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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 4,456
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,166

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

Way too much snark!

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

Very unrealistic dialogue. Interesting tech angle and descriptions, but very poor character development. Mostly relies on snark and sarcasm.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

  • A Novel
  • By: Ben Fountain
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,067
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 958
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 955

A ferocious firefight with Iraqi insurgents - caught on tape by an embedded Fox News crew - has transformed the eight surviving men of Bravo Squad into America's most sought-after heroes. For the past two weeks, the Bush administration has sent them on a media-intensive nationwide victory tour to reinvigorate public support for the war. Now, on this chilly and rainy Thanksgiving, the Bravos are guests of a Dallas football team, slated to be part of the halftime show.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fortunate Son

  • By W Perry Hall on 04-09-14

Extremely well written and unique!

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

Not a predictable political screed at all. I don't think I've ever read a book quite like it.

  • When the Wolves Bite

  • By: Scott Wapner
  • Narrated by: Scott Wapner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411

The inside story of the clash of two of Wall Street's biggest, richest, toughest, most aggressive players - Carl Icahn and Bill Ackman - and Herbalife, the company caught in the middle. With their billions of dollars and their business savvy, activist investors Carl Icahn and Bill Ackman have the ability to move markets with the flick of a wrist. But what happens when they run into the one thing in business they can't control: each other?  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story But Glitches

  • By Anonymous User on 06-03-18

Interesting, but overly detailed

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

Sometimes becomes rather tedious because of all the details. Interesting glimpse into the hedge fund world though.

  • Level Five

  • By: William Ledbetter
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 930

In Level Five, the debut near-future thriller by Nebula Award winner William Ledbetter, AIs battle for dominance, and nanotechnology is on the loose. And all that stands in the way of the coming apocalypse is a starry-eyed inventor who dreams of building a revolutionary new spacecraft and an intelligence agency desk jockey faced with the impossible choice of saving her daughter - or saving the world. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A firm 4 stars.

  • By Tony on 07-20-18

Interesting premise but very mediocre writing

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

Characters are annoying, dialogue is totally unrealistic, narrator is incredibly annoying when he does kids voices. That being said, I'm a sucker for AI books so I listened anyway. Since there are many other out there now I'd recommend you keep looking.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Misbehaving

  • The Making of Behavioral Economics
  • By: Richard Thaler
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,817
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,782

Richard H. Thaler has spent his career studying the radical notion that the central agents in the economy are humans - predictable, error-prone individuals. Misbehaving is his arresting, frequently hilarious account of the struggle to bring an academic discipline back down to earth - and change the way we think about economics, ourselves, and our world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm a lot smarter than I was before

  • By Barrie Bramley on 10-04-15

Occasionally interesting, but mostly tedious!

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

Endless recounting of stupid experiments where meaningless tiny amounts of money are offered to people and the results are supposed to be profound. I thought this book would be similar to "Freakonomics", but it's far less interesting.

  • Army of None

  • Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War
  • By: Paul Scharre
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

Paul Scharre, a Pentagon defense expert and former U.S. Army Ranger, explores what it would mean to give machines authority over the ultimate decision of life or death. Scharre's far-ranging investigation examines the emergence of autonomous weapons, the movement to ban them, and the legal and ethical issues surrounding their use. Through interviews with defense experts, ethicists, psychologists, and activists, Scharre surveys what challenges might face "centaur warfighters" on future battlefields. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Robots, weapons, and AI oh my!

  • By Tyler Quinn on 07-24-18

Mostly extremely interesting!

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

The first three quarters of this book is extremely interesting, cutting edge and informative on upcoming military technology, addressing the challenges and pitfalls of autonomy. The last quarter bogs down in constant repetition of the ethical nuances of decision making.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Don't Touch the Blue Stuff!

  • Where the Hell is Tesla?, Book 2
  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759

Something called the “Blue Juice" is coming. For all of us. Luckily, me (Chip Collins), Pete, Nikola Tesla, Bobo, and FBI Agent Gina Phillips are here to kick its ass, and send it back to last Tuesday. Maybe. Or maybe we'll fail, and everyone in the multiverse is doomed. (Seriously, you might want to get that underground bunker ready.) Either way, I've got to get home to Julie and find out – woah, I'm not about to tell you that right here in the book description! TMI, dude.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun roller coaster ride through the multiverse!

  • By Fascinatingbooks on 09-21-17

Incredibly Annoying!

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

Terrible writing, utterly unrealistic dialogue, no parts that are actually funny. I'm glad it was on sale so I didn't waste a credit!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Seeker

  • By: Douglas E. Richards
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 392

When an interstellar probe lands in the heart of the Amazon jungle, powerful nations around the world will stop at nothing to retrieve it. Because the unoccupied alien craft is sure to contain revolutionary technology. Technology that will allow the country that controls it to dominate the globe. With the probe hidden within the densest rain forest on Earth, traditional military power is useless. So the US chooses to send in a single operative, a man who’s been enhanced to the limits of current technology.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Started off strong, then kinda lost momentum

  • By Brad Johnson on 10-02-18

Fantastic story idea but terrible writing

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

The dialogue is painfully bad, as if the author has never actually heard people talk. Such a great story idea though, it compelled me to continue listening in spite of the writing.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Donald J. Trump

  • A President like No Other
  • By: Conrad Black, Victor Davis Hanson - foreword
  • Narrated by: Tom Parks
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 157

Conrad Black, bestselling author of Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom and Richard M. Nixon: A Life in Full, turns his attention to his "friend" President Donald J. Trump and provides the most intriguing and significant analysis yet of Trump's political rise. Ambitious in intellectual scope, contrarian in many of its opinions, and admirably concise, this is surely set to be one of the most provocative political books you are likely to listen to this year.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 45th President of the United States of America

  • By JEYCEE on 05-16-18

Refreshing!

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

Nice to read a political story about Trump that doesn't descend into the frantic Trump Derangement Syndrome of most members of the media. I wish Conrad Black had narrated his own book though.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Mother Go

  • By: James Patrick Kelly
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 231

She is the clone of a famed space explorer, but Mariska Volochkova rejects her mother and her heritage and wants no part of interstellar adventure. Although she is genetically engineered to hibernate through the interminable decades of space travel, Mariska's home is a habitat on the moon, and there she intends to stay. But the sweep of interplanetary politics and an affair with a Martian catches Mariska up in a conspiracy to commit a bold theft that will alter the future of space colonization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hard Science Fiction with Heart!

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-16-17

Excellent writing & narration!

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

Really good science fiction. The author is my favourite science fiction writer. He develops the main character from an annoying bratty impulsive totally unlikeable girl at the beginning of the book to a brave heroine that you genuinely root for at the end! The narration is far above average too, a real pleasure to listen to!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful