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Simon3417

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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
    (3662)
    Performance
    (3353)
    Story
    (3363)

    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..."
    "Meat and potatoes scifi..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Swarm the most enjoyable?

    Fast-paced, fun characters, alien starships, civil wars, and an 'everyday Joe' protagonist who just so happens to be an ex-military badass... "meat and potatoes" scifi at its best. Blast of a read!


    Any additional comments?

    I had no idea this was an indie when I downloaded it... Well done.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Janissaries: The Theogony, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Chris Kennedy
    • Narrated By Craig Good
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    The war with China was over and Lieutenant Shawn "Calvin" Hobbs just wanted his life to go back to normal. The hero of the war, he had a small ream of paperwork to fill out, a deployment with his Navy F-18 squadron to prepare for, and a new girlfriend to spend some quality time with. Life was good. Until the aliens showed up.

    Leslie A. Mead says: "Appalling narrator."
    "Decent military SF"
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    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Janissaries: The Theogony, Book 1? What did you like least?

    Easy to follow in spite of all of the jargon/acronyms which are ubiquitous in government speak. Once the author established his world, everything was clearly explained and easy to follow throughout the story.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Maybe spend a little more time on character development and dislodge, and a little less on world building. That would help to flesh out the characters a bit beyond name, rank, serial numbers, etc.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I'd change the narrator for the next book. While this gentlemen was wonderfully clear and articulate, he was all but devoid of character inflection and dramatic effect which really hindered the overall experience. To his credit, I think he'd do really well in non-fiction, but not here.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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