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Joey

BREWER, ME, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 53 reviews
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  • 418 titles in library
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  • Earth Unaware

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1969)
    Performance
    (1774)
    Story
    (1785)

    The mining ship El Cavador is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. Other mining ships, and the families that live on them, are few and far between this far out. So when El Cavador’s telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it’s hard to know what to make of it. It’s massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light.

    El Cavador has other problems. Their systems are old and failing. The family is getting too big for the ship. There are claim-jumping corporate ships bringing Asteroid Belt tactics to the Kuiper Belt.

    D says: "The beginning- or a plot filler"
    "This book will whet your appetite - Come hungry!"
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    Earth Unaware is the first in the First Formic War series - as a result this is like a very distant prequel to Ender's Game. I can honestly say that Ender's Game and the subsequent books following it was the first Sci-Fi series that I latched onto when I was a kid. I've since heard the audio version - and I can say that these books are wonderfully performed and Orson Scott Card's writing style, by his own admission, translates extremely well when read aloud. The production decision to jump from reader to reader as the story changes point of view in each chapter is a good one- and all of these readers are excellent. This book ends in a cliff hanger and as a result I immediately downloaded the second book - see my review of that - Earth Afire - also here on Audible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ark Royal

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1919)
    Performance
    (1774)
    Story
    (1777)

    Seventy years ago, the interstellar supercarrier Ark Royal was the pride of the Royal Navy. But now, her weapons are outdated and her solid-state armour nothing more than a burden on her colossal hull. She floats in permanent orbit near Earth, a dumping ground for the officers and crew the Royal Navy wishes to keep out of the public eye. But when a deadly alien threat appears, the modern starships built by humanity are no match for the powerful alien weapons.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Riveting military sci-fi"
    "Military science fiction meets an underdog story"
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    The Ark Royal and her crew are not the finest in this future British Navy. What no one knew was this Captain and Crew are underrated. A great story that is well written, the story is interesting in that many of the sci-fi clichés are not followed. Will pick up the next book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Firefight: Reckoners, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6590)
    Performance
    (5811)
    Story
    (5790)

    Newcago is free. They told David it was impossible, that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart - invincible, immortal, unconquerable - is dead. And he died by David's hand.Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though.

    G. House Sr. says: "Fabulous -- A Must Read Sequal"
    "Second chapter just as good as the first!"
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    Steel heart fans won't be disappointed! Well read and well written the second volume of the Reckoners series does not disappoint. Just when I thought I knew how it would end- I was wrong. Great read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maelstrom: Destroyermen, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1395)
    Performance
    (949)
    Story
    (956)

    Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, along with the men and women of the U.S.S. Walker, are once again at war. Having sided with the peaceful Lemurians against the savage, reptilian Grik, they now find themselves scrambling to prepare for the attack that is sure to come, searching for resources to support their forces - even as they look for allies to join their struggle.

    David says: "Fascinating story continues to expand and evolve"
    "Leaves you hungry for more!"
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    Series is difficult to continue. This one however seems to be continued with effortless after three books I am convinced that the rest of the series will be just as good as the first

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender’s World: Fresh Perspectives on the SF Classic Ender’s Game

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card (editor)
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir, Janis Ian, Arthur Morey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (70)

    Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game is a science fiction classic. In Ender’s World almost two dozen writers offer new perspectives on the 1985 novel, along with insights gleaned from other Ender stories that fit within the Ender’s Game chronology. In addition, military strategists Colonel Tom Ruby and Captain John Schmitt offer insight into the human-Formic war.

    Matt Z says: "Just let Stefan Rudnicki read... Seriously."
    "This is not a story..."
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    This is more like the commentary track to a DVD than a story. Although thought provoking it is not what I had hoped

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Homicidal

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Paul Alexander
    • Narrated By Paul Christy
    Overall
    (896)
    Performance
    (779)
    Story
    (793)

    Homicidal is the story of the almost 25-year serial-murder crime spree of Lonnie Franklin Jr., who is alleged to have killed at least 10 women in Los Angeles, if not more. Nicknamed by the media the Grim Sleeper, because there appeared to be a 13-year lull in the killings, Franklin met most of the women through random encounters that ended in murder. Significant blunders by the Los Angeles Police Department helped Franklin avoid arrest for years.

    Ian says: "Why was this written?"
    "Interesting but incomplete"
    Overall
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    This is a good read and it is read well. The story is interesting but ends without knowing what happened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crusade: Destroyermen, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (1643)
    Performance
    (1134)
    Story
    (1147)

    Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, along with the men and women of the USS Walker, have chosen sides in a war not of their making. They have allied with the Lemurians - a mammalian race whose peaceful existence is under attack from the warlike, reptilian Grik. The Lemurians are vastly outnumbered and ignorant of warfare, and even the guns and technology of Walker cannot turn the tide of battle.

    Laura says: "Woman's Perspective"
    "Another wrinkle in an already interesting tale"
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    This book was an excellent follow up to the first book. The narrator works very well with the material and the material is very well written. The historical accuracy of the equipment portrayed is top notch and the world that has been established in these two books is compelling and rich. This series is definitely on my recommended list!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Dead Air

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By James Goss
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (1424)
    Performance
    (1230)
    Story
    (1224)

    This is an exclusive, original adventure for the 10th Doctor, read by David Tennant. Featuring additional music and effects, Doctor Who: Dead Air has never been previously published. Hot on the heels of a creature that exists through sound, the Doctor lands on a pirate radio station boat in the late 1960s. The creature has already killed some of the DJs, and the Doctor befriends the survivors. But then the lights go out, and a desperate race for survival begins.

    Paul says: "Brilliant story and well crafted audiobook"
    "Tenth Doctor fans Rejoice"
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    A great stand alone Doctor Who Story set with the 10th Doctor. Having David Tennant read this is incredible - it is short - but tight and well written. Worth the download!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Full Cast Recording
    Overall
    (1467)
    Performance
    (1390)
    Story
    (1392)

    Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that reimagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

    Amazon Customer says: "A fresh new way to enjoy the story"
    "Another Ender's Game Story"
    Overall
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    I'll admit it - I'm an Enderverse fan. I've read almost all the books (think I'm short one) and I've watched the movie at least twice now. Although this audioplay is very close to the novel - it isn't exact (based upon my memory) but the full cast audio play makes that worth it. There is something about having each part performed by a different voice that brings a dimension to this over a normal audio book and it is a good dimension. Enderverse fans will already love it - first timers to the Ender's Game world will love it as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Diamonds Are Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (223)

    African diamonds are being smuggled into the United States, and it's up to the British Secret Service to infiltrate the organized crime families in America and destroy the smugglers. James Bond is not afraid of gangsters, but then he hasn't really met any until now. With advice from his American friend, Felix Leiter, Bond tracks a diamond smuggling ring from Africa through London to the United States.

    Miles GE says: "Impeccable"
    "Fleming does it again"
    Overall
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    Another Bond novel that goes out of its way to remind us that Bond is a human, not someone who jumps directly to the case being solved. He misses things and occasionally gets things wrong. He regrets killing people and this internal struggle adds another piece to the puzzle of the man who is James Bond. Excellently read and an excellent story - combine to equal another great experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moonraker

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (307)

    When James Bond is asked to settle a dispute over "ungentlemanly behavior" at an exclusive gambling club, the affair is embarrassing in the extreme, for the accused is the unimpeachable Sir Hugo Drax: business tycoon, popular hero, patriot extraordinaire, and head of the multimillion-dollar Moonraker missile program on which Britain's future defense depends.

    justin says: "Refreshingly different!"
    "Rocketing up the list of good Bond stories"
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    Simon Vance's performance of this book leaves nothing to be desired - each character sounds different and the story flows perfectly from him. The story itself is very well written - the post WWII England setting makes for a believable plot and the fact that Bond isn't a superhuman guy who always gets everything right on the first try makes him a believable character. Bond fans will love this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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