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  • Archangel

  • By: William Gibson, Michael St. John Smith
  • Narrated by: Josh Hurley, Victor Bevine, Elizabeth Jasicki, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 578
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 538
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 536

The year is 2016. Not our 2016. Theirs. Earth is dying, the result of a worldwide nuclear holocaust caused by America’s dictatorial President-for-Life Lewis Henderson, a man who will use any means necessary to maintain power and survive. Enter: The Splitter. A machine capable of splitting off an exact replica of Henderson’s world. A world where the cataclysmic events causing its destruction have yet to occur. That world is ours. In August of 1945, our postwar Europe becomes the battleground for Henderson’s operatives - led by his sociopathic son - as they engineer a complete redo of their history. By changing ours.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Performances All Around

  • By Brian on 08-26-18

Not Gibson's Best

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

Not certain how much Gibson is in this radio drama, which reminds me more of a bad Twilight Zone episode than cutting edge sci-fi. It is pretty engaging for the length, but I felt like I wasted a credit on this.

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  • Rich People Problems

  • A Novel
  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lydia Look
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,856

When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside - but he's not alone. The entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe to stake claim on their matriarch's massive fortune. With each family member vying to inherit Tyersall Park - a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore - Nicholas' childhood home turns into a hotbed of speculation and sabotage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cheesy and Funny and the PERFECT Summer Book!

  • By D on 05-30-17

Great Ending

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

Reviewed: 03-27-18

Nice wrap up to the trilogy. Enjoyed this segment the most. One drawback - the narrator still can't do Nick as well as the original narrator of the first book.

  • China Rich Girlfriend

  • A Novel
  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lydia Look
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,625

Kevin Kwan, best-selling author of Crazy Rich Asians, is back with a wickedly funny new novel of social climbing, secret emails, art-world scandal, lovesick billionaires, and the outrageous story of what happens when Rachel Chu, engaged to marry Asia's most eligible bachelor, discovers her birth father.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Story. Discontinuity of narrators.

  • By Rachel on 08-17-15

Nice Follow Up to Crazy Rich Asians

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

Reviewed: 03-17-18

Any additional comments?

I thought this was a great sequel to Crazy Rich Asians. Lydia Look narrated just as well as Michelle Chen and at times, I thought she did a better job with some of the characters than her predecessor. The plot was a little over the top in comparison to Crazy Rich Asians and with all the obsessive detail regarding clothes, shoes, fixtures, and antiques, at times I thought Kwan had decided to stop writing a Dominick Dunne novel and instead was trying his hand at writing an episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous: Chinese Edition. Looking forward to hearing the third book in the trilogy.

  • The Borrowed World

  • A Novel of Post-Apocalyptic Collapse, Volume 1
  • By: Franklin Horton
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,295

In a night of devastating terror, ISIS operatives have unleashed a coordinated attack on America's infrastructure. With thousands of trapped travelers and scarce law enforcement, the miles between Jim Powell and his family become a brutal gauntlet where the rules of civilized society no longer apply. As Jim puts his years of preparation and planning to the test, he is forced to ask himself if he has what it takes to make it home. Does he have the strength - the brutality - required to meet this new world toe-to-toe?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Close and personal story of the apocalypse

  • By Kingsley on 07-25-15

TEOTWAWKI Ad Infinitum

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

Reviewed: 07-02-17

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the opening setting -- mass ISIS attacks on easy infrastructure targets -- but then the story devolves into a number of classic, but frequently repeated elsewhere end of the world scenarios -- the stranded motorist, the long walk home, fenced off towns, crazy ex-cons and gangs on the loose -- all centered around a guy that has apparently prepared himself and his family for years for the end of the world. Nothing complex here, just pure, unadultered, prepper porn that I ate up like popcorn.

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  • Replay

  • By: Ken Grimwood
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,886
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,193

In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Book for the past 10 years

  • By psnorb on 12-29-08

Forrest Gump meets Quantum Leap

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

Reviewed: 01-02-17

This book was rumored to be the impetus for Groundhog Day, but resembles Forrest Gump in scope with the same time travel mechanisms of Quantum Leap. Extremely captivating and very difficult to stop listening to. Fans of Stephen King's Kennedy altertnative future assassination novel 1964 would enjoy this one.

  • Chains of Command

  • Frontlines, Book 4
  • By: Marko Kloos
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,578
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,245

The assault on Earth was thwarted by the destruction of the aliens' seed ship, but with Mars still under Lanky control, survivors work frantically to rebuild fighting capacity and shore up planetary defenses. Platoon sergeant Andrew Grayson must crash-course train new volunteers - all while dulling his searing memories of battle with alcohol and meds.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Becoming a bit too repetitive

  • By Sailfish on 04-25-16

Outstanding 4th Book

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

Reviewed: 09-04-16

Any additional comments?

I'm not certain why anyone would give this book anything less than five stars. This one is up there with all the other books in the series -- the plot is compelling, the battle scenes are incredibly written, and it flows well. Kloos really doesn't miss a detail, with the exception of conveniently eliminating the Lazarus Brigade subplot introduced at the end of the 3rd book.

Can't wait for the final book in the series, scheduled for February of 2017.

  • 4th Generation Warfare Handbook

  • By: William S. Lind, Gregory A. Thiele
  • Narrated by: Bob Allen
  • Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

Written by the author of the Maneuver Warfare Handbook and an active-duty USMC officer with experience in Iraq, 4th Generation Warfare Handbook is the doctrine for a new generation of war. Over the last 40 years, the world has gradually entered into a post-Clausewitzian state where the wars are undeclared, the battlefields can be anywhere, the uniforms are optional, and the combatants as well as the targets are often "civilian."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strange Tides

  • By Mr. Conrad on 05-26-17

It's the Hearts and Minds Theory All Over Again

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

Reviewed: 08-14-16

Any additional comments?

This was an enjoyable little read. Not terribly sophisticated. Modern War is becoming less a series of battles between national armies and more of a series of skirmishes between state run armies and smaller, less sophisticated groups like terrorist organizations or largely civilian staffed guerilla armies. Unless we invoke the tactics of "winning the hearts and minds" by respecting and enpowering the local populace and fighting the insurgents on their level -- utilizing light infantry units and guerilla tactics -- occupational state forces will end up fighting demoralizing wars without end (i.e. Vietnam, the Soviets in Afghanistan). Lots of great vignettes.

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  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,426
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,287

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Had so much promise

  • By Brian G on 09-01-17

Terrific Clines

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

Reviewed: 07-03-16

Any additional comments?

I'm a big Peter Clines fan and this really doesn't disappoint. In fact, The Fold up there with 14. Great character development, a narrative that flows well, interesting plot twists, and of course, with Ray Porter as narrator, the voices are done perfectly. You really can't go wrong with this. Great use of a credit.

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  • Metro 2033

  • By: Dmitry Glukhovsky
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,442
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,436

The year is 2033. The world has been reduced to rubble. Humanity is nearly extinct and the half-destroyed cities have become uninhabitable through radiation. Beyond their boundaries, they say, lie endless burned-out deserts and the remains of splintered forests. Survivors still remember the past greatness of humankind, but the last remains of civilisation have already become a distant memory. Man has handed over stewardship of the earth to new life-forms. A few score thousand survivors live on, not knowing whether they are the only ones left on Earth....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A bit tedious

  • By Checkers on 03-30-17

Captivating Post Apocalyptic Thriller

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

Reviewed: 04-18-16

Any additional comments?

When going through lists of favorite post-apocalyptic tales, the same ones keep on coming up -- The Road, The Stand, Swan Song, Canticle, et al. Despite being an international best seller and the genesis for several popular video games, Metro 2033 rarely shows up. I'm not certain why. This one has it all -- non-stop action, mutants, cannibals, vivid characters, existential plotlines, and tension that you can frequently cut with a knife. The narration by Rupert Degas was captivating. There was only one negative -- trying to figure out which station was where and what in the Metro was confusing, as the names are lengthy and fairly similar for those of us listening to the English translation.

  • Seveneves

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal, Will Damron
  • Length: 31 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,759
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,755

A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So Much Potential

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 06-08-17

First 2/3rds was great...

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

Reviewed: 08-16-15

What did you like best about Seveneves? What did you like least?

The first 2/3rds of the book, detailing mankind's attempt to escape armageddon was done well. At times, a little too focused on the science behind everything rather than the narrative, but the story flowed well. I actually liked the last third in the sense that it wrapped up the storylines and obviously described what happened to the Earth itself 5000 years after the Hard Rain, but it could have been condensed in a few chapters.

What three words best describe Mary Robinette Kowal and Will Damron ’s voice?

I thought that Kowal made several poor choices in terms of how she chose to depict many of the males in the book and a few of the females. Some of the voices, especially Dubois Harris, just didn't work. Will Damron did a great job and I wished that he had voiced more of the book (at least, alternate with Kowal in the first 2/3rds).

Any additional comments?

Not Stephenson's best work, but clearly something he wanted to write since he became an advisor for Jeff Bezos' space company, Blue Origin. The Baroque cycle, Snow Crash, and REAMDE are much better.