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CallmeJace

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  • All These Worlds

  • Bobiverse, Book 3
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 44,899
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,929

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I wonder what could have been

  • By JJ on 07-26-18

Incredible

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

Such a fantastic and fitting and for an amazing and original series. When it finished, I told myself, “that was the best way it could’ve ended.” Although, of course, there is so much more that could have been explored, and technically speaking it could’ve gone on forever, the finale was well worth the time invested listening to the trilogy. Highly recommended!

  • Semiosis

  • A Novel
  • By: Sue Burke
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies, Daniel Thomas May
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 885
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 836

Forced to land on a planet they aren't prepared for, human colonists rely on their limited resources to survive. The planet provides a lush but inexplicable landscape - trees offer edible, addictive fruit one day and poison the next, while the ruins of an alien race are found entwined in the roots of a strange plant. Conflicts between generations arise as they struggle to understand one another and grapple with an unknowable alien intellect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Weird. But good. But weird.

  • By Lilyn G. on 03-20-18

Incredible

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

This was one of the most refreshing takes on sci-fi I have ever heard. I usually favor robots and lasers over organics and self reflection, but this book defied expectations and gave me a truly amazing listen. Told from the perspective of generations of humans and one massive plant, Semiosis is a brilliant and thought provoking look at humanity and it’s coexistence with alien life, both animal and plant. I was gripped by all the conflicts and dangers our poor settlers encountered and always satisfied with the resolutions. I highly recommend this book for people looking for something new to discover, to find a fresh take on what life would be like on an alien world.

Not to mention the excellent voice acting that kept me engaged till the very end! 10/10 for me.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Starship Grifters

  • Rex Nihilo, Book 1
  • By: Robert Kroese
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,977
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,968

A space-faring ne'er-do-well with more bravado than brains, Rex Nihilo plies the known universe in a tireless quest for his own personal gain. But when he fleeces a wealthy weapons dealer in a high-stakes poker game, he ends up winning a worthless planet - and owing an outstanding debt more vast than space itself! The only way for Rex to escape a lifetime of torture on the prison world Gulagatraz is to score a big payday by pulling off his biggest scam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes you just gotta give a book a chance!

  • By Sad Carlos on 07-08-14

Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 11-17-17

I have been listening to a lot of serious science fiction recently and this was a breath of fresh air. The story is funny and intelligent; I laughed out loud many times, and although I would not say it is as close to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy as some have said it is, it is quite an enjoyable book and I recommend it for anyone who enjoys science fiction and is ready for a light-hearted tale. the best part is, I could not predict where it was going to go. There were many surprises along the way! Highly recommended.

  • 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 49,241
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 46,133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,008

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

Getting better each chapter

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

Reviewed: 05-03-17

I thought that the last one was amazing. The sequel is even better. Really related with each new Bob that was created and the storyline was just epic. I absolutely cannot wait until the third book is released! An amazing book in an amazing series!

  • The Spaceship Next Door

  • By: Gene Doucette
  • Narrated by: Steve Carlson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,870
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,502
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,503

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

A fantastic piece of modern science fiction

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

Reviewed: 04-18-17

I listened to this book because some reviewer below had mentioned realistic characters as a key point of this story. And it's so true. This book felt like it could actually happen. It so expertly avoided the common sci-fi tropes and cliches with ease, bringing the viewer along on the adventure with some great surprises along the way. Although the main character is a sixteen year old girl, her perspective is so incredibly well depicted that it never felt childish. The other characters and their personal histories felt grounded in reality, and for once the military presence as told in the book felt comprised of real humans and not just generic soldiers. And Steve Carlson did such a fantastic job reading this story that I really felt like the characters were speaking through him. One of my new favorite reading voices for sure.

I highly recommend this book for any lover of a good sci-fi tale. It's quite the ride!

  • Moving Mars

  • By: Greg Bear
  • Narrated by: Sharon Williams
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

Mars is a colonial world governed by corporate interests on Earth. The citizens of Mars are hardworking, brave, and intelligent, but held back by their lack of access to the best education, and the desire of Earthly powers to keep the best inventions for themselves. The young Martians - the second and third generation born on Mars - have little loyalty to Earth and a strong belief that their planet can be independent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorites

  • By Karl Story on 07-09-08

Amazing book scuttled by terrible audio recording

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

Reviewed: 03-01-17

This book is one of my all time favorites. Such a shame that the audio quality was so terrible. Everything sounded muffled and incredibly difficult to make out even at high volumes. Especially the effects added onto the character's voices during spacewalks made it so hard to understand.

That being said, it's one of my favorite stories from my favorite writer of science fiction, Greg Bear. Just read the book on the Kindle and skip this audio recording! Unless Audible can replace it with a version that has higher fidelity.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Matter

  • A Novel
  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,416

"Are you happy with your life?" Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason's never met smiles down at him and says, "Welcome back, my friend."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Schrödinger's box gets opened. Meh steps out.

  • By Darwin8u on 09-19-16

Incredible

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

Reviewed: 11-07-16

This was one of the best journies I've been on in a long time. Yes, the main character in this book is a bit thick sometimes but when I think about what I'd do in the same situation I know I'd feel and think the same way. Then I got lost in the twists, turns, and absolute brilliance of this story. Highly recommended!