An Emperor and his sons die a fiery death which leaves the least likely member of the royal family to assume the throne. This is a coming of age story of a newly crowned Emperor as he confronts political intrigue, racism, class status and women’s rights. The narrator is excellent and works hard to keep the listener’s attention.
But “The Goblin Emperor” includes long stretches of boring and should not be listen to while driving.
Published in 1938 and continues to be excellent entertainment. Later, the author became the editor for several famous Sci Fi writers; most notably Isaac Asimov.
The key players from the previous 2 books gather for the series finale and everyone is rushing to finish their story. The book moves fast. The narrative rushes at you and the futuristic concepts left me with my mouth open. Despite the sub-plots and infighting among the characters, the overriding plot line is the continued existence of the Galaxy. Will it be destroyed or saved. I was not certain until the end and could see it go either way.
The Void Trilogy is one of the very few series I have ever completed. Usually, I start a series, but then see that a new book has been released and I never return. I am easily manipulated by marketers because I love the new and the shiny. This series kept my attention.
A Military Sci-Fi book that features furious battles with an unrelenting enemy. The officers are arrogant but incompetent. The soldiers are highly trained and their repartee is witty. The only one with common sense is the Sergeant.
The second book in the series and much more fun.
A Dwarf, a Battle Mage and a Halfling gather in the Hereafter and swear a pact to be reincarnated on earth to come to the aid of an Elf friend. Before they part ways, the group decides to reconvene in 21 years on the first day of spring at a remote mountaintop. Little do they know that this will be no simple feat. They have forgotten that their world is a dangerous place with much uncertainty, and each will face many grave perils as they mature from infant to adult.
While the beginning is difficult to follow, the three stores are ultimately fun tales.
Earth is in trouble. Aliens are attacking Human colonies on distant planets, the North Americans and the Chinese – Russians are fighting each other and in the major cities, the motto is steal first and worry about it later.
Most of the book is non-stop military sci-fi action and the narrator is very engaging. This is Book II of the series and can stand alone. But I found that listening to “Terms of Enlistment” before “Lines of Departure” increased the entertainment value.
The best part of “Valor’s Choice” was the witty dialog which I plan to use my friends. Otherwise, an easily forgettable book. But not for me, because I purchased this book and the sequel as part of an Audible special offer.
In the distant future, humans are locked in a desperate civil war for control of the Universe. Ah, but there is a third entity who is lurking in the outer realms of space with plans of hunting down and killing all humans. They are ruthless, relentless and should be feared.
I enjoyed Alastair Reynolds’ “Chasm City” and decided to listen to his Revelation Space Series. I hated book one, “Revelation Space”, and quickly abandoned my plan. After several months of healing from the bad listen, I decided to fire up “Redemption Ark” and learned that resistance is futile. I will lower my shields and be assimilated by this Hard Sci-Fi series.
Not one of my favorites. I agree with other reviewers that this is a very unique book and that the author’s creativity is off the scale. But this book badly needs a co-writer and a different narrator. Pee-yew.
I was thoroughly confused while listening to this book. Was I not following approved listening procedures? Did I skip the instructions? Were there too many characters? Was the narrator too clever with her accents? If there was a quiz after the book ended, Audible would be emailing me a big fat “F” and contacting my parents.
To be fair, the narrator was enthusiastic and parts of the book had me biting my nails.
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.
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