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  • Second Hand Curses

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello, Marc Vietor, Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,413
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,143

When your fairy godmother threatens to enslave you with a curse - when a malevolent piper solves your rat problem but steals your children - when you seek revenge on the prince who turned you into a frog - who can you turn to in your hour of need? The band of scoundrels known far and wide as the Bastard Champions - the swashbuckling trio who travel a world of legend, seeking adventure and righting wrongs - as long as there's enough gold to be earned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Carla on 11-22-17

Very meta, highly entertaining

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

Reviewed: 05-18-19

I always love ensemble productions in audio books and this one compares favorably with other productions like Dune and the His Dark Materials trilogy. Yet it is the story itself that is highly amusing, as it seems to deflate much of the hot air out of all our favorite childhood fairytales. And in a relatively short novel we get fully fleshed out characters with mature motivations, all of which fit well with their appropriated fairytale backgrounds. Moreover the book is quite meta in the way it cynically relates to questions of pre-determination and belief. All around, I had a lot of fun with this one and would recommend it warmly.

  • Through Fiery Trials

  • Safehold, Book 10
  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 32 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 901
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 835
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 828

Those on the side of progressing humanity through advanced technology have finally triumphed over their oppressors. The unholy war between the small but mighty island realm of Charis and the radical, Luddite Church of God's Awaiting has come to an end. However, even though a provisional veil of peace has fallen over human colonies, the quiet will not last. For Safefold is a broken world, and as international alliances shift and Charis charges on with its precarious mission of global industrialization, the shifting plates of the new world order are bound to clash.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I miss Oliver Wyman

  • By Ofer on 01-12-19

I miss Oliver Wyman

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

While I enjoyed the story, every time Davis misprounced the words "Terran" and "Tellesberg", or was inconsistent with the accents of various characters, I wanted to throttle him. This series has had 5 different narrators by now and while I remember the egregious mistake Wyman did on the previous novel, he still managed to maintain a high degree of consistency in his performance. And Davis' performance bothered me enough to consider returning the audio book and just get an electronic copy. His voice was however as pleasant as others and wasn't as droning and sleep inducing as the narrator for the 5th novel so I hope he talks to the author about pronunciation and accents if he stays on for the next book.

25 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • The Consuming Fire

  • The Interdependency, Book 2
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,815
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,329

The Interdependency, humanity’s interstellar empire, is on the verge of collapse. The Flow, the extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel between the stars possible, is disappearing, leaving entire star systems stranded. When it goes, human civilization may go with it - unless desperate measures can be taken. Emperox Grayland II, the leader of the Interdependency, is ready to take those measures to help ensure the survival of billions. But nothing is ever that easy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Building upon a collapse, this follow-up exceeds!

  • By C. White on 10-16-18

The universe becomes much larger and very interest

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

Reviewed: 10-20-18

The idea behind this series has always been an analogy with global climate changes. When the means by which the Interdependency is jeopardized by a natural (or possibly not so natural) shift in the Flow, humans behave as expected. People dither out of habit, wealthy interests try to dny the reality because it hurts their bottom line and politicos try to maneuver for power despite it being counterproductive or outright detrimental to survival. Yet we also see those in power try to make things better and work despite all this, and perhaps that is a hopeful sign for humanity (well that and having rulers that are able to sweep aside all of those above). But the truly fascinating part of this book is the "ancient" history that is discovered and that the universe is much larger than what was thought. It also introduces so truly interesting characters who are likely to be a treat in future novels.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Fields of Fire

  • Frontlines, Book 5
  • By: Marko Kloos
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,884
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,626
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,624

Mars has been under Lanky control for more than a year. Since then, the depleted forces of Earth's alliances have rebuilt their fleets, staffing old warships with freshly trained troops. Torn between the need to beat the Lankies to the punch and taking enough time to put together an effective fighting force, command has decided to strike now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great continuation of the series!

  • By Mgarneau on 03-02-17

Things never go as expected

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

Kloos does a good job at taking the story to its next logical step and to avoid the usual tropes whereby the good guys always win. The characters are still imperfect and the brass are still cold blooded. But despite the frustrating stalemate and imperfect outcome, the main character still has reason for optimism.

  • The Collapsing Empire

  • The Interdependency, Book 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,367

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely not my favorite scalzi

  • By pat on 03-25-17

A nice intro to a new universe

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

Reviewed: 03-29-17

The story moves quickly and doesn't get bogged down on minutiae. Scalzi's usual sense of humor is everywhere in the book, especially the ship names. The one unique facet is that, unlike other novels of his, aliens play no part (so far). But the fundamental pragmatism of even the good guys, who are willing to compromise on doing distasteful things (like alliances with villains) is a bit unusual. But I enjoyed this book nonetheless.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Android's Dream

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,968
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,070
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,065

A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams

  • By James on 07-26-11

Funny as hell

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

Scalzi's sense of humor at its finest. His usual take of casual, day to day contact between humans and aliens works well with this story 7n particular, given that it looks at the absurdity of life as a given. Crazy things like this happen all the time but they aren't so faraway from this plot line. And the jabs at Scientology are particularly amusing (though the Church of the Evolved Lamb is decidedly more competent).

  • Miniatures

  • The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam, Peter Ganim, Luke Daniels, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,440

The ex-planet Pluto has a few choice words about being thrown out of the solar system. A listing of alternate histories tells you all the various ways Hitler has died. A lawyer sues an interplanetary union for dangerous working conditions. And four artificial intelligences explain, in increasingly worrying detail, how they plan not to destroy humanity. Welcome to Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Small doses of "Scalzian" humor

  • By Andre Wallace Simonsen on 01-05-17

Hilarious Sci-Fi

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

Reviewed: 01-05-17

A hilarious compilation of short sci-fi stories that has a little for everyone: Star Trek fans, Star Wars fans, pet lovers, teachers, corporate employees and diplomats.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful