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  • Blue Remembered Earth

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 21 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 795
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 728

Critically acclaimed author Alastair Reynolds holds a well-deserved place “among the leaders of the hard-science space opera renaissance." ( Publishers Weekly). In Blue Remembered Earth, Geoffrey Akinya wants nothing more than to study the elephants of the Amboseli basin. But when his space-explorer grandmother dies, secrets come to light and Geoffrey is dispatched to the Moon to protect the family name - and prevent an impending catastrophe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A surprising and staisfying departure for Reynolds

  • By Michael G Kurilla on 07-21-12

Ugh I love Reynolds!

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

Reviewed: 06-04-16

Halfway through I was a little worried Reynolds chilled-out and didn't have the high octane plot of his previous novels.

This did not disappoint.

While it didn't have that octave necessarily, it's definitely was an AMAZING story. With the best of his writing. It still had many plot twist, no stone unturned, and suspense and awe that make you love his work.

Great for anyone who has read all of Reynolds, and someone interested in his style. Though this is very different than his other books, maybe more high-brow but not as ridiculous. Your choice.

  • City on Fire

  • A Novel
  • By: Garth Risk Hallberg
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Tristan Morris, Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 37 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 635
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 572
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 578

The individuals who live within this extraordinary first novel are: Regan and William Hamilton-Sweeney, estranged heirs to one of the city's largest fortunes; Keith and Mercer, the men who, for better or worse, love them; Charlie and Samantha, two suburban teenagers seduced by downtown's punk scene; an obsessive magazine reporter and his idealistic neighbor; and the detective trying to figure out what any of them have to do with a shooting in Central Park.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, poor choice of narrator

  • By k8tom on 12-22-15

This book is insane. Great narrator.

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

Reviewed: 05-20-16

I think some people got confused about the narrator when it changes. It's only for a short time, 1.5hrs max, then it goes back to the main reader.

Other than that. This book really impressed me. The loaded content of 6 main characters and 6 more side ones, was shockingly easy to follow. I rarely confused myself when the POV changed, and I always fell into whichever character was described.

This isn't for people who want a story for the story. It's a story that tells more in its details than what's "happening". David Mitchell meats Murakami you could say. But definitely something on his own. I'm excited to see what he writes next.

  • Chasm City

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 23 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,160

The once-utopian Chasm City - a domed human settlement on an otherwise inhospitable planet---has been overrun by a virus known as the Melding Plague, capable of infecting any body, organic or computerized. Now, with the entire city corrupted - from the people to the very buildings they inhabit---only the most wretched sort of existence remains. The stakes are raised when Tanner Mirabel's search brings him face to face with a centuries-old atrocity that history would rather forget.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enter Revelation Space HERE

  • By Tango on 10-11-13

Another great Reynolds!

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

Reviewed: 04-12-16

Loved it! He really finds a way to keep his books jam packed of amazing action, mystery, character development, and mind boggling concepts. Very satisfying after finishing the Revelation Space series.

  • 1Q84

  • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 46 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,032
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,008

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I've never read a book quite like this one

  • By Joey on 04-23-12

Masterpiece! Slow, steady, repetitive, but real!

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

Reviewed: 03-31-16

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

I would recommend this to people who I could see liking a book of this slow and preciseness. Its not for everybody, and maybe should be read in parts if the pacing is slow. I recommend spending the audiobook up to 1.25x, to match a more natural speaking pace.

What did you like best about this story?

Its ability to be very vague but still interesting. The story is almost second to the character development that fuels it. Its like I was always satisfied until the end, where it delivers in a way that makes me happy to have kept with it.

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

The main two characters, and the later 3rd, have different narrators that make it very engrossing, as if I can picture them by voice alone.

  • Biblical: A Novel

  • By: Christopher Galt
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

A strange phenomenon is sweeping the globe. People are having visions, seeing angels, experiencing events that defy reality. Bizarre accounts pour in from distant places: a French teenager claims to have witnessed Joan of Arc being burned at the stake; a man in New York dies of malnutrition in a luxurious Central Park apartment; a fundamentalist Christian sect kidnaps and murders a geneticist.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I so wanted to love this book!

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-08-14

Totally blew my mind!

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

Reviewed: 03-24-16

Where does Biblical: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Narrator was just as good as the many others I've listened to. Story was definitely different but flowed very cohesively with many characters that did not become interchangeable.Main character was more flat, but for reasons explained in the book.

What did you like best about this story?

The concepts, even though almost everything in this book is based off real scientific discoveries and theories, the way it was strung together into a great story really had me entertained.

Any additional comments?

I definitely suggest looking at any theories or concepts that you hear in the book and do not understand. Not everything is explained fully, and is left to the reader if they want to get everything out of it. I already knew much about quantum physics and AI based of my hobby of researching scientific concepts. But not many people are the same. If you do not understand the concepts I do not think the book would be remotely interesting but only confusing.

  • Pandora's Star

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 37 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,305
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,378

The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Have to resort to headphones to listen

  • By Sue Nami on 10-05-16

Great Story that was just very flat!

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

Reviewed: 03-16-16

I loved this story. Crazy scenery, crazy technology, an insane amount of characters (20+). But because of the amount of characters and timelines, I felt like I couldn't attach myself to anyone. And all the head characters (mostly the political ones in the CST) blended together. It was just too much and not enough at the same time. Also the storyline barely had plot twist of reasons to stay on edge. I had to force myself to pay attention and found myself not missing much when I stopped paying attention. If you love descriptive scenery, and action packed political dramas, this may be for you!

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