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  • Seveneves

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal, Will Damron
  • Length: 31 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,078
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,072

A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So Much Potential

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 06-08-17

Terrible waste of time and I like his other books.

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

The misery of this book lies squarely in the details. The billions of details. Details upon details. At least now I know how to build a space habitat from scratch. Seriously, the story wasn’t all bad but getting to it through the hours of technical details was too much for me. I get that it may be my personal problem that others won’t have but it ruined it for me. I like people and stories about them. The 2nd part (really the last 3rd) was much better but didn’t make the first 20 hours worth suffering through. I actually wanted to quit part way through but trusted the author enough to believe it would turn around. Wrong. To end on a bright note, the narrators were excellent.

  • The Final Empire

  • Mistborn Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,771

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A GREAT TRILOGY!!!

  • By Don Gilbert on 11-12-09

Very good eventually.

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

Reviewed: 02-06-17

I ended up liking this book a lot despite the slow pace for most of it. I'm very interested to see where the story goes in the next two books.

  • Tandia

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 26 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,158
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,552

Tandia is a child of all Africa: half Indian, half African, beautiful and intelligent, she is only 16 when she is first brutalized by the police. Her fear of the white man leads her to join the black resistance movement. With her in the fight for justice is the one white man Tandia can trust, the welterweight champion of the world, Peekay. Now he must fight their common enemy in order to save both their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thanks for this wonderful collaboration

  • By Thomas Andrews on 05-17-06

How terribly disappointed I am

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

Reviewed: 11-14-16

The power of one is a great book with a somewhat weak ending. Tandia picks up where it leaves off and if you are to believe the authors notes in the beginning, promises to carry that story to a glorious conclusion. Never before have I been so let down by an author and a story. About 1/2 of the way through this book the entire pacing changes and all that made the first book and the first part of this one is gone. And my God the end... So amazingly, terribly bad. Sorry Bryce, I know you can't fix it now but you took what could have been my all time favorite story and totally ruined it. Damn.

  • Underground Airlines

  • By: Ben Winters
  • Narrated by: William DeMeritt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,982
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,978

It is the present day, and the world is as we know it: smartphones, social networking, and Happy Meals. Save for one thing: The Civil War never occurred. A gifted young black man calling himself Victor has struck a bargain with federal law enforcement, working as a bounty hunter for the US Marshal Service. He's got plenty of work. In this version of America, slavery continues in four states called "the Hard Four". On the trail of a runaway known as Jackdaw, Victor arrives in Indianapolis knowing that something isn't right - with the case file, with his work, and with the country itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Original and disturbing novel

  • By Mark on 10-29-17

Found this book on a list of important books

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

Reviewed: 07-27-16

I found it to be a bit short but very good. very interesting take on a very old subject.

  • Lord of All Things

  • By: Andreas Eschbach, Samuel Willcocks (translator)
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 21 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,101
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,109

They are just children when they first meet: Charlotte, daughter of the French ambassador, and Hiroshi, a laundress’s son. One day in the playground, Hiroshi declares that he has an idea that will change the world. An idea that will sweep away all differences between rich and poor. When Hiroshi runs into Charlotte several years later, he is trying to build a brighter future through robotics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Story starts off small and gets huge

  • By Sean Dustman on 08-23-14

Stop reading this and buy this book now!!!

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

Reviewed: 10-07-15

I won't say anything about this story other than I didn't know anything about it when I read it than it was rated very highly and recommended by someone I trusted. I think that helped me enjoy every word of it. I never really knew what was next, or really what the book was going to eventually be about. I didn't know it's genre or if it had a message. I just listened to this story unfold and it was magical. I suggest you do the same. Amazingly good.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Endymion

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 23 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,519

Here, Simmons returns to this richly imagined world of technological achievement, excitement, wonder and fear. Endymion is a story about love and memory, triumph and terror - an instant candidate for the field's highest honors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fine Part II of the Hyperion Cantos

  • By David on 09-06-12

A tale of two halves

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

Reviewed: 07-17-15

Really, I have no idea how this book is the same author as the first two Hyperion books. It's truly hard for me to say it's worth suffering through mediocre/bad books but in this case it absolutely is. Endymion is SOOOOOOOO much better than either of the two first books it's astounding. What I hated about the first two books is that they seemed to promise great adventure and all we got was back story after back story and very little "current events". I loved the characters (save the poet but more on that...) and wanted to hear a story about their journey together and mostly what I got was flashbacks and bits and pieces of story. True, the 2nd half of the 2nd book was better in this respect but really, I was still very disappointed. In fact I'd decided not to even try the second two books but a friend told me they were better so after a different book in between to "cleanse my palate" I gave Endymion a try. I loved it from the very start. It was everything the first two books were not. It centers around just a few VERY well conceived characters, has some AMAZINGLY creative science fiction ideas I've not seen anywhere else and at the heart of it is just a very, very, very good story. So I agree with my friend; the first two books are necessary but only to establish the history/world that the second two books take place in. I can't recommend this book enough.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Fall of Hyperion

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 21 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,172

In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. Onthe world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing - nothing anywhere in the universe - will ever be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hyperion is FALLEN, am I too to fall?

  • By Darwin8u on 06-15-12

Great imagination for sure, terrible story though.

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

Reviewed: 06-09-15

Holy crap. I had SO many questions that were set up by this book and the first that were not answered. Maybe that's ok for some but not me. I am assured by a friend who has read the entire series that it gets better but I don't know. I expected something else I guess. All the "plot twists" I had pegged from early on and all the things I was actually excited to get answers to... never came. There are entire characters that don't seem to be necessary. I don't think I am a stupid person and I love "art" as much as the next person but the first two books of this series were very disappointing, especially with all the glowing reviews from people I trust. I love Hamilton and others that Simmons is compared to so I don't get how I disliked thes books so intensely. Maybe we can just chalk it up to "different strokes for different folks".

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hyperion

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,675
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,725

On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Shrike Awaits. Enter The Time Tombs...

  • By Michael on 10-13-12

Good, not great.

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

Reviewed: 04-22-15

The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars was I felt like it was bait and switch. I thought this was a novel but it turns out to be a collection of (very good) short stories all relating to an overall plot line. I enjoyed it but I'm looking forward to the second book. Hopefully it's more about "present day" than the this one.

  • The Djinn

  • By: J. Kent Holloway
  • Narrated by: Wayne Farrell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 109

In the final years of the first Kingdom of Jerusalem, in a vault, hidden deep beneath the Temple Mount, Baron Gregory De L'Ombre has made an astonishing discovery. Imprisoned within the vault are twelve monstrous abominations, created by one of King Solomon's wives as a final act of revenge. The secrets of the vault will ensure Gregory's absolute power and forever enslave the Outremer-the Holy Land. No man dares stand against him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening.

  • By Readers Together on 05-10-14

Ok for what it is

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

Reviewed: 07-17-14

Let's get this out of the way first... I don't generally like short-ish books. I like my audiobooks 20+ hours at least and I love series much more than one-off books. All that said, this book had such great reviews and was on sale for $5 so I took a chance.
I didn't dislike it at all but nor did I find much to like. The narrator, especially how he did the main character's voice didn't really seem to fit to me. I get why he made the choice to do it the way he did but based on other reviews I kinda expected someone sounding like Han Solo rather than an old man.
Also, the story was way too short. I'd just started liking some of the characters and it was over. I'll likely forget about this not too long from now. It just wasn't that memorable. Even the "plot twist(s)" were very predictable if you were paying attention.
All-in-all, this came off like a Scooby Doo mystery more than anything else.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Earth Awakens

  • The First Formic War, Book 3
  • By: Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,988
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,993

Nearly 100 years before the events of Orson Scott Card’s best-selling novel Ender’s Game, humans were just beginning to step off Earth and out into the Solar System. A thin web of ships in both asteroid belts; a few stations; a corporate settlement on Luna. No one had seen any sign of other space-faring races; everyone expected that First Contact, if it came, would happen in the future, in the empty reaches between the stars. Then a young navigator on a distant mining ship saw something moving too fast, heading directly for our sun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sets the Stage for Ender's Game

  • By Chuck on 06-23-14

Good finish, overall solid trilogy.

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

Reviewed: 07-17-14

Semi-spoiler alert here... but I think it will actually HELP you enjoy this book. There will most likely be another series of books that will get us from where this one ends to where I and probably a lot of other people expected this series to end. If you know Mazer's story from Ender's Game, then you know what I'm talking about. Contrary to what I thought going in, this series does NOT end with the events told in that story. That's actually a good thing though because Card has left a lot more room for additional content and more Ender's content is always a good thing.
Despite being somewhat baffled all the way through this book at how they were going to get from Point A to where I KNEW Point B had to be, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the series as a whole. Card did an amazing job with the plot and the narrators did a great job too.