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  • Altered Carbon

  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,134

In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Altered Carbon

  • By Jake Williams on 09-22-07

Cyberpunk meets competence porn, but grating

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

If you are into spy-competence stories, and you were looking for one set in a technological dystopia, this is it.

The voice of the main character comes out a little grating, and I found it hard to get past the objectification of most of the female characters.

This doesn't start out nearly as grimdark as a lot of other cyberpunk worlds, but it got into torture and PTSD flashbacks pretty quickly.

I wanted to listen through this before checking out the Netflix series, and the core mystery was intriguing, but the ancillary elements of the story took it outside of my interests. I like the who dunnit, but I returned it for oversexed commentary.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hanging Tree

  • Rivers of London, Book 6
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,777
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,644

Where the Marble Arch stands today in London was once the Tyburn gallows - also known as The Hanging Tree. The walk toward those gallows along Oxford Street and past the Mayfair mansions has a bloody and haunted history as the last trip of the condemned. Some things never change. For both blood and ghosts have returned to those mansions of the super-rich. And it's up to Peter Grant - England's last wizard and the Metropolitan Police's reluctant investigator of all things supernatural - to get to the bottom of the sinister doings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Continuing Splendor of Peter Grant

  • By Tim on 02-01-17

another great entry in the series!

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

Reviewed: 02-13-17

another amazing trip in Peter Grant's London. The story moves a lot in The Hanging Tree, and lays foundation for much more to come. first thing I did when I finished my first listen was push past and start again.

  • Master of Formalities

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,839
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,830

Even when finding oneself engaged in interstellar war, good form must be observed. Our story is set thousands of years after the Terran Exodus, where two powerful, planet-dominating families - the elegant House Jakabitus and the less refined Hahn Empire - have reached a critical point in their generations-long war. Master Hennik, the Hahn ruler's only son, has been captured, and the disposition of his internment may represent a last and welcome chance for peace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Looking forward to the sequel

  • By Nothing really matters on 07-21-16

enjoyable, but not Scott Meyer's best

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

Reviewed: 06-04-16

an interesting world and good characters, nothing really wrong with it, but not my favorite. Scott Meyer is clever, and makes great use of language. His characters have feeling and motivations. just great writing.
this book is focused on a strictly diplomatic society dealing with intentionally awful people, particularly a captive adopted by a royal family.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • An Unwelcome Quest

  • Magic 2.0, Book 3
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,967
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,761
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,742

Ever since Martin Banks and his fellow computer geeks discovered that reality is just a computer program to be happily hacked, they've been jaunting back and forth through time, posing as medieval wizards and having the epic adventures that other nerds can only dream of having. But even in their wildest fantasies, they never expected to end up at the mercy of the former apprentice whom they sent to prison for gross misuse of magic and all-around evil behavior.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An Unwelcome Storyline…

  • By B-Ry on 07-15-16

I wish it wasn't the end, but it closes well

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

Reviewed: 06-04-16

loved this whole series. I keep listening over and over.
the characters left out of book two take center stage here, and we finally get the whole story of Todd. everything that ever irked you about a fantasy game or story gets spoofed and called out here.
the series ends by allowing the characters to continue about their business, but doesn't feel like a let down or a false lead to a sequel.

buy 1 and 2, then I won't have to convince you to get this one, you'll already be as excited as I am!

  • Spell or High Water

  • Magic 2.0
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,214
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,055
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,040

A month has passed since Martin helped to defeat the evil programmer Jimmy, and things couldn't be going better. Except for his love life, that is. Feeling distant and lost, Gwen has journeyed to Atlantis, a tolerant and benevolent kingdom governed by the Sorceresses, and a place known to be a safe haven to all female time-travelers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator!

  • By D. Murdock on 03-13-17

love it! gets better every time!

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

Reviewed: 06-04-16

the narrator is incredible, the voices and performance are amazing. the characters grow emotionally and open up from the first book, but are still clearly what you loved before. a pair of hecklers show up, and a couple new characters join the heroes, and everyone gains depth. the plot is serious enough and ridiculous enough to make almost perfect comedy. buy it!

  • Off to Be the Wizard

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,701
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,700

It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hang in there

  • By Kelly on 03-04-17

so enjoyable, I keep coming back

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

Reviewed: 06-04-16

love this book. love this series. I keep redownloading and relistening. there's such a great sense of humor about the whole book. I laugh out loud every time. the performance and voices are amazing. the descriptions and visuals are clear and engaging. the intercut chapters with Martin's parents are well timed and balance the tension well.
buy this whole series. if you're checking the reviews, you're already interested enough to love it.

  • AlterWorld

  • Play to Live, Book 1
  • By: D. Rus
  • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,331
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,330

A new pandemic - the perma effect - has taken over Earth of the near future. Whenever you play your favorite online game, beware: your mind might merge with the virtual world and dump its comatose host. Woe be to those stuck forever in Tetris! But some unfortunates - the handicapped and the terminally ill, shell-shocked army vets, wronged crime victims and other society misfits - choose to flee real life willingly, escaping to the limitless world of online sword and sorcery MMORPGs.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Sophomoric

  • By Adam Peterson on 06-09-16

translation trubs and a sexist Mary-Sue

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

Reviewed: 06-04-16

this book is suffering from its translation into English, too many idioms and clichés that I'm sure work in the original just fail here. also, there must be a lot of implications or context clues that don't make it into English. Ideas come out of nowhere and sometimes contradict the preceding thought. I can read past those, but there's more.

a Mary-Sue hero isn't the death knell of a series, but when it seems to happen by accident, I really question the author. Max/Laithe floats through all of his "troubles" without really suffering. every time he makes a "sacrifice" he's immediately repaid twice over. he gets the girl, grabs the loot, and wins the tournament. everyone good is his friend, everyone who is against him is already a monster. another issue is that the only female character who even has a name immediately surrenders her agency and becomes an avenue to sexual wish-fulfillment for Max. her real conflict is trivialized as easily solved by men and her personality vanishes within the first few minutes she spends with Max. the male characters around her treat her like just another treasure Max won. I've seen the suggestion this is all an indictment of the way women in video games are treated, but there's really no hint that Tali even has more to her that we aren't seeing.

bought this as the daily deal, and I wouldn't say it was worth the price of a credit.

  • The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Adam Baldwin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,631
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,619

Have you ever seen a planet invaded by rampaging space mutants from another dimension or Nazi dinosaurs from the future? Don't let this happen to you! Rifts happen, so you should be ready when universes collide. A policy with Stranger & Stranger can cover all of your interdimensional insurance needs. Rated "Number One in Customer Satisfaction" for three years running, no claim is too big or too weird for Tom Stranger to handle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Someone owes me a new keyboard

  • By Aimee M on 05-24-16

just sooo good

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

Reviewed: 05-25-16

excellent self-aware writing, packed with great references, read in an expert one man ensemble of voice acting.
I just want to see more of this world so bad. Larry's ability to transform ordinary work positions into badass warriors has been in the background of several series he's written, and it just gets better here.

21 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • Bluescreen

  • A Mirador Novel
  • By: Dan Wells
  • Narrated by: Roxanne Hernandez
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 110

From Dan Wells, author of the New York Times best-selling Partials Sequence, comes the first book in a new sci-fi-noir series. Los Angeles in 2050 is a city of open doors, as long as you have the right connections. That connection is a djinni - a smart device implanted right in a person's head. In a world where virtually everyone is online 24 hours a day, this connection is like oxygen - and a world like that presents plenty of opportunities for someone who knows how to manipulate it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • not bad, but difficult narrator

  • By Dennis Bingham on 05-02-16

not bad, but difficult narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-02-16

I have enjoyed Dan Wells before, but he never hooked me really deeply, it felt the same here. the book had a decent premise and a fine plot, but it never really launched in my mind. this might still have been a great listen if the narrator had been good, but her depiction and voice really turned into a barrier. Roxanne Hernandez voiced several characters in a patronizing, falsely jovial tone. I thought it might be situational at first, but she carried that tone through every peril and victory. it probably wouldn't have kicked me out of the experience if the story had grabbed me, but with both feeling mediocre, I had to force myself to finish the book.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Calamity

  • The Reckoners, Book 3
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,045
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,478
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,440

When Calamity lit up the sky, the Epics were born. David's fate has been tied to their villainy ever since that historic night. Steelheart killed his father. Firefight stole his heart. And now Regalia has turned his closest ally into a dangerous enemy. David knew Prof's secret and kept it even when Prof struggled to control the effects of his Epic powers. But facing Obliteration in Babilar was too much. Once the Reckoners' leader, Prof has now embraced his Epic destiny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Climactic Battles Second Chances? as Calamity Ends

  • By Don Gilbert on 02-18-16

great ending, awesome parallels

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

Reviewed: 03-02-16

awesome ending to a good series. the structure really brings closure, and allows the world to continue without us watching. start at book one and listen to all 3 in a row. you will not regret it

3 of 4 people found this review helpful