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  • Forever Peace

  • By: Joe Haldeman
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 463

War in the 21st century is fought by "soldierboys". Remote-controlled mechanical monsters, they are run by human soldiers who hard-wire their brains together to form each unit. Julian is one of these dedicated soldiers, until he inadvertently kills a young boy. Now he struggles to understand how this has changed his mind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but not as good as The Forever War

  • By Noah on 08-25-10

Great ideas. Not so emotionally evocative though

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

It is definitely entertaining , adventurous and unpredictable.. so "jack in" Soldier Boys! The future realism and thoughtful ideas on quantum physics was worth it alone for me. CERN is the future of humanity. For better or worse.

  • The Forever War

  • By: Joe Haldeman
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,406
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,424

William Mandella is a soldier in Earth's elite brigade. As the war against the Taurans sends him from galaxy to galaxy, he learns to use protective body shells and sophisticated weapons. He adapts to the cultures and terrains of distant outposts. But with each month in space, years are passing on Earth. Where will he call home when (and if) the Forever War ends?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic.

  • By John on 09-24-08

Out of 45 yrs reading sci fi THIS IS THE BEST

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

I feel overwhelmed with emotion after this unbelievably good first person HUMAN EXPERIENCE novel. It is a true classic! It IS epic!I actually wept a few times too! (from either sadness or joy). It was prophetically written in its day and carries an unpreachy anti war message everyone can appreciate. To me it felt like an ingenious mix of All Quiet On The Western Front, Starship Troopers, (with elements from the book and film) War of the Worlds (book) and kind of like Full Metal Jacket ? (only in space with a time travel love story added in! Ha.) Man I wish to God Kubrick would have made this into a movie series! (Perhaps he did that in a parallel world already..ha)

  • People of the Dark

  • The Weird Works of R. E. Howard, Volume 2
  • By: Robert E. Howard
  • Narrated by: Wayne June, Brian Holsopple, Gary Kobler, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

The second volume of The Weird Works of Robert E. Howard. Meticulously restored to their original magazine texts from the pulp magazine Weird Tales, this volume contains the short stories "The Black Stone", "Children of the Night", "The Dark Man", "The Footfalls Within", "Gods of Gal-Sagoth", "Horror from the Mound", "Kings of the Night", "The Last Day", "People of the Dark", "The Song of the Mad Minstrel" and "The Thing on the Roof".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bloody-ink PENS ARE MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD-K.Kull

  • By Preston Law 2 on 08-10-18

Bloody-ink PENS ARE MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD-K.Kull

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

More fantastical warrior horror fantasy adventures than you can shake a sword at. Feels like Burroughs' Tarzan and Barsoom series sometimes (in short story form) along with the ever earnest Wells and a dash of Beowulf and even Gilgamesh! When you're in the mood for a manic kind of otherworldly melancholia ..with the deep purples and reds of the cosmic miasma of monsters , shadowy demons (a la pen pal Lovecraft) villainous mages , heroic men of sweaty and sinewy iron muscles , feisty but strong blonde maidens in distress? Then it satisfies you (despite its near humourlessness) like nothing else. The sheer imaginative wonder of his worlds cannot be overstated. No one really writes with his antiquated and uniquely descriptive power anymore. There is such a purity and gleeful enthusiasm to nearly every sentence! His characters and stories were so memorable to me as a teen I returned to them as an adult and they still hold up! They are indeed some of the true classics of the sword and sorcery fantasy genre by one of its "founding fathers." Fiction lovers everywhere should be introduced to them!

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  • Sharpe's Devil

  • Book XXI of the Sharpe Series
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295

In 1820, Richard Sharpe has become a peaceful farmer following Waterloo, but comes out of retirement to undertake a perilous mission. He must find Don Blas Vivar, Captain-General of the Spanish colony of Chile and an old friend, who vanished without a trace half a world away.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Oh no, one more Sharpe

  • By Randall on 04-25-09

Magnificent middle aged militant madness !

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

A worthy finale to this long and enthralling series. It has an amusing Napoleanic maguffin amidst war, comedy and a hardened veterans wisdom. The modesty, courage, honor and kindness in Sharpe should give everyone badly needed inspiration (especially in America's present sickening boy-men culture).

6 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Tommyknockers

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 27 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,062
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,891
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,891

Writer Bobbi Anderson becomes obsessed with digging up something she's found buried in the woods near her home. With the help of her friend, Jim Gardener, she uncovers an alien spaceship. Though exposure to the Tommyknockers, who piloted the alien ship, has harmful effects on residents' health, the people of Haven develop a talent for creating innovative devices under their increasingly malignant influence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • spooky and enthralling

  • By Christopher Griffis on 02-15-16

Throwaway B side for King fans

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

Boo. Just boo. Cannot understand positive reviews here! This is 'the dark half' of Kings garbage

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Great Expectations (AmazonClassics Edition)

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 18 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Raised in squalor in the marsh country of Kent, the orphan Pip is taken under the wing of the eccentric and reclusive Miss Havisham - only to blindly give his heart to the dowager's beautiful but ice-cold adopted daughter, Estella. Even as a mysterious benefactor helps to shape Pip's life into one of fortune, success, and self-discovery, the unspeakable secrets of his unrequited love continue to haunt him - and promise to change his life once again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A True Classic

  • By Zach on 11-05-18

Sonic sweet and sour for the soul!

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

Need original , classic and masterfully made words of redemption , love , pain , adventure , comedy , tragedy , mystery and romance set in 19th century England? Dickens Dickens and more Dickens I say!!

  • DMT: The Spirit Molecule

  • A Doctor's Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences
  • By: Rick Strassman
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,025
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,029

From 1990 to 1995, Dr. Rick Strassman conducted U.S. government–approved and funded clinical research at the University of New Mexico in which he injected 60 volunteers with DMT, one of the most powerful psychedelics known. His detailed account of those sessions is an extraordinarily riveting inquiry into the nature of the human mind and the therapeutic potential of psychedelics. DMT, a plant-derived chemical found in the psychedelic Amazon brew ayahuasca, is also manufactured by the human brain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scientific study induced Consciousness experience

  • By Diana on 02-18-15

Fascinating and Futile

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

It's a great diary of a psychiatric Doctors' obsession to bring some merit to psychadelic research despite a failed theory. Science only benefits us after repeated failures to test ideas. I am grateful for people like him. I like the honesty of this authors account of the highs and lows over many years of serious research. The fact is also acknowledged here that there is still very little real practical benefit to mankind even after all these thousands of years of psychedelic drug use. People either seem to be spiritual or not ..and whichever you are should be more clear by the time you get to the end of this book! I don't think this world can get enough of serious discussions on the nature of consciousness and reality and the meaning of existence. DMT use seems to be a real way to cross a barrier that in my opinion God has put up for a reason. I believe it is for our spiritual and mental protection. Madness or euphoria seems to await us all in the next world. The mystery of life and death are brought out over and over in this account. Perhaps "psychonauts" on these risky inner adventures will be humbled enough by awareness of their true mortality that they resolve to love others more with whatever time they've got left? That's a benefit indeed. I do think it's conspicuous though how the author omits any real continuing problems of demonic oppression and/or possession cases that often arise from psychedelic drug use used clinically or in witchcraft or shamanistic practices for millennia. Our English word for pharmacy comes from the Greek word for witchcraft . Modern psychiatry and science are useless against terrible possession cases. Why is it that Jesus' Name works to this day by His actual followers to overcome it all over the world?! That's fascinating to me. Also none of the psychedelic nor alien abduction stories I've ever read will acknowledge that Jesus Christ came to earth in the flesh as the only Son of God. He is NEVER acknowledged this way by ANY beings (or spirits or aliens or creatures etc) to actually BE who He said He was..the actual Son of God that came here in the flesh. These "things" will ALWAYS say some pantheistic line about YOU or NATURE or the UNIVERSE is "GOD".The Bible gives that test directly for spirits about Jesus for all of us to know whether a spirit is good or evil! (Read 1st and 2nd John in the New Testament as well as the Book of Acts). How is it that His Name is cursed daily by so many everywhere for over 2000 years now?.. and yet His love and power remain real and still successful against all darkness and evil?!..but someday EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW AND EVERY TONGUE CONFESS THAT JESUS IS LORD! May He "enlighten" anyone who reads this. He continues doing just that to me for over 30 years now.

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  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,958
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,962

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours in, restarted so husband could listen too!

  • By Pikay on 12-13-14

Fantastic. Original. Captivating.

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

This is TRUE science fiction because it actually has real science in its fiction. Pandoras Box mythology is used to great effect in a kind of extended Twilight Zone episode. The film has the spirit of the book by the way. It's on Netflix currently. A real "feast" for zombie genre enthusiasts (pun intended! Ha.) Very memorable and unexpectedly moving. Long live this author! Thanks and keep up the excellent work!

  • The Eyes of the Dragon

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,045
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,882
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,867

The Kingdom of Delain is at stake when King Roland is murdered and his son and rightful heir, Peter, is framed for the crime. Plotting against him is the evil Flagg and his pawn, young Prince Thomas. Yet with every plan there are holes - like Thomas's terrible secret. And the determined Prince Peter, who is planning a daring escape from his imprisonment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Place to Start

  • By jston on 03-19-16

In my King top 5 ever!

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

A rarity indeed in the King collection! It's a PG-13 adventure classic in the vein of The Princess Bride book! I hope he does a sequel to this someday.

  • Earthcore

  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,004
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,522
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,494

EarthCore is the company with the technology, the resources, and the guts to go after the mother lode. Young executive Connell Kirkland is the company's driving force, pushing himself and those around him to uncover the massive treasure. But at three miles below the surface, where the rocks are so hot they burn bare skin, something has been waiting for centuries. Waiting...and guarding. Kirkland and EarthCore are about to find out first-hand why this treasure has never been unearthed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start, but it gained momentum quick

  • By Jan on 12-15-17

Mean and Dark but Original

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

If you can get past hateful and foul mouthed characters the pay off is worth it. The over all darkness of this epic B movie of a novel makes heroism and redemption all the brighter with a satisfying conclusion. Much of this was unpredictable and highly imaginative. It keeps up your interest for sure. You WANT to know what happens next and you DO care about any likable characters. I actually teared up a few times when love shines through the madness and tragedy. That's enough for me in this sci fi action mystery adventure!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful