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  • The Naked Sun

  • The Robot Series, Book 2
  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,252

A millennium into the future, two advancements have altered the course of human history: the colonization of the Galaxy and the creation of the positronic brain. On the beautiful Outer World planet of Solaria, a handful of human colonists lead a hermit-like existence, their every need attended to by their faithful robot servants. To this strange and provocative planet comes Detective Elijah Baley, sent from the streets of New York with his positronic partner, the robot R. Daneel Olivaw, to solve an incredible murder that has rocked Solaria to its foundations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dufris outdoes himself

  • By Andre on 05-01-15

I have waited a long time for this book to be here

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

I have read the other two books in this series through Audible and waited two years for this one to be added! Finally it’s here and it lives up to the other two in the series!

Here we follow the storyline started in Caves of Steel and finishes in Robots of Dawn. I didn’t read the last book in the series as it didn’t interest me as it seem a little out there based on it’s description.

In this story we follow Terran Elijah Baley as he leaves Earth for the first time and goes to a spacer world to solve a crime no one really believes happened or wants it solved because it could only lead to the truth the spacers don’t want to face. Read to find out what as I will endeavor to keep spoilers out.

The story started out with R-Daneel coming back together which allows us to see how much they really care about each other. We also see who is control to lose that control. The story followed the investigation Baley is sent out to conduct and how he finally puts it all together which for those of you who love detective stories this one might keep you guess a bit. It was great to read as someone of Earth wrote about a future yet to occur with people from our time can save people seemly beyond us in every way! I did like the interplay between R-Daneel and Elijah as the jabbed each other for control of what to do in the investigation or not. R-Daneel has really come a long way from the first book and has a long way to go in this book, but don’t count him out.

We do learn one thing here in this story how no matter how advanced a robot gets it can be outsmarted by a human or manipulated by a human.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 206,515
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 192,805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192,400

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

I loved this book, much better than the movie

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

I remember when Amazon began to promote this book and I looked at it saying, ‘no thanks’ to offers to get it at a discount on my Kindle. However, when I happen to see an a movie trailer for the movie on YouTube I decided to watch it. I liked it, but I decided to read the book first.

The author mapped this book out as you can see when you read it. We are brought to a future so many people see as our only inevitable future as all the experts tells us. We meet the main character who is trying to fit in while surviving in a world gone down hill! The was to escape was an online world called the Oasis. The Oasis becomes the world for so many people! This is where the real story starts, but doesn’t finish there with the main character learning a lesson there all gamer's should learn. Read to find out what!

The Oasis from the start is up for grabs due to its creator dying and leaving a challenge. I like the book version of this so much more because they go into real brain teaser challenges whereas I didn’t see this in the movie. This would have to do to licensing of all the copyrighted material referenced in the book. A corporation is trying to take over the Oasis and our hero unlikely as he is finds out how to win when it comes to taking them on. It’s called….. What do all corporations fear?

Really the book goes in-depth into the world of the future, peoples lives as a result, what happens with corporations, and the government. It really paints a very realistic view of this world of the future. It also shows why you need to develop your analytical skills because it helped the main character solve all the puzzles.

The story is really in-depth and easy to follow if you stick with the book not putting it down for more than a day. You will get a view into a world I don’t believe we will find ourselves in. You will get to know the characters while growing to love them as well.

In the end when you compare the book to the movie which I left no spoilers here you will like the book so much better! I am leaving out spoilers here as well! I could keep writing, but I really don’t want to ruin the story for you if the movie trailers haven’t already! Heck they just tell a sensational story not the truth!

  • Marked

  • House of Night, Book 1
  • By: P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627

Enter the dark, magical world of the House of Night, a world very much like our own, except here vampyres have always existed. One minute, 16-year-old Zoey Redbird is a normal teenager dealing with everyday high school stress; the next, she's Marked as a fledgling vampyre, forcing her to leave her ordinary life behind and join the House of Night, a boarding school where she will train to become an adult vampyre.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Fun Take on Vampirism

  • By B.A. Wilson on 03-17-18

Good first chapter to a book

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

I read this book because I liked the summary I read and the brief audio segment I could listen too. After reading it I should have skipped it. The book starts out with absolutely no back story. People are chosen by a tracker to become vampires and that is it! There is no biting or exchange of blood you’re a vampire or death transition! Ah, how about an explanation as to why this happens? It is obvious in the story this has been happening for centuries because all famous people are vampires.

Throughout the story we get snippets of the main characters history which fills in the information about esoteric teachings along with why we need these teachings! The authors really drove this point home and why it’s needed to be known! I really liked this information as I have been practicing in the esoteric arts for years! These teachings also helped me to remember some of the teachings I learned early on! This to me made the book worth it, but not to the point I will finish the series!

As the book progresses we see how men are treated not as equals in the story. Men are there ‘if needed’ (quoted from the book). Some of the comments made by the main character make me wonder if the the women’s liberation movement isn’t an underlying theme of this story. Which I am all for because the more momentum the women's liberation movement gets the sooner both genders can be free of two thousands years of religious rule! With this in mind this story to me is geared more toward women than men.

To be honest this whole story could be the intro to a greater story had this been the first chapter of a book. As I read ahead on the other books summaries I see it the story line stays about the same. Sorry, I really can say this series isn’t for me and I will pass on reading the rest of it.

  • Awaken

  • The Mortal Mage, Book 1
  • By: B. T. Narro
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379

Desil has spent his life training, but a promise to his mother has kept him from using his abilities for anything worthwhile. Now all he does is help his mother manage her tavern as his father rests in a grave. Desil knows there's at least one other mage somewhere in this territory who can do what he can; they share a connection through their magic, although they've never met. He stays up nights wondering what they might be able to accomplish together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen - Just What the Doctor Ordered!

  • By John E. Cressman on 10-10-17

Good story, limited character growth

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

This book reminds me of the book: Song of Edmon where the main character had incredible abilities, well liked and loved. Yet, the main character starts the story in one place and finishes there! Where is the growth?

We start out with a young man doing what is right and in accordance with the law which lands him on an adventure. This adventure unfolds throughout the book which is what we follow as we read along.

The story line is develop’s with a few surprises. We see the main character who is a young man not really growing which was interesting because of the adventure they’re on in the book/story line. I would have thought there would have been a lot of growth and character changes. All the other characters had some kind of growth and change, but not the main character!

The story is a good one which holds your attention, but has no surprises! It flows really well and the author had to have put some thought into it along with foresight and planning! I can see the series being able to go on for a long time to come if the main character grows!

  • The More of Less

  • By: Joshua Becker
  • Narrated by: Joshua Becker
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,728
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,557
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,557

Most of us know we own too much stuff. We feel the weight and burden of our clutter, and we tire of cleaning and managing and organizing. While excess consumption leads to bigger houses, faster cars, fancier technology, and cluttered homes, it never brings happiness. Rather, it results in a desire for more. It redirects our greatest passions to things that can never fulfill, and it distracts us from the very lives we wish we were living. But it doesn't have to be this way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life Changer

  • By Elsie on 12-18-17

Minimalism or why Christian should be minimalist?

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

I have read several books on minimalist living and this one confused me. I am not sure if this is a how to book to become a minimalist or a book of the authors journey to minimalism with the religious Christian tie in as to why all Christians should do it or what?

As I read through the book I had questions come up like why is a dishwasher a bad thing for minimalist lifestyle? If the author is all about getting out to play with his son then why isn’t he using one instead of getting rid of it? Aren’t they supposed to be more efficient than us doing the work ourselves? We are also taken on the author going somewhere to setup another faith based group which I am not sure how that ties into the overarching story here.

Really in the end this whole book should be summed up in 10 bullet points and that is it! The backstory and steps could be put under each steps.

  • Dodging Energy Vampires

  • An Empath's Guide to Evading Relationships That Drain You and Restoring Your Health and Power
  • By: Christiane Northrup MD
  • Narrated by: Christiane Northrup MD
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398

Highly sensitive people - or empaths - see life through the eyes of compassion and caring. They were born that way. As a result, they carry a tremendous amount of inner light. But they’re also the favored prey of “vampires” who feed off empaths’ energy and disrupt their lives on every level - physical, emotional, and financial.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Wish She Had Written This Book Years Ago

  • By Marcia on 04-24-18

The truth about these Vampires is told

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

When I began my training in Celtic Shamanism I wore all kinds of crystals and such to protect against energy vampires. As the class progressed I wore less and less. Then my teacher gave a talk on the true of energy vampires and it was life changing! I began to see them for what they were and the traps! Years later this book comes along and I read it. It has helped fill in all the gaps I had. LIke why I kept wanting to go back to the vampires. Why they’re the way they are. Why we as a society support them until we can’t or won’t. Then there are all the steps to stopping them. The greatest way is simply walking away! If you are looking for what people call the esoteric method of shifting aura colors/patterns around you you’ll need to go elsewhere. I know people who do this and trust me when I say it doesn’t help! They still get the vampires they just don’t realize it’s their time being taken and not energy. Vampires as described here are a wide range of people who steal energy in so many forms I can’t put them all here. I get what she is saying and I am grateful I read this book!

When you read this book you will get clear definitions of what an energy vampire is with examples. You will be taken if you allow through the people in your life to identify the energy vampires in your life. Once you know who is what type of energy vampire you will then go through the steps outlined in the book if you wish to detach from them. You will also come to understand how you create them including our own children, spouses and family to feel/want to be needed!

  • Private

  • By: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
  • Narrated by: Peter Hermann
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24,323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,672
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,645

Former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily - and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • private

  • By Meaghan Bynum on 07-01-10

A great little sleeper of a book

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

I have never tried any suspense books or mystery books in audiobook before. I think Audible gave this one away and at first I was tempted to skim through it without much thought. Then I played it and it caught my attention. The characters are written so we can relate to them. I will say having been in situations like the main character was in the desert (no spoilers) I found the depth of the characters written very well. Instead of fluffy characters with a limited background here the author went deep while exploring the storyline. While you get a in depth story about the murder of teenagers you also get to care about the characters.

The storyline itself could have gone on for my books if it wasn’t for simple human nature. I guess the characters should have listened to the Buddha and you’ll have to listen as to why this is. The story itself follows police investigating murders of teenagers, beatings, and murders of others all the while the characters are investigating themselves. In the end they will solve both and more. The story is well read by the narrator and the author gives us plenty to keep track of as they tell the story which made for a great listening experience. I will have to look and see if there are more books like this out there opening a new genre of books to me.

  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,051
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,608
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,546

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a work that I highly recommend

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 05-02-16

This book should have stayed in the shadows

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

Someone must have thought writing a book which went between Alien and Aliens the movie was a good idea. Well, it wasn’t! The story was rushed from the beginning to the very end! At most this could have been an half hour sitcom episode and not a serious Alien movie or story! We follow a ship sent to a world to mine for something harder than a diamond. They find themselves in trouble and along comes Ripply to say the day! In the end her memory is wiped by a psycho AI program supposedly from the original movie. This story rewrites part of the original story/movie which makes it suck! In the end if you want a mindless story you really don’t care about then read this one like when you are trying to sleep!

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  • Dragons of Autumn Twilight

  • Dragonlance: Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,288
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,050
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,078

Lifelong friends, they went their separate ways. Now they are together again, though each holds secrets from the others in his heart. They speak of a world shadowed with rumors of war. They speak of tales of strange monsters, creatures of myth, creatures of legend. They do not speak of their secrets. Not then. Not until a chance encounter with a beautiful, sorrowful woman, who bears a magical crystal staff, draws the companions deeper into the shadows, forever changing their lives and shaping the fate of the world.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • COULDN'T FINISH LISTENING

  • By Eleanor H. on 04-01-15

A well thought out story

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

So many stories these days are rushed out without much thought going into them. It’s almost like the author wants to fill a quota. Here however, the author put some real thought into not only the story, but the storyline itself. More importantly a greater storyline which you can tell as the story progresses.

The story starts out like so many with a backstory, but this one is very short! You learn the backstory as the story progresses which makes it so much better because it!

In this story we walk with a group of individuals who are on a journey not really of their own choosing, but of their own choosing because they can walk away, and yet they won’t. As the story progresses we learn some of the backstories of the characters as some will be for the next book. Plus there are characters alluded to, but not present in this book. I imagine the rest of the series will follow the same footing set forth here and will be as equalling interesting. As you read this story do remember this author intended this book from the beginning to be a series, so watch for the hooks which lead to other books coming in the series as they will give you clues as to where the author is heading with this series!

  • The Forever War

  • By: Joe Haldeman
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,046
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,184

William Mandella is a soldier in Earth's elite brigade. As the war against the Taurans sends him from galaxy to galaxy, he learns to use protective body shells and sophisticated weapons. He adapts to the cultures and terrains of distant outposts. But with each month in space, years are passing on Earth. Where will he call home when (and if) the Forever War ends?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic.

  • By John on 09-24-08

Great old time science fiction

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

You always know when you're reading older science fiction because they really research the back-end! Many authors today simply put stories out there without any research into what is being said in regards to technology. Here the author researched it and put it in the story seamlessly which is why they is an endearing classic.

In the beginning we meet our main character who was force to join the Army to defend humans against an invader. We follow him though his life which spans centuries because of the laws of relativity. While going through the war the main character if face with issues on that front and on the home front. The author does a really good job by taking what was happening at their time and translate it into our time. This book was written 50 years ago as of 2018. The author also very subtlety touches on real life issue we are facing today which they couldn't have known about in their time. Like why politician bash things which are good for us to get people to hate them. Why if something is not accepted they have to push it..

The story is solid with not so many twists and turns, but its ability to tell a story in a straight line which is believable. Plus you get to care about the characters and what they're going through in the Universe. Also, you get to see why a war was started which is so true to now..