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The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

  • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 7 mins)
  • By J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated By Rob Inglis
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(20737)
Performance
(18898)
Story
(19013)

The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

Shay Bella says: "My husband like it better"
The Fellowship of the ...
4.8 ( 20737 )

The Martian

  • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
  • By Andy Weir
  • Narrated By R. C. Bray
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(140835)
Performance
(129934)
Story
(129807)

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

Jim "The Impatient" says: "LOOK BOOBIES"
The Martian
4.8 ( 140835 )

Ready Player One

  • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
  • By Ernest Cline
  • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(107585)
Performance
(100720)
Story
(100523)

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

Jim "The Impatient" says: "GOING OUTSIDE IS HIGHLY OVER RATED"
Ready Player One
4.7 ( 107585 )

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
  • By Douglas Adams
  • Narrated By Stephen Fry
Overall
(22861)
Performance
(18894)
Story
(18913)

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

J. Medany says: "HHTGH - Lightly Fried"
The Hitchhiker's Guide...
4.5 ( 22861 )

Jurassic Park: A Novel

  • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
  • By Michael Crichton
  • Narrated By Scott Brick
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(11742)
Performance
(10853)
Story
(10853)

Audie Award, Science Fiction, 2016. An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind's most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them - for a price.

Jim "The Impatient" says: "CHAOS THEORY"
Jurassic Park
4.7 ( 11742 )

Red Rising

  • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
  • By Pierce Brown
  • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(24825)
Performance
(23096)
Story
(23066)

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

Jim "The Impatient" says: "HUMANS ARE ALWAY NEGOTIATING,"
Red Rising
4.6 ( 24825 )

The Girl with All the Gifts

  • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
  • By M. R. Carey
  • Narrated By Finty Williams
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(28358)
Performance
(26178)
Story
(26177)

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

Jim "The Impatient" says: "FLEETWOOD MAC"
The Girl with All the ...
4.4 ( 28358 )

World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War

  • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
  • By Max Brooks
  • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
Overall
(9376)
Performance
(8759)
Story
(8757)

World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

Kim Venatries says: "A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED"
World War Z: The Compl...
4.6 ( 9376 )