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Portland, OR United States
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  • The Consuming Fire

  • The Interdependency, Book 2
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,503
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,325

The Interdependency, humanity’s interstellar empire, is on the verge of collapse. The Flow, the extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel between the stars possible, is disappearing, leaving entire star systems stranded. When it goes, human civilization may go with it - unless desperate measures can be taken. Emperox Grayland II, the leader of the Interdependency, is ready to take those measures to help ensure the survival of billions. But nothing is ever that easy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Building upon a collapse, this follow-up exceeds!

  • By C. White on 10-16-18

Enjoyable - Will should tone down his outraged character voice

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

Worth sticking with this one as the plot develops. I generally like Will Wheaton narration, but I did consider stopping early on after a series of bad guy characters had their dialog performed in the same overly outraged a-hole style which got on my nerves. A bit over acted and wrongly acted IMO. Though there is just a bit of melodrama to the plot with the heavy handed evil people vs. the purely intentioned good people. Along the way there are enough twists and sci-fi action to make a satisfying story.

  • Black Hole

  • How an Idea Abandoned by Newtonians, Hated by Einstein, and Gambled on by Hawking Became Loved
  • By: Marcia Bartusiak
  • Narrated by: Randye Kaye
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

For more than half a century, physicists and astronomers engaged in heated dispute over the possibility of black holes in the universe. The weirdly alien notion of a space-time abyss from which nothing escapes - not even light - seemed to confound all logic. This engrossing audiobook tells the story of the fierce black hole debates and the contributions of Einstein, Hawking, and other leading thinkers who completely altered our view of the universe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great into to black holes

  • By serine on 01-23-16

Good science history - Solidified some black hole insights

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

Interesting history of how black holes came to be accepted as real rather than just theoretical objects. Also covered bits and pieces of the life histories of some of the key players in an interesting way. Helped give me some new insights into the nature of black holes, such as their startling similarities to fundamental particles. Left me wanting more on some of the less intuitive (less sensible? :-) aspects such as the theory that the size of the event horizon has an equivalence with a black hole’s entropy. Weird, wild physics!

  • The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

  • A New History of a Lost World
  • By: Steve Brusatte
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 940
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 932

In this stunning narrative spanning more than 200 million years, Steve Brusatte, a young American paleontologist who has emerged as one of the foremost stars of the field - discovering 10 new species and leading groundbreaking scientific studies and fieldwork - masterfully tells the complete, surprising, and new history of the dinosaurs, drawing on cutting-edge science to dramatically bring to life their lost world and illuminate their enigmatic origins, spectacular flourishing, astonishing diversity, cataclysmic extinction, and startling living legacy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dinosaurs! Oh my!

  • By William R. Toddmancillas on 05-12-18

Great overview of latest take on dinosaurs

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

Nice mix of human interest (the author seems to be friends with every major paleontologist) and descriptions of the latest dinosaur research, methods, and theories. And well handled by the narrator so the author’s unabashed enthusiasm and dino geekiness comes through :-) As someone who grew up with an interest in dinosaurs then didn’t pay much attention beyond knowing about a big asteroid ending it all, it was very interesting and informative. So that’s how they can figure out what color dinosaurs were!

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  • Homo Deus

  • A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,219
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,878
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,790

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best seller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity's future and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun But With A Couple O' Caveats--

  • By Gillian on 02-22-17

Many thought provoking moments...

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

...which make up for some shortcomings of the author sometimes rambling between topics or way overstating a case to make a point. Such as, during the Middle Ages soldiers blindly and happily went off to battle because the pope and emperor said it was the thing to do... Hey, wait a minute, have people really changed so much? Still, some great points underpinning the argument about the stories we tell each other that define reality and how those can change. So in the end the highest praise I can give a book applies here - it covers a lot of ground and it made me think.

  • Mirrorworld

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,078
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,020

Crazy has no memory and feels no fear. Dangerous and unpredictable, he's locked away in SafeHaven, a psychiatric hospital, where he spends the long days watching Wheel of Fortune and wondering what the outside world smells like. When a mysterious visitor arrives and offers him a way out Crazy doesn't hesitate to accept.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Crazy good (with a capital C)

  • By Lex on 05-01-15

Overall fun read that occasionally goes off the rails

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

Good narrator. Definitely must fully suspend disbelief before charging ahead like a fearless soldier. There were a couple times I started to get hung up on new agey pseudo-science explanations or thinking the characters should have caught on to something sooner. But overall it was entertaining, and even when off the rails, the train tears on to the end.

  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26,843
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,895
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,810

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

Engaging characters and great narrator!

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

The characters are so engaging and compelling that I was carried through the one or two brief sections that dipped a bit more deeply into juvenile fiction territory. And the narrator is fantastic! Overall, it felt like a wholly authentic look into an American black family as they navigate the divide between white and black and between poverty and prosperity.

  • Solitude

  • Dimension Space, Book 1
  • By: Dean M. Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray, Julia Whelan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,134

A mysterious wave of light wipes humanity from the planet, leaving only one person in its wake. After months of desperate isolation, Earth’s last man discovers he’s not alone. The last woman is stranded alone aboard the International Space Station. Can Vaughn find a path to space and back? Can Angela - the only person with clues to the mystery behind humanity's disappearance - survive until he does? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What. A. Story.

  • By Brian on 06-16-17

Bumbling character creates own problems -annoying!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

I really wanted to like the story much more than I did, but the male character continuously causes almost all of his own problems, which I found really annoying. Uh, would you really do absolutely no planning or thinking as an army officer in his situation? I made it to the end of this one, but will not pick up the next one which seems certain to be coming. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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  • After On

  • A Novel of Silicon Valley
  • By: Rob Reid
  • Narrated by: Sean Kenin, January LaVoy, Felicia Day, and others
  • Length: 22 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,617

Meet Phluttr - a diabolically addictive new social network and a villainess, heroine, enemy, and/or bestie to millions. Phluttr has ingested every fact and message ever sent to, from, and about her innumerable users. Her capabilities astound her makers - and they don't even know the tenth of it. But what's the purpose of this stunning creation? Is it a front for something even darker and more powerful than the NSA?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Keith Cuthbert on 08-05-17

Clever and often amusing speculative fiction (not sci-fi :-)

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

Reviewed: 10-06-17

A smart and funny look at Silicon Valley and potential ramifications of developing true AI. The several narrators were fantastic and really changed up the feel of the story as it shifted between characters and the reading of blog posts and product reviews. Overall a four because at times it bogged down a bit while the narrator tells you at length what a character had done, why they have done it, why someone else then did something else, etc. instead of letting the characters play out the story. But then it gets rolling again and is overall well worth a listen.

  • City of Thieves

  • By: David Benioff
  • Narrated by: Ron Perlman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,233

A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won't talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning Tale. Great Narration.

  • By Paul on 10-24-09

Best book I've listened to so far in 2017

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

Reviewed: 08-14-17

Gives a real sense of what life during the siege of Leningrad might have been like through an adventure that is in turns thrilling, funny, horrifying, and ultimately satisfying.

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  • Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 6
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,629
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,523
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,523

Belfast, 1988. A man is found dead, killed with a bolt from a crossbow in front of his house. This is no hunting accident. But uncovering who is responsible for the murder will take Detective Sean Duffy down his most dangerous road yet, a road that leads to a lonely clearing on a high bog where three masked gunmen will force Duffy to dig his own grave. Hunted by forces unknown, threatened by Internal Affairs, and with his relationship on the rocks, Duffy will need all his wits to get out of this investigation in one piece.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing better than a Duffy tale!

  • By 6catz on 03-10-17

Another great entry in the series

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

Reviewed: 07-18-17

The main character continues to be quite compelling despite his flaws. Pint vodka gimlet, light on the ice, lime and soda... The more the system is stacked against him, the more you root for him to use his detective skills and stubbornness to crack the case.