy, you say the story reads like a trip to the grocery store with every mundane detail talked about at excruciating length! Buster says "Where is the story line, where is the creativity, if these guys were half of what Craig Alanson or Ben Bova was they might put together something decent! Also, Woof Woof! he also says that these guys are so lacking in creativity they shouldn't donate their brains to science, but rather then to the homeless shelter for the mystery stew!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mavericks

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 6
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,785
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,118

The remnants of the Expeditionary Force stranded on the alien-controlled planet "Paradise" get a chance to prove themselves, in a simple off-world training mission with a ship full of teenage alien cadets. When the mission goes horribly wrong and the survival of everyone on Paradise is at risk, the Merry Band of Pirates may have to come to the rescue. Unless they get killed first.... 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Trouble on Paradise pt. II

  • By Kurtis Karr on 09-27-18

Love this series!

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

First let me say, I get the whole thing-----everybody is saying that the whole book is not about Skippy and Joe, but its not like these other characters aren't ones we haven't seen before in previous novels, they are just not as round or well defined as Skippy and Col. Joe. But what are you gonna do, the book is still about 65% Skippy and Joe------ and Craig Alanson is still better then 80% of the Military Sci---fi author's working out there right now! So keep up the good work guys! And Oh, R.C. Bray-----is just simply a national treasure, he is the best!

  • Renegade Star

  • By: JN Chaney
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632

Jace Hughes is a Renegade. That means taking almost any job that comes his way, no matter the situation. So long as he can keep his ship floating, he's free to live the life he wants. But that all changes when he meets Abigail Pryar, a nun looking for safe passage out of the system. Too bad there's something off about the cargo she's carrying. Jace knows he shouldn't ask too many questions, but when strange sounds start coming from inside the large, metal box, he can't help but check it out. Big mistake. To make matters worse, he's being pursued by unknown ships - who want that cargo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great book to get lost in for the weekend

  • By Anonymous User on 04-02-18

Mediocre at best

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

Lets see, Contrived, lacking in imagination, lots of blood, guts and gore. You know what----- if you want a good Sci-fi adventure---Pick up Expeditionary force, or Troy Rising, for a good Sci-fi story made in the last decade! I don't know where this guy learned to put a story together a story, but it was probably at a learning annex course held at the now defunct K-Mart. Shall I go on? Now on to the performance by the narrator, it was first rate and he deserves better material, but that is another story.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Big Book and a Study Guide of the 12 Steps of AA

  • By: Bill Wilson, William Silkworth, Dr. Bob Smith
  • Narrated by: Glenn Langohr
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

The key text of Alcoholics Anonymous, which to this very day has not changed since it was first published in 1939. This is the original text, with the addition of personal stories from both the first and second editions. Also included: a current study guide from the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. This book is the best-selling self-help book for conquering addictions that range from alcoholism to drug addiction, overeating, and other issues.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Book is fantastic. Terrible narration.

  • By Dave on 02-03-14

Our Bible!

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

Landmark title in recovery for Alcoholics. Lots of story's, good narration! AA is a spiritual program. If you believe, as I do that what a person says or does can strongly affect another person, and that TWO PEOPLE with the same idea-----can change the world----- then you will begin to understand this program. Its not about conquering or beating something, or winning a race, its about calming down, letting go, relaxing and letting God take over your life and making the tough decisions for you---guiding you to sobriety.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Gateway to the Galaxy

  • Gateway to the Galaxy, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Yanez, JR Castle
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 250

While the universe was still young, vambraces were forged, giving their users extraordinary abilities. A brutal war was won through the blood and sacrifice of patriots. Soon, the vambraces faded to legend. Now, Frank and Marine Space Corps-1 find themselves across the galaxy, where an ancient evil is growing. From exploratory crew to the front of enemy lines, Frank will have to decide whether to play the part of hero or to be the Marine needed to win the war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection!

  • By JL on 08-10-18

Okay, I call Bull****!

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

First of all this is not Sci-fy, it is pure Fantasy! I simply don't care for magic, I am a scientist and I don't like titles that masquerade as Science Fiction. So if you like swords and sorcery this may be for you.

8 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

  • Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
  • By: Stephen R. Covey
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Covey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,738
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,515
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,446

Stephen R. Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has been a top seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. Celebrating its 15th year of helping people solve personal and professional problems, this special anniversary edition includes a new foreword and afterword written by Covey that explore whether the 7 Habits are still relevant and answer some of the most common questions he has received over the past 15 years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I did not expect to like this book

  • By Michael on 04-23-17

One of the Best books I have ever read.

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

Dr. Covey was a great man and this is a great book. Must have self help book of the last 100 years right up there with Tony Robbins and his books!

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Aces

  • Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,295

Children are not supposed to rescue their parents, life is supposed to be the other way around. And rescues aren't supposed to be needed on the trip out to the new colony planet Valhalla. Slow, yes. Boring, yes. Dangerous? No, the trip is not supposed to be dangerous, never has been. When thieves attack the transport ship to steal an ancient alien artifact, and young Kaylee and her brother, Manny, are cut off from their parents, they have to stop the thieves from getting what they want.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book and great performance

  • By chris wessells on 01-02-18

"Home alone" for Sci-fi

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

Just a story about a couple of kids and some pirates, really---- nothing to see here folks, move along. I personally would like to have seen something a little more interesting, like Skippy in Alanson's other novels. So.............let me say this, Heinlein could write great Young Adult novels with a lot of colorful stuff happening. Oh, but not here------just a blow by blow story about some kids on a space ship trying to get away from some space pirates. I loved most of Expeditionary force, except for the last one. But Hey, this guy is like the Cincinnati Bengal's, you never know who is going to show up, the Bengal's or the Bungles, know what I mean.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • MONEY Master the Game

  • 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom
  • By: Tony Robbins
  • Narrated by: Tony Robbins, Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 21 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,373

Tony Robbins has coached and inspired more than 50 million people from over 100 countries. More than four million people have attended his live events. Oprah Winfrey calls him "super-human". Now for the first time - in his first book in two decades - he's turned to the topic that vexes us all: How to secure financial freedom for ourselves and our families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • tony robbins skeptic

  • By jeff rousseau on 02-18-15

Excellent book

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

Everyone needs to get good at managing their money, this whole society is based on economics. And Tony Robbins is the Best in the world!

0 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • 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 15,506
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,504
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,471

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

Mediocre at best

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

I am beginning to think this author Is a one trick pony, all he knows how to do is A.I. and that is pretty much it. The whole thing is the exploration of one idea, and is very limited. I liked the Bob-a-verse, but this is kinda repetitious and not very interesting. I like Adventure stories like Edmond Hamiltons the Starwolves, etc.

0 of 8 people found this review helpful