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  • The Raft

  • A Novel
  • By: Fred Strydom
  • Narrated by: Julie McKay, James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

On Day Zero, the collapse of civilization was as instantaneous as it was inevitable. A mysterious and oppressive movement rose to power in the aftermath, forcing people into isolated communes run like regimes. Kayle Jenner finds himself trapped on a remote beach, and all that remains of his life before is the vague and haunting vision of his son. In his relentless search for his son, Kayle will discover more than just his lost past. He will discover the truth behind Day Zero - a truth that makes both fools and gods of men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique Apocalyptic Tale

  • By Bob on 01-25-17

Could not go past a third of it. Did not improve for me

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

Lots & lots of narrations of people’s lives/dreams/memories/hallucinations... no real SF technology, just a dystopian alternate reality. Reminds me of Southern Reach Trilogy, which I mostly HATED waiting for it to get better... review by Rick, Sept 17, 2018.

  • The Air Raid Killer

  • By: Frank Goldammer, Steve Anderson
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

 In the final days of the Third Reich, with the historic city of Dresden on the brink of destruction, terrifying rumors spread about the Fright Man, a demonic killer who exploited the cover of a nighttime air raid siren to mutilate and kill a young nurse. Just as seasoned detective Max Heller begins investigating, the Fright Man kills again... 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • war story<br />

  • By cg1947 on 07-28-18

Brilliant, or close to it. An* historical visit to Dresden

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

Great fictional detective story, with some Germans who tried their best to keep their humanity. Nicely done twists & turns, & surprises. Love the protagonist Detective Heller. Love the narration by Alexander Cendese, especially for the voice of Harold (no spoilers given). Could be interesting sequel from an historical perspective. The unwritten memories of people born before 1935 are quickly being lost. Review by Rick, Sept 2,2018.
* “an” is a proper English usage before “historical.” HA!

  • Before the Fall

  • By: Noah Hawley
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,825
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,798

On a foggy summer night, 11 people - 10 privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter - depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later the unthinkable happens: The plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs - the painter - and a four-year-old boy who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What you should know before listening...

  • By Snozzle on 07-31-16

Reminds me of high level corruption, almost prophetic

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

Fictional characters & plot very well done. Shades of Manafort, Bill O’Reilly, ultra-rich spoiled narcissists, asshat fake politicians, & the guy who murdered my niece & killed himself. This crap really happens. Review by Rick, August 15, 2018

Trump IS revealing corruption, but not the way he promised. History will tell of how he (almost?) destroyed the country that I enlisted to protect. Down with tyrants!

  • The Long Walk

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,095
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,931
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,930

In the near future, when America has become a police state, 100 boys are selected to enter an annual contest where the winner will be awarded whatever he wants for the rest of his life. Among them is 16-year-old Ray Garraty, and he knows the rules - keep a steady walking pace of four miles per hour without stopping. Three warnings and you're out - permanently.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book, but....

  • By Tanner A. on 09-22-17

1.5 speed works! Beyond expectations 15 Stars

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

How the author was able to take this simple plot & transform the story into a potential blockbuster is amazing. Was good at normal speed & enthralling at 1.5 with good clarity, which also points to great & appropriate narration. A real trip!
Review by Rick, August 14, 2018

  • The Chemist

  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,649
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,613

She used to work for the US government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn't even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They've killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened all night!

  • By bebe on 06-04-17

Halfway thru & already 5 Stars!

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

First time I’ve written a review so short of the end. I love the plot & characters. A very hard & analytical, not sexy, female hero. This novel leaves my very cynical view of the government intact! Great spy-adventure novel written by a woman. At least the first half contains very little romance, but I have the feeling romantics will like this. Review by Rick, July 16, 2018.

  • The Barbarian Bride

  • The Decline and the Fall of the Galactic Empire, Book 3
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262

The end is nigh. The Federation has stood for over 1,000 years, but its time may be at an end. Its emperor has gone mad; the economy lies in ruins; entire sectors are slipping out of its grasp; warlords, secessionists, and pirates are making their own bids for power; and a powerful rebel fleet stands ready to storm the gates of Earth. The end cannot be long delayed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Action packed story

  • By Jean on 08-04-16

Nuttall writes a good story despite his politics

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

So he gets five stars from me. I enjoyed this series. Not much empathy for the masses, nor for the corrupt leaders. Nice space battles. Obviously this one is not my best effort at a review. By Rick, July 13,2018

  • All Systems Red

  • By: Martha Wells
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,231

All Systems Red is the tense first science fiction adventure novella in Martha Wells' series The Murderbot Diaries. For fans of Westworld, Ex Machina, Ann Leckie's Imperial Raadch series, or Iain M. Banks' Culture novels. The main character is a deadly security droid that has bucked its restrictive programming and is balanced between contemplative self-discovery and an idle instinct to kill all humans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVE MURDERBOT

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 11-06-17

Murderbots may not be so bad, if given a chance...

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

I liked the first person narrative, including the calm voice of Kevin Free for this (actually a slacker) character. Setting up the SF world was decent & not complicated, since this is more of a coming of age story for a programmed-to-kill machine/human/Android. Believable sympathetic human clients are protected by Murderbot as he searches to find himself... Has promise for the full length novels to come. Review by Rick, June 23, 2018

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  • The Saxon Uprising
  • By: Eric Flint
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

A cosmic accident sets the modern town of Grantville, West Virginia, down in war-torn 17th century Europe, and a new nation is forged. Now, when United States of Europe ally King Gustavas of Sweden invades Poland, the US of E is dragged into a full-scale European war against ruthless opponents. Meanwhile Mike Stearns, wily and courageous leader of the up-time West Virginians, has been turned out of office in an election. But, like Churchill before (and after) him, Stearns is not done yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still The Best

  • By Thomas W. Darcy on 09-19-18

Series is worth continuing to hear, but not binging*

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

& listen at fast speed in talking-head scenes. Those scenes are crucial, but not scintillating. Kudos to Eric Flint—a master writer who has himself another nice series. Review by Rick, April 26, 2018

Yes, that is “binge-ing”, not “bing-ing”
as in Crosby** or cherries.

**a mid 20th century singer who crooned***

***a smooth way of singing or talking

  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,903
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,844

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

Unique enough for five stars. Because...Scalzi!

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

Interesting premise, though over-the-top. Easily possible to suspend disbelief in order to experience a twist on the murder mystery. Novels about the “Dispatcher” should be good since John Scalzi is a good writer with a unique creativity. Review by Rick, April 25, 2018
...the 20th century seems so long ago now! The last person born in the 19th died a few days ago. If future tech & the premise of these novels is true, maybe I’ll make it to the 22nd century!
Love you guys, because I just took some kratom—it’s not strong as in opioids, so don’t let big Pharma take this cheap, natural, substance away! Do the research on it yourself. Just sayin’

  • Infinite

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,782
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,290

The Galahad, a faster-than-light spacecraft, carries 50 scientists and engineers on a mission to prepare Kepler 452b, Earth's nearest habitable neighbor at 1400 light years away. With Earth no longer habitable and the Mars colony slowly failing, they are humanity's best hope. After 10 years in a failed cryogenic bed - body asleep, mind awake - William Chanokh's torture comes to an end as the fog clears, the hatch opens, and his friend and fellow hacker, Tom, greets him...by stabbing a screwdriver into his heart. This is the first time William dies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a rather complex science fiction story

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 12-26-17

Very enjoyable & a bit unusual

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

The first half was good, and the second half was very good. Current technology is getting closer & closer to some of this futuristic tech. Not giving spoilers here! Review by Rick April 23, 2018