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  • Noumenon Infinity

  • By: Marina J. Lostetter
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 19 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Travel to the remotest reaches of deep space in this wondrous follow-up to the acclaimed Noumenon - a tale of exploration, adventure, science and humanity with the sweep and intelligence of the works of Arthur C. Clarke, Neal Stephenson and Octavia Butler. Generations ago, Convoy Seven left Earth on a journey to a distant star. Eons later, the convoy has returned to LQ Pyx to begin work on the Web, the alien megastructure that covers the star.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Pedestrian

  • By johnnie on 28-12-2018

Pedestrian

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

Reviewed: 28-12-2018

The narrative is painfully slow with characters that have very little emotional reach and are generally stereotypes. The narrator uses unnecessary voicings for female characters. The storyline is interesting but with 2 dimensional characters.

  • MaddAddam

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne, Bob Walter, Robbie Daymond
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

A man-made plague has swept the Earth, but a small group survives, along with the green-eyed Crakers - a gentle species bio-engineered to replace humans. Toby, one-time member of the Gods Gardeners and expert in mushrooms and bees, is still in love with street-smart Zeb, who has an interesting past. The Crakers’ reluctant prophet, Snowman-the-Jimmy, is hallucinating; Amanda is in shock from a Painballer attack; and Ivory Bill yearns for the provocative Swift Fox, who is flirting with Zeb.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Writing excellent. Production disappointing.

  • By johnnie on 16-12-2018

Writing excellent. Production disappointing.

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

Reviewed: 16-12-2018

Why does audible have to turn some books into radio plays? This and the previous book have been naively embellished with multiple readers, and in the case of the former book in the series, music. This is such good writing; please don’t reduce it.

  • Borne

  • By: Jeff VanderMeer
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

A ruined city of the future lives in fear of a despotic, gigantic flying bear, driven mad by the tortures inflicted on him by the Company, a mysterious biotech firm. A scavenger, Rachel, finds a creature entangled in his fur. She names it Borne. At first Borne looks like nothing at all - a green lump that might be a discard from the Company. But he reminds Rachel of her homeland, an island nation long lost to rising seas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling writing

  • By johnnie on 23-09-2018

Compelling writing

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

Reviewed: 23-09-2018

Not really my kind of sci fi, but within the realms of plausibility. Most importantly, this is a deeply human description at of our most open best.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Good Man

  • By: Linda Nagata
  • Narrated by: Liisa Ivary
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Scarred by war, in pursuit of truth. Army veteran True Brighton left the service when the development of robotic helicopters made her training as a pilot obsolete. Now she works at Requisite Operations, a private military company established by friend and former Special Ops soldier Lincoln Han. Robotics, big data, and artificial intelligence are all tools used to augment the skills of veteran warfighters-for-hire. But the tragedy of war is still measured in human casualties.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful

  • By johnnie on 01-04-2018

Awful

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

Reviewed: 01-04-2018

This is a very badly written book and very boring. Full of cliche and for such a thin narrative, very slow.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Coyote Destiny

  • A Novel of Interstellar Civilization
  • By: Allen Steele
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim, Allen Steele
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

The arrival of a ship from Earth after their long isolation from their home world leaves the inhabitants of Coyote both hopeful and wary. The lone passenger brings news - both good and bad.The good news is that there was a survivor of the long-ago explosion of the Robert E. Lee and he is living still on Earth, in the ruined city called Boston. The bad news is that the person responsible for that act of terrorism is also still alive - and somewhere on Coyote.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable read, but.

  • By johnnie on 11-08-2017

An enjoyable read, but.

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

Reviewed: 11-08-2017

Overall this was an interesting narrative. However, the young male hero was painful as he was inarticulate and usually responded to things said to him with, "what?" or some other utterance of incredulity; not the sharpest tool in the shed.

  • Zoe's Tale

  • Old Man's War, Book 4
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

"I'm Zoe Boutin Perry: A colonist stranded on a deadly pioneer world. Holy icon to a race of aliens. A player in a interstellar chess match to save humanity. Seventeen years old. Everyone on Earth knows the tale I am part of. But you don't know my tale: I'm going to tell it to you now, the only way I know how: not straight but true, the whole thing, to try make you feel what I felt: the joy and terror and uncertainty, panic and wonder, despair and hope."

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful

  • By johnnie on 11-07-2017

Awful

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

Reviewed: 11-07-2017

This was tedious and saccharine. Pure shmultz. I'm not sure what this book contributes to the ongoing series. I have given this author a good go with 8 books. Enough now.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Consider Phlebas

  • Culture Series, Book 1
  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 192

The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction - cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Principles were at stake. There could be no surrender. Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant universe. Decent plot and characters

  • By Anonymous User on 16-06-2017

Witty, intelligent writing.

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

Reviewed: 02-09-2016

Although not hard science this book is rich in the possibilities of the enormous engineering constructions of the far future. Beautifully written, witty and intelligent. The reading is also superb.

  • The Lost Starship

  • By: Vaughn Heppner
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

Ten thousand years ago, a single alien super-ship survived a desperate battle. The vessel's dying crew set the AI on automatic to defend the smashed rubble of their planet. Legend has it the faithful ship continues to patrol the empty battlefield, obeying its last order throughout the lonely centuries.In the here and now, Earth needs a miracle. Out of the Beyond invade the New Men, stronger, faster and smarter than the old. Their superior warships and advanced technology destroy every fleet sent to stop them.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I didn't think I would make it to the end

  • By johnnie on 31-07-2016

I didn't think I would make it to the end

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

Reviewed: 31-07-2016

The Scottish accent was so appalling that I only just managed it. Apart from that the book is a clichéd yarn that invents science as a soap opera backdrop. Warm poo

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Remanence

  • Confluence, Book 2
  • By: Jennifer Foehner Wells
  • Narrated by: Susanna Burney, Mark Linden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Defying NASA, Jane Holloway, the linguist of the Providence expedition, commandeers the alien ship that crew explored. She sets off to return that ship's navigator to his home world, determined to discover who was behind the genocide that destroyed his original crew. But when she gets there, she finds his world devastated by the same plague. The remaining members of his race, uniquely gifted at navigating the stars, are stranded across the galaxy. And someone doesn't want those lost navigators found.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Let down by the narration

  • By Hugh on 04-08-2016

Unnecessary narration

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

Reviewed: 29-07-2016

The use of two narrators is distracting and limits the text. This is not theatre and only serves to reduce the broader experience a reader/listener can experience. Theatre is a different language and achieves a depth by other means; this confusion of the two is a reduction in either form (theatre is written differently). The beauty of text is that it allows imagination; we are quite capable of hearing a feminine or masculine voice without it being made obvious. This does the author a disservice.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Battle Cruiser

  • Lost Colonies, Book 1
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

One starship will either save Earth or destroy her. A century ago our star erupted, destroying Earth's wormhole network and closing off trade with her colonized planets. After being out of contact with the younger worlds for so many years, humanity is shocked when a huge ship appears at the edge of the solar system. Our outdated navy investigates, both curious and fearful. What they learn from the massive vessel shocks the planet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Battle cruiser

  • By Shane on 16-01-2016

2 dimensional

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

Reviewed: 27-07-2016

The narrative is stereotypical and Disneyesque. The characters are clichéd and the dialogue is wooden. The Narrator managed to make the hero sound constantly panic stricken.