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  • Beat the Reaper

  • A Novel
  • By: Josh Bazell
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,189
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,188

Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome.

  • By Chris - Audible on 04-17-12

imagine Ray Liotta from Goodfellows as a medical resident...

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

Reviewed: 12-10-17

Interesting take on The Sopranos this is life vibe. Lots of interesting snark about hospitals. end was a bit over the top but fun!

  • 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 11,614
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,015
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,996

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
  • Standard Clines. Fun and forgettable

  • By Debra on 10-07-17

The Search for The American Dream

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

Reviewed: 10-03-17

A wonderful read both in terms of premise and in terms of likeable characters and plot! This premise is time travel but enters The Dark Tower territory, where the hero with a thousand faces tale is re-cast in American terms. In The Dark Tower, the tale was re-cast with the hero as the iconic American gunslinger. In Paradox Bound, the quest is for the iconic American Dream itself lost somewhere in the history of the United States.

A fantastic premise but even better is that the book isn't weighty or ponderous and the characters and the situations are fun. Eli is not as talented or as interesting as Mike from Fold, but good company for Harry, an intriguing female character, as they slide through history. (As an aside, I had hoped for a continuation of the Fold Universe and there is indeed a delightfully unexpected reference.) The book thankfully skips details on time-travel- I want to listen to fiction, not a textbook or how smart the author is- and instead weaves in the essence of America, including an interesting take on the role of many faceless men behind the scenes who have sacrificed for the country. While Eli is no Captain America (indeed he briefly muses on the enduring popularity of the character), he shares with Steve Rogers (and the movies) a sense of what is right and wrong without dwelling too much on it.

A fun fast read, or in my case a fun fast listen with Ray Porter adding a variety of accents and voices to his usual delivery of a "good, reasonable guy." Cline is a master of pulling together threads set up in the beginning of the book without being heavy-handed. He also has some clever plot devices that avoid the "unnecessarily long monologuing" that buries some books.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Chimera

  • By: Mira Grant
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251

The outbreak has spread, tearing apart the foundations of society, as implanted tapeworms have turned their human hosts into a seemingly mindless mob. Sal and her family are trapped between bad and worse and must find a way to compromise between the two sides of their nature before the battle becomes large enough to destroy humanity and everything that humanity has built...including the chimera.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Avoid- the third book really didn't get better...

  • By Gloria on 12-01-15

Avoid- the third book really didn't get better...

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

Reviewed: 12-01-15

Parasite was intriguing, a little slow. Symbiont was just filler but a reviewer said "well, it was supposed to be 2 books but apparently the publishers wanted to stretch it to 3 books" and I certainly could believe that. I wanted to finish the series and get answers to the questions like "Why do the sleepwalkers know her name?"

Instead I got more filler, more contrived scenes, no answers, more confusion over what the heck Sal's dad knew or did, and more annoyance with Sal.

Very disappointing as there were interesting ideas laid out in the first novel.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • 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 9,446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,615
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,623

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They create a computer using a 30 million man Army

  • By Josh P on 12-07-14

Starts slow but worth reading to the end

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

Reviewed: 11-19-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I highly recommend this audiobook though it is imperfect. The story starts off very slow and then suddenly at the the bad guys give an unnecessarily long discussion of their evil plans and ways as if we are in a very bad James Bond movie (I can hear Scott from Austin Powers complaining). The plausibility is lost, the bad guys have super technology yet can't solve their problem using the technology even though I could think of many ways. The whole thread where a scientist may have solved their problem and obviated the situation was discarded. Yet the framework of the Cultural Revolution, what you would do if you were the person to make first contact during the Cultural Revolution, and what They would do is fascinating and creative.

What other book might you compare The Three-Body Problem to and why?

The book is similar in the science and scope seen in Kim Stanley Robinson's books. The thread of the Cultural Revolution and its devastating, subtle impact on science and a person's life was reminiscent of Dan Simmon's Hyperion series (only without the tight plotting, deep characters, and lyrical writing).

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator mispronounced many computer science terms and I found his characterizations too "American"- I read the book in the hopes of getting more of a feel for a Chinese perspective not have it transported to Los Angeles.

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

I was blown away at the thread of the Cultural Revolution and what it could drive a person to do.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Circle

  • By: Dave Eggers
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,870
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,228
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7,246

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrifying look at a techno-destruction of privacy

  • By FinanceBuzz on 01-20-14

Wow... 1984, Brave New World, and Brazil

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

Reviewed: 10-06-15

The book starts off slow and somewhat offputting. But then it begins to build. And then you realize it's like a lobster in a pot of cold water it's begun to boil... Fascinating ideas taken into- sadly- logical extremes and incredible analogies. Well worth reading.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

  • By: Natasha Pulley
  • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 774
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 774

It's 1883. Thaniel Steepleton returns home to his tiny London apartment to find a gold pocket watch on his pillow. Six months later the mysterious timepiece saves his life, drawing him away from a blast that destroys Scotland Yard. At last he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori, a kind, lonely immigrant from Japan. Although Mori seems harmless, a chain of unexplainable events soon suggests he must be hiding something.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Story

  • By Jennifer Wadsworth on 09-05-15

Steam punk multi-verse with Japanese flair

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

Reviewed: 08-26-15

The book starts off slowly and I found myself put it aside from time to time. But it gradually built to a great pace and narrative, with a surprising ending that was delightful and touching. Worth sticking through to the end.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Symbiont

  • By: Mira Grant
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 326

The SymboGen designed tapeworms were created to relieve humanity of disease and sickness. But the implants in the majority of the world's population began attacking their hosts turning them into a ravenous horde. Now those who do not appear to be afflicted are being gathered for quarantine as panic spreads, but Sal and her companions must discover how the tapeworms are taking over their hosts, what their eventual goal is, and how they can be stopped.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Like a worm in my brain

  • By Pam on 01-10-15

Just filler

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

Reviewed: 04-01-15

Total waste of time... Plot is not advanced beyond what could have been done in a chapter and I began to dislike the protagonist who was forever worrying about was it right to kill sleepwalkers who were trying to eat them.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Among Others

  • By: Jo Walton
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,280
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,125
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,127

Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Subtle Character Piece

  • By Eoin on 09-15-11

A Paen to a SciFi Childhood, Hugo, Nebula Winner

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

Reviewed: 12-09-12

Among Others is a book made alive by audio- reading the book could never bring alive the various accents.

The book won both the Hugo and Nebula, though it is much different in style than previous winners. The ambiguity of the book title reflects the central question(s) for the teenaged protagonist: are the Others that she should live among other human beings or fairies? Do you live among or with others? How do you live among either or both set of others without going insane or even dying? And the real question that she cannot know she is exploring is: how to do this at that very tricky time of life of being a teenager when just living with yourself is pretty tough?

The one weakness to me of the book is that in the middle it becomes more of laundry list of science books that the protagonist is reading at the time at school. While it was a delight to see that Jo Walton liked the books I did and to make a mental list of what I should add to my reading list, at some point I was wondering if we've ever get to back to the intriguing plot line started in the opening.

Power through- Walton does get back that to it in a compelling and emotionally satisfying way.

Great read and share with your teenagers.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Steve Jobs

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 25 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,515
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,617
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,580

Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting man

  • By Jeanne on 11-13-11

A history of computing along the way

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

Reviewed: 05-07-12

Being the same age as Jobs and a computer scientist who was on the consumer side of Apple, it was fascinating to see what he was really like. But it also was fascinating to see how the technology developed and how Apple came back from the dead- it was living history. The biography is fearless and while Jobs was not someone I'd care to have over for dinner, warts and all, he lived a remarkable life on his terms.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bossypants

  • By: Tina Fey
  • Narrated by: Tina Fey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,078
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,902

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • what was the point of this book

  • By Nobody on 11-11-18

A real autobiography!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-11

I was expecting a funny, superficial book where Tina Fey takes some nice safe vignettes from her life and does little routines. Instead I got a very witty, self-deprecating look at the life of the incredibly talented and nice girl next door who made good. There's not a lot of dirt or snarkiness, the Palin section was fascinating and Tina memorably is all about how she (Tina) was the condescending one, but at the same time it reads as an honest description of her life by a person who appreciates that it's a lot like our life but now way better.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful