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  • A Night Without Stars: A Novel of the Commonwealth

  • Chronicle of the Fallers Series, Book 2
  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 26 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,208
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,056
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,047

The planet is isolated from the rest of the universe, unable to seek help as it's targeted by hostile aliens. Bienvenido's ruling authorities have slowly responded to this gradual infiltration, but they have no idea that a highly organized invasion is now under way, designed to wipe out all human life on the planet. All factions must work together to survive. Unfortunately, due to prejudice against enhanced Eliter humans and crippling technophobia, the parochial government won't collaborate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Space Opera

  • By Gr on 11-08-16

Another entertaining story in the commonwealth

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

Well I liked this story. The commonwealth theme is starting get a little old, but the story was fun anyway. I was surprised a few times (which was nice) and the final solution was quite entertaining. Overall, I liked this series quite a bit.

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  • The Two Towers

  • Book Two in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20,730
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,833
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18,909

The Two Towers is the second volume of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic saga, The Lord of the Rings. The Fellowship has been forced to split up. Frodo and Sam must continue alone towards Mount Doom, where the One Ring must be destroyed. Meanwhile, at Helm’s Deep and Isengard, the first great battles of the War of the Ring take shape. In this splendid, unabridged audio production of Tolkien’s great work, all the inhabitants of a magical universe - hobbits, elves, and wizards - spring to life. Rob Inglis’ narration has been praised as a masterpiece of audio.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank goodness - finally

  • By John on 11-05-12

Classic story - old presentation

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

This is a great story that could do with a significantly better performance. I guess I am spoiled by the movies where the characters really added to the story. The reader is somewhat boring and presents everything in sort a traditional reader view. Given modern audiobooks that are really more like performances, the narration was really not up to standards of today. But the story is of course a classic - so its still worth listening to.

  • The Fellowship of the Ring

  • Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,907
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,411
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26,518

The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At last - The Definitive Recording!

  • By L. N. on 10-10-12

Classic story - old presentation

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

This is a great story that could do with a significantly better performance. I guess I am spoiled by the movies where the characters really added to the story. The reader is somewhat boring and presents everything in sort a traditional reader view. Given modern audiobooks that are really more like performances, the narration was really not up to standards of today. But the story is of course a classic - so its still worth listening to.

  • Good Omens

  • By: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,996
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,484

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You'll laugh yourself silly

  • By goddess_of_pipework on 11-28-15

Very fun story on a very disturbing topic

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

Gotta love this story. Humorous and entertaining while representing very deep topics in a very satirical light. Not many stories can talk about the end of the world while riding on a Harly or driving an old bentley. Well done.

  • The Goblin Emperor

  • By: Katherine Addison
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,153

The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an "accident," he has no choice but to take his place as the only surviving rightful heir. Entirely unschooled in the art of court politics, he has no friends, no advisors, and the sure knowledge that whoever assassinated his father and brothers could make an attempt on his life at any moment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpectedly Great

  • By Mike on 07-30-15

Fun Fantasy story with a few twists

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

This is an old type story told in a new way. Goblins and Elves are not constantly at war. Royal marriages to make a deal. Royal lineage and accidental results. In general an interesting story that was very entertaining. Worth the read. The telling was very good and the characters well represented.

  • The Shape of Water

  • By: Guillermo del Toro, Daniel Kraus
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,809
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,521
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,511

The Shape of Water is set in Cold War-era Baltimore at the Occam Aerospace Research Center, which has recently received its most sensitive asset ever: an amphibious man captured in the Amazon. What unfolds is a stirring romance between the asset and one of the janitors on staff, a mute woman who uses sign language to communicate with the creature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By E. Chadwick on 03-29-18

Underwhelmed

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

I expected a great story given the hype and movie and all. The story was interesting but very light. I did not feel the author developed the charactors or the story anywhere near what it should have been - especially given the conclusion. The story sort of held together until the last few chapters and the end is just ... well sort of dropped at your feet. I just did not "feel" the story.

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  • Station Eleven

  • By: Emily St. John Mandel
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,528
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,525

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Alternative Dystopian Viewpoint

  • By CScott on 12-20-16

Intriguing Story

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

Although this is another post-apocalyptic novel, it has some interesting twists. some of this is predicable and it is covers 20 years past the event. The characters are interesting - and there is a bit of pay back embedded in the book - be careful how you treat folks - they may come back to haunt you. But overall a pretty interesting story.

  • Strangers

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 29 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,680
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,789
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,801

A handful of people. From different backgrounds, living in different towns and cities across America, they had nothing in common - except fear. Deep in the heart of a sprawling desert, a dark memory called out to them, drawing them to the Tranquility Motel - where the terrifying truth was waiting.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story!

  • By Wesley on 08-21-08

Interesting idea - fair execution

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

Another pretty good Koontz novel. Interest and innovative, I felt the plot held together pretty well and the character development, for the most part, was pretty good. Some characters got lost towards the end. The ending itself was very quick given the rest of the book which was unfortunate. I felt a bit more time could have been spent on the story closure.

The performance was great.

  • 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 16,216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,058
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,052

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

Interesting concept - fair performance

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

This book starts with the destruction of the moon and ends in the recreation of humanity 5000 years later. The book fails to account for many physics issues - but the story is still interesting.

The performance is done by two different readers (one for each half of the book). In the first half, the woman reading trys to be the voice for both maie and female characters and does not really pull it off. When she is reading about a section talking about the science of the story, she is fine. But when she trys be both sides of a conversation, it does not really work.

The second section is told by a man who tries to do the same thing. Its not quite as annoying as the first reader, but it seems like they would have done better if they just used both readers the entire time.

The story is interesting if not great. It is worth the read.

  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 41,530
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38,884
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,772

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Denis E.Taylor Sets A New Standard For Sci-Fi

  • By Devin on 04-18-17

entertain but less innovatiob

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

I still loved this book but it did lack much in the way of new innovation. the story has been set up for a great final though.