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  • Indianapolis

  • By: Lynn Vincent, Sara Vladic
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 257

 

The USS Indianapolis was the key ship in the largest and most powerful fleet to ever sail the face of the earth - or that will ever sail again. Her crew led the fleet from Pearl Harbor to the islands of Japan, notching an unbroken string of victories in an uncharted theater of war. When the time came for President Harry S. Truman to deal Japan the decisive blow, Indianapolis answered the call, and a super-spy named Major Robert S. Furman climbed aboard with the components of the world’s first atomic bomb.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as In Harm's Way but different

  • By tru britty on 07-13-18

Courage, tragedy and ultimate justice

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

I cannot adequately express how moved I was by this magnificent book, which according to one of the author's appendices represented an exhaustive, and no doubt exhausting, 17-year odyssey. I too remember that goosebump-inducing scene in "Jaws" when Robert Shaw transfixed Richard Dreyfuss and Roy Scheider with the story of the USS Indianapolis. The authors of this mesmerizing tale spared the reader/listener none of the horror of those terrible days, but there is so much more to the story. The heroism of the USS Indy at Okinawa. The fascinating story of her delivery of the components of the first atomic bombs. And the more than 50 years of injustice toward the Captain of the Indy ultimately righted through the tireless efforts of the Captain of the Indy's nuclear submarine namesake, a 13-year-old boy and a most surprising letter to the U.S. Senate from someone in Japan.

Most of all, it is a human story, one of courage, honor, despair and ultimate triumph. As I listened to the magnificent narration, there were moments when I was moved to tears, and later to cheers. During the final scenes, I was moved to both. "Indianapolis" is one of the finest non-fiction, historical accounts I have ever read or listened to. I cannot recommend it enough.

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  • Ninefox Gambit

  • By: Yoon Ha Lee
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 545
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 499
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 497

To win an impossible war, Captain Kel Cheris must awaken an ancient weapon and a despised traitor general.

Captain Kel Cheris of the Hexarchate is disgraced for using unconventional methods in a battle against heretics. Kel Command gives her the opportunity to redeem herself by retaking the Fortress of Scattered Needles, a star fortress that has recently been captured by heretics. Cheris' career isn't the only thing at stake. If the fortress falls, the Hexarchate itself might be next.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just too confusing with enough context

  • By Jose Alvarez on 04-02-17

Incomprehensible!

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

Reviewed: 11-10-16

What disappointed you about Ninefox Gambit?

The story was literally incomprehensible. I could detect no discernible plot nor any characters I gave a damn about. The book seemed to be nothing more than a stream of consciousness series of odd dialogue that never advanced the story, had there been any. Granted, I could only make it through the first six hours, so who knows whether a story actually surfaced near the end. This thing was bad enough to hold its own with the scores of self-published "works" flooding Audible.

Has Ninefox Gambit turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, not if they are good. I LOVE space opera. Ascher, Hamilton, Robinson, Steele, Corey, Rusch, you name it. The things that all of these writers have in common is the ability to craft an intelligible story and characters I actually care about, with dialogue that makes actual sense.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Emily Woo Zeller?

I doubt that even Scott Brick or Stefan Rudnicki could have made a difference.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment followed by complete apathy, at which point I bailed.

Any additional comments?

Yes, I like oatmeal raisin cookies...

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Illustrated Man

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342

The images, ideas, sounds, and scents that abound in this phantasmagoric sideshow are provocative and powerful: the mournful cries of celestial travelers cast out cruelly into a vast, empty space of stars and blackness; the sight of grey dust settling over a forgotten outpost on a road that leads nowhere; the pungent odor of Jupiter on a returning father's clothing. Here living cities take their vengeance, technology awakens the most primal natural instincts, Martian invasions are foiled by the good life and the glad hand, and dreams are carried aloft in junkyard rockets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A haunting performance of a Bradbury classic

  • By M. Stephenson on 10-30-10

A haunting performance of a Bradbury classic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-30-10

That Ray Bradbury will ultimately be remembered as one of the finest writers of fiction of the 20th century is a virtual certainty, and the stories contained in this collection are some of the best examples of his remarkable body of work. The bujilding suspense and ultimate horror of "The Veldt." The unrelenting despair of "The Long Rain." The gentle wistfulness of "The Rocket Man." These stories are Bradbury at the peak of his powers and are treasures, each unto itself. Tied together in this volume they represent a literary feast.

I could go on and on about Bradbury, but the other real treasure of this edition is Scott Brick's absolutely remarkable narration. Brick captures every emotion that Bradbury wrote into these stories, delivering them with mastery, feeling and style that often transform passages from prose to pure poetry. I found myself often backing up a disk (I burn to CDs) just to hear Brick's delivery of a passage once again. Whenever I acquire an audiobook read by Scott Brick I expect a wonderful listening experience, but this reading was off the charts. Immediately prior to this edition I hear Brick's reading of Bradbury's "The Martian Chronicles," which was also wonderful. However, in the case of "The Illustrated Man," something about his reading was different, deeper, more engaged and immersed in the tone and meaning of the stories. This is one of the best audiobook experiences I have ever enjoyed.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • The Stainless Steel Rat

  • By: Harry Harrison
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,675
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,380
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,389

DiGriz is caught during one of his crimes and recruited into the Special Corps. Boring, routine desk work during his probationary period results in his discovering that someone is building a battleship, thinly disguised as an industrial vessel. In the peaceful League no one has battleships anymore, so the builder of this one would be unstoppable. DiGriz' hunt for the guilty becomes a personal battle between himself and the beautiful but deadly Angelina, who his planning a coup on one of the feudal worlds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great To See An Old Friend Back

  • By Terry on 10-14-10

A Rat Race Worth Running!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-28-10

Hands down, this is one of the most entertaining and engaging SF audiobooks I have purchased from Audible, and you don't want to know how many I have. For one thing, as a dyed-in-the-wool SF fan for almost 50 years, it was great to revisit one of the most memorable characters from the wacky space operas of the 1960s, of which Harry Harrrison and his contemporary, Keith Laumer, were masters. This is a thoroughly entertaining, nutty story, well-written, satirical and charming.

Now, as to Phil Gigante's reading. Calling it a reading or a narration is a gross misrepreentation of one of the most entertaining performances I have yet encountered in my huge Audible collection. His tone and delivery is absolutely, flawlessly perfect for DiGriz -- sardonic, larcenous but totally suggestive of the "diamond in the rough" that is the Stainless Steel Rat. Not only that, but the range of voices and accents that Mr. Gigante is able to project, effortlessly phasing from one to another without missing a best, is nothing less than astonishing. At times, I almost forgot I was listening to an audiobook, but instead an old radio play such as X-Minus-One or Dimension X. I frequently caught myself laughing aloud not only at Harrison's turns of phrase but also Gigante's perfect timing and delivery.

If you like wacky, vintage space opera told with humor and style, catch "The Stainless Steel Rat" ... if you can. They don't call him Slippery Jim DioGriz for nothing.

46 of 49 people found this review helpful

  • The Chronoliths

  • By: Robert Charles Wilson
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 463
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 368

Scott Warden is a man haunted by the past-and soon to be haunted by the future. In early 21st-century Thailand, Scott is an expatriate slacker. Then, one day, he inadvertently witnesses an impossible event: the violent appearance of a 200-foot stone pillar in the forested interior. Its arrival collapses trees for a quarter mile around its base, freezing ice out of the air and emitting a burst of ionizing radiation. It appears to be composed of an exotic form of matter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A haunting, beautiful work...

  • By M. Stephenson on 11-20-09

A haunting, beautiful work...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-20-09

I was taken by Robert Charles Wilson's work first with "Bios" (hint, Audible, hint, hint...) and then with the wonderfully weird and epic "Darwinia." I think "The Chronoliths" is my favorite. This is a compelling, often melancholy novel peopled by sympathetic characters who come alive in their vulnerability, ambivalence and, in the end, profound commitment to helping each other cope with a world made despairing and dysfunctional by forces beyond understanding. The reading is flawless and perfect for this novel, well-paced with good character differentiation and a keen sense of irony, wit and melancholy. My sincerest compliments to Mr. Wyman. While my library of Audible SF readings is ridiculously large, almost begging clinical intervention, this is one that I will be happy to experience more than once. A fine work of character-centered science fiction. God, I wish I could write like RCW!

12 of 12 people found this review helpful