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  • 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 612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 581

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

Smart and Emotional

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

Really smart interesting idea that is tightly constructed and beautifully written and performed. I really enjoyed the variety of subplots and the overall story benefits greatly from its smaller parts.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fire Next Time

  • By: James Baldwin
  • Narrated by: Jesse L. Martin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,248
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,861
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,841

At once a powerful evocation of his early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice to both the individual and the body politic, James Baldwin galvanized the nation in the early days of the civil rights movement with this eloquent manifesto. The Fire Next Time stands as one of the essential works of our literature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant and Sadly Relevant

  • By Steve M on 03-20-16

Thought Provoking

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

Reviewed: 03-17-18

An amazing and different take on the thevblack experience. with of a middle road that offers the love of MLK with the fervor of Malcolm X without making harsh criticism of either.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Jade City

  • The Green Bone Saga, Book 1
  • By: Fonda Lee
  • Narrated by: Andrew Kishino
  • Length: 19 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256

Award-winning author Fonda Lee explodes onto the adult fantasy scene with Jade City, an epic saga reminiscent of The Godfather with magic and kung fu, set in an Asia-inspired fantasy metropolis. Jade is the lifeblood of the island of Kekon. It has been mined, traded, stolen, and killed for - and for centuries, honorable Green Bone warriors like the Kaul family have used it to enhance their magical abilities and defend the island from foreign invasion. Now, the war is over and a new generation of Kauls vies for control of Kekon's bustling capital city.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully realized world, vivid characters; makes you think

  • By Ken Schneyer on 03-24-18

I really like this book.

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

I really love this book and the world that it created. I thought all of the characters were interesting and deep and even though it's switched between it least five different points of view throughout the novel I didn't find it hard to follow at all. Andrew's performance was really top-notch each of the characters felt different. My only complaint was with how one of the characters was written near the end of the book. I felt like it made his character Arc less important, but you should still read it and I highly recommend this book.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Words on the Move

  • Why English Won't - and Can't - Sit Still (Like, Literally)
  • By: John McWhorter
  • Narrated by: John McWhorter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 921
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853

Words on the Move opens our eyes to the surprising backstories to the words and expressions we use every day. Did you know that silly once meant "blessed"? Or that ought was the original past tense of owe? Or that the suffix -ly in adverbs is actually a remnant of the word like? And have you ever wondered why some people from New Orleans sound as if they come from Brooklyn?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Literally A Great Listen

  • By sgonk on 10-02-16

Interesting and enjoyable.

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

this is an incredibly interesting book about the way our language has changed and it also gave me a great defense for why I don't care for Shakespeare while I love Audible and do a lot of my reading here this is the first book that I can probably say that I wouldn't have enjoyed as much printed hearing the authors say all of the esoteric and archaic words that he brings up is much better for comprehension in my opinion

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Moral Landscape

  • How Science Can Determine Human Values
  • By: Sam Harris
  • Narrated by: Sam Harris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,381

In this explosive new book, Sam Harris tears down the wall between scientific facts and human values, arguing that most people are simply mistaken about the relationship between morality and the rest of human knowledge. Harris urges us to think about morality in terms of human and animal well-being, viewing the experiences of conscious creatures as peaks and valleys on a "moral landscape".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read it

  • By Paul on 11-23-10

Fantastic, but...

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

First of all, I enjoyed this book and thought that Sam made an excellent case for reason-based morality. The first few chapters where he lays out his thinking for the moral landscape and talks about the philosophical debate between Deontology and Consequentialism was extremely interesting and I would have been 100 percent satisfied if the book continued this way and he had made more of a case against Deontology, but that didn't happen. He instead decides to make a case that religious morality is flawed and superseded by reason. This is all well and good but it was the better part of the second half of the book. Instead of throwing his intellectual weight against Kant he throws it against religion yet again. I think his arguments were good and think that if he had split the second half between the railing against religion and dismantling Kant's Deontology the book would have been better off for it and I would have given it 5 stars. All so he is a great speaker and he did his book justice with his performance. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Paradox Bound

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,725
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,098

Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for God's sake. So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave? Not that he'd ever admit it, but maybe he's been waiting - waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who's roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires. The one who's a walking anachronism, with her tricorne hat, flintlock rifle, and steampunked Model A Ford.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Standard Clines. Fun and forgettable

  • By Debra on 10-07-17

Raising the Bar for Strange Sci-fi

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

Reviewed: 09-27-17

I think this novel is fantastic. This is my third Peter Clines novel. I began with 14 and after that read The Fold, and I have to say this is absolutely a step above those already excellent works. 14 was an excellent mystery and The Fold followed suit both were well done and left me hundry for more. I had been waiting in hopeful anticipation for this novel since I first heard of it and it was more different and plainly better than I expected. I refuse to give anything away but this novel is a treat for any Sci-go fans and long time readers of Clines' work. His ability to create an intriguing and thought-provoking story are on full display here. More so than in his past work though I felt extremely attached to the Characters of this novel, not that Nate and Mike aren't good Characters, I loved them, but Eli and Harry are the back bone of this story and they work together wonderfully. This novel also had a slightly different tone. Where as in previous work Clines had focused on a darker narrative bordering on horror this novel was a thriller in the strangest way. I often found myself gigling or smiling while I listened to it and during one scene I nearly cried. I can't recommend this book enough. The Story is wonderful and I almost can't imagine a Peter Clines novel without Ray Porter, although there was one accent that seemed to come and go one one character, but that could just be me. You won't regret this purchase.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,141
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28,094

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun premise, great performance, weak story

  • By J. Klinghoffer on 08-06-15

A fantastic novel. a wonderful performance.

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

Reviewed: 05-25-17

I loved every minute of it. Between this and 14 Peter Clones has become on of my favorite authors. A novel filled with mystery, intrigue, and excellent sci-fi and just a tinge of horror. Ray Porter hits it out of the park as always and remain one of the best narrators around. Highly recommend reading his other novel 14 before this one!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Battletech

  • Lost Destiny (Blood of Kerensky: Volume Three)
  • By: Michael A. Stackpole
  • Narrated by: Christopher Graybill
  • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 275

And so continues the saga of the Clan invasion and the explosive struggle within the Inner Sphere. With secret aid from ComStar, the Terran-based sect that serves as the keeper of the Inner Sphere's technological secrets, the Clans' BattleMech warriors have been incredibly successful in their campaign of invasion. But ComStar has its own reasons for giving aid to the enemy, and if its strategy proves successful, the Inner Sphere worlds will finally be reunited under ComStar's rule.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It is abridged

  • By Jeremy Housdan on 05-25-18

Best of The Three

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

Reviewed: 05-18-17

A thrilling conclusion based on the rest of the novels. This episode build on all of the rests strengths.

  • Battletech

  • Blood Legacy (Blood of Kerensky: Volume Two)
  • By: Michael A. Stackpole
  • Narrated by: Christopher Graybill
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 383
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 279

Blood Legacy continues the saga of the Clan invasion begun in 3030. Jaime Wolf has brought all the key leaders of the Inner Sphere together to put to rest old blood feuds and power struggles. But old hatreds and suspicions die hard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great intro to the clan invasion

  • By Jason on 12-03-15

Better than volume one

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

Reviewed: 05-17-17

The story was still kind of rushed, but the performance was much better. The random noises were much less prominent in the first.

  • Battletech

  • Lethal Heritage (Blood of Kerensky: Volume One)
  • By: Michael A. Stackpole
  • Narrated by: Christopher Graybill
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 479
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 357

The year is 3030. For the past 300 years, since the Star League collapse and the rise of the Five Successor States, these mortal enemies have fought over space, land, and politics. But a new threat looms just outside the Inner Sphere. The descendants of an old Star League general, the Clans, bred to be the best military force humanity has ever seen, have come to take what they believe is rightfully theirs.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • If you read the book first you will be fine

  • By SYNAUBREY on 11-17-04

Good, not great, but glad to have it.

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

Reviewed: 05-17-17

I enjoyed the story, but if you don't have at least some knowledge of the battletech universe it would be incredibly hard to follow. The 4 chapters are divided into smaller sections followings three war fronts and and several other locations throughout the galaxy. The narration was fantastic besides the sound effects that made it sometimes difficult to hear the narrators. Some of these sound effects were really cool but the amount that were bland or disruptive outweighed the positives.