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  • The Three-Body Problem

  • By: Cixin Liu
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,997
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,043
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,051

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They create a computer using a 30 million man Army

  • By Josh P on 12-07-14

Details

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-14-19

So much to think about after finishing this book. While I cannot say I completely understand all the details of cosmology I can say I now know a lot more. A slow to start but enjoyable through to the end.

  • Ubik

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,651
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,650

Glen Runciter runs a lucrative business - deploying his teams of anti-psychics to corporate clients who want privacy and security from psychic spies. But when he and his top team are ambushed by a rival, he is gravely injured and placed in "half-life," a dreamlike state of suspended animation. Soon, though, the surviving members of the team begin experiencing some strange phenomena, such as Runciter's face appearing on coins and the world seeming to move backward in time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great performance of an SF classic

  • By Steve on 07-10-16

Always

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-19

Yet another wonderful book from one of my favourite authors. Very interesting and entertaining look at a possible future. Mr. dick certainly has a vivid imagination. Food for thought.

  • Superintelligence

  • Paths, Dangers, Strategies
  • By: Nick Bostrom
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,067
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,712
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,682

Superintelligence asks the questions: What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? Nick Bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life. The human brain has some capabilities that the brains of other animals lack. It is to these distinctive capabilities that our species owes its dominant position. If machine brains surpassed human brains in general intelligence, then this new superintelligence could become extremely powerful - possibly beyond our control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Colossus: The Forbin Project is coming

  • By Gary on 09-12-14

Strategies

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Reviewed: 03-06-19

I downloaded this book after listening to a podcast by Josh Clark. I was intrigued by Nick Bostrom and his way of looking clearly and objectively at possibilities With regards to super intelligence. While this is a heavy amount of information to take in I’m glad to have his take on the topic. I can certainly say I have a better understanding and appreciation for the work that is proceeding. Very interesting.

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,386

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please. Do You Really Need Another Great Review?

  • By Michael on 10-06-12

Book /film

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-14-18

A great read and performance. Really enjoyed this and will continue with messiah.
Looking forward to the film version by Denis Villeneuve.

  • Silent Spring

  • By: Rachel Carson
  • Narrated by: Kaiulani Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501

First published in 1962, Silent Spring can single-handedly be credited with sounding the alarm and raising awareness of humankind's collective impact on its own future through chemical pollution. No other book has so strongly influenced the environmental conscience of Americans and the world at large.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Threnody of Death and a Hymn to Life

  • By Jefferson on 08-30-12

Read this

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Reviewed: 10-01-18

I studied environmental design years ago and had to refer to this book many times though I never got to read the whole book. So glad to have all those references put into the complete book form. The information is as necessary nowadays it was in the 60s. Wonderful.

  • The X-Files: Cold Cases

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,767
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15,540
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15,459

Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - and adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs ( The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), Cold Cases marks yet another thrilling addition to the pantheon of X-Files stories. Featuring a mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo's investigations like never before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-30-17

Radio drama

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-18

It was like listening to an old radio show with the sounds and characters filling the mind with the story. Fun.

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  • Shantaram

  • A Novel
  • By: Gregory David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 42 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,126
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,670

Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum-security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My Favorite Books! Great Narration!

  • By Memphis on 06-16-14

Epic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-15-18

I really enjoyed this detailed voyage into love and violence and lasting relationships. Shocking at times and always beautiful description of life in India.

  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,896
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,854

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

Enlighten

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-15-18

A great quick read sheds light on how badly and dangerously the trump administration is to the devised states and the world at large.

  • All We Leave Behind

  • A Reporter's Journey into the Lives of Others
  • By: Carol Off
  • Narrated by: Carol Off
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

In 2002, Carol Off and a CBC TV crew encountered an Afghan man with a story to tell. Asad Aryubwal became a key figure in their documentary on the terrible power of thuggish warlords who were working arm in arm with Americans and NATO troops. When Asad publicly exposed the deeds of one of the warlords, General Abdul Rashid Dostum, it set off a chain of events from which there was no turning back. Asad, his wife, Mobina, and their five children had to flee their home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quite a journey

  • By IAN on 09-03-18

Quite a journey

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-18

I have been listening to Carol Off for years so when her book arrived I was happy to read. Her experience is vast but this account gives me more details into her reporting life and a reporters effect on her subjects. Very well done. I’ll continue anew to listen. Thanks.

  • The Found and the Lost

  • The Collected Novellas of Ursula K. Le Guin
  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan, Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 34 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

Every novella by Ursula K. Le Guin, an icon in American literature, collected for the first time - and introduced by the legendary author - in one breathtaking volume. Ursula K. Le Guin has won multiple prizes and accolades, from the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to the Newbery Honor, Nebula, Hugo, World Fantasy, and PEN/Malamud awards. She has had her work collected over the years but never as a complete retrospective of her longer works.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterpiece!

  • By Stacey Leyton on 04-19-17

Excellent

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Reviewed: 08-27-18

So happy to have read this collection. Such a creative mind writing of other worlds. Strong characters in familiar situations had me hooked. More to read.

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