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  • Shards of Honor

  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,031
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,049

I>Shards of Honor is the novel in which Lois McMaster Bujold introduced the science-fiction world to Barrayar and Aral Vorkosigan, Beta Colony and Cordelia Naismith. From this beginning the author has created a multigenerational saga spanning time as well as space. Bujold is generally recognized as the current exemplar of the character-based science-fiction adventure story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First story in the Miles Vorkosigan series

  • By Lifelong Reader on 06-18-09

Hated It

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-13-10

This book was a painful listen, plain and simple.

The characters are one dimensional and their motivations are not too believed.

I was stunned that a woman would portray her heroine Captain Naismith as a weak, mindless idiot! I simply found the storyline to be irritating in the extreme. Woman falls in love with her captor. Get thrown into his prison camp and marries him. Huh! I just did get it nor I didn't want to.

1 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Triplanetary

  • Lensman Series
  • By: E. E. 'Doc' Smith
  • Narrated by: Reed McColm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 250

From the atomic age in Atlantis to a world remote in space and time, two incredible ancient races, the Arisians and the Eddorians, are in the midst of an interstellar war - with Earth as the prize.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lensman Series is Still Fun

  • By DJM on 03-18-09

Old Time Sci Fi at It's Best

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-08

The book is the grandfather of all space operas. It's story that takes place over 2 billion years and has every you could want from and old time Sci Fi yarn.

It has bug eyes aliens, Ultra weapons, Ether shields and plenty of battles.

The story is a little unwieldy in spots, and takes a little preserverance, but is well worth it.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus

  • By: Mary Shelley
  • Narrated by: Simon Templeman, Anthony Heald, Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 139

Dr. Victor Frankenstein, an ambitious young scientist, is consumed by a fanatic desire to create a living being. He fashions an eight-foot-tall creature and succeeds in animating him, but, horrified by his visage, perceives his creation to be a monster and frightens him away. The monster, wandering in search of human companionship, is spurned and repulsed by all he approaches and learns to hate and to kill.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What's a Lonely Creature to Do?

  • By Jefferson on 12-25-10

Fantastic

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-08

It's amazing to think that Mary Shelly wrote this book when she was 19. The book is fantastic, it well narrated and acted. I had wanted to read this book for some time now and I'm glad I did.
The story takes across Europe and onto the ice bound barrens of the farthest North. The depths a man's sorry to the peaks of his triumphs.

Don't miss this one.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • I Am Legend

  • By: Richard Matheson
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,878
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,895

In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Superb!

  • By Steven Casper on 01-24-08

Great book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-08

Well narrated, a great story, much better and much different than the movie. A tale of desolation, depression and loneliness. Can Neville find a reason to live through the terror that surrounds him?

  • Stardust

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,343

Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he'll retrieve the star and bring it back for her. It is this promise that sends Tristran on the most unforgettable adventure of his life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is an ADULT fairytale

  • By Rebecca on 01-25-08

Wonderful

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-21-08

A great adult fairy tale. Filled with interesting characters, you can't help but been drawn in. The story is bittersweet and leaves one wanting more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches

  • By: Robert Stanek
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1,109
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 127

After the Great War that divided the peoples, the kingdoms of men plunged into a Dark Age that lasted 500 years. To heal the lands and restore the light, the great kings decreed that magic and all that is magical, be it creature, man, or device, shall be cleansed to dust. The cleansing raged for so long that no human could recall a time without it and it is in this time that the Dark Lord Sathar returned from the dark beyond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Wonder it Was a Top BookSense 76 Pick!

  • By Patrick Y. on 04-24-05

Horrible

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-16-07

Do not waste your time on this book. The narration is horrible, the story is moronic. It is not worth anyones times. Please do your self a favor and skip this one.

8 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Frankenstein, Book Two: City of Night

  • By: Dean Koontz, Ed Gorman
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 788

They are stronger, heal better, and think faster than any humans ever created, and they must be destroyed. But not even Victor Helios, once Frankenstein, can stop the engineered killers he's set loose on a reign of terror through modern-day New Orleans. Now the only hope rests in a one-time "monster" and his all-too-human partners, Detectives Carson O'Connor and Michael Maddison.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Other Reviewers Are Nuts

  • By Chris F. on 08-23-05

OK

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-07

This story is weaker than the first, the narration take a little getting used to and the story telling is not nearly as strong.

The Frankstein story gets deeper and weirder and still manages to draw you in.

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  • Frankenstein, Book One: Prodigal Son

  • By: Dean Koontz, Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,045
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,054

The first in a mesmerizing four-book original series, Prodigal Son is a brilliant re-imagining and updating of the classic Frankenstein story that only Dean Koontz could conceive. Two hundred years old, the "monster", Deucalion, is a monster no more. Literate and intelligent, he arrives in modern-day New Orleans, where he will join forces with a street-smart police detective and her partner on the trail of a macabre serial killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • CSI -Transylvania

  • By John D. Grote on 03-27-05

Good Retelling

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-07

A good retelling of the Frankenstein myth. Well narrated, interesting concepts and charactures.

Good listen worth picking up

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ringworld

  • By: Larry Niven
  • Narrated by: Tom Parker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,727
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,148
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,171

Welcome to Ringworld, an intermediate step between Dyson Spheres and planets. The gravitational force created by a rotation on its axis of 770 miles per second means no need for a roof. Walls 1,000 miles high at each rim will let in the sun and prevent much air from escaping. Larry Niven's novel, Ringworld, is the winner of the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1970 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1972 Ditmars, an Australian award for Best International Science Fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Genuinely Creative

  • By Kennet on 05-25-03

Fun escapism

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-18-06

The story is fun escapism, old fashion pulp science fiction. The story line is a bit choppy and the end is very sudden, overall reasonable enjoyable.

This book suffers from bad audio quality.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Altered Carbon

  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,398

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

Horrible

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-06

This book is depressing, mind numbing and stupid.
The characters are all dark, twisted and unlikable. No one character has any redeeming qualities and the ending is so dumb it's strains credulity.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful