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    • Factoring Humanity

    • By: Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
    • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 449
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 396
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 401

    In the near future, a signal is detected coming from the Alpha Centauri system. Mysterious, unintelligible data streams in for ten years. Heather Davis, a professor in the University of Toronto psychology department, has devoted her career to deciphering the message. Her estranged husband, Kyle, is working on the development of artificial intelligence systems and new computer technology utilizing quantum effects to produce a near-infinite number of calculations simultaneously.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Novel alien first contact

    • By Michael G Kurilla on 05-28-12

    Regular price: $19.60

    • Starplex

    • By: Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated by: Mark Boyett, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 268
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 199
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 197

    Twenty years after the discovery of artificial wormholes launches Earth space exploration to unforeseeable heights, Starplex Director Keith Lansing investigates a mysterious vessel that soon threatens the station with intergalactic war.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • At least as much science as fiction

    • By Potter O. on 06-01-12

    Regular price: $24.95

    • WWW: Wonder

    • By: Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, Marc Vietor, Oliver Wyman, and others
    • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,342
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 984
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 988

    Webmind - the vast consciousness that spontaneously emerged from the infrastructure of the World Wide Web - has proven its worth to humanity by aiding in everything from curing cancer to easing international tensions. But the brass at the Pentagon see Webmind as a threat that needs to be eliminated. Caitlin Decter-the once-blind 16-year-old math genius who discovered, and bonded with, Webmind - wants desperately to protect her friend. And if she doesn't act, everything - Webmind included - may come crashing down.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Unmissable

    • By brendanstallard on 04-08-11

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Red Planet Blues

    • By: Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
    • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 649
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 582
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 588

    Alex Lomax is the one and only private eye working the mean streets of New Klondike, the Martian frontier town that sprang up 40 years ago after Simon Weingarten and Denny O’Reilly discovered fossils on the Red Planet. Back on Earth, where anything can be synthesized, the remains of alien life are the most valuable of all collectibles, so shiploads of desperate treasure hunters stampeded to Mars in the Great Martian Fossil Rush.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Gumshoe on Mars

    • By Craig on 04-06-13

    Regular price: $24.95

    • End of an Era

    • By: Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated by: David Marantz
    • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 113
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 109
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 108

    Paleontologist Brandon Thackery and his rival, Miles "Klicks" Jordan, fulfill a dinosaur lover's dream with history's first time-travel jaunt to the late Mesozoic. Hoping to solve the extinction mystery, they find Earth's gravity is only half its 21st-century value and dinosaurs that behave very strangely. Could the slimy blue creatures from Mars have something to do with both?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating!

    • By Simone on 07-08-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Humans

    • The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 2
    • By: Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 898
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 530
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 541

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, Neanderthal physicist Ponter Boddit brings Canadian geneticist Mary Vaughan back to his world to explore the near-utopian civilization of the Neanderthals. Boddit serves as a Candide figure, the naive visitor whose ignorance about our society makes him a perfect tool to analyze human tendencies toward violence, over-population, and environmental degradation.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Wanted to love it, but...

    • By West02139 on 03-11-15

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Illegal Alien

    • By: Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 495
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 437
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 440

    When a disabled spaceship enters Earth's atmosphere, seven members of the advanced Tosok race are welcomed by the world. Then a popular scientist is murdered, and all evidence points to one of the Tosoks. Now, an alien is tried in a court of law -and there may be far more at stake than accounting for one human life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What more could you want?

    • By JMcB on 04-14-12

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Flashforward

    • By: Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
    • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,850
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,251
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,261

    A scientific experiment begins, and as the button is pressed, the unexpected occurs: everyone in the world goes to sleep for a few moments while everyone's consciousness is catapulted more than twenty years into the future. At the end of those moments, when the world reawakens, all human life is transformed by foreknowledge.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • How would you digest the fruits of knowledge??

    • By Phelix_da_Kat on 07-23-08

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Hominids

    • The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 1
    • By: Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,738
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,048
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,054

    Neanderthals have developed a radically different civilization on a parallel Earth. A Neanderthal physicist, Ponter Boddit, accidentally passes from his universe into a Canadian underground research facility. Fortunately, a team of human scientists, including expert paleo-anthropologist Mary Vaughan, promptly identifies and warmly receives Ponter. Solving the language problem and much else is a mini-computer, called a Companion, implanted in the brain of every Neanderthal. But it can't help his fellow scientist back in his world, Adikor Huld, when the authorities charge Adikor with his murder.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great idea, execution a bit flat

    • By CLR on 04-23-13

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Hybrids

    • The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 3
    • By: Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 656
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 397
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 397

    Scientists (and lovers) Mary Vaughan, who is human, and Ponter Boddit, who is Neanderthal, embark on the harrowing adventure of conceiving a child together. To overcome the genetic barbed wire of mismatched chromosomes, they must use banned technology obtainable only from a Neanderthal scientist living in the northern wilderness.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Hated it!

    • By dissipatedfog on 08-30-08

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Terminal Experiment

    • By: Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
    • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 380
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 207
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 211

    An experiment has gone terribly wrong. Dr. Peter Hobson has created three electronic simulations of his own personality. One will test life after death; another, immortality. The third one is the control unit. But now all three have escaped from Hobson's computer into the worldwide electronic matrix. And one of them is a killer.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Incredible

    • By David on 05-19-08

    Regular price: $29.37

    • Identity Theft

    • By: Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 78
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 48

    Identity Theft is a hard-boiled detective novella set on Mars. Cassandra and Joshua Wilkins are fossil hunters who have both recently transferred their minds into artificial bodies, but now Joshua has mysteriously disappeared. Cassandra must hire Alex Lomax, the only private detective on the red planet, to locate Joshua before sinister forces get to him.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Minor Sawyer work - hard-boiled detective vibe

    • By Mark on 07-04-12

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Golden Fleece

    • By: Robert. J. Sawyer
    • Narrated by: Steven Menasche
    • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 32

    Aboard Argo, a colonization ship bound for Eta Cephei IV, people are very close - there's no other choice. So when Aaron Rossman's ex-wife dies in what seems to be a bizarre accident, everyone offers their sympathy, politely keeping their suspicions of suicide to themselves. But Aaron cannot simply accept her death. He must know the truth: Was it an accident, or did she commit suicide? When Aaron discovers the truth behind her death, he is faced with a terrible secret - a secret that could cost him his life.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Just ok

    • By Simone on 05-18-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Calculating God

    • By: Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3,592
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,860
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,878

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting book, very enjoyable narration

    • By Ione on 05-07-10

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Far-Seer

    • The Quintaglio Ascension, Book 1
    • By: Robert. J. Sawyer
    • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
    • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75

    The Face of God is what every young saurian learns to call the immense, glowing object which fills the night sky on the far side of the world. Young Afsan is privileged, called to the distant Capital City to apprentice with Saleed the court astrologer. But when the time comes for Afsan to make his coming-of-age pilgrimage, to gaze upon the Face of God, his world is changed forever- for what he sees will test his faith...and may save his world from disaster!

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Definitely Original!

    • By Simone on 08-30-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Foreigner

    • The Quintaglio Ascension, Book 3
    • By: Robert. J. Sawyer
    • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
    • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44

    In Far-Seer and Fossil Hunter, we met the Quintaglios, a race of intelligent dinosaurs from Earth and learned of the threat to their very existence. Now they must quickly advance from a culture equivalent to our Renaissance to the point where they can leave their planet. While the Quintaglios rush to develop space travel, the discovery of a second species of intelligent dinosaur rocks their most fundamental beliefs.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing!! I LOVED ITTT

    • By Jorgia Parker on 01-08-19

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Decision Points

    • By: Orson Scott Card, Kevin J Anderson, Lois McMaster Bujold, and others
    • Narrated by: Nathan Dunford
    • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Life is full of decision points - those key moments when what we decide can change everything for better or for worse. These 20 tales describe such instances in young people's lives, ranging from tragic to triumphant, from horror to fantasy to science fiction. Written by authors new and old, those known for Young Adult writing and those known for Adult novels, a few new and barely known at all, these stories will make you think, make you laugh, make you feel angry, sad, determined, etc. as you examine choices and consequences.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Unsure how to rate this

    • By Benjamin on 01-21-19

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Rollback

    • By: Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated by: George Wilson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 205
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 112

    Thirty-eight years ago, Dr. Sarah Halifax earned worldwide fame by deciphering a radio transmission from an unknown intelligence reaching out from deep space. Now 87, Sarah receives news that, at long last, a new signal has been received, and her services are desperately needed once again.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • He's Been Better- Characters Good

    • By Crystal on 04-11-10

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Man Plus

    • By: Frederik Pohl
    • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 93
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 72

    Roger Torraway watched in horror as the monster lurched, toppled over and died. Project Man Plus had gone suddenly and drastically wrong. The race to colonize Mars was too important, too costly, and America was already too committed, for plans to be scrapped. They would have to make a new Martian. And Roger Torraway was it, candidate for the endless surgery, operation after painful operation, that would enable him to survive on that faraway planet.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • More timely now than ever

    • By Sandy R on 06-28-10

    Regular price: $19.75

    • Fossil Hunter

    • The Quintaglio Ascension, Book 2
    • By: Robert. J. Sawyer
    • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
    • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48

    Fossil Hunter is hard SF in the tradition of Larry Niven about a world inhabited by the Quintaglios, a dinosaurian species that has evolved a human level of intelligence and culture. Toroca, a Quintaglio geologist, is under attack for his controversial new theory of evolution. But the origins of his people turn out to be more complex than even he imagined, for he soon discovers the wreckage of an ancient starship - a relic of the aliens who transplanted Earth's dinosaurs to this solar system.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A fantastic book with a great narrator. Top notch!

    • By Peter Daly on 05-27-16

    Regular price: $24.95

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