In a dystopian Great Britain run by a corporate entity called The Company, fines are levied for all crimes, even those as serious as murder. The rich, who can pay these penalties, go free. Those who can't are sentenced to hard labor and become society's underclass. Narrator Peter Kenny, through his smooth, effective use of accents, reminds the listener that this future Britain... Read More
In the latest installment in Okorafor's immersive series, Binti must use all her skills and power as a Master Harmonizer to end the war between the Khoush and Meduse. Narrator Robin Miles's earnest tones and increasing urgency heighten Binti's journey, while her pacing and precision ground readers in the history essential to this series. Capturing the ferocity and intimacy of... Read More
Originally published in 1992, this sci-fi story explores a complex question: Should rights be afforded to evolving artificial intelligence, and how would those rights fit into the political structure of a world of inhabited planets? Narrator Pamela Lorence creates an atmosphere of both solidarity and competition among a crew that is hired to transport a wealthy corporate... Read More
A skilled, diverse ensemble cast narrates Wilson's immersive, hard-hitting tales of technology, humanity, and their many inevitable intersections. From robots and teleporters to cataclysmic events, Wilson's pieces share common themes, but each is unique in its scope and style, and the choice of a separate narrator for each segment helps ground listeners in the specific reality... Read More
Narrator Wil Wheaton's amiable, engaging performance perfectly suits author Scalzi's blend of snarky dialogue and twisty plot. Part near-future sci-fi and part police procedural, the story follows FBI agent Chris Shane as he investigates the suspicious death of a professional athlete. Hilketa is a wildly popular sport played by "threeps"--robot-like machines controlled by the... Read More
What could be better than a dinosaur on a beach? Scott Brick describing the dinosaur, that's what. We're in luck, then, as Brick performs his usual magic with ferocious beasts, mad scientists, and mere mortals in this bestselling sequel to JURASSIC PARK. You've probably guessed that not all the dinosaurs died after running amok in that ill-conceived dinosaur theme park.... Read More
Urbane, assured, and at ease, narrator Bronson Pinchot sounds like he's sitting on a white leather couch reading this collection of smart short stories and essays in a postmodern penthouse overlooking--well, the universe. With its finely honed eye and ear for scientific realism and thoughtful detail, this collection of ahead-of-their-time gems covers some of Larry Niven's... Read More
Soneela Nankani narrates this combination of science fiction and alternate history with a deft and subtle touch that reinforces the story's blurred reality. Elsie outwardly seems like any fashionable young woman of 1925, but inside she knows that she is really the "Mem" called Dolores Extract 1. Mems are human-shaped vessels for extracted memories that aren't supposed to have... Read More
In the near future, a shady organization sends eight convicts and one tyrannical overseer on a high-risk mission to Mars. What could possibly go wrong? Narrator William Hope is a good match for protagonist Frank Kittridge. Frank is a relatively decent everyman, wearily resigned to a life sentence for murdering his son's drug dealer. But then comes the unlikely chance to build a... Read More
A riveting listen from start to finish! A retired war hero is summoned to another planet to investigate the disappearance of a VIP's son. But he's not being told the whole story. This new sci-fi offers the perfect blend of science fiction, mystery, military strategy, humor, and momentum. R.C. Bray is the perfect narrator for Carl Butler, as his gruff voice fits the shrewd,... Read More
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, two familiar rogues become embroiled in a quest to save civilization from certain doom. Marc Thompson, Daniel José Older, and January LaVoy co-narrate a story that spans 20 years and 12 (or so) parsecs. Having three narrators helps to keep the story's three timelines distinct: Thompson narrates the bulk of the story, which takes place... Read More
After THE FORCE AWAKENS revitalized Star Wars and launched a new film trilogy, THE LAST JEDI arrived as the thoughtful, challenging second chapter. The novelization, and the audiobook in particular, further enriches the story. Top-notch production values, ambient sound effects, and the iconic orchestral music immediately immerse the listener in a galaxy far, far away. And Marc... Read More
Marooned in outer space, Gulliver Foyle is a vengeful yet curiously sympathetic everyman in Alfred Bester's 1950s sci-fi classic. While he is badly flawed--he's a rapist, among other problems--as portrayed by Gerard Doyle, he's absolutely mesmerizing. Bester modeled the plot on another classic, Dumas's COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO. Instead of an island, Foyle is stuck on a dying... Read More
Despite narrator Lisa Renee Pitts's warm, listenable voice, her inconsistent pacing occasionally obscures this new take on Holmes and Watson by fantasy writer Claire O'Dell. The detective pair are now lesbian women of color in a near-future America engulfed in civil war. Watson, a surgeon, lost an arm in service and is coping with PTSD. Holmes is on the trail of greedy... Read More
In this charming audiobook about second chances, Johnny Heller proves himself a great choice as narrator. In a nutshell, Thomas Weaver wasted his life after suffering a tragedy as a teenager. After the 54-year-old alcoholic commits suicide in 2016, he wakes up in his bedroom in 1976, back in his 15-year-old body. Given a do-over, Thomas resolves to be a better man in his second... Read More
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