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  • Fluency

  • By: Jennifer Foehner Wells
  • Narrated by: Susanna Burney
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,617
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,623

NASA discovered the alien ship lurking in the asteroid belt in the 1960's. They kept the Target under intense surveillance for decades, letting the public believe they were exploring the solar system, while they worked feverishly to refine the technology needed to reach it. Dr. Jane Holloway is content documenting nearly-extinct languages and had never contemplated becoming an astronaut. But when NASA recruits her to join a team of military scientists for an expedition to the Target, it's an adventure she can't refuse.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I "drug" myself away as quickly as possible.

  • By Aurochs on 08-10-16

A Girly Book, but not in a good way

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

Reviewed: 11-17-16

Would you try another book from Jennifer Foehner Wells and/or Susanna Burney?

I certainly would not throw good money after bad. If I wanted to read this trash, I'd buy a Harlequin novel instead. The narrator is fine.

What could Jennifer Foehner Wells have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

How about putting a little thought into the concepts? It's called SCIENCE fiction for a reason.

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

She is a good actor with a pleasant voice.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really, no.

Any additional comments?

The alien star-faring civilization seeded earth with apelike creatures in the hope that a warrior race would evolve and help them in their war. This is as idiotic a concept as any I have ever read. If your recruitment drive takes millions of years, I'm pretty sure you are going to lose!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Quarter Share

  • A Trader's Tale from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, Book 1
  • By: Nathan Lowell
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634

In a universe run by corporations, where profit matters more than life, how can an orphan with no skills, no money, and no prospects survive? When Ishmael Wang's mother dies in a senseless accident, he's given a choice: leave the planet on his own, or the company will remove him. To avoid deportation Ishmael finds work as a mess deck attendant on an interstellar freighter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nathan vs Jeffrey

  • By Marc on 09-29-16

Thank God it was short

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

Reviewed: 10-25-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I'm sorry, but it's hard for me to imagine anyone not being very disappointed with this book.

What could Nathan Lowell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Have something interesting happen.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator delivers his lines like Rod Serling with a gunshot wound to the groin.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Quarter Share?

All of them

Any additional comments?

The premise is a young man joins the crew of an interstellar trading ship. This is a situation bursting with promise! Interesting trade problems with bizarre aliens, pirate attacks, engine failure, plague and mutiny, all just off the top of my head.
Instead the author fills the entire book with the excruciating, minuscule details of buying and selling mundane items. ***YAWN***
How to clean a large copper coffee pot was one of the action highlights of this sorry excuse for a novel.
My Aunt Bertha's garage sales are more exciting than this book!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Live Free or Die

  • Troy Rising, Book One
  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,900
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,910

When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A touch of hitchhiker guide to the galaxy

  • By Pieter on 03-29-11

A very fun read, despite badly flawed science

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

Reviewed: 08-26-16

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

The book is action-packed, well paced, has a sense of humor and interesting characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Live Free or Die?

The alien traders unexpectedly getting drunk on maple syrup, while hackneyed, was an effective device.

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

Mark Boyett does an excellent job of voice acting. He gives each different character their own speech dialect.

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

I did laugh out loud a couple of times.

Any additional comments?

This was a fun read, if you are able to ignore the glaring science errors, and implausible plot devices. For example, I calculated that in order to melt the Troy asteroid in 1 year and neglecting all losses, you would need 5 million concentrating mirrors each 1 KILOMETER on a side! Jeez, Ringo, pick up a slide rule!
Also, the conceit that some local IT guy turns out to be a better macro-engineer than a thousands of years old interstellar empire is just insipidly insulting.
A minimal amount of thought, a few minutes with a calculator, and the tiniest respect for the reader's intelligence could have made this book a classic rather than a guilty pleasure.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Falling Torch

  • By: Algis Budrys
  • Narrated by: Jerry Sciarrio
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 6

How could he save Earth, when Earth no longer cared? In this sci-fi classic, distant archaic Earth has been occupied by aliens for several decades, while Earth's government-in-exile has resided in the advanced Centaurian system.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • novelized 'Dear Diary' maunderings

  • By Bryan on 08-26-16

novelized 'Dear Diary' maunderings

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

Reviewed: 08-26-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

If you want to listen to the protagonist endlessly self-analyze his pathetic insecurities, then this book is for you.

What could Algis Budrys have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The author might have included some science along with his fiction, It's 500 years from now, and the big military technology advance is an air rifle? Also, alien invaders than look exactly like humans is just biologically idiotic.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator read it like an annoying self-absorbed teenager. To be fair though, that is how it was written.

What character would you cut from Falling Torch?

The main one.

Any additional comments?

The events of the book very closely parallel the author's childhood experiences as a Lithuanian refugee. The endless introspective inner dialog is obviously something that belongs in a 'Dear Diary' entry and not as part of a novel. The plot for this book was literally nonexistent. If Budrys needed to work out some issues (he really, really did), may I suggest free writing and then burning the pages instead of making all of us suffer along with him?

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

A Gift from Earth
    
    
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        Larry Niven
    
    


    
    
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        Andy Caploe
    
    


    
    Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
    105 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • A Gift from Earth

  • By: Larry Niven
  • Narrated by: Andy Caploe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

Plateau, a colony in the Tau Ceti system, was settled by humans some 300 years before the plot begins. The colony world itself is a Venusian type planet with a dense, hot, poisonous atmosphere. It would be otherwise uninhabitable, except for a tall monolithic mesa that rises 40 miles up into a breathable layer in the upper atmosphere. This gives the planet a habitable area about half the size of California.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I couldn't finish it...

  • By shirley on 03-03-13

Great Book, Annoying Narration

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

Reviewed: 02-07-16

What made the experience of listening to A Gift from Earth the most enjoyable?

Here is a classic adventure novel from a master of SF. Thoroughly enjoyable, well thought and well paced.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Gift from Earth?

A trip through the body banks, where political prisoners donate their organs to keep alive the ruling class...

How could the performance have been better?

WHY OH WHY did the narrator give the Matt Keller character a ridiculous California surfer accent!!?? Extremely annoying and detracting from the overall experience.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

Any additional comments?

The narrator should keep his funny voices in the box where they belong!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Star Strike
    The Inheritance Trilogy, Book 1
    
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        Ian Douglas
    
    


    
    
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        Marc Vietor
    
    


    
    Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
    423 ratings
    Overall 4.0
  • Star Strike

  • The Inheritance Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Ian Douglas
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 423
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 267

Planet by planet, galaxy by galaxy, the inhabited universe has fallen to the alien Xul. Now only one obstacle stands between them and total domination: the warriors of a resilient race the world-devourers nearly annihilated centuries ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Sci Fi Detail and excellent story

  • By Lawrence on 08-04-08

gelatinous jingoistic blather

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-10

This book consists of a few morsels of science fiction floating in a gelid medium of jingoistic pap. The story follows recruits in the future marine corps, and the narrator grunts out the annoyingly saccharine "esprit" like he's an actual drill instructor. A little of this I could take, but the hours of political diatribes and melodramatic inner soliloquies are downright nauseating. The author actually says "Hoo-Rah" over and over (I think its a marine thing).

I admire the above average understanding of physics, but that's the only positive thing I have to say about this novel. The story is a blatant rip off of Saberhagen's berserkers and Heinlein's starship troopers, without the charm of either.

2 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Gateway

  • By: Frederik Pohl
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Robert J. Sawyer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,976
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,597
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,608

When prospector Bob Broadhead went out to Gateway on the Heechee spacecraft, he decided he would know which was the right mission to make him his fortune. Three missions later, now famous and permanently rich, Robinette Broadhead has to face what happened to him and what he is...in a journey into himself as perilous and even more horrifying than the nightmare trip through the interstellar void that he drove himself to take!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A human-focused SF classic

  • By Ryan on 12-05-13

a flawed masterwork

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-10

The Heechee alien race and artifacts are among the most interesting in science fiction. Inscrutable and fascinating, enticing with riches and threatening with danger, the Gateway asteroid embodies with eloquence mankind's questing nature.
I only wish the novel had focused more exclusively on the Heechee and not on one of the most unlikeable characters in modern fiction. The "Hero" Robinette Broadhead, is given an opportunity any red blooded human would die for: to plumb the galaxy's mysteries in an alien starship.
All he can do with this mighty gift, unfortunately, is drink till he pukes, beat his girlfriend, and sobbingly profess to his shrink that he equates love with having things stuck up his butt. Oh, Dear!

8 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • City at the End of Time

  • By: Greg Bear
  • Narrated by: Charles Leggett
  • Length: 21 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31

In a time like the present, three young people dream of the fabulous ruins of a decaying city somewhere in the distant future: the Kalpa. The dreams of Ginny and Jack overtake them without warning, leaving their bodies behind while carrying their consciousnesses forward.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not buying it.

  • By Kenton on 08-11-08

It's not just long... it's also slow and stupid!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-10

The antagonist is a god-like evil which is devouring the universe simultaneously(?) across trillions of years of history.
Bear attempts to address the raised issues of quantum reality and causality merely by babbling cool-sounding made up words like "enigma-chron" and "lines of fate". This whole book is an "enigma-chron".
The creeping chaos consuming reality fortunately has gravity, soil, cities and a flow of events so that the characters can sojourn there. Maybe it's not so chaotic?
Fortunately for the botched storyline, housecats (yes, frikkin' housecats!) are immune to the chaos's effects, and devour the ultimate malign intelligence which turns out to be a small alien space-rat.
I SWEAR I'M NOT KIDDING!!
Don't waste your money on this one.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • After the Downfall

  • By: Harry Turtledove
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46

1945: Russian troops have entered Berlin, and are engaged in a violent orgy of robbery, rape, and revenge! Wehrmacht officer Hasso Pemsel, a career soldier on the losing end of the greatest war in history, flees from a sniper's bullet, finding himself hurled into a mysterious, fantastic world of wizards, dragons, and unicorns!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable story

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-10-09

gag

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-09

The plot was utterly pointless and meandering. None of the magic or fantastic happenings were ever explained. I also got really tired of the bad movie german accent of the main character.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

  • By: Scott Lynch
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 21 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,893
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,374

An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stupendous, but be warned.

  • By Luke A. Reynolds on 11-30-09

Bloody Brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-28-09

Incredibly vivid, poetic, and brilliantly descriptive, Lynch's masterpiece paints a deeply rich and detailed world behind the reader's eyes. Humourous, exciting and visceral, this is one of those books that leaves you begging for more!

4 of 8 people found this review helpful