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  • The Reality Dysfunction

  • Night's Dawn Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 41 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,534
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,524

In AD 2600, the human race is finally beginning to realize its full potential. Hundreds of colonized planets scattered across the galaxy host a multitude of prosperous and wildly diverse cultures. Genetic engineering has pushed evolution far beyond nature's boundaries, defeating disease and producing extraordinary spaceborn creatures. Huge fleets of sentient trader starships thrive on the wealth created by the industrialization of entire star systems, and throughout inhabited space the Confederation Navy keeps the peace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally on Audible!! My favorite Hamilton series!

  • By Patrick on 04-05-16

Not sure what's going on here.

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

Reviewed: 10-11-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A coherent story.

What was most disappointing about Peter F. Hamilton’s story?

The whole rambling mess.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator is fine.

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

Very disappointing for a Peter Hamilton book.

Any additional comments?

I have either read or listened to every Peter Hamilton book I could get my hands on. I love his books; he is an excellent science-fiction writer. But what the heck is this mess? I have tried to stick with it but there are 10 hours left and I'm done. I'm not even curious about what this rambling mess is leading up to. It's the worst audio book I have ever downloaded.

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • By: Alan Dean Foster
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,971
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,185

More than 30 years ago, Star Wars burst onto the big screen and became a cultural phenomenon. Now the next adventures in this blockbuster saga are poised to captivate old and new fans alike - beginning with the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And alongside the cinematic debut comes the thrilling novel adaptation by New York Times best-selling science fiction master Alan Dean Foster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Adds a bit to the Movie

  • By Brad on 12-22-15

Sucks

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

Reviewed: 04-22-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Larry

What could Alan Dean Foster have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I know it's difficult to make a good movie from a great novel. I guess now I know the reverse is also true.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Kindergarden

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

Disappointing book.

Any additional comments?

Go Cougs!

  • The Wreck of The River of Stars

  • By: Michael F. Flynn
  • Narrated by: Dave Giorgio
  • Length: 21 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 39

In the days of the great sailing ships in the mid-21st century, when magnetic sails drew cargo and passengers alike to every corner of the Solar System, sailors had the highest status of all spacemen, and the crew of the luxury liner The River of Stars, the highest among all sailors. But development of the Farnsworth fusion drive doomed the sailing ships and now The River of Stars operates in the late years of the century as a mere tramp freighter among the outer planets, and her crew is a motley group of misfits.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well crafted & Poignant

  • By Randal on 12-27-12

This Book Is Killing me !

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

Reviewed: 02-16-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would not recommend this audiobook to a friend because the reader drives me nuts. He sounds like he is reading a nursery rhyme to a 3 year old and after 15 minutes it becomes unbearable.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I am over half way through the book and I am yet to encounter a most or least interesting aspect of the story because I keep checking out.

Would you be willing to try another one of Dave Giorgio’s performances?

No

Was The Wreck of The River of Stars worth the listening time?

I don’t really know if the book is any good or not.

Any additional comments?

I have been through the two trilogies by Michael Flynn available on Audible and enjoyed them both very much. As far as I can tell, this story connects them in some ways but it is such a hard book to listen to. I can’t really determine if it is poorly written or if I just can’t get past the performance but I usually give it about a half hour a day and then listen to something else. It is turning out to be the longest book of my ten years with Audible. I will not get another book narrated by Dave Giorgio.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Frozen Sky

  • The Novel
  • By: Jeff Carlson
  • Narrated by: Darrin Revitz
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 114

Something is alive inside Jupiter's ice moon Europa. Robot probes find an ancient tunnel beneath the surface, its walls carved with strange hieroglyphics. Led by elite engineer Alexis Vonderach, a team of scientists descends into the dark... where they confront a savage race older than mankind...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, horrible narration!

  • By M. G. Davis on 11-20-15

I don't even know if I can finish this book.

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

Reviewed: 07-08-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Maybe a better reader.......it's hard to tell which is worse, the reader or the story itself.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jeff Carlson again?

Maybe, even the Beatles had a boring song......probably not this boring though.

How could the performance have been better?

The reader is just not any good.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Frozen Sky?

The whole first 23 chapters was pretty mind numbing with unrealistic technology and useless detail with no point of reference to the actual universe that has been created for the story.

Any additional comments?

Two thirds of the way and I am still not getting on-board. This may be my first Audible book I don't finish in 10 years.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Darker Than Amber

  • A Travis McGee Novel, Book 7
  • By: John D. MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290

Travis McGee never shies away from damsels in distress. But this Eurasian beauty was different. When Travis and Meyer rescued her from the water, she had a block of cement wired to her feet, and she wasn't so much grateful as ready to snare them in a murder racket to end all murders.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A man from the first half of the 20th century

  • By Bonnie on 05-09-12

The Summer of Travis McGee

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

Reviewed: 08-15-12

I have been waiting for a long time to dive into these books. I didn’t expect Audible to do this but I am so glad they did. With work and college, my recreational reading is pretty much nonexistent these days. I listen to audiobooks at work and this has been the summer of Travis McGee for me. Every one of the stories does exactly what they are supposed to do.

The Narrator was also a very good choice. He doesn’t actually talk Florida to well but he handles characters very distinctly.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sisterhood of Dune

  • By: Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 20 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,075
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082

It is 83 years after the last of the thinking machines were destroyed in the Battle of Corrin, after Faykan Butler took the name of Corrino and established himself as the first Emperor of a new Imperium. Great changes are brewing that will shape and twist all of humankind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is the First Need to Listen for 2012

  • By Clydene on 01-03-12

It is definitely another Dune book by B and K

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

Reviewed: 01-12-12

I’m just not real crazy about Scott Brick reading the book. That may be because he read a few other books I just hated. His emotional expression sounds so forced. This story is a bit tedious at first but I eventually got into it.

I have either read or listened to every Dune book by both Frank Herbert and Brian Herbert. It has been a while so when it started naming characters and giving background right off, I had to strain my memory. Truthfully, the set of books that precede this one, turns out was just not so memorable.

I am trying to decide if it is Brian Herbert or Kevin Anderson who brings the element of bubblegum sci-fi to these books. I read Anderson’s Star Wars trilogy years ago but that is supposed to be bubble gum so I can’t tell.

Even though I just cannot bring myself to give it a glowing review, I just have to follow this series. I also do other horrible things to myself like binge drinking and going to the gym.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Quantum Murder

  • The Greg Mandel Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,070
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 953
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 955

Dr Edward Kitchener, a brilliant researcher into quantum cosmology, lies dead with his lungs spread out on either side of his open chest. Only a mercenary or professional killer could have breached the premier-grade security system - but why would a professional waste time in ritual slaughter? Greg Mandel, psi-boosted ex-private eye, is enticed out of retirement to launch an investigation into a past which - according to Kitchener’s theories - might never have happened.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent sci-fi murder mystery

  • By Michael G Kurilla on 01-25-12

Where is Book One?

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

Reviewed: 12-10-11

I love Peter Hamilton's books. I listen to them over and over; but why did Audible first post book three, then book two? I'm not going to start this series until they post book one.

6 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Steve Jobs

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 25 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,266

Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting man

  • By Jeanne on 11-13-11

Wonderful Book!

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

Reviewed: 11-04-11

I really have a hard time putting it down (or pausing it). I see most of the other members complaining about the reader, I can be really critical of readers in my reviews but I just never thought of it listening to this book. They may have a good point, but I didn’t think of it until I saw their complaints. He is a good reader but maybe not the best choice for this book. It is annoying to hear him refer to OS Ten as OS “X”. Someone should have caught that! Steve Jobs would have eviscerated him for it, Windows user scumbag……

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Robopocalypse

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel H. Wilson
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,292
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,860
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,873

In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and assumes control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities, defense and communication. In the months leading up to this, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans - a single mother, a lonely Japanese bachelor, and an isolated U.S. soldier....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OMG! The hyperbole is the GREATEST EVER!!!!!

  • By Raxxillion on 07-15-11

Weak Science Fiction

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-11

Because they had to make it a point that the author has a PhD in robotics, I expected some good old hard science fiction, it was not. The audio production was excellent, but the book was poor. There is no real explanation for the technology.

7 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Job

  • A Comedy of Justice
  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435

After firewalking in Polynesia, fundamentalist minister Alexander Hergensheimer never saw the world the same. Now called Alec Graham, he was in the middle of an affair with his stewardess, Margrethe, and natural disasters kept following them. First, there was an impossible iceberg that wrecked the ship in the tropics; then, after being rescued by a Royal Mexican plane, they were hit by a double earthquake. To Alex, the signs were clear that Armageddon and the Day of Judgment were near.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally! Someone who can read a Heinlein story!

  • By Thomas on 02-25-13

I always love Heinlein, but...

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-31-09

I read this book about 10 years ago, and I don’t remember it being so sappy!

1 of 10 people found this review helpful