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  • Final Days

  • By: Gary Gibson
  • Narrated by: Nigel Carrington
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

It's 2235 and through the advent of wormhole technology more than a dozen interstellar colonies have been linked to Earth; but this new mode of transportation comes at a price and there are risks. Saul Dumont knows this better than anyone. He's still trying to cope with the loss of the wormhole link to the Galileo system, which has stranded him on Earth far from his wife and child for the past several years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Meh...

  • By Ingwe on 04-03-13

Onion layers of apocalypse.

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

Final Days is one of my favorite Gary Gibson novels.

Essentially a hard sci-fi apocalypse novel. That's the shell wrapped around the story.
There's a time travel/paradox plot, an entirely different political plot, characters that weave back and forth between those plots.

The character development, dialogue, and action are intense but well paced.

Gibson is a master at writing believable characters into strange stories and worlds.

It's a good fricken book. READ IT.

  • A Gift of Time

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,632
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,257

When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart and original

  • By J. OBrennan on 12-29-17

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 12-20-17

Science fiction time travel sorta book. A lot of these types of books get bogged down in the time travel and paradoxes science till yer brain hurts, This novel doesn't.

It's a novel about the characters. They're believable and enjoyable. The story is careful and well paced. The narration is perfect.

Sorry, I'm terrible at writing reviews, which is why I so rarely do. I'm trying not to give anything away as to the plot.

Audible recommended this book to me and I am so glad that they did. I thoroughly enjoyed A Gift of Time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Descent

  • The SpaceMan Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Tom Abrahams
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269

Clayton Shepard is lost, cold, alone, and determined to find his way home. But he's landed on a planet he doesn't recognize. Earth isn't the same place he left months earlier. There is little light, no heat, and limited communication. As he works to find his way back to his family, they cope with the struggles of a new reality and a quickly devolving society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfectly woven post-apocalyptic tale

  • By Brian on 02-11-17

Smart people make wilfully stupid decisions

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

Reviewed: 04-18-17

Yeah the first book was pretty good. Second book (this one) - suddenly every character is intellectually handicapped.

This is one of those books where the plot only works if every single character acts consistently stupid, makes poor emotional choices and even worse logical choices.

It's like an episode of Lost (the TV show). The drama only works because no one acts like a normal human being. Instead of talking to each other the characters choose to run through the jungle, trip over things, and shoot at each other. That's Lost, and that's this novel.

Descent is a disappointing follow up to Spaceman and only works as "theater of the mind" if you shut off your mind and punch yourself in the head.. several times.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • 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 67,320
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63,172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,043

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

Surprisingly smart and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 12-10-16

I'm going to be brief, I'm not a "reviewer" and have no horse in this race.

This is good science fiction writ well, and that's becoming an increasingly difficult thing to find without the filter of publishers between writer and audience.

Audible has recommended to me some really truly awful science fiction books in the past so I was hesitant to spend a credit on this book. I'm glad I did.

The premise is huge. It's well paced. The dialogue is perfect. I was left wanting more.

This book is up there with Gary Gibson and Peter Clines. It's Modern, entertaining and whiplash smart.

  • Wicked Takes the Witness Stand

  • A Tale of Murder and Twisted Deceit in Northern Michigan
  • By: Mardi Link
  • Narrated by: Jim McCance
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

On a bitterly cold afternoon in December 1986, a Michigan State trooper found the frozen body of Jerry Tobias in the bed of his pickup truck. The 31-year-old oil field worker and small-time drug dealer was clad only in jeans, a checkered shirt, and cowboy boots. Inside the cab of the truck was a fresh package of expensive steaks from a local butcher shop, the first lead in a case that would be quickly lost in a thicket of bungled forensics, shady prosecution, and a psychopathic star witness out for revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Justice system Vs Conviction system

  • By Sean on 11-14-16

Justice system Vs Conviction system

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

Reviewed: 11-14-16

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

America's justice system barely works. Justice is fragile and the people who enforce it aren't saints. Sometimes they are evil.

What about Jim McCance’s performance did you like?

All of it. Dude did a good read.

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

At about the half way point through my read I shook my head in frustration and turned it off. I didn't want to hear anymore. The dishonorable acts from law enforcement, the dishonest acts of the prosecutors office, the whole damned thing became too depressing to hear.

I gave it a week of rest and continued. I'm glad I did.

Any additional comments?

It wasn't a happy ending, but it wasn't as awful as the Michigan's state police or corrupt Otsego County prosecutors office wanted.

The REAL criminal became a judge.

I think if one values liberty and justice, this well worth a read.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Dragonbone Chair

  • Memory, Sorrow & Thorn, Book 1
  • By: Tad Williams
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 33 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Kitchen-boy Simon is bored, restless and 14 years old - a dangerous combination. It seems, however, that his life has just taken a turn for the better when he's apprenticed to his castle's resident wizard. As Simon's learning to read and write under Doctor Morgenes' tutelage, forces greater than he could possible imagine are gathering: forces which will change Simon's life - and his world - forever. Following the death of Good King John, Osten Ard is plunged into civil war as his sons battle for control of the fabled Dragonbone Chair - the country's throne as well as the symbol of its power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tad Williams and Andrew Wincott ...simply awesome

  • By Cameron on 06-16-17

Epic relatable fantasy. Gritty and wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 08-18-15

Where does The Dragonbone Chair rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks up near the top. I love this novel and I really hope the entire Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy is made available by Audible.

What other book might you compare The Dragonbone Chair to and why?

A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin
The Riftwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist

Have you listened to any of Andrew Wincott’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't normally focus on narration unless it is especially awful. The narrator did a great job and I'd be happy to hear him voice any further novels in the series.

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

Read or listen to books - don't watch movies.
Theater of the mind - use it!

Any additional comments?

This is the first novel in a fantasy trilogy about Simon, his friends, and a land in turmoil as an inescapable darkness approaches.
Simon is neither a magician or a magical warrior. He's a flawed and believable character amid a great number of flawed and believable characters - in a world painted believable despite the fantasy setting.

I'm not normally a HUGE fan of fantasy because often the authors of big fantasy epics get bogged down trying to fill a huge world with hundreds of characters and their stories.

Tad William's keeps a tight narrative focus and only expands on the stories of other characters when it pushes the over arching plot forward. It's an amazing trick to pull off - there ARE other stories in here besides Simon's - but they never seem unnecessary and they always add to the over arching plot rather than being distracting word bloat.

When you've finished this novel you'll be aching for the next installment. I promise you.