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  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,467

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking but overconfident

  • By Jan W. H. Schnupp on 24-09-15

Life changing ideas

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

Read only if you are prepared to have everything you think you know turned upside down.

Warning contains Revolutionary ideas!

  • The X-Files: Cold Cases

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,161

Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - and adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs ( The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), Cold Cases marks yet another thrilling addition to the pantheon of X-Files stories. Featuring a mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo's investigations like never before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • oh, how I missed it.

  • By evgenia on 18-07-17

In keeping with the best of original series!

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

Reviewed: 24-08-17

Execellent book following up on the original series. Performed by the original stars.
All the favorites are back!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fear the Survivors

  • The Fear Saga, Book 2
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,028
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,938
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,933

The Earth lies shaken in the aftermath of a conspiracy. Some of the smartest minds on the planet have striven for and died in an effort to scour the skies of four vast alien satellites, but their success has brought a terrible vengeance down upon us. While alien agents stalk the Earth, a team of exhausted scientists and military outcasts struggle to fight them among a planet on the brink - the brink of plague, the brink of war, and the brink of an invasion larger than they can possibly imagine. But they have allies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blown away!

  • By MrMatt on 01-02-16

Excellent! smartly written, gripping

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

Reviewed: 22-04-16

I loved it , very gripping story, one of the sci fi novels in awhile.

  • Rising Above a Toxic Workplace

  • Taking Care of Yourself in an Unhealthy Environment
  • By: Gary Chapman, Paul White, Harold Myra
  • Narrated by: Wes Bleed
  • Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 14

In Rising Above a Toxic Workplace, you'll learn how to endure, cope, or quit if necessary. Drawing from authentic - sometimes horrific - real-life stories, authors Gary Chapman, Paul White, and Harold Myra blend their expertise to give you practical guidance, empowering insight, and realistic hope. You'll discover: how workplaces can become unhealthy and how to avoid getting wounded; what drives toxic leaders and why they are so damaging to those around them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Some pratical work-life advice

  • By Francisco on 05-07-15

Some pratical work-life advice

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

Reviewed: 05-07-15

It does start out a bit slow, focusing mainly on anecdotes from various people's experiences. However, it does evolving into examining the choices these people made and their outcomes and giving some practical advice on the topic of difficult bosses and toxic workplaces. Most of the advice and analysis comes in the last 1.5 hours, and includes things to look out for to identify a toxic boss/workplace.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Excession

  • Culture Series, Book 5
  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055

Two and a half millennia ago, the artifact appeared in a remote corner of space, beside a trillion-year-old dying sun from a different universe. It was a perfect black-body sphere, and it did nothing. Then it disappeared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb story, better narration

  • By Marc on 22-03-13

Fascinating tale of a Galactic Society

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

Reviewed: 06-05-15

My first Ian M. Banks novel and it’s in the middle of the series of novels about “The Culture”.
Fascinating and interesting, Ian had a gift for envisioning the future. Here sentient IA’s play the principal roles in this galactic tale.
The story is complex and it helps to have read or listened to the first novels in The Culture series from Ian Banks. This being my first book I did have to do some re-listening to try to understand all that was going on. Now I will have to go and start with the first books in the series and perhaps listen to this again. But all in all a very good sci fi novel.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Remaining

  • By: D. J. Molles
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 174

In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Books 1-4 are some of the best work in the genre!

  • By Mr. A. J. H. Jackson on 30-09-13

Zombie Virus tale - Well written - Gulity Pleasure

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

Reviewed: 11-02-15

While books (graphic novels) by Robert Kirkman & Max Brooks are the best in the Genre), The Remaining is Zombie Virus tale that is well written and engaging.
The story is thorough in painting the details of a special forces warrior (and his craft) and how he might engage a post apocalyptic world and think through the many horror this new world presents.

A guilty pleasure, but an enjoyable one for fans of the genre or horror fans.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Hobbit

  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,781
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,068
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,076

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further than the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag End. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of 13 dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an unexpected journey ‘there and back again’. They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!!!

  • By Stuart on 12-06-11

A Wonderful Classic Tale

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

Reviewed: 29-11-14

Excellently delivered, great performance.

Great story of course and it will keep you hooked. Very entertaining and enjoyable.

Takes me back to memories of having stories read to us by our mother whilst we listened in bed.

  • Lucifer's Hammer

  • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 24 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 501

The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best-of genre

  • By Tara on 24-12-12

A 1970’s take on the End of the World

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

Reviewed: 09-09-13

Before Deep Impact, before Armageddon there was Lucifer’s Hammer.

The novel is Crichton-nesque in its foundation in real science and level of detail; they carefully build the story and it teaches you a lot about comets/meteors and the havoc they can cause.

It was told from a 1970’s perspective; but good story telling doesn’t go out of fashion and it actually it’s a bit interesting looking back it after 40 years it ages well, almost a period sci-fi piece.

The Authors Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle are very well read and they disperse at the beginning of chapter insightful quotes from various other authors throughout the book. It helps make for very interesting reading, and I think I’ve added several new books on my to-read list.

It does start slow, but you need to have little patience while he builds the characters for you.

After the strike the second story begins, and it is as riveting as the telling of the strike and preparation for it are. It held my attention to the end.
An Interesting and satisfying read.

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Gullible's Travels

  • The Adventures of a Bad Taste Tourist
  • By: Cash Peters
  • Narrated by: Cash Peters
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

For years, British journalist Cash Peters trekked around Europe and America visiting some of the tackiest attractions in the world for his hugely popular public-radio series, The Bad Taste Tours. But a guy can only take so much. Now, as Peters prepares to leave his travel-reporting days behind forever, he takes us along on some of the more ridiculous journeys and adventures of his career.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • ok

  • By Rowan on 21-10-10

Goofy, funny, and insightful travel yarn

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

Reviewed: 09-09-13

You pretty much get what you are expecting,
An audio book about the goofy travels of a goofy reporter named Cash Peters.
Its entertaining and informative, and he does make some good/funny observations.
The ending almost has a love story to it (almost). He does wrap it up well.
It kept my interest and I did laugh.
Warning: Cash Peter’s own voice can get a bit wearing after awhile (goofy), so you may need to break up listening sessions.
Still I recommend it!

  • The Climb

  • By: Anatoli Boukreev, G. Weston DeWalt
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

The Climb is a true, gripping, and thought-provoking account of the worst disaster in the history of Mt. Everest: On May 10, 1996, two commercial expeditions headed by experienced leaders attempted to climb the highest mountain in the world, but things went terribly wrong...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Climb

  • By Guy on 15-06-07

If you read Into Thin Air, you must hear this

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-12

Gripping and suspenseful, the story of the tragic 1996 Everest disaster that cost many people their lives as told from the point of view of one of the guides from the Mountain Madness team who survived. To note that Anatoli Boukreev is one of the best high altitude climbers of his day and his story provides an expert's insight into what happened and also commentary on the risky sport of climbing the world's tallest peaks. This story is told in part as an answer to John Krakauer's version of the event in Into Thin Air, it fills in details that Krakauer failed to or didn't wish to present in his book. It also goes beyond the just telling of the fateful Everest disaster but also tells of Anatoli's return trek to the mountain afterward. It is a fascinating listen!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful