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  • The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

  • By: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes, full cast, Margaret Atwood
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,404

After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT

  • By ambER on 04-20-17

One of the best written books

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

I was not expecting much as the Hulu serie left much to be desired. The prose is amazing. the descriptions of moments fantastic. The performance was good and not distracting. It felt like reading a book from the golden age of scyfi. The way that the world changed makes this title timeless and applicable to almost any time period of political and social upheaval. You will not be dissapointed.

  • Iron Dragoons

  • Terran Armor Corps, Book 1
  • By: Richard Fox
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,038
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,920
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,918

Soldiers of the Terran Armor Corps wage war across the stars. Wired into mechanized battle suits, they fight the terrifying battles which must be won, no matter the cost. Their deeds are legend, their reputation feared by the enemies of Earth and her allies, but how the Corps forges young men and women into mighty warriors is shrouded by mystery. Roland Shaw lost his parents to war, he volunteers for the Armor Corps to honor their memory and discover just how far he can push himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely hands-down favorite

  • By Wes on 11-25-17

Good but Short

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

Luke Daniels is great. The story reminded me why I liked the ember war series soo much. The goal might be to tighten the narrative to focus on the armor core and to expand later in the series, but I already see two other installments below the 10 hr length.

  • The Stone Man

  • A Science Fiction Horror Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,456
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,337
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,332

Nobody knew where it came from. Nobody knew why it came. When an eight-foot-tall man made of stone appears in the middle of a busy city center one July afternoon, two-bit (and antisocial) reporter Andy Pointer assumes it's just a publicity stunt. Indeed, so does everyone else...until the Stone Man begins to walk, heading silently through the wall of the nearest building, flattening it, and killing several people inside as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally Original Story of Horror and Courage

  • By JoanneG on 11-04-15

perfect for the audiobook medium

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

Wonderful premise with interesting characters. The characterization and plot unfold beautifully. I also liked very much the afterward where the author (Luke) explains the choices he made. It reminded me a lot of the golden age of sci-fi and the plot device plays great into why the audiobook version might be the best version.

  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Book 2
  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Martin Freeman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,130

Facing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons? Time for a cup of tea! Join the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his uncommon comrades in arms in their desperate search for a place to eat as they hurtle across space powered by pure improbability.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this book!

  • By DrVeebs2b on 07-02-12

Good Continuation

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

Reviewed: 05-27-17

The second installment of the hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy is not the best of the five in the trilogy, but it does set a wonderful picture and does portray a wonderful alternative to what we think of as history.

  • Rebel Fleet

  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,054
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,795

They hunt us. They bomb our worlds for target practice. A star cluster in the constellation of Orion rotates once every 1,000 years. Those who rule there have an ancient tradition: When each cycle ends, they train their fleets by spilling the blood of lesser beings. The enemy fleets are coming again. In response, the Rebel Worlds gather their starships to face the terrifying threat, and this time humanity is asked to stand with them. The last time they considered Earth, Vikings in longboats were raiding English coastlines. Today, we're less primitive. Today, we're a target.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Formulaic but entertaining

  • By B. on 02-08-17

weirdly anti evolution

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

Reviewed: 03-14-17

it is alright but there are some interesting justifications that make his MD character oddly anti science.

  • Armada

  • A Novel
  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,029
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33,969

It's just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom - if he can make it that long without getting suspended again. Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great unless you are expecting Ready Player One

  • By Tyler J. on 02-11-18

Not worth your time

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

Reviewed: 01-19-17

What would have made Armada better?

The story is easily the worst representation of Sci-fi that I have consumed in the past few years. Contemporary Sci-fi as well as Golden age Sci-fi has so much more to offer than this terrible story. I regret

What was most disappointing about Ernest Cline’s story?

The story

Which character – as performed by Wil Wheaton – was your favorite?

Wil Wheaton is an icon and a wonderful narrator. I have loved most of his work and only tried this book because of him. Not even he could save this book

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

This is the worst title that I have wasted a credit on. I will never do it again.

  • The Dictator's Handbook

  • Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics
  • By: Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Alastair Smith
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,150

For 18 years, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith have been revolutionizing the study of politics by turning conventional wisdom on its head. They start from a single assertion: Leaders do whatever keeps them in power. They don't care about the "national interest" - or even their subjects - unless they have to. This clever and accessible book shows that the difference between tyrants and democrats is just a convenient fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Think you understand politics, think again!

  • By Michael on 07-01-14

The model is wonderfully simple

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

Reviewed: 01-03-17

If you could sum up The Dictator's Handbook in three words, what would they be?

accessible, interesting, and life-altering

What other book might you compare The Dictator's Handbook to and why?

The rise and Fall of the Third Reich: because it is as important to understand how and why fascism overtook Europe with a cheer as it is to understand how easily democracies can fall.

Which scene was your favorite?

The opening chapter was a wonderful insight into how an American town operates like a dictatorship and from then on all your preconceived notions about how politics are run are dashed. You are then able to read the rest of the examples with fresh eyes.

If you could give The Dictator's Handbook a new subtitle, what would it be?

The subtitle is actually perfect.

Any additional comments?

I absolutely devoured this book. I have read it multiple times. It is a wonderful read.

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  • Brilliance

  • By: Marcus Sakey
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,077
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,443
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,450

In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible. They’re called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Written like a movie script

  • By Pam on 04-23-15

Slow burn to a satisfying finish

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

Reviewed: 03-08-16

I loved the story. There is a slow but satisfying establishment of what a world with brilliants would look like in the beginning that sets up a rapidly thrilling conclusion. I would recommend this audio book to anyone that enjoys sci-fi or thrillers.