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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 14,129
  • 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

Fun and Action Packed

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

I like me a good Scalzi, but I thought this one was special. Wil Wheaton did a terrific job with the narration, making the characters come alive.

Enough science to warm a nerdy heart, the story had quite a few twists and turns and surprises to keep me happy, too. Couldn't put it down, and waiting eagerly for book 2.

  • The Spider's War

  • By: Daniel Abraham
  • Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 971
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 896
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 896

Lord Regent Geder Palliako's great war has spilled across the world, nation after nation falling before the ancient priesthood and weapon of dragons. But even as conquest follows conquest, the final victory retreats before him like a mirage. Schism and revolt begin to erode the foundations of the empire, and the great conquest threatens to collapse into a permanent war of all against all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfying and Epic Conclusion

  • By Mr. Jared C. Serra on 03-14-16

Complex and Satisfying Conclusion to the series

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

Reviewed: 10-27-17

Rating: Pretty impressive wrapup to an really interesting series.

Hmm. What to say. I loved: Yardam. The fact that banking is used as a weapon. Pirates! "Your soul is a circle." Conversations between Yardam and Michael Weston. Kit. The players. The fact that the Big Bad is presented as a human being with immense flaws but is still loved by some despite them.

For an epic fantasy series, Sword and Magic series, it is remarkably complex in its presentation of war and what war does to people, nations, hope, and the amount of misery caused by the decisions of only a few. I also liked the take on religion as seen as justification for endless, mindless war. Ignore everything but the belief you are told to accept, reject your own mind, intelligence and experience. Listen to my voice.

Highly recommended.

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66,210
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 62,142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,012

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Geeky fun

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

Reviewed: 03-31-17

At times hilarious. I'm hoping Vulcan will inspire more intelligence into humanity. Looking forward to book 2.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Winds of Khalakovo

  • The Lays of Anuskaya, Book 1
  • By: Bradley P. Beaulieu
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 63

Among inhospitable and unforgiving seas stands Khalakovo, a mountainous archipelago of seven islands, its prominent eyrie stretching a thousand feet into the sky. Serviced by windships bearing goods and dignitaries, Khalakovo's eyrie stands at the crossroads of world trade. But all is not well in Khalakovo. Conflict has erupted between the ruling Landed, the indigenous Aramahn, and the fanatical Maharraht, and a wasting disease has grown rampant over the past decade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SONG OF ICE AND FIRE MEETS EARTHSEA

  • By Paul Genesse on 12-22-12

The story has potential

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

Reviewed: 02-19-17

I enjoyed the story but found the narration too unemotional to really be able to connect well to the characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pines

  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,364
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,379

Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well done story

  • By Linda B on 08-28-12

Twin Peaks Meets The Prisoner

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

Reviewed: 10-29-14

A bit of a slow starter, but once it gets going the questions come one after another, as the little town of Wayward Pines is definitely not what it appears to be on the surface.

  • The Polish Officer

  • By: Alan Furst
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 461

New York Times best-selling author Alan Furst is internationally renowned as master of the European espionage thriller. Unfolding in September of 1939 as Hitler's Wehrmacht ravages Warsaw, The Polish Officer reveals the daring mission of a Captain in the Polish underground intelligence service.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insight into a dark era

  • By Charles Lawton on 12-10-07

Another Excellent Book in an Excellent Series

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

Reviewed: 04-14-14

The spies in Alan Furst's Night Soldiers series aren't James Bond. They don't have incredible weapons nor do they wear designer suits. They just have their wits and their luck to try to somehow survive a landscape strewn with the remnants and horrors of war.

The violence is, if anything, understated, and the focus is on the individual, doing whatever he can to survive.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Polaris

  • An Alex Benedict Novel
  • By: Jack McDevitt
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck, Jack McDevitt
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 254

Sixty years ago, the space yacht Polaris was found deserted, the fate of its pilot and passengers a mystery. Now, to mark the anniversary of the disappearance, there is to be an auction of what was left behind on the ship. Using his insider knowledge, Alex Benedict, one of the preeminent antiquities dealers in the galaxy, secures some of the artifacts.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining.

  • By Pie on 11-24-09

Indiana Jones in Space

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

Reviewed: 01-26-14

Alex and Chase try to solve a mystery when suddenly everyone seems to be trying to kill them. Who knew antiques were quite so dangerous?

  • A Drink Before the War

  • By: Dennis Lehane
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,149
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,145

With novels like Mystic River and Shutter Island, Dennis Lehane has dramatically altered the landscape of the crime thriller—while boldly overstepping the boundaries that have long separated mystery from literature. Now two of his sensational early novels have been combined in a single volume—two gritty and mesmerizing masterworks of suspense featuring the private eye duo of Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great beginning to thriller series

  • By L. O. Pardue on 11-23-11

Boston Noir

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

Reviewed: 12-09-13

A complex tale, with great characterization, and dark and gritty setting. I'll definitely be reading more Lehane.

  • Knots and Crosses

  • Inspector Rebus, Book 1
  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 419
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 421

Detective John Rebus' city is being terrorized by a baffling series of murders…and he's tied to a maniac by an invisible knot of blood. As the ghoulish killings mount and the tabloid headlines scream, Rebus cannot stop the feverish shrieks from within his own mind. Because he isn't just one cop trying to catch a killer - he's the man who's got all the pieces to the puzzle…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Rebus, Terrible Narrator

  • By flaos on 10-13-14

Not the greatest detective

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

Reviewed: 11-26-13

I've got to say I was definitely not impressed. Firstly, I disliked Rebus intensely. He's a self-righteous judgmental ass. And definitely not all that bright. Does he improve later on?

I also found the reason for the killings and kidnappings a stretch. And again judgmental.

The constant reference to Rebus's religion annoyed me no end, since he'd immediately turn around and do something he'd then term sinful.

I did love the descriptions of the city and the atmosphere was nicely noir.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Yard

  • By: Alex Grecian
  • Narrated by: Toby Leonard Moore
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,597
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,596

Victorian London is a cesspool of crime, and Scotland Yard has only 12 detectives - known as “The Murder Squad” - to investigate thousands of murders every month. Created after the Metropolitan Police’s spectacular failure to capture Jack the Ripper, The Murder Squad suffers rampant public contempt. They have failed their citizens. When Walter Day, the squad’s newest hire, is assigned the case of the murdered detective, he finds a strange ally in the Yard’s first forensic pathologist, Dr. Bernard Kingsley.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable annoying book

  • By Debra on 07-13-12

Picking up the Pieces

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

Reviewed: 11-23-13

An interesting look at the London Police Force attempting to rebuild itself and regain a city's trust in the wake of its failure to capture Jack the Ripper.

It also depicts the rise of forensic science and the first movement toward modern policing and murder investigations.

It's gory and gritty and shows, in depressing detail, the miseries of the poor in London, but I found it fascinating and thought provoking. I enjoyed the noir flavor, and found the characters well, and deeply, drawn.

I thought the narrator, Toby Leonard Moore, did an excellent job.