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  • Dark Matter

  • A Novel
  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,035

"Are you happy with your life?" Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason's never met smiles down at him and says, "Welcome back, my friend."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Believable Multiverse

  • By Michael L. Moore on 02-18-17

Fun listen and solid story

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

Reviewed: 09-14-16

I listened to this on two overnight road trips, hoping it would keep me awake. I was not disappointed. As somebody else mentioned, yes, there are a lot of similarities with Where The Hell is Tesla, but this by no means detracted from the story for me. The main difference is that this has more character development and a bit of a mushy side that WHIT doesn't have (in terms of the main characters love relationship to his wife and desire to see her and his kid again). But, it managed to meet my requirements for a good scifi book, which is to use science to create a story and twists that are super creative and fun. I also loved the narrators voice and his style of reading.

  • Departure

  • By: A.G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber, Scott Aiello
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,735
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,713

En route to London from New York, Flight 305 suddenly loses power and crash-lands in the English countryside, plunging a group of strangers into a mysterious adventure that will have repercussions for all of humankind. Struggling to stay alive, the survivors soon realize that the world they've crashed in is very different from the one they left. But where are they? Why are they here? And how will they get back home?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Sci-Fi Story With Lots of Twists and Turns

  • By Cheri on 09-01-15

Awesome!

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

Reviewed: 06-18-16

My partner and I listed to Departure in the car on our commute, which we suddenly looked forward to every day until the book ended. I thought the story was fantastic - very creative, engaging, exciting and surprising. I loved how the story was revealed bit by bit, keeping us guessing about what was going on every step of the way. I'm dumbfounded by people who wrote reviews saying that they found it boring. It was anything but! The narration was also excellent, except that in moments of high excitement, Scott goes into his over-dramatic reading voice that sounded stilted and distracting, but otherwise they both did an excellent job. Definitely one of the best listens I've had this year!!

  • Syncing Forward

  • By: W. Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 531

Attacked and injected with a drug that slows his metabolism to a fraction of normal, Martin James becomes an unwilling time traveler who hurtles through the years. His children grow up, his wife grows older, and his only hope is finding the people who injected him in the first place - not an easy task when one day for Martin lasts four years. And while Martin James strives to find a cure before everyone he loves is gone, others are uncertain if his journey can be stopped at all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Getting Up to Speed with A Forced Freeze on Time!

  • By Espanolish on 05-05-16

Great start and finish but boredom in between

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

Reviewed: 05-30-16

I love the premise for the book and enjoyed the setup at the beginning. The character development was thorough and well done. The ending was also excellent with some creative imagination involved. The middle 80% of the book, however, felt completely devoid of plot development. The story seemed to drag on and on, with the protagonist just facing one tragedy or upset after the next. It felt as if the author came up with the idea for the premise and the ending, and then unsuccessfully tried to create filler for in between the two. I'm glad I stuck it out until the end, but I finished the book feeling drained and glad it was finally over rather than wowed by the experience.

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  • The Sudden Appearance of Hope

  • By: Claire North
  • Narrated by: Gillian Burke
  • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 379

It started when I was 16 years old. A father forgetting to drive me to school. A mother setting the table for three, not four. A friend who looks at me and sees a stranger. No matter what I do, the words I say, the crimes I commit, you will never remember who I am.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Anon on 05-31-18

Fun journey around the world

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

Reviewed: 05-24-16

I just finished the book today and given that I'm feeling sad that my relationship with Hope has come to an end, I'd say I enjoyed the book. The premise is fantastic, creative and fascinating and there is phenomenal character development. The only letdown for me was that the plot did not seem very deep or intricately developed, especially compared to the character development, for a book this long. After having finished, I felt very attached and connected to the characters, but on the other hand, I could probably summarize the plot in one brief paragraph. While there is definitely some excitement and intrigue, especially in the numerous planned and executed criminal heists, as well as an interesting tour that takes the reader all over the world, I would not recommend this book for somebody looking for a mind-blowing plot and story development. It's more of a portrayal of a small group of individuals and glimpses of their lives intersecting, all built around the story premise of Hope's very unusual abnormality.
I loved the narrator and thought she did an amazing job. Her accents sounded natural and easy to listen to (unlike many narrators who put on so many stilted and unnatural sounding foreign accents just to distinguish among characters). She could use a little help on pronouncing some words in American English that stand out like a sore thumb to the US audience, but otherwise her performance is flawless, soothing and it leaves you wanting to hear more.

  • WWW

  • Wake
  • By: Robert J. Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, Jennifer Van Dyck, A. C. Fellner, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,481
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,482

Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math - and blind. Still, she can surf the net with the best of them, following its complex paths clearly in her mind. But Caitlin's brain long ago co-opted her primary visual cortex to help her navigate online. So when she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness, spreading out all around her in a riot of colors and shapes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great, if Incomplete, Concept

  • By Seth H. Wilson on 04-14-09

Perhaps interesting for young adults,

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

Reviewed: 05-18-16

but not so much for older ones. I agree with one of the other reviews here that it was unclear who the target audience is. Assuming it's a YA novel, then it was not a good fit for my demographic (40s/male). The plot was very slow moving with tedious descriptive details that left me feeling mentally drained - kind of like how you feel after watching mindless TV for hours on end, knowing you should stop.
I absolutely loved Factoring Humanity and Flash Forward, but I feel that Sawyer's work has been declining more recently. The endless puns, unfunny humor and constant barrage of "Basic facts that Americans should know about Canada but probably don't" (guess what - most of us do!) was exhausting. I've decided not to stick it out until the end and to return the book instead. If you're considering getting this and have not read the above-mentioned Sawyer works (as well as the Neanderthal Parallax and Calculating God), I'd go with those instead.
The narration was excellent - especially Jennifer Van Dyck (who is always amazing!). They could have used a bit of coaching on the pronunciation of some of the foreign-language words that came up, but otherwise fantastic.

  • Camouflage

  • By: Joe Haldeman
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 697
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 418
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 427

The artifact is found seven miles below the surface of the sea and beneath 40 more feet of sand. The Navy's efforts to raise a wrecked submarine uncover it - and set in motion a scientific race to retrieve it, to discover just what it is and where it came from. Denser than any substance known to man, it has broken every drill bit they've tried on it and will not budge an inch. It resists every effort to breach it - or communicate with it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Grows on you

  • By TucsonBaby on 01-23-09

Interesting concept but lacking plot

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

Reviewed: 05-03-16

I loved the concept presented of what the changeling is, what it can do, and hearing *some* of its journey to understand humanity. However, the details into its journey were very tedious at times, going into far too much detail without much actually happening in terms of the overall story. I felt that the author hooks the readers on the questions of "Where did the Changeling come from?" and "What is it?" and we keep listening for hours to find out the answers. Then, when they are finally all revealed, it is a mere five minutes at the very end. The listeners don't really find out much that we didn't already know (it's more the characters finding out) and other questions, such as where the Chameleon came from, how it got here and what it is were completely omitted. I wish he had spent several hours less narrating all the gory details of war and sex and another solid hour explaining in greater depth about the two aliens. I felt very short-changed with the ending -- too short and far to neat and tidy. Aren't there editors at work out there to tell the author to go back and fix such issues before sending a book onto publishing??
I thought the narrator did an excellent job in both his performance and creating different voices without resorting to the horridly annoying tactic of relying on gaudy exaggerated foreign accents to distinguish characters. Great job on the narration!

  • Quantum Night

  • By: Robert. J. Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 488

Experimental psychologist Jim Marchuk has developed a flawless technique for identifying the previously undetected psychopaths lurking everywhere in society. But while being cross-examined about his breakthrough in court, Jim is shocked to discover that he has lost his memories of six months of his life from 20 years previously - a dark time during which he himself committed heinous acts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Discombobulated, but interesting

  • By Keith on 03-21-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 04-02-16

I've loved so may of RJS's previous works, especially Factoring Humanity and Flashforward. This, however, felt like it came from a different author. I'm only about half-way through but have decided to not finish it instead of forcing myself to continue in hopes that it will get better. I found the plot to be weak and not at all gripping or though-provoking like his other works. There was something bizarre about the writing that I could not put my finger on that felt stilted and unnatural, such as all of the unnecessary mentions of current technology brand names and references to politicians again and again. It felt more like some rant of propaganda infused with a never-ending commercial for iPhones rather than a solid scifi story.
I did like Scott Aielo's performance, especially in his main voice. He unfortunately resorts to putting on exaggerated, stereotypical accents to distinguish different characters, which was a little annoying to listen to.
If you're curious about RJS, I would definitely try some of his other works but skip this one.

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  • Replay

  • By: Ken Grimwood
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,731

In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Book for the past 10 years

  • By psnorb on 12-29-08

Awesome Twist-on-Reality SciFi

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

Reviewed: 10-26-15

It was refreshing to find a scifi book that is truly creative and fully explores the "what if" to a fun premise. We have all wondered what it would be like to wake up and be 18 again, but Replay takes the reader on a thought-provoking journey in exquisite detail of what such an experience would really be like, exploring the excitement, turmoil, anguish, and of course fun of it all. The character development was fantastic, and by the end I felt like I knew the two main characters as well as myself. This was a very fun listen, and I would often start with the intention of listening to no more than 30 minutes before getting back to work, but multiple times ended up not being able to stop for hours, wanting to hear what was going to happen next.
My only gripe was that I found the narrator's whining inflection to get on my nerves a bit by the end. I listened to Anathem last year and had a similar experience with him. He has a rather odd voice and way of speaking that listeners will probably either love or find annoying, so be sure to listen to the full length of the sample to make sure you can handle him for the full book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Passage

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 29 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 412

Dr. Joanna Lander is a psychologist specializing in near-death experiences. She is about to get help from a new doctor with the power to give her the chance to get as close to death as anyone can.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing.........

  • By Ann on 03-14-14

Probably not worth it

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

Reviewed: 01-07-13

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No. The story could have easily been told in 6 hours, but was instead drawn out into 27 long hours. The way the story was told would be similar to sitting down and telling somebody every last detail of everything you did today, including how you had to look for your car keys in your bag, how many voice mails you had (with a review in detail of each, one by one), who you passed on hall on the way to your office, which stairs you took to go visit a colleague, etc., etc., then telling them what you do at the end of the day tomorrow, when about 80% of it is the same as what you did today. Repeat for 27 hours. Yes, I get that this method of storytelling is a relevant metaphor, but it does not merit taking so many hours upon hours to relay this.
The story itself, while being an interesting topic, lacked a solid punch at the end. The big discovery the protagonist makes seems rather obvious and uncreative. The ending was a little too sugar-sweet and happy. Definitely not one of the more interesting reads I've had here. It sure beat "14" at least, but that's not saying much!
I will say that the narrator was excellent.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,454
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,618
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35,622

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Made it to chapter 55

  • By Jersey on 05-16-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 12-02-12

Any additional comments?

I was banking on the fact that this was being advertised as a popular item on Audible, but was sadly disappointed. The character development was was shallow and the storyline boring. It was not until the very end that some interesting things finally started to happen, and it suddenly went from painfully mundane to ridiculously far-fetched.
Ironically, the reader (whom I love) also read Tim Ferris' Four-Hour Workweek, and I kept thinking back to one line where he talks about NOT wasting your time reading a crappy book just so you can feel a sense of accomplishment in having completed it. I should have taken his advice on this one.
I do think it might be suitable as an adolescent "my first sci-fi" book kind of novel (though I think there was a fair amount of profanity and some sexual content). But it lacks sufficient intellectual flavor for the average adult to sink his or her teeth into.

17 of 20 people found this review helpful