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J. Abbott

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  • Empire: Star Force, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1392)
    Performance
    (1283)
    Story
    (1299)

    Kyle Riggs has been away from Earth for a long time.... What’s happening back home? In Empire, the sixth book of the Star Force Series, the story moves in a new direction. Earth falls quiet, and the few reports coming out of the homeworld are increasingly strange. Isolated in the Eden system, Riggs realizes his enemies are forming an alliance against him. Crushed between two monstrous fleets, the last defenders of Star Force must forge their own alliance with the biotic aliens. But which alien race can Riggs truly trust?

    Professor says: "EMPIRE OR COLONY?"
    "Good...but..."
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    Would you be willing to try another book from B. V. Larson? Why or why not?

    The whole series is fun and has good ideas, but it's tiring hearing form only one mans point of view. I don't mean to complain, because in many ways I enjoy them, but I can't get over the fact the entire series revolves around one man coming up with all the ideas and no one else can do anything but follow orders. That, and the girlfriend can only hang on to the guy, or try and kill someone....give me depth and characters that can think for themselves for the love of god....Again, otherwise it's a fun series.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    Overall
    (8496)
    Performance
    (8086)
    Story
    (8101)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Perfect!"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

    I haven't so enjoyed a book like this in a long time. Both the narrator and the story were perfect.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Martian?

    The entire story is just amazing, but I got to say I love the little incites and one lines Mark throws out throughout the book; it all culminated to making him feel more real.


    Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nope - but I plan too.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No one particular moment - but the end really was a great finish.


    Any additional comments?

    LOVED IT! I just hope I can find more books like this in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Annihilation: Star Force, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1215)
    Performance
    (1133)
    Story
    (1134)

    Kyle Riggs is in for a rough ride. In Annihilation, the seventh book of the Star Force Series, nothing goes as planned. The three fledgling human colonies in the Eden System are beginning to take hold, but the forces threatening to root them out are many. The Crustaceans are calling for help, despite the fact they are the sworn enemies of Star Force. Are they potential allies, or vicious tricksters? And why are the oceans of their world heating up?

    Amazon Customer says: "It could be so much better!!!"
    "That's it - no more - I can't take it..."
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    What would have made Annihilation better?

    I hoped - god I hoped for a change in this series. Something that wasn't about one man. Something where everyone along with the main character could contribute. Instead it's another novel where Riggs makes all the decisions, has all the ideas, and acts in the same way he has since book one. I know he is the senior commander in the series but come on...and enough with Sandra - for the love of god why is she there other than to add drama! I originally enjoyed this series, and I know a lot of people still enjoy it...but for me that's it. I'm jumping off the band wagon. I want a novel with interesting people not one person.


    Would you ever listen to anything by B. V. Larson again?

    Possibly...just possibly, but for now I'm done. I've listened to the same stuff for 7 books now and I can't take it anymore for the foreseeable future.


    What does Mark Boyett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mark is a great narrator, giving a distinctive voice to every character in the book and the series as a whole.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger and disappointment..anger that nothing seems to change, disappointment that I had hoped it would have.


    Any additional comments?

    B.V. obviously know how to develop his characters, you can hear it in how he structures Riggs, he just needs to give his other characters the same time and thought. Give them a voice, give them a chance to make themselves known.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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