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  • Grass 

  • By: Sheri S. Tepper
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 18 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 162

What could be more commonplace than grass or a world covered over all its surface with a wind-whipped ocean of grass? But the planet Grass conceals horrifying secrets within its endless pastures. And as an incurable plague attacks all inhabited planets but this one, the prairie-like Grass begins to reveal these secrets - and nothing will ever be the same again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By aPriL does feral sometimes on 04-24-16

I just couldn't engage the gears

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

this may be a rather harsh testing but the listening became a core before the second chapter. I just couldn't engage with the story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,998
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,231

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun! Things you might want to know:

  • By Alexis on 08-29-14

Mr Scalzi is a safe place to spend your credit

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

This was typical Scalzi. Great premise, excellent storytelling and compelling plot. I am seriously debating whether or not to purchase the version narrated by Amber Benson.

  • Dark Matter

  • A Novel
  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,061
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,060

"Are you happy with your life?" Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason's never met smiles down at him and says, "Welcome back, my friend."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Believable Multiverse

  • By Michael L. Moore on 02-18-17

Tiny fist in a big glove

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

The premise was decent, however the story pent most of its time outside of the science fiction genre. In fact there were disappointingly long periods of time where the words simply bridged gaps in the story as opposed to carrying it. the ending was anticlimactic.

The performance was well done, and I suppose especially as the narrator was able to convey different versions of the same character with the smallest of changes in inflection.

  • Lyssa's Dream

  • The Sentience Wars - Origins, Book 1
  • By: James S. Aaron, M. D. Cooper
  • Narrated by: Laura Jennings
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

Captain Andy Sykes just wants to keep his family in one piece. Once a combat pilot for the TSF, he gave it all up for love and a family. But two years ago, his wife disappeared, leaving him with two mouths to feed: eight-year-old Tim and 10-year-old Cara. Since then, he's managed to scrape a living hauling cargo between the Jovian Combine and InnerSol. When a cargo run to Cruithne Station meets with more than one catastrophe, Andy finds himself accepting an offer a less desperate man would refuse: delivering an illegal AI named Lyssa.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Where is the 2nd Audible Book !?!?

  • By M. Haslip on 05-02-18

All Sizzle, No Steak

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

The story included several hours of dialog and drivel that are not germane to the plot or to world building. At the end of this book, I found my self asking "What exactly happened in this book?" and the answer was "Not much".
I sense that there is a real story here, but I am not willing to sift through the words to find it.

The narration was troublesome because it was done in just above a whisper. On my car stereo, it caused the "s" and "t" and "p" sounds to be accentuated. This interfered with the rest of the spoken words.

I am not inclined to continue this series.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hyperspace Trap

  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Jelsema
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 164

A year after the Commonwealth won the war with the Theocracy, the interstellar cruise liner Supreme is on its maiden voyage, carrying a host of aristocrats thrilled to be sharing in a wondrous adventure among the stars. Then a collision with a pirate ship leaves the cruiser powerless and becalmed in hyperspace. And they’re not alone. Now, the mysterious force that’s living on this floating graveyard is coming for Supreme’s crew and passengers. As madness starts to tear at their minds, they must fight to survive in a strange alien realm.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • FILLER JUNK

  • By DH950 on 03-25-18

Move along...Nothing to see here

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

This entire story could have been wrapped up in about 5 pages. The author obviously wanted to cash in some more on his previous work. The story was built on two very weak foundations:
1. a whiny rich girl who has done nothing with her life
2. An alien race that acts with no apparent purpose and is not resolved
Much of the story was dependent on a silly decision of the captain to send ships stewards to apprehend mutineers and a serial killer (the killer had absolutely no reason to be in the tory other than to add several pages of text). guess how that worked out?
The evil aliens then got their revenge by sending the ship to a habitable planet???

  • The Merrimack Event

  • Shieldclads Series, Book 1
  • By: David A. Tatum
  • Narrated by: Troy Duran
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258

Once every four years, the Earth Alliance Naval Academy is included in a war game...or rather, the Wargame: On a distant frontier colony, cadets must repair, recommission, and crew a fleet of old, mothballed warships for a simulated fleet action against a group of seasoned veterans using top-of-the-line warships. After some meddling on the part of the Admiralty, many of the Academy's best are assigned to the oldest, smallest hulk in the Wargame, the unfortunately named corvette, Chihuahua.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ok, ready for book two already.

  • By Lou on 05-25-18

Incidental science fiction

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

This story relies on the mere mention of spaceships, planets and the universe to classify itself as a science fiction.
it could otherwise have taken place in New Jersey. there was no world building, social dynamics or any other interplay to suggest that there was any purpose to the story.
I got the sense that the author had no real idea of how big the universe really is. and had no real military or scientific background.
This made for an unremarkable reading experience

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dawn of Swords

  • The Breaking World
  • By: David Dalglish, Robert J. Duperre
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 19 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 210

On the young world of Dezrel, brother gods Karak and Ashhur, fleeing their own failed world, recreate mankind in an attempt to make amends. The fledgling race of humanity is guided by the First Families, men and women who will not age so long as their hearts remain devoted to their deities. But quickly the realms are thrown into chaos by the construction of the Temple of the Flesh, built by exiled children of Karak in the unclaimed land of Haven that lies between the two kingdoms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm Glad I Don't Have To Wait Long For Book 2

  • By Brian on 01-20-14

After 12 chapters, nothing happened.

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

the narration was excellent but nothing is happening. I don't care about any of the characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Status Civilization

  • By: Robert Sheckley
  • Narrated by: Mark Douglas Nelson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Will Barrent has no memory of the murder for which he was convicted. He will now have to live his life sentence on the prison planet Omega. The few that survive there do it by committing crimes. And the more adept the planet inmates are at higher crime, the more they climb their bizzare anti-social ladder. They all must live in a society where drug addiction is mandatory, as is the worship of the Dark One.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sheckley's Finest Work

  • By Niels J. Rasmussen on 01-21-15

couldn't get past the awful narration

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

the opening chapter was nonsensical and horribly narrated. I couldn't think of a single reason to continue listening

  • Song of Edmon

  • The Fracture Worlds, Book 1
  • By: Adam Burch
  • Narrated by: Adam Burch
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 123

The isolated planet of Tao is a house divided: the peaceful Daysiders live in harmony while the pale Nightsiders pursue power and racial purity through the violent ritual of the Combat. Edmon Leontes, the gentle son of a ruthless warrior noble and a proud Daysider, embodies Tao's split nature. The product of diametrically opposed races, Edmon hopes to live a quiet life pursuing the music of his mother's people, but his Nightsider father cruelly forces him to continue in his bloody footsteps to ensure his legacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very impelling

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-29-17

Unimaginative Simplistic and just plain bad

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

The narration is at best tolerable. the story had anachronisms that I just can't abide, such as an amputee Inc a culture of star farers and the use of rockets.
I had only the authors word for it that this story took place in the future as there are no cultural dynamics that suggest anything other than the past and present.

  • Extinction Point

  • Extinction Point, Book 1
  • By: Paul Antony Jones
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 821
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 728
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 733

Emily Baxter’s dream life turns into a waking nightmare the day the red rain falls. Like a biblical plague, the scarlet downpour spreads a hideous virus that demolishes life in New York City, the nation, and the world. Suddenly the last soul in an annihilated metropolis - and possibly on Earth - the onetime newspaper reporter must learn to scavenge, survive...and plan for a future of utter solitude. Then, from far-flung Alaska, another living voice reaches out, and Emily grasps at her only glimmer of hope. But she may be even less alone than she thinks.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Several hours that I'll never get back

  • By Charyn on 06-26-13

well executed tale

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

great storytelling combines with great narration you deliver an entertaining experience.

although the story did not progress significantly asking an arc, the author did a masterful job of character development and world building, web though that world's wad planet earth.

I wil continue this series