"Relentless" might be the most appropriate term for this dark peek into the not-so-distant future when the effects of climate change are at their zenith. A group of surviving scientists, politicians, and citizens look back at a world of oceans rising, mass starvation, drought, and wars. A diverse group of bi- and trilingual voice talents brings a global and journalistic feel to... Read More
Bronson Pinchot expertly narrates this audiobook addition to the Aliens film franchise, set in a world 100 years after the Xenomorphs (or demons, as they are called here) landed and wiped out the majority of human homesteaders. Pinchot begins by narrating slowly and deliberately during the world-building, but he ramps up his pitch and speed as the tension mounts. He gives each... Read More
Narrator R.C. Bray's commanding voice perfectly suits this story of a disgraced colonel and a CEO's missing daughter. Carl Butler hoped to live out his days on an ignored planet but agrees to take on what should be a simple case: finding a missing daughter. He heads to a new colony, where he is soon on familiar ground as he encounters explosions and a corrupt government. Bray's... Read More
Paul McGann, the eighth Doctor (1996), returns to the Who universe to lead a stellar cast in this original audio tale that offers a strange twist. There's no time traveling. The TARDIS time machine is out of commission, and the good Doctor and his companions, merrily played by well-established British actors Nicola Walker and Hattie Morahan, must content themselves with making... Read More
Xe Sands narrates with a quiet tension that suits the slow creep of this sci-fi domestic thriller. Evelyn is an accomplished scientist in the field of cloning human adults, although her victories in advancing the controversial work feel bittersweet. Her husband, Nathan, is having an affair, but the sweet-voiced Martine isn't just another woman--Nathan has used Evelyn's own... Read More
Narrators Staci Mitchell and James Fouhey do an outstanding job keeping listeners grounded in the bizarre world of this sci-fi novel, the sequel to ESCAPING EXODUS. Reformers Doka and Seske are determined to lead their society into a more just future. Rather than exploiting the space beast they live inside and rely on for sustenance, they're attempting to live in symbiosis with... Read More
Jilly Bond and Imogen Wilde anchor the full cast that narrates this inventive work of speculative historical fiction set during the early days of the space race. Real-life mother-and-daughter Bond and Wilde narrate in those roles. Their chemistry makes the family drama feel so much more real and roots the story in their relationship when some of the more spectacular sci-fi... Read More
Narrator Elizabeth Klett transports listeners to the starship DAEDALUS, which is filled with settlers who are struggling to survive amid increasingly fraught conditions. After a mutiny destroys the ship's equipment, the colonists live starkly simple lives. Many are resigned to the status quo, but others, like 16-year-old Hazel, yearn for a better life. Klett effectively... Read More
In this audio-first thriller narrated by Julia Whelan, Holly Winseed awakens to two startling facts: She's a clone, and her original murdered her husband. With the clock ticking, Holly attempts to determine why her husband was killed, only to find she has been swept up into something much larger. Whelan shifts between character voices with aplomb while maintaining the... Read More
A full cast of actors brings to life this fascinating novel about the discovery of an alien computer found embedded in a million-year-old rock formation under the Sudan desert. Amid appropriate sound effects, the large cast, led by Lyle Blaker, portray the six scientists who are investigating the mysterious device while warring teams try to steal the device for their own... Read More
Narrator Michael Obiora shows off his talent in this time- and space- bending work of speculative fiction. The prose is exposition heavy in parts. Obiora delivers those sections with such passion that listeners will believe the fantastical aspects of the story are fact. When dialogue does appear, it is often in the middle of a long passage of exposition. Obiora slips into... Read More
Jennifer Jill Araya, David Drummond, and Natasha Soudek narrate a noir-tinged sci-fi romp. Ralston Muck, an ex-soldier, is working as a bouncer when the club's star vanishes, and he is drawn into a messy scheme. Drummond tinges his portrayal of Muck with a weariness and cynicism that are perfect for someone who has fallen from grace. Araya's portrayal of Angel, the sentient AI,... Read More
Perhaps the technical highlight in this dark and challenging collection of 14 post apocalyptic short stories by some of the West Coast's brightest literary talents is award-winning narrator Gabrielle de Cuir's use of a robot voice in "Walk of Fame" by Duane Swierczynski. She sounds like a machine--but so very human at the same time. Hard to do. There's a tough noir style to all... Read More
The dynamic duo R.C. Bray and Julia Whelan narrate a story of two warring planets. Bray utilizes his signature gruff timbre to the fullest to embody Everson, an Indiran soldier who survives a bloody battle only to find himself hiding among the corpses being carted away on the enemy planet of Manos. Whelan adopts a lofty and imperious tone for the savvy Princess Allegra of... Read More
Narrator Raphael Corkhill deftly navigates a range of situations and voices in this novel, a blend of romance, mystery, and space opera. In order to secure an important treaty, Prince Kiem is commanded by his grandmother, the emperor, to marry Count Jainan, the widower of Kiem's late cousin. Soon after, they find themselves at the center of messy interplanetary politics.... Read More
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