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    • 1984

    • New Classic Edition
    • By: George Orwell
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20,873
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18,020
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18,050

    George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Come one, Come all into 1984!

    • By Kit McIlvaine (GirlPluggedN) on 02-18-08
    • New Classic Edition
    • By: George Orwell
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
    • Release date: 12-31-06
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 20,873 ratings

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Dune

    • By: Frank Herbert
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38,608
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31,956
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32,022

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good book!

    • By Scott on 04-10-08

    Regular price: $47.93

    • Necronomicon

    • By: H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia, Bronson Pinchot, Stephen R. Thorne, and others
    • Length: 21 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,458
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,148
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,141

    Originally written for the pulp magazines of the 1920s and '30s, H. P. Lovecraft's astonishing tales blend elements of horror, science fiction, and cosmic terror that are as powerful today as they were when first published. This tome brings together all of Lovecraft's harrowing stories, including the complete Cthulhu Mythos cycle, just the way they were when first released.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • This has bugged me for a while...

    • By mike on 06-23-16

    Regular price: $45.47

    • Brave New World

    • By: Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated by: Michael York
    • Length: 8 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13,656
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 11,906
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11,962

    When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • “Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”

    • By Jefferson on 10-03-11

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Man in the High Castle

    • By: Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
    • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5,362
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4,914
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4,933

    It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some 20 years earlier the United States lost a war - and is now occupied jointly by Nazi Germany and Japan.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Alternative history

    • By Michael G Kurilla on 07-28-15

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Foundation

    • By: Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,769
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,535
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,572

    For 12,000 years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future, to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last 30,000 years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire, both scientists and scholars, and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a fututre generations.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Foundation Trilogy is a True Classic

    • By Sandy McMahon on 08-17-10

    Regular price: $31.93

    • The Forever War

    • By: Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated by: George Wilson
    • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4,879
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,015
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,030

    William Mandella is a soldier in Earth's elite brigade. As the war against the Taurans sends him from galaxy to galaxy, he learns to use protective body shells and sophisticated weapons. He adapts to the cultures and terrains of distant outposts. But with each month in space, years are passing on Earth. Where will he call home when (and if) the Forever War ends?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A classic.

    • By John on 09-24-08

    Regular price: $26.60

    • Dune Messiah

    • By: Frank Herbert
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Katherine Kellgren, Euan Morton, and others
    • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8,358
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,840
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6,859

    The second Dune installment explores new developments on the planet Arrakis, with its intricate social order and strange, threatening environment. Dune Messiah picks up the story of the man known as Muad'Dib, heir to a power unimaginable, bringing to fruition an ambition of unparalleled scale: the centuries-old scheme to create a superbeing who reigns not in the heavens but among men. But the question is: DO all paths of glory lead to the grave?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A nice continuation

    • By Andrew on 01-06-09

    Regular price: $21.27

    • Starship Troopers

    • By: Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated by: Lloyd James
    • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,070
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7,383
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,415

    Join the Army and See the Universe. That is the motto of The Third Space War, also known as The First Interstellar War, but most commonly as The Bug War. In one of Robert Heinlein's most controversial best sellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe - and into battle with the Terrain Mobile Infantry against mankind's most alarming enemy.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Science Fiction Classic

    • By Cather on 11-18-05

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Neuromancer

    • By: William Gibson
    • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
    • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4,777
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4,339
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,353

    Twenty years ago, it was as if someone turned on a light. The future blazed into existence with each deliberate word that William Gibson laid down. The winner of Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards, Neuromancer didn't just explode onto the science fiction scene - it permeated into the collective consciousness, culture, science, and technology.Today, there is only one science fiction masterpiece to thank for the term "cyberpunk," for easing the way into the information age and Internet society.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great book. Terrible performance.

    • By Denis on 04-08-16

    Regular price: $24.50

    • Stranger in a Strange Land

    • By: Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
    • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,898
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,111
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,141

    Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • We live in the world this book made

    • By W. Seligman on 02-26-04

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Children of Dune

    • By: Frank Herbert
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Simon Vance
    • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,161
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,169
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,184

    The sand-blasted world of Arrakis has become green, watered, and fertile. Old Paul Atreides, who led the desert Fremen to political and religious domination of the galaxy, is gone. But for the children of Dune, the very blossoming of their land contains the seeds of its own destruction. The altered climate is destroying the giant sandworms, and this in turn is disastrous for the planet's economy.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • great story, more production problems

    • By Ziya on 04-22-08

    Regular price: $39.93

    • Foundation and Empire

    • By: Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,440
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,761
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,765

    The Foundation novels of Isaac Asimov are one of the great masterworks of science fiction. Unsurpassed for their unique blend of nonstop action, daring ideas, and extensive world-building, they chronicle the struggle of a courageous group of men and women to preserve humanity's light against an inexorable tide of darkness and violence.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Masterpiece

    • By Lynwood on 06-17-12

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Dawn

    • Xenogenesis, Book 1
    • By: Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated by: Aldrich Barrett
    • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,788
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,530
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,531

    In a world devastated by nuclear war with humanity on the edge of extinction, aliens finally make contact. They rescue those humans they can, keeping most survivors in suspended animation while the aliens begin the slow process of rehabilitating the planet. When Lilith Iyapo is "awakened", she finds that she has been chosen to revive her fellow humans in small groups by first preparing them to meet the utterly terrifying aliens, then training them to survive on the wilderness that the planet has become. But the aliens cannot help humanity without altering it forever.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I couldn't tell if I loved it or hated it.

    • By Lindsay on 01-31-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • God Emperor of Dune

    • By: Frank Herbert
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,842
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,148
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,163

    More than 3,000 years have passed since the first events recorded in Dune. Only one link survives with those tumultuous times: the grotesque figure of Leto Atreides, son of the prophet Paul Muad'Dib, and now the virtually immortal God Emperor of Dune. He alone understands the future, and he knows with a terrible certainty that the evolution of his race is at an end unless he can breed new qualities into his species.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Almost as good as the original

    • By Joel D Offenberg on 12-03-09

    Regular price: $39.93

    • A Clockwork Orange

    • By: Anthony Burgess
    • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
    • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,127
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,655
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,649

    A vicious 15-year-old droog is the central character of this 1963 classic, a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom. In Anthony Burgess' nightmare vision of the future, where the criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends' social pathology.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book, great narration, but not for everyone

    • By Steve on 06-28-09

    Regular price: $27.37

    • The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Vol. 2-A

    • The Greatest Science Fiction Novellas of All Time Chosen by the Members of The Science Fiction Writers of America
    • By: Theodore Sturgeon, Ben Bova - editor, Lester del Rey, and others
    • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla, Kevin T. Collins, Mark Boyett, and others
    • Length: 24 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 169
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 152
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 152

    This volume is the definitive collection of the best science fiction novellas published between 1929 and 1964, containing 11 great classics. No anthology better captures the birth of science fiction as a literary field. Published in 1973 to honor stories that had appeared before the institution of the Nebula Awards, The Science Fiction Hall of Fame introduced tens of thousands to the wonders of science fiction and was a favorite of libraries across the country.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 'Greatest' is the word...

    • By dutch wolff on 06-21-18

    Regular price: $31.47

    • Second Foundation

    • By: Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,752
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,144
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,156

    The fate of the Foundation rests on young Arcadia Darell, only 14 years old and burdened with a terrible secret. As its scientists gird for a final showdown with the Mule, the survivors of the First Foundation begin their desperate search. They too want the Second Foundation destroyed, before it destroys them.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • epic classic sci fi wonderment

    • By rudy on 02-19-13

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Blade Runner

    • Based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
    • By: Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4,881
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,193
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4,201

    It was January 2021, and Rick Deckard had a license to kill. Somewhere among the hordes of humans out there lurked several rogue androids. Deckard's assignment: find them and then..."retire" them. Trouble was, the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they didn't want to be found!

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Asking the important questions 50 years on

    • By Ian C Robertson on 05-09-12
    • Based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
    • By: Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
    • Release date: 11-27-07
    • 4 out of 5 stars 4,881 ratings

    Regular price: $27.93

    • Cat's Cradle

    • By: Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated by: Tony Roberts
    • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,486
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,009
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,010

    Cat's Cradle is Kurt Vonnegut's satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planet's ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist; a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer; and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny. A book that left an indelible mark on an entire generation of readers, Cat's Cradle is one of this century's most important works...and Vonnegut at his very best.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • KV at his best.

    • By Robert on 06-22-12

    Regular price: $23.95

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