Listeners expecting another macabre tale from Stephen King may be surprised by this audiobook--but pleasantly so. Though it takes place in his infamously troubled town of Castle Rock, King's latest work is actually a parable of basic human decency, albeit with tinges of melancholy and supernatural weirdness. As the narrator, King enhances the story's good-hearted appeal with... Read More
It takes a village in this space-opera audiobook, the first volume in a new trilogy that examines the impact of war. Set in the aftermath of a devastating war, the story is ostensibly about a rescue mission after a civilian ship goes missing. But everyone involved gets caught up in secrets, oh so many secrets. The five narrators alternate chapters, voicing the rescue mission's... Read More
Can a robot change its programming, mission, and values? Kevin Free's unemotional narration is the perfect choice for this story featuring a murderbot--a cyborg. The murderbot recounts his self-initiated mission to rescue his patron and "friend," Dr. Mensah, from the clutches of GrayCris Corporation. The murderbot, a SecUnit gone rogue, describes his actions, his reprogrammed... Read More
This masterful work of psychological suspense is all the more riveting with Jacques Roy narrating. In the near future, husband-and-wife Junior and Hen have a simple life together on an isolated farm. However, Junior is randomly chosen as a candidate for a journey that will take him far from home, away from earth itself. Though nothing is final, yet, the possibility works its... Read More
A stellar cast of seven narrators takes turns performing this collection of shorter pieces by science-fiction novelist Jemisin. Each narrator drills down to the core of the story, developing believable accents and highlighting the characters' personalities. Listeners will be impressed with how complete each story feels, almost as if this were a collection of novellas. Jemisin... Read More
Marc Vietor narrates Johnny's earthly adventure in a deep, sombre tone reminiscent of the voice-overs of televised stories of extraterrestrials. His dispassionate inflection conveys the captive Johnny's detachment from the federal agents and scientists who are attempting to study him. As his detainment lengthens and lead agent Saul loses patience, Vietor's inflection becomes... Read More
Colby Elliott's buoyant narration enhances an offbeat story that offers a little fantasy and a nostalgic look at kids' lives in the late 1970s. Ten-year-old Matt Herring is looking forward to the annual summer carnival in Broad Brook, Connecticut. Matt's youthful voice and logical reasoning are deftly depicted when he sees and smells something odd. Elliott's build-up of fear is... Read More
Philip K. Dick remains one of the most influential science fiction writers of all time. This audio collection of the 10 short stories that inspired the 2017 Amazon television series "Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams" shows him at his succinct, thoughtful, and inventive best. The narrating crew--Tanya Eby, Luke Daniels, Peter Berkrot, Jeff Cummings, Patrick Lawlor--appropriately... Read More
A trio of narrators tackles a look at the future of humanity in which the technical details overshadow the drama. In the near future, the moon has been colonized jointly by the U.S. and China. An American accused of murder and caught up in a power struggle flees with the help of an illegally pregnant woman and a poet/celebrity. Maxwell Hamilton, Joy Osmanski, and Feodor Chin... Read More
Narrator Marc Thompson narrates an epic quest to rebuild the human race after scientist-explorer aliens discover a sole human survivor on a distant planet. Ruslan, who survived the virus that wiped out humanity, becomes a pet project despite his protestations. Far from home and the last of his kind, he struggles with apathy and despair. Thompson imbues the entire production... Read More
This first installment of Thompson's science fiction Wormwood Trilogy, set in 2066, follows antihero Kaaro, a Nigerian "Sensitive" who is capable of extracting information from people's minds. Rosewater's mysterious dome draws West African residents who are seeking healing and suspicious officials demanding answers. Narrator Bayo Gbadamosi creates a distinct sense of place as... Read More
Narrator John Lee takes the reins of a sprawling space opera filled with diverse characters and intense worldbuilding. In the near future, humanity spans the galaxy, thanks to a transportation technology that makes all others obsolete: jump gates. Multiple storylines involve a mysterious spaceship, an alien race, and "post-humans." Lee tackles every character with surprising... Read More
The origin story of Han Solo is a rollicking space western that translates well from the big screen to audiobook form. The immersive sound effects and iconic music create an authentic Star Wars experience, and narrator Marc Thompson continues to expertly voice the denizens of this galaxy far, far away. Thompson's young Han is wisecracking but sounds more earnest than the... Read More
In a thrilling nonstop adventure through the ruins of space, listeners accompany Jane, superbly portrayed as a hardened ex-soldier by Brittany Pressley. After Jane recruits a telekinetic teenager to her sect, the Justified, hoping to prevent the coming of a second disastrous space pulse, Jane's emotions slowly bleed through her tough exterior. Facing an invasion by another... Read More
Narrator Emily Woo Zeller propels this exciting space-opera, which invites listeners to be careful what they wish for. When cargo ship captain Hammond Roystan discovers the famed exploration vessel HASSIM, its crew is dead, and he claims the vessel as salvage. But before long, this treasure becomes a curse, and what's left of Roystan's crew, along with a couple of new members,... Read More
Ashton Collins, the sheltered son of a wealthy bioengineer, is jolted out of his cushy life when he follows his dying father's command to flee to Street Freaks in the Red Zone of Los Angeles, a forbidding, lawless area. Narrator Simon Vance's velvety smooth voice alternates between calm and emotionally charged scenes. Surrounded by an extraordinary team of augmented teenagers,... Read More
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