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  • The Never Hero

  • The Chronicles of Jonathan Tibbs, Book 1
  • By: T. Ellery Hodges
  • Narrated by: Steven Barnett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,162

Reclusive college student Jonathan Tibbs wakes in a pool of blood, not a scratch on him. His life is about to undergo a massive shift. A violent and merciless otherworldly enemy unleashes slaughter in the streets, calling out in a language only he understands. And it is seeking its challenger. In order to defeat the threat, Jonathan must become a temporal weapon...while remaining completely anonymous. Unfortunately, harnessing off-world powers has its own special challenges...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wait for it... wait for it.... Bam!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-21-17

unique take on the super-hero genre

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

i re-read/listened to this book about 3 times before the second book and i was really excited about it. then...i read the second book. i haven't re-read it again and i won't be reading anything in this series again. not sure why the second book ruined it for me... but this first book is pretty decent, despite clearly being written by someone who hadn't been in university recently.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 162,962
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150,408
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 150,246

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

i'm glad i watched the movie first

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

Because that meant i could enjoy it on its own merits instead of comparing it to this near-perfection of a novel. I'm a sci-fi fan, so i'm predisposed to loving anything that really nails the science like this, but the cast-away on a desert island plotline is something anyone can enjoy i think.

  • Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,744
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,584

Captain Ivan Vorpatril is happy with his relatively uneventful bachelor's life as a staff officer to a Barrayaran admiral. Cousin to imperial troubleshooter Miles Vorkosigan, Ivan is not far down the hereditary list for the emperorship. Thankfully, new heirs have directed that headache elsewhere, leaving Ivan to enjoy his life on Komarr, far from the Byzantine court politics of his home system. But when an old friend in Barrayaran intelligence asks Ivan to protect an attractive young woman who may be on the hit list of a criminal syndicate, his chivalrous nature takes over. It seems danger and adventure have once more found Captain Vorpatril.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We are finally allowed to see Ivan without Miles.

  • By Barbara on 11-06-12

Ivan finally gets his own book

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

i actually predicted. about 1-2 yeats before this book was published, that Ivan would marry the daughter of a crime lord who wanted out of the business. The journey was still a great ride.

  • 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 5,505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,111

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

Murderbot is the best

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

i fell in love with Murderbot's dry humour, self-esteem issues, relateable obsession with entertainment media and hapless white knight syndrome. great characters, great plot. no romance - Murderbot is sexless and genderless but all kickass.

  • Exit Strategy

  • By: Martha Wells
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,323
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,213
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,212

Having traveled the width of the galaxy to unearth details of its own murderous transgressions, as well as those of the GrayCris Corporation, Murderbot is heading home to help Dr. Mensah - its former owner (protector? friend?) - submit evidence that could prevent GrayCris from destroying more colonists in its never-ending quest for profit. But who's going to believe a SecUnit gone rogue? And what will become of it when it's caught?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New favorite series! Best I've read in YEARS!!!

  • By Jaime on 10-02-18

Please ma'am, may i have moar Murderbot?

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

i suppose all good things must come to an end, and this concluded brilliantly, but it just whet my appetite for more. Murderbot has grown into a sassy, sarcastic, funny 'accidental' hero.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Artificial Condition

  • By: Martha Wells
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,098
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,940
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,935

It has a dark past - one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself "Murderbot." But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more. Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don't want to know what the "A" stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 4 stars for story..

  • By R. Maines on 08-23-18

Murderbot finds a friend

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

...in A$$hole Research Transport. The dynamic duo aolves mysteries, prevents (and sorta committs) crimes and saves damsel(s?) in distress.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • All These Worlds

  • Bobiverse, Book 3
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 42,429
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39,717
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,608

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfying End to a Fun Series

  • By Craig Schorling on 08-20-17

pretty satisfying

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

Reviewed: 08-15-17

and the bobs ride off into the sunset...or the galactic core, or whatever. feel good ending for our classic sci-fi story after the darker sequel book. there's still issues, but overall a fun adventure - and hey! we actually get a woman with some depth and character progression in this one! (finally).

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Terran Privateer

  • The Duchy of Terra, Book 1
  • By: Glynn Stewart
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,236

Earth is conquered. Sol is lost. One ship is tasked to free them. One Captain to save them all. When an alien armada destroys the United Earth Space Force and takes control of the human homeworld, newly reinstated Captain Annette Bond must take her experimental hyperspace cruiser Tornado into exile as Terra's only interstellar privateer. She has inferior technology, crude maps, and no concept of her enemy, but the seedy underbelly of galactic society welcomes her so long as she has prizes to sell and money to spend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Fun!

  • By phicob on 12-08-16

exciting military space opera

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

Reviewed: 07-25-17

it kept me awake while coding data. speaks for itself i think. moar pls mr. stewart.

  • Patch 17

  • By: G. Akella
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817

A new update arrives to the ultra-popular online game, Realm of Arkon. With Patch 17, the level of immersion experienced by players in their gaming capsules has made virtual reality indistinguishable from the real world. But every gamer's dream becomes a nightmare for Roman Kozhevnikov after he gets confined to Arkon against his will. And not just to Arkon, but to its deadliest zone - Demon Grounds. Playing - or rather living - as his character Krian, it's not just about survival for Roman.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Usual LitRPG book, but interesting

  • By Steve on 02-15-17

Excellent story, great narrator...except...

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

Reviewed: 04-06-17

Where does Patch 17 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

My favorite LitRPG novel so far.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Roman, because he's who we spend the most time with.

What three words best describe Zach Villa’s performance?

can't pronounce correctly

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I'd already read it, but the narrator sounded very similar to how I had imagined Roman sounding (except without a Russian accent).

Any additional comments?

Please ask Zach to learn how to pronounce words he's unfamiliar with prior to recording. Chitin, wily, err, reagent...the list goes on. He is a good voice actor but it really really detracts from his performance (and the enjoyment of the story).

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Black Wolves of Boston

  • By: Wen Spencer
  • Narrated by: Ian Alan Carlsen, Corey Gagne, J. Paul Guimont, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568

Silas Decker had his world destroyed when he was attacked by vampires outside of New Amsterdam. He has rebuilt his life a dozen times in the last 300 years - each time less and less successfully. Now he lives alone, buried under a hoarding habit, struggling to find some reason to wake up with the setting of the sun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One heck of a fun book

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 04-15-17

great story, not your usual urban fantasy

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

Reviewed: 03-02-17

i only really have 2 complaints: teenaged werewolves should not sound like heavy smokers and "cache" is pronounced "cash" not like cachet ("cashay"). Otherwise great performances of one of my new fav novels.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful