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Douglas Robertson

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  • Foundation and Empire

  • Written by: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

The Foundation novels of Isaac Asimov are one of the great masterworks of science fiction. Unsurpassed for their unique blend of nonstop action, daring ideas, and extensive world-building, they chronicle the struggle of a courageous group of men and women to preserve humanity's light against an inexorable tide of darkness and violence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A definite classic

  • By Douglas Robertson on 2019-04-17

A definite classic

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-17

A definite classic of science fiction. Even though it shows its age in some of its themes and the "advanced" technology it mentions, it is a worthy listen. I loved it in my childhood, and re-loved it today.

  • Foundation

  • Written by: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

For 12,000 years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future, to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last 30,000 years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire, both scientists and scholars, and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a fututre generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic I lived to reexperience.

  • By Douglas Robertson on 2019-04-03

A Classic I lived to reexperience.

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-03

I read the Foundation series way back in high school, and while it shows its age in places, I still love it.

  • Mavericks

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 6
  • Written by: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364

The remnants of the Expeditionary Force stranded on the alien-controlled planet "Paradise" get a chance to prove themselves, in a simple off-world training mission with a ship full of teenage alien cadets. When the mission goes horribly wrong and the survival of everyone on Paradise is at risk, the Merry Band of Pirates may have to come to the rescue. Unless they get killed first.... 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but heavy lack of the Merry Band of Pirates

  • By Scott on 2018-10-22

Another amazing entry in the series

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

Reviewed: 2018-10-22

Mr. Bray does ana amazing job of creating all the characters is the book. I am still amazed that it feels like two different characters talking when Skippy and Joe are arguing or insulting each other. And once again, I am sad to reach the end, and I am craving more.

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  • SpecOps

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 2
  • Written by: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259

Colonel Joe Bishop made a promise, and he's going to keep it: taking the captured alien starship Flying Dutchman back out. He doesn't agree when the UN decides to send almost 70 elite Special Operations troops, hotshot pilots, and scientists with him; the mission is a fool's errand he doesn't expect to ever return from. At least this time, the Earth is safe, right? Not so much.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Repetitive and lacking any dramatic tension

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-12-29

A non stop rollercoaster

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

Reviewed: 2018-06-20

The story is a non-stop rollercoaster. Never a dull moment. the story is rich and full of detail to keep you enthralled, and the interplay of Joe and Skippy is a constant delight. The performance makes you feel like you really are listening to these to interact

  • All These Worlds

  • Bobiverse, Book 3
  • Written by: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 762
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Now what am I gonna do with my life?

  • By Eli on 2018-03-01

A great end to a great story.

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

Reviewed: 2018-04-16

This series received quite a bit of press about how great it is, and it is well deserved. It is amazing the variety of characters you can create from one Bob.

  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • Written by: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 714
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story

  • By Andre Yelle on 2017-10-05

It just seems to fly by

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

Reviewed: 2018-03-29

The story is so engrossing it just seems to fly by. However, the producers have done that thing that REALLY makes me mad. I hate it when they change the pronunciation of key people and places between books. And you can tell where they have made changes post production. the segments cut in are glaringly obvious.

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • Written by: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 973
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 973

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't think I'd like it, but I loved it

  • By Eli on 2018-01-11

Quite a bit of hype. Well deserved.

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

Reviewed: 2018-03-12

Before starting this book, I read quite a bit of glowing reviews and comparisons to epic Sci Fi fare. It was all well deserved. There is just the right mix of story, characters and science (real and fictional) mixed with humor and geek lore.

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  • The Ashes of Worlds

  • The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 7
  • Written by: Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 19 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

The culminating volume in The Saga of Seven Suns weaves together the myriad story lines in a spectacular grand finale. Galactic empires clash, elemental beings devastate whole planetary systems, and the factions of humanity are pitted against one another. Heroes rise and enemies make their last stands in the climax of an epic tale eight years in the making. The Saga of Seven Suns is one of the most colorful and spectacular science-fiction epics of the past decade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect conclusion

  • By Douglas Robertson on 2018-02-02

A perfect conclusion

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

Reviewed: 2018-02-02

Sad that it is over, but it was definitely worth it. The last book was a perfect conclusion.