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Cristela M.

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  • The Lathe of Heaven

  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,046
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,045

In a future world racked by violence and environmental catastrophes, George Orr wakes up one day to discover that his dreams have the ability to alter reality. He seeks help from Dr. William Haber, a psychiatrist who immediately grasps the power George wields. Soon George must preserve reality itself as Dr. Haber becomes adept at manipulating George's dreams for his own purposes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!

  • By Adrienne R. on 11-23-18

Doesn't stand time test

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

Reviewed: 01-26-19

I want to like this author because of all I have read about her. First couple of books leave me dry. Her style is somewhat like PKD, but without the ability to draw me in. This book was somewhat entertaining due to it's premise, but didn't develop well and had me wondering when it was going to get substantial. It did pose some interesting philosophical questions, but nothing that I haven't been hearing since my childhood in the 60's. Now the notions seem stale and dated. I watched the movie and it seemed to be exactly like my experience of the book. 80's B-movie.

  • The Golem and the Jinni

  • A Novel
  • By: Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,539

Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!

  • By Tango on 04-26-13

Satisfying but could have been even better

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

This story had many elements which I enjoyed; mythology, ancient middle-eastern culture/mystique, forbidden love, the nature of love... I enjoyed it's fairytale style paired with adult themes. I found it a little slow to develop and not completely satisfying how it ended and specifically, how the story line of the (very well developed) characters ended up. If asked whether I would listen to this again, the answer is, "Yes. Absolutely." simply because I enjoyed the description of the characters and the nature of the story. I am not a big fan of book series, but this book leaves me wanting to see the sequel because many of the elements were so well developed but not followed through on.

  • Stranger in a Strange Land

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,450

Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • We live in the world this book made

  • By W. Seligman on 02-26-04

Grok it as a Classic

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

I would echo the review titled “ We live in the world this book made ”, which captured my experience of this book. I want so much to like Heinlein because I was a child in the 1960s and his work sets the foundation and tone for so much Sci-Fi over the decades. However, while the concepts in this book may have blown peoples minds at the time it was published, it is primarily a treatise on racism, religion and society and the concepts illustrated in this story are old hat now. I will continue to plow through Heinlein stories for the nostalgia, but this was not the masterwork people made it out to be, even if it did have an impact on culture and peoples thinking then. In fact, it seemed even a bit trite and boring in spots. The narration was excellent, though, and I truly enjoyed the portrayal of the character Jubal Harshaw, which captivated my imagination. With all that said, this probably needs to be on a must-read list to help us understand the changes in our culture in the past 5-6 decades.

  • Binti

  • By: Nnedi Okorafor
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,989
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,985

Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs. Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Messages

  • By khaalidah on 10-07-15

Left me dry

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

I was expecting Sci-Fi, and it is really a mixture of Sci-fi Fantasy, which I don't particularly enjoy. The story had some interesting elements, but I spent most of the book wondering where it was headed. It was narrated with a very strong accent, which exacerbated my frustration with the story. I had to listen very carefully to follow and then was a bit disappointed, leaving me thinking it wasn't worth the effort.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Don't Touch the Blue Stuff!

  • Where the Hell is Tesla?, Book 2
  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798

Something called the “Blue Juice" is coming. For all of us. Luckily, me (Chip Collins), Pete, Nikola Tesla, Bobo, and FBI Agent Gina Phillips are here to kick its ass, and send it back to last Tuesday. Maybe. Or maybe we'll fail, and everyone in the multiverse is doomed. (Seriously, you might want to get that underground bunker ready.) Either way, I've got to get home to Julie and find out – woah, I'm not about to tell you that right here in the book description! TMI, dude.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun roller coaster ride through the multiverse!

  • By Fascinatingbooks on 09-21-17

If you liked "Where the Hell is Tesla"

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

Then you will like this. I'm not going to say these are great literature, but they sure as hell are entertaining. I enjoy the author's narration, too. The style of humor keeps me smiling throughout the book. The story is engaging carried largely by the development of interesting characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wind/Pinball

  • Two Novels
  • By: Haruki Murakami, Ted Goossen - translator
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 215

In the spring of 1978, a young Haruki Murakami sat down at his kitchen table and began to write. The result: two remarkable short novels - Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973 - that launched the career of one of the most acclaimed authors of our time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Must For Murakami Fans

  • By Jay Quintana on 08-23-15

If you are a Murakami Fan

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

And I am. So, I am going to say time well spent, but I can't say it was great. Overall experience for me was pretty good because Murakami's style speaks to me. I was captivated by 1Q84. I have to say, there were some moments in these books which made me think and stick with me. I may even listen to them again. However, when I compare to other works, I have to give this a lower rating.

  • Will Save the Galaxy for Food

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,938
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,922

Space travel just isn't what it used to be. With the invention of Quantum Teleportation, space heroes aren't needed anymore. When one particularly unlucky ex-adventurer masquerades as famous pilot and hate figure Jacques McKeown, he's sucked into an ever-deepening corporate and political intrigue. Between space pirates, adorable deadly creatures, and a missing fortune in royalties, saving the universe was never this difficult!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By Anonymous User on 04-09-17

A metephorical feast served with flair

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

Reviewed: 09-19-17

The story is marginal. With that out of the way, I cherish this book as a treasure trove of laugh-out-loud similes. I am glad I listened to this book first (of the author's three books) because it is undoubtedly the best, and it has helped me to appreciate his earlier works. I will listen to these books over and over, just to hear him deliver the one-liners in his hilarious style.
His reading of this book is much better than the first two attempts and is actually quite good. I appreciate having the humor delivered straight from the proverbial horses mouth.
Don't let the criticisms of the story discourage you, as it is only a mechanism to introduce you to the very likable characters and to deliver the jokes.

  • The Spaceship Next Door

  • By: Gene Doucette
  • Narrated by: Steve Carlson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,270
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,273

When a spaceship landed in an open field in the quiet mill town of Sorrow Falls, Massachusetts, everyone realized humankind was not alone in the universe. With that realization everyone freaked out for a little while. Or almost everyone. The residents of Sorrow Falls took the news pretty well. This could have been due to a certain local quality of unflappability, or it could have been that in three years the ship did exactly nothing other than sit quietly in that field, and nobody understood the full extent of this nothing the ship was doing better than the people who lived right next door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another fun Sci Fi read with an Excellent Reader!

  • By bluestategirl on 12-30-16

l hate Zombies!

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

Reviewed: 02-27-17

I'm sorry, but I just do. In fact, except for The Night of the Living Dead, the entire genre bores me. I'm upset that I just referred to it as a genre.

This is why I love this book. Even zombies could not derail this little adventure. Well developed characters, a captivating story, and philosophical nuggets woven throughout. To top it off, the writing and use of language was extremely satisfying, without being out of place. I heartily recommend it.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Rip-Off!

  • By: John Scalzi, Jack Campbell, Mike Resnick, and others
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton, Scott Brick, Christian Rummel, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 811
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 735
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 740

In Rip-Off!, 13 of today’s best and most honored writers of speculative fiction face a challenge even they would be hard-pressed to conceive: Pick your favorite opening line from a classic piece of fiction (or even non-fiction) - then use it as the first sentence of an entirely original short story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • not just for sci-fi fans

  • By carmen on 01-04-13

Very impressive collection

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

Reviewed: 01-31-17

There are a lot of great reviews of this book, and I don't usually write reviews, so I will try to keep this short. That may difficult because after listening to this entire collection about 5 times, my enthusiasm continues to build. I followed the reviews to this book from "Greatest collection of syfy in the 20th century" which I immediately returned half-way through. so, my expectations where a little iffy, and what I got blew me away. I am a big Scalzi fan, and his short story in this collection is a gem. In fact, I would be surprised if anybody listening to this did not find at least one story which was a gem to them.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Not Alone

  • By: Craig A. Falconer
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 22 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,739
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,729

When Dan McCarthy stumbles upon a folder containing evidence of the conspiracy to end all conspiracies - a top-level alien cover-up - he leaks the files without a second thought. The incredible truth revealed by Dan's leak immediately captures the public's imagination, but Dan's relentless commitment to exposing the cover-up and forcing disclosure quickly earns him some enemies in high places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive Book About Aliens & the Hype Industry

  • By Russell on 12-21-16

Excellent overall entertainment

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

Reviewed: 01-31-17

I wouldn't categorize this as great, but it was great overall. very interesting characters. I would probably have portrayed some of them differently, but overall, this was a solid performance with an interesting and clever story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful