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  • The Crucible of Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Eric Flint, K. D. Wentworth
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (117)

    Humanity is first subjugated by haughty alien colonizers calling themselves the Jao when Earth is unexpectedly attacked by the implacable and nearly-unstoppable Ekhat, exterminators of all intelligent life not their own. Now the fragile Human-Jao alliance is put to the test. A devastating encounter with the Ekhat in a distant nebula reveals a powerful alien society that may hold the key to defeating the Ekhat once and for all. There’s one big problem: they utterly loathe humanity's ally, the Jao.

    ShySusan says: "Great character development of the aliens"
    "How can advanced races be so stupit?"
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    Almost every conflict that pushes the plot is based on every race involved being so stupid when it comes to psychology that nothing makes sense. Every race involved is an advanced race used to dealing with other alien races yet they cannot accept that every other race might act and react different than them or each other. Not only do they act this way with new races but even with the race they have been dealing with for decades. It gets very tiring watching every character's inability to realize the other races act differently and never being able to either predict how they will act or understand why anything is done the way it is done.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42410)
    Performance
    (38431)
    Story
    (38490)

    Robert says: "Well worth your time"
    "When you need something to hide time."
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    Nick Podehl does a great job and never seems to make a mistake. The story is also enjoyable but I believe it only really works if you are somewhere in your early teens and I'm not.. I listen to the book when I need time to go by but don't have the focus available that you need to really listen.

    The hero constantly makes the kinds of mistakes that only a kid with no idea how relationships really work or how adults see the world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steadfast: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3626)
    Performance
    (3337)
    Story
    (3328)

    Geary and the crew of the Dauntless have managed to safely escort important alien representatives to Earth. But before they can make tracks for home, two of Geary’s key lieutenants vanish. The search for his missing men leads Geary on a far-flung chase, ultimately ending at the one spot in space from which all humans have been banned: The moon Europa. Any ship that lands there must stay or be destroyed—leaving Geary to face the most profound moral dilemma of his life.

    Luv2Read says: "Is it just me? 😉"
    "I don't understand."
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    I don't understand why the author hasn't yet killed off Tanya Disjani. She's a total bitch and she has Black Jack's balls in a jar hidden away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guardian: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3929)
    Performance
    (3606)
    Story
    (3607)

    Admiral Geary’s First Fleet of the Alliance has survived the journey deep into unexplored interstellar space, a voyage that led to the discovery of new alien species, including a new enemy and a possible ally. Now Geary’s mission is to ensure the safety of the Midway Star System, which has revolted against the Syndicate Worlds empire—an empire that is on the brink of collapse.

    Dennis says: "Another 5 STAR Book!"
    "Never Marry in Your Chain of Command"
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    These are fun stories and have enough action and surprises to keep me listening. But why did Geary ever marry Tonya? She needs to shut up and he needs to develop some balls where she is concerned!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hellhole: Awakening: The Hellhole Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (331)

    After declaring his independence from the corrupt Constellation, rebel General Adolphus knows the crackdown is coming. Now he needs to pull together the struggling Hellhole colony, the ever-expanding shadow-Xayan settlement, and his connections with the other Deep Zone worlds. Even then, he doubts his desperate measures will be enough. Diadem Michella Duchenet has collected a huge space fleet led by Commodore Escobar Hallholme, son of the hero who originally defeated Adolphus.

    William says: "I really enjoy this series"
    "Let's Just Sit Down and Cry"
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    I know that the essence of good writing is conflict and without it you just get boring. However, when the protagonist is challenged over and over again they are supposed to overcome the in-between problems before the next disaster starts. Almost everyone believes they are brilliant but they never learn, anything.

    In Awakening, everyone thinks they are so brilliant they can't possibly lose so, of course, everyone loses. I mean every time, in every way. When the bad guys make a plan the good guys make a better plan. Of course when that is done the aliens (who no one new existed) step in to save the day. But of course that goes wrong. Then the universe steps in and causes more problems.

    I could go on and on but why bother? It is the most depressing group of characters I have ever known. It isn't that everything goes wrong...it's that nothing, ever, goes right and not one ever learns anything.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Red Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Pierce Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29624)
    Performance
    (27602)
    Story
    (27569)

    Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

    Jared G says: "Wow, what a performance and what a story"
    "Excuse Me If I Don't Gush."
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    I couldn't believe the reviews I read before listening to this one and I have one question; doesn't anyone just read for pleasure anymore? One said they thought it was a comment on British Aristocracy because of the narrator (American), Dystopian (really?), and a metaphor for this or that.

    I love the narrator, I like the story but OMG I am getting so tired of heroes who hate themselves for this, that or some other thing; who can't seem to learn from their mistakes until they make the same mistakes a half dozen times; and who, are again and again, shocked at their own stupidity.

    I know you drive the plot forward by placing the hero, and his herd, in jeopardy from the beginning to the end so he (or she, okay?) can become a better and better person (positive arc) until, lo and behold, by the end of the story they can discover the person the audience always knew they could be. But it is possible...oh hell, read, or listen, to this book and you will come to like if very much...with a little patience.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Blood of Innocents: The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Mitchell Hogan
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4807)
    Performance
    (4394)
    Story
    (4393)

    Anasoma, jewel of the Mahruse Empire, has fallen. As Caldan and his companions flee the city, horrors from the time of the Shattering begin to close in. With Miranda's mind broken by forbidden sorcery, Caldan is forced to disobey the most sacrosanct laws of the Protectors if he is to have any chance of healing her. But when one of the emperor's warlocks arrives to take control of him, he begins to suspect his burgeoning powers may be more of a curse than a blessing.

    Ian says: "Disappointing Second Installment"
    "Get a Clue!"
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    First of all, I haven't finished the book yet and I probably will and I know they don't allow a person to update the reviews, and second, I have no choice but to chime in now. The story world is well crafted and interesting to the extent I want to know what happens, but the way the plot is being manipulated is so frustrating it's almost cruel.

    The super sorcerer-in-training seems to be so intelligent when it comes to coming up with some new idea to save the day you want to cheer for him but the same individual is so stupid when the plot needs to throw conflict at him you would think he has multiple personality disorder and one of them just wants to smear pizza on his face, (Multiplicity).

    It is disgustingly frustrating to get to the point you realize the only way the author could think of to put the protagonist in trouble, (you know, so he can grow as a character), is to make him intermittently super stupid. You just can't have it both ways. You just can't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Crucible of Souls: The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mitchell Hogan
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5061)
    Performance
    (4644)
    Story
    (4642)

    When Caldan’s parents are brutally slain, he is raised by monks and taught the arcane mysteries of sorcery. Vowing to discover for himself who his parents really were, and what led to their violent end, he is thrust into the unfamiliar chaos of city life. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to earn an apprenticeship with a guild of sorcerers. But he soon learns the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths. As a shadowed evil manipulates the unwary and forbidden powers are unleashed, Caldan is plunged into an age-old conflict that brings the world to the edge of destruction.

    Mike says: "Took a chance, hit a home run!"
    "A Good Beginning?"
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    This is a good beginning if you like sorcery and young heroes. Boy from nowhere, complicated plot with an interesting world is a great set-up. Worth listening to if you don't mind a continuous dependence on the most powerful sorcerer, the boy, swinging back and forth between brilliance and the most ridiculous naivete as the mechanism driving the plot. It just seems impossible to me that anyone can be so brilliant and so stupid at the same time as the author as written this boy. Disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of Saganami

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (835)
    Performance
    (687)
    Story
    (687)

    The Star Kingdom has a new generation of officers! And this elite group hand-picked and trained by Honor Harrington herself is going to be needed immediately, as their first assignment turns out to be more dangerous than anyone expected. What was supposed to be a quiet outpost, far from the blazing conflict between the Star Kingdom of Manticore and the People's Republic of Haven has actually been targeted by an unholy alliance between the slaveholders of Manpower.

    Farrell says: "Poor Narration"
    "Babies Don't Fly Battle Ships"
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    My God do I hate ensemble casts. Just read the words can't you? The primary hard-core females both sound like 3 year old girls with attitude problems. It is so hard to listen to the story when the protagonist's voice makes you cringe whenever you hear her talk. What were they thinking? And I'm only on chapter 3. I'm still listening to it and maybe I'll come back and update this...if I can get over the ridiculous baby voices from the women.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris
    • Narrated By James Langton
    Overall
    (1277)
    Performance
    (1149)
    Story
    (1152)

    Evil is most assuredly afoot - and Britain’s fate rests in the hands of an alluring renegade... and a librarian. These are dark days indeed in Victoria’s England. Londoners are vanishing, then reappearing, washing up as corpses on the banks of the Thames, drained of blood and bone. Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences - the Crown’s clandestine organization whose bailiwick is the strange and unsettling - will not allow its agents to investigate. Fearless and exceedingly lovely Eliza D. Braun, however, with her disturbing fondness for dynamite, refuses to let the matter rest...

    Suzanna says: "Great Steampunk - worth a listen"
    "Okay, I'm Ready. Go."
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    The first chapter had great promise, but, at chapter 9, has yet to deliver anything but a whiny heroine and, an amazingly obtuse hero. Two people, that couldn't be more opposite, are thrown together as partners and 8 chapters later, they are still, childishly, working on said relationship and have yet to resolve anything. It seems, to my embarrassment, I have been hood-winked into buying a SteamPunk romance, masquerading as an action adventure. I am going to give it 2 more chapters to make sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hidden Masters of Marandur: The Pillars of Reality, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4966)
    Performance
    (4638)
    Story
    (4624)

    Someone wants to kill Mari, a young steam mechanic in the guild that controls all technology. She has learned that her world of Dematr is headed for a catastrophe that will destroy civilization and that mages really can alter reality for short periods. Someone also wants to kill Alain, a young mage who has learned that mechanics are not frauds, as his guild teaches, and that mechanic Mari is the only person who can prevent the oncoming disaster.

    Pabkins says: "I enjoyed it even more so then the first!"
    "Would You Please Grow Up"
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    The first book set up an interesting story, fairly unique, and certainly worth listening to. This second book follows the story, picks up the action and keeps the conflict moving. But rather keeping these two individuals fresh and allowing them to learn about life together the author has chosen to have the female lead to turn into a snipish, jealous child given to fits of anger and jealously and drops the book into a young adult love story. The problem with listening to this book rather than reading is that you can't scan through the text to skip by the typical teenage psychology and the little girl tantrums and stay in the flow. There was room to give these two atypical teenagers new and inventive psychology, fitting to this new world, rather than what is provided.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful

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