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  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,691
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53,821
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53,676

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

Couldn't connect with main character

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

Reviewed: 12-29-17

Sigh. Really wanted to like this book.

First, the good news. The book has a good pace. The lead character is actually female, and not one that is just waiting for Prince Charming. Heck, it's a diversity festival with gay and handicapped characters as well that just work into the story in such a way that I didn't even really notice until looking back at the story in retrospect.

Alas, the main character, Jas, is unlikable. She starts off really interesting. Kind of a bad-ass. But then she just turns out to be an ass. Made listening to the book hard for me. Of course, she did grow a little bit at the very end, but that wasn't enough.

The story has all the tech gimmickry of The Martian, but somehow it's less interesting this time. There are a many situations where things just seem unbelievably over difficult or, conversely, over easy. The tech is interesting, but the pieces just don't fit together as nicely as in the last book. It's almost like there were a bunch of ideas that were to be worked into the story rather than the story driving the ideas.

The performance was top notch, which was the only way that I made it through to the end.

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,608
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 58,751
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,641

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Great out of the gate, but then stumbles

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

Reviewed: 11-27-16

First off, the narration is excellent. The story really is great fun in the beginning. But then it just becomes plodding and mechanical. I guess the idea is to break into many separate story lines, none of which is especially engaging. I probably won't continue the series.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Silver Ships

  • The Silver Ships, Book 1
  • By: S.H. Jucha
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,351

An explorer tug captain, Alex Racine detects a damaged alien craft drifting into the system. Recognizing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make first contact, Alex pulls off a daring maneuver to latch on to the derelict. Alex discovers the ship was attacked by an unknown craft, the first of its kind ever encountered. The mysterious silver ship's attack was both instant and deadly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart protagonists!

  • By William R. Brown on 05-28-16

One-dimensional too-perfect characters

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

Reviewed: 10-01-16

Do-good Eagle Scout saves stranded ship from utopia. Six hours in and I'm giving up. The characters are sooooo boring. They make a Disney hero look like a hooligan. What exactly is interesting here? And don't even get me started on the omniscient computer personality. Seems like no person actually knows anything. Which is maybe why no one is the least concerned about the complete and utter dependence on the darn thing. Sigh.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Reality Dysfunction

  • Night's Dawn Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 41 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,482
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,471

In AD 2600, the human race is finally beginning to realize its full potential. Hundreds of colonized planets scattered across the galaxy host a multitude of prosperous and wildly diverse cultures. Genetic engineering has pushed evolution far beyond nature's boundaries, defeating disease and producing extraordinary spaceborn creatures. Huge fleets of sentient trader starships thrive on the wealth created by the industrialization of entire star systems, and throughout inhabited space the Confederation Navy keeps the peace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally on Audible!! My favorite Hamilton series!

  • By Patrick on 04-05-16

Zombies, exorcism, a playboy, satanists, oh my

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

Reviewed: 10-01-16

Spoiler alerts ahead...

Hamilton's prose is quite nice, and I appreciate the many storylines. I realize that a suspension of disbelief is required for scifi. But, really, this story is just too much for me. I can't keep track of the rules of this universe. Some sort of rift opens, and we have the spirits of dead people taking over the living, making them act like zombies. These zombies have the power to cause disruption of electronics and to heal from seemingly any wound. But they are somehow also stupid sometimes and smart other times. And the spirit can apparently be exorcised by a priest who believes in God. And by and by there is a wild playboy roaming the universe and charming every woman right out of her panties. And there's also a satanist that gets his jollies from rape. Because why not?!? I put the book away once and then came back a few weeks later and listened again for a while. It was the exorcism that really put me over the edge because it just became impossible to make any sense anymore. Giving up at 30 hours.

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  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

  • By: Becky Chambers
  • Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,873
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,873

Rosemary Harper doesn't expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen better days, it offers her a bed, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and, most importantly, some distance from her past. An introspective young woman, she's never met anyone remotely like the ship's diverse crew, including Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot; chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks, who keep the ship running; and Ashby, their noble captain.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Remarkably Boring

  • By A Tye on 08-02-17

slow moving, weak characters

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

Reviewed: 09-17-16

Five hours in, and I'm going to abandon this book. It's too slow getting the story moving. The writing is uninspired. The characters are at the junior high level in terms of maturity.

The narrator is very clear, but the timing is off.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Cinder

  • Book One of the Lunar Chronicles
  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,773
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,876

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surpised by how much I enjoyed it

  • By Staaj on 01-17-12

Thin plot, weak and whiny characters, YA only

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

Reviewed: 04-27-16

I'm surprised by the overwhelmingly positive reviews. The framework of the story could have been interesting: a future with cyborgs, people living on the moon that have become quite different than Earthlings, a plague. I liked the fact that the main character was a strong female and that the relationship developing between the two prime characters wasn't overly sappy as can happen in YA novels. But the characters are so incredibly thin. How can a prince that's first in line to be emperor be so politically unsophisticated? How can a cyborg and mechanic who's adoptive father was a cyborg specialist have no interest in his work? How can persons under 18 be given over to medical research? How do they not even know the transmission vectors of the plague? The clues are so obvious it's hard not to trip over them, making the book unfold in a plodding way. And even just silly things are annoying --- like somehow the English monarchy is once again in power in this futuristic Earth. And the writing itself is strictly ho-hum, which doesn't help.

I would describe the narrator as "Valley Girl" - a tone that sounds more or less entirely like an annoyed teenager. I don't think that helps the book.

  • The Rook

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel O'Malley
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 17 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,288
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,925
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,926

Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tale of Two Myfanwy's

  • By Tango on 03-18-13

Fun and entertaining, good story line

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

Reviewed: 09-07-14

Sometimes when a book is fun, you're happy to suspend disbelief for a while because you're enjoying the ride. This is my rule for the older class of James Bond movies. Sure, he's jumped from a plane, skied down a mountain, and then flipped onto a motorcycle and speeds away. Why not? A few reviews have complained about bits and pieces being hard to believe, but they have apparently missed the fun romp of this book.

We have a very smart female lead (Myfanwy Thomas) saving England from evil foreign agents. Myfanwy is extremely smart and a talented bureaucrat, inside an organization that exists to stop fantastical threats. She also posses amazing powers, even surprising herself.

This is an entertaining mystery as Myfanwy figures out who she is! Great way to introduce us to this new world as Myfanwy discovers it herself.

This is a great set-up for a follow-on series of books, but it will be hard for the author to top this!

A few minor complaints... Now and then Myfanwy seems a little less like an adult woman and a bit more like an overgrown teenager. The "past" Myfanwy seems to break character towards the end of the book. As with any fantasy book, the "rules" of the fantasy world are a bit sketchy.

I will definitely read more book from this author. Also, the narration hooked me immediately. Loved it.

  • 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 34,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,285

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

Boring and predictable. Waste of a credit.

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

Reviewed: 08-10-14

This doesn't compare to the Peter Grant books. Boring story line. Highly predictable. Lacking suspense.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • A Novel
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,243

A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gaiman delivers an intimate masterpiece

  • By Talia on 08-07-13

Like reading a book for English class

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

Reviewed: 01-27-14

There are pros and cons about this book.

The writing is quite nice, evoking strong imagery throughout. My main complaint is that was tough to listen to the mid-part of the book, which essentially focused on the *abuse* of a child. I almost gave up on the book, but things turned around just in time.

Mostly I'm left feeling that I just don't get it. There's not much of a story here. If it's taken as straight fantasy, then it's not the least interesting in terms of developing an interesting world. It it's an allegory, it's too complicated for my simple mind. Truly, many a master's thesis will be written about this book. If I could just fully understand the cats, I'd be happy.

The book is read by the author himself. The reading was well done except that the author sounds exactly like Liam Neeson. That drove me a little nuts!

  • Terminal World

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 889

Spearpoint, the last human city, is an atmosphere-piercing spire of vast size. Clinging to its skin are the zones, a series of semi-autonomous city-states, each of which enjoys a different---and rigidly enforced---level of technology. Following an infiltration mission that went tragically wrong, Quillon has been living incognito, working as a pathologist in the district morgue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This ain't your fathers Alastair Reynolds

  • By DAVID on 09-10-10

Strong beginning but never comes together

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

Reviewed: 01-27-14

When the story first started, I was really enjoying it. But it kept adding on layers and new characters without resolving anything. It felt to me like a long story that ultimately went nowhere. Many reviewers have said this is not the author's best work, and I must concur.