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ALICE PAYNE ARRIVES

ALICE PAYNE ARRIVES Alice Payne, Book 1

by Kate Heartfield | Read by Jennywren Walker

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Narrator Jennywren Walker instills the heroine of this audiobook with a touch of attitude befitting a member of the upper class in England in 1788. This novella begins a new series introducing Alice, who depends on that attitude to see her through some uncomfortable situations. For example, she saves her father from ruin with an unconventional career for a woman--that of a... Read More

THE BIG SHIP AT THE EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE

THE BIG SHIP AT THE EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE Salvagers, Book 1

by Alex White | Read by Charlotte Blacklock

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Listeners, buckle in for a breakneck treasure hunt across the stars as two women race to find a legendary ship with a malicious entity named Mother hot on their heels. Charlotte Blacklock imbues every scene with youthful vivacity and captures the overall tone of the story with special emphasis on its snark, humor, and heart. Character voices are adequate but lack accents and... Read More

THE CITY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT

THE CITY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT

by Charlie Jane Anders | Read by Jennifer O'Donnell, Laura Knight Keating

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Narrators Jennifer O'Donnell and Laura Knight Keating's alternating voices work in tandem to create a complex portrait of life on the harsh planet of January. O'Donnell and Keating communicate the tense urgency of the planet's inhabitants, who live a precarious existence balanced between dangerous extremes of blazing light and frigid darkness. Conveying the perfect amount of... Read More

COMMUNE

COMMUNE Commune, Book 1

by Joshua Gayou | Read by R.C. Bray

Joshua Gayou, Blue Heron Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

In a tough tone, narrator R.C. Bray captures the doubt, hope, and strength a person might feel when thrust into a world turned upside down. It's familiar territory for fans of postapocalyptic chronicles. The destruction of humankind's fragile infrastructure by a massive electromagnetic solar flare is followed by a suspect and deadly pandemic. The story is told in a series of... Read More

THE CONSUMING FIRE

THE CONSUMING FIRE The Interdependency, Book 2

by John Scalzi | Read by Wil Wheaton

Audible, Inc./ Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Wil Wheaton narrates this space opera full of political intrigue and charismatic characters. The young Emperox Grayland II does not have an easy task ahead. The Interdependency is in jeopardy due to the collapse of various planets in the empire. Powerful families are looking out for their own interests, even if that means killing their enemies and threatening the empire.... Read More

THE DEMOLISHED MAN

THE DEMOLISHED MAN

by Alfred Bester | Read by Gerard Doyle

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Listening to this sci-fi classic is a must to be able to enjoy all aspects of the story. Published in 1953 and winner of the first Hugo Award, the title is now an intriguing and compelling listen. Motivated by professional rivalry, Ben Reich decides to murder his opponent in a world where Espers, or telepaths, are common. But because of them, there has not been a successful... Read More

THE FEED

THE FEED

by Nick Clark Windo | Read by Clare Corbett, Nick Clark Windo

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Author Windo and narrator Clare Corbett emphasize the complicated emotional journeys in this disjointed story. Together they craft a compelling human drama within a technological dystopia. Tom and his pregnant wife, Kate, inhabit a world governed by the Feed, a highly evolved social media platform implanted directly into the brain. When the Feed is violently destroyed,... Read More

THE FINAL FRONTIER

THE FINAL FRONTIER Stories of Exploring Space, Colonizing the Universe, and First Contact

by Neil Clarke [Ed.] | Read by Tim Campbell, James Anderson Foster, Mary Robinette Kowal, Karen Cass, James Langton

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

The wonders and perils of life among the stars are captured imaginatively in this sci-fi collection with a narration style as eclectic as the stories themselves. The five narrators take turns creating distinctive inflections ranging from breathless wonder to bone-deep cynicism, matching the tone of each story. The voices include a variety of aliens and artificial intelligences... Read More

THE FLOWERS OF VASHNOI

THE FLOWERS OF VASHNOI Vorkosigan Saga, Book 14

by Lois McMaster Bujold | Read by Grover Gardner

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Narrator Grover Gardner tells the continuing tales of the Vorkosigan clan. The plot is not terribly complicated in this novella, but, like most of the series, is character driven. Gardner slips into the characters' easy familiarity and banter as they try to unravel the mystery of the disappearance of the "rad bugs" --the bugs that are cleaning up the radioactivity in the... Read More

GNOMON

GNOMON

by Nick Harkaway | Read by Ben Onwukwe

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Narrator Ben Onwukwe's satiny bass voice is perfect for this dense and erudite sci-fi thriller. In a near-future dystopia, the System watches and records every movement, thought, and memory of every citizen. This policing structure works perfectly until a mysterious artist suspected of a crime dies in custody. When the investigators delve into the woman's stored memories, they... Read More

THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY

THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY Hexagonal Phase

by Eoin Colfer, Douglas Adams | Read by John Lloyd, Jane Horrocks, Sandra Dickinson, Susan Sheridan, Jim Broadbent, Mark Wing-Davey, Geoffrey McGivern, Simon Jones and a Full Cast

BBC Digital Audio | Audio Program
Science Fiction

This entertainingly absurd audiobook is the latest in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series and yet another example of the brilliance of the BBC's audio programs. The talented ensemble cast brings to life Douglas Adams's original characters, including John Lloyd as The Book, Simon Jones as Arthur Dent, and Geoff McGivern as Ford Prefect. Fast-paced and at times... Read More

MECHA SAMURAI EMPIRE

MECHA SAMURAI EMPIRE A United States of Japan Novel, Book 2

by Peter Tieryas | Read by Joel de la Fuente

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Joel de la Fuente narrates this alternate history in which WWII ended differently. In the United States of Japan, Mac wants nothing more than to ride inside, and even pilot, a mecha, a giant battle robot, as his late parents did. De la Fuente's first-person narration of the whiny and angst-ridden teenage boy is spot-on. As the story evolves, so does the hero. De la Fuente... Read More

POLARIS RISING

POLARIS RISING The Consortium Rebellion, Book 1

by Jessie Mihalik | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

This first book in a new romantic sci-fi series is perfect for listeners who like their love stories spiced with a little action. Far in the future, Ada von Hasenberg, whose father is part of the power elite who rule the universe, seeks to escape a planned arranged marriage. In doing so, she joins forces with outlaw Marcus Loch. Narrator Emily Woo Zeller performs the majority... Read More

THE ROBOTS OF GOTHAM

THE ROBOTS OF GOTHAM

by Todd McAulty | Read by Graham Winton

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Science Fiction

This fantastical audiobook features an everyman who stumbles onto a labyrinthian conspiracy. Narrator Graham Winton smoothly inhabits Canadian Barry Simcoe, who has grown up in a world in which humans are subjugated by robot rulers. The wise-ass yet cunning Simcoe starts out as an innocent who gets caught up in a rebel attack during a business trip to Chicago. He soon hooks up... Read More

STEAL THE STARS

STEAL THE STARS

by Mac Rogers, Nat Cassidy | Read by Mac Rogers, Nat Cassidy, and a Full Cast

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Bundling a successful podcast with other material, this audio program makes an attention-grabbing listen.The cast includes creators Rogers and Cassidy and the many actors of the podcast. The listener experiences the audio drama as it unfolds and the quirky characters come to life, making this program addictive. The story is hilarious and original: An alien fallen from the sky... Read More

WHO?

WHO?

Earphones Award Winner

by Algis Budrys | Read by Grover Gardner

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Narrator Grover Gardner captures the essence of an underrated science fiction classic while highlighting its introspective musings. At the height of the Cold War, Dr. Lucas Martino works tirelessly on a mysterious project that explodes, leaving him disfigured. Martino stumbles home months later, rebuilt with robotic parts and unable to prove his identity. Gardner subtly layers... Read More

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