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  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 228

There is a world that hangs suspended between triumph and catastrophe, between the dismantling of the Wall and the fall of the Twin Towers, frozen in the shadow of suicide terrorism and global financial collapse. Such a world requires a firm hand and a guiding light. But does it need the Concern: an all-powerful organization with a malevolent presiding genius, pervasive influence and numberless invisible operatives in possession of extraordinary powers?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally an Iain M. Banks book on audible...

  • By Kurt on 10-29-09

A waste on money

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-30-11

Not only was the book boring, its fixation on toture was very off-putting. I give two stars because, like book 1 of the Splatterjay series, there is a story somewhere in there amongst the shock and gore.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Solaris

  • The Definitive Edition
  • By: Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston - translator
  • Narrated by: Alessandro Juliani
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,665
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,124
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,146

At last, one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it. To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Solaris, Audible, in cooperation with the Lem Estate, has commissioned a brand-new translation - complete for the first time, and the first ever directly from the original Polish to English. Beautifully narrated by Alessandro Juliani ( Battlestar Galactica), Lem’s provocative novel comes alive for a new generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A comment on negative reviews

  • By Burns on 09-20-11

Excellent Production

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-20-11

Very good science fiction; excellent writing and narration; this book is definitely worth hearing. But, like many of the classics, some of the jargon should be updated for the 21st century (like what was recently done in Fuzzy Nation). Also, the theme is a little depressing, and unnecessarily so. Some chapters, while likely shocking in the 60's, now are not so much.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Orphaned Worlds

  • Humanity's Fire, Book 2
  • By: Michael Cobley
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 54

Darien is no longer a lost outpost of humanity, but the prize in an intergalactic power struggle. Hegemony forces have a stranglehold over the planet and crack troops patrol its hotspots while Earth watches, passive, rendered impotent by galactic politics. But its Darien ambassador will soon become a player in a greater conflict. There is more at stake than a turf war on a newly-discovered world. An ancient Uvovo temple hides access to a hyperspace prison, housing the greatest threat sentient life has ever known.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sequels are usually less and this one doesn't disappoint.

  • By Kevin Lamott on 04-21-17

Undisciplined Plot

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-11

The author introduces too many characters that actually "Speak" throughout the story, and some of these characters are not at all human. So the plot is a little hard to follow even though the underlying plot is relatively simple. It's like if all of the aliens presented in the original movie Star Wars had lines. Also, with so many different characters, it's hard to care about any of them. It's likely why one of the most cogent characacters is the evil cyborg, who is more often presented alone. At one point the author even seemed to introduce God as a character, but thankfully didn't give God any lines.
I didn't hear the 1st in the series and I likely won't. But, The story did build to a climax that may deserve a final book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cobra Bargain

  • Cobra Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

The colony world Adirondack and Silvern fell to the Troft forces almost without a struggle. Outnumbered and on the defensive, Earth made a desperate decision. It would attack the aliens not from space, but on the ground - with forces the Trofts did not even suspect. Thus were created the cobras, a guerrilla force whose weapons were surgically implanted, invisible to the unsuspecting eye, yet undeniably deadly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice End to the Trilogy

  • By Dennis on 06-07-13

Very Good End to Series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-31-11

All of the books of the Cobra Trilogy series were very enjoyable. They are well written and Stefan Rudnicki gives his usual professional reading.

  • Cobra Strike

  • Cobra Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

The colony world Adirondack and Silvern fell to the Troft forces almost without a struggle. Outnumbered and on the defensive, Earth made a desperate decision. It would attack the aliens not from space, but on the ground - with forces the Trofts did not even suspect. Thus were created the cobras, a guerrilla force whose weapons were surgically implanted, invisible to the unsuspecting eye, yet undeniably deadly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Much Better

  • By Dennis on 06-02-13

Excellent Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-11

As with book 1, book 2 is a very pleasant surprize. The story is strong and so is the delivery. I believe that the word 'Cobra' in the title tends to convey that the book's content may be somewhat puerile; but if you're thinking this is GI-Joe Cobra, think again.

  • The Return of the Emperor

  • Sten Series, Book 6
  • By: Allan Cole, Chris Bunch
  • Narrated by: Jerry Sciarrio
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

The Eternal Emperor was dead, and the five members of the Privy Council ruled in his place. But they quickly discovered that their power would collapse around them if they didn’t locate the Emperor’s secret source of Anti-Matter Two, the economic keystone of the Empire. And so they sent a team of crack commandos to capture Sten, one of their late ruler’s few surviving confidantes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Emperor will be back !!!

  • By Professor on 01-16-13

A Good Sten Book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-29-11

A good buy for any fan of the series, Book 6 has a much stronger story and tighter plot than Book 5. In fact, maybe the authors should consider the wisdom of deleting weak chapters from the final version of their novels. But, once again, the main problem with book 6 is with the narrator; who, admittedly does a much better job on book 6 than he did on book 5. It’s like he is sometimes struggling to see the text (maybe he needs his vision checked). For example: in an early entry he read, “ The emperor moved gracefully down the line as he - - ----- - - - had often done amongst his people.” It gets much worse as near the end of the book. To state it plainly, Jerry Sciarro, does a much better job of narrating than John Hough. I don’t know if the producer is saving money by switching narrators, but, the current narrator will drive away customers. I really don’t know if I like book 5 or not because it was so agonizing to hear. It really is a big issue, there is essentially a QC problem with the product. Give Jerry his money ------------please!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Sten: Revenge of the Damned

  • Sten Series, Book 5
  • By: Allan Cole, Chris Bunch
  • Narrated by: John Hough
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Sten had fully expected to die in a blaze of glory, taking his Emperor's greatest foe with him. Instead he was a slave laborer in a P.O.W. camp deep in the heart of enemy territory. But sitting out the action had never been Sten's style. And now that the war was building to a climax, the Eternal Emperor needed him more than ever. Not even the toughest prison in the known universe could keep Sten from his mission....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Where is Jerry Sciarrio?

  • By Lars on 05-23-11

Poor Narration

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-11

The narrator does a very poor job. It’s as if the recording is in one take and the narrator is reading the story for the first time. Also, the writing is a little sloppy. For example:
He thought, “blah-blah-blah-blah.”
He continued, “yada-yada-yada-yada.”
He concluded, “bada-bada-bada-bing!”

Why not just write: He thought, “Blah-blah-blah-blah. Yada-yada-yada-yada. Bada-bada-bada-bing!”
You have to admit that it’s a little hard for a narrator to deliver a character’s lines with all those useless interruptions.
Unfortunately, I WAS such a Sten fan that I’ve already bought Book 6. So, I’m very worried right now.

  • Buffalito Destiny

  • By: Lawrence M. Schoen
  • Narrated by: William Coon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

A former stage hypnotist, the Amazing Conroy really just wants to have a good meal. He’s now the wealthy CEO of a company that leases buffalo dogs, alien creatures capable of biting into and devouring nearly anything. When he attempts to implement a solution for cleaning up massive industrial waste sites, Conroy becomes targeted by ecological terrorists who resent the use of alien technology (living or otherwise) to heal the Earth. But kidnapping and the destruction of his corporate headquarters are the least of Conroy’s problems....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heinleinesque minus social commentary

  • By J. T. Jones on 02-12-18

Zany Story

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-11

Reminiscent of a SNL: "What's up with that" sketch". There is a plot that weaves through an almost carnival setting. Some are funny; but it's a little exhausting. I kept thinking that maybe Larry should get off of that stuff.

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  • The Deathbird & Other Stories

  • The Voice from the Edge, Volume 4
  • By: Harlan Ellison
  • Narrated by: Harlan Ellison, Theodore Bikel, Stefan Rudnicki, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

In a prolific career spanning more than 50 years, Harlan Ellison has been the acclaimed master of speculative fiction. In fact, a 1999 Locus poll named him the all-time best writer of short fiction as well as the editor of the all-time best anthology (Dangerous Visions). In addition to his dozens of Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards, Ellison has won two Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America, and multiple Bram Stoker Awards from the Horror Writers Association (including the Lifetime Achievement Award).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Muscular, poetic, weird stories by master

  • By Roger on 08-06-12

The 1st Story is Bad

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-22-11

I didn' t like the 1st story about the "Death-Bird" at all. In fact, my mind kept drifting to the low rating and scathing review that I was soon to submit. Then, goaded by a particurlarly annoying section, I angrily pushed the advance to next section button. Still, fuming about the good money I wasted, the 2nd story starting getting my attention. It wasn't bad at all so I kept listening. I liked all of the rest of the stories, and in fact, listened through to the end in one sitting. So, I'm thinking that maybe I was wrong about the "Deathbird" too. No, not wrong; as a story it stinks. It may work as a poem in some academic setting; where students assign alternative meanings to black and white. But, it was not what I wanted to hear; and frankly, the authors depiction of a giant "one-eyed-death-bird" is a little weird.

2 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Rogue Forces

  • By: Dale Brown
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

The newly inaugurated president, Joseph Gardner, pledged to start pulling U.S. forces out of Iraq on his first day of office .Meanwhile, the former president, Kevin Martindale, and retired Air Force lieutenant-general Patrick McLanahan have left government behind for the lucrative world of military contracting. Their firm, Scion Aviation International, has been hired to take over aerial patrols in northern Iraq....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Narrator

  • By Dan on 05-22-11

Great Narrator

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-22-11

William Dufris does a great job on the story (reminiscent of "Destroyermen"), but the story kinda drifts a little. The problem may be that there are not really any bad guys in the book; things just get outta hand like in a cafeteria food fight. The Secretary of State is an interesting character, and so is McLANAHAN!!! But, most of the characters are very forgettable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful