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
Saintcrow spins current political and cultural tensions into a grim story of an America blasted apart by civil war. Narrator Jeremy Arthur performs the novel at a tense but steady pace that perfectly carries the story's mood. The characters--a war criminal on the run and the band of raiders pursuing him--could easily fall into stereotypes, but Arthur avoids this trap, bringing... Read More
In the second novella in The Murderbot Diaries, narrator Kevin R. Free finds delicate nuances in Murderbot's developing personality. On a quest to research its own disastrous past, the former security android hitches a ride aboard an unmanned research transport. The AI pilot's voice is a nice blend of sarcastic and robotic tones, and Free does an equally fine job with the... Read More
Using a half dozen accents, narrator Feodor Chin brings his video and computer game voice-over experience to the fore. Hugo Award-winning novelist Cixin Liu's military science fiction explores what might happen if the rare natural phenomenon of ball lightning were harnessed. Could it be used as a potent energy source or possibly as an unstoppable superweapon? The novel is part... Read More
What is the sound of the world nearing its end? In this riveting audiobook, it's the sound of hope against hope, as narrated by Finty Williams. She deftly gives voice to the crew of Rosie, a retrofitted tank carrying a group of soldiers and scientists who are seeking a cure for a plague as they traverse a ravaged Great Britain. The contagion has turned much of its population... Read More
The story of a desperate dystopian future is told by narrator Jefferson Mays in a stentorian tone. The earth has been all but destroyed by mankind's greed and stupidity. Humanity has fled to the stars, settling on a string of planets and moons, where they rely on each other to survive and dream of a return to their home planet. As each colony in "The Circuit" contributes... Read More
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
In Tomlinson's latest semi-slapstick, semi-serious sci-fi adventure, narrator Alyssa Bresnahan emphasizes the serious. While on occasion it sounds as if she doesn't get the joke, most of the time her well-crafted, straight-ahead narration offers a welcome safety net to the wacky tale. Wacky? Well, the alien craft looks like a metal hourglass. To summarize: An exploration... Read More
Clare Corbett narrates this thought-provoking story of a world in which men, women--anyone--can have a baby. With FullLife's baby pouch, couples share the joy of carrying and nurturing their babies, resulting in unprecedented equality and freedom. That's the party line, at least, but, as Eva and Piotr discover, unsettling developments suggest that all is not right at FullLife.... 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
Strange forgotten towns, attics that transport one back in time, mystical visitors in the night--narrator Kirby Heyborne takes listeners through these subtly strange tales with the steady grace and tempo of a pro. As each story investigates a different aspect of the human condition, Heyborne is ready with a convincing voice suitable for the occasion--from the Hispanic accents... Read More
Fans of the first two entries in the Themis Files trilogy will be happy that this ensemble production of the science-fiction adventure loses none of its charm in the final installment. After a decade on another planet, scientist Rose, linguist Vincent, and Vincent's daughter, Eva, return to find a planet Earth that is still reeling from the aftereffects of an alien robot attack... 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 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
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
Murderbot is back! Luckily for listeners, so is the engaging Kevin R. Free. Though it would rather be alone watching its favorite serials, the rogue Security Unit AI finds itself protecting another batch of humans who are on an ill-fated mission while also attempting to do its own research into a nefarious corporation (and not get caught). Free rockets listeners through the... Read More
Narrator T. Ryder Smith captures Vin's submissiveness and self-loathing with a listless tone throughout this story of a man who is moving through alternate universes. Once Vin discovers the technology that allows him to transition from self to self, Smith varies his pace to reflect Vin's increasing agitation as he hunts for a balanced, fulfilling life. With secrets doled out... 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
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
If dying is just the next stop on a longer journey, what is the point of living? Antonia Beamish narrates a sci-fi thriller set in an alternate 1938 in which death has no meaning, but politics remains as byzantine as ever. Operative Rachel White is assigned as handler to a Soviet defector, but her career takes several unexpected turns as a result of a startling announcement he... Read More
This fast-paced audiobook is set in the diverse Confederation, a decade after the Elemental Wars, with the human race still trying to get back on its collective feet. And right at the heart of this prequel to Anderson's Saga of Shadows is talented narrator Travis Baldree, bringing its diverse characters to life. Baldree's clever blend of dialects and accents helps the listener... Read More
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