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  • Zoe's Tale

  • Old Man's War, Book 4
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,180
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,176

"I'm Zoe Boutin Perry: A colonist stranded on a deadly pioneer world. Holy icon to a race of aliens. A player in a interstellar chess match to save humanity. Seventeen years old. Everyone on Earth knows the tale I am part of. But you don't know my tale: I'm going to tell it to you now, the only way I know how: not straight but true, the whole thing, to try make you feel what I felt: the joy and terror and uncertainty, panic and wonder, despair and hope."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bait and switch. Skip it unless you're a teenager.

  • By Mike.the.kraken on 03-05-14

good but not great

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

Reviewed: 04-03-17

good book. great narration. story nice but rushed anticlimactic ending. fun insight behind-the-scenes in follow-up.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 208,831
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 194,972
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194,565

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

fun fast nostalgia trip in a video game dystopia

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

Reviewed: 04-28-16

don't get this book if you're expecting some deep insight on the nature of dystopias and the dangers of unbridled capitalism. this is not a deep substantive book. but if you go in as a fan of video games and 80s pop culture and are craving a nostalgia trip, you will love this audio book. it is fast paced and packed full of references. internal inconsistencies and plot holes are more than made up for by fun characters, interesting plot lines, and unexpected turns in high stakes situations. I read the book a few years ago but the listening experience is what pushed it from 3.75 stars to 5. enjoy!

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  • Armada

  • A Novel
  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,278
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33,214

It's just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom - if he can make it that long without getting suspended again. Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lacked the freshness of Ready Player One

  • By Chad on 01-08-16

Great story great narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-13-16

really enjoyed the plot and the reader. went really well together. highly rexoomend for anyone who likes light sci fi and video game culture.

  • 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 2,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,988
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,987

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

amazing sci-fi mystery

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

Reviewed: 08-01-15

this book is Asimov's statement that sci-fi can mix with mystery and other genres. His ability to build on the foundation of the chronologically earlier "Robot" stories in creating such an intriguing and thought provoking setting/atnosphere is remarkable. That he was able to prove his contemporaries, who said that the two genres couldn't mix, wrong is an understatement as this is one of his masterpieces. This story sets the stage for the Robot Mystery series with diverse characters: a protagonist you can relate to in a world we would find to be wholly unearthly. The series itself provides readers with a great bridge between the stories revolving around more primitive robots and The Foundation series; it is the stepping stone between his vision of man taking a major leap and the great fall it ensures millennia later.

I also must give credit to an excellent production, as the narrator used a variety of distinct voices to help the reader tremendously both with the dialog, character thought, and exposition. I had already read the book and heard a different audio book, and this was my favorite of all three options. I look forward to hearing his reading of the rest of the series!

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  • I, Robot

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,058
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,084

They mustn't harm a human being, they must obey human orders, and they must protect their own existence...but only so long as that doesn't violate rules one and two. With these Three Laws of Robotics, humanity embarked on a bold new era of evolution that would open up enormous possibilities, and unforeseen risks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forget the violence - Read this one for the humor

  • By Herb on 02-19-05

amazing book, nothing like the movie

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

Reviewed: 07-23-15

one of Asimov's best! lays the foundation of robotics and three separate but connected series.

  • Foundation

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,087

For 12,000 years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future, to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last 30,000 years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire, both scientists and scholars, and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a fututre generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Foundation Trilogy is a True Classic

  • By Sandy McMahon on 08-17-10

fantastic rendition of a sci-fi classic

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

Reviewed: 06-02-15

I read this book twice and honestly this production gave me more than either reading. brick does a fantastic job narrating and voice acting a book that would be very challenging given the disjoint nature of the saga with a variety of settings (both spatial and temporal). there are aspects of the book, such as the encyclopedia references, that I expected would have been challenging to do in audio but he was able to tackle the challenge of narrating the encyclopedia, narrative, and dialogue aspects seamlessly. I highly recommend this audible to both fans of the story who have already read it as well as those new and unfamiliar with one I'd the most important and compelling works of classic science fiction; a book that is the beginning yet simultaneously the climax of Asimov's overarching tale spanning the future of mankind from its first steps into space colonization through its collapse and reemergence.



  • Xenocide

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Amanda Karr, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,096
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,120

Xenocide is the third installment of the Ender series. On Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and pequeninos and the Hive Queen could all live together; where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. Or so he thought. But Lusitania also harbors the descolada, a virus which kills all humans it infects, but which the pequeninos require in order to transform into adults.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • full of passion

  • By David on 06-13-04

Well done overall but...

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

Reviewed: 04-26-15

the story is well written and generally well performed but there is one female voice actress that still makes everything seem SOOO dramatic, like every single sentence is the climax of the story. I'm not sure if it is the same actress or a different one (this book has many), as well as one actor, both do ridiculous Chinese accents for the characters on Path that I could not take seriously and were so stereotypical it was borderline offensive. It caught me off guard, but overall the group did a great job adapting for different gender characters, sometimes having one actor doing all dialogue sometimes up to three for a single conversation, it generally works very well. Given the number of actors and actresses I would not have minded seeing how it would have worked to have the same actor/actress voice the same character throughout, but that would have also limited the range we get to see from the performers so it's not a complaint so much as a thought.