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  • Ark Royal

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (441)

    Seventy years ago, the interstellar supercarrier Ark Royal was the pride of the Royal Navy. But now, her weapons are outdated and her solid-state armour nothing more than a burden on her colossal hull. She floats in permanent orbit near Earth, a dumping ground for the officers and crew the Royal Navy wishes to keep out of the public eye. But when a deadly alien threat appears, the modern starships built by humanity are no match for the powerful alien weapons.

    C. Hartmann says: "TWO (!!) audiobooks this year get SIX stars"
    "Packed with Space Battles"
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    A story of 1st contact with visitors from another world, but they are not cute little guys looking for Reese’s Pieces or a telephone to call home. They are reptile-like beings with bad attitudes that appear suddenly, kill the humans and disappear.

    After the aliens smash the most advanced ships in the fleet, the military discovers that their best defense is a 70 year old, antiquated, but heavily armored space ship. The Captain has a drinking problem and the crew consists of misfits that no one else wants. So, with the fate of the planet in their hands, off they go to battle aliens in distant solar systems.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • All Our Yesterdays

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Cristin Terrill
    • Narrated By Meredith Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (269)

    "You have to kill him." Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain. Only Em can complete the final instruction. She's tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present - imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called "the doctor" while war rages outside.

    Lauren says: "Great adventure - couldn't put it down!"
    "Time Travel is Mystifying"
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    Time travel always confuses me. I go back in time to change the future, and if successful, I do not need to go back in time. If I prevent something from happening, why would I go back in time to change it?

    While the book has a Young Adult Romance feel, I did enjoy “All Our Yesterdays”. There is suspense, evil villains and creative solutions to problems. I particularly enjoyed the discussion of manipulative people who mislead others to achieve their self-serving plans. This led me to remember times when I have been used, and wished I could go back in time to shout “Don’t listen!” But, now I am back to my confusion with time travel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reflex

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Steven Gould
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (693)
    Performance
    (617)
    Story
    (621)

    Davy has always been alone. He believes that he's the only person who can teleport. But what if he isn't? A mysterious group of people has taken Davy captive. They don't want to hire him, and they don't have any hope of appealing to him to help them. What they want is to own him. They want to use his abilities for their own purposes, whether Davy agrees to it or not. And so they set about brainwashing him and conditioning him. But there's one thing that they don't know....

    Katherine says: "Exciting sequel to Jumper"
    "Reheated"
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    I knew that “Reflex” was a follow-up to “Jumper”, and I have liked sequels before; Shrek 2, Halloween III and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But I was surprised that this was better than the original. The book is filled with suspense and the villains are smart, evil and resourceful. And, since this is part of the “Jumper” series, the book is centered around teleportation.

    "Reflex" is a better story than "Jumper", but not a new story. Let's call it a 4.4 star.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Janissaries

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Keith Szarabajka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (77)

    Captain Rick Galloway and his men had been talked into volunteering for a dangerous mission only to be ruthlessly abandoned when faceless CIA higher-ups pulled the plug on the operation. They were cut off in hostile territory, with local troops and their Cuban “advisors” rapidly closing in - and then the alien spaceship landed. Rescued from certain death, they now must fight another world’s war.

    Joseph says: "Superb book now with superb presentation."
    "Not a Tropical Paradise"
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    Like “Gilligan’s Island”, this book follows the adventures of a group of people stranded on a planet billions of miles from Earth. Unlike “Gilligan’s Island”, there are no laughs, and they are not the only ones stranded on the planet. A group of aliens have been snatching humans from Earth every 600 years and leaving them on this uncharted planet. A place where civilization is similar to the Roman Empire circa 400 AD.

    The best part of this book is the battle between the Barbarians and the Romans. War is the author’s passion and he has written military strategy and war gaming articles and books.

    “Janissaries” was published in 1979 and I believe would most likely appeal to fans of the previous generation of Sci Fi books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ascendant: A Mira Raiden Adventure, Dark Trinity

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sean Ellis
    • Narrated By Jeffrey S. Fellin
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Psychic ex-spy Mira Raiden's discovery of the tomb of an Atlantean king is just the first piece in a puzzle that will launch her on a journey to find the Trinity - an ancient device with the power to remake the world. But Mira is not alone in her search for the Trinity. Arrayed against her is an unholy alliance of evil: a team of brutish mercenaries; the beautiful but deadly daughter of Mira's former mentor; a manipulative grave robber, risen from the dead; and the heirs of the greatest evil the world has ever known.

    K. Allenby says: "Excellent"
    "In Your Face Action Book"
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    This is an undiscovered gem that is packed with action and intrigue. The main character is a woman who is a combination of Scot Harvath (from the Brad Thor books) and Indiana Jones (from the movies). No one wants to get on this lady’s bad side. She fights her way across South America, New York City and the Himalayan Mountains.

    While classified as a Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, I also enjoyed the book’s paranormal elements. Importantly, “Ascendant” is primarily intended for entertainment and listeners should leave their expectations for reality at home.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By G. J. Meyer
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (587)
    Performance
    (525)
    Story
    (520)

    The First World War is one of history’s greatest tragedies. In this remarkable and intimate account, author G. J. Meyer draws on exhaustive research to bring to life the story of how the Great War reduced Europe’s mightiest empires to rubble, killed 20 million people, and cracked the foundations of the world we live in today. World War I is unique in the number of questions about it that remain unsettled. After more than 90 years, scholars remain divided on these questions, and it seems likely that they always will.

    Andrew Pilecki says: "Excellent Overview of the "Overshadowed" War"
    "The War that Changed Everything"
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    In honor of the 100 year anniversary of World War I, listened to “A World Undone”. Covers reasons for the war, the world leaders, the important military officers, and the major battles. Importantly, the author does more than report the facts, but calls out the brilliant and the stupid which allows the listener to understand the consequences of decisions by generals and politicians.

    Both sides were guilty of wanting war and the spoils that go to the victor. The politicians lied to the public (some things never change) and said the purpose of the war is to defend ourselves and to defeat evil. But no one (Politicians, Generals nor the Public) understood that war had changed. Previously, armies rushed at each other with bayonets or charged on horses. But advancements in weapons now meant that thousands could be killed in a few minutes. There is nothing romantic about long range artillery, aircraft, machine guns, tanks and gas. No one expected that 10 million soldiers would die.

    Like World War I, this is a long book. Fortunately, the narrator is talented and I did not tire of hearing his voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miserere: An Autumn Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Teresa Frohock
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Exiled exorcist Lucian Negru deserted his lover in Hell in exchange for saving his sister Catarina's soul, but Catarina doesn't want salvation. She wants Lucian to help her fulfill her dark covenant with the Fallen Angels by using his power to open the Hell Gates. Catarina intends to lead the Fallen's hordes out of Hell and into the parallel dimension of Woerld, Heaven's frontline of defense between Earth and Hell. When Lucian refuses to help his sister, she imprisons and cripples him...

    Tango says: "Mercy Me! Seriously good, edgy fantasy."
    "Excellent"
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    This is a novel about a man’s attempt to reclaim the life he lost years ago, and those who are determined to stop him. Set in the current, a majority of the book takes place in the realm where Heaven and Hell wage battles for control of earth. The author, Teresa Frohock, is a major talent and the narrator, Eileen Stevens, is equally gifted.

    “Miserere” was released on Audible in November 2013 and I am shocked by the small number of listeners who have left reviews. Easily one of the most engaging books I have listened to at Audible and was so taken by the book that I let other parts of my life slide. I am so much in trouble, but this book is worth it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Terms of Enlistment

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Marko Kloos
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (737)
    Performance
    (683)
    Story
    (684)

    The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you’re restricted to 2,000 calories of badly flavored soy every day. You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service. With the colony lottery a pipe dream, Andrew chooses to enlist in the armed forces for a shot at real food, a retirement bonus, and maybe a ticket off Earth.

    DAVE says: "Solid military sci-fi."
    "Straight Forward Military Sci Fi"
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    Sometimes I want a book filled with guns and explosions. It’s even better if the plot is easy to follow and does not tax me with cerebral insights on the human condition. Sometimes I just feel shallow.

    This book is not original, nor does it expand the boundaries of Military Science Fiction. But it is entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Starshine: Aurora Rising, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By G. S. Jennsen
    • Narrated By Pyper Down
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    The year is 2322. Humanity has expanded into the stars, inhabiting over 100 worlds across a third of the galaxy. Though thriving as never before, they have discovered neither alien life nor the key to utopia. Earth struggles to retain authority over far-flung planets and free-wheeling corporations while an uneasy armistice with a breakaway federation hangs by a thread as the former rebels rise in wealth and power.

    Douglas says: "Bodice Ripper Meets Hard Science"
    "First Book of a New Series"
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    "Starshine" is a Military Sci-Fi Romance. Not the “jump on the sheets and bump the uglies” romance, rather the “I hope he kisses me because my hair looks good today” romance. The Military Sci-Fi part includes space battles, assassinations and political intrigue. The writing is excellent and the narrator has a great laugh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alien Honor: A Fenris Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Vaughn Heppner
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    AD 2457. The longest space voyage in history has begun: 230 light years from a ravaged Earth to the pristine star system of New Eden - a beacon of hope following the Doom Star days. Aboard the ship are human colonizers, the Space Navy, fierce “Monitors” once bred to fight Cyborgs, and four “Specials” - humans with psionic abilities, capable of ripping holes in space to jump vast distances.

    Connor says: "Telepathics in Space!"
    "Telepathics in Space!"
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    An unlikely hero is kidnapped, trained to be a member of a space mission, fights aliens during a space battle, and joins the underground resistance on a large space station. Then the book abruptly ends, but the story continues in a sequel. It was like having a cool drink on a hot day, only to see it snatched from my hand and told to pay again for another sip. Alien Honor should be a 5 star, but the author has been charged with “attempted manipulation”.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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