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  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 208,793
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 194,935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194,528

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

80’s Nostalgia Thriller

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

If you grew up in the 80’s then the vast majority of references will make sense to you. If you like science fiction, then this story is a double treat. And if you like a fun, well-paced, and character driven story, then you will thoroughly enjoy this book. Give it some time as the beginning is a little slow, but you’ll find this to be something to obsess about as the story develops. And without a doubt, read/listen to the book before you watch the movie. Your own mental visuals will be much more exciting than whatever Hollywood conjures up.

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,265
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,886
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,823

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci Fi I didn't know I wanted

  • By Gary Glenn on 06-27-17

Fun and Compelling

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

Reviewed: 06-20-17

With a performance that is interesting to hear and well acted this first book provides the listener with a believable story about humanity's first encounters with space and their role in the universe. Easily accessible by science-fiction geeks, war story geeks, and anyone who loves a good adventure this sometimes funny, sometimes serious story takes the reader on a fun adventure. Parents should note frequent adult language as well as a few mature elements in the story.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Collapsing Empire

  • The Interdependency, Book 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,215

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I love Scalzi but...

  • By Reece on 04-04-17

Space Opera Intrigue

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

Scalzi is an accomplished story teller, Old Mans War being his best (IMO), and a few others on the lighter scale (Red Shirts). The Collapsing Empire fits somewhere in the middle. It's a wee bit predictable, the characters a wee bit flat, but the strands of each are woven together in a way that makes what you already know is going to happen still enjoyable.

Wil Wheaton as a narrator does a fine job. He is easy to listen to and can toss out a few good character voices when he tries.

Overall, worth a credit for a fun story.

Note: There is a lot of swearing in the story and several instances of sex so parents may want to monitor for young ears.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Ghost Brigades

  • Old Man's War, Book 2
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,838
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,847

The Ghost Brigades are the Special Forces of the Colonial Defense Forces, elite troops created from the DNA of the dead and turned into the perfect soldiers for the CDF's toughest operations. They're young, they're fast and strong, and they're totally without normal human qualms.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starts slow but comes together in the end.

  • By Lore on 02-15-14

A mere reflection of old man's war

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

Reviewed: 03-23-15

While interesting and poignant at times, this second book carries a strong philosophical bent which fans of Old Man's War may not appreciate. With a cast of new characters (except for Jane) it is hard to reconnect with the story line.

  • Starship Troopers

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,711
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,983
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,018

Join the Army and See the Universe. That is the motto of The Third Space War, also known as The First Interstellar War, but most commonly as The Bug War. In one of Robert Heinlein's most controversial best sellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe - and into battle with the Terrain Mobile Infantry against mankind's most alarming enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book ever

  • By Michael on 06-28-06

A philosophy of soldiering

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

Reviewed: 03-16-15

If you think this is a novel that spawned the movie, you'll be about 5% correct. It is more a civics lesson than action/adventure with a narration that leaves a lot to be desired.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Old Man's War

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,527
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,539

John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and Witty Military Sci-Fi

  • By M. Spencer on 10-21-12

What does it mean to be human?

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

Reviewed: 02-24-15

A fun space romp (literally) mixed with military saga and a persistent and nagging question of what it means to be truly human.

  • Steelheart

  • The Reckoners, Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,418

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his will. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He got the idea from a near traffic accident

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-26-13

Engaging, Exciting, and Couldn't Put It Down

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

Reviewed: 10-04-13

This future-world story has interesting characters, humor, and a just enough of an emotional tapestry to make it credible and worthy of your time. This is something I'd let my 13 year old listen to, but I dont' know if I'd go much younger. Make no mistake, this book is about battles for ideals that often contain blood and death. Sanderson adeptly provides just enough detail for you to create a mental picture, but he doesn't relish in the gruesome or put gore into the scenes.

What I liked the most about the story is that it isn't a cookie-cutter battle between good and evil, right and wrong. It's a battle that has a lot of gray area which makes for interesting conversation and questions about values, morality, and consequences.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • City of Bones

  • The Mortal Instruments, Book 1
  • By: Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: Ari Graynor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,916
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,680
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,722

When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 2 Stars because it actually gets worse....

  • By Theodore on 01-31-14

Thought I'd read it before the movie....

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

Reviewed: 08-04-13

I like to keep current with what my kids are reading, so we can connect on the things important to them. So, I thought I'd listen to this along as my daughter read it and would like to see the movie. About three hours into it, I simply can't go any further. It's a great idea, but a terrible story. Seriously, Twilight was much better than this.

  • This Present Darkness

  • By: Frank Peretti
  • Narrated by: Jack Sondericker
  • Length: 17 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,278

A small town newspaper editor and a local minister uncover a web of conspiracy while an unseen battle between the angels of good and evil takes place in the town of Ashton.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Good story horrible recording

  • By Jason on 06-10-13

great story, poorly recorded

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-11

This is a terrible recording and a terrible narrator. Read the book and build your own version of events in your own head. This should be removed from Audible as garbage.

25 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • Bossypants

  • By: Tina Fey
  • Narrated by: Tina Fey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,046
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,866

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Can't anyone be funny without swearing? :(

  • By Sue on 03-07-13

I peed my pants several times

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-11

Already a fan of Tina Fey, this wonderful journey behind the scenes into her life and career is both hilarious and revealing at the same time. Listening on the bus or plane, I am sure other commuters often wondered what was so funny as I wept with laughter during this delightful listen..... Silly peanuts.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful