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  • Winter World

  • By: A. G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Amanda Leigh Cobb
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302

The ice is coming. It was the last thing we expected, but the world is freezing. A new ice age has dawned. Billions have fled the glaciers. A cataclysmic war is coming. In orbit, a group of scientists are running the Winter Experiments, a last-ditch attempt to understand why the planet is cooling. None of the climate models they build make sense. But then they discover an anomaly, an unexplained variation in solar radiation...and something else. Close to the burning edge of the sun, they catch a fleeting glimpse of something that shouldn’t be there....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-04-19

Good Start of AG Riddle Series

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

If you’re a fan of AG Riddle, Winter World is similar to his previous works with interesting premise & it is obviously just a beginning of a series.
I’m a fan of sci-fi novels & his works for me are JA level. Basic characters most people will like, interesting plot of the future of humankind , straightforward story development, no adult content (such as violence or sexual content) and there’s several plot twists that most people will see coming far in advance.
So overall this is a easy listen when you’re doing other activities & I recommend it UNLESS your expecting an intricate, complex sci-fi novel.

  • Lily of the Nile

  • The Cleopatra's Daughter Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Stephanie Dray
  • Narrated by: Kyla Garcia
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

With both of her parents dead, Princess Selene and her two surviving brothers are left at the mercy of their captors, taken from Egypt and put on display as war trophies in Rome. Trapped in an empire that reviles her heritage and suspects her faith, Selene struggles for survival in a court of intrigue. She can't hide the hieroglyphics that carve themselves into her hands nor can she stop the emperor from using her powers for his own ends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By ASHLEY M TERRY on 08-11-18

Simple & basic storytelling that fell short of expectations!

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

Reviewed: 02-17-19

I have always enjoyed history and fictional stories woven around known facts. Lily of the Nile falls short of my expectations. I loved the premise of following Cleopatra’s children after her death and their experiences in Rome. I thought the plot would be one of politics, intrigue, cultural divides, historical events and interesting characters. Frustratingly the characters were one dimensional and the author barely scratched surface of a storyline.
The narrator is just OK. She reads it as you would to a middle school classroom but I’m not sure if it was the best narration she could pull off with the material she was given.
I am a fan of Philippa Gregory historical fiction so I guess my expectations were high.
Overall, my opinions is this is a YA (young adult) story (without meaning to be). I wish I’d passed on this one & not wasted almost 13hrs! It’s NOT worth the time!

  • The Atopia Chronicles, Book 1

  • By: Matthew Mather
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, Nick Podehl, Angela Dawe, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 709
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 629
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 624

In the near future, to escape the crush and clutter of a packed and polluted Earth, the world’s elite flock to Atopia, an enormous corporate-owned artificial island in the Pacific Ocean. It is there that Dr. Patricia Killiam rushes to perfect the ultimate in virtual reality: a program to save the ravaged Earth from mankind’s insatiable appetite for natural resources.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I tried and I tried...

  • By Jeri on 07-10-14

FRUSTRATING listen on what could of been GREAT story!

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

Reviewed: 01-26-19

A warning to those who like a consistent straightforward linear story line. Overall the premise of existing in an alternate reality and the dangers of that comes with that was good & thought provoking. The narrators did a good job except for the obvious AWFUL NY accent (BTW-she never returns in this book-if she had id have stopped listening). However the execution was tedious and confusing due to the introduction of so many main characters AND their alt reality characters all with separate POVs. About 5 hrs in I had to change my expectations & listen as I would to a collection of short stories. Each “story” was to build the character & their background BUT it lasted 2/3 of the book! I am an avid listener of series and know the 1st book has to develop a foundation BUT this 1st book felt like ALL character building and the story line FINALLY got started at END of the book. The quality of ideas, ethical dilemmas, future predictions are all there but sadly it started with poor execution. I do not think I’m going to invest another 14hrs HOPING the author does a better job in the next book.

  • The Others

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,554

Dan Delgado is a private investigator. He’s unenthusiastic, and unmatched. As a former San Francisco detective, he misses more meaningful work, but he hasn’t had the heart for it since his wife’s death five years prior. That is, until a phone call from a distraught mother, an illegal immigrant who can’t go to the police, puts him on the hunt for a missing little girl. By the time he reaches the mother’s small home, she’s missing, too. Then a team of heavily armed mercenaries arrive. Delgado and crew are plunged into a dangerous world of corporate competition, UFO lore, and government cover-ups.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action packed humor

  • By Bree Salyer on 07-31-18

ONE HECK OF AN FUN ADVENTURE!

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

What do you get when you have a smart retired detective w/emotional baggage, ‘senior’ aged woman assistant in mini skirts who packs a gun name Susie Q in her purse & curses like a sailor, Republican shotgun toting preacher, Latino Uber driver who drives escape car who make a long road trip together w/some aliens & madam w/brothel ladies thrown in?? ONE HECK OF A FUN ADVENTURE!

It kept my attention from the start to the end! Highly recommend!

  • Traitor's Blade

  • Greatcoats Series, Book 1
  • By: Sebastien de Castell
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,167

The King is dead, the Greatcoats have been disbanded, and Falcio Val Mond and his fellow magistrates Kest and Brasti have been reduced to working as bodyguards for a nobleman who refuses to pay them. Things could be worse, of course. Their employer could be lying dead on the floor while they are forced to watch the killer plant evidence framing them for the murder. Oh wait, that's exactly what's happening. Now a royal conspiracy is about to unfold in the most corrupt city in the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Adventure Fantasy

  • By Scott Simons on 06-19-18

Fun Adventure Story

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

Enjoyable listen that flows easily with turns of some predictable & some surprising plot twists. This trio of cape wearing heroes on a quest for a fallen King is worth the listen.
I enjoy fantasy & sci-fi books and I’ve listened to a wide range of them. This is not a complicated story that requires full concentration so you don’t lose track of subtle clues but it’s also not so simple and predictable that you will lose interest. It’s perfectly in the middle! I also found myself smiling at some of the jokes and I did not miss not having every gory detail of violence included. So it’s FAMILY & YOUNG ADULT SAFE LISTEN! I look forward to the next book this series.

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  • Year One

  • (Chronicles of The One, Book 1)
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,031
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,990

It began on New Year's Eve. The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed - and more than half of the world's population was decimated. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sub-par fantasy novel written by a great romance author

  • By Nate P. on 02-28-18

Nice unique story worth the listen

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

I was hesitant to get this after some mixed reviews. So glad I gave this a chance. I’m a fan of apocalypse plots. This a relaxed listen that doesn’t require full concentration so you don’t miss major plot points. Perfect summertime “read”. This is an enjoyable unique take on “end of the world” that’s a refreshing change from violent zombie w/horrific details.

  • Infinite

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,881
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,252
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,239

The Galahad, a faster-than-light spacecraft, carries 50 scientists and engineers on a mission to prepare Kepler 452b, Earth's nearest habitable neighbor at 1400 light years away. With Earth no longer habitable and the Mars colony slowly failing, they are humanity's best hope. After 10 years in a failed cryogenic bed - body asleep, mind awake - William Chanokh's torture comes to an end as the fog clears, the hatch opens, and his friend and fellow hacker, Tom, greets him...by stabbing a screwdriver into his heart. This is the first time William dies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a rather complex science fiction story

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 12-26-17

Fun Adventure & Mystery...reminds me Bobiverse fun

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

Was worried when the summary starts w/waking from cryo sleep w/his friend repeatedly stabbing his heart w/screwdriver I was very concerned about recurrent violence & death. But Infinite kept popping up in my recommended reading. So glad I gave it a chance! Yes there’s violence but it’s just a small part of a great story with mystery. Reminds me of my favorite book We Are Legion (Bobiverse)

  • Genome

  • The Extinction Files, Book 2
  • By: A. G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,543
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,542

The thrilling conclusion to The Extinction Files is finally here! In 2003, the first human genome was sequenced. But the secrets it held were never revealed. The truth was discovered 30 years ago, almost by accident. Dr. Paul Kraus had spent his entire career searching for what he called humanity's lost tribes - human ancestors who had gone extinct. When Kraus compared the DNA samples of the lost tribes with our own, he found a pattern of changes: a code. At the time, the technology didn't exist to unravel what it meant. Kraus hid his work and disappeared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • interesting

  • By JWagner on 03-07-18

Keep expectations basic & it’s an OK book

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

Just an OK. Don’t expect detailed explanations or discussions of what’s going on around the characters. Frustrating to find out what the “looking glass” in last 40 mins of the book when I’d like more time for deeper explanations of how it works & what that means for future. I’m not sure if 3rd book planned which would allow more time but still feel disappointed in character development, their interactions all in memories, large background family coincidences that feel forced. The ending frustrated me that here’s the “looking glass”’ here’s what it is and does. That’s it! You also FINALLY get all characters in same room& without spoiling it let’s just say they don’t get to interact more than 15 mins after 30+hrs wait. Missed opportunity!! So we don’t know where story goes from ending. (?3rd book) but sadly I do not feel the urge to listen to another in this series. Virus, end of world, computer alt reality is genre I really enjoy. So I’m comparing this to series that have done the same formula/pattern as this BUT they’ve done much better. I know it’s YA but lately some YA authors have stepped up their efforts to dig a little deeper for a great story. Sadly this isn’t one of those cases.

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  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,764
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58,615

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

DISAPPOINTED!!

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

Reviewed: 11-18-17

First book I ever preordered....should’ve waited on reviews! I tried so hard to like this book since I loved The Martian. I’ve got a little less than 2hrs left & I think I’m going to give up. This is the 3rd time I’ve stopped because I just can’t get into the story. The 26 yr old protagonist sounds and acts like teenager. Other characters one dimensional. Not well developed. Setting of the moon sounded so promising but fell flat. It’s RARE I write a review or quit a book BUT this has me doing both.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Paradox Bound

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,374
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,713

Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for God's sake. So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave? Not that he'd ever admit it, but maybe he's been waiting - waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who's roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires. The one who's a walking anachronism, with her tricorne hat, flintlock rifle, and steampunked Model A Ford.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Traveling through history rather than time

  • By Michael G Kurilla on 11-04-17

Weird. Different. Unexpected.

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

With Clines you can expect the unexpected. This story took the listener on a ride and it’s rare (being an avid reader/listener) to not guess what’s coming next in most books. ... well guess what? I had NO idea what was coming or when. It’s best not to get too bogged down in the whole universal explanation of dimensions, paradox and thankfully Clines didn’t bog us down in too much explanations. Basically “this is what happens& why”& let’s get back to the great story telling. I’ve got mixed feelings overall on if it was “good” or “great”. So I guess I’ll just say it was an enjoyable ride through a story that I could just sit back and enjoy the ride without worrying too much about the why.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful