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  • Earth Strike

  • Star Carrier, Book One
  • By: Ian Douglas
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,425
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,283
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,293

There is a milestone in the evolution of every sentient race, a Tech Singularity Event, when the species achieves transcendence through its technological advances. Now the creatures known as humans are near this momentous turning point. But an armed threat is approaching from deepest space, determined to prevent humankind from crossing over that boundary - by total annihilation if necessary.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Forget the Characters, Just Bring on the Action!

  • By Joshua on 05-29-13

Lots of action

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

Reviewed: 06-09-15

If you like lots of action with a side of sci-fi, you'll probably enjoy this book!

  • Hour Game

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,893
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,900

A woman is found murdered in the woods with a very special watch on her wrist, and what seemed a simple case soon escalates into a nightmare. The criminal methods of some of the most infamous killers of all time are being replicated by a new predator who stalks and strikes victims with a cunning brilliance. No one can understand the murderer's motives or who the next victim will be.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Sickening

  • By Robert L on 05-30-13

Great beginning & draggy middle

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

Reviewed: 05-15-15

This book had a great beginning. In the time since their first book together (Split Second), Michelle and Sean have formalized their business partnership, with Michelle moving to quiet rural Virginia. They bicker like an old married couple, but it seems like a healthy platonic relationship for both. While running one day, Michelle comes across some screaming children who found a body in the woods. Thus begins the quest for a serial killer, with lots of twists and turns involving the local aristocracy, the FBI, small town cops, a brothel, and assorted odd-balls.

Overall, I liked the story. It just seemed to drag a bit near the end. I think if you're willing to stick with it, though, the ending is satisfying.

  • Failure Is Not an Option

  • Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond
  • By: Gene Kranz
  • Narrated by: Danny Campbell
  • Length: 18 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,979
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,976

Gene Kranz was present at the creation of America's manned space program and was a key player in it for three decades. As a flight director in NASA's Mission Control, Kranz witnessed firsthand the making of history. He participated in the space program from the early days of the Mercury program to the last Apollo mission, and beyond. He endured the disastrous first years when rockets blew up and the United States seemed to fall further behind the Soviet Union in the space race.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful story told beautifully.

  • By Albert Sjoberg (PA) on 06-05-15

Insider's history of the American space program

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

Reviewed: 12-31-14

A history of the space program is told by a flight director who was with NASA from Gemini through the Apollo program. Overall, I found this story interesting and more engaging than a Discovery channel documentary. The people who made spaceflight possible became "real people" instead of background characters.

  • Learn in Your Car: Russian, the Complete Language Source

  • By: Henry N. Raymond
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 15

Listeners learn pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar of Russian without the need of a textbook. Level 1: Key words and phrases, basic grammar skills, emphasizes travel needs; Level 2: Expands vocabulary, new grammar concepts, more day-to-day activities; Level 3: Broadens vocabulary base, more advanced grammar skills, enriches conversational ability.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not Effective At All :(

  • By AP on 06-12-18

Don't Drive & Learn, but Use This to Study/Review

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

Reviewed: 11-12-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes. This audiobook is for people who want to learn Russian as it would be in a basic course. Audible provides the accompanying text as a PDF download, so it's not totally audio.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Caves of Steel

  • Robot, Book 1
  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,834
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,831

A millennium into the future two advancements have altered the course of human history: the colonization of the galaxy and the creation of the positronic brain. Isaac Asimov's Robot novels chronicle the unlikely partnership between a New York City detective and a humanoid robot who must learn to work together. Like most people left behind on an over-populated Earth, New York City police detective Elijah Baley had little love for either the arrogant Spacers or their robotic companions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci-Fi Mystery at its Best!

  • By HL on 09-16-14

Sci-Fi Mystery at its Best!

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

Reviewed: 09-16-14

Where does The Caves of Steel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Listening to The Caves of Steel was a delightful experience. The story takes place in a future New York City, after Man has colonized other worlds. The problems on earth include overpopulation, food shortages, and vast unemployment due to technology. The story was not too science-y and the police procedural aspects were interesting. I think the Fox t.v. show "Almost Human" takes many of the themes from this book regarding robot police officers.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The protagonist, Elijah, was my favorite. He was obviously torn between idolizing earth's simpler past and embracing a technological future. Having read other Asimov works...I would say that character development is not something seen in many of Asimov's other books. Here, though, we have a well-rounded character who struggles and grows as the story unfolds.

What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I thought Mr. Dufris did a good job of narration. His R. Daneel Olivaw was robotic, but not stereotypical. His other voices were just different enough to recognize characters without being too "out there".

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Overall, I was very happy with this audiobook purchase.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Swarm

  • Star Force, Book 1
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,174
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,191

Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally some ORIGINAL scifi action.

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-25-11

Pulp sci-fi at its best

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

Reviewed: 12-05-13

This story has action, adventure, lust, and alien robots. I'm not sure why I liked it, but I couldn't stop listening.

The main character is a computer science professor from Northern California who is forcibly drafted into service as a alien spacecraft commander. We follow along as the world is introduced to two different versions of invading alien robots and how a group of disparate thugs joins together to create "Star Force".

There is plenty of action and political undertones as the governments of earth react to the threat of annihilation. As for the sci-fi aspects, the characters seem as bewildered by the technology as the reader/listener. The author doesn't dwell on the whys of the technology, but there are parts where I tuned out as he went into the hows.

Overall, though, I thought it was an enjoyable start to a sci-fi series.

  • American Assassin

  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,018

Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorist's worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world...and then tragedy struck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twenty Questions

  • By Toulon Belle on 11-22-15

Mitch Rapp Becomes an American Assassin

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

Reviewed: 10-04-13

What made the experience of listening to American Assassin the most enjoyable?

Over the years, I've enjoyed the "kick-butt" stories involving Mitch Rapp. While he's always been a pretty straight-forward character, I've always felt that Flynn had a backstory in mind. This is his backstory. Chronologically, it's the first of the Rapp series.

What did you like best about this story?

I especially enjoyed learning more about Irene. She's more of a character in this story than a cut-away "oh, Mitch, you're really a good person under all that bad-ness" reminder.

  • The Sam Gunn Omnibus

  • By: Ben Bova
  • Narrated by: Richard Brewer, Emily Janice Card, Gabrielle de Cuir, and others
  • Length: 29 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 549

A hero without peer or scruples, Sam Gunn has a nose for trouble, money, and women, though not necessarily in that order. A man with the ego (and stature) of a Napoleon, the business acumen of a P. T. Barnum, and the raging hormones of a teenage boy, Sam is the finest astronaut NASA ever trained and dumped. But more than money, more than women, Sam Gunn loves justice—and he really does love money and women.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Quaint collection of short stories

  • By HL on 10-04-13

Quaint collection of short stories

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

Reviewed: 10-04-13

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This is an anthology of short stories revolving around the character Sam Gunn. Ben Bova's flavor of sci-fi is not hardcore, operatic, or techno-anything. The stories instead are character-driven and they play out in front of the backdrop of space.Sam is a NASA astronaut who becomes an entrepeneuer. He is a shallow character who likes action and the ladies. The stories are of his outrageous exploits in the "beginning" of interplanetary travel. The stories are framed around a "biography" documentary that is being written by a newish journalist named Jade who lives on the moon. The narration was decent, but the story seemed a bit silly. If I were still about 10 years old and hadn't read any other sci-fi other than Heinlein, I may think this was genius....

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Split Second

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,731
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,507
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,498

Michelle Maxwell has just blown her future with the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight to comfort a grieving widow. Then, behind closed doors, the politician whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • not a bad read

  • By David on 11-14-03

King & Maxwell's First Case

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

Reviewed: 10-04-13

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

yes.

Any additional comments?

This is the first King & Maxwell story. Basically, it's the story of how two disgraced Secret Service agents come together to solve two campaign-trail crimes. Overall, I thought it was a sub-par plot, but the characters were delightful.

  • Augustus

  • The Life of Rome's First Emperor
  • By: Anthony Everitt
  • Narrated by: John Curless
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 743
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 747

Caesar Augustus has been called history's greatest emperor. It was said he found Rome made of clay and left it made of marble. With a senator for a father and Julius Caesar for a great-uncle, he ascended the ranks of Roman society with breathtaking speed. His courage in battle is still questioned yet his political savvy was second to none. He had a lifelong rival in Mark Antony and a 51-year companion in his wife, Livia. And his influence extended perhaps further than that of any ruler who has ever lived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ancient biographies are hard

  • By Orson on 09-29-10

Interesting listen

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

Reviewed: 02-27-13

Would you listen to Augustus again? Why?

I don't think it was a particularly inspiring audio performance, but it wasn't awful.

Would you be willing to try another book from Anthony Everitt? Why or why not?

Probably not. His tone changed greatly from chapter to chapter, which I thought was a little annoying. It was obviously recorded over a long period of time in little chunks. Also, at times he seemed to get very tired & his enunciation was degraded.

Any additional comments?

I didn't know much about Augustus before I listened to this, so I did learn a lot.