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  • Children of Ruin

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,632
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,527
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,524

Thousands of years ago, Earth’s terraforming program took to the stars. On the world they called Nod, scientists discovered alien life - but it was their mission to overwrite it with the memory of Earth. Then humanity’s great empire fell, and the program’s decisions were lost to time. Aeons later, humanity and its new spider allies detected fragmentary radio signals between the stars. They dispatched an exploration vessel, hoping to find cousins from old Earth. But those ancient terraformers woke something on Nod better left undisturbed. And it’s been waiting for them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brilliant, unique, and mind expanding sequel!

  • By Debraj on 05-18-19

"Let's go on an adventure!"

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

Reviewed: 06-11-19

"Let's go on an adventure!" is an oft repeated phrase that eventually becomes chilling whenever it is uttered. The being that repeats this mantra is an infinitely curious, childlike but destructive sentience that wreaks havoc throughout a star system for thousands of years.

Adrian Tchaikovsky is a masterful world builder, but he accomplishes this feat by giving life to his characters. He creates some of the most interesting, yet realistic, characters I've ever encountered. His writing uplifts and transports. The reader and the listener are taken away to distant planets, living and fighting amongst humans, arachnids, mollusks and scary, powerful others.

Reading this novel - which begins concurrently with the "Children of Time", then picks up where that novel ends - gives the reader a self-guided tour of a brilliant universe rife with inter-species and intranecine fighting and bridge building. However, Mel Hudson's performance is like having a concierge's expert guidance on this tour. This is a story thoughtfully told with thrills, humor and science that is not limited to the physics of space travel.

"Let's go on an adventure!"

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Semiosis

  • A Novel
  • By: Sue Burke
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies, Daniel Thomas May
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 834
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 835

Forced to land on a planet they aren't prepared for, human colonists rely on their limited resources to survive. The planet provides a lush but inexplicable landscape - trees offer edible, addictive fruit one day and poison the next, while the ruins of an alien race are found entwined in the roots of a strange plant. Conflicts between generations arise as they struggle to understand one another and grapple with an unknowable alien intellect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Weird. But good. But weird.

  • By Lilyn G. on 03-20-18

Such storytelling

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

Semiosis is science fiction that reads like fantasy. A group of humans journey to colonize a distant planet, but a diversion takes them to The Little Shop of Horrors, Planet Edition. Their adventures are weird, scary and intriguing.

The story is told by different characters over successive generations, and explores how humans adapt to the planet while trying to keep intact their founding idealism, as well as how the planet's native species adapt to the presence of the humans.

The story is well-written, with lovely, flowing prose. The story is enacted by talented voice actors. Caveat: if your knowledge of biochemistry is limited, it will not be quite so limited by the time you complete this quirky journey.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • You're Going to Mars!

  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,253

Living and slaving in Fill City One, you get used to the smell. We call it the Everpresent Stink. But every once in a while, on a spring day with a breeze, it clears away enough to remind us that there is something more out there. Most Fillers' wildest dreams would be just to get past the walls and live in the mainland. But my dream? It’s a little bigger. I’m going to Mars.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reviewers Choice Award, its that good

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 11-13-18

Great Entertainment

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

Great adventure story, delivered expertly by both author and voice actor. The pace was fast, and mostly even, told with humor, but not annoyingly so. There was an abundance of technical details - just enough to satisfy physics semi-nerds.

The actor gave an enthusiastic performance. She had the perfect voice for the main character, Paper, which is important for a story told in the first person.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Skyward

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,245
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,280
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17,245

From Brandon Sanderson, the number one New York Times best-selling author of the Reckoners series, Words of Radiance, and the internationally best-selling Mistborn series, comes the first book in an epic new series about a girl who dreams of becoming a pilot in a dangerous world at war for humanity's future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Has Sanderson been reading Craig Alanson???

  • By Barry on 11-18-18

More Sanderson crack

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

I hesitated reading/listening to this novel. Sanderson is so addictive. The story is excellent, the characters are fascinating, and Suzy Jackson's performance is spot on.

Now, I'm left to wait for the next novel in the series.

  • Duskfall

  • Chaos Queen, Book 1
  • By: Christopher B. Husberg
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Stuck with arrows and close to death, a man is pulled from the icy waters of the Gulf of Nahl. Winter, a seemingly quiet young fisherman's daughter, harbors a secret addiction that threatens to destroy her. A young priestess, Cinzia, must face a long journey home to protect her church from rebellion. A rebellion sparked by her sister. Three characters on different paths will be brought together by fate on one thrilling and perilous adventure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you read fantasy to escape, this may not be the book for you.

  • By Kathryn on 07-09-16

A good story

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

The story is a solid one. It is as much character driven as it is plot driven. Neither character motivations nor fighting sequences seem weird or forced, as happens in some novels.

The performance was not what I expected. It was delivered like a storytelling piece. The delivery was smooth, but engaging. Obviously, not Mr. Verner's first rodeo.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rise of the Dragons

  • Kings and Sorcerers, Book 1
  • By: Morgan Rice
  • Narrated by: Wayne Farrell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373

Kyra, 15, dreams of becoming a famed warrior, like her father, even though she is the only girl in a fort of boys. As she struggles to understand her special skills, her mysterious inner power, she realizes she is different than the others. But a secret is being kept from her about her birth and the prophecy surrounding her, leaving her to wonder who she really is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Amazing Surprise

  • By Carol Gama on 05-10-15

OK. Dragon.

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

Didn't know it was a young adult novel. Should have. My bad. Still, Wayne Farrell does a great job.

  • Lullaby

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19,466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,853
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17,861

A young couple buys a beautiful house by a picturesque lake in the Catskills, looking to escape the bustle of the city to raise their newborn baby. It is a perfect place for a fresh start. Except that nothing is ever as perfect as it seems. As autumn nights close in around their home, they learn that darkness takes many forms. And sometimes that darkness is hungry. New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry delivers an unsettling Audible Original that will give listeners the Halloween creeps all year round.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scott Brick Rivals Vincent Price

  • By Forgettable Woman on 10-17-18

Erm...

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

Thought the story was somewhat silly. In fact, however, it may just be that I'm not keen on the genre.

I would have give the story one star, but have to give it credit for brevity and consider that I probably just don't 'get' the genre. At the end, it made me smile. It was as if it was a joke - on me.

Scott Brick's performance was spot on. He got into it without a trace of irony. I loved it!

  • A Wizard of Earthsea

  • The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1
  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,712
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,310
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,334

When Sparrowhawk casts a spell that saves his village from destruction at the hands of the invading Kargs, Ogion, the Mage of Re Albi, encourages the boy to apprentice himself in the art of wizardry. So, at the age of 13, the boy receives his true name - Ged - and gives himself over to the gentle tutelage of the Master Ogion. But impatient with the slowness of his studies and infatuated with glory, Ged embarks for the Island of Roke, where the highest arts of wizardry are taught.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A little gem, excellently narrated.

  • By Marjorie on 05-14-12

Thoughtfully written, well performed.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

I cannot believe I overlooked this gem for so long. This story was written by one who believed in crafting a tale. Just wish that female characters, when they appeared, were not so 1) peripheral, and 2) childish/child-like or foul-tempered/evil. For something written in the 1960s, however, it is still quite impressive.

The voice performer did a wonderful job telling the tale. It was as though I were a child, sitting by the fireside, listening to granddad tell a story.

  • Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection

  • By: Alexander C. Kane
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,470
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,460

Andrea Vernon always thought she would spend her life living in Paris writing thought-provoking historical novels all day and sipping wine on the Seine all night. But the reality is she's drowning in debt, has no prospects, and is forced to move back to Queens, where her parents remind her daily that they are very interested in grandchildren. Then, one morning, she is kidnapped, interviewed, and hired as an administrative assistant by the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection. Superheroes for hire, using their powers for good. What could possibly go wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Normal Life in an Abnormal World

  • By Arthur D. Rich on 08-26-17

Well done!

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

Utterly unreal. Alexander C. Kane obviously has a bit of 50's sci-fi cinema and Monty Python swimming around in his idea pool. Normally, I would take exception to a character whose dialogue primarily consists of, "I am The Big Axe! I swing down my mighty arm..." Here, however, it works.

Bahni Turpin is glorious. Her characters are delicious. On another instance, I would find fault with having a character that is supposed to have a "British Indian accent" give a spot on Arnold Schwarzenegger impersonation, but here, it just makes me giggle.

Highly recommend this audiobook.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65,741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61,344
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61,182

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Flaws

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

Deeply flawed characters, handled correctly, make for an amazing story. Character flaws drive this novel - greed, rebelliousness, propensities to flout laws, to murder, to steal lovers - but, for the most part, there is no wallowing. The pace is fast, adversity is met with cunning resourcefulness and humor, and the science is a bonus (no physics-bending magic here).

Roxann Dawson's performance, on the other hand, is perfection. She is the embodiment of Jasmine, the protagonist. The sardonic tone she lends to Jazz's razor wit and the pace of the narration are spot on. I always have doubts when I see that a well known screen actor is performing an Audio book, about their ability to emote convincingly through voice only. in this case, the doubts were completely unfounded.