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  • Caliban's War: The Expanse, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1174)
    Performance
    (1078)
    Story
    (1078)

    James S.A. Corey’s best-selling hit Leviathan Wakes earned Hugo and Locus Award nominations. In Caliban’s War, the second chapter of Corey’s Expanse series, a desperate Earth politician works tirelessly to prevent war from reigniting. Meanwhile, upheaval takes root on Venus and Ganymede. And amidst this tumult, James Holden and his crew on the Rocinante are charged with the impossible task of saving humanity from a terrifying fate.

    Ethan M. says: "No sophmore slump as both plot and writing improve"
    "Excellent"
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    What did you love best about Caliban's War?

    all around excellent entertainment


    What did you like best about this story?

    plot and character development very well done, very realistic transmitted experience of technology


    Which scene was your favorite?

    a martian's first time outside on earth


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unfettered: Tales By Masters of Fantasy

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks, Patrick Rothfuss, Robert Jordan, and others
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Marc Vietor, Bronson Pinchot, and others
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (331)

    You define life or it defines you. In Shawn Speakman’s case, it was both. Lacking health insurance and diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2011, Shawn quickly accrued a massive medical debt that he did not have the ability to pay. That’s when New York Times best-selling author Terry Brooks offered to donate a short story that Shawn could sell to help alleviate those bills—and suggested he ask the same of his other writer friends. Unfettered is the result: An anthology built in order to relieve that debt, featuring short stories by some of the best fantasy writers in the genre.

    gerry says: "Great Crash Course on Fantasy Writers"
    "Depressing"
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    A very depressing compilation of senseless stories. Perhaps Masters of Fantasy can't write short stories because they don't have space to build the worlds.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Dawn of Swords: The Breaking World

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David Dalglish, Robert J. Duperre
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (89)

    On the young world of Dezrel, brother gods Karak and Ashhur, fleeing their own failed world, recreate mankind in an attempt to make amends. The fledgling race of humanity is guided by the First Families, men and women who will not age so long as their hearts remain devoted to their deities. But quickly the realms are thrown into chaos by the construction of the Temple of the Flesh, built by exiled children of Karak in the unclaimed land of Haven that lies between the two kingdoms.

    Brian says: "I'm Glad I Don't Have To Wait Long For Book 2"
    "Slaughterfest"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What disappointed you about Dawn of Swords?

    It was horrifically gory and dark. Ever character you almost wanted to get to know gets gruesomely slaughtered,


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Dalglish and Robert J. Duperre again?

    I would not listen to these authors again.


    Have you listened to any of Nick Podehl’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nick Podehl's performance was fine as usual


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No redeeming qualiities. I could not finish it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician's Guild: The Black Magician Trilogy: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Trudi Canavan
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1001)
    Performance
    (633)
    Story
    (640)

    Sonea is caught up in a confrontation between the hated Guild magicians and the angry youth of the slums. To her dismay, she discovers that she possesses the same powers as the reviled magicians. To avoid capture, she must seek protection from the city's feared underworld, The Thieves. In return, she must use her powers for them, but her magic never seems to do quite what she intends it to.

    Jeremy says: "The book is like a wooden roller coaster..."
    "Hadn't realized it was a kid's book"
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    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I had no known the book would be a kids book or young adult, I would not have purchased it if I had known.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator's voice did not have much range in the characters of the younger people especially and the accent was a bit grating at times.


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

    The book was a bit disappointing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan Wakes

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James S.A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    Overall
    (1956)
    Performance
    (1741)
    Story
    (1740)

    James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.

    Ethan M. says: "Fun hard SF action with a blue collar bent"
    "Excellent"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Entertaining, well written, well narrated.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Perfect sci fi adventure, characters developed and are realistic. not too much war.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Firebird: An Alex Benedict Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (239)

    Forty-one years ago the renowned physicist Chris Robin vanished. Before his disappearance, his fringe-science theories about the existence of endless alternate universes had earned him both admirers and enemies. Alex Benedict and Chase Kolpath discover that Robin had several interstellar yachts flown far outside the planetary system, where they too vanished. And following Robin's trail into the unknown puts Benedict and Kolpath in danger.

    wendy says: "best Alex Benedict in a while"
    "Amazingly Boring"
    Overall
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    What would have made Firebird better?

    If something actually happened in the book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I don't think the reader was suited to the genre.


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Don't listen to this if you actually want a sci-fi adventure. There is very little sci-fi in it and Nothing seems to happen and I don't think we can finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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