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Hugh

Best Selling Author of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

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  • Swarm: Star Force, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4184)
    Performance
    (3826)
    Story
    (3838)

    Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

    Lamonica Johnson says: "If Micheal Bay Wrote a Sci-Fi Novel..."
    "Incredible Storytelling!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Swarm to be better than the print version?

    Yes, Mark Boyett's performance adds so much to the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Larson's storytelling ability is epic!


    Any additional comments?

    Best scifi I've read in 25 years!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Characterization: 3 Dimensional Character, Character Personalities, Character Backgrounds: How to Write Characters in a Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (26 mins)
    • By Ora Rosalin, Beyoncé Rosalin
    • Narrated By John Daigle
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Characters are the soul of your novel. This is why you need to make them memorable. The authors of this novel have done research so you don't have to. This book includes dialogue (what not to do and how to make the characters distinguishable), how to do background stories (what draws readers in and what makes them turn the pages), physical appearance (not everyone should look the same, adding diversity makes your story believable).... and so much more.

    Hugh says: "Grammar errors in a Writing book"
    "Grammar errors in a Writing book"
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    The book is moderately useful. I like the fact that it's a distillation of tools on characterization. But I heard a few grammatical errors which really turned me off. Narration is just ok.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Starplex

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett, Robert J. Sawyer
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (114)

    Twenty years after the discovery of artificial wormholes launches Earth space exploration to unforeseeable heights, Starplex Director Keith Lansing investigates a mysterious vessel that soon threatens the station with intergalactic war.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Tribute to Arthur C. Clarke"
    "A symphony for the mind"
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    This was truly an incredible book. Starplex was a rare exploration of the Space Opera sub-genre, and as Robert J. Sawyer intended, did not focus on a military plot as the central theme, but rather, a peaceful group of scientists who's mission was to make peaceful contact with other races via a vast network of 'shortcuts' or stargate type devices. Yes, there is certainly space combat and battles, but what makes this book so different is the anchoring in real science fiction roots -- at it's core it's about science, and the extrapolation and exploration of 'what-if' scenarios. It seeks to tease apart answers to current scientific knowledge.

    To say this book was riveting was an understatement. I read it in 24 hours, and wished there was a whole series like it. But alas, this book is, and must be, fully self-contained. Starplex plucks the most melodious strings of science fiction, and turns them into a symphony for the mind.

    The various races described in the novel were also fascinating, each with distinct cultures and idiosyncrasies. Sawyer is a man with an incredible imagination.

    Almost 20 years after publication this book remains singular and utterly engaging.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Suffer the Children

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Craig Dilouie
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    Suffer the Children presents a terrifying tale of apocalyptic fiction, as listeners are introduced to Herod's Syndrome, a devastating illness that suddenly and swiftly kills all young children across the globe. Soon, they return from the grave, and ask for blood. And with blood, they stop being dead. They continue to remain the children they once were, but only for a short time, as they need more blood to live. The average human body holds 10 pints of blood, so the inevitable question for parents everywhere becomes: How far would you go to bring your child back?

    AudioBookReviewer says: "How far would you go?"
    "Interesting premise, too much filler"
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    The concept was cool, but I felt the plot was underdeveloped and the characters got too much attention. With that much attention on a large cast, the book should have been longer. For me, there just wasn't enough going on.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Homefront: A Novel of the Transgenic Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Scott James Magner
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Jantine is a Beta, a genetically modified super soldier charged with establishing a hidden colony on Earth. When her expedition arrives in the middle of a civil war, she must choose her allies wisely or be exterminated. Featuring complex characters and edge-of-your-seat action sequences, Homefront will have listeners guessing until the last tick.

    Hugh says: "Science Fiction at it's finest!"
    "Science Fiction at it's finest!"
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    One of my favorite books of 2014. It's rare that I read something that keeps me up all night to finish it. Homefront was such a book. It's full of original and exciting ideas, which is what defines Science Fiction for me. The interpersonal relationships between the various Transgenic castes were fascinating and the overall story was utterly riveting! Can't wait for book 2. Magner has nailed this!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Million Dollar Outlines

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Farland
    • Narrated By Gary Johnston
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    In this audiobook, Dave teaches how to analyze an audience and outline a novel so that it can appeal to a wide readership, giving it the potential to become a bestseller. The secrets found in his unconventional approach will help you understand why so many of his authors go on to prominence.

    Rich A. says: "So interesting, you'll wish you had a print copy"
    "Nothing about outlines."
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    What was most disappointing about David Farland’s story?

    This book didn't deal with outlines at all.


    Any additional comments?

    This is NOT a book about outlines. It's a decent book on writing commercial fiction. I'd have given it 4 stars had it been advertised as such.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: The Author at Work: The Art of Writing Fiction

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jenna Blum
    • Narrated By Jenna Blum
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    New York Times best-selling author Jenna Blum has scored critical and commercial success with her novels Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers. One of Oprah’s Top Thirty Women’s Writers, Blum has also taught creative writing at Boston University and master novel workshops for Grub Street Writers. Here Blum shares insights into the writing process and offers listeners the most important aspects of succeeding as an author.

    Bradford says: "One of the best writing how-to's I've ever read"
    "Great info, hypnotizing narration! In a good way!"
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    What did you love best about The Modern Scholar: The Author at Work?

    Jenna Blum could read the phone book, and I'd be enthralled. Great book, succinct, informative and well structured.


    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Fortune's Pawn: Paradox Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Rachel Bach
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (103)

    Devi Morris isn't your average mercenary. She has plans. Big ones. And a ton of ambition. It's a combination that's going to get her killed one day - but not just yet. That is, until she gets a job on a tiny trade ship with a nasty reputation for surprises. The Glorious Fool isn't misnamed; it likes to get into trouble, so much so that one year of security work under its captain is equal to five years everywhere else. With odds like that, Devi knows she's found the perfect way to get the jump on the next part of her plan.

    Connor says: "Liked Part of the Book, But Not All"
    "Crisp Space Opera, Sexy Female Protagonist"
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    Any additional comments?

    This was a fresh book. There certainly have been female protagonists in Space Opera, take Kai Vatta, Herris Serrano and Honor Harrington. But I think this is the most feminine role yet. Sure she's tough, and kicks ass, but she's sexy, and feminine, and I enjoyed that aspect of the book. The book doesn't get bogged down with unnecessary description or prose, and is fast paced, and very satisfying!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Invasion: Alaska: Invasion America, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Vaughn Heppner
    • Narrated By Mark Ashby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (348)

    In this controversial book, Vaughn Heppner explores the theme of a shattered America facing the onslaught of the new colossus in the East: Greater China. The time is 2032, and the Chinese are crossing the polar ice and steaming through the Gulf of Alaska. They have conquered oil-rich Siberia and turned Japan into a satellite state. Now a new glacial period has begun, devastating the world’s food supply. China plans to corner the world’s oil market and buy the needed food for their hungry masses.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "THE AMERICANS ARE NOT SIBERIANS"
    "Abysmal - high school level prose"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Some uneducated toothless moron, who dropped out of kindergarten.


    What was most disappointing about Vaughn Heppner’s story?

    This author has no skill with words. The plot might have been good, but the prose was so bad, I couldn't bear to listen past 5 minutes.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Mediocre at best. The fault was the writing, not the narration.


    What character would you cut from Invasion: Alaska?

    All of them. Actually, let's cut out the writer!


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot believe audible published this. I'm very disappointed with audible's poor judgement.

    3 of 9 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
    (2396)
    Performance
    (1726)
    Story
    (1744)

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Republican Physicists in Space!!!"
    "Fabulous Story!"
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    Would you listen to Live Free or Die again? Why?

    Absolutely! Ringo's story is fascinating, and Mark Boyett's performance was stellar!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Live Free or Die?

    I really enjoyed Tyler Vernon's cagey negotiations on the trading ship. Dragon's Tears! LOL


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3343)
    Performance
    (3005)
    Story
    (3019)

    Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Superheroes vs. Zombies? Sure, why not..."
    "Superheroes & Zombies? Hell yeah!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Fantastic genre bending tale. Great characters and fascinating plot!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Stealth. She was very mysterious and I really wanted to know more about her.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved that there was a male and female narrator!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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