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  • A Comedy of Justice
  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423

After firewalking in Polynesia, fundamentalist minister Alexander Hergensheimer never saw the world the same. Now called Alec Graham, he was in the middle of an affair with his stewardess, Margrethe, and natural disasters kept following them. First, there was an impossible iceberg that wrecked the ship in the tropics; then, after being rescued by a Royal Mexican plane, they were hit by a double earthquake. To Alex, the signs were clear that Armageddon and the Day of Judgment were near.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally! Someone who can read a Heinlein story!

  • By Thomas on 02-25-13

Best Love Story Ever

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

Comedy, politics, theology, and a love that spans multiple universes.
One of my all time favorites

  • The Wise Man's Fear

  • Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 42 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 49,976
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 45,487
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 45,527

"My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth your time

  • By Robert on 09-08-11

Even better the 2nd time

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

Reviewed: 11-10-17

Well written and enjoyable. I wait with abbaited breath for the next book in the series. I see some threads of Heinlein woven into this beautiful tapestry of words

  • All These Worlds

  • Bobiverse, Book 3
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38,431
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 35,973
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,871

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfying End to a Fun Series

  • By Craig Schorling on 08-20-17

Best in the Bobiverse

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

Reviewed: 08-14-17

I should have re-read book 2. Jumps right in.
Great read. Best one so far.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Name of the Wind

  • Kingkiller Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 27 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,633
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,723

This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Joanna on 05-10-11

I Love Everything About This Book

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

Reviewed: 12-06-16

Listened to it 3 times. Filled with the stuff of great adventures. This book lies near the path in my heart, and touches my loneliness.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,684
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,711

In what is considered one of Heinlein's most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world. It is 21st-century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans, a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But that's the problem with the inevitable: it always happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good Interpretation

  • By Gerald on 10-25-08

Great Job on a Classic Story

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

Reviewed: 08-05-16

What did you love best about The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress?

I will never make it to the moon, except through this type of novel. Heinlein does a great job on speculating what it would be like to live in the moon. His way of using humor and fact make this an easy read. But what I like most about this novel is Heinlein's ability to see the assumptions we make (that most don't even see as assumptions) and set them aside. Humor makes it an easy to consider new political views.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The narrator Manny, such an un-assuming hero. But don't forget M. Holmes. Holmes will play an integral part in several other novels, not the least of which is "The Number of the Beast."

What about Lloyd James’s performance did you like?

Lloyd James brings the characters to life. I think he does them justice, and will look for other books read by him.

  • Steelheart

  • The Reckoners, Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,540
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,438

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his will. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He got the idea from a near traffic accident

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-26-13

Enjoyable and a pleasure to "Read"

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

Reviewed: 07-29-16

What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

Andrews did a wonderful job capturing the spirit and character of the members of this story. Well Done!

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

I would not be able to finish this in one sitting, but I did steal time to read, and looked forward to times when I could read Steelheart

Any additional comments?

Filled with action, surprises, and metaphors. This was a pleasure to read, and the tension only increased as the end neared. I plan to re-read it, and share it with my children and grandchildren.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hard Luck Hank: Basketful of Crap, Book 2

  • By: Steven Campbell
  • Narrated by: Liam Owen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,126

Hank was a dying breed on the space station Belvaille. The criminal gangs that had once made their homes there were forced out by the corporations that had taken over since the facility became an Independent Protectorate. Instead of the gentlemanly gang wars that had once dominated the scene, and made Hank's services prized as a negotiator, the city was now plagued by the clash of corporate armies using heavy weapons. Even tanks roamed the streets regularly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dry noir scifi comedy done right

  • By Jeffrey on 10-28-14

Laugh out loud

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

Reviewed: 05-21-16

Fun story. more fiction than science. I laughed so hard I couldn't catch my breath.

  • John le Carré Value Collection

  • Tailor of Panama, Our Game, and Night Manager
  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: John le Carré
  • Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 219

Night Manager: Enter the new world of post-Cold War espionage. Penetrate the secret world of ruthless arms dealers and drug smugglers who have risen to unthinkable power and wealth. Our Game: With the Cold War fought and won, British spymaster Tim Cranmer accepts early retirement to rural England and a new life with his alluring young mistress, Emma.... Tailor of Panama: Le Carre's Panama is a Casablanca without heroes, a hotbed of drugs, laundered money and corruption. It is also the country which on December 31, 1999, will gain full control of the Panama Canal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The only complaint is labels

  • By Felipe on 07-12-16

John le Carré Always Great

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

Reviewed: 05-17-16

All three books are wonderful and wonderfully preformed. I always love hearing the author reading his own works. These three live up to my hopes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hard Luck Hank: Screw the Galaxy

  • By: Steven Campbell
  • Narrated by: Liam Owen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,820
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,605
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,601

Hank is a thug. He knows he's a thug. He has no problem with that realization. In his view the galaxy has given him a gift: a mutation that allows him to withstand great deals of physical trauma. He puts his abilities to the best use possible and that isn't by being a scientist. Besides, the space station Belvaille doesn't need scientists. It is not, generally, a thinking person's locale. It is the remotest habitation in the entire Colmarian Confederation. There is literally no reason to be there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A bunch of genres crammed into good fun

  • By Thomas Allen on 09-11-14

Literally Laughed Out Loud

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

Reviewed: 04-21-16

More fiction than science. The funniest thing I have read in years. Well preformed, enjoyably written. What a great way to take the edge off of a hard day.

  • Only the Dead Live Forever

  • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Book 3
  • By: W J Lundy
  • Narrated by: Eric Vincent
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

The Trio survived the initial fall, and built a refuge, they thought they had reached safety, but only to find themselves once again abandoned and surrounded by the primals. No contact with their families or commands, no relief from the rabid enemy. The fight continues as Brad and his men struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic world where the enemy is far more dangerous than anything they had been trained for. Over Land Sea and Air they will do anything to reach home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Its like two books in one

  • By Tilo on 04-21-15

Not your typical zombie

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

Reviewed: 03-30-16

Most stories like this have dumb heroes and terrible luck, not this one. I love these stories