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  • Coyote Frontier

  • A Novel of Interstellar Exploration
  • By: Allen Steele
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim, Allen Steele
  • Length: 16 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 252

The revolution that won Coyote's independence from Earth is 20 years past. Coyote's aging computers, aircraft, and medical equipment are badly in need of replacement. And the colony's survival is in question. Now the colony's hard-won independence depends on the descendants of Coyote's original settlers-versus help from Earth that may be more of a detriment than a boon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great 4th Book!

  • By Dennis on 09-30-12

Better narration, same narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-31-15

All the Allen Steele books are hard to finish due to the narrator. Peter Ganim does a better job in this book, but he still speaks in a monotone that is hard to overcome.

  • Influx

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,495
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,899
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,905

Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Solid to Silly to Inane

  • By Craig on 05-15-14

Not his best

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

Reviewed: 07-01-15

I preferred Daemon and Freedom, but this work does live up to its promise, if nothing else.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 212,600
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 198,509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198,095

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Best book in a long time

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

Reviewed: 06-24-15

Wasn't able to put it down even on the third read. I cannot recommend this book enough.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 163,119
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150,550
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 150,388

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 06-18-15

This narrator went all out to capture Mark Watney's voice. Don't know if many others could have done this.

  • The Atlantis World

  • The Origin Mystery, Book 3
  • By: A.G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,682
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,693

Northern Morocco: Dr. Kate Warner cured a global pandemic, and she thought she could cure herself. She was wrong. And she was wrong about the scope of the Atlantis conspiracy. Humanity faces a new threat, an enemy beyond imagination. With her own time running out and the utter collapse of human civilization looming, a new hope arrives: a coded message from a potential ally.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great conclusion to the trilogy

  • By Michael P. Long on 10-16-14

Quick ending

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

Reviewed: 03-26-15

Felt like he could have written a fourth book, but choose to end it here. Refreshing in our world of 27 book runaway series.

  • Spam Nation

  • The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime - from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door
  • By: Brian Krebs
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,120
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,119

In Spam Nation, investigative journalist and cybersecurity expert Brian Krebs unmasks the criminal masterminds driving some of the biggest spam and hacker operations targeting Americans and their bank accounts. Tracing the rise, fall, and alarming resurrection of the digital mafia behind the two largest spam pharmacies - and countless viruses, phishing, and spyware attacks - he delivers the first definitive narrative of the global spam problem and its threat to consumers everywhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Risky topic, but Br. Krebs hits it out of the park

  • By RRiley on 12-21-14

A little indulgent, but good overall.

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

Reviewed: 03-10-15

The book is definitely self-aggrandizing. You could get the meat of what's written here online, but it's informative if you haven't been keeping up with the spam takedown.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Words of Radiance

  • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 48 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 48,467
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 45,349
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 45,323

In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radiance" shines

  • By Don Gilbert on 03-08-14

Another great story

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

Reviewed: 01-18-15

Can't get enough of this narrating duo or Brandon Sanderson. This book does not disappoint.

  • The Way of Kings

  • Book One of The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 45 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 57,710
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 52,424
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 52,422

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!

  • By Lore on 03-31-12

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 01-02-15

I'm glad i didn't rum across this book years ago. I wouldn't have been able to wait four years for the next book.

  • Pandora's Star

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 37 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,357
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,426

The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Have to resort to headphones to listen

  • By Sue Nami on 10-05-16

Terrific story, horrible production

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

Reviewed: 04-22-14

If you could sum up Pandora's Star in three words, what would they be?

Star Opera Western

What other book might you compare Pandora's Star to and why?

Not so much a book, but the feel is very much like the Firefly series in that most of the worlds are developing with a few at the very center being the major industrial warehouses.

Would you be willing to try another one of John Lee’s performances?

I love John Lee. I hate this publisher, Tantor Audio. The previous publication audible made available was excellent, but Tantor has ruined this book. It sounds as if they recorded it on a laptop microphone and the free audio editing software that came with the laptop. John Lee, you should demand Tantor pay to have you redo this book. It is an insult to your talent.

On a side note, the version audible will not sell in the US for some reason, by Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd, is also excellent. Log out and search for Pandora's Star. The three-minute section of the Tantor production is as good as that production ever gets and the difference between it and Macmillan's production is night and day.

Audible! What the heck are you doing!?! I loved this book before it became unlistenable.

1 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • War of the Twins

  • Dragonlance: Legends, Book 2
  • By: Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
  • Narrated by: Ax Norman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 783
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 732
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 741

One hundred years have passed since the fiery Cataclysm that changed the face of Krynn forever. For one hundred years, the people of Krynn have struggled to survive. But for some, those one hundred years have passed in the blink of an eye. Catapulted forward in time by Raistlin’s powerful magic, Caramon and Crysania find themselves aiding the mage’s unholy quest to master the Queen of Darkness. To his dismay, Raistlin discovers along the way that the annals of Time are not so easily bent to his will. Neither are the longings of his heart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • sigh

  • By elboogie on 05-30-15

Riveting!

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

Reviewed: 05-14-13

What made the experience of listening to War of the Twins the most enjoyable?

Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman do a wonderful job in this series at leaving you wanting more. They have mastered the elements of their expertise to craft one of the best narratives in the Dragonlace setting with the Legends books and this book is no different.

My only complaint is pronunciations the narrator used for very common fantasy names. Especially the dwarven names. The pronunciation of Regar in particular struck my ire. I am used to hearing this name pronounced RAY-gar as opposed to the narrator's reh-GAR, but it is a rather minor complaint given the narrator is, overall, heads and tails over his compatriot fantasy narrators.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration was wonderful! The pacing made the story riveting, but not hurried. I especially loved the differences in pacing between different characters. It lended a sense of separation between character personalities that would not have been there with variance in voice alone.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely! In fact, be warned that you will most likely avoid tasks that will not allow you to continue reading. There are very few points in this book where you will feel like you can stop for a few minutes. When you do make a break, you will be thinking of when you can return to the book.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful