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  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,082
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,686

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

Very Well Written

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

I am not going to give away the plot or the premise, but this story was amazing! THIS is why we read science fiction. (And BTW, for more sensitive readers, there was a little bit of language, but you could give this book to your pastor and feel comfortable. I am amazed at the talent of this author!)

I have been writing fiction for a bit now, and I can recognize someone who really knows the craft when I see it. Not only did I love this story as a reader, but as an author, I learned a lot my example. The key to a good story is conflict, and this author has conflict in every sentence. Often this conflict is 3, 4, or even 5 way conflict. And the story was written seamlessly!

If you want to read a real masterpiece, this story is it.

  • I, Robot

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,159

They mustn't harm a human being, they must obey human orders, and they must protect their own existence...but only so long as that doesn't violate rules one and two. With these Three Laws of Robotics, humanity embarked on a bold new era of evolution that would open up enormous possibilities, and unforeseen risks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forget the violence - Read this one for the humor

  • By Herb on 02-19-05

Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

Not much to say. The author wrote intricate and interesting stories with pro skills, and the narrator was the perfect man for the job! If you like good science fiction, by the standards of any time period, I recommend you give this book a go!

  • The Dinosaur Lords

  • Dinosaur Lords, Book 1
  • By: Victor Milán
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 157

A world made by the Eight Creators on which to play out their games of passion and power, Paradise is a sprawling, diverse, often brutal place. Men and women live on Paradise, as do dogs, cats, ferrets, goats, and horses. But dinosaurs predominate: wildlife, monsters, beasts of burden - and of war. Colossal plant eaters like Brachiosaurus; terrifying meat eaters like Allosaurus; and the most feared of all, Tyrannosaurus rex.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Would not recommend

  • By The Mighty Quin on 12-05-17

Really not my thing

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

Reviewed: 12-24-17

I love dinosaurs, and I love science fiction, but I really did not care about this book. The characters to me came off as flat, and I did not care if they lived or died. There was a lot of random sexual humor, and it seemed like the book was trying too hard to be "edgy".

Honestly, maybe it will be your thing. The author clearly has talent, but this one just wasn't my personal preference.

If you like Game of Throne, you might like this, but I have no interest in GoT, and this book did not catch my interest.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Star Wolf

  • Shattered Galaxy
  • By: David G. Johnson
  • Narrated by: Ian McEuen
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Molon Hawkins, a daring, free merc captain, earns his living navigating the dangerous borders between factions in the civil war that shattered humanity's vast star empire. For the former scout captain and his veteran command crew aboard Star Wolf, most contracts are milk runs. When a routine rescue mission goes awry, Molon finds his rescuee, Dr. John Salzmann, inextricably tied into a web of intrigue that threatens to upset the balance of power in the galaxy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is Why We Read Indie

  • By G.S. Muse on 11-20-17

This is Why We Read Indie

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

Reviewed: 11-20-17

I have to say that starting off I found the book to be overly campy. A few things happened that made no sense, and I put the book down for a bit. But then I talked to a friend who also read the book, and she encouraged me to keep going.

The story became very complex with unexpected twists, and an adventure that swept me along. I could not put it down. I kept wanting to know what happened next! Ended up reading the entire book in three days, and was left off wanting more.

Originally, due to the shaky beginning, I had no intention of giving this book more than 4 stars. To me a 5 star rating is strictly for something on the level of The Martian or the book equivalent of The Matrix - something with deep philosophy and an engaging story that stands out.

This book earned that 5 star rating. It was engaging and adventurous, bringing in many of the best elements of both science fiction and fantasy.

This is why we read Indie.


A few readers might be offset by the fact that many of the characters, both good guys and bad guys, hold to the Christian Faith. If you are rabidly anti "Religion" then this book may not be for you. May I instead suggest a book about Hercules or the Force? Not every book is meant for every reader, and that's okay!

But for those of you who are open to a space opera that deals with spirituality, including Christian themes, then this book is definitely one that you should try out.

The author explains what is happening well, so even young readers will be able to follow along. The only part I was confused about was keeping the "Twitch" and "Voide" characters straight in my head. So if you pay attention to their description at the beginning you will be fine. I intend to do this when I read the book the second time around in the next few weeks.


Disclaimer: I think that it is proper for me to mention that I do know the author personally. That said, I strived here to rate the book on it's own merits. I am in the same author group as the author, however I think the book stands on it's own, and I highly recommend it to others.

Every reader is different, and everyone has a different experience going into a book. Yours may be very different from mine, but I can definitely say that I enjoyed the adventure, and look forward to joining the bridge of Star Wolf again when the next book comes out!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Science Fiction: The Best of the Year 2006

  • By: Joe Haldeman, James Patrick Kelly, Stephen Leigh, and others
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Riggio, Bob Souer, Kitzie Stern
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25

A collection of the best science fiction prose written in 2006 from some of the genre's greatest authors, including James Patrick Kelly, Wil McCarthy, Susan Palwick, Tom Purdom, Robert Reed, Michael Swanwick, James Van Pelt, Howard Waldrop, Alastair Reynolds, Ian McDonald, Mary Rosenblum, Stephen Leigh, and Joe Haldeman.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good collection, uneven narration

  • By Chris on 12-29-10

LOVED IT!!!

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

Reviewed: 04-11-17

What did you love best about Science Fiction: The Best of the Year 2006?

I loved this collection. Each story was unique, and really subverted my expectations. I was particularly intrigued by the short story of a lab mouse that had been made sentient. The small Narnia reference in that story was particularly charming (no spoilers). I found the final story to be quite depressing, but overall this was an amazing collection, and I hope that the rest of the series is available on audio format soon!

  • Sanctuary

  • By: Pauline Creeden
  • Narrated by: Lisa Larsen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

In a heart-racing thriller described as Left Behind for the Hunger Games Generation, Jennie struggles to find a safe place for what’s left of her family. But it seems as though there is no place sacred, no place secure. First the aliens attacked the sun, making it dimmer, weaker, and half what it used to be. Then they attacked the water supply, killing one-third of Earth’s population with a bitter contaminate. And when they unleash a new terror on humankind, the victims will wish for death, but will not find it…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me

  • By T on 04-29-17

Great Story!

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

Reviewed: 06-04-15

I really enjoyed the story overall. The spiritual themes seemed to mix well into the story line, most of the time. This was definitely a sci-fi scenario from a woman's perspective, and I think it helped me to become a better writer.

This is definitely a good book to get women into sci-fi, since it was written from a woman's perspective, and was well written.

I am going to be requesting that the author do a sequel. I will be in-line to buy it.

  • Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

  • A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity
  • By: Nabeel Qureshi
  • Narrated by: Nabeel Qureshi
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,226
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,699
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,684

Nabeel Qureshi describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity, complete with friendships, investigations, and supernatural dreams along the way. Providing an intimate window into a loving Muslim home, Qureshi shares how he developed a passion for Islam before discovering, almost against his will, evidence that Jesus rose from the dead and claimed to be God. Unable to deny the arguments but not wanting to deny his family, Qureshi's inner turmoil will challenge Christians and Muslims alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic

  • By Brandon on 09-09-14

Read In One Sitting

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

Reviewed: 07-23-14

I read this entire thing in one sitting. I've never done that before. The book was intellectually stimulating. I think that everyone, Christian, Muslim, Jew, Buddhist, Agnostic, Atheist etc. should read this book.

The book is a memoir about the intellectual and spiritual journey of a young Muslim boy in the United States and how when he goes off to college, he investigates his Faith intellectually with his best friend (a Christian named David) and how they delve into the Bible, history, theology, the Qur'an, and the Hadith and (spoiler) how during his journey, this young college student was given dreams and visions from God.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Speaker for the Dead

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,188

In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Enderverse

  • By Joe on 06-13-05

Pretty Good

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

Reviewed: 03-10-14

Ender's Game was a lot better in my opinion. This book really didn't feel like a sequel as much as it did a different story that happened to take place in the same universe, with the same main character - only about 20 years older and ~3000 years later. The Hive Queen was the only aspect of this that seemed to be a continuation of the previous book.

All in all, I think it was worth the read, it just wasn't what I expected from the previous book.

The "piggies" were cool, but it is hard to take a race of tiny bipedal pigs seriously.

I just bought the third book, and plan to read that soon.

Do I recommend this book? Yes, I think that this will be a very interesting series and will give me a lot to think about for years to come.

  • Ender's Game

  • Special 20th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,704

Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Enderverse

  • By Joe on 06-13-05

Phenomenal

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

Reviewed: 01-05-14

Would you listen to Ender's Game again? Why?

I might. The story was well written, and the performance was well done.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ender's Game?

Unfortunately the most memorable experience would be a spoiler, but it involves holding a queen.

Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison – was your favorite?

Ender - which might seem like the most obvious choice. The other characters were good too, but Ender was the main character, so it is not all that surprising.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A cheesy one might be "Enders Game; Playtime is over"

Any additional comments?

I think that anyone who is serious about science fiction should most definitely read this book.

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    Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
    4,577 ratings
    Overall 4.0
  • The Shack

  • By: Wm. Paul Young
  • Narrated by: Roger Mueller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,577
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,187
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,242

Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • much more than I expected

  • By Renato on 09-05-08

Great Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-10

This is an amazing book. I have yet to meet anyone who did not like this book who actually read it. A little bit of the theology was iffy, but very little of it. No book by man will ever have purfect theology.

If anyone is dealing with hurt, I highly recommend this book. It goes deep into why there is death and suffering in a world created by a loving God. I recommend reading this book and reading about pain and suffering on the AnswersinGenesis.org web site. The two of them together make for an excellent study.

Shalom (may God's peace be with you)

Gregory :)

2 of 3 people found this review helpful