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  • 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 14,737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,773

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
  • Just feels small - no sense of scale, so why care?

  • By Ron P on 03-29-17

Over acting

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

Reviewed: 04-06-17

Way too much swearing. This really distracted me. Will Wheaton had limited range in his performance.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Shadow of Saganami

  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 30 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 801
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800

The Star Kingdom has a new generation of officers! And this elite group hand-picked and trained by Honor Harrington herself is going to be needed immediately, as their first assignment turns out to be more dangerous than anyone expected. What was supposed to be a quiet outpost, far from the blazing conflict between the Star Kingdom of Manticore and the People's Republic of Haven has actually been targeted by an unholy alliance between the slaveholders of Manpower.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor Narration

  • By Farrell on 06-02-13

Not Interesting. I

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

Reviewed: 02-13-17

What would have made The Shadow of Saganami better?

I have no idea

Has The Shadow of Saganami turned you off from other books in this genre?

Somewhat

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Narration was fine

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

Any additional comments?

Story line was boring compared to the others in the series and I have most of them.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Seventh Son

  • Tales of Alvin Maker, Book 1
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,822
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,844

Born into an alternative frontier America where life is hard, and folk magic is real, Alvin is gifted with power, but he must learn to use his gift wisely. Dark forces are arrayed against Alvin, and only a young girl with second sight can protect him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, great reading

  • By Harold D. Doublename on 05-01-07

Confusing

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

Reviewed: 11-15-16

Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and/or the narrators?

Sounds like it was written in the 1800's. I could not listen long enough to get interested or catch the main story line.

What could Orson Scott Card have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not write it. My first OSC book that I did not like.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

BOREDOM

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Treason's Harbour

  • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 9
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,067
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 823
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 814

The espionage activities of cunning ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin have kept him at odds with the most important French agent in the Mediterranean, Lesueur, a man with a long memory and a taste for revenge. When that revenge takes the shape of the delicate and distracting Mrs. Fielding, who also attracts the ever-wandering eye of Jack Aubrey, Stephen's sensibilities are severely tested.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Every book gets better

  • By Constance on 01-31-05

Horrible

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

Reviewed: 07-23-15

What would have made Treason's Harbour better?

To not be written. It's impossible to pay attention unless you're locked into a dark room and could not sleep. Details, details. Lose the minutiae and get to the action.

Has Treason's Harbour turned you off from other books in this genre?

I love historical novels but not this one.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Patrick Tull?

Anyone who was not trying to effect a period accent. Drone on Patrick.

What character would you cut from Treason's Harbour?

I could not listen past the first chapter and could not pay enough attention to say who to cut from the story line

Any additional comments?

I'm really glad I got it for free but I understand why it was free now.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Rising Thunder

  • Honor Harrington, Book 13
  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,960
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,750
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,756

Peril and strife strike on a double front for Honor Harrington and company. After a brutal attack on the Manticoran home system, Honor Harrington and the Star Kingdom she serves battle back against a new, technologically powerful, and utterly nefarious enemy. And as if that weren’t task enough, Honor must also face down a centuries-old nemesis in the crumbling, but still mighty, Solarian League.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed with Audible on this one.

  • By K. Dorsey on 10-31-18

Not as good as the others.

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

Reviewed: 02-09-15

What would have made A Rising Thunder better?

Less political intrigue. More action. Fewer characters. The whole book is too confusing to follow.

Would you ever listen to anything by David Weber again?

I'm not sure. At least not on the Harrigton series. I think he's bled this story line dry.

Which scene was your favorite?

I can't think of one. The battle scenes seemed to be after thoughts not the base storyline.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Impatience. I could not wait for the book to be over. I don't like to not finish a book when started. I wanted it to get better. I'm really glad I got it on sale. If I paid full price I would return it.

  • As You Wish

  • Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
  • By: Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,542
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,872
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,823

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warm-hearted retelling

  • By Thomas Allen on 10-19-14

My new favorite book.

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

Reviewed: 01-15-15

Would you listen to As You Wish again? Why?

I'm admittedly a Princess Bride fan. This book is the only one out of the couple of hundred audiobooks I have that I have listened to twice. Very enjoyable.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

I could imagine seeing the scenes unfold in my mind. With the actors recounting each of their roles.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I really enjoyed the stories of Andre the Giant by people relating their personal stories of their interactions with him.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I really felt moved by Cary Elwes' broken foot and the effort it took to work through the pain and keep going.

Any additional comments?

Worth buying even if you've never seen the movie. If you listen, you will watch the movie afterwards.

  • The Memory of Earth

  • Homecoming, Volume 1
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,064
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,455
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,467

High above the planet Harmony, the Oversoul watches. Its task, programmed so many millennia ago, is to guard the human settlement on this planet, to protect this fragile remnant of Earth from all threats...to protect them, most of all, from themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than I remember it

  • By Sam on 01-14-10

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 09-26-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I can't imagine anyone liking this book except the author

Would you ever listen to anything by Orson Scott Card again?

Yes, I like his other books a lot. That's why I bought this one

What didn’t you like about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance?

He can't sing for shit.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Memory of Earth?

The characters names are too difficult to follow so i'm not sure who is who. I could only get through a couple of chapters and when the singing started I could not delete it fast enough.

Any additional comments?

This needs a plot line that people have an idea of where it's going. This is much to tedious. Reminds me a little of a soap opera too with detailed ramblings occurring in the main characters mind.

  • Battlespace

  • The Legacy Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Ian Douglas
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

When called to do battle many light years from home, the first Marine Interstellar Expeditionary Unit rose to the challenge - and now thousands of enslaved humans have been freed from the alien yoke. But Earth is 21 years older than the home planet they originally left, and the Marines need time to retrain and readjust - time they do not have, due to the bizzare disappearance of a detachment of their brothers- and sisters-in-arms. It is a mystery, but there is a starting point: an ancient wormhole threading through the Sirius system. Whatever waits on the other side must be confronted, with stealth, with force, and without fear.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • getting better

  • By Kk Lab on 09-14-17

Excellent entertainment

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

Reviewed: 08-12-13

What did you love best about Battlespace?

Presention and plot

What was one of the most memorable moments of Battlespace?

I enjoyed it all

Which scene was your favorite?

Sex scenes are always good I could have more ;-)

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Rainbow Six

  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 35 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,062
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,377

Ex-Navy SEAL John Clark is the newly named head of Rainbow, an international task force dedicated to combating terrorism. In a trial by fire, he must stop a terrorist group of men and women so extreme that their success could literally mean the end of life on earth as we know it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rainbow Six review

  • By Nathan on 04-12-11

Monotone Drone

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

Reviewed: 07-11-13

If you could sum up Rainbow Six in three words, what would they be?

Long and droning.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Ok plot for reading but seems disjointed in narration. Maybe it's just the guys voice.

What didn’t you like about Michael Prichard’s performance?

Monotone. One dimensional.

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

So long you'll have to hit pause three times to go pee before it ends.

  • Redshirts

  • A Novel with Three Codas
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17,209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,128
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,104

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing, but somehow still worth a listen.

  • By Bradford on 03-06-13

Lost interest quickly.

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

Reviewed: 03-18-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Much too confusing to follow. Especially towards the end. I could not finish it.

Has Redshirts turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I love sci-fi. I have bought hundreds of hard and paperback books. Audio allows me to listen at work while doing computer work. I just hate wasting money on poorly rated books. Scalzi was much better with the Old Man's War series.

Which character – as performed by Wil Wheaton – was your favorite?

None.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really

Any additional comments?

I feel like I'm in Scalzi's head listening to his thoughts which are coherent to only him. My God why all the recriminations at the end. Did he realize that his whole story sucked and that's why the writers block? Only two chapters to go but I'll never know how it ends. I just can't take it anymore.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful