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  • All Systems Red

  • By: Martha Wells
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,869
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,869

All Systems Red is the tense first science fiction adventure novella in Martha Wells' series The Murderbot Diaries. For fans of Westworld, Ex Machina, Ann Leckie's Imperial Raadch series, or Iain M. Banks' Culture novels. The main character is a deadly security droid that has bucked its restrictive programming and is balanced between contemplative self-discovery and an idle instinct to kill all humans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVE MURDERBOT

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 11-06-17

All Systems Murderbot!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Martha Wells is my new favorite SF writer. This series (OK, yes, I haven't heard ALL of the series yet, because they're not finished and delivered yet) is smart, funny, interesting, with a surprising and compelling narrator. Kevin R. Free's narration of Murderbot is spot on -- and I loved the first two books so much (and was so distressed that I couldn't immediately buy the third book) that I listened to both over again from the beginning. This is something I never do! This alone is the best review I can give. You might be tempted to give this a pass (especially if you like looooooong books, like me), but I beg you to give it a listen. It's completely entertaining.

  • Semiosis

  • A Novel
  • By: Sue Burke
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies, Daniel Thomas May
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 589

Forced to land on a planet they aren't prepared for, human colonists rely on their limited resources to survive. The planet provides a lush but inexplicable landscape - trees offer edible, addictive fruit one day and poison the next, while the ruins of an alien race are found entwined in the roots of a strange plant. Conflicts between generations arise as they struggle to understand one another and grapple with an unknowable alien intellect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Weird. But good. But weird.

  • By Lilyn G. on 03-20-18

Interesting story, but could not finish it

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

Reviewed: 05-27-18

There are lots of reasons why I was rooting for this book: the unconventional story and characters, the interesting notion that sentience might extend beyond anything with a mammalian brain, the fact that I was getting introduced to a new SciFi writer I hadn't read yet...

But, try as I might, I couldn't get through it. In fact, I almost gave up really, really early. Daniel Thomas May has some skills, no doubt, but whoever coached him on what do to with some of the character voices nearly killed me.

*SPOILER ALERT*

When he did the voice of the bamboo, I wanted my money back, immediately.

Then, I found Caitlin Davies almost as obnoxious. There is a strange quality to her narration and enunciation that I found difficult to listen to, and I found that I disliked many of the characters because of her narration.

But, in the end, I just stopped caring about what happened to these Pacifists. I only had about two hours to go, but I realized that listening to the book was making me really angry and tense, so I stopped. Just didn't care any more.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,666
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55,519

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

A big disappointment

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

I was eager to listen to this book after having listened to The Martian. I found that book smart, funny and very satisfying.
I would recommend that you feel OK about giving this one a miss.
First, even though I was generally enthusiastic about a Weir with a female protagonist, this protagonist feels oddly formulaic, and as if she was built by committee. It would otherwise be *great* to have a protagonist who is female, and of Saudi descent, and a welder, and sex positive. Perhaps it was the formulaic story that just wasn't the right vehicle for this character.
Second, there are parts of the narration that were just offensive -- and I am not one to take offense easily. The breezy way that Weir makes jokes about one of the gay characters, or the easy manner with which some characters make comments about Jazz's sexuality made me very uncomfortable, to say the least.
I could go on for a while about the way this story felt sloppy, the way the narration seemed repetitive, or the way the plot points felt more convenient than necessary -- but I don't want to be guilty of having loads of spoilers.
My final point in this review has to do with Dawson's work. I really like her as an actress, and enjoy just about everything she does. Being a good actress does not mean that she's a natural at this -- and I thought she did a pretty poor job with several accents. Some of the accents were close -- not perfect, but pretty OK. Some, though, were downright terrible.
So -- in a nutshell, if you've only got one credit, try another book.

  • Sun Storm

  • By: Asa Larsson
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 118

Rebecka Martinsson is heading home to Kiruna, the town she'd left in disgrace years before. A Stockholm attorney, Rebecka has a good reason to return: her friend, Sanna, whose brother has been horrifically murdered in the revivalist church his charisma helped create. Beautiful and fragile, Sanna needs someone like Rebecka to remove the shadow of guilt that is engulfing her, to forestall an ambitious prosecutor and a dogged policewoman.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • robotic narration

  • By Cathie on 03-26-16

Great book, less than great narration

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

Åsa Larson's Sun Storm is a taut and suspenseful procedural that, interestingly, has a lawyer as a central character, instead of a detective. Rebecka Martinsson is a great character -- strong, prickly, determined -- and even though she's not a criminal lawyer, she finds herself mired in a murder that happened in her home town. The way that the past comes crashing back into the present pays off really well in this story.

My only quibble with this book is the narrator. It really isn't that hard to look up how to pronounce Swedish names and places, and the way she mangles them just DROVE. ME. NUTS.

  • Headhunters

  • By: Jo Nesbø
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 519

Roger Brown is a corporate headhunter, and he’s a master of his profession. But one career simply can’t support his luxurious lifestyle and his wife’s fledgling art gallery. At an art opening one night he meets Clas Greve, who is not only the perfect candidate for a major CEO job, but also, perhaps, the answer to his financial woes: Greve just so happens to mention that he owns a priceless Peter Paul Rubens painting that’s been lost since World War II - and Roger Brown just so happens to dabble in art theft.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a great book

  • By D. WARD on 11-21-11

Brit who read books need to research pronunciation

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

It's fair to say that I've become addicted to Jo Nesbø's books. His thrillers are intense (and often quite funny as well). Headhunters is a peculiar book in that the main character, Roger Brown, is so unlikeable at first that it's hard to imagine that Nesbø could carry off hanging an entire story on these disreputable shoulders. He does it, though, and the story takes off with style and intrigue.
My real quibble is that audio book companies keep hiring Brits to read these novels -- many of whom have NO IDEA how to pronounce the Norwegian names. The character Kjikerud, for example, is not pronounced "Shee-rood," no matter what Mr. West might think.
DRIVES. ME. NUTS.
However, if you can move beyond that, West gives some great vocal performances.

  • Nemesis

  • By: Jo Nesbø
  • Narrated by: Thor Knai
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,137
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 926
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 911

Captured on closed-circuit television: A man walks into an Oslo bank, puts a gun to a cashier’s head, and tells her to count to 25. When he doesn’t get his money fast enough, he pulls the trigger. The young woman dies—and two million Norwegian kroner disappear without a trace.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Read the (fantastic) book instead

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-19-11

Thor Knai gets a bad rap

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

Reviewed: 05-25-17

Would you listen to Nemesis again? Why?

I found this to be an almost upsettingly addictive listen. I didn't want to stop in the middle of a chapter, and at the end of every chapter there was another thread of the story pulling me forward. I wasn't so sure I was going to like Nesbø when I first started this series, but this book has confirmed what I love about these dark crime thrillers.

Any additional comments?

I just want to say that I almost didn't listen to this book because of the bad reviews of Thor Knai, but these reviews are unjustified. I don't think some of the reviewers realized that this is an actual Norwegian reading -- and so, yes, some of his pronunciation is as someone reading English as his second (or third?) language. And so I feel it necessary to write a few words in his defense. First, THANK GOD we finally have a reader who can say Harry Hole's name RIGHT. As much as I loved Robin Sachs and John Lee (in general) the fact that they simply cannot say most of the Norwegian names properly drove me batty. Second, Knai does a really lovely job of doing dialects -- in particular, making character distinctions for people coming from different parts of Norway. So I say, Good job, Thor! I only wish he'd done the reading for more of the books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: John Glover
  • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,596
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,611

When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best audio book in the series

  • By Bill on 08-31-11

Re-release with James Marsden!

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

Reviewed: 04-27-12

In some ways this has been my favorite Dresden book yet -- with several important story lines connecting in deeply satisfying ways. (No spoilers here, folks.)
HOWEVER, as many listeners have noted, hiring John Glover was just... not a good choice. I do enjoy Glover as an actor. He's had a fine career, and listening to his voice I can see that someone said, "Well, he's ALMOST like James Marsden." Except he's not. He's clearly 20 years too old to be Dresden, and doesn't seem to get Dresden's snarky, mouthy responses to the world. Further, it was just plain FRUSTRATING to listen to his rendition of Bob, Mab and other characters Marsden managed to bring to life.
It is my FONDEST wish that when the next book comes out, that you'll make sure Marsden is hired for that, AND that you re-release Ghost Story with his narration.
(He MUST KNOW he has quite the following here, right? If he doesn't, PLEASE TELL HIM.)

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Storm Front

  • The Dresden Files, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,413
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,700
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,662

A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt. Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters to vampires....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent listen and a great start to the series

  • By Donna on 07-13-09

Much better than the TV series

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

Reviewed: 03-12-12

I had resisted reading these books because I had seen the TV series (and despite Paul Blackthorne's obvious charms, the series was a huge disappointment). Initially, I thought that the books wouldn't do much for me. I'm not a fantasy fiction fan, normally, and I also don't normally go in for serialized fiction. A friend insisted that I'd like them so -- I dove into book one.

It helped that I'm a big James Marsters' fan. You'll see this noted in a lot of other reviews, and we're all correct: Marsters gets Harry Dresden exactly right. His reading is engaging and the performance is nicely modulated. I also appreciate his talent for voices and accents (which is sometimes cringeworthy in other readers). Granted, I think that Marsters may have rushed through the reading, as there are frequent, weird mispronunciations -- but I'm able to let these go and just enjoy the story.

The first book was really quite a fun lark for me, and I thought the story and the characters were both interesting and compelling. I'm now on the 6th book in the series, so I think you can safely say I'm hooked.