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  • Weight of the Heart

  • Bruna Husky, Book 2
  • By: Rosa Montero, Lilit Žekulin Thwaites - translator
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Part human and part robot, private investigator Bruna Husky has been hired to locate a stolen diamond. But as Bruna's leads start to drop dead, her case becomes about much more than a stolen gem - and much more dangerous. Traversing the galaxy, Bruna races against the clock to uncover a nuclear power conspiracy that threatens all sentient beings.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Characters and Plot But Dwindles As it Ends

  • By Charles Teague (Chip) on 03-20-19

Solid Characters and Plot But Dwindles As it Ends

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

I enjoy the characters and the world built, the plot starts strong and has good qualities, but the apex of it all is just a little anticlimactic. Good followup to the first book, but the first story plot apex leaves a bigger impression.

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        Jefferson Mays
    
    


    
    Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
    14,823 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • Leviathan Wakes

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,823
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,625

James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun hard SF action with a blue collar bent

  • By A reader on 05-11-12

Great Plot and Great Cast of Believable Characters

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

Really enjoyed reading the book after watching the series. For the most part the series followed the book surprisingly close. Where changes were made they were quite subtle. The book helps to give more insight into how the characters think and the motivation behind their decisions.

  • Port of Shadows

  • A Novel of the Black Company
  • By: Glen Cook
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 171

The soldiers of the Black Company don’t ask questions, they get paid. But being “The Lady’s favored” is attracting the wrong kind of attention and has put a target on their backs, and the Company’s historian, Croaker, has the biggest target of all. The one person who was taken into the lady’s tower and returned unchanged has earned the special interest of the court of sorcerers known as "The Ten Who Were Taken". Now, he and the company are being asked to seek the aid of their newest member, Mischievous Rain, to break a rebel army. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No disrespect but I personally prefer Marc Vietor

  • By MEDINA RAF on 09-13-18

Good Story not so Good Ending

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

I enjoyed the story, there is a lot going on in here and a lot of additional backstories. The same kind of creative imagination I'm used to jumping into from the other Black Company books. There is a noticeable absence of first hand accounts of the battles, but I personally did not need that to enjoy the book. I enjoyed all the new characters introduced. My only gripe is the choice the author made at the end of the story, which I dont want to spoil the ending so I won't spell it out. I understand that he was trying to shoehorn this in between the other books, but I felt that he went a little overboard with the manner that he did it. Overall, I still like the book, and think it is worth reading if ur a Black Company fan.

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  • The Fall of Hyperion

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 21 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,712

In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. Onthe world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing - nothing anywhere in the universe - will ever be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hyperion is FALLEN, am I too to fall?

  • By Darwin8u on 06-15-12

The story continues to amaze!

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

Reviewed: 04-27-16

The level of creativity is unmatched! The mix of human element story lines personality traits, political intrigue, AI struggle for subversion and domination of humanity, and the time shift accents in the over all plot is just amazing. If you haven't read this series, do yourself a favor. If you're a SciFi fan, this is a must! I read it both on Kindle and listened in audible, but I got to where I enjoyed the narration so much I would just wait until I could listen again.

  • Hyperion

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,622
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,675

On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Shrike Awaits. Enter The Time Tombs...

  • By Michael on 10-13-12

Creative Masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 02-10-16

The broad array of varying creative elements in this meteoric leap into the far distant future of humanity and digital plane life and space exploration and much, much more, is truly daunting. The author is masterful at pulling several very different plotlines and timelines across many different planets and centuries into one amazing coherent story. My only beef is that book one leaves you on a massive cliffhanger. I much prefer little plots to be tied up for you as you put a book down, not this one! Closing the book means the story is just getting started!

  • Tears in Rain

  • By: Rosa Montero
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 173

As a replicant, or "technohuman", Detective Bruna Husky knows two things: humans bioengineered her to perform dangerous, undesirable tasks, and she has just 10 years on the United States of Earth before her body automatically self-destructs. But with "antitechno" rage on the rise and a rash of premature deaths striking her fellow replicants, she may have even less time than she thought. Investigating the mysterious deaths, Bruna delves into the fractious, violent history shared by humans and replicants, and struggles to engage the society that fails to understand her - yet created her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • complex story alot of good detel

  • By Jimi on 02-20-13

Makes You Think

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

Reviewed: 10-15-15

Any book that makes me think about ideas that I have never thought about before I consider to be a strong book. The idea that a person's personality, their character, can be formed by the memories of their past, even if those memories are fake, implanted, is quite an extraordinary concept to me. I have mulled this over in my noggin for awhile now.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful