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  • Zero G

  • By: Dan Wells
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller, Margaret Ying Drake, Josh Hurley, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,885
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,856

Twelve-year-old Zero is traveling with 20,000 people for 105 years to colonize a new planet. Everyone is in stasis, so they'll be safe during the trip, but when Zero's pod malfunctions it wakes him early, like 105 years early. At first he's excited to be the only one awake - he has the entire ship to himself, so he can go anywhere and see and do and eat anything he wants - but when a family of space pirates show up, trying to hijack the ship and kidnap the colonizers, Zero has to think fast and find a way to stop them all on his own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Passengers movie with space pirates

  • By Kingsley on 12-07-18

Ashlyn (age 9) liked it!

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-19

Ashlyn says that when we stopped listening she wanted to hear more. "I found the story suspenseful in a good way. I wanted to know what was going to happen next."

  • The Three-Body Problem

  • By: Cixin Liu
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,505

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They create a computer using a 30 million man Army

  • By Josh P on 12-07-14

Wow. Chinese SF! Excellent ideas.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-19

Excellent ideas from a non-Western perspective. The Chinese context is fascinating. Quite an engaging story told very cleverly. Highly recommended.

  • The Best of Connie Willis

  • Award-Winning Stories
  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Eliza Foss, Jessica Almasy, Mia Barron, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

Here are the greatest stories of one of the greatest writers working in any genre today. All ten of the stories gathered here are Hugo or Nebula award winners - some even have the distinction of winning both. With a new Introduction by the author and personal afterwords to each story, plus a special look at three of Willis' unique public speeches - this is unquestionably the collection of the season, an audiobook that every Connie Willis fan will treasure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An index for locating stories

  • By Ruth Green on 11-29-14

Connie Willis rocks!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 02-01-19

Connie Willis writes SF from a firm foundation in the classics, both in SF and literature more generally. the stories span the whole range of human emotion; but several in this collection are incredibly amusing. Inside Job and Even the Queen stand out as seriously funny. However, Willis is not just amusing. She is profound and humane and clever. This collection is simply outstanding, and well read.

  • All Clear

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis (introduction)
  • Length: 23 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,767
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,129
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,149

Three time-traveling historians are visiting World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz. But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler's bombers attempt to pummel London into submission.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Rescued by the second half

  • By Mike From Mesa on 12-05-11

Simply superb! Highest recommendation.

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Reviewed: 12-07-18

I can't overstate how much I enjoyed this book and the reading of it in this recording. It's a great plot that incorporates excellent historical fiction set in the Blitz into an SF story is the highest quality. Characters. Drama. Even -believe it or not- Agatha Christie makes a cameo, besides influencing Willis' style. It deserves all the awards it received!

  • How to Think

  • A Survival Guide for a World at Odds
  • By: Alan Jacobs
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

As a celebrated cultural critic and a writer for national publications like The Atlantic and Harper's, Alan Jacobs has spent his adult life belonging to communities that often clash in America's culture wars. And in his years of confronting the big issues that divide us - political, social, religious - Jacobs has learned that many of our fiercest disputes occur not because we're doomed to be divided, but because the people involved simply aren't thinking.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How to think is as much art as science

  • By Adam Shields on 10-18-17

How to be a civil human being in the internet age

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Reviewed: 10-21-18

This is quite a well thought-out recipe for civil discourse in an intemperate internet age. Highly recommended.

  • The Year of Our Lord 1943

  • Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis
  • By: Alan Jacobs
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

By early 1943, it had become increasingly clear the Allies would win the Second World War. Christian intellectuals on both sides of the Atlantic thought the soon-to-be-victorious nations were not culturally or morally prepared for their success. These Christian intellectuals - Jacques Maritain, T. S. Eliot, C. S. Lewis, W. H. Auden, and Simone Weil, among others - sought both to articulate a sober and reflective critique of their own culture and to outline a plan for the moral and spiritual regeneration of their countries in the post-war world. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Education as virtue development

  • By Adam Shields on 10-03-18

A book for our times

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-21-18

Of the making of many books there is no end. But this one is more thought-provoking and helpfully insightful in exposing the thought of profound Christian thinkers at an opportune moment in modern history than anything else I have read of recent vintage. It not only exposes; out of the analysis and comparison of their thought Jacobs synthesises a common core of great depth and power. Who else could have written this book today? ...Only one whose life has been immersed in the kind of educational endeavour and values recommended to form "men with chests". And so it has come to be. Highly recommended.

  • Doomsday Book

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,961
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,062
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,084

For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timely, beautiful, terrible and haunting

  • By mudcelt on 11-02-09

excellent telling of a great, if painful story

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Reviewed: 09-25-18

The reading was quite good. The story itself was (honestly) painfully realistic, but also inspiring and intensely human. Highly recommended.

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  • Blood Brothers

  • The Dramatic Story of a Palestinian Christian Working for Peace in Israel
  • By: Elias Chacour, Lynne Hybels, Gabe Lyons, and others
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 32

As a child, Elias Chacour lived in a small Palestinian village in Galilee. When tens of thousands of Palestinians were killed and nearly one million forced into refugee camps in 1948, Elias began a long struggle with how to respond. In Blood Brothers, he blends his riveting life story with historical research to reveal a little-known side of the Arab-Israeli conflict, touching on questions such as: What behind-the-scenes politics touched off the turmoil in the Middle East?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grabs attention & shifts paradigms

  • By Shelley Johnson on 10-10-17

An important and inspiring book!

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Reviewed: 09-13-18

Blood Brothers is the real-life story of a man of peace who follows the teaching of Jesus rather than descending into hate. Just read it. It does a body good. And a spirit, too!

  • Eifelheim

  • By: Michael Flynn
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 17 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 197

In 1349, one small town in Germany disappeared and was never resettled. Tom, a contemporary historian, and his theoretical-physicist girlfriend, Sharon, become interested. By all logic, the town should have survived, but it didn't. Why? What was special about Eifelheim that it utterly disappeared more than 600 years ago?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Poignant, Profound, Absorbing and deeply moving.

  • By Andrew on 09-03-07

science fiction set in 14th century with aliens!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-18

This is a remarkable story of a Christian philosopher in 14th century Germany facilitating first contact with aliens, with the foibles and strengths in each worldview on display. The weakest part of the story is the modern. I appreciated the spoken reading - just the right balance of narration and performance. Well done.

  • The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Robert Dugoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,246

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered. Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls. Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow..allow yourself to be submerged in this book

  • By Donna Smith McG on 05-18-18

a story of self-acceptance

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-19-18

Dugoni is quite the story teller; and this is a powerful, personal story that pulls the reader along.