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Pappa Bear

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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 10,124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,319

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

Awesome!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-15-18

This was the best book I ever listened to because I love books about space and I love books about ships and about planets.I just love this book and I found out about it from my dad.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Run Program

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,980
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,829
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,830

What's worse than a child with a magnifying glass, a garden full of ants, and a brilliant mind full of mischief? Try Al, a well-meaning but impish artificial intelligence with the mind of a six-year-old and a penchant for tantrums. Hope Takeda, a lab assistant charged with educating and socializing Al, soon discovers that day care is a lot more difficult when your kid is an evolving and easily frightened A.I.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By Anon on 05-22-18

Petulant AI

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

I lasted for about 1.5 hours before shutting off the book and moving on. I’ve loved Scott Meyer’s other books, but I really could not get into the story. A whiny petulant AI with too much power, a cliche tyrannical boss, groveling underlings, and a mistreated young boy. This book is being returned.

  • Paradox Bound

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,904
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,207

Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for God's sake. So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave? Not that he'd ever admit it, but maybe he's been waiting - waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who's roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires. The one who's a walking anachronism, with her tricorne hat, flintlock rifle, and steampunked Model A Ford.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Traveling through history rather than time

  • By Michael G Kurilla on 11-04-17

Really enjoyed the book

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

Any additional comments?

I ended up really liking this story and the strange timeline that things follow. I won't spoil anything, but I laughed out loud when the antagonists were described: The faceless men behind the government. That part was meant of somewhat of a satire. Overall I think it's a good story. It has some fun elements and I enjoyed the ride.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,560
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59,410

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Don't listen with children in the car

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed The Martian, so I was hopeful with this book. In my opinion it fell short. First, do not listen with children around. Rather than fleshing out the characters and giving them more depth, the author chose to pad the book with a plethora of expletives. If all of the swearing were removed the book would have been a full two hours shorter. I understand life and death situations might invoke some strong language, but it seriously felt like padding and was ridiculous. Second, the characters felt more like pieces on a game board. The author moved them into play just when needed, and everyone always went with whatever crazy idea Jazz proposed. I didn't feel they had their own personalities. The science was pretty cool and I felt like that was explained well. As a geek at heart I enjoyed that more than the actual story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Calamity

  • The Reckoners, Book 3
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,049
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,442

When Calamity lit up the sky, the Epics were born. David's fate has been tied to their villainy ever since that historic night. Steelheart killed his father. Firefight stole his heart. And now Regalia has turned his closest ally into a dangerous enemy. David knew Prof's secret and kept it even when Prof struggled to control the effects of his Epic powers. But facing Obliteration in Babilar was too much. Once the Reckoners' leader, Prof has now embraced his Epic destiny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Climactic Battles Second Chances? as Calamity Ends

  • By Don Gilbert on 02-18-16

Great series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-16

I loved this series. Brandon Sanderson has quickly become one of my favorite authors. The stories he weaves are amazing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Willful Child

  • By: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 565

These are the voyages of the starship A.S.F. Willful Child. Its ongoing mission: to seek out strange new worlds on which to plant the Terran flag, to subjugate and if necessary obliterate new life-forms, to boldly blow the... And so we join the not-terribly-bright but exceedingly cock-sure Captain Hadrian Sawback and his motley crew on board the Starship Willful Child for a series of devil-may-care, near-calamitous and downright chaotic adventures through "the infinite vastness of interstellar space".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If Zap Brannigan were as intelligent as Picard.

  • By Ohtochooseaname on 11-13-14

Not for young ears

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-16

I made it through about the first 20 minutes. in which time there were about 40 f bombs. Total rubbish. There is no need for such language.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Pines

  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,515
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,530

Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well done story

  • By Linda B on 08-28-12

bleh

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-15

I really couldn't get in to the story. I struggled through about the first hour or so and finally gave up.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful