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  • Ball Lightning

  • Written by: Cixin Liu, Joel Martinsen - translator
  • Narrated by: Feodor Chin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

When Chen’s parents are incinerated before his eyes by a blast of ball lightning, he devotes his life to cracking the secret of the mysterious natural phenomenon. His search takes him to stormy mountaintops, an experimental military weapons lab, and an old Soviet science station. The more he learns, the more he comes to realize that ball lightning is just the tip of a new frontier in particle physics. Although Chen’s quest provides a purpose for his life, his reasons for chasing his elusive quarry come into conflict with soldiers and scientists who have motives of their own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, but...

  • By Niki Techen on 2019-04-08

Good story, but...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-04-08

I finished the Three Body Problem series, which left a vacuum in my nightly entertainment slot. I picked up Ball Lightning in hopes that it would be equally amazing, but it didn't quite hit the spot. The story took quite a bit of time to get started with the hard science fiction, I was hoping for. That said, once it started, it got quite good. Ball Lightning is a prequel to TBP, and the introduction is there on a few occasions, if you're familiar with that storyline.

The performance on the narrator is good, but I couldn't quite get used to his portrayal of the female characters. Overall, though, he did well.

I highly recommend this book for any hard science fiction fans out there. Cixin Liu is a master of his craft, and while I would have liked some differences in the storyline, it is still a great story.

  • The Dark Forest

  • Written by: Cixin Liu, Joel Martinsen - translator
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 22 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 83

This near-future trilogy is the first chance for English-speaking listeners to experience this multiple-award-winning phenomenon from Cixin Liu, China's most beloved science fiction author. In The Dark Forest, Earth is reeling from the revelation of a coming alien invasion - in just four centuries' time. The aliens' human collaborators may have been defeated, but the presence of the sophons, the subatomic particles that allow Trisolaris instant access to all human information, means that Earth's defense plans are totally exposed to the enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great part of the fantastic trilogy.

  • By Jason on 2018-06-06

<br />An excellent continuation of the storyline!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-03-11

The story was amazing and had me almost spellbound to my phone for the couple of days it took me to finish the book. The visuals in the book are so descriptive, I can vividly follow along. I could easily relate to the feelings of the characters. The author is truly a master of his craft.

The only downside was the performance of the narrator. After the narrator from the first book, this narrator was quite monotone.

  • The Three-Body Problem

  • Written by: Cixin Liu
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • rambling, no character development

  • By Amazon Customer on 2019-04-21

Mindblowing storyline!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-02-26

Absolutely loving this book. The reader is kept at the edge of their seat throughout the story. While some parts of the story are obvious, other parts are total surprises.

The narrator is doing a great job using different voices to portray the different characters making it easy to follow along.

I'm very much looking forward to learning more about the relationship between the two worlds.

  • Pre-Suasion

  • Channeling Attention for Change
  • Written by: Robert Cialdini Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

The author of the legendary best seller Influence, social psychologist Robert Cialdini, shines a light on effective persuasion and reveals that the secret doesn't lie in the message itself but in the key moment before that message is delivered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pre-Suasion - Prerequisite

  • By CW on 2018-06-26

One of the best sales books out there

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

As always, Robert Cialdini doesn't dissapoint. This book covers so many areas of the psychological steps, one goes through when we're being sold to.

This is a highly recommended read, whether you're on the receiving end of sales (e.g. a buyer), or you're in sales. Robert Cialdini offers explanations in easily digestible portions and with examples that makes it very easy to follow along and even relate to.

And lastly, even if you are not in sales or a professional buyer, this book is still a must read. Learning how we work is always fun, and it can help you in many day-to-day scenarios.

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