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  • A Closed and Common Orbit: Booktrack Edition

  • Wayfarers, Book 2
  • By: Becky Chambers
  • Narrated by: Patricia Rodriguez
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Lovelace was once merely a ship's artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body, following a total system shutdown and reboot, she has to start over in a synthetic body, in a world where her kind are illegal. She's never felt so alone. But she's not alone, not really. Pepper, one of the engineers who risked life and limb to reinstall Lovelace, is determined to help her adjust to her new world. Because Pepper knows a thing or two about starting over. Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that, huge as the galaxy may be, it's anything but empty. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even better than the first!

  • By Jaime on 10-12-18

A miserable disappointment. Incredibly annoying.

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

Reviewed: 02-13-19

I was expecting another lighthearted space romp with Krizie, and Jinks, vand and Rosemary, and the rest. Instead, I got 13 plus hours of a 4-chapter-at-most story of Pepper's early life, Sidra's coming of age, and the rescue of Owl. The musical soundtrack made me want to return the book. The childish writing, along with the childrens'-book-awful narration, made me want to scream. Save your money. Becky Chambers failed us with this book. I need to listen to a couple of Heinlein books to "get the taste of this crap out of my mouth".

  • New Worlds

  • Rogue Star, Book 2
  • By: Jasper T. Scott
  • Narrated by: Flynn Earl Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Logan Willis and his family are hiding safely in Haven, an underwater colony designed by billionaire Akron Massey to be his private shelter. But Logan's son, Alex, didn't make it. Logan is desperate to get out and find him. Meanwhile, OneZero, a friendly Screecher locked in Haven's brig, also wants to get out, and so does Akron Massey, who plans to build another rocket from the Mars mission prototype and use it to join his family on the red planet. Together these three must find a way to leave Haven and accomplish their goals, but the world they left is not the one they are returning to.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I have never wanted the main character to die so badly!

  • By Justin on 12-14-18

Protagonist is too stupid for words

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

The protagonist is so incomprehensibly stupid, that it's hard to imagine him breathing without the help of machines.

  • Stars Uncharted

  • By: S. K. Dunstall
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

Captain Hammond Roystan is a simple cargo runner who has stumbled across the find of a lifetime: the Hassim, a disabled exploration ship - and its valuable record of unexplored worlds. His junior engineer, Josune Arriola, said her last assignment was in the uncharted rim. A renowned body-modification artist, Nika Rik Terri has run afoul of clients who will not take no for an answer, and she is dragging along a rookie modder. Together this mismatched crew will end up on one ship, hurtling through the lawless reaches of deep space with Roystan at the helm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hoping for more set in this universe!

  • By Alex on 08-19-18

Phenomenal story, frankly, lousy narration

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

I counld not stop listening to this book, despite the droning, half whispering narration. The story, and characters are exceptionally crafted. I can not wait for the sequel!
(with a different narrator)

  • A Girl in Time

  • By: John Birmingham
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Johansson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Cady McCall is ready to be rich and famous. She has sacrificed everything, putting her work ahead of family and friends. Now, with breakout success and huge, insane wealth so close she can taste it, her life is blown apart by Deputy Marshal John "Titanic" Smith, the man who rescues her from two muggers only to carry her off into history. Lost on the seas of time, Smith is desperate to get home to his family in 1876, and now Cady is lost along with him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By FanAudible on 05-30-17

John Birmingham has lost his touch

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

This book is a major disappointment. Birmingham's vision of an America under Trump reads like a propaganda leaflet, rolled up in a ( barely) science fiction romance. He should stick to the racist, antisemitic politics of his homeland.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Trapped

  • By: Douglas E. Richards
  • Narrated by: Josh Hurley
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

Ryan and Regan Resnick have just moved to the world's most boring place. But when they discover their parents are part of an ultra-secret project called Prometheus, they are plunged into a nonstop adventure - one that will be the ultimate test of their wits, courage, and determination. Soon they are under attack and facing hostile alien worlds, alien technology, and unimaginable dangers at every turn. Now, with their mother facing certain death, they must race to solve a seemingly impossible mystery to have any hope of saving her.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Intended audience of 10yr Olds

  • By Sasquatch on 07-30-18

Written for 4th graders, not labeled as such

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

This is a book written for children, that Amazon promotes as an all ages science fiction book . It is not. It's written for 8 year olds.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last War

  • The Last War Series, Book 1
  • By: Peter Bostrom
  • Narrated by: Steve Jones
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

Earth is under attack. Twenty years after the American-Chinese war devastated our worlds, we finally have a tense peace. But legendary American Admiral Jack Mattis, on his inspection tour of the first joint American-Chinese space station, finds himself in the middle of the unthinkable: an alien invasion. Their ships are powerful, their weapons overwhelming. And in the confusion, our tentative peace with the Chinese is shaken to the core.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • poor audio

  • By david macdonald on 07-04-17

Amateurish writing, many, many mispronunciations.

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

It's really a shame that the author writes like a thirteen year old. The story has promise, but the execution sucks the enjoyment out of it. The narrator reads the material like a seventh grader reading a report in class. It's a huge disappointment.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Odysseus Awakening

  • Odyssey One, Book 6
  • By: Evan Currie
  • Narrated by: David deVries
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,018
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934

Defy the inevitable. Such is the stance of Confederation captain Eric Weston and the crew of the starship Odysseus, patrolling the outer limits of Priminae space, anticipating the Empire's next attacks. Connected with the Terran FTL tech - the transition drive - humanity might stand a chance against the overwhelming forces. Until the entire planetary system goes dark. Outnumbered and outgunned, the Odysseus arrives to find the Empire securing critical intelligence from Priminae ships.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • getting repetitive. speed it up Currie!

  • By Brindysam on 01-21-18

Too many errors

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

It's a halfway decent space opera marred by poor grammar (bad editing?}, improper words (referring to the Commodore as "the Captain" in several spots), and lackluster narration. The narrator needs to learn the correct pronunciation of terms prior to actually narrating a book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Damocles

  • By: S. G. Redling
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 954
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 868
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 861

When Earth is rocked by evidence that extraterrestrials may have seeded human DNA throughout the universe, a one-way expedition into deep space is mounted to uncover the truth. What linguist Meg Dupris and her crewmates aboard the Earth ship Damocles discover on Didet - a planet bathed in the near-eternal daylight of seven suns - is a humanoid race with a different language, a different look, and a surprisingly similar society. But here, it’s the "Earthers" who are the extraterrestrial invaders, and it’s up to Meg - a woman haunted by tragedy and obsessed with the power of communication - to find the key to establishing trust between the natives and the newcomers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What did I tell you about that pie!?

  • By Brian on 06-05-13

Meh

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

Reviewed: 12-17-17

I was expecting an actual science fiction novel, and got a mediocre romance novel, filled with quasi science fiction concepts, and no real science. The narrator, while I'm sure that she is decent human being, has a bit of a grating voice. Her delivery was OK, not great.

  • The Rise of Io

  • By: Wesley Chu
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 14 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Ella Patel, thief, con-artist and smuggler, is in the wrong place at the wrong time. One night, she happens upon a man and woman being attacked. The man freezes, leaving the woman to fight off five attackers at once, before succumbing. As she dies, to both Ella and the man's surprise, the sparkling light that rises from the woman enters Ella, instead of the man. She soon realizes she's been inhabited by Io, a low-ranking Quasing. Now Ella must help the alien presence to complete her mission.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • 14 plus hours that I'll never get back.<br />

  • By Pachypanchax on 11-08-17

14 plus hours that I'll never get back.<br />

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

Hated it. Hated it. Hated it. Hated it. Hated it. Hated it. Hated it. Hated it. Hated it. Horrendously awful characters, idiotic plot, awful, awful, awful book!

1 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,831
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,856

In what is considered one of Heinlein's most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world. It is 21st-century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans, a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But that's the problem with the inevitable: it always happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heinlein's Masterpiece

  • By Peter on 12-04-06

One of Heinlein's best!

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

Reviewed: 07-30-17

Loved it! Perhaps his best work. Have read it/heard it at least six times, and it gets better with each reading.