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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 56,716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52,900
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52,753

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

Good, but Generic...

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

Reviewed: 11-24-17

Luck was the strongest character in the book - both good and bad. This reminded me of most other moon-city sci-fi without being terribly inventive.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Terradox

  • By: Craig A. Falconer
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 253

When a sudden impact sends a spacecraft bound for a distant research station hurtling toward a previously unseen and inexplicable planet, responsibility for the safety of its passengers immediately falls on Ivy 'Holly' Wood, a former poster child of the public space program now fleeing Earth's tyrannical leadership. The mysterious planet's startlingly Earth-like atmosphere initially breeds optimism among Holly's group of stranded survivors, but before long it becomes clear that Earth's rules don't apply.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • twisty story line

  • By Amazon Customer Curtis Wright. on 08-08-17

Obvious and unimaginative.

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

Significantly less good than Not Alone. This was a huge disappointment. I kept hoping that it would get interesting and then it ended.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Redshirts

  • A Novel with Three Codas
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,269
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,251

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever, creative, and FUN!

  • By Kent on 04-18-13

Wil has one voice

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

Reviewed: 04-05-16

The story was creative but Wil is not the best narrator. He has no range, despite the clever idea behind the story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • One Year After

  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,759

One Year After returns to the small town of Black Mountain and the man who struggled to rebuild it in the wake of devastation: John Matherson. It is a thrilling follow-up and should delight fans in every way.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected

  • By Joe on 04-23-16

Interesting Scenario Turned Into Political Rant

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

Reviewed: 11-10-15

Unlike many of the other reviews, I had no issue with the performance. I took issue with the evil totalitarian government storyline.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow of the Hegemon

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: David Birney, Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,295

Orson Scott Card tells a tale long awaited by millions of fans: the story of how Bean turned away from his first friend, Ender, and became the tactical genius who won the Earth for Ender's brother, Peter, who became the Hegemon.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, poor transfer

  • By Michael Kowalski on 09-24-08

A favorite: war and intrigue.

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

Reviewed: 05-16-13

This is one of my favorite books from a favorite series. However, the narration is abysmal. There are three narrators but they are inconsistent and only read particular chapters. Worse, there were apparently errors in the pronunciation that were jarringly "corrected" in a later revision. This is possibly the worst narrated book I've ever downloaded from Audible.

  • Founders

  • A Novel of the Coming Collapse
  • By: James Wesley Rawles
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 631
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 572
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 576

It’s the near future, and thanks to a perfect storm of reckless banking practices, hyperinflation, a stock market gone mad, and the negligence of our elected officials, the entire social, political, and economic infrastructure of America has collapsed. Chaos reigns in the streets, medical treatment is no longer available, and a silent coup has placed a dangerous group of men at the helm of a false government. America’s fate is in the hands of those few individuals who have the survival skills, the faith, and the forethought to return this country to the state its founding fathers intended.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Buy the first two not this one

  • By J Bailey III on 09-28-12

Rehash of Patriots/Survivors, now with more Jesus.

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

Reviewed: 10-10-12

Absolutely miserable.

Between the performance and the story, this is one of the worst books I have ever tried to listen to. Much of it is copied and pasted from the previous books (including the list of prohibited weapons by the Provisional Government -- which was ever so titillating the first time around).

Rawles has focused in on his target audience: fanatical members of the RPC that want to shoot anything that moves (with or without justification). He pushes his personal, religious, beliefs so far down the throats of his readers/listeners that he has probably committed a venial sin.

Do not, under any circumstance purchase this book. It is far worse than you can imagine. Seriously, the Left Behind series (including the bit where Jesus actually returrns to Earth) was better written and less heavy handed than this crap.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Intelligence: A Novel of the CIA

  • By: Susan Hasler
  • Narrated by: Susan Hasler (introduction), Joe Barrett, Rachel Butera, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 514
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 301

Maddie James and her colleagues are terrorism experts working in a crumbling intelligence agency. They are certain another terrorist attack is coming, but in a post-9/11 election year the Administration is stressing its victories in the War on Terror - and few want to hear the team's warnings. Reluctantly, Maddie's given a team of five analysts to focus on the impending threat. The crew labors through bureaucratic obstacles, personal problems, and a blossoming romance between its senior members. They come heartbreakingly close to stopping the attack....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not your typical spy novel....

  • By Julia on 01-07-11

Marginal. There is a plot somewhere under angst.

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

Reviewed: 03-20-12

This book does not hook you unless you're terminally filled with angst from a failed marriage and being professional maligned. The full cast performance does not add to the story; instead it is a distraction where more time is spent trying to juggle which voice corresponds to which character. It is an interesting look inside the CIA from a disaffected former employee. I certainly hope that is not what it is really like. I would like a few hours of my life and my precious monthly credit back.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mockingjay

  • The Final Book of The Hunger Games
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,095
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,350

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Conflicting Emotions

  • By Sumit G. on 08-28-10

Predictable Ending; Not for kids

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

Reviewed: 02-20-12

There is little that disturbs or offends me. However, the shear darkness of this novel was tedious and tiresome. I found the first novel highly enjoyable and the second to be mildly interesting, but this was terrible. I kept expecting it to change until the very end, I waited in vain.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse

  • By: James Wesley Rawles
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,441
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,280
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,288

America is in the thrall of a full-scale socioeconomic breakdown. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation destroys the value of the dollar, and the population, unprepared for hardship, panics. Practically overnight, the high technology infrastructure and chains of supply collapse and wholesale rioting and looting grip every city. Law enforcement, transportation, electricity, fuel, and medical supplies are all in the past now, as the country staggers beneath its own weight.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Are you a Prepper?

  • By Dennis on 10-22-11

Mediocre, but thought provoking.

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

Reviewed: 02-01-12

What did you like best about Survivors? What did you like least?

I liked the discussion of

Would you be willing to try another book from James Wesley, Rawles? Why or why not?

This is the third book by JWR that I have read. I honestly think he should stick to non-fiction rather than trying to turn a parts list into a novel.

What aspect of Dick Hill’s performance would you have changed?

The part where it involved Dick Hill. He is incredibly mediocre in voice quality, clarity, and emotion. I got used to it eventually, but it was tedious.

Could you see Survivors being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

It could be a decent TV series if they pulled in some actual writing talent. However, I would be quite surprised if they did based on the story as it currently stands.

Any additional comments?

Have low expectations; it will be better for it.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful