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  • The Consuming Fire

  • The Interdependency, Book 2
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,024
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,599

The Interdependency, humanity’s interstellar empire, is on the verge of collapse. The Flow, the extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel between the stars possible, is disappearing, leaving entire star systems stranded. When it goes, human civilization may go with it - unless desperate measures can be taken. Emperox Grayland II, the leader of the Interdependency, is ready to take those measures to help ensure the survival of billions. But nothing is ever that easy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Building upon a collapse, this follow-up exceeds!

  • By C. White on 10-16-18

Please.Write.More. This is SO Good.

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

Reviewed: 03-30-19

I love this series so much. It's smart, funny, acerbic, hilarious, delightful...even the character names are fun - and the way Wil Wheaton brings them to life makes me so,so, so happy. I was skeptical initially with the first book - "The Collapsing Empire" sounded like...kind of a lot. It's so good.

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is an excursion into boyhood, a return to simple, rural Missouri world of Tom Sawyer, his friends Huck Finn, Becky Thatcher and Aunt Polly. It is a world of summertime and hooky, of pranks and punishments, of villains and adventure, seen through the eyes of a boy who might have been the young Mark Twain himself.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • MOST OF THE BOOK IS MISSING!!!

  • By Scott on 06-30-12

Classic for Good Reason - and Brilliant Narration!

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

Reviewed: 03-30-19

This book is a classic for a reason. It's smart and hilarious and just flat-out great writing. Mark Twain does a brilliant job of putting you inside the mind of an 11-year-old boy with a mischievous heart and a way of making himself in the world (or making the world in his own way). Wil Wheaton's narration is brilliant and stunning and brings the book to life. He could make the phone book sound interesting. This is a treat on every level.

  • Changes: The Dresden Files, Book 12

  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,538
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,263
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,209

Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden's lover-until she was attacked by his enemies, leaving her torn between her own humanity and the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. Susan then disappeared to South America, where she could fight both her savage gift and those who cursed her with it.Now Arianna Ortega, Duchess of the Red Court, has discovered a secret Susan has long kept, and she plans to use it-against Harry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW. I'm stunned!

  • By Julie on 04-27-10

Takes a Darker Turn

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

I love the Dresden Files - the series is continually smart, inventive, and fascinating - I finish one and pretty much immediately move on to the next in the series (and am currently downloading the next book). This one is much darker than the others - very dark, in fact - and the title isn't kidding. Harry goes through a LOT of changes in this book. As long as you're prepared for that, enjoy.

  • The X-Files: Cold Cases

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,788
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15,557
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15,477

Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - and adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs ( The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), Cold Cases marks yet another thrilling addition to the pantheon of X-Files stories. Featuring a mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo's investigations like never before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-30-17

"Cold Cases" is a Hot Mess

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

This is a complete and utter hot mess. Dead characters resurrected! Every which way! Or not! Because nothing ever dies in Chris Carter's world, except for the storyline - and any shred of integrity.

Long, utterly nonsensical conspiracy theory ramblings that make me wonder what nefarious substances Chris Carter messed around with in college - and that commit the ultimate fiction sin of being completely, utterly, irredeemably boring.

David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi and others soldier on, carrying their characters through dissolving green goo of stories. I couldn't wait for this to end. I got out of my car to get gas, started to hit pause, and then thought "No, it won't be any less of a mess if I miss five minutes." I wasn't wrong.

Save your credits, your money, your sanity, and your self respect. Go watch season 5 again instead.

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  • Don't You Cry

  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,349
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,118
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,108

In downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to "My Dearest" is found among her possessions, leaving her friend and roommate, Quinn Collins, to wonder where Esther is and whether or not she's the person Quinn thought she knew....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, Bad performers!

  • By Emily McCleskey on 06-03-16

Great Story, Distracting Use of Language

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

The story was great. Very inventive, suspenseful, and well worth reading. I've liked everything I've read by this author. But there's something that bugs me. A lot.

She uses a lot of words in the wrong way. Like she got a word-of-the-day calendar and is trying to work them into her story, and while she knows what they mean, she doesn't know how to use them. A person who is shivering from cold is not palpitating. Moribund is not what the grass is doing. There are a lot of examples of this, and to me it was distracting.

The book was good. The writing is very good - except for that. I will keep reading Mary Kubica's work, and I will likely also keep rolling my eyes at her bad word choices. Seriously. Editor. Help, please.

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  • Code Girls

  • The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II
  • By: Liza Mundy
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,865
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,702
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,694

Recruited by the US Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than 10,000 women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of codebreaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just released, about 80% through this story

  • By Roobah Fox on 10-11-17

Why The Allies Won WW II - Completely Compelling

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

I read a LOT of WWII books, fiction and non-fiction. This one captured my heart and my mind, and inspired me more than I can tell you. As many as I have read, this is the only one that I have cried hearing about VE and VJ days. This is awesome.

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  • The Android's Dream

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,719
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,839
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,834

A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams

  • By James on 07-26-11

John Scalzi + Wil Wheaton = Magic

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

Great mystery, great sci-fi, great characters, and great humor. I'm making my way through John Scalzi's work and loving every minute of it. Wil Wheaton's amazing narration makes it that much better. I'm so delighted to have discovered this author and narrator.

  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,029
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,207

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun! Things you might want to know:

  • By Alexis on 08-29-14

Fantastic Read - Great Concept!

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

I discovered John Scalzi with "The Dispatcher" and loved that novella so much. This is another great find, with an interesting idea and well-written characters - not to mention a smart, surprising plot that kept me guessing all the way through.

I wasn't familiar with Wil Wheaton as a narrator, and he's wonderful - the perfect choice for this series!

I immediately downloaded and listened to the next book and anxiously await the next in the series.

  • Joe Ledger

  • Unstoppable
  • By: Jonathan Maberry - editor, Bryan Thomas Schmidt - editor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,167
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,108

Everyone's favorite snarky, dangerous, idealistic, relentless covert operative is back, and this time he's brought friends. Joe Ledger: Unstoppable presents original short stories about Joe Ledger and the Department of Military Sciences by some of New York Times best seller Jonathan Maberry's "friends in the industry".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 18 freaking outstanding stories, 2 meh stories

  • By Thomas Allen on 11-05-17

The Most Fun with Joe Ledger in Awhile!

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

I absolutely loved this book, and immediately upon finishing it stated over again at the beginning.

It's a series of Joe Ledger short stories by different authors spaced across the series timeline. There were a couple of clunkers, but overall this is outstanding,. There are some crossovers with other series, and I have a few new authors to check out (I especially liked the Ashley Parker crossover and am reading the first book in that series now in hard copy).

Ray Porter. What can I say? The man is a genius. He is THE voice of Joe Ledger - and all the characters in the series. He brings the stories to life in his inimitable and amazing way. Even if the stories weren't good (which they are), I'd listen to him read them. Hell, I'd listen to him reading the tax code.

Don't miss this - it's the most fun with Joe Ledger in quite awhile.

  • 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 17,790
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,611

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

He Did It Again!! So Great!

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

I was so amused by the title of "We are Legion We are Bob" and of course, you know, Ray Porter. I loved those books so much and was excited to see Dennis E. Taylor's name pop up with a new book. And this one is so good. Great writing, great characters (especially Ivan - what he goes through is so well-written and so human and just - wow). There are some elements you'll recognize from Alien and from, actually, The Blob, but where Taylor goes with it blew my mind. I loved, loved, loved this book. If you liked the Bob series, especially, I think you'll love this. I did.

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