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  • Nomad

  • The Nomad Trilogy 1
  • By: Matthew Mather
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 179

Something big is coming...big enough to destroy the entire solar system...and it's heading straight for Earth. That's what Dr. Ben Rollins, head of Harvard's exoplanet research team, is told by NASA after being dragged out of bed in the middle of the night. His first instinct is to call his daughter and wife, who are vacationing in Italy: Something is coming, he tells them, a hundred times the mass of our sun. We can't see it, we don't know what it is, but it's there.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • She'll be coming down the solar system!

  • By Matthew on 02-09-16

More filler than meat

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

... that was my wife’s comment when we were listening to this book on a long car trip. And it’s right on. Okay, so you have an interesting idea — a black hole hitting the solar system. Why in the world do you think you need to turn it into a trilogy? And if fact now there’s apparently a fourth book. Most of the story is just people running around in circles to the point that I gave up trying to keep track of where they were and why. You think the story is about the black hole hitting earth but 80% is about a silly family feud in Italy which requires you to suspend all disbelief. The writing is awful. No opportunity to insert random “big” adjectives is wasted by the author. The characters are none you care the least about. We managed to hang in for 80% of the book but then we finally decided we couldn’t care less how it all ended, especially because from the word “trilogy” in the title it was pretty clear it would end nowhere. Maybe a better narrator would have helped a bit but I doubt it. Avoid at all cost.

  • Out of Spite, Out of Mind

  • Magic 2.0, Book 5
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,377
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,143
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,134

When you discover the world is a computer program, and you figure out that by altering the code you can time travel and perform acts that seem like magic, what can possibly go wrong? Pretty much everything. Just ask Brit, who has jumped around in time with such abandon that she has to coexist with multiple versions of herself. Now, Brit the Elder finds that her memories don't match Brit the Younger's.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-08-18

The slide continues

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

The first three installments of this series were pure genius. Book 4 was a let-down, and this book continues the slide into oblivion. Now, I felt the same way after book 4 of the Expanse, and then S.A. Corey came roaring back, so there's hope. But this book is just a weird and confusing storyline, with little fun. At one point I just gave up trying to understand how many Britts were involved and who did what why. There were elements of time travel in previous books, none felt particularly convincing, especially against the backdrop of the main gist here, that the world is just a computer program. This whole book is about time travel, and it didn't take long for the author to get entangled in the issue of paradoxes, and in the end it all boiled down to stuff happened because it had happened before. Not very exciting or engaging. Nothing Luke Daniels could do with his narration to save this book.

  • Romulus Buckle & the Engines of War

  • The Chronicles of the Pneumatic, Book 2
  • By: Richard Ellis Preston Jr.
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214

The frozen wasteland of Snow World - known as Southern California before an alien invasion decimated civilization - is home to warring steampunk clans. Crankshafts, Imperials, Tinskins, Brineboilers, and many more all battle one another for precious supplies, against ravenous mutant beasts for basic survival, and with the mysterious Founders for their very freedom. Through this ruined world soars the Pneumatic Zeppelin, captained by the daring Romulus Buckle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Enjoying This Fun Series!

  • By Joki on 02-02-14

Potential but in the end not much there

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

As I wrote in my review of book 1 in this series, I really want to like it. Some pretty good ideas in here, and the style is spot on in the tradition of pulp adventure stories. Deadly action scenes but also some fun, especially when some of the tropes of the genre are way exaggerated. Alas, the author is his own worst enemy. There's simply no sense of rhythm and pacing in this book or the previous. Best example, the whole part 1 is one dragged out course of events that could have been easily covered in a third of the time. Words are concatenated to form sentences I guess because the author enjoys doing so, not because it actually takes the story forward. Many times I noticed my thoughts drifting off but when I focused back on the book I realized nothing had really happened. Also, in book 2 I think it's not unreasonable to expect a bit of background story to understand how the world in which all his happened came about. In the end it's the author's job to keep the readers/listeners attention and keep him or her wanting more. Instead these books almost feel like work to me, albeit pleasant, but work nonetheless.

  • Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders

  • By: Richard Ellis Preston Jr.
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 308

In a postapocalyptic world of endless snow, Captain Romulus Buckle and the stalwart crew of the Pneumatic Zeppelin must embark on a perilous mission to rescue their kidnapped leader, Balthazar Crankshaft, from the impenetrable City of the Founders. Steaming over a territory once known as Southern California — before it was devastated in the alien war — Buckle navigates his massive airship through skies infested with enemy war zeppelins and ravenous alien beasties in this swashbuckling and high-octane steampunk adventure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exuberant Steampunk Swashbuckling Adventure!

  • By Joki on 01-28-14

Nice but shallow

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

I must admit I got sucked in pretty quickly. A fun listening experience, a great narrator in Luke Daniels, a prose that is reminiscent of the halcyon days of pulp fiction, where action was quick, men were real men etc. Alas, the plot line is razor thin, basically two days of raiding and escaping, with a lot of shooting but not much development. At the halfway point I kind of lost interest as the whole thing got a bit repetitive. Still, i guess I will spend a credit on the next book because it was fun while it lasted, and maybe the next book has a bit more depth.

  • A Gift of Time

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,854
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,515

When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart and original

  • By J. OBrennan on 12-29-17

What a mess...

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

Actually, the book and I got off to a good start. I really liked the somewhat old-fashioned writing style of the first few chapters that reminded me of Lovecraft, combined with a conservative narration that sucked me in right away. But it went downhill quickly and turned into an incongruous mess. The initial encounter with the time glider and its inhabitant was followed by a seemingly endless middle section that was basically a relationship/coming-of-age story. You would think that imparting a ten-year-old body with the knowledge of the future would have a few more consequences than what we’re witnessing here. Just when you can’t help but wonder how long this will go on, suddenly the scenery changes dramatically and the protagonists find themselves end up fighting dinosaurs. Here the book turns into steampunk, highlighted by the operation of the time machine with, uh, hot coals… Next, we turn to made-for-movie action in the battle for the glider, just to be followed by a sappy romance section. We then move on to a tribunal scene that we’ve seen many times in Star Trek TNG, with Jean-Luc Picard explaining the aliens the errors of their way. And then we finish the whole thing up with a good dollop of love, sacrifice, devotion as unique attributes of humanity, straight from 60s sci-fi. In the end, I see this book as another illustration of the idea that less can be more. There’s some good stuff here but by throwing everything but the kitchen sink into the story, all it ended up being is just an unsatisfying blender mix of every possible sci-fi trope.

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  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,815
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51,671

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The opposite of the Martian...

  • By Ruth Nielsen on 11-27-17

Enjoyable book

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

To state the obvious, this is not The Martian. But Andy Weir has produced a pretty good follow-up to one of the best sci-fi books in modern history, so nothing to complain about. This is not an easy feat, as Ernest Kline showed by following up the fantastic Ready Player One with the horrible Armada. The story is straightforward, with the usual MacGyverisms we expect from Andy Weir. The most enjoyable aspect of the book though was Rosario Dawson's narration. I'd never heard her read a book before, and she blew my mind.

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  • Willful Child

  • By: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 486

These are the voyages of the starship A.S.F. Willful Child. Its ongoing mission: to seek out strange new worlds on which to plant the Terran flag, to subjugate and if necessary obliterate new life-forms, to boldly blow the... And so we join the not-terribly-bright but exceedingly cock-sure Captain Hadrian Sawback and his motley crew on board the Starship Willful Child for a series of devil-may-care, near-calamitous and downright chaotic adventures through "the infinite vastness of interstellar space".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If Zap Brannigan were as intelligent as Picard.

  • By Ohtochooseaname on 11-13-14

Surprisingly good

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

After the first few chapters I was thinking, oh my, this is not going to be good but it turned out to be one of the funniest SF books I've read in a while, judged by the number of moments I found myself bursting out in laughter. Couldn't help but compare it to Red Shirts and actually, I think I liked it even better.

  • Infinite

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,306

The Galahad, a faster-than-light spacecraft, carries 50 scientists and engineers on a mission to prepare Kepler 452b, Earth's nearest habitable neighbor at 1400 light years away. With Earth no longer habitable and the Mars colony slowly failing, they are humanity's best hope. After 10 years in a failed cryogenic bed - body asleep, mind awake - William Chanokh's torture comes to an end as the fog clears, the hatch opens, and his friend and fellow hacker, Tom, greets him...by stabbing a screwdriver into his heart. This is the first time William dies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a rather complex science fiction story

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 12-26-17

Good narration, sophomoric writing

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

Reviewed: 01-31-18

What a hodgepodge of ideas, none of them particularly well executed. The whole first half of events on the ship somehow coherent although quite boring then out of nowhere comes the whole virtual reality thing with so many plot holes it hurts. The "surprise" at the end was predictable well in advance. Writing was early college level, none of the characters connected with me in any way, with the exception of the AI. Thankfully the book was over quickly. If I want to read about life as a software program, I'd rather go with Magic 2.0, at least that series is funny.

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  • Solitude

  • Dimension Space, Book 1
  • By: Dean M. Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray, Julia Whelan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,029
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,029

A mysterious wave of light wipes humanity from the planet, leaving only one person in its wake. After months of desperate isolation, Earth’s last man discovers he’s not alone. The last woman is stranded alone aboard the International Space Station. Can Vaughn find a path to space and back? Can Angela - the only person with clues to the mystery behind humanity's disappearance - survive until he does? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What. A. Story.

  • By Brian on 06-16-17

Desperately need to waste eight hours?

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

Reviewed: 11-27-17

Then look no further -- buy this book. Last person left on Earth trying to save last person floating aboard the International Space Station. Sounds like the plot for some good fun, right? Alas,The Martian this ain't. The writing is unbearable. Over and over again the author appears to have picked some "big" adjectives or "big" phrases randomly from a dictionary to create what he probably thinks sounds like great prose -- but would get you expelled from any English college course. Even in what should be the most exciting moments he is chronically unable to create any true suspense. The dialogs? Don't get me started. Not even the last man.woman on Earth would utter such inane language. I admit, I listened through the whole book mostly curious as why this is Book 1 of a series called Dimension Space as the plot offered no hint as to how he would stretch the meager premise of the book into a series. You have to wait for the last five minutes when he begins to pull a cliffhanger out of thin air. It's then clear that this whole book is pretty much standalone and the whole "how do I save someone stranded on the ISS" action (which by the way requires some sci-fi technology) is nothing but pagefillers and the only element carried forward is "something bad has happened at CERN and maybe aliens are involved". Save yourself the money/credit and buy a good book instead.

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  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,492
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33,399

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

Just awful

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

You'd think by now Dan Brown had improved his writing skills but it's still the same stilted language and inane dialogs as in the days of the Da Vinci Code. Listening to some of the dialog scenes makes you cringe. Sounds like two AIs talking :-) If that wasn't bad enough, the idea behind this book is just enough for a novella not a full-length book. So no surprise, you hear almost the same stuff over and over again. There was a point where I thought "One more: where did we come from, where are we going, and I am going to throw my phone out of the car window". And the answers to these questions? I really hoped Dan Brown had some original ideas but what a let-down. A computer simulation to come up with a couple of warmed-up standard scifi memes that no one could possibly think would have any impact on any religious believer? The "great reveal" at the end of the identities of the regent and monte? Anyone with half a brain knew half-way through the book what was coming. And how many times did he use the same worn-out "technique" of having someone see/read/hear something of oh-so-incredible importance but I'm not going tell you what it is until you've listened to another 10 minutes of people pondering for themselves/talking to others about this stuff until you couldn't care less what it is because over and over again it turned out to be actually-not-so-important after all? Stupidly hoping there'd be some sort of big surprise at the end that would make it all worthwhile I listened to the whole thing but thankfully, there's the 1.5x feature in the Audible reader so I didn't waste more time than needed on this book.

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