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  • Wool: Silo, #1; Wool, #1-5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Amanda Sayle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2296)
    Performance
    (2098)
    Story
    (2116)

    In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Post-apocalyptic life in a silo"
    "An Excellent Choice"
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    Several hundred years from now, in a post-apocalyptic world, the surviving humans live in underground silos. There are secrets that will be protected at any cost. Most follow the rules and ask no questions. Only a few dare to challenge and this puts their lives in grave danger.

    “Wool” is among the best books I have listened to since joining Audible.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Wings of Steele: Flight of Freedom, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Burger
    • Narrated By Kevin Clay
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    Jack Steele's Freedom is no longer the wounded duck she once was. They leave UFW Blackmount Station repaired and retooled, with a complete crew, fully armed and resupplied, ready to hunt. But life in a busy and turbulent universe is rarely as simple as one would hope it to be.

    Daniel says: "Better than the First Book"
    "A Real Stinker"
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    I believe my dog, Raider, is a better writer. He would provide more insight on the smells of space travel and the tastes of space food. And his political views would focus on the real threats to freedom – Cats, Squirrels and Bunnies.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mage's Blood: The Moontide Quartet, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By David Hair
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (254)

    Most of the time the Moontide Bridge lies deep below the sea, but every 12 years the tides sink and the bridge is revealed, its gates open for trade. The Magi are hell-bent on ruling this new world, and for the last two Moontides they have led armies across the bridge on "crusades of conquest". Now, the third Moontide is almost here, and this time the people of the East are ready for a fight... but it is three seemingly ordinary people that will decide the fate of the world.

    Grant says: "Hard to get into but then good"
    "A Worthwhile Fantasy"
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    In a fantasy world, three people find themselves struggling for their lives; a body guard, a teenager who is having trouble in school and a young woman that has married a really old man. Their difficulties begin when a group of mages, with money troubles, start a war for world domination and hire unscrupulous mercenaries to do their bidding. Our three protagonists are unexpectedly in the way of the evil, nefarious plans. Swords are slashed, magic is cast and chaos erupts as the story rushes to the shocking conclusion. Well, until the next book.

    Many reviewers commented that they found this series due to the narrator, Nick Podehl, after they had listened to the Kingkiller Chronicles. He does not disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Crucible of Souls: The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mitchell Hogan
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1547)
    Performance
    (1399)
    Story
    (1403)

    When Caldan’s parents are brutally slain, he is raised by monks and taught the arcane mysteries of sorcery. Vowing to discover for himself who his parents really were, and what led to their violent end, he is thrust into the unfamiliar chaos of city life. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to earn an apprenticeship with a guild of sorcerers. But he soon learns the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths. As a shadowed evil manipulates the unwary and forbidden powers are unleashed, Caldan is plunged into an age-old conflict that brings the world to the edge of destruction.

    Isaac says: "Good, but... Something is missing"
    "A New, Talented Author"
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    Mitchell Hogan could make mowing the grass sound exciting and memorable. There were some tense moments that had me up late at night and the magic elements were unique. Sure, there were too many characters and the book was somewhat repetitive, but does not detract from a solid narrative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lock In (Narrated by Amber Benson)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Amber Benson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (863)
    Performance
    (768)
    Story
    (790)

    Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

    Anthony says: "Love Amber's Narration"
    "An Engaging Sci-Fi Mystery"
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    In the near future, a malicious virus sweeps through the US and leaves some of the victims bed ridden, connected to feeding tubes and have their diapers changed by caretakers. While this may sound depressing, the victims have neural networks installed in their brains which allow them to control an android. As a robot, they are able to lead relatively normal lives, well except for not being able to feel, taste or smell.

    The book follows one victim who lives in Washington DC and has just joined the FBI. On the first day of work the agent is assigned to a murder case with tentacles throughout the city.

    I chose to listen to the Amber Benson version because she is an actor, author and is gaining the reputation as a talented narrator. Rarely have I heard someone with so many distinct voices and able to maintain the voice throughout the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Promise of Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Brian McClellan
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (889)
    Performance
    (801)
    Story
    (806)

    Stretched to his limit, Tamas is relying heavily on his few remaining powder mages, including the embittered Taniel, a brilliant marksman who also happens to be his estranged son, and Adamat, a retired police inspector whose loyalty is being tested by blackmail. But when gods are involved.... Now, as attacks batter them from within and without, the credulous are whispering about omens of death and destruction. Just old peasant legends about the gods waking to walk the earth. No modern educated man believes that sort of thing. But they should....

    Ethan M. says: "Excellent epic fantasy with Napoleonic influences"
    "Political Intrigue Meets Bizarre Fantasy"
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    This book delivers on the promise of blood, and if I could have been a character in the book, it would have been as the owner of a funeral home. After the government is overthrown, all former officials and civic leaders had their heads lopped off (Cha-Ching). Next, a civil war breaks out which leads to more burials (as in more Cha-Ching). Then a neighboring country declares war and the bodies pile up (Cha-Ching Cha-Ching).

    But, the book is at its best when describing the unusual powers in this fantasy world. Some people sniff gun powder which gives them the power to guide bullets while in flight to hit their target while others use magical gloves to smash buildings. Most unusual was a deity who uses his cooking skills to bend others to his will.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caesar: Life of a Colossus

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Adrian Goldsworthy
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (242)

    Tracing the extraordinary trajectory of Julius Caesar's life, Adrian Goldsworthy covers not only the great Roman emperor's accomplishments as charismatic orator, conquering general, and powerful dictator but also lesser-known chapters. Ultimately, Goldsworthy realizes the full complexity of Caesar's character and shows why his political and military leadership continues to resonate some 2,000 years later.

    Steven says: ""Via Mea""
    "I Bought, I Listened, I Finished"
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    Every March 15 I think about Julius Caesar, but since I only have a few thoughts, I decided that a 25 hour book would fill some gaps. As expected, it’s jam-packed with military battles and the political intrigue of the Roman Senate. But this book also shares details that left me in shock. For example, there was the widespread practice among Roman Senators of seducing a rival’s wife to gain a political advantage. Also, as a demonstration of leniency following a bloody battle, to cut off the hands of the defeated army and setting the soldiers free. I was also surprised by Caesar and Cleopatra’s motivations for becoming friends with benefits. And finally, the narration is delivered with an academic voice that frequently reminds us that demeaning, mutilating and using others was very acceptable in the ancient world.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Red Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Pierce Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3055)
    Performance
    (2779)
    Story
    (2788)

    Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

    Charles says: "It Got Better and Left Me Wanting More."
    "Almost Missed A Great Book"
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    Originally I skipped this book because the publisher’s description led me to believe this was just another story about slaves on Mars working for the man. Instead, the publisher should have summarized “Red Rising” as a dark, violent coming of age Sci Fi thriller that builds on George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” and “Nineteen Eighty Four”.

    Now I am late to the party and trying to excuse myself. Somebody needs to yell at the publisher!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Quantum Lens

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Douglas E. Richards
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Omar Haddad is a brutal jihadist in Syria who appears to be invulnerable and capable of supernatural feats. But is Haddad divine, as he claims? Is he a gifted magician? Or is he making use of a stunning scientific breakthrough? And what, exactly, is keeping him from unleashing the global apocalypse he’s so eager to bring about? Brennan Craft, a quirky quantum physics genius, has the answers, and the US military is desperate to capture him.

    Connor says: "Thriller"
    "Thriller"
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    A maniacal villain is planning to cleanse the world of everyone he dislikes, which is almost all of us. The book’s hero would like to stop him. Expect action, tense moments and difficulty turning the story off when it’s time for work or bed.

    The author reminds me of Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park, The Lost World, etc.). The book is packed with interesting science facts and the author’s views on religion, government, taxes, torture and comic book heroes.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Far Bank of the Rubicon: The Pax Imperium Wars, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Erik Wecks
    • Narrated By Dan Boice
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    For three hundred years, the Pax Imperium secured peace throughout the galaxy. Now the empire teeters on the brink of collapse. As war brews, the House of Athena expects Jonas to enlist. Unable to escape his gilded cage, the young prince accepts his fate. But when the factions come to blows, his secret affair with the daughter of a rival becomes a liability.

    Striker says: "Great New Series, Looking Forward to Next Book"
    "Mixed Feelings"
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    A coming of age book that includes intense space battles and high tech cloak and dagger. Unfortunately for me, the storyline also includes first love. I did enjoy that she broke his nose during their first argument.

    This is a series, but uncertain that I am motivated enough to continue.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Willful Child

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Steven Erikson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (94)

    These are the voyages of the starship A.S.F. Willful Child. Its ongoing mission: to seek out strange new worlds on which to plant the Terran flag, to subjugate and if necessary obliterate new life-forms, to boldly blow the... And so we join the not-terribly-bright but exceedingly cock-sure Captain Hadrian Sawback and his motley crew on board the Starship Willful Child for a series of devil-may-care, near-calamitous and downright chaotic adventures through "the infinite vastness of interstellar space".

    Ethan M. says: "Loving, biting, very funny parody of classic SF"
    "Not Laughing"
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    I have a weakness for parodies and other laugh out loud Sci-Fi books. A few of my favorites are "Jane Carver of Waar", "Redshirts" and "Hard Luck Hank: Screw the Galaxy". The "Willful Child" will not be joining this esteemed list of classic literature. I liked the high-tech gadgets and that the ship’s crew was selected based on their photographs. But, this book seems more like a novel about Zapp Brannigan (Futurama) than a parody of James T Kirk from the original Star Trek series. The Willful Child’s captain is arrogant, condescending, racist, sexist and stupid. Hard to like someone who reminds me of a US Senator.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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