Category Archives: Science Fiction

2016 Science Fiction Finalists and Reviews

The following audiobooks were nominated in the Science Fiction Category. Reviews will be posted as they come in.

This category is currently waiting an Armchair Audies judge. Would you like to join the crowd? Send an email to armchairaudies@gmail.com.

Here are the nominees:

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  • Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie, read by Adjoa Andoh
  • Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson, read by Ali Ahn
  • Golden Son by Pierce Brown, read by Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, read by Scott Brick
  • Star Wars by Tom Angleberger, read by Marc Thompson

2015 Science Fiction Nominees and Reviews

The following audiobooks were nominated in the Science Fiction Category. Reviews will be posted as they come in.

This category will be judged by Bob from The Guilded Earlobe, Paul from Audiobook Reviewer, and Sam from The AudioBookaneers. Would you like to join them? Send an email to armchairaudies@gmail.com.

Here are the nominees:

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  • The Beam: Season 1 by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant; Narrated by Johnny Heller, Tara Sands, Ralph Lister, Ray Chase, R.C. Bray, Jeffrey Kafer, Chris Patton, Eric Martin, Brian Holsopple, Rachel Fulginiti, Stephen Bowlby, and Emily Woo Zeller from Podium Publishing

“The audio talent is good and plentiful with 12 narrators of very different timbres and tones. I’ve seen in many reviews that the voice of Doc is the most criticized, and while I found Doc’s voice to take a little bit of getting used to, I grew fond of him quickly and looked forward to his narrations. I did, however, feel that there were far too many narrators. While I understand the parallel of an epic amount of narrators with an epic technology thriller series, the sheer volume of voice talent confused me, especially as new talent was introduced well into the book, and some voice talent read the same characters in ways different enough from other voice talents that I noticed and concentrated on the difference. Any facet of a book or audiobook that takes away from the writing is less than ideal, in my opinion.”

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“The performances are really quite fantastic as well, from the gritty tones for detective Dominic Long, the John Galt arrogance of Doc Stahl, the brother-versus-brother tension, the mysterious speechwriter, the aging singer, on and on. Well-cast and well-produced, it’s highly entertaining and winning fiction, presented with clear plot arcs across episodes and the season, successful on multiple levels.” ~ The Audiobookaneers

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  • Dark Eden by Chris Beckett; Narrated by Matthew Frow, Jayne Entwistle, Ione Butler, Hannah Curtis, Robert Hook, Bruce Mann, Nicholas Guy Smith, and Heather Wilds from Penguin Random House Audio

“This book first came onto my radar way, way back in 2012 when I asked Steven Erikson for a book recommendation and he highly recommended Dark Eden, which would go on to win the 2013 Arthur C. Clarke Award and accumulate rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. But it wasn’t until the 2014 US release that we got this fantastic, full cast narration, and yet! by then my interest had largely cooled — two years is a long time to wait to keep the flame of a book recommendation burning. But, thanks to the Audie nomination, The Armchair Audies, and a welcome review copy from Random House Audio, I finally got to see what the fuss was about. And, holy hell, it was pretty much worth the wait, for all that.” ~ The Audiobookaneers

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  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North; Narrated by Peter Kenny from Hachette Audio

“Peter Kenny is the narrator and does an excellent job. Harry is British as is Kenny. His voices are well done and always enjoyable. His American accents are quirky and charming, not quite right but fun to listen to none-the-less.”

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“Harry August is just overall brilliant from the story (Harry August is born in England in 1919-ish and lives and dies, then is reborn again with all his memories, again and again, meanwhile finding out through a network of such people that “the world is ending as it always must, but the end of the world is getting faster”) to Peter Kenny’s narration.” ~ The Audiobookaneers

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  • Lock In by John Scalzi; Narrated by Wil Wheaton, Amber Benson, and a full cast from Audible, Inc.

“In Lock In you get a combination of sci-fi and police procedural.  The future setting feels real and other than the technology is not so different from today.  We follow Agent Shane, who grew up as a poster child for Hayden’s Syndrome and is trying to leave that behind him, on his first day of work for the FBI which also happens to be a the first day of the Hayden Walkout in protest of legislation that is going to go into effect taking away much of the government funding/benefits to people with Hayden’s.” ~ Audiobook Reviewer

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“I know Wheaton can be hit-or-miss for people. Some love his audio work, others don’t. I love it. He doesn’t fancy-pants around, drawing things out with slow, deliberate pacing, or over-the-top characterization. He’s quick, he’s clear, he’s punchy where he needs to be, and differentiates characters more than ably.” ~ The Audiobookaneers

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  • The Martian by Andy Weir; Narrated by R.C. Bray from Podium Publishing

“The Martian is a life or death comedy of errors, that just so happens to take place on the surface of Mars. Andy Weir starts us off with a Mars expedition that suddenly takes a wrong turn and the crew has to evacuate under emergency conditions, leaving one of their own behind presumed dead. I am pretty sure that Mark Watney wished he was dead but he isn’t and no one knows that he isn’t, pretty much fu**ed.” ~ Audiobook Reviewer

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“The Martian was my first experience with narrator R.C. Bray, but I’m pretty sure that seeing his name in an audiobook’s credits will be a recommendation for me in the future. I really enjoyed his character-voice work, and his reading of the tightly-plotted final section had me nearly breathless. (I listen to audiobooks while driving, so this may not have been entirely safe.)” ~ 3R’S Blog

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“Andy Weir’s The Martian was first self-published in late 2012 to tens of thousands of very happy readers, and R.C. Bray’s narration for Podium Publishing in 2013 was so good that it made many year’s best lists last year. Still, Podium went so far as to have Bray record a new narration to accompany the updated text in the February 2014 hardcover release by Crown and, again, it’s simply fantastic, a near one-of-a-kind book that spawns many, many requests for “similar” books and audiobooks, not to mention taking home this year’s Goodreads Science Fiction award and (quite recently) being named a finalist for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award.” ~ The Audiobookaneers

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2014 Science Fiction Nominees and Reviews

The following audiobooks were nominated in the Science Fiction Category. Reviews will be posted as they come in.

This category will be judged by Bob from Guilded Earlobe. Would you like to join her? Send an email to armchairaudies@gmail.com.

Here are the nominees:

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  • Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance (Vorkosigan Saga, Book #15; by Lois McMaster Bujold; Narrated by Grover Gardner; Blackstone Audio Inc.)
  • Extinction Machine (The Joe Ledger Novels, Book #5; by Jonathan Maberry; Narrated by Ray Porter; Macmillan Audio)
  • MaddAddam (MaddAddam Trilogy, Book #3; by Margaret Atwood; Narrated by Bernadette Dunne, Bob Walter, and Robbie Daymond; Random House Audio/Books on Tape)
  • The Martian (by Andy Weir; Narrated by R.C. Bray; Podium Publishing)
  • Protector: Foreigner Sequence 5, Book 2 (by C.J. Cherryh; Narrated by Daniel Thomas May; Audible, Inc.)
  • Shaman (by Kim Stanley Robinson; Narrated by Graeme Malcolm; Hachette Audio)

2013 Science Fiction Nominees and Reviews

The following audiobooks were nominated in the Romance Category. This category is being reviewed by Bob from The Guilded Earlobe. Would you like to join the crowd? Sign up here.

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14 by Peter Clines and narrated by Ray Porter

Reviews

The Guilded Earlobe

Peter Clines novels are always highly visual, with intricately detailed action that comes across splendidly in audio. If there is any justice in the world, 14 is a novel that should make Peter Clines a household name among not just horror fans, but fans of good stories, expertly told. Clines has created a novel with characters to cheer for, twists to be honestly shocked by and stunningly vivid horrors that will make your dreams uncomfortable.

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Agatha H and the Airship City by Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio and narrated by Angela Dawe

Reviews

The Guilded Earlobe

This latest edition of the Girl Genius series is a highly original Steampunk tale so full of crazy adventures and wondrously horrifying creations that the pure enjoyment of the books just busts out of the cracks. There are some frustrating moments along the way, but Agatha H and the Clockwork Princess isn’t a rollercoaster ride, it’s a Runaway Spinning Cup Carousel of Death and Delights romp through a vivid alternate world.

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The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker and narrated by Emily Janice Card

Reviews

The Guilded Earlobe

The Age of Miracles isn’t an easy ride. Karen Thompson Walker’s slow boil apocalypse is a melancholy, almost anti-coming of age tale that is equal parts gripping and frustrating. While it left me ultimately unsatisfied and uneasy, the path to this final destination was lavishly and intricately created.

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Invincible: The Lost Fleet by Jack Campbell and narrated by Christian Rummel

Reviews

The Guilded Earlobe

Invincible is a rollicking good listen, full of action and a touch of humor. By creating some interesting new angles Campbell breathes new life into a series that really wasn’t even close to death. The Lost Fleet is easily my current favorite continuing science fiction series, and one of the few that seems to just keep getting better.

Pure

Pure by Julianna Baggott and narrated by Khristine Hvam, Joshua Swanson, Kevin T. Collins, and Casey Holloway

Reviews

The Guilded Earlobe

Pure is full of tragic beauty, and Baggott does a great job setting up the theme of finding pride in our scars, both real and metaphorically. While there were moments where I found myself enjoying the settings more than the plot, the novel comes together well with a satisfying ending.