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  • Brave New World

  • By: Aldous Huxley
  • Narrated by: Michael York
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,476
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12,661
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,713

When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • “Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”

  • By Jefferson on 10-03-11

Performance was fine the story average.

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

I could not get into the story and stopped it with 4 hours to go. I tried to start it over a couple times but it’s just not my style of story.

  • Galaxy's Edge

  • By: Jason Anspach, Nick Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,190
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,737
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,720

On the edge of the galaxy, a diplomatic mission to an alien planet takes a turn when the Legionnaires, an elite special fighting force, find themselves ambushed and stranded behind enemy lines. They struggle to survive under siege, waiting on a rescue that might never come. In the seedy starport of Ackabar, a young girl searches the crime-ridden gutters to avenge her father's murder; not far away, a double-dealing legionniare-turned-smuggler hunts an epic payday; and somewhere along the outer galaxy, a mysterious bounty hunter lies in wait.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • bit of a disconnect between parts

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-10-18

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

I enjoyed the story line which is a straight up war story with some science fiction tossed in to add spice. The story line has room to grow and I look forward to further audiobooks.

As always the narrator, RC Bray, did a great job and there is little to criticize.

  • The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,667
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11,402
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,402

[Contains explicit content] Hear the story of what happened when the tech industry gave the world what it wanted: free porn. Lives were mangled. Fortunes were made. All for your pleasure. Follow writer and narrator Jon Ronson as he uncovers our web of desire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I will never forget it...

  • By Charles Atkinson on 07-31-17

Absolutely fantastic

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

Reviewed: 03-15-18

The topics might not be for everyone but the story is fantastic. Unintended consequences and the effects of stolen porn couldn’t have been told in a more engaging manner

  • Tomorrow War

  • The Chronicles of Max [Redacted], Book 1
  • By: J. L. Bourne
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,552
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,394
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,393

In the not-too-distant future, during an unacknowledged mission inside the Syrian border, a government operative unwittingly triggers an incredible event that alters the course of society. A terrible weapon has been unleashed - a weapon that, left to run its course, will destroy the moral fabric of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ready for Book 2! Excellent story as always!

  • By Jason on 07-22-15

To easy

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

Every end of the world cliche possible happens to line up in the book. I was entertained but feel the author has enough experience to do better.

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  • American Kingpin

  • The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
  • By: Nick Bilton
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11,314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,428
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10,395

In 2011, a 26-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine website hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything - drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons - free of the government's watchful eye. It wasn't long before the media got wind of the new website where anyone - not just teenagers and weed dealers but terrorists and black hat hackers - could buy and sell contraband detection-free.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An honest portrait of DPR

  • By Victor on 05-18-17

One of the best

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

An incredibly well written story. The author presents a great story that is engaging, fast paced, and sucked me from the first words to the last.. The story and narrator are a perfect match for this story and I ended up binge listening over a couple of days while traveling.

  • Silicon World: Man vs. Machine

  • 3 Book Bundle
  • By: W.H. Massa
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

As the age of the singularity dawns and artificial intelligence begins to rival mankind, the stakes have never been higher. Will robots and androids work side by side with mankind to make the world a better place or will they become our most bitter enemy?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Silicon World

  • By MeDi on 12-16-16

Excellent Series of Stories

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

Reviewed: 01-14-18

I was provided a free copy in exchange for an honest review, my review was in no way influenced by the free book.

This series of audio stories are well written, well produced, and thought provoking. I found these stories to be timely considering we are experiencing advances in robotics, computers, and news articles regarding the militarization of drones and robots.

The narration is well done and the narrator, Joe Hempel, brings to live the humanity and characteristics of each person in the story.

This is an excellent listen for anyone with an interest in science fiction or fantasy.

  • Oathbringer

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 55 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 30,657
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,863
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28,810

Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strong Storytelling, will upset Kaladin fans

  • By Deana on 11-16-17

Phenomenal series

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

Reviewed: 01-13-18

This is definitely a series I will listen to over again. The characters are well developed the story interesting, and the world immersive.

  • I Am Legend

  • By: Richard Matheson
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,200
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,217

In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Superb!

  • By Steven Casper on 01-24-08

Better than the movie

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

Reviewed: 11-29-17

The saddest part about listening to this book is I learned how Hollywood destroyed another great story. Performance and story line were engaging and interesting from the beginning to the end.

  • Know No Fear

  • The Horus Heresy, Book 19
  • By: Dan Abnett
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360

Unaware of the wider Heresy and following the Warmaster's increasingly cryptic orders, Roboute Guilliman returns to Ultramar to muster his Legion for war against the orks massing in the Veridian system. Without warning, their supposed allies in the Word Bearers Legion launch a devastating invasion of Calth, scattering the Ultramarines fleet and slaughtering all who stand in their way. This confirms the worst scenario Guilliman can imagine - Lorgar means to settle their bitter rivalry once and for all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • yeah... wow this book is something else

  • By kieran lowe on 02-10-19

40k first

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

Hard to justify a four star review for a 40k book but the story and narration were excellent. Despite the flaws in 40k material this book will get listened to again.

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  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,907
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,940
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,847

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the Earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sums it up nicely

  • By Mark on 05-15-15

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 10-08-17

Oversimplification of complex issues but some interesting thoughts and very entertaining. The narrators voice was spot on for the book.