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  • The Sagan Diary

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Wolfe, John Scalzi
  • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,062
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 891
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 897

Jane Sagan: Soldier. Killer. Lover. Dreamer. In John Scalzi's best-selling Old Man's War series of science-fiction novels, we see this warrior woman as the other characters see her - silent and strong, from the outside. But now The Sagan Diary shows us Sagan from another point of view: her own, as she prepares to leave military life and join her new husband and adopted daughter on a colony world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's a Poem

  • By wyatt on 03-27-13

Couldn't even finish it

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

Reviewed: 07-07-17

Tedious & random. No color, especially in the reader's voice. If this is supposed to be Jane's thoughts it's not what I expected. Sounds more computer-generated, with too many complicated words. Doesn't sound like a woman's mind no matter how young that mind is. Wish I could get my money back.

  • Fuzzy Nation

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi - introduction
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,750
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,758

In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling.

  • By Samuel Montgomery-Blinn on 05-11-11

Another Scalzi & Wheaton masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 04-24-17

Always a great combo. And great story. Would like to see a sequel. Now to my next Scalzi book!

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Richard Matthews
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,065
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,022

Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating; Perfect for Adult ADHD

  • By Sean on 05-13-04

Brief history of white European males

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

Reviewed: 04-17-17

Extremely and frustratingly focused on white Europeans, almost no women mentioned, and no points of view fro Africans or Chinese or Latinos. Not a true history. Pretty good in detail though if this is where you start. Very sad ending.

  • The Life and Loves of a He Devil

  • By: Graham Norton
  • Narrated by: Graham Norton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

Graham Norton has been entertaining audiences and having fun with some of the world's biggest stars for nearly 20 years. He is loved across the nation for his delight in the peculiar and for his ability to find humour and a common ground in all that life brings. The Life and Loves of a He Devil is Graham's funny and honest memoir on the theme of love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Light frothy fun

  • By Jess on 01-01-15

Wise and Silly

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

Reviewed: 12-16-16

Thanks Graham Norton for time well spent listening to your book. And thanks for reminding me that life is a "come as you are affair." I am also a big fan of your show and am glad you thought the episode with Matt Damon was one of the best.

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  • From the Corner of His Eye

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang
  • Length: 21 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,654

Bartholomew Lampion is born on a day of tragedy and terror that will mark his family forever. All agree that his unusual eyes are the most beautiful they have ever seen. On this same day, a thousand miles away, a ruthless man learns that he has a mortal enemy named Bartholomew. He embarks on a relentless search to find this enemy, a search that will consume his life. And a girl is born from a brutal rape, her destiny mysteriously linked to Barty and the man who stalks him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderment

  • By Mary S. Murray on 03-29-08

Dean Koontz Fan But Not This Book

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

Reviewed: 07-09-16

I've enjoyed every Dean Koontz book I've read or listened to, but not this one. Oof! Tedious -- I looked and realized I still had 17 hours to listen to -- cringe. A poorly executed first few chapters (is this one he had to write quickly to please his publisher?) plus the mainly monotone unattractive voice of the narrator = the first I've bailed on an audiobook and a Dean Koontz book. Too many balls in the air and no real character to care about or route for. Maybe it gets better -- but I don't have the endurance...

  • 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 9,005
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,166

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

Not his best

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

Reviewed: 05-20-16

As usual, excellent narration by Wil Wheaton. Scalzi's writing and story on this one feels off to me, like its a collage of things from other books and most of it doesn't make much sense including the ending. If this were my first introduction to Scalzi's work, I would probably not pick up another.

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  • Always Watching

  • By: Chevy Stevens
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 701
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 634
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 634

In the lockdown ward of a psychiatric hospital, Dr. Nadine Lavoie is in her element. She has the tools to help people, and she has the desire: Healing broken families is what she lives for. But Nadine doesn’t want to look too closely at her own past because there are whole chunks of her life that are black holes. It takes all her willpower to tamp down her recurrent claustrophobia, and her daughter, Lisa, is a runaway who has been on the streets for seven years. When a distraught woman, Heather Simeon, is brought into the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit after a suicide attempt, Nadine gently coaxes her story out of her - and learns of some troubling parallels to her own life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Page Turner, or a Great Listen!

  • By andrea on 07-02-13

Really had a hard time connecting with protagonist

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

Reviewed: 05-09-16

Was it the character herself -- most likely. Also may be in part the voice of the reader.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Ghost Brigades

  • Old Man's War, Book 2
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,174

The Ghost Brigades are the Special Forces of the Colonial Defense Forces, elite troops created from the DNA of the dead and turned into the perfect soldiers for the CDF's toughest operations. They're young, they're fast and strong, and they're totally without normal human qualms.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starts slow but comes together in the end.

  • By Lore on 02-15-14

Another one you have to wade through at first

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

Reviewed: 04-20-16

But then it does get better. But each time I wonder if I want to buy the next one in the series. I think the performance is good, but I've heard Scalzi read by Wil Wheaton and those were great. But I guess "old man's war" wouldn't go well with a young (relatively) man's voice

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Old Man's War

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,273

John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and Witty Military Sci-Fi

  • By M. Spencer on 10-21-12

Keep listening

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

Reviewed: 04-04-16

It's a good book, well-narrated, but near the middle I almost gave up on it. Keep listening. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.

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  • Agent to the Stars

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,545

The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hollywood Agent Represents Stinky Aliens

  • By Bryan on 04-22-11

Another great pairing of Scalzi and Wheaton

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

Reviewed: 03-23-16

It's a good book and good story. Wheaton's reading makes for a must-listen rather than just reading the print (or Kindle) version.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful