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  • The Quarry

  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

Eighteen-year-old Kit is weird: big, strange, odd, socially disabled, on a spectrum that stretches from "highly gifted" at one end, to "nutter" at the other. At least Kit knows who his father is; he and Guy live together in a decaying country house on the unstable brink of a vast quarry. His mother's identity is another matter. Now, though, his father's dying, and old friends are gathering for one last time.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • By Iain Banks, not Iain M. Banks

  • By Reader X on 05-19-18

A young Aspie who grows up with hippies.

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

In this amazing story full off interesting counter culture characters, a young man with Asperger's comes of age. The story is brilliantly told from his point of view.

  • Dark Matter

  • A Novel
  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 116

In 1696, Christopher Ellis, a young, hot-tempered gentleman, is sent to the Tower of London, but not as a prisoner. A sudden twist of fate has led him there to assist the renowned scientist Sir Isaac Newton, who as warden of the Royal Mint has accepted an appointment to hunt down counterfeiters who threaten to topple the shaky, war-weakened economy. Armed with Newton’s superior intellect and Ellis’ skill with a sword, the new partners seem primed to solve the case. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A cracking Yarn not a biography!

  • By Jim on 07-21-04

One of the greatest minds solves a mystery

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

Reviewed: 05-24-17

great historical novel. Totally engrosing plot. Rich character development. Romance action. Don't miss it. Beautifully read by the great Christopher Lee

  • Fight the Aliens

  • Escape Series, Book 2
  • By: T. Jackson King
  • Narrated by: Somerset Hamilton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Slave-taking aliens invade the solar system and attack Earth to teach humanity it cannot overthrow the millennia-old system of Buyers, Market worlds, and Collector ships. Former SEAL Bill MacCarthy and Air Force captain Jane Yamaguchi lead America and the world in a fight against six invading Collector ships. But even with the help of two American subs and two small transports, their ship Blue Sky is badly outgunned. Can they win this fight? Or will they and all humans end up as slaves?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even better than Escape from Aliens

  • By Andrew on 06-20-16

Earth is attacked by the slave taking aliens.

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

Reviewed: 06-18-16

Where does Fight the Aliens rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely a to 10%er. Interesting unusual story, memorable characters, and lots of good action.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Fight the Aliens?

When Jane has to convince the Joint Chiefs of Staff that she knows the best way to fight the 6 alien starships that have come to bomb earth back into the stone age with her 1 ship.

What about Somerset Hamilton’s performance did you like?

It was easy to tell who was talking and what they were feeling. He kept the action moving.

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

The battle to save earth from slave taking aliens!

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed it even more that the first book in the series "Escape from Aliens". Looking forward to the next book in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Escape from Aliens, Book 1

  • By: T. Jackson King
  • Narrated by: Somerset Hamilton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 42

Slave-taking aliens kidnap Bill MacCarthy and Jane Yamaguchi from the remote Rocky Mountains. But the aliens are in for a surprise! Bill is a retired Navy SEAL and Jane is an Air Force Space Command captain. Together they must breakout from escape-proof cells, fight the ship's crew, capture the captain and take over the starship - all before they are delivered to buyers on an alien world. Along the way they gain alien allies, including a naive ship AI. But will their escape survive a space battle?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bill(a SEAL) & Jane (USAF) battle Galactic Slavers

  • By Andrew on 05-07-16

Good ScyFy full of action, intrigue and Romance

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

Reviewed: 05-12-16

Good action adventure SciFy book. The noble mission to end the Galactic slave trade made me want to join the crew. Hope they do the sequels soon!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Leviathan Wakes

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,746
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,552

James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun hard SF action with a blue collar bent

  • By A reader on 05-11-12

Great new sci-fi concept, good story

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

Reviewed: 04-06-15

The 2 authors tell the same story from 2 points of view, a idealist and a down to earth pragmatist. they pull it off nicely.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Anniversary Day

  • Anniversary Day Saga, Book 1 (Retrieval Artist Universe)
  • By: Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 342

Four years ago, a bomb destroyed part of the dome protecting Armstrong, the largest city on the Moon. Now, as the city celebrates its survival with an event it calls Anniversary Day, a larger threat looms - one that begins with the murder of the mayor, and spreads across the moon itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Probably my favorite in the series!

  • By IamTheseus on 10-10-11

Fast paced mystery with engaging characters

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

Reviewed: 03-19-15

I liked the fact that there wasn't just one super hero character and most characters had at least one likeable quality. bought the next book in the series right away.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Freehold

  • Freehold, Book 1
  • By: Michael Z. Williamson
  • Narrated by: Molly Elston
  • Length: 21 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 371

Sergeant Kendra Pacelli is innocent, but that doesn't matter to the repressive government pursuing her. Mistakes might be made, but they are never acknowledged, especially when billions of embezzled dollars earned from illegal weapons sales are at stake. But where does one run when all Earth and most settled planets are under the aegis of one government? Answer: The Freehold of Grainne.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow ! great story and homage to Heinlein

  • By Jon on 04-09-15

A little preachy for the libertarian cause

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

Reviewed: 03-07-15

decent characters and plot. could have used some trimming. Her Libertarian perfect paradise was too perfect and I found myself unable to suspend belief, I kept thinking "that would never work".

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted

  • Stainless Steel Rat, Book 7
  • By: Harry Harrison
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

Jim was left in the custody of the League Navy, this story opens with him escaping from his prison cell on the League base on Steren-Gwandra, where he is awaiting deportation back to his home world. He has discovered that Bibs, a crew girl from Captain Garth's ship, is also a prisoner. Jim holds Garth responsible for the Bishop's death, and plans to hunt him down, with Bibs' help. Garth is really the crazed Captain Zennor, head of an army which continually defies League peace treaties, and now plans to invade and conquer the planet Chojecki.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but losing steam

  • By Cliff on 02-11-14

weakest of the 4 rat books I have read

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

Reviewed: 02-28-15

A little predictable and unpolished. Slippery Jim wasn't quite on his game. some interesting characters.

  • Childhood's End

  • By: Sir Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer, Robert J. Sawyer - introduction
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,061
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,119

The Overlords appeared suddenly over every city - intellectually, technologically, and militarily superior to humankind. Benevolent, they made few demands: unify earth, eliminate poverty, and end war. With little rebellion, humankind agreed, and a golden age began.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Food for Thought

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-17-08

too much Para religious mumbo jumbo for my taste.

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

Reviewed: 02-16-15

Well drawn sympathetic characters and a creative plot. just couldn't deal with the omniscient Ouija board and the telekinesis

0 of 1 people found this review helpful