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  • The Metamorphoses

  • By: Ovid
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257

An undeniable masterpiece of Western Civilization, The Metamorphoses is a continuous narrative that covers all the Olympian legends, seamlessly moving from one story to another in a splendid panorama of savage beauty, charm, and wit. All of the gods and heroes familiar to us are represented. Such familiar legends as Hercules, Perseus and Medusa, Daedelus and Icarus, Diana and Actaeon, and many others, are breathtakingly recreated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charlton Griffin's Metamorphoses

  • By Coach of Alva on 01-23-14

Terrific Narraration

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

Griffin does a terrific job narrating. He breathes life into each character without taking away from the majesty that is Ovid. Worth the price. I would say it is the best Audio version on Ovid performed by a single narrator.

  • The Synchronicity War, Part 4

  • By: Dietmar Wehr
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 917
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 915

The unprovoked war with the Sogas has reached a climax. Over a hundred Sogas ships appear to be headed for Earth, and Space Force is in no condition to stop them. As if that isn't bad enough, the nightmarish Insectoids will be arriving in Earth orbit within months to finish off the survivors of the impending Sogas attack.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I hate it, I love it.

  • By Adrian on 08-20-15

Great ending

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

Reviewed: 06-29-15

This book wrapped up the series very well and exposes you to some great new aspects of the characters. If you have made it this far in the series, you owe it to yourself to complete it.

  • The Second Ship

  • The Rho Agenda, Book 1
  • By: Richard Phillips
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,587
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,619

In 1948, an alien starship crash-landed in the New Mexico desert and brought with it the key to mankind’s future. Code-named the Rho Project, the landing was shrouded in secrecy, and only the highest-ranking US government and military personnel knew it existed. Until now....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific story

  • By Mike From Mesa on 01-03-13

Too predictive for my tastes

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

Reviewed: 02-20-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I first picked up this book because of my longing for a good space/alien/future tech series but now that I am into the second installment, I am just burnt out. I will finish the series (that is the obsessive compulsive in me), but I find that I am predicting the storyline 1 or two steps ahead of the author.Another problem I have here is the shear number of chapters, in the second installment I am only halfway through and at chapter 114. The chapter breaks leave the story too disjointed and feels haphazard.The story itself is also played out. Kids find alien ship, kids get super powers, kids try to over throw the evil doers.

  • 2001

  • A Space Odyssey
  • By: Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,475

It has been 40 years since the publication of this classic science-fiction novel that changed the way we look at the stars and ourselves. From the savannas of Africa at the dawn of mankind to the rings of Saturn as man adventures to the outer rim of our solar system, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a journey unlike any other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Narration - Great Book

  • By Venu on 07-04-09

The story clears alot up.

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

Reviewed: 02-20-13

Any additional comments?

If you are like me and saw the 2001 movie and felt lost in the ending half of the movie, the book clears it all up. I must have watched 2001 20 times and still was somewhat lost during the final half of the film. Having listened to the audiobook I now realize how much of the true story could not be conveyed in film.

If you are like me and would really like to understand the ending of the film, read/listen to the book, you will walk away with a far greater understanding.

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  • Go the F--k to Sleep

  • By: Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
  • Narrated by: Samuel L. Jackson
  • Length: 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,711
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,614
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,464

Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson ( Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious

  • By FanB14 on 07-06-12

The title and Narrorator says it all

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

Reviewed: 02-20-13

If you could sum up Go the F--k to Sleep in three words, what would they be?

Go F--king listen

Any additional comments?

If it were not for Samuel L. Jackson narrating this, I may have over looked it. But he makes this title worth the price.

  • Redshirts

  • A Novel with Three Codas
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17,617
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,515
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,489

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing, but somehow still worth a listen.

  • By Bradford on 03-06-13

Why was this never thought about before

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

Reviewed: 02-20-13

Any additional comments?

The simple brilliance of the story concept amazes me. If you have grown up with Star Trek in one form or another you will immediately understand the story premise. However this story does seem to favor the original series more than any other.

My recommendations: Do not over analyse the story, but instead enjoy it as the comical parody that it is.

After you listen/read you may too find yourself wondering why no-one has ever thought of this before.

A great listen, if you are looking for a break in the heavy, thought provoking Sci-Fi of today. This story is for you.

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  • A Memory of Light

  • Wheel of Time, Book 14
  • By: Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 41 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,459
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,615
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19,621

Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally we have closure!

  • By Cliff on 08-29-13

The ending we all needed

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

Reviewed: 02-20-13

What did you love best about A Memory of Light?

An unexpected ending that keeps you on the hook till the very end. Unlike some of the WOT books, this final installments keeps the action going throughout. The multiple story lines are blended together smoothly.

The ending sequence is not what I expected but exactly what was needed.

What other book might you compare A Memory of Light to and why?

The Way of Kings

What about Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s performance did you like?

As always the narrators were spectacular. You can expect the same quality you have experienced throughout the series

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Well worth the wait

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  • The Way of Kings

  • Book One of The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 45 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 60,414
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 54,987
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 54,977

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Struggled through narration

  • By Jonathan Balsa on 03-20-17

Your Wheel of Time replacement

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

Reviewed: 09-13-12

Any additional comments?

With the WoT drawing to a close, I believe the Stormlight Archive will fill the void nicely. You can see a lot of Sanderson's refined work here. Sanderson has laid down a very strong and compelling foundation for a true Saga.

I do not want to give away any part of the story in this review, you should experience this work for the first time through the reading, not through this review. Just know that this is a story well worth the credit or cash.

Oh and it's long so be prepared to spend many hours zoning out to the sounds of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer. These are the same narrators that brought so much life into the WoT and they carry that passion here as well.

  • Swarm

  • Star Force, Book 1
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,081
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,480
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,499

Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally some ORIGINAL scifi action.

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-25-11

Humans vs. Advanced Alien Technology

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

Reviewed: 07-16-12

What made the experience of listening to Swarm the most enjoyable?

This first salvo of the Star Force series is a good listen, I would place this is the same area as John Ringo's Troy Rising series minus the heavy political commentary and minus the actually superior Alien species, just the superior Alien Technology.

As others have said, Larson does tend to repeat himself alot, and you will find your self thinking, why is he explaining this again. One example is how many times he will describe nanites, and the injections.

On a positive side, Larson doe snot overly explain technology nor does overly describe things, leaving you to fill in the rest with your own imagination.

In all the story is very good, and worth the credit. I am currently at book 4 of the series and it is still worth the time.

What did you like best about this story?

The explination of Alien visits and abductions.

What about Mark Boyett???s performance did you like?

Mr. Boyett has a strong voice although he does have a limited range when it come to multiple character voices. You will find he uses the same voice for several characters.

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

Yes

  • Old Man's War

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,084
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,093

John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and Witty Military Sci-Fi

  • By M. Spencer on 10-21-12

A gem in a pile of stones

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-14-11

First, this is the first book I have listened to by this author so I cannot say if previous or future works will measure to this, but if this book is any indicator of what to expect then this is an author to watch for.

The story is a new twist on the space marine shoot-em-up adventure where in the end the main character learns about himself and the universe around him. The twist comes in the fact that the main characters are not the young 18-something snot nosed know-it-alls fresh out of High School, but instead a group of 65 year old men and women given a new lease on life. It's the age old "If I had my knowledge of today in my body at 20" wish lived out, with some alien slaughter to boot.

Even if you are not heavy into war type Sci-Fi I still think you will enjoy this book.

Worth buying and worth the time to listen.

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