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  • Fallen Dragon

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 26 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Lawrence Newton always dreamed of adventure amongst the stars. Now the ultimate prize is within his grasp, but what will he risk to get it? Lawrence is the sergeant of a washed-out platoon taking part in the bungled invasion of yet another human colony world. The giant corporations call such campaigns 'asset realization', but in practice it's simple piracy. When he's on the ground, being shot at and firebombed by resistance forces, he recalls stories of the Temple of the Fallen Dragon. Its priests supposedly guard a treasure hoard large enough to buy lifelong happiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A coherent universe inhabited by believable people

  • By Amar on 01-23-17

Not quite a sum of its parts

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

All the elements of a PFH classic are there - soldiers, revolutionaries, captains of industry.

There's an interesting ftl mechanic in the "portal colony" idea.

But it doesn't quite gel into a perfect whole.

The rambling storyline and standalone world remind me of his Great North Road, which I rate similarly, mostly for the unstoppable space eating viral alien threat idea.

It's a good book, but not one of his best.

  • Century Rain

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 763
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 760

Three hundred years from now, Earth has been rendered uninhabitable due to the technological catastrophe known as the Nanocaust. Archaeologist Verity Auger specializes in the exploration of its surviving landscape. Now, her expertise is required for a far greater purpose. Something astonishing has been discovered at the far end of a wormhole: mid-twentieth-century Earth, preserved like a fly in amber.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of John Lee's best performances

  • By DAVID on 07-24-10

Doesn't need a sequel but I would lap it up

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

Americans in Paris detective story wrapped up in intricate, post apocalyptic, giant object sci-fi featuring non Asimov compliant snake robots. Seems too much? Not for Reynolds gnarly imagination.

I read this when it appeared in paperback on a holiday, probably got it at the airport. I remember it was seriously good.

Lee is excellent as always for this sort of smart, dense fiction. A pleasure to hear his compassion for characters and situations.

  • Hull Zero Three

  • By: Greg Bear
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 112

A starship hurtles through the emptiness of space. Its destination — unknown. Its purpose — a mystery. Now, one man wakes up. Ripped from a dream of a new home — a new planet and the woman he was meant to love in his arms — he finds himself wet, naked, and freezing to death. The dark halls are full of monsters but trusting other survivors he meets might be the greater danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very good sci fi thriller

  • By A. Alegria on 01-14-11

Sweet confusion

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

A possibility unique interstellar arc story by a Greg Bear long overdue for a return to serious fiction. Dan John Miller performs at a suitably bewildered tempo that had me all ears pretty much straight through - best epic SciFi listen in six months, since Seveneves and Aurora.

  • Remnant Population

  • By: Elizabeth Moon
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Hart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522

For forty years, Colony 3245.12 has been Ofelia’s home. On this planet far away in space and time from the world of her youth, she has lived and loved, weathered the death of her husband, raised her one surviving child, lovingly tended her garden, and grown placidly old. And it is here that she fully expects to finish out her days - until the shifting corporate fortunes of the Sims Bancorp Company dictates that Colony 3245.12 is to be disbanded, its residents shipped off, deep in cryo-sleep, to somewhere new and strange and not of their choosing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THERE ARE NO BAD PARTS IN REMNANT POPULATION

  • By Nancy on 03-13-13

Alone with indigens

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

Reviewed: 08-28-17

Old hat colonist grandma's drunk on freedom, but is she a realistic choice for ambassador to a dangerous species?

If you're a sci-fi fan you should definitely listen to /read this, it's peripherally a colonist thing that's rare enough to enjoy for the novelty of the technological circumstances...

Hart's performance is lurid in places - it may make you laugh. Not how I imagine our heroine but what do I know.

Generic but worth it.

  • The Skinner

  • The Spatterjay Series: Book 1
  • By: Neal Asher
  • Narrated by: William Gaminara
  • Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 233

The savage ocean planet of Spatterjay draws visitors with very different agendas. Erlin is immortal and seeks a reason to keep living. Janer hosts a hive mind, which paid him to find this planet. And Keech is an agent of Earth who’s been dead for 700 years – but still hunts a notorious criminal. On Spatterjay’s vast waterscapes, only the Old Captains risk the native life forms and their voracious appetites. However, they are now barely human. And somewhere out there Keech’s target – the Skinner – runs wild. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good story and reader; spacing needs edit

  • By Andrew on 08-26-11

Deathworld on Sea

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

Neal Asher at his best nitrates with gusto. Will be listening to the next two books.

  • The Dreaming Void

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 21 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249

AD 3580. The Intersolar Commonwealth has spread through the galaxy to over a thousand star systems. It is a culture of rich diversity with a place for everyone. Even death itself has been overcome. But at the centre of the Commonwealth is a massive black hole. This Void is not a natural artefact. Inside there is a strange universe where the laws of physics are very different to those we know. It is slowly consuming the other stars of the galactic core - one day it will devour the entire galaxy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A little confusing to start with.. and then...

  • By Matthew on 08-04-08

John Lee or Peter Kenney should have read it

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

Reviewed: 06-26-17

The Commonwealth is going post physical. And it's thousand year old​ scions sound like pirates. Each and every one.

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  • Beyond the Aquila Rift

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Tom Dheere
  • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

Beyond the Aquila Rift: It's shorthand for the trip no one ever hopes to make by accident. The one that will screw up the rest of your life, the one that creates the ghosts you see haunting the shadows of company bars across the whole Bubble. Men and women ripped out of time, cut adrift from families and lovers by an accident of an alien technology we use but rarely comprehend.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, mediocre audio book.

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-17-12

Reynolds best early short

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

Reviewed: 07-05-16

A very classic piece, clearly early work. Early but awesomely epic. If you've read Reynolds before you will find this first contact story very satisfying.