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  • The Addictive Brain

  • By: Thad A. Polk, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Thad A. Polk
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,082
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,065

The Addictive Brain is a fair and balanced investigation of addiction, backed by hard science and behavioral science. Most of us have probably seen the old antidrug commercial in which an actor compares your brain on drugs to an egg sizzling in a hot frying pan. That's a powerful image, but it doesn't tell us what actually happens when drugs enter your body and interact with neurochemical processes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting and in depth

  • By Matthew Bukovicky on 04-27-15

Professor Polk is habit forming

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

I have heard over 10 great courses books, all of them outstanding, and Prof. Polk is the best narrator so far. I hope he can do more science topics for the GCs. The material was a useful update on the addiction problem so I recommend this to anyone who is a few years out of date.

  • Outlander

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,990
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,108

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary

  • By Sara on 09-10-14

Time travel romance novel

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

This book might be fantastic in its' genre. I don't read Romance novels, so I have no basis for comparison. For some reason I thought it was SciFi / Fantasy. If you are looking for that genre then you should think twice. SciFi fans will have a hard time with this one. Maybe the next books in the series are more SciFi/Fantasy. I have not read them.

Also, the lead character keeps finding herself in peril of sexual assault. After the first of such scenes I found her lack of safety precautions to be unbelievable. By the third scene I knew it was a major theme of the book. Again, since I don't read Romance novels, I don't know how this compares, but it is unusual for Fantasy novels.

I have an objection to an attitude displayed by Jamie but I can't voice it here without spoiling the story. Let's just say there are some projections of modern sensibilities into the past that are both unnecessary and unhelpful to the plot.

I did like the narrator and because of her abilities chose to listen to the whole book even after I figured out it was a Romance story. It had it's fun moments and interesting dramatic scenes, so I don't regret reading it. This is a big testimony of audio books - you will listen to 32 hours of something you are only partially interested in because of the skill of the narrator.

  • The Three-Body Problem

  • By: Cixin Liu
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,433

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hard science fiction

  • By DarthVal on 03-11-16

A must for Sci-Fi readers

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

Reviewed: 08-18-18

Another Audible listener posted a recommendation to get this book for reasons they did not want to explain, saying something like “just read it.” They could not compare the storyline to another book. I got it and I agree. I won’t try to describe the plot. Think of it this way: sometimes a sci-fi story changes how you think of the universe. Calculating God, Pushing Ice, Enders Game, Daemon and others bear no relation to each other in terms of plot or style. If you read sci-fi you will eventually read all of those and others (Bobiverse series) because the ideas are so new and different (20,000 Leagues...). I put the Three Body Problem alongside them. Just read it.

  • Red Sister

  • First Book of the Ancestor
  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Heather O'Neill
  • Length: 19 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,983
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,978

From the international best-selling author of the Broken Empire Trilogy comes the first in a brilliant new breakout fantasy series. A searing novel set in a brand-new world, this series follows a young girl who enters a convent where girls are selected to train in religion, combat, or magic. Nona is selected to learn combat and finds herself at the center of an epic battle for empire on the outer reaches of a dying universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story supported by great narration

  • By jdykes33 on 04-15-17

Drama and intrigue

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

If you enjoyed Blood Song you will like this. It is different enough to be interesting and has some of the mystery and suspense of that story. The setting is not Earth but a little more Earth-like than other books of this genre. Part of the mystery is to figure out the environment. The author does not disclose the realities of this world very easily so the reader needs to track those clues as part of the intrigue, as much as the political and personal intrigues.

  • Ascend Online

  • Ascend Online, Book 1
  • By: Luke Chmilenko
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,586
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,191

Diving into a revolutionary new video game, Marcus and his friends escape a stagnant society, entering into a world that defies their wildest imaginations. But from the moment that he logs in, Marcus finds himself separated from his friends and thrown into a remote village under attack by a horde of goblins. Forced into battle, Marcus rallies the beleaguered villagers and, with their help, manages to drive off the invading creatures. With the village in ruins and their supplies spoiled, the villagers turn to Marcus for help in rebuilding the village.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Luke Daniels and a great LITRPG; enough said

  • By Don Gilbert on 08-07-17

Best of the genre so far

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

If you have enjoyed any other books based on RPGs, like Video Game Plotline Tester or others, you will enjoy this book.

  • The Flicker Men

  • A Novel
  • By: Ted Kosmatka
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 577

A quantum physicist shocks the world with a startling experiment, igniting a struggle between science and theology, free will and fate, and antagonizing forces not known to exist. Eric Argus is a washout. His prodigious early work clouded his reputation and strained his sanity. But an old friend gives him another chance, an opportunity to step back into the light.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Started out good but fell flat

  • By Edward on 08-04-15

A true Sci-fi thriller

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

Reviewed: 05-28-17

If you are looking for an interesting sci-fi plot which requires the science to compel the action, then get this book. It isn't a physics lecture or a disguised murder mystery from the fiction section. It is a synergy of both. I was also very pleased that I could not detect a political viewpoint from the author since I find that those tend to distract from the overall experience (a la Robert Sawyer and others who insert known political figures into predictable roles in sci-fi utopias).

I read at least one sci-fi book on Audible per month and have done so for five years or more. This is one of the few I have ever rated 5 stars on all three categories. I will definitely keep an eye out for other works by both the author and the narrator.

  • Tower Lord

  • Raven's Shadow, Book 2
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 24 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,811
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,154

Vaelin Al Sorna, warrior of the Sixth Order, called Darkblade, called Hope Killer. The greatest warrior of his day, and witness to the greatest defeat of his nation: King Janus' vision of a Greater Unified Realm drowned in the blood of brave men fighting for a cause Vaelin alone knows was forged from a lie. Sick at heart, he comes home, determined to kill no more. Named Tower Lord of the Northern Reaches by King Janus's grateful heir, he can perhaps find peace in a colder, more remote land far from the intrigues of a troubled Realm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Masterpiece from Anthony Ryan. One

  • By Howard on 09-21-14

Second time was even better

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

Reviewed: 09-12-16

Few books are as good the second time; this one improved. You should also read the series in close succession because that will help keep the people and places straight. May the Departed guide you on this journey.

  • Daemon

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,089
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,689
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,731

Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever

  • By Erica on 01-22-09

Exciting and thought provoking!

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

Reviewed: 04-26-16

This is a must-read for sci-fi and/or dystopia fans. It is an action thriller so you won't have much time to ponder ramifications. It will challenge readers to keep up with the technology. For me, that was a big part of the fun. The narrator did very well and Penguin added some effective touches. I will tell many of my friends and family to listen to this version.

  • The Lost Fleet: Valiant

  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,423

Deep within Syndicate Worlds' space, the Alliance fleet continues its dangerous journey home under the command of Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who was revived after a century spent in suspended animation. Geary's victories over the enemy have earned him both the respect and the envy of his fellow officers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I can't wait for the next book!

  • By S. Cook on 07-05-08

A future well rendered

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

Reviewed: 05-26-15

To enjoy the fourth book in a series is saying something. It has not run its' course yet for me. Part of the pleasure of listening to this series is imagining each planetary system and then overlaying the fleet tactics. I also enjoy speculating on the progress of technology and the cultural changes, and constants, humans would experience along the way, and Jack Campbell does a fantastic job on both counts. Wrapped up in exciting action makes the experience very enjoyable. I highly recommend keeping your hands occupied with yardwork or housecleaning while listening; you'll burn a few calories with The Lost Fleet series.

  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things

  • Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2.5
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,742
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,756

Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place. Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries. The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows.... In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • But No....

  • By Josh on 11-04-14

A great change of pace for readers

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

Reviewed: 05-03-15

Where does The Slow Regard of Silent Things rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

My recommendation for this book is not based on where it ranks among all audiobooks I have heard. It was very interesting and different. It is not a story asking for rank; like an object Auri encounters it is a story with a unique identity waiting for a reader to help find its' place in the world. I am a fan of Mr. Rothfuss's Kingkiller Chronicles and I knew the character, Auri, so I was willing to give it a try. The risk turned out to be worth it as I enjoyed the book and really appreciated how different it is from just about anything else I have read.

What other book might you compare The Slow Regard of Silent Things to and why?

A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich comes to mind but that book was depressing. Slow Regard is interesting. I do think it is for advanced readers.

What does Patrick Rothfuss bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The professional actors on Audible spoil us with their skills so I was worried when I saw the author had recorded his own work. Fortunately Mr. Rothfuss was very good - good enough that I forgot he was the author. The character Auri does not think like any person I have ever met so the advantage of having the author narrate was his ability to shade the language with meanings that a written page might not have imparted.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Maybe so, but not in the way another reader might expect. I kept asking "where is the Puppet story?" That thought came up every fifteen minutes. I wonder if other Rothfuss fans thought the same thing. No, this is not the kind of book which will make most people laugh or cry and Mr. Rothfuss goes to great pains to explain why in a recitative that he inserts at the beginning.

Any additional comments?

If you have just finished a long series and want a short, different story, try the Slow Regard of Silent Things. I think you will like it and pick up other Patrick Rothfuss books.

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