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  • 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 68,706
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 64,480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64,352

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

Why did I wait so long?

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

Something about the cover and title made me have low expectations, but I was wrong! Hilarious and intriguing, this is for anyone who loves the snark of a Harry Dresden, Mark Watney or even the comic book Spiderman. Dennis Taylor "cheats" the problem of a first person perspective in such a creative way. He's able to overcome the limitation of writing from one point of view and manages to deftly weave multiple story lines and solid characters in a way that makes me excited to move to the second book.

  • Hell Divers

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,739
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,694

More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers - men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I usually don't read my SciFi however....!!

  • By Michalena on 10-06-17

Outstanding Adventure ....one of my few five stars

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

Helldivers is a well crafted adventure story with excellent world creation, compelling characters and terrific pacing. I loved it. The dystopian world and airship setting had a slightly steampunk feel, reminding me of the first Ember novel, though that is a children's story and this isn't. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,515
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59,366

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

Weir definitely has "it"

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

Reviewed: 11-30-17

Which character – as performed by Rosario Dawson – was your favorite?

Rosario Dawson did a fantastic job with all the characters in the sense that she had believable accents for all the varied nationalities.

Any additional comments?

Andy Weir has the shown with this novel that "The Martian" was not a fluke....he has the chops to tell a terrific action story with humor, some intrigue and mystery coupled with the McGuyver factor that we have come to expect.

  • The Wrong Unit

  • A Novel
  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,358
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,301

I don't know what the humans are so cranky about. Their enclosures are large, they ingest over 1,000 calories per day, and they're allowed to mate. Plus, they have me: an Autonomous Servile Unit, housed in a mobile/bipedal chassis. I do my job well: keep the humans healthy and happy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The kind of science fiction book I search for!

  • By Fascinatingbooks on 07-31-16

A thoroughly enjoyable surprise

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

Reviewed: 11-25-16

I listened to it in one sitting on a road trip. all the positive reviews are correct. Great characters and a intriguing science fiction story. highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Neutral Buoyancy

  • Adventures in a Liquid World
  • By: Tim Ecott
  • Narrated by: Jack Reynolds
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

In Neutral Buoyancy, journalist and diver Tim Ecott takes you on a guided tour of the history of undersea exploration and the emergence of diving culture. He tells the extraordinary story of man's attempts to breathe underwater, from the sponge divers described by Aristotle, to the development of 16th-century diving bells, to the invention of modern scuba equipment.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • slow start but then really enjoyable

  • By Sam Gamgee on 02-26-19

Outstanding History of Diving

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

Reviewed: 08-28-16

What made the experience of listening to Neutral Buoyancy the most enjoyable?

The author's level of research was perfect for bringing the history of diving to an enjoyable level.

What did you like best about this story?

The information.

Have you listened to any of Jack Reynolds’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This is a nonfiction book.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend it to any diver interested in the history of diving. Informative, accurate and entertaining for people who love to learn

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Satori

  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601

It is the fall of 1951 and the Korean War is raging. Twenty-six year-old Nicholai Hel has spent the last three years in solitary confinement at the hands of the Americans. Hel is a master of hoda korosu or "naked kill," fluent in seven languages, and has honed extraordinary "proximity sense" - an extra awareness of the presence of danger. He has the skills to be the world's most fearsome assassin and now the CIA needs him. The Americans offer Hel freedom, money, and a neutral passport in exchange for one small service: go to Beijing and kill the Soviet Union's Commissioner to China.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not the same caliber as The Force

  • By Keith on 12-07-17

Love Don Winslow, but....

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

Reviewed: 08-28-16

What made the experience of listening to Satori the most enjoyable?

Holter Graham is a great narrator.

What did you like best about this story?

The initial half.

Have you listened to any of Holter Graham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Excellent. Love all of his performances, but as a CJ Box fan I was thrilled he was narrating Don Winslow.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to it on two long road trips and like all Don Winslow, it's easy to listen for long periods of time because of the quality of dialog and the characters.

Any additional comments?

As many have pointed out this book is a bit flawed in plot. I'd highly recommend reading the afterword FIRST to understand what Don was trying to do in honoring Trevanian.

  • The Dawn Patrol

  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,457
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,218
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,210

Every morning Boone Daniels is out with the Dawn Patrol: four men and one woman as single-minded about surfing as he is, or nearly. They have real jobs; Boone works as a P.I. just enough to keep himself in fish tacos and in the water. But Boone is also obsessed with the unsolved case of a young girl named Rain who was abducted while he was with the San Diego police.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don Winslow always surprises me

  • By Hannah on 09-08-15

Don Winslow knows how to bring characters to life.

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

Reviewed: 06-01-16

What made the experience of listening to The Dawn Patrol the most enjoyable?

Don Winslow's ability to create believable characters goes beyond the individual protagonists. San Diego becomes another fleshed out character, and "surf culture" another! It's important to note that this novel has both a light and a (very) dark side. This is not a lightweight experience....some of it is tough and gritty.

What did you like best about this story?

As with all of Don Winslow's books (at least the seven or eight I've read) there is an immersion that happens to the reader....you become part of the world almost instantly and begin to care about what happens to them.

What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Ray Porter is one of the best, if not the best narrator that I've ever heard. His voices, accents, and stylizing in places, is incredible. I'm going to search for other books by him and listen to them just because he's the voice.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did! Well, almost. Two sessions on a road trip. My wife and I stopped on the side of the road to finish listening to chapters before we could get out to make a pit stop or grab a bite to eat!

Any additional comments?

Read it!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tularosa

  • By: Michael McGarrity
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 858
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765

In a wicked conspiracy reaching across the Mexican border, Tularosa pits a jaded ex-cop against tight-lipped Army personnel, hired thugs, and smooth-talking outlaws. Forced into retirement by a crippling gunshot wound, Santa Fe policeman Kevin Kerney seeks solitude on a small New Mexico ranch far from the nearest neighbor. But when his godson disappears without a trace into the harsh, high-security desert of the White Sands Missile Range, Kerney emerges to search for the young soldier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Out West Meets US Army, GREAT STORY!

  • By Debbie on 09-02-14

Terrific!

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

Reviewed: 09-26-15

If you like Longmire or CJ Box, you'll like this book. Great characters and excellent pacing. I'll be trying more McGarrity.