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  • Destroyer

  • The Void Wraith Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Chris Fox
  • Narrated by: Ryan Kennard Burke
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 463
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 430

Mankind's outer colonies are disappearing. Without warning. Without a trace. Fleet command chalks the attacks up to pirates, but Captain Dryker of the UFC Johnston isn't buying it. Defying command, he leads his misfit crew into hostile territory in search of answers. They encounter a technologically superior foe unlike anything humanity has ever seen, one bent on the destruction of all sentient life. After 26,000 years the mythical Void Wraith have returned to begin the next Eradication.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I am surprised ea did not stop this book

  • By daniel on 11-28-16

returned

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

Reviewed: 07-29-16

Couldn't buy the physics. Small vessels that ram moving ships to penetrate the hull and disgorge a boarding party that somehow didn't get turned into jelly? Flying through an asteroid field so thick a ship is constantly dodging rocks, in the enormity of space? A kinetic projectile that is used to blast pieces of an asteroid off to create secondary projectiles with which to destroy an enemy ship, instead of being used directly? Had to return it.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Altered Carbon

  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,838
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,832

In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Altered Carbon

  • By Jake Williams on 09-22-07

I'd give it five, but...

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

Reviewed: 02-28-16

This book was great, and I didn't want to stop listening. But be forewarned: there is a lot of stomach-churning sexual violence that really, deeply troubled me. But still a good book, and I'll probably be reading the rest of the series.

  • Poseidon's Wake

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 27 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 291

In the conclusion of the Poseidon's Children saga, the Akinya family receives an invitation from across the stars - and a last opportunity to redeem their name.... "Send Ndege". The cryptic message originated 70 light-years away from the planet Crucible, where Ndege Akinya lives under permanent house arrest for her role in the catastrophe that killed 417,000 people. Could it be from her mother, Chiku, who vanished during a space expedition decades earlier?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Reads like it's lacking plot revisions

  • By Autumn on 02-18-16

Another brilliant story from Reynolds

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

Reviewed: 02-28-16

Reynolds has become my all-time favorite sci-fi writer, for good reason. This book continues to follow the Akinya family as they make history. It's a book you can't stop listening to.

  • Ark Royal

  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,409
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,101

Seventy years ago, the interstellar supercarrier Ark Royal was the pride of the Royal Navy. But now, her weapons are outdated and her solid-state armour nothing more than a burden on her colossal hull. She floats in permanent orbit near Earth, a dumping ground for the officers and crew the Royal Navy wishes to keep out of the public eye. But when a deadly alien threat appears, the modern starships built by humanity are no match for the powerful alien weapons.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good solid effort at a Space Opera

  • By Jim In Texas! on 08-05-14

Good war story, little SciFi flavor.

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

Reviewed: 02-07-16

Good overall, but doesn't fit in the hard science fiction category, due to a lack of imaginative, speculative technology and it's effects on society. Worth listening to for entertainment.

  • Absolution Gap

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 27 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,365

The Inhibitors were designed to eliminate any life-form reaching a certain level of intelligence - and they've targeted humanity. War veteran Clavain and a ragtag group of refugees have fled into hiding. Their leadership is faltering, and their situation is growing more desperate. But their little colony has just received an unexpected visitor: an avenging angel with the power to lead mankind to safety---or draw down its darkest enemy.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Giant plot problems!!! [Spoilers of stupid stuff]

  • By Gi'me my stuff!!!! on 01-31-15

Best SciFi I've ever read.

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

Reviewed: 02-07-16

This series has completely changed my standards for good science fiction, raising it to a level I think will be difficult to meet. Absolutely fantastic. Great story, imaginative hardcore science fiction elements, believable characters. I'm going to have a hard time finding it's equal.

  • Particle Physics for Non-Physicists: A Tour of the Microcosmos

  • By: Steven Pollock, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Steven Pollock
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,078
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,061

Would you like to know how the universe works? Scientists have been asking that question for a long time and have found that many of the answers can be found in the study of particle physics, the field that focuses on those impossibly tiny particles with unbelievably strange names - the hadrons and leptons, baryons and mesons, muons and gluons - so mystifying to the rest of us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic but Dated

  • By Greg on 01-07-15

Entertaining AND educational.

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

Reviewed: 07-21-15

By the end you will have some concept of what particle physics, the standard model, and all the exotic particles are. Very good.

  • Pandora's Star

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 37 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,250
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,323

The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Have to resort to headphones to listen

  • By Sue Nami on 10-05-16

It was amazing

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

Reviewed: 07-01-15

What made the experience of listening to Pandora's Star the most enjoyable?

It has a huge, multi-character interwoven story. The characters felt real, with really good character development.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ozzy

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the one lover betrays the other (meaning well) and inevitably gets what she deserves, it was painful.

0 of 6 people found this review helpful