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  • Antares Dawn: Antares, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael McCollum
    • Narrated By Gavin Hammon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (125)

    When the supergiant star Antares exploded in 2512, the human colony on Alta found their pathway to the stars gone, isolating them from the rest of human space for more than a century. Then one day, a powerful warship materialized in the system without warning. Alarmed by the sudden appearance of such behemoth, the commanders of the Altan Space Navy dispatched one of their most powerful ships to investigate. What ASNS Discovery finds when they finally catch the intruder is a battered hulk manned by a dead crew. That is disturbing news for the Altans....

    Marc Phillips says: "I enjoyed it, but it was terribly out of date."
    "Basically a good science fiction story, well told."
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    Michael McCollum's Antares Dawn and the next book, Antares Passage, must be read together for a satisfying story arc. Sufficiently engaging characters.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Squadron Alert: Starcruiser Shenandoah, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Roland J. Green
    • Narrated By Traber Burns
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    This series has a wide range of male, female and alien characters. When the United Federation of Starworlds receives a call for aid from a world divided between the Federation and its most powerful competitor, Captain Rose Liddell readies the battle cruiser Shenandoah in an attempt to halt the breakout of interstellar war.

    jwr says: "poor"
    "Uncomplicated Story, Yet So Hard to Follow"
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    The story here is simple on the face of it, but I found the story oddly difficult to follow. I never found myself invested in the story or characters.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Life Probe: Makers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michael McCollum
    • Narrated By Melissa Exelberth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (30)

    The Makers searched for the secret to faster-than-light travel for 100,000 years. Their chosen instruments were the Life Probes, which they launched in every direction to seek out advanced civilizations among the stars. One such machine searching for intelligent life encounters 21st-century Earth. It isn't sure that it has found any....

    StrikitRich says: "Finally In Audio Form"
    "Potential was there but didn't really take off."
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    I bought this book because I enjoyed one of the author's other books, Gibraltar Earth. This book, as a series, has potential but this particular book didn't really grab my interest until the last several chapters, and then only passingly. As for the performance, I got used to the slightly-off pronunciation of certain words after a time but it was oddly distracting at first.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Accidental Time Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated By Kevin Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (125)

    Joe Haldeman is the esteemed Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of The Forever War. Things are going nowhere for lowly MIT research assistant Matt Fuller - especially not after his girlfriend drops him for another man. But then while working late one night, he inadvertently stumbles upon what may be the greatest scientific breakthrough ever. His luck, however, runs out when he finds himself wanted for murder - in the future.

    Brian says: "A fun, light story"
    "Engaging, Light Reading but Not Too Light"
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    This is a good story and well worth the read. Enjoyable, engaging characters and a story not hard to follow. Well worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Coming

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated By Kevin Orton
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards, Joe Haldeman has penned several best-selling novels, including The Forever War. After receiving a message from deep space, astronomer Aurora “Rory” Bell anticipates extraterrestrial visitors on New Year’s Eve. But with Earth teetering on the edge of another world war, Rory soon begins to wonder if the message was a hoax. And when the message is leaked to the public, a media frenzy ensues.

    Mark says: "Dull; Not Nearly As Good As Joe Haldeman's Others"
    "Dull; Not Nearly As Good As Joe Haldeman's Others"
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    The story concept is potentially engaging but it's all about dull internal politics leading up to its anticlimactic ending. I've read Joe Haldeman's other books, which I enjoyed much more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gibraltar Earth: Gibraltar Earth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michael McCollum
    • Narrated By Ramon De Ocampo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (169)

    It is the 24th Century and humanity is just gaining a toehold out among the stars. Stellar Survey Starship Magellan is exploring the New Eden system when they encounter two alien spacecraft. When the encounter is over, the score is one human scout ship and one alien aggressor destroyed. In exploring the wreck of the second alien ship, spacers discover a survivor with a fantastic story.

    Richard says: "I couldn't have asked for more!"
    "Good Book; Looking Forward to the Next Book"
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    I bought this book on a whim, not really expecting much. To my pleasant surprise I enjoyed it thoroughly and I'm looking forward to Michael McCollum's next book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Supernova

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Roger MacBride Allen, Eric Kotani
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The millennium draws to a close. Nini light years from Earth, a white dwarf star dies a violent and spectacular deeath. Sirus B has gone supernova hurtling a nightmare of global devastation toward our unsuspecting planet at astonishing speed.

    Mark says: "Not Bad but Certainly not Great"
    "Not Bad but Certainly not Great"
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    Similar to Lucifer's Hammer in mood but nowhere near as good. Some characters drawn out leaving others undeveloped. No sense of horror or destruction. Dull in places.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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