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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 1,258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,143

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.

  • 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 9,182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,337

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 11,976
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,212

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 1,000
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 952
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950

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 14,119
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,186

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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  • Kill Creek

  • By: Scott Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bernard Setaro Clark
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,279
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,272

When best-selling horror author Sam McGarver is invited to spend Halloween night in one of the country's most infamous haunted houses, he reluctantly agrees. At least he won't be alone; joining him are three other masters of the macabre, writers who have helped shape modern horror. But what begins as a simple publicity stunt will become a fight for survival. The entity they have awakened will follow them, torment them, threatening to make them a part of the bloody legacy of Kill Creek.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • UNUSUAL PREMISE, COULDN'T STOP LISTENING

  • By Linda Likes to Learn on 12-02-17

Big WOW, Esp. for First-Time Author

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

This is really, really good! I had read that Thomas was a first-time novelist, so I had tempered expectations. He blew me away. This is a great story, well-written and intriguing, creative, and with some wonderfully twisted plot twists. The characters are interesting and well-rounded. There are a few awkward word choices (hello, publisher - invest more in editing this guy - he's your next Stephen King - and I do not say that lightly.)

He occasionally goes overboard on the gore factor (Okay, okay, melting eyeballs, hatchet injuries, I get it, please stop, I have to eat again at some point) but overall, this is very good. I'm looking forward to a lot more from Scott Thomas.

  • Dark of Night

  • A Joe Ledger Novella
  • By: Jonathan Maberry, Rachael Lavin
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,094
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,047
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036

Dark of Night is a story of worlds in collision. Three heroes who have survived the apocalypse are in a deadly race to save a busload of children from ravenous zombies and ruthless human scavengers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark of Night: Joe Ledger Returns!!

  • By Tracy P. on 04-03-18

Ah, Joe Ledger is BACK!

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

I put off listening to this for a long time, because the last couple of Joe Ledger books have been eye-rollingly annoying, with the ever-escalating Big Bad. This is so much better. Joe Ledger is back. It's 15 years later and the world has gone zombie...and I was hesitant about that at first. But this is so, so good. New heroes, new alliances, and so much fun. Strap in.

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  • Head On (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,720
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,475

Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers. The main goal of the game: obtain your opponent's head and carry it through the goalposts. With flesh and bone bodies, a sport like this would be impossible. But all the players are "threeps", robot-like bodies controlled by people with Haden's Syndrome, so anything goes. No one gets hurt, but the brutality is real, and the crowds love it. Until a star athlete drops dead on the playing field.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THIS is why I read SciFi! Scalzi gets into your head (be it on or off)

  • By C. White on 04-17-18

Fantastic Series - More, Please!

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

The second book in John Scalzi's fascinating series is every bit as good and intriguing as the first. Great mystery, very well-thought-out, intriguing perspective on how society treats people who are different (in this case, victims of a worldwide pandemic that have been left completely paralyzed or "locked in" to their bodies, and who move about in the world through robot bodies referred to as "Threeps" (after C-3PO). I really hope he writes more. 2 is not enough.

  • 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 16,304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,279
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,261

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

Oh, So Funny and Smart!!!

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

You remember those red-shirted guys on the original "Star Trek" who always, always died? Well, what if they realized what was happening to them and fought back? I so loved this book. Parallel universes (sorta), time travel, and a delightful mix of fiction (and I do mean mix). Wil Wheaton's narration is a complete joy. I want to listen all over again. And I want to read everything else John Scalzi has written. My God, this is so good.

  • The Heavens May Fall

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray, David Colacci, Amy McFadden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,949
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,592
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,578

Detective Max Rupert's and attorney Boady Sanden's friendship is being pushed to the breaking point. Max is convinced that Jennavieve Pruitt was killed by her husband, Ben. Boady is equally convinced that Ben, his client, is innocent. As the case unfolds, the two are forced to confront their own personal demons.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 2017 Audie Nominee

  • By Bob on 02-20-17

This is AMAZING!

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

Reviewed: 05-16-18

I loved "The Life We Bury" and had high hopes for this one. Allen Eskens delivers - this one is even better. Great characters, conflicts, and a jaw-dropping plot. I never saw the end coming and I can't wait to read everything else this guy has written or will write. I was mesmerized from the first minutes and couldn't stop listening. I've never been happier to be stuck in traffic than I was listening to the end of this one!