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  • Enemy of the State

  • A Mitch Rapp Novel, Book 16
  • By: Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,918
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,903

After 9/11, the United States made one of the most secretive and dangerous deals in its history. The evidence against the powerful Saudis who coordinated the attack would be buried. In return, King Faisal would promise to keep the oil flowing and deal with the conspirators in his midst. When the king's own nephew is discovered funding ISIS, the president suspects that the Saudis never intended to live up to their agreement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sorely Missed the Voice of Mitch Rapp (George Guidall)

  • By james on 09-06-17

Guidall > Brick

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

Reviewed: 02-21-19

Solid story as expected from this series. Scott Brick performed highway robbery by taking over for the almighty George Guidall. How can Mitch Rapp not have the SIGNATURE raspy voice of Guidall? It's quite iconic and legendary. I actually STOPPED LISTENING to this audiobook for the sole purpose that Brick was not cutting it for me. I returned weeks later just to power it out and get on to the next audiobook. It's painful at times to listen to Brick but the sacrifice is worth it, as long as I can hear another Mitch Rapp story.

  • Full Force and Effect

  • A Jack Ryan Novel
  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 19 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,930

A North Korean ICBM crashes into the Sea of Japan. A veteran CIA officer is murdered in Ho Chi Minh City, and a package of forged documents goes missing. The pieces are there, but assembling the puzzle will cost Jack Ryan, Jr., and his fellow Campus agents precious time. Time they don't have.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thank You Mark Greaney!

  • By Chris C on 12-10-14

La Bamba, I miss you

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

Reviewed: 02-21-19

Solid story by Greaney. I wouldn't say it's the best thing ever but it is supremely satisfying considering that is what I want from a series like this. It's the reason why I stuck with the Arisen books, and eventually Mitch Rapp, for such a long time. Scott Brick has grown on me(after listening to the subsequent Jack Ryan audiobooks), but I LOVED Lou Diamond Phillips' style of narration. La bamba displayed more performance with his different character interpretations. Chavez has a legit latino accent. John Clark sounds old. Jack Jr. sounded like a young whipper snapper. I can't totally knock Scott Brick's almost monotone reading but Brick just doesn't give you that Full Force and Effect in performance.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64,949
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,608
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60,450

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

BYOWACB: Bring Your Own Welder and Chemistry Book

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

Reviewed: 11-20-17

For starters, this is not The Martian. Void yourself of any expectations related to the latter.

To me, this story was just "aiiite". As in, it wasn't boring nor impressionable. It was just allright. Actually the details about welding and chemical processes related to welding did grab my attention. Rosario is a nice change of pace to my usual preferences. She embodied the character so well that It seems like Weir typecasted her. Not a bad thing, more like an observation. The story went quick. I wish there could have been more depth to invest more of an emotion for the story. But there can be only so much development in an 8hr audiobook. Might replay this audiobook someday, but not soon.

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  • Time for the Stars

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,032
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,039

Travel to other planets is now a reality, and with overpopulation stretching the resources of Earth, the necessity of finding habitable worlds is growing ever more urgent. There’s a problem though—because the spaceships are slower than light, any communication between the exploring ships and Earth would take years.

Tom and Pat are identical twin teenagers. As twins they’ve always been close, so close that it seemed like they could read each other’s minds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My First Heinlein

  • By DJM on 01-27-11

Everything is relative

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

Reviewed: 10-26-16

Recently got into Heinlein's works. Stirred up some emotions in me. Good story that is kind of somber. Recommended must read/listen for sci-fi fans. But if you got onto this book, by this author... then you already know it's worth checking out.

  • Armada

  • A Novel
  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,682
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34,625

It's just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom - if he can make it that long without getting suspended again. Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great unless you are expecting Ready Player One

  • By Tyler J. on 02-11-18

Don't fool yourself, it's no Ready Player One

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

Reviewed: 10-26-16

I had high expectations for Cline's next book after RPO. My bad. This story eases back on the video game references and keeps the pedal down on the space theme. The story kept me engaged for the most part. Not sure where to put my expectations after this book. If anything, I would recommend reading/listening to this one first then do RPO. Wil Wheaton has grown on me, he does a good job.

  • Plugged

  • How Hyperconnectivity and the Beam Changed the Way We Think
  • By: Sterling Gibson, Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
  • Narrated by: Blaine Moore
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Throughout the 21st Century, our world (at least for those of us inside the NAU) has become increasingly connected. So much so that we really are now thinking as a single fluid organism, changing not just how we live our daily lives, but who we are as a species. In Sterling Gibson's newest thoughtful exploration, one of the NAU's most renowned thinkers explores and illuminates how hyperconnectivity and The Beam have changed us forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great SF take on Malcolm Gladwell-style journalism

  • By Erik Marshall on 07-14-14

Dense.

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

Reviewed: 10-26-16

As a Beam fan, I wanted to get into this book. Basically, this thing is dense like a high school history book. The narrator made me feel like I was in a 3 hour night class lecture. There is a TON of information inside but the delivery is droning and overloading. It was a grind getting through to the end. I give props to Platt and Truant for going all in on this project. Holy cow there are DEEP storylines behind the storylines. They go so deep with background information that it is easily mistaken for a true life historical account. There are things that allude to some of the characters or environments in Seasons 1 & 2. In that way, I was excited to make the connections, but was it worth it? Your mileage may very.

  • Robot Proletariat, Season One

  • By: Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
  • Narrated by: Simon Whistler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 102

Having long since replaced humans in the back hallways and servants' quarters of the ultra-wealthy, new models are acquired, render their service, then are quietly deactivated when obsolete. But then we gave them the ability to learn. One household is about to find out that, while Asimov's laws are immutable, humans are about to experience an uprising of a different sort. This first, surprisingly heartfelt episode of a new series puts the listener in the shoes of the the soulless who serve.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Asimov meets Animal Farm

  • By T. Bennett on 06-10-14

The A.I. seed that was planted....

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

Reviewed: 09-21-16

Came here for Platt and Truant writing skills. Became a fan after listening to The Beam Season 1 & 2, in addition to some of their other works. The way they can weave a story and accelerate a storyline is very engaging. The first few "episodes" of Robot Proletariat can be sluggish at times but it is all an elaborate and necessary set up. A previous reviewer likened it to Downton Abbey and I could not agree more. There are some signature Platt&Truant raunchy sex smatterings but, to me, they come off as hilarious and entertaining(not gross and immature). Robot Proletariat is yet another series from Platt and Truant that I anxiously wait for the following season. Speaking of which, release The Beam Season 3 already. You're making me buy your other works... At least they're worth it!

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 215,430
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 201,175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200,757

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

Totally been missing out

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

Reviewed: 09-02-16

I have had this audiobook on my wish list for a LOOOONG time. The idea of loggingi to a virtual world to play games did not sound that interesting at all. Even the sample audio byte had me pushing it aside. I saw all the positive reviews but still didnt take the bait. It was not until I saw an article about this book being made into a movie. That is when I decided it must be a big deal...

Holy cow what a deal. The story has a lot going for it: the totally 80's references(endless), the video game references, humor, lovable characters, an alt look at our own future, and a life size gundam wingsuit!!!!!! I felt really attached to the story and was uber chrious what would happen next. This book was refreshing. I actually felt good at the end. Read other reviews, believe them and get this audiobook! Def worth a credit. Def worth real dollars.

  • 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 17,617
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,526
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,479

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
  • HELL DIVERS: A HEAVENLY THRILLER!

  • By Tracy P. on 01-11-19

Alternative to zombie stories

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

Reviewed: 08-18-16

First off, huge fan of R.C. Bray. So my performance rating is biased, but for a reason. This story is pretty good. It is pretty much non-stop action. The storyline flows between multiple characters and works pretty seamlessly. I'm obsessed with the Arisen series and this is of similar taste minus zombies and replaced with something else(no spoilers). The science behind some of the things in the story may not make complete sense but it makes for interesting ideas adding to the listening/reading experience. I will be looking for the follow up books. Def feels like an exciting series.

  • The Dark Tower I

  • The Gunslinger
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,003
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,767
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22,733

In the first book of this brilliant series, Stephen King introduces listeners to one of his most powerful creations: Roland of Gilead, The Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, which frighteningly mirrors our own, Roland tracks The Man in Black, encounters an enticing woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with the boy from New York named Jake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book.

  • By David Murphy on 06-11-17

Boots in the mud type of pace

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

Reviewed: 08-08-16

I gave this book a chance after some hype from entertainment articles regarding a movie and after noticing George Guidall as the narrator.

Chance blown. The pace early dragged on for what seemed like forever. I wanted to quit but I desperately wanted to see what all the hype is. Finally, the last 1/4 of the story picked up but I was pretty much checked out by then. I may have been bored to death with the machine gun pace of adjectives and descriptions. Maybe I'm just not a Stephen King fan. Sorry?

George Guidall is one of my favorite narrators. I dig the Longmire books. His country pace and tone make me feel nostalgic for Wyoming and the lonesome mid-west. He gives a good effort. But damn those boring descriptions of descriptions describing a tangent from a character plot. At times I asked myself, Guidall what in the name are you talking about. Alas, it is not his fault.

I would not recommend this book. Hype not recognized. I might sample the next book in the Dark Tower series but I doubt I will invest my credits toward any more.

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