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  • Altered Carbon

  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,128

In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Altered Carbon

  • By Jake Williams on 09-22-07

Netflix borrowed lightly

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

The Netflix series told a different story about the same characters and world but both are good. The audio has a loud background hiss that made listening with headphones difficult.

  • The Dark Forest

  • By: Cixin Liu, Joel Martinsen - translator
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 22 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,298

This near-future trilogy is the first chance for English-speaking listeners to experience this multiple-award-winning phenomenon from Cixin Liu, China's most beloved science fiction author. In The Dark Forest, Earth is reeling from the revelation of a coming alien invasion - in just four centuries' time. The aliens' human collaborators may have been defeated, but the presence of the sophons, the subatomic particles that allow Trisolaris instant access to all human information, means that Earth's defense plans are totally exposed to the enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-25-15

Formidable follow up to 3 Body

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

Reviewed: 06-03-16

I really wish I had learned Chinese instead of French in high school so I could read the third book right away. Dark Forest is intense, near future, hard science fiction that keeps you on edge from beginning to end. It doesn't read like a translation, which is a testament to the skill of Martinson. Narration was solid, good character voices and good pace.

  • The Republic of Pirates

  • Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down
  • By: Colin Woodard
  • Narrated by: Lewis Grenville
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,104
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,087

In the early 18th century, the Pirate Republic was home to some of the great pirate captains, including Blackbeard, "Black Sam" Bellamy, and Charles Vane. Along with their fellow pirates - former sailors, indentured servants, and runaway slaves - this "Flying Gang" established a crude but distinctive democracy in the Bahamas, carving out their own zone of freedom in which servants were free, blacks could be equal citizens, and leaders were chosen or deposed by a vote.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reads like a novel

  • By Abbie on 02-02-16

Dictionary

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

Reviewed: 05-12-16

This is basically just a list of pirate names and places they sailed. This is a reference book that shouldn't have been recorded as an audio title.

  • Phasers of Anstractor

  • The New Phase, Book 2
  • By: Greg Dragon
  • Narrated by: Anisha Dadia
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

The only obstacles between the Geralos Empire and galactic domination are The Phasers of Anstractor. The Phasers are an elite group of soldiers, handpicked and re-educated with the secrets of the galaxy. Phasers can clone, jump to other galaxies, and extend their lives. Nobody knows where they come from or how they are able to do the things they do. To defeat this secret organization, the Geralos must learn more about them. They send their best spy to find a way to infiltrate the Phaser Agency.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, Refreshing Universe

  • By A. M. Waite on 07-09-15

Decent universe, splotchy storyline

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

Reviewed: 06-09-15

What was most disappointing about Greg Dragon’s story?

I didn't like sudden jumps forward in time in the middle of what I thought were going to be extended detailed scenes that would setup the next few chapters. Also, the Phasers acquired a new power every few chapters with little backstory. The leader of the Phasers is feared all over the galaxy but is a complete wuss when it comes to women, he cowers when scolded by several female characters.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Anisha Dadia?

Part of it was the recording, it was extremely flat. Anisha was raspy and nasaly, it got better near the end but she did not deliver a solid narration. I expect a smooth, soft tone with female narrators.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The universe with the Phasers and Geralos has a lot of potential. I may revisit the series down the line but I'll wait for a more focused storyline within the universe.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Have Space Suit - Will Travel

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Mark Turetsky
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,217
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,113

First prize in the Skyway Soap slogan contest was an all-expenses-paid trip to the moon. The consolation prize was an authenticspace suit, and when scientifically minded high school senior Kip Russell wonit, he knew for certain he would use it one day to make a sojourn of his own tothe stars. But "one day" comes sooner than he thinks when he tries the suit on in his backyard - and finds himself worlds away, a prisoner aboard a space pirate's ship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic tale, One of Heinlein's best.

  • By SGL on 03-20-14

Dated, but a feel-good sci-fi story

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

Reviewed: 05-26-15

What did you love best about Have Space Suit - Will Travel?

The genuine nature and bravery of Kip.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It's hard not to like Kip, his adventure tested his resolve and he made unselfish, brave decisions all over the galaxy.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It had a few funny moments, definitely showed its age.

Any additional comments?

Feel good sci-fi is hard to come by, this is a great quick listen even for the non-sci-fi junkies.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Double Helix

  • A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA
  • By: James D. Watson
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner, Roger Clark
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 612
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 523
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 528

By identifying the structure of DNA, the molecule of life, Francis Crick and James Watson revolutionized biochemistry and won themselves a Nobel Prize. At the time, Watson was only 24, a young scientist hungry to make his mark. His uncompromisingly honest account of the heady days of their thrilling sprint against other world-class researchers to solve one of science's greatest mysteries gives a dazzlingly clear picture of a world of brilliant scientists with great gifts, very human ambitions, and bitter rivalries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous book!

  • By A. Lai on 03-04-12

Interesting story but biased point of view

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

Reviewed: 05-26-15

What did you like best about The Double Helix? What did you like least?

The circumstances that had to come together for the discovery were fascinating.

Would you ever listen to anything by James D. Watson again?

Probably not. His attitude toward that others involved was rude and unappreciative.

Would you be willing to try another one of Grover Gardner and Roger Clark ’s performances?

Sure,

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Absolutely not.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 162,947
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150,396
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 150,234

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

A space story for the detail oriented

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

Reviewed: 05-26-15

Would you listen to The Martian again? Why?

I will read it again before the movie comes out.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Mark suggested the Iron Man maneuver in the most intense chapter of the book I lost it. Mark's positive attitude and approach to problem solving was inspiring.

Any additional comments?

The details of the problem solving were fantastic, definitely geared toward the more scientific crowd. I feel like I'm prepared to go live on Mars for a few sols.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • First Activation

  • Activation Series, Book 1
  • By: Darren Wearmouth, Marcus Wearmouth
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 170

Brothers Harry and Jack leave Manchester for New York City for their annual weekend getaway. But upon arrival, they find a silent, deserted JFK, where the few ground crew they can spot have all been slaughtered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A solid post-apocalyptic tale, with a few holes

  • By Brian on 05-26-15

A solid post-apocalyptic tale, with a few holes

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

Reviewed: 05-26-15

Where does First Activation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The story has some shortcomings but Jack and Harry are solid characters that you want to root for. I immediately picked up and started the Second Activation once I finished up the First Activation. It's not my favorite post-apocalyptic novel but it's an interesting story.

What other book might you compare First Activation to and why?

The First Activation stops pretty suddenly the Second Activation picks up at the exact moment the first book ends.

What about James Langton’s performance did you like?

James' girl voice is a bit strange, the male characters are solid.

Any additional comments?

Don't get attached to anyone Jack and Harry meet.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ghost in the Wires

  • My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker
  • By: Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,691
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,708

Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen for tech fans

  • By Mikeyxote on 06-01-12

Very bold and candid

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

Reviewed: 05-26-15

What made the experience of listening to Ghost in the Wires the most enjoyable?

It felt like I was sitting in a coffee shop with Kevin Mitnick hearing his story first hand. His casual tone made for a compelling story in a typically dry genre.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The examples of the social engineering and the preparation required for parts of it was fascinating. Sometimes luck was involved but there is a great amount of skill required.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

The myth of Kevin Mitnick was ridiculous, it had little basis and made ridiculous claims.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Go Like Hell

  • Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans
  • By: A. J. Baime
  • Narrated by: Jones Allen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 488

By the early 1960s, Ford Motor Company, built to bring automobile transportation to the masses, was falling behind. Baby boomers were taking to the roads in droves, looking for speed not safety, style not comfort, and Ford didn’t offer what these young drivers wanted. Meanwhile, Enzo Ferrari lorded over the European racing scene, crafting beautiful, fast sports cars that epitomized style.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Very Entertaining Audiobook

  • By S. Perry on 12-29-13

Enzo vs Henry, an epic battle

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

Reviewed: 05-26-15

Where does Go Like Hell rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The story was so intense it felt like a great fiction novel. The fact that all the stories, drivers, cars, and engineers were real made it that much better.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Enzo Ferrari was a genius and a visionary.

Any additional comments?

This book isn't strictly for motorheads, anyone who appreciates competition, engineering, or industrial process will appreciate this story.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful