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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 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 192

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
  • Speculative & Creative, Yet well Paced and Unique

  • By Zach Wilson on 04-17-17

I couldn't get into it.

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

This book has great reviews so I'm kind of surprised I wasn't able to get into it. The writing style just made it hard to follow. Like another reviewer said, maybe this better read than listened to. I only made it two hours in before I had to call it quits. I just didn't understand what was going on, who was who, and what the characters were referring to with their strange terminology for things. The author just throws you into a weird world without attempting to explain anything. I'm giving it three stars because I believe this would be a good read rather than listen.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Daughter of Eden

  • Dark Eden, Book 3
  • By: Chris Beckett
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

Angie Redlantern is the first to spot the boats - five abreast, with men in metal masks and spears standing proud. As the people of New Earth declare war on the people of Mainground, a dangerous era has dawned for Eden. After generations of division and disagreement, the two populations of Eden have finally broken their tentative peace, giving way to bloodshed and slaughter. Angie must flee with her family across the pitch black of Snowy Dark to the place where it all started.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprising ending

  • By yvonne on 06-25-17

Fantastic addition to the series!

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

I especially enjoyed this book! I was especially happy that Earth had come back. This added a lot to the story! I would love another book detailing the girl's experience going to Earth and the ramifications of the Earther's appearance on Eden. How did the war end? I would also love to see Earth come back again! An entirely new branch of the story could be written on just that! Hoping to see more soon!

  • Mother of Eden

  • By: Chris Beckett
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle, Bruce Mann, Heather Wilds, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 262

Civilization has come to the alien, sunless planet its inhabitants call Eden. Just a few generations ago, the planet's 500 inhabitants huddled together in the light and warmth of the Forest's lantern trees, afraid to venture out into the cold darkness around them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Pick for Best Book of 2015

  • By Em on 12-07-15

It was good good!

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

I've officially become a fan of this series! This book is a great continuation of the story of Eden. Fantastic visuals, fantastic subject matter! I've fallen in love with the characters of both books. This book hit on some heavy topics and really makes you think about our own past. Its interesting watching this world's culture, technology, and religion develop from ground zero. I'm excited excited to start the next book!

  • First of My Kind, 2nd Edition

  • By: Marc Stevens
  • Narrated by: Ramon De Ocampo
  • Length: 18 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373

First of My Kind is the story of Nathan Myers, a Missouri farm boy who, through a chain of events that happens halfway across the galaxy, finds his way from the seat of his Grandfather's tractor to the command of a starship from a lost super race. Nathan will tell you in his own words about the life and death struggles he encounters on his journey. He will tell you about the humor, peril, and pain of his galactic education.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great start meh finish

  • By Freel on 08-19-18

Incredibly cheesy and unbelievable

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

This was one of my most unpleasant listening experiences. The entire plot is so cliche, cheesy, and unrealistic. Everything is incredibly convenient for the main character. I tried multiple times to finish this book but the cringe wouldn't let me. I ended up returning it.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Relic

  • By: Alan Dean Foster
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 248

Once Homo sapiens reigned supreme, spreading from star system to star system in an empire that encountered no alien life and thus knew no enemy.... save itself. As had happened many times before, the most primal human instincts rose up, only this time armed with the advanced scientific knowledge to create a genetically engineered smart virus that quickly wiped out humanity to the last man. That man is Ruslan, the sole known surviving human being in the universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really fun story!

  • By APLang on 08-16-18

Really fun story!

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

I was nervous purchasing this book as it had no reviews at the time. The summary sounded intriguing enough and I knew if it ended up being too cheesy or poorly written, I could just return it. I was not disappointed! In fact, I was pleasantly surprised! The story was fun! I appreciate that it's not the same regurgitated sci fi that so many other titles fall into. It has lots of fun concepts to think about. It was well written and produced. I'm not sure if this is going to turn into a series but I would be very interested in future books if it is!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Tales of Anyar

  • Destiny's Crucible, Book 5
  • By: Olan Thorensen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 756
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702

The Destiny’s Crucible series chronicles the incredible adventure of Joseph Colsco, a college student of no particular importance who is thrust into an unimaginable fate by an accident that couldn’t happen - but did. Cast naked on the planet Anyar, he forges a new life for himself and rises to prominence and responsibilities he would otherwise never have imagined. However, much is left undone and uncertain. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Managing Expectations

  • By Bryan on 08-21-18

Thought I was going to get answers..

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

So, I have a love-hate relationship with this series. It started off great. I fell in love with the premise. Then it kinda just spiraled. The battle planning and pointless banter just took soooooo long. I took me a couple months and a couple tries to finish the 4th book. I finally powered through it and was disappointed at the end but was grateful for it to be over. We were left with a lot of unanswered questions in what seemed to be the last book of the series. Then this book came out. I was apprehensive but I figured the author must have realized his mistake and was going to make good with us. What we get here is a bit more on how the people on Earth reacted to the crash of the plane Joseph was on when he was abducted. This added nothing to the story but more questions. Then we go and hear people's different perspectives of the insanely long, drawn out battle of the last book. OMG. Once was enough! I don't want to hear it again! I skipped chapters 5, 6, and 7 because that's all it was. The rest of the book got back to what originally intrigued me so much about the series: Joseph's influence on local culture and technology. But then, all of a sudden, without warning, it was over! There was no resolution and hardly any questions answered. Generally you can tell when an author is wrapping up a book, but not this one! It just stopped and Audible told me they hoped I enjoyed the program. I was disappointed by the program.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Evaran Chronicles Box Set

  • Books 1-3
  • By: Adair Hart
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 25 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 174

Dr. Albert Snowden just wanted to be there for his niece, Emily, after the loss of her father. Being abducted by aliens, and then rescued by a mysterious being known as Evaran, has made that difficult. Despite their situation, they try to make the best of it while traveling through space, time, and beyond with Evaran and V, Evaran's trusty mobile artificial intelligence. With the use of Evaran's time-traveling ship, the Torvatta, they will try to maintain timeline integrity while dealing with the challenges that brings.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enter the Space-Time Continuum

  • By cosmitron on 04-05-18

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

A delicious scifi series that I can't stop sucking up! Fun and loveable characters! Also a great value with the box set!

  • The Arrival

  • The Evaran Chronicles Prequel
  • By: Adair Hart
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Jake Melkins is a few months away from turning 21. By the Seceltor Empire's laws, he will have to go to a breeding camp, or directly into slavery. Neither choice appeals to him. All this changes with the arrival of a space-and-time-traveling being known as Evaran at the space-station-turned-rest-stop that Jake lives on.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Everan has a soft spot for humans!

  • By bluestategirl on 08-26-16

A fun start to a great series!

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

I really enjoyed the intro to this series! A quick introduction into the world of Evaran! Definitely helps getting into the other books.

  • The Consumption of Magic

  • Tales From Verania, Book 3
  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Michael Lesley
  • Length: 18 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 463

Sam of Wilds faced the Dark wizard Myrin and lived to tell the tale. Granted, the battle left him scarred, but things could be a hell of a lot worse. It’s not until he reunites with Morgan of Shadows and Randall that he realizes just how much worse things could be. Because the scars have meaning and hint at Myrin’s true plans for Sam and the Kingdom of Verania. With time running out, Sam and his band of merry misfits must travel to the snowy mountains in the North and the heart of the Dark Woods to convince the remaining dragons to stand against Myrin. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utter perfection.

  • By Janice Birnie on 05-03-18

I'm not a twink!

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

I have to say, when I started this series, I almost returned it. These are not at all the types of books I usually listen to. The bulk of my library contains sci fi. I was feeling adventurous and decided to give these books a try. Originally, the voices turned me. They reminded me a lot of the "Shrek" movies and I felt weird listening to a raunchy "Shrek." BUT! By the end of book one, I'd fallen in love with the characters. I LOVED book 2 and book 3 was even more glorious! I almost cried at the end of the third book today. I really am in love with these characters even though they/the story can be silly at times. It's nice break from the more serious and realistic books I listen to. I can't wait for the next one to come out!

  • Brightness Reef

  • The Uplift Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: David Brin
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 25 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 254

Persecuted refugees from six separate alien races have migrated to the idyllic planet Jijo. And despite their incredible diversity, the inhabitants live together in blissful harmony. However, settlement on Jijo is illegal - and it's only a matter of time before the residents of this forbidden paradise are discovered by the galactic powers-that-be.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hard Core Sci-Fi at it's best!

  • By Chas on 05-14-10

Returning This

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

I recently finished Brin's "Existence" and loved it! I really thought I was going to like this one as well. The summary sounded interesting and the good reviews were encouraging. I'm really bummed that I can't get into it. You just get thrown into a world without a proper explanation. The aliens are just too weird and hard to picture. Characters and sub stories jump around a lot. It's just super hard to follow and doesn't flow very well. Narration is cringey. I was confused the entire 8 hours I spent listening. I just can't get through it.