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  • Medusa Uploaded

  • A Novel
  • By: Emily Devenport
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 110

A generation starship can hide many secrets. When an Executive clan suspects Oichi of insurgency and discreetly shoves her out an airlock, one of those secrets finds and rescues her. Officially dead, Oichi begins to rebalance power one assassination at a time and uncovers the shocking truth behind the generation starship and the Executive clans. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever and cool

  • By PreRaphaelite on 10-04-18

Jesus Christ Get an Editor

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

I’m 5 hours away from the end of this dumpster fire, and I don’t know what the f*** is going on here or why any of it matters. GET TO THE POINT ALREADY. Please for the love of weeping baby Jesus.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • The Consuming Fire

  • The Interdependency, Book 2
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,753

The Interdependency, humanity’s interstellar empire, is on the verge of collapse. The Flow, the extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel between the stars possible, is disappearing, leaving entire star systems stranded. When it goes, human civilization may go with it - unless desperate measures can be taken. Emperox Grayland II, the leader of the Interdependency, is ready to take those measures to help ensure the survival of billions. But nothing is ever that easy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Building upon a collapse, this follow-up exceeds!

  • By C. White on 10-16-18

This series makes me so happy

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

I was scared to start reading The Collapsing Empire because the premise sounded really dire and depressing. Now having finished book 2, I’m so glad I tried it, and I’m desperate to find out what happens next! This series is amazing!!!

The dialogue and characters are so much fun. The twists are twisty, the villains are interesting, and the story is so damn satisfying, you won’t regret it!

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  • Relic

  • By: Alan Dean Foster
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 347

Once Homo sapiens reigned supreme, spreading from star system to star system in an empire that encountered no alien life and thus knew no enemy.... save itself. As had happened many times before, the most primal human instincts rose up, only this time armed with the advanced scientific knowledge to create a genetically engineered smart virus that quickly wiped out humanity to the last man. That man is Ruslan, the sole known surviving human being in the universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really fun story!

  • By APLang on 08-16-18

Meh

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS

The book got really prosy and boring towards the end.

I could never really tell whether or not Cheerpa (sp? Audiobook) was a psycho or just a little kooky. Her response to killing Poxun (sp?)—though not the actual killing—gave me the creeps, and I found it difficult to like her character after that. They didn’t really do much to develop her character or show how she changed instead of telling. You know, because the book was really prosy.

There were some jarring contradictions that took me out of the story, like the Myssarians either being physically incapable of blinking or else blinking. Or like Cheerpa being all flippant and not caring much about her dozens of vat-grown children, and then suddenly going all maternal and this being a big warm fuzzy for Ruslan (for some stupid reason), only for her to drop it without question when the final act/journey of the book presents itself. Basically, characters were shallow and inconsistent. Their motivations didn’t make sense. The kids they had didn’t even make sense or matter to the story. There weren’t characters and served no purpose as a plot device...at least not one they couldn’t have been served better through other means. They just became a thing that had to be mentioned a lot but didn’t actually mean much.

The book itself was pretty bleak and joyless.

The narrator was a little over-dramatic, and had a tendency to make female characters sound whiny and obnoxious. I also found the epiglottal stops in the Myssarian dialog really irritating and distracting.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Quantum Night

  • By: Robert. J. Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 503

Experimental psychologist Jim Marchuk has developed a flawless technique for identifying the previously undetected psychopaths lurking everywhere in society. But while being cross-examined about his breakthrough in court, Jim is shocked to discover that he has lost his memories of six months of his life from 20 years previously - a dark time during which he himself committed heinous acts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Discombobulated, but interesting

  • By Keith on 03-21-16

This book was really messed up

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

Sanctimonious and insipid psychology professor spends his time between info dumps and Star Trek jokes doing things like: killing a man on the side of the road and then having dinner with his girlfriend and her family as if nothing happened, completely avoiding his 2-year-old son with Down’s syndrome (it’s the “utilitarian way”, apparently), and violates own stance on the trolly problem by committing a massive and unethical unproven experiment on the entire world population to supposedly “save the world”. All of this without the faintest hint of irony or true introspection. I kept waiting for the protagonist to realize how horribly wrong he was and come up with a better plan. He didn’t. This book has a dark, cynical and shallow take on humanity. And unlike, say, a Vonnegut, who can find the humor or poignancy in such a place, Sawyer finds only the bleak emptiness of his so-called p-zeds.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Level Five

  • By: William Ledbetter
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,389
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,387

In Level Five, the debut near-future thriller by Nebula Award winner William Ledbetter, AIs battle for dominance, and nanotechnology is on the loose. And all that stands in the way of the coming apocalypse is a starry-eyed inventor who dreams of building a revolutionary new spacecraft and an intelligence agency desk jockey faced with the impossible choice of saving her daughter - or saving the world. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Techno thriller? Or hard science fiction? Either way, it’s excellent!

  • By Martin L. Shoemaker on 07-22-18

Soo stupid

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

If you forced an AI to read a bunch of Tom Clancy novels, this is probably what it would come up with.

8 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Ancillary Justice

  • By: Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by: Celeste Ciulla
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,874
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,643
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,629

On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Breq is both more than she seems and less than she was. Years ago, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of corpse soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. An act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with only one fragile human body.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Can't get past the Narrator to finish the story.

  • By Zillah on 12-08-14

Story incomprehensible due to bizarre n

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

Reviewed: 03-05-17

Narrator is awful. I couldn't follow the story because her voice was so distracting. Her rhythm and tone were unnatural and bizarre. How this person became a professional reader is utterly beyond me.

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  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,992
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,942

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Had so much promise

  • By Brian G on 09-01-17

Trite, hackneyed story

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

I knew the big "twist" the second the agent didn't recognize his wife. Totally boring and predictable plot. One-dimensional characters who seemed totally expendable. I stopped caring and deleted the book about an hour before the ending. I just couldn't make myself care long enough to see it through.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Lightning

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,342

A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable.

  • By Barry S. Sharpnack on 01-01-09

I don't know why I thought I liked dean koontz

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

Reviewed: 01-23-16

Maybe I outgrew him? His characters are so flat and stereotypical that I honestly have a hard time identifying with them or empathizing with them. This was a predictable story about time travel that relied on a paradox-busting cheat to evade what could have been a powerful ending. It's no 11-22-63, that's for sure.