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wayne

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  • The Heart of Matter: Odyssey One, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Evan Currie
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    Overall
    (847)
    Performance
    (774)
    Story
    (781)

    On her epic maiden voyage, the NAC spacecraft Odyssey introduced Earth to the wonders of an untouched universe - and the unimagined horrors lurking in the black. Now the Odyssey’s second voyage will carry Captain Eric Weston and his crew back to a familiar battlefield, to face an enemy unlike any they have ever known. For on war-torn Ranquil, homeworld of Earth’s newest ally, the Priminae, the invading Drasin are but foot soldiers for a powerful unseen force. Unmasking the mysterious puppet masters means defying orders and venturing into deep space.

    Joki says: "Mixed Bag"
    "entertaining, Love the story.."
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    This is like the classic space stuff I grew up with. I love the the way the author leaves just enough unknown to make you wonder what he has up his sleeve next. I'm not sure the author is necessarily up to date on all tech, but that is forgiveable. The story if fun and moves along at a brisk pace.

    However the narrator does not. The narrator is depressed, along with an entire cast of characters. He does the character voices well.. even if they are all depressed. My theory is that the narrator actually wanted to do self hypnosis, but got stuck with this instead. Almost every single sentence drops in pace and volume at the end, as if he is trying to put you to sleep, or perhaps he really is depressed. I don't know but either way it detracts from the action of this book severely, as it's difficult to feel the tension through the depression.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Daedalus Incident

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael J. Martinez
    • Narrated By Kristin Kalbli, Bernard Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    Mars is supposed to be dead. Bizarre quakes are rumbling over the long-dormant tectonic plates of the planet, disrupting its trillion-dollar mining operations and driving scientists past the edges of theory and reason. However, when rocks shake off their ancient dust and begin to roll seemingly of their own volition carving canals as they converge to form a towering structure amid the ruddy terrain, Lt. Jain and her JSC team realize that their routine geological survey of a Martian cave system is anything but. The only clues they have stem from the emissions of a mysterious blue radiation, and a 300-year-old journal that is writing itself.

    Ethan M. says: "I wanted to love this more, but still solid..."
    "fiction sans science"
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    I love steampunk. It gives writers and readers the ability to suspend belief and just enjoy the adventure. That said this writer is trying to bridge the gap between science fiction and steampunk. A worthy goal, but failes completely at the science part of science fiction, forgoes all known extraterrestral science and just makes things up on both sides of the coin. I found the steampunk world in this story compelling, and fun, but was completely aghast at the lack of basic science in the rest of it. Give me a world untethered to reality or give me a world based on at least a basic understanding of reality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Atlantis Gene: The Origin Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By A. G. Riddle
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1100)
    Performance
    (1000)
    Story
    (998)

    Seventy thousand years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how.

    Until now. The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time. The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they've hidden the truth about human evolution. They've also searched for an ancient enemy - a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

    january says: "Pretty bad, but not the worst I've ever read"
    "a little better than average"
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    The author takes a new approach to an old plot line, and does a fairly good job at keeping his basic science intact at least from the laymans point of view. With only the premise compelling you to suspend belief. I'm a firm supporter of this way of writing science fiction, so I deem this readable. The Narrator, is not a voice actor, and pronounces didn't as dident, over and over again, but those are nitpicks. He does an affordable job of telling the story and after you've gone through all the really great books, this is a decent secondary read. I'm not going to say it was bad. Actually, I listened to both books, so far and enjoyed them. I'll most definitely listen to the third.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout 7: For The Fallen

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (976)
    Performance
    (929)
    Story
    (930)

    Mike is back. The battle with Eliza is past. Now Mike must strike out once again in a desperate race against time as his son and best friend are succumbing to the zombie virus within them. What he does not know is that an old foe hasrisen up and a more insidious threat has emerged to not just the Talbots but all of humanity.

    Teddy says: "Yes! Yes! Yes! AWESOMENESS!"
    "what a great story teller"
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    And by that I mean both of them, Mark Tufo "and" Sean Runnette. Now if your like me you despise cliff hangar ending. If that is so you would be sincerely missing out if you decided to not read/listen to this series. (with the one exception of the book of nothing but flash backs and diatribe(it was like listening to an entire old folks home worth of stories that led nowhere and made you wonder how long it was going to take)). Outside of that, I love this guys stuff.. no I don't mean his "stuff" I mean his writing. So anyway imagine that the entire world is burning around you and you still have plenty of wherewithal to find within yourself to make fun of everyone and everything around you while still clinging to life and holding on to the best parts of who you are. That is what this stuff is about. Thanks Mark, and Sean great job again!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Exodus Towers: The Dire Earth Cycle: Two

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jason M. Hough
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    The sudden appearance of a second space elevator in Brazil only deepens the mystery about the aliens who provided it: the Builders. Scavenger crew captain Skyler Luiken and brilliant scientist Dr. Tania Sharma have formed a colony around the new Elevator's base, utilizing mobile towers to protect humans from the Builders' plague. But they are soon under attack from a roving band of plague-immune soldiers. Cut off from the colony, Skyler must wage a one-man war against the new threat as well as murderous subhumans and thugs from Darwin.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Picks up where part 1 left off"
    "Compelling story you'll never guess the ending to"
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    I'm writing this after having listened to the entire trilogy. These are well thought out books, with a lot of plot twists that culminate in an ending that will not be what you expect, but is in no way anticlimactic. If you are looking for a scifi zombie book that is nothing like the others, and if you love mystery and action then this book is very much for you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5871)
    Performance
    (5484)
    Story
    (5502)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Awsome!!"
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    Brandon Sanderson breaks ground moving away from his fantasy (middle earth) style novels and starts off running. I don't know of many writers with as fully rounded and well developed characters as Brandon creates. I can't wait for the next installment of this series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Exile Empire: The Phoenix Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Joshua Done
    • Narrated By Philip Pickard
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    James Ursidae lost his family as a child, which broke his sanity and turned him into a vicious but brilliant warrior. Driven by both his technological genius and a desire for revenge, James finds himself on a journey of creative destruction. As he rises from prejudice, trauma, and indecision, he discovers a newfound desire to protect, and in the process he helps create a civilization based not only on the archetype of the hero but something true to human nature: the raw force of the antihero.

    Al says: "One of the top Underdog Sci Fi Books"
    "CRAPTASTIC!"
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    Where to begin. Well at first I thought it was just the terrible narration, but soon realized that the story was equally bad. The narrator over emphasized everything in storm of bad acting. The author jumps all over the place in a vain attempt to tell a story that you quickly realize he was probably just making up as he went along. With no solid storyline and characters that will make your eyes roll back in your head in disbelief this book quickly topped my list as the worst in my collection. Think Plan nine from outer space bad.. It's that bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 'Til Death Do Us Part: Zombie Fallout, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1210)
    Performance
    (1145)
    Story
    (1152)

    BT, Gary, and Mrs. Deneaux race to the Talbot compound in a desperate bid to turn the tides of a lost war. Is Michael dead? This is the question plaguing the Talbots as they prepare for the final showdown with a merciless enemy hell-bent on their absolute destruction.

    Teddy says: "Series Back on Track"
    "Story telling at it's best!"
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    I take back every bad thing I said about the last book.. Mark Tufo comes into his own with this book. Fast paced, funny full of witty insights clever dialog. One of the things I truly love about Tufo is his amazing human insight, the ability to tell a story as if it came froma a real human, and not some made up character in the authors mind. I was a little worried when the last book ended up being nothing but inner dialog.. but this book was so well done that I can't say enough good things about it. Brilliant!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chimera: The Subterrene War, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By T. C. McCarthy
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (7)

    Escaped Germline soldiers need to be cleaned up, and Stan Resnick is the best man for the job - a job that takes him to every dark spot and every rat hole he can find. Operatives from China and Unified Korea are gathering escaped or stolen Russian and American genetics, and there are reports of new biological nightmares: half-human things bred to live their entire lives encased in powered armor suits. Stan fights to keep himself alive and out of prison while he attempts to capture a genetic - one who will be able to tell them everything they need to know about this new threat, the one called Project Sunshine.

    Trip Williams says: "Love this type of story!"
    "loved this book"
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    Amazing story, well written.. I cannot recommend this enough for scifi lovers.. Listen to the first two books.. after which you will be unable to stop listening to this. I wanted more.

    1 of 1 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
    (2051)
    Performance
    (1409)
    Story
    (1425)

    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!!!"
    "Meh"
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    I listened to all three, because I am a space junkie and because I wanted to give the series a chance.

    The truth is I rolled my eyes and shook my head so often that I wasn't sure if I was missing some big joke. John Ringo (I doubt that's his real name) deftly ignores logic and understanding to bring you his fantasy of a world that could never happen and is so ill conceived that I'm quite sure most 7th graders could point out at least one logic hole in every chapter. He takes the most ridiculous and simple minded answers to every plot problem and then ties them together in ways that make me shake my head and turns my mind numb.

    If you are easily amused, and or can simply throw away most or all of your intellect long enough to choke down this series then good for you.

    PS. Mark Boyett is by far one of the most talented voice actors creating audible books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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