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  • Stories of Your Life and Others

  • By: Ted Chiang
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden, Todd McLaren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,765
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,776

Stories of Your Life and Others presents characters who must confront sudden change-the inevitable rise of automatons or the appearance of aliens-while striving to maintain some sense of normalcy. In the amazing and much-lauded title story (the basis for the 2016 movie Arrival), a grieving mother copes with divorce and the death of her daughter by drawing on her knowledge of alien languages and non-linear memory recollection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing collection of short stories

  • By Carolina on 09-15-14

thinking person's sci fi

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

Great ideas; mind expanding; I couldn't be happier. And I will be sad when I get to the end (am about half-way through). My only complaint is editing. Sometimes there's NO GAP between the end of one story and beginning of next. Hm ... a couple of times I found myself thinking, "um, that's an interesting and strange twist." The realized (duh!) that it was the next story. Aside from that, fantastic sci fi. But that's a trifle: has my highest recommendation.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Deep

  • Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves
  • By: James Nestor
  • Narrated by: James Nestor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 785

Deep is a voyage from the ocean's surface to its darkest trenches, the most mysterious places on Earth. Fascinated by the sport of freediving - in which competitors descend to great depths on a single breath - James Nestor embeds with a gang of oceangoing extreme athletes and renegade researchers. He finds whales that communicate with other whales hundreds of miles away, sharks that swim in unerringly straight lines through pitch-black waters, and other strange phenomena.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More than I expected!

  • By P. Wilson on 11-13-17

More than I expected ... in a good way

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

I had doubts about this book, thinking it might be just another documentary. I'm happy to say I was wrong: I totally loved every minute. I gave "performance" four stars because I couldn't give it 4 1/2. I've no complaints about the performance -- it was really good. I just reserve five stars for super extra special narration. This book has my highest recommendation. Now, please excuse me, I'm off to practicing how long I can hold my breath ...

  • The Naturalist

  • The Naturalist, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Mayne
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,190
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,182

Professor Theo Cray is trained to see patterns where others see chaos. So when mutilated bodies found deep in the Montana woods leave the cops searching blindly for clues, Theo sees something they missed. Something unnatural. Something only he can stop. As a computational biologist, Theo is more familiar with digital code and microbes than the dark arts of forensic sleuthing. But a field trip to Montana suddenly lands him in the middle of an investigation into the bloody killing of one of his former students.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic! I loved this book!!

  • By shelley on 10-02-17

4+

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

Any additional comments?

This was a fun read, and I enjoyed the narrator. The only reason I didn't rate it 5 is because I reserve that for extra special most fantastical books and narrators. Perhaps my standards are two high. How much did I like this book? Um ... I'm purchasing the 2nd book in the series.

  • Midnight

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: J. Charles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,557
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,298
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,294

In picturesque Moonlight Cove, California, inexplicable deaths occur, and spine-tingling terror descends to this "edge of paradise". Growing numbers of residents harbor a secret so dark it is sure to cost even more lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Koontz, not crazy about narrator

  • By K. Banham on 03-31-17

narrator bad! bad!

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

Any additional comments?

Dean is always good, even when it's not his best. I kept listening to this, 'cause I wanted to see how it turned out. Would love to listen to this book with a different narrator. He might work for some, but did zilch for me.

  • Wild Thing

  • A Novel
  • By: Josh Bazell
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff, Stephanie Wolfe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 488

It's hard to find work as a doctor when using your real name will get you killed. So hard that when a reclusive billionaire offers Dr. Peter Brown, aka Pietro Brnwa, a job accompanying a sexy but self-destructive paleontologist on the world's worst field assignment, Brown has no real choice but to say yes. Even if it means that an army of murderers, mobsters, and international drug dealers-not to mention the occasional lake monster-are about to have a serious Pietro Brnwa problem.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ugh--total disappointment!

  • By Kathy on 04-26-12

a possibly contrarian review

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

Reviewed: 05-16-17

Any additional comments?

As others have written, this is very dissimilar to Beat the Reaper. Same main character, and references to events in the previous book (the mob is after him, and why; and why he hates sharks; etc), but other than that you should *not* expect the same sort of high-impact-adventure story. That said, this is a terrific read (listen). I enjoyed it every bit as much as I did BtR. you just have to imagine that the main character is now living in an alternatively-branched universe.

In closing, "Please, Sir, I want some more." (Josh Bazell, are you listening?)

  • The Hike

  • By: Drew Magary
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,357
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,344

When Ben, a suburban family man, takes a business trip to rural Pennsylvania, he decides to spend the afternoon before his dinner meeting on a short hike. Once he sets out into the woods behind his hotel, he quickly comes to realize that the path he has chosen cannot be given up easily. With no choice but to move forward, Ben finds himself falling deeper and deeper into a world of man-eating giants, bizarre demons, and colossal insects.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Confusing. Terrifying. Oddly enlightening.

  • By The Super-duper Amazing Silver Golem on 02-17-17

more, please!

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

Reviewed: 02-23-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Hike to be better than the print version?

another revier wrote: "Kafkaesque writers never know when to quit and wrap it up"
My comment, Magary wrapped it up way too soon. I wanted more! I still want more!
The only reason I'm not rating "story" as five stars is that it ended too soon. I want to
know what happens next. Eagerly awaiting for a sequel.

  • Hell Divers

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,832
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,981
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,941

More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers - men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I usually don't read my SciFi however....!!

  • By Michalena on 10-06-17

relentlessly depressing

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

Reviewed: 08-11-16

Would you try another book from Nicholas Sansbury Smith and/or R. C. Bray?

not sure

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

depressing

What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

Pretty good narrator; I'd listen to him again

Could you see Hell Divers being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Please, please don't make it so.

Any additional comments?

This is one of the most depressing books -- sci fi or other -- to which I've ever read or listened. Your milage may vary.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Graft

  • By: Matt Hill
  • Narrated by: Paul Tyreman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

Manchester, 2025. Local mechanic Sol steals old vehicles to meet the demand for spares. But when Sol’s partner impulsively jacks a luxury model, Sol finds himself caught up in a nightmarish transdimensional human trafficking conspiracy. Hidden in the stolen car is a voiceless, three-armed woman called Y. She’s had her memory removed and undertaken a harrowing journey into a world she only vaguely recognises. And someone waiting in the UK expects her delivery at all costs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Horrific editing!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-11-16

Horrific editing!!!

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

Reviewed: 02-11-16

Any additional comments?

I'm only a couple of hours into this book and am greatly enjoying it. EXCEPT that the editor has done a horrific job. As with a few other books on Audible, there is NO pause between scenes. You have to listen extremely carefully and not let your attention flag for a nano-second, else you miss that you're in a new scene and ... things suddenly don't make sense. I REALLY wish Audible would stop promoting books with this editing style. Don't know if I'll finish the book or return it.

That said, everything else about this listen is a definite four stars, and I may upgrade to five after finishing -- if I can get past the editing snafu.

Hey, Audible staff, are you listening??????

Please note that my three-stars for performance are related to the editing. I find the narrator most enjoyable; does a very nice job.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Sandman Slim

  • By: Richard Kadrey
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,853
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,863

When he was 19, James Stark was considered to be one of the greatest natural magicians, a reputation that got him demon-snatched and sent downtown - to Hell - where he survived as a gladiator, a sideshow freak entertaining Satan's fallen angels. That was 11 years ago. Now, the hitman who goes only by Stark has escaped and is back in L.A. Armed with a fortune-telling coin, a black bone knife, and an infernal key, Stark is determined to destroy the magic circle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Hallie on 04-24-12

somewhat curious ...

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

Reviewed: 09-08-15

Any additional comments?

I kept thinking, "Oh, I've jumped into a book in the middle of a series, and I don't know the backstory." I googled around and found that no, this IS the first book in the series. The backstory is explained along the way. Interesting concept, unlike anything I remember reading. I've since read (listened to) a couple of others in the series.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mirrorworld

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,003
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 948
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 948

Crazy has no memory and feels no fear. Dangerous and unpredictable, he's locked away in SafeHaven, a psychiatric hospital, where he spends the long days watching Wheel of Fortune and wondering what the outside world smells like. When a mysterious visitor arrives and offers him a way out Crazy doesn't hesitate to accept.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Crazy good (with a capital C)

  • By Lex on 05-01-15

OK, if all you're interested in is "shoot 'em ups"

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

Reviewed: 09-08-15

What did you like best about Mirrorworld? What did you like least?

Somewhat interesting story line, with some interesting plot twists. Unf, much of the book was nothing but shoot-em-up. After a while I found it so boring I quit. I really wanted to finish the book to find out how the story line turned out, but kept falling asleep in the middle of the gun fights.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Should be 1/2 its length. Tell the story, stop filling hours and hours with shoot-ups

What does R.C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Narrator did a good job. I'd listen to him again.

Do you think Mirrorworld needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Please don't bother ...

Any additional comments?

I'm returning this book.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful