Narrator Luke Daniels brings to life an exciting military sci-fi perfect for fans of The Expanse series. In the aftermath of an interplanetary war, animosity remains even as the antagonistic civilizations that were involved strive to recover. Daniels's clear, precise enunciation keeps even the technical jargon manageable, and his portrayals of characters and delivery of... Read More
Benjamin Fife takes on a massive task as narrator of these Mormon steampunk stories. Because steampunk requires a major suspension of disbelief, having a narrator who grounds the stories is vital. Fife is up to the task. As the characters in the tales do mind-bending actions such as reanimating Brigham Young and battling automatons, Fife keeps his composure and simply narrates... Read More
Frankie Corzo narrates this novella about a woman who has been given three wishes. The story is set two years after the end of the world. Marisol, an award-winning playwright and premed student, is portrayed with a careful determination as she meticulously plots her wishes to restore the world and prevent future catastrophe. Richard, previously a theater critic and now a... Read More
Given her previous experience as a narrator, it's not surprising that author Mary Robinette Kowal expertly voices her own alternative- history sci-fi novel. After a meteorite blasts through earth's atmosphere, it destroys the eastern coast of the United States, setting off cataclysmic changes. Mathematician and former WWII WASP pilot Elma hopes to put her skills to use as an... Read More
GraphicAudio provides perfect voices and sound effects for their latest adventure tale as Captain Marvel returns to space, along with super-friends, to free women from enslavement on a far-off planet. The sound effects, which sometimes mimic sirens--to the confusion of listeners who are driving--are effective, though they could be toned down a bit. The author pays homage to... Read More
Narrators Tim Reynolds, John Curless, Moira Quirk, James Langton, and Rendah Heywood work together to bring this thrilling Red Rising installment to life. Darrow and his allies continue to face the fallout of their fight to win a system-wide war, and the stakes are only getting higher. The story revolves around a caste system based on race, which demands narrators who can... Read More
Narrator Jason Isaacs's voice is the perfect mix of insistent, pedantic, and scornful as he portrays the AI inside the head of an "instrument" that is sent on a mission to gather valuable biological materials on what's left of Tellus--or Earth. Listeners are directly addressed by Isaacs as if they, too, are on this mission. They too experience alarm and curiosity as the AI... Read More
Natalie Naudus narrates a sprawling space opera with elan, moving with ease from Earth to the farthest reaches of an alternate dimension. Vivian Liao, a wildly successful tech genius on the brink of her biggest achievement, is suddenly and shockingly pulled from the world she knows into an alternate, far-future timeline. While Viv could easily come across as bossy and... Read More
Malcom Hillgartner narrates a vast and expansive epic spanning the modern day and reaching into a technological afterlife. After a routine procedure, Richard "Dodge" Forthrast is pronounced medically dead, and his brain is scanned and stored in the cloud. Once technology advances, his brain is turned back on; thus, the Bitworld is created--a digital heaven for humanity.... Read More
In alternating chapters, Laura Nichol narrates from the perspectives of a Riot Grrl in 1992 and as a time traveler from 2022. There is a group of villains who are trying to wipe out women's rights and a group of heroines who are trying to stop them. This audiobook is rife with tension and angst, which Nichol handles magnificently. She embodies the characters and brings them to... Read More
That the moon is different from H.G. Wells's description doesn't matter a whit while listening to this marvelous collection of five classic tales from the famously imaginative author. Introduced by self-described Wells fan-boy Eli Roth, the stories are each read by a different British narrator in a feat of perfect casting. David Tennant's glottal Scots accent suits the shock of... Read More
Drawing from her Asian-American and theatrical background, narrator Emily Woo Zeller brings a rare intimacy and an exotic toughness to a meticulously drawn world of assassins, warriors, and thieves. This collection of 21 linked cutting-edge science fiction stories completes the author's Machineries of Empire series. Ranging in length from flash fiction to a full-blown novella,... Read More
A culture clash between humans and aliens is brought to life in the narration of Janina Edwards and Ron Butler. On the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, an interconnected community of families, friends, and lovers must adjust to the sometimes violent presence of the Ynaa, an advanced race of aliens who arrive on a mysterious research mission. Edwards and Butler... Read More
The warning in this atmospheric audiobook, the second in the Cas Russell series, is to be careful what you wish for. Portrayed by skillful narrator Lauren Fortgang, Cas, a math genius and a mercenary, is a mess. She even hears voices. Cas has the hubris to think she can cure an ultra-violent Los Angeles, which she helped to create through her actions in the series' first... Read More
P.J. Ochlan narrates a short story in which a White House staffer tries to find out where the president's brain has gone. After a series of scans reveals that the presidential skull is empty, his staff scrambles to discover its final resting place. Ochlan's wry narration is well suited to the story, while offering a hint of constrained humor. The work is short but filled with... Read More
This audiobook is such an star-spanning adventure that it requires three narrators to animate it. Kyla Garcia portrays Zahra, who leads a secret mission to claim House of Wisdom, an abandoned exploration vessel, to be the new home for her persecuted people. Vikas Adam portrays Jas, the only survivor of the disaster that shut down the ship a decade earlier. Kimberly Farr capably... Read More
Narrator James Fouhey serves up a delicious feast of a performance in this unusual combination of science fiction, philosophy, and food. When teenaged Kenna stumbles onto the opportunity for a meal at the greatest restaurant in the universe, he doesn't know that it will upend his entire existence. Fouhey gives his all to the melodramatic action of a high-stress space kitchen.... Read More
Yara Shahidi tackles the narration of this audiobook for comic legend Stan Lee. A young genius hacker homeschooled by her father and eager to reach out to the larger world finds a surprising connection with a YouTuber who was struck by lightning and given the ability to control electronics. Shahidi capably voices the young superheroes but stumbles over the narrative. Even... Read More
The brevity of Jeff VanderMeer's sci-fi tale belies its intensity and lingering effects on the listener's mind. Vikas Adam's performance as an unnamed protagonist who is employed as a writer heightens the listener's immersion into this richly imagined landscape. When an alien entity, referred to as a story-creature, burrows inside the writer, it initiates an unnerving,... Read More
In this sprawling apocalyptic audiobook, people in the U.S. are infected with a mysterious sleepwalking sickness. The sleepwalkers increase steadily in number as they march inexorably west across the country, and attempts to stop them by force produce grisly results. Narrators Dominic Hoffman and Xe Sands portray the many characters who converge around the sleepwalkers, trying... Read More
Narrator Katharine McEwan is the voice of Rivka Anoa, a magistrate who travels among the stars meting out justice. Thanks to some special abilities, she is able to determine the guilty from the innocent, combining the roles of judge, jury, and executioner into one. McEwan does an adequate job articulating the character's sass and groan-worthy sense of humour as she puts... Read More
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