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  • Shadow of the Giant

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: David Birney, Scott Brick, Full Cast
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Bean, once the smallest student at the Battle School, and Ender Wiggin's right hand, has grown to be a power on Earth. He served the Hegemon as strategist and general in the terrible wars that followed Ender's defeat of the alien empire attacking Earth. Now he wishes for a safe place to build a family, something he has never known, but there is nowhere on Earth that does not harbor his enemies; old enemies from the days in Ender's Jeesh, new enemies from the wars on Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Some editing errors.

  • By Amazon Customer on 30-01-2019

A nice finish to the series

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

Reviewed: 20-12-2018

Less stuff happens in this wrap up of the series as the story focuses more on relationships. It's like a fond farewell to these characters we've known since they were 6.

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  • Foundation

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration but Asimov feels dated/Hubris

  • By mcfrood on 23-06-2016

An imperfect classic

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-07-2018

This is classic, old school sci fi. That said, whilst some parts are great, other sections just aren't very interesting. Overall the concept of psycho history is a winner and sets the stage for a great series that gets better.

  • Ender's Game

  • Special 20th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293

Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One if the most gripping audio books ever

  • By Thanh on 29-01-2019

Best sci fi book ever?

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

Reviewed: 15-05-2018

This is probably my favourite piece of fiction. It's a masterpiece. If you like sci fi, this is required reading. If you don't like sci fi it's still highly recommended.

  • Pathfinder

  • Book 1
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing and original

  • By Renee on 26-04-2018

Intriguing and original

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

Reviewed: 26-04-2018

I've not come across anything quite like this. It's a bit inconsistent, sometimes I drifted out of the story, but I definitely want to know what happens next.

  • The Wife Drought

  • By: Annabel Crabb
  • Narrated by: Annabel Crabb
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

'I need a wife'. It's a common joke among women juggling work and family, but it's no joke. Having a spouse who takes care of things at home is a godsend on the domestic front and an asset on the work front and is an advantage enjoyed by vastly more men than women. Full of candid and funny stories from politics and the media, The Wife Drought shares intriguing research about the attitudes pulsing beneath the surface of egalitarian Australia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A laugh when maybe it shouldn't be.

  • By Anonymous User on 28-03-2018

Better than Lean In - if you're Australian

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

Reviewed: 15-04-2018

There's a lot of sound logic and insight in here. I'd love books on this topic to focus less on the big earners in the population but I understand that's the author's primary context.

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  • The Name of the Wind

  • The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 28 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,263
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,063
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,061

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe.You may have heard of me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Gretta on 18-03-2015

Great story. Brilliant Narration.

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

Reviewed: 13-02-2018

The voice work here is simply the best I've heard. the story is also excellent. My only gripe is that it's quite long for a story that only seemed to be reaching top gear just before it finished.

  • Shadow Puppets

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Best selling SF author Orson Scott Card brings to life a new chapter in the saga of Ender's Earth.

Earth and its society have been changed irrevocably in the aftermath of Ender Wiggin's victory over the Formics. The unity forced upon the warring nations by an alien enemy has shattered. Nations are rising again, seeking territory and influence, and most of all, seeking to control the skills and loyalty of the children from the Battle School.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfying entry into the series

  • By Renee on 03-01-2018

Satisfying entry into the series

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

Reviewed: 03-01-2018

Don't start the series with this book as it's the journey of several key characters that stands out here. Multiple characters reach key points in their stories and it's all very satisfying.

  • The Well of Ascension

  • Mistborn, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 29 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,046
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 983
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 979

The impossible has happened. The Lord Ruler is dead. But so too is Kelsier, the man who masterminded the triumph. The awesome task of rebuilding the world has been left to his protege Vin - a onetime street urchin, now the most powerful Mistborn in the land. Worryingly for her, Vin has become the focus of a new religion, a development that leaves her intensely uneasy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Constantin P. on 23-01-2015

One of my favourite series

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

Reviewed: 31-08-2017

An excellent blend of authentic fantasy world and straight up cool fantasy nerd stuff. Serious but humorous. Full of action but doesn't rush the character stuff. The rules around the world's magic are great. Characters are very likable, something often lacking in gritty fantasy stories these days.

  • Fear the Future

  • The Fear Saga, Book 3
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771

Piloted by a six-year-old girl, the godlike Skalm guards the Districts of TASC. Her family is long dead. Her adopted father is a synthetic copy of an alien, her nanny an artificial mind connected via subspace to every part of the globe, feeding the young girl information, finding prey to satiate her growing thirst. But the young girl is an innocent, a victim, one of millions the war has already claimed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worth reading for the conclusion.

  • By Dale Christopher on 02-10-2016

I gave up

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

Reviewed: 25-05-2017

This series started so well but got worse with each installment. This one got boring early on as I lost interest in all the characters who had originally intrigued me. It's a shame as the series had some great moments.

  • Speaker for the Dead

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, Pathetic narration

  • By Peter on 13-08-2014

One of the greats

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

Reviewed: 27-02-2017

Brainy sequel to Ender's Game is thinking sci fi at its best. Quality narrators too.