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  • The Prey of Gods

  • By: Nicky Drayden
  • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

In South Africa, the future looks promising. Personal robots are making life easier for the working class. The government is harnessing renewable energy to provide infrastructure for the poor. And in the bustling coastal town of Port Elizabeth, the economy is booming thanks to the genetic engineering industry that has found a welcome home there. Yes, the days to come are looking very good for South Africans. That is, if they can survive the present challenges.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but not great

  • By Brian Neubauer on 02-12-19

Best Book I've Read (listened too) in a Long Time

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

Reviewed: 12-19-17

This book is right up there with the greats. It both reflects and surpasses them. A little like American gods with some cyberpunk mixed in. Great weave of science fiction and fantasy. Characters are vivid, relatable, and INTERESTING! Their drives and passions are tangible. This book really stands and delivers! Buy it!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cartwright's Cavaliers

  • The Revelations Cycle, Book 1
  • By: Mark Wandrey
  • Narrated by: Craig Good
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,068
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,069

Heir to one of the leading "Four Horsemen" mercenary companies, Jim Cartwright is having a bad year. Having failed his high school VOWS tests, he's just learned his mother bankrupted the family company before disappearing, robbing him of his Cavalier birthright. But the Horsemen of eras past were smart - they left a legacy of equipment Jim can use to complete the next contract and resurrect the company.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't give up on the book because of the monotone

  • By Eleanor C Mccrary on 04-23-17

Good sci-fi with a side of nonsense

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

Reviewed: 04-13-17

First off it's well written and has a compelling and interesting plot. That being said there are a ton of "my little pony" (yes the children's cartoon) references that almost kill the story. I'm a "live and let live" sorta guy but this was almost too much for me. I don't want to get into it too much but the segways into my little pony fandom don't make sense in this context and are hard to reconcile with the time period and the protagonist. I get it Mark likes ponies but Jim's (the protagonist) fascination with them makes his character less believable. It is amazing that the book still manages to be good IN SPITE of this.

  • The Collapsing Empire

  • The Interdependency, Book 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,494

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely not my favorite scalzi

  • By pat on 03-25-17

Enjoyable well written Sci-Fi

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

Reviewed: 04-10-17

Scalzi is one of a few contemporary science fiction writers that can be depended upon to produce consistently excellent work. Wil Wheaton is just icing on the cake.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Lessons in Etiquette

  • Schooled in Magic, Book 2
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,462
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,349

After completing her first year of learning magic at Whitehall School, Emily accepts an invitation from Princess Alassa to accompany her on her progress back to her home country of Zangaria, where the princess may meet her future husband. Alassa, who was a spoiled brat before she met Emily, wants to show off her friend - and impress potential suitors. For Emily, it is a chance to relax and explore a world very different to Earth, meet new people and come to terms with her reputation in the Nameless World.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great series!!!! Book2 better than first!!!!!!

  • By J.V. Cox on 04-28-17

A young connecticut mage in some kings court

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

Reviewed: 09-23-16

This book is exceedingly well written. It is reminiscent of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's court with a plot that resembles Harry Potter. It, thankfully, is not a young adult novel.

  • Influx

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,456
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,869

Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Solid to Silly to Inane

  • By Craig on 05-15-14

Great sci-fi

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

Reviewed: 05-25-16

There's a lot of crappie out there. This author gives me hope for the future of science fiction.

  • The Skinner

  • The Spatterjay Series: Book 1
  • By: Neal Asher
  • Narrated by: William Gaminara
  • Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 233

The savage ocean planet of Spatterjay draws visitors with very different agendas. Erlin is immortal and seeks a reason to keep living. Janer hosts a hive mind, which paid him to find this planet. And Keech is an agent of Earth who’s been dead for 700 years – but still hunts a notorious criminal. On Spatterjay’s vast waterscapes, only the Old Captains risk the native life forms and their voracious appetites. However, they are now barely human. And somewhere out there Keech’s target – the Skinner – runs wild. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good story and reader; spacing needs edit

  • By Andrew on 08-26-11

Something Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 04-30-16

If you want a rich world painted in all the vivid colors an AI might perceive as it samples the entire electromagnetic spectrum this is your read. I cannot sing this author's praises enough. This is hands down one of the most well written and engaging stories or universes I have ever experienced. Please do yourself a favor here, drop the hunger games and pick yourself up some Neal Asher. TREAT YO SELF

  • Son of the Black Sword

  • Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, Book 1
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,045
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,369

After the War of the Gods, the demons were cast out and fell to the world. Mankind was nearly eradicated by the seemingly unstoppable beasts until the gods sent the great hero, Ramrowan, to save them. He united the tribes, gave them magic, and drove the demons into the sea. Ever since, the land has belonged to man, and the oceans have remained an uncrossable hell, leaving the continent of Lok isolated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Beginning to a new Epic Series

  • By Don Gilbert on 10-31-15

Exciting and a step up

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

Reviewed: 04-30-16

Larry. I hope he doesn't mind I call him Larry. Has been getting better and better. Even his Freshmen efforts in sci fi/fantasy are readable or listenable. But he keeps improving. This is one of his most recent novels and I found it very enjoyable.

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,406

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, what a performance and what a story

  • By Jared G on 08-27-16

A true Masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 04-30-16

This book has everything a soft sci fi book should have. It is extraordinarily well written and the narration is of rare quality. Even for someone not acclimated to the genre this series will be an excellent listen. REALLY DO YOURSELF A FAVOR. Get this one

  • Staked

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 8
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,502
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,781

When a Druid has lived for 2,000 years like Atticus, he's bound to run afoul of a few vampires - make that legions of them. Even his former friend and legal counsel turned out to be a bloodsucking backstabber. Now the toothy troublemakers - led by power-mad pain-in-the-neck Theophilus - have become a huge problem requiring a solution. It's time to make a stand.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I have to agree. . .

  • By Jessica on 02-04-16

Why do I keep buying your books?

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

Reviewed: 04-30-16

I don't know why I bought this book. What did I expect. I have a strong suspicion that the subject matter in these books would be much better if Luke Daniels stopped voicing Oberon like Scooby Doo. I loved this series. I think I'll abandon ship here. No you can't have a scooby snack Luke Daniels because you've ruined this series for me.

  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,423
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,736
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,673

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a work that I highly recommend

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 05-02-16

Give Me More

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

Reviewed: 04-30-16

This is the first fully dramatized piece I have enjoyed in a long time. All the voices are exceedingly well done as are the sound effects. Some parts of the story are a bit repetitive but honestly it was just nostalgic. I remember older radio dramas that had similar repetitive intermissions.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful