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  • Rebellion: Star Force, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1711)
    Performance
    (1566)
    Story
    (1573)

    Rebellion is the turning point in the great interstellar war between all living creatures and the machines. Star Force is on the side of the machines...but for how long? In the third book of the Star Force series, Kyle Riggs learns just what kind of war Earth is caught up in. At the mercy of the Macros, his marines fight against new alien races, big and small. They battle the innocent and the vile alike, until their situation becomes grim. Rebellion is a military science-fiction novel by best-selling author B. V. Larson.

    Amazon Customer says: "Awesome,and original."
    "Pure Unabashed Sci-Fi Fun"
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    My first venture into the world of military Sci-Fi was John Ringo, and I was so disappointed with his books, that I was reluctant to try a different series in the same genre. When I saw that the narrator, Mark Boyett, was the same as the Ringo books that I had disliked, I had further reservations, even though Boyett is a great narrator.

    My fears were totally unfounded. This is a light, action-packed sci-fi adventure where the fast-paced story is never held back by overly-detailed technology explanations or self-righteous, right-wing sermonizing as in the Ringo books.

    The sci-fi tech is very interesting and well-thought out. I found it was also pleasing that the tech did not seem to be the point of the story, but rather was secondary to the well-conceived plot.

    The protagonist questions himself, and yet is capable and competent, with a good since of humor. He is very likeable and it is enjoyable to be privy to his decision-making process throughout the numerous battles with the Macros and other species.

    I usually just listen to my audiobooks in my hour commute back and forth from work. The Star Force series has been so intriguing and gripping that I had to bring it into the house and listen to it there as well.

    I've finished three of the books so far, and each time I finish one, I don't wait until I have the credits to buy the next installment. I've not had this much fun with Sci-Fi in a long time, and I will probably be exploring more of B.V. Larson's books in the future.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Empire: Star Force, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1237)
    Performance
    (1144)
    Story
    (1157)

    Kyle Riggs has been away from Earth for a long time.... What’s happening back home? In Empire, the sixth book of the Star Force Series, the story moves in a new direction. Earth falls quiet, and the few reports coming out of the homeworld are increasingly strange. Isolated in the Eden system, Riggs realizes his enemies are forming an alliance against him. Crushed between two monstrous fleets, the last defenders of Star Force must forge their own alliance with the biotic aliens. But which alien race can Riggs truly trust?

    Professor says: "EMPIRE OR COLONY?"
    "More Fun for Kyle Riggs of Star Force"
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    Kyle Riggs, with the help of his trusted military officers, and Marvin, a sentient artificial life form, must battle impossible odds as Star Force faces enemies on all fronts.

    At the same time that Star Force is fighting for its very life, Kyle Riggs attempts to delve into the relationships between the Blues, the Macros, and the Nanos. Unraveling that mystery could be the key to survival. However, things are looking bad back on Earth, where Crow has used his military might as leverage to gain enormous power.

    These are fast, rollicking page-turners that keep you in suspense the whole way through. BV Larson's imagination does not fail him as we see new approaches to many brand new challenges.

    The characters are immensely likeable and you root for each one along the way, even Marvin, who seems to always be a step ahead of Kyle Riggs, much to Star Force's benefit, and Kyle Rigg's chagrin. Once again Mark Boyett increases the enjoyment of these audiobooks with his talented portrayal of characters of all nations (and species).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Battle Station: Star Force, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1412)
    Performance
    (1304)
    Story
    (1305)

    In Battle Station, Kyle Riggs faces new challenges, new alien fleets, and learns the secrets behind the war he has been fighting for years. In the fifth book of the Star Force Series, the Eden system is in humanity's grasp, but can they keep it? Star Force is weak after a long war, and many yearn to go home. Knowing the machines will return with a new armada eventually, Riggs seeks a more permanent solution. Along the way, worlds are won and lost, millions perish, and great truths are revealed.

    William says: "Non-stop Sci-Fi Action"
    "Non-stop Sci-Fi Action"
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    If you are looking for sci-fi that is fast-paced, fun, and incredibly interesting, I'd recommend the Star Force series for you. The author has carefully crafted a military sci-fi universe where new discoveries and surprises await, leaving the reader astonished at the depth of B.V. Larson's imagination.

    Most sci-fi series that I have read have at least one book where things do not click, or the plot seems forced, or difficult to believe. In contrast, every book of this series is strong, and I keep thinking that the best one is the book I just finished.

    Mark Boyett, the narrator, is quite amazing as he seamlessly switches his accent from one member of an international team to another to yet another. It adds an extra dimension of enjoyment over the text version of the books.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2053)
    Performance
    (1411)
    Story
    (1427)

    When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

    MJP_MD says: "Republican Physicists in Space!!!"
    "A Question of Tonnage - Hard Engineering Fiction"
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    I couldn't believe how much I liked this book when I launched into the first few chapters. I also couldn't believe how much I disliked this book when hour after hour was spent discussing the pros and cons of various engineering problems.

    Instead of the rapid-pace events of the book's beginning, be prepared for bureaucrats, negotiations, engineering brain-storming sessions and one meeting that leads to another that leads to still another, seemingly endlessly.

    I appreciate that John Ringo has given this a great deal of thought and wants to include the detail he has imagined for this project. However, I just really don't care how you are going to solve the problem of cutting a door through a nickel-iron chunk of asteroid.

    This is not really hard sci-fi, which I love, but hard engineering fiction where a person is supposed to enjoy the debates about advanced engineering topics. Included in these long discussions are questions about how much tonnage some device should be, and the pros and cons of having an interior 9 kilometers across versus 10 kilometers because they didn't use enough volatiles when expanding the sphere.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3671)
    Performance
    (2222)
    Story
    (2244)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    aaron says: "A LESSON in How to Write Smart, Dark, ADULT SciFi"
    "Sci-Fi Gem Mixed with Horror"
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    I'm not surprised to find that Dan Simmons also writes horror stories. This well-crafted tale is punctuated by grisly and gruesome scenes that make you gasp in horror. I sometimes found the descriptions so disturbing that I would have to stop listening, and come back to it, when I had gotten over the impact.

    Simmons has few equals, if any, in story-telling. Instead of having haunting images presented to me as I read, I would have preferred a PG-13 version.

    Note: I hate horror movies, murder mysteries, slasher movies, and anything involving macabre depictions of torture and death. So, this is written not as a warning for the general listener, but for anyone who might think twice about listening to or reading a horror tale.

    The narration in this story is excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Interlopers

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Alan Dean Foster
    • Narrated By Ben Browder
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (31)

    Cody Westcott, a young archeologist, returned from a dig at Apachetarimac with more than he bargained for. Seems the Chachapoyans that he had been studying had a lot to teach us all. Soon he steps through the looking glass but unlike Alice its no fairytale world that he finds. Instead it is our own world teeming with Interlopers-Those Who Abide. Unseen by the mass of humanity they are aware that Cody can now see them. They dont like it.

    Barbara says: "Thrilling-3 cheers for Alan Dean Foster"
    "Fast-paced Sci-Fi Entertainment"
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    I am an Alan Dean Foster fan, and now a Ben Browder fan. I've enjoyed Browder on Farscape and Stargage SG-1, but his reading of this very entertaining novel made me appreciate how vast his acting talents are.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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