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METAtropolis: Green Space Audiobook Review

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METAtropolis: Green Space

Written by: Jay Lake, Elizabeth Bear, Karl Schroeder, Seanan McGuire, Tobias S. Buckell, Mary Robinette Kowal, Ken Scholes
Narrated by: Dion Graham, Robin Miles, Mark Boyett, Scott Brick, Allyson Johnson, Sanjiv Jhaveri, Jennifer Van Dyck, Jonathan Davis
Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
Series: METAtropolis, Book 3
Release Date:10-15-13, Publisher: Audible Frontiers

Warning! You’re entering serious geek territory! Only authorized geeky personnel is to proceed beyond this point! OK, I’m kidding but seriously, this is some awesome hardcore sci-fi stuff. When a few years ago I started listening to audiobooks, one of the first books that I listened to was the original METAtropolis and I can say without any doubt that it was that moment I got completely hooked on the medium. If you haven’t read it, it’s a collection of five novellas specifically written for this book by award-winning sci-fi authors and narrated by actors from the awesome Battlestar Galactica TV show and other A Team voice talent. I just can’t recommend it enough. After hungrily plowing through it I immediately got my little hands on the next installment of this series – METAtropolis: Cascadia and indulged in some more amazing science fiction from these talented authors. That was somewhere around 2011 or 2012, I think. Imagine my recent reaction when I found out there’s a new third book. Read the rest of this entry

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The Islanders by Christopher Priest Audiobook Review

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The Islanders

Written by: Christopher Priest

Narrated by: Michael Maloney

Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins

Format: Unabridged

Release Date:12-17-12

Publisher: Audible Ltd

The Islanders is the type of book that’s not going to be universally liked by everyone. Not that there is something hard to understand in it or it’s flawed, but because, at least in my opinion, it doesn’t fit in the classic definition for a science fiction novel. I had my suspicions after experiencing The Prestige and my expectations were for something out of the ordinary that will surprise me. I wasn’t disappointed. Read the rest of this entry

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Audiobook Jungle readers can get a free copy of A Little Short For An Alien or any other audiobook when they sign up for an Audible account. Click the image to get your free audiobook.

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A Little Short for an Alien

Written by: Frances Pauli

Narrated by: Eric Vincent

Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins

Format: Unabridged

Release Date:03-28-13

Publisher: Frances Pauli

I really enjoyed this little collection of short sci-fi stories. They were fun and entertaining – perfect to just relax a little bit and have a good chuckle. Let’s see what’s in the box: Read the rest of this entry

The Device by Patrick Skelton

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The Device Audiobook Review

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The Device by Patrick Skelton

Written by: Patrick Skelton

Narrated by: Kurt Feldner

Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins

Format: Unabridged

Release Date:10-04-13

Publisher: Patrick Skelton

The Device by Patrick Skelton seemed like an intriguing sci-fi story so I couldn’t resist reading it. A mysterious device, a troubled man on a quest to uncover the secrets of his past  and a chilling discovery that might change the world. What’s not to like? It’s an interesting premise and the author largely delivers. Read the rest of this entry

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Gravity Pulls Through Audiobook Review

written by James Hitchins, music by Alvine Spetz, narrated by Keith Allen

Gravity Pulls Through by James Hitchins and Alvine Spetz, narrated by Keith Allen

I love short fiction and especially short sci-fi stories! When done right they’re so powerful and engaging and just make you think! Gravity Pulls Through is such a story for me. It’s very well written with some witty dialogue and complemented by some (a little weird) music by Alvin Spetz which makes it so much more unique. I don’t think I’ve encountered another audiobook that has short song breaks throughout the story. I found it a little strange at first but the more I think of it, the more I like the idea. I don’t know if I’d prefer my novels that way, but for the short story format it certainly works well. Read the rest of this entry

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Pacific Rim Audiobook Review: The Official Movie Novelization By Alex Irvine, Narrated by Christian Rummel, Jay Snyder

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Pacific Rim: The Official Movie Novelization

Written by: Alex Irvine

Narrated by: Christian Rummel, Jay Snyder

Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date: 07-12-13

Publisher: Audible Studios

You know how it happens. A big-budget Holywood movie comes out, makes a bunch of money for the studio and of course they want to squeeze every last dollar possible. So naturally as a part of the modern publishing process, they make a book version of the movie and release it after the flick is in the cinemas. It keeps up the hype and can be a good secondary income stream. Generally speaking these books aren’t that good but thankfully they don’t do novelizations for all movies that come out. On the cover it says it’s based on the movie, but what really that means is it’s based on the movie script.

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The Lost Fleet: Dauntless Audiobook Review Written by: Jack Campbell, Narrated by: Christian Rummel

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The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

Written by: Jack Campbell

Narrated by: Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell

Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins

Series: Lost Fleet, Book 1

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date: 03-20-08

Publisher: Audible Studios

The Lost Fleet: Dauntless by Jack Campbell is a military sci-fi novel and the first book in The Lost Fleet series. John “Black Jack” Geary’s emergency pod has just been recovered from deep space after a century of cold-sleep hibernation. He was considered dead after his heroic last stand against enemy spaceships, allowing the remaining Alliance fleet ships escape. His actions went into the history books as the famous battle of Grendel and every child in the Alliance grew up with exaggerated tales about Black Jack and how some day he’ll come back to save everybody. Read the rest of this entry

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Blindsight Audiobook Review by: Peter Watts, Narrated by: T. Ryder Smith

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Blindsight

Written by: Peter Watts

Narrated by: T. Ryder Smith

Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date: 10-23-08

Publisher: Recorded Books

To be honest I don’t think I’ve heard of or read anything from Peter Watts before Blindsight. If everything he’s written before is half as good, I’ll certainly be reading it at some point. Straight to the point – Blindsight is probably the best Sci-Fi audiobook I’ve read this year. Let me tell you why.

Blindsight has most of the elements that are common in Sci-Fi novels – the plot unfolds in the future, somewhere near the end of the century, we have some sort of a post-economic society where working is not mandatory, the human body and mind are completely explored and can be easily fixed, manipulated and upgraded as easily and routinely as it is to get an appendix removed or go the dentist. We’ve somewhat explored the Solar system – a few bases on Mars and several other planets but no interstelar travel. Yet, there are very unique themes and cool ideas I’ve not encoutered elsewhere. Read the rest of this entry

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An audiobook review of Street: Empathy by Ryan A. Span, narrated by Nicole Quinn

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Street: Empathy

Written by: Ryan A. Span

Narrated by: Nicole Quinn

Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date: 05-11-12

Publisher: Gryphonwood Press

The first half of the audiobook was excellent. I was paying attention. I was sucked in. The narrator Nicole Quinn did such a good job with all the voices. No complaints there. The story showed a lot of promise, luring me into intoxicating murals of wildly creative mind trips painted underneath the feet of unsuspecting characters that are put straight into potentially huge plot revelations. Read the rest of this entry

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A review of The Host Audiobook by Stephenie Meyer

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The Host: A Novel

Written by: Stephenie Meyer

Narrated by: Kate Reading

Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date: 06-09-08

Publisher: Hachette Audio

There’s no doubt – The Host is superior to the Twilight Series, probably given it is designed for adults, rather than teens, and I fall in that first category.

Quite interesting insights into a genre that hasn’t been explored much. Take Robert Heinlein’s “The Puppet Masters” or maybe ABC Televesion’s recently unsuccessful series “Invasion”, jump 3 years after some symbiotic aliens have successfully crushed Earth and many of its human population then tell  a story from the point of view of a good alien introduced right into a hostile host then you have the beginning of The Host. Read the rest of this entry

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