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  • Thin Air

  • A Novel
  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560

From the author of the award-winning Altered Carbon, which is now an exciting new series from Netflix. On a Mars where ruthless corporate interests violently collide with a homegrown independence movement as Earth-based overlords battle for profits and power, Hakan Veil is an ex-professional enforcer equipped with military-grade body tech that's made him a human killing machine. But he's had enough, and all he wants is a ticket back home - which is just what he's offered by the Earth Oversight organization, in exchange for being the bodyguard for an EO investigator.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Turns out there is life on Mars

  • By Gilbert on 10-26-18

Mars as noir? Hell ya!

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

If you have read any of Mr. Morgan's work, then you will know the quality of his stories. This is no different. Complex characters, ultra cool tech, great story line, and lots of dangley bits to unravel. Compelling, powerful, dark.

Mr. Mace has the proper voice for his character, and carries accented dialog without even pausing (male and female). The production quality is first rate!

  • The Final Day

  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,690
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,168

The highly anticipated follow-up to William R. Forstchen's New York Times best-sellers, One Second After and One Year After, The Final Day immerses listeners once more in the story of our nation's struggle to rebuild itself after an electromagnetic pulse wipes out all electricity and plunges the country into darkness, starvation, and terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The narrator didn't ruin it for me..

  • By shelley on 01-04-17

This is a serious piece of work!

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

Sequel to One Second After. This picked up the story quite nicely and further extrapolated on difficulties rebooting society after a complete crash. Think about it. All the little pieces that need to be in place just to get something as simple was water flowing (assuming a gravity feed). Our infrastructure is an amazingly complex engine that needs all the parts working in order to function. Attempting to put some of those pieces together, provide adequate food, water, protection, medical care, etc, etc is covered as well as dealing with outside forces bent on destroying their fledgling society. Gripping, realistic, and frighteningly close to home. Well done!

  • The Anomaly

  • By: Michael Rutger
  • Narrated by: Brandon Williams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,029
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 976
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 972

If Indiana Jones lived in the X-Files era, he might bear at least a passing resemblance to Nolan Moore - a rogue archaeologist hosting a documentary series derisively dismissed by the "real" experts, but beloved by conspiracy theorists. Nolan sets out to retrace the steps of an explorer from 1909 who claimed to have discovered a mysterious cavern high up in the ancient rock of the Grand Canyon. And, for once, he may have actually found what he seeks. Then the trip takes a nasty turn, and the cave begins turning against them in mysterious ways.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book of 2018

  • By Jeffrey veals on 07-04-18

Indiana Jones + X-Files + SUPERB performance = FUN

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

This story has hit all the high notes with perfect pacing, great inner monologue, fantastic vocal performance, fun mystery and adventure, and characters you believe and care about. I will listen to anything this author puts out!

  • Morningwood: Everybody Loves Large Chests (Vol.1)

  • By: Neven Iliev
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,517
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,516

Large chests are said to encompass all manner of hopes and dreams. Men covet them. Women envy them. But one fact holds true - everyone wants to get their hands on some big ones. The same holds true for one intrepid adventurer - a strapping young lad by the name of Himmel. Armed with his grandfather's trusty longsword and the dream of being the strongest, he sets out on the journey of a lifetime!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Entertaining

  • By HeatherY on 11-23-17

Quirky and weird

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

Just in case the title didn't tip you off, this is a very sarcastic listen. I actually enjoyed it and the strong nod to the old-school text based adventure games.

Light-hearted, funny, and will make you laugh

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68,861
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 64,629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64,501

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

This is a home run!

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

This (and the other 2 of the trilogy) is an awesome experience. Great narration, great premise, then a fun romp into the future. A great mix of SciFi, tech, what is means to be human, moral and ethical dilemmas (truly interesting, and not in-your-face in any way), great plot line, twists, turns - I loved it!

  • Twain’s Feast

  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,233
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,203

Mark Twain, beloved American writer, performer, and humorist, was a self-proclaimed glutton. With the help of a chef and some friends, Nick Offerman presents the story of Twain’s life through the lens of eight of Mark Twain’s favorite foods.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Recycling

  • By Greg Hill on 11-17-18

Not what you would expect

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

So, there are some very compelling elements here - fancy food, Nick Offerman, and Mark Twain. Bring it!

Except.

None of that is the main focus of this story. This tale wanders more than the Mississippi (and that is a not in jest). There are some kinda awful descriptions of what is to be eaten (Raccoon? Lion fish?), and a couple of indistinct comments (Wanda Sikes can barely be heard, and that is saying something), a few of comments by Offerman, then hours of speculation on every aspect of Twain's life by every Twain expert in the country. There is no joy in the food (even though it was served in the Twain home/museum), no joy in the company, no joy in discovering Twain through foods he loved and craved. Just a harried, over worked chef, a few grunting comments by the assembled diners, and Twain minutia. Boo! Lost opportunity.

53 of 62 people found this review helpful

  • The Others

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,005
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,995

Dan Delgado is a private investigator. He’s unenthusiastic, and unmatched. As a former San Francisco detective, he misses more meaningful work, but he hasn’t had the heart for it since his wife’s death five years prior. That is, until a phone call from a distraught mother, an illegal immigrant who can’t go to the police, puts him on the hunt for a missing little girl. By the time he reaches the mother’s small home, she’s missing, too. Then a team of heavily armed mercenaries arrive. Delgado and crew are plunged into a dangerous world of corporate competition, UFO lore, and government cover-ups.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action packed humor

  • By Bree Salyer on 07-31-18

Yeeeeee HA!

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

This has everything you could want in good SciFi!

Strong story, great read by Mr. Bray (as always), and great pacing.

  • Seeker

  • By: Douglas E. Richards
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 827
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 764

When a small alien spacecraft lands in the Amazon jungle, the world's most powerful nations race to retrieve it and harvest its superior technology. The dense rain forest renders traditional military vehicles useless, so the United States sends in a single operative - a powerfully enhanced human sporting revolutionary technology. But the interstellar visitor has arrived with a secret and gory purpose of its own. Seeker will have listeners running for cover.   

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Plodding narrative, terrible dialogue, bad writing

  • By David cloud on 10-14-18

Started off strong, then kinda lost momentum

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

Several hot topics are well explored in this story. Human enhancements, advanced nano tech, physics, AI, and a fun host of others.

In the end, however, that just somehow went lame and the story fizzed out without any real climax or fun resolution. Too bad.

73 of 76 people found this review helpful

  • The Distance

  • By: Jeremy Robinson, Hilaree Robinson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer, Heather Costa
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 646

The human race has turned to dust. August Morrison faces it after rising from the depths of a dark matter research facility in Arizona. His co-workers. His daughter. All of them: dust. Friends and colleagues around the world don’t answer their phones. The city of Phoenix burns. He is alone. As a world without mankind starts to crumble, August fights not just for survival, but for his very sanity. On the other side of the country, Poe McDowell watches her parents crumble into dust just moments after being shoved inside a coffin-like device that spares her from the same fate.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Run run away

  • By Brad Johnson on 10-02-18

Run run away

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

I like the author - truly. The Others is a treat of a story to enjoy. Listen to that.

This story, however, was like a nest of mosquitoes in my brain. The problem is the characters, and since this is a character-driven story, that is indeed a big problem.

Most stories show a progression for their character. Accomplishing a goal, or mission - overcoming some obstacle, learning new skills - you get the idea. These characters? No. The greater irritation that drove me to abandon this story all together, was the female lead and her soul crushing repetition of "My baby, my baby!" Over and over ad nausea. Every nuance of any conversation, idea, or experience had to be examined, torn apart, then run up against her swelling belly. Ya, you're pregnant. Move on! 2nd on the irritation list was both characters complete idiocy. I know they were supposed to represent more of the everyday person, but with the stupid mistakes, horrible assumptions, and damage they inflicted on themselves, there is no way in hell either one would last more than 2 days.

Yes, I see others have given this high marks, but The Stupid these characters represent is just too strong to ignore.

33 of 35 people found this review helpful

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,844
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,589
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59,439

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

A gem

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

What did you love best about Artemis?

The story was fun and a great POV, but Rosario Dawson took this to the next level with her delivery.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Artemis?

The descriptions of the moon and habitat could have been horrible, but they worked and fleshed out a difficult space to describe.

What about Rosario Dawson’s performance did you like?

Ms. Dawson has a very enjoyable voice, and a fun number of accents that make this easy and fin to follow.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The description of the fire in the habitat and the steps to extract the survivors.