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D. A. Gordon

Ann

MOAB, UT, United States

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  • Into the Black: Odyssey One

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Evan Currie
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1786)
    Performance
    (1643)
    Story
    (1649)

    Captain Eric Weston and his crew encounter horrors, wonders, monsters, and people; all of which will test their resolve, challenge their abilities, and put in sharp relief what is necessary to be a hero. A first-rate military-science-fiction epic that combines old-school space opera and modern storytelling, Into the Black: Odyssey One is a riveting, exhilarating adventure with vivid details, rich mythology, and relentless pacing.

    C. Hartmann says: "Great, Solid Military SciFi / Evolving Space Opera"
    "Good listen once it got going"
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    It took me awhile to finish this book because I kept expecting more action, but then I usually listen to thrillers. However, the book was interesting enough and the narrator was good. I thought the most outstanding part of the book was the epilog. I enjoyed the intrigue in this section along with the condensed activity, plus the ending certainly laid a solid foundation for the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rushed

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Brian Harmon
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    Eric can't remember the recurring dream that keeps waking him in the middle of the night with an overwhelming urge to leave, yet he spends each day feeling as if he desperately needs to be somewhere. With no idea how to cure himself of this odd compulsion, he decides to let it take its course and go for a drive, hoping that once he proves to himself that there is nowhere to go, he can return to his normal life.

    justin says: "A ONE STAR REVIEW in less than 5 HOURS? Hmmm..."
    "Okay..."
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    The book started out well enough, but couldn't maintain the tempo or interest level. For the most part, the story didn't make any sense to me. Plus I didn't care for all the constant phone calls between the protagonist and his wife. I just wanted the story to "get with the program" - but alas, it never did. I like speculative fiction, but not this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4639)
    Performance
    (3525)
    Story
    (3552)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "Highly recommend this book"
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    I love this book. I've read it and heard it numerous times and have often recommended the book to anyone who reads. Scalzi wrote a great story with Old Man's War and Wm Dufris did an awesome job of narrating it.

    Because of this book I became a "Scalzi" fan. This is a great series. I've also enjoyed other Scalzi books, including Fuzzy Nation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tech World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By B.V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1073)
    Performance
    (999)
    Story
    (1004)

    The Galactics arrived with their Battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spanned the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In the third book in the series, James McGill is deployed on another alien world. His third interstellar tour is different in every way. Rather than meeting up with a primitive society, this time he’s headed to an advanced world.

    D says: "Dying isn’t enough this time"
    "The best in the series so far ..."
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    I enjoyed Book 1 of Undying Mercenaries well enough to purchase Book 2. Even though I didn't care as much for Book 2, I wanted to give the series another try by purchasing Book 3.
    I'm glad I did!

    Book 3 has a great plot and memorable characters. I enjoyed this book so much I'll be listening to it again, soon. I have already recommended it to my sci-fi reading friends. In addition, Mark Boyett did a masterful job of narration.Now I'm ready for Book 4.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swarm: Star Force, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4080)
    Performance
    (3738)
    Story
    (3745)

    Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

    Lamonica Johnson says: "If Micheal Bay Wrote a Sci-Fi Novel..."
    "Interesting ... want to hear more"
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    What a unique beginning! And from there I found the book interesting all the way through. Never a dull moment. Believable interaction between the Star Force leaders and among the warriors too. Good detail for the aliens. Wonderful narrator.

    I realize BV Larson has been writing for some time, but this is my first exposure to his books. As soon as I finished Swarm I ordered the next two in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Army of One: A Star Force Story

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By B.V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    B.V. Larson, a master of military science fiction, presents Army of One, a harrowing tale of high-tech mayhem. The Macros of the Star Force series have invaded from the skies, forcing a nanotized assassin into a deadly decision. One man attempts to stay neutral...and realizes how hard it can be to avoid an interstellar war.

    D. A. Gordon says: "Loved it!"
    "Loved it!"
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    This is my second B. V Larson book. I totally didn't want it to end. I'm sold on both the author and the narrator, Mark Boyett. I'll be purchasing and listening to many more of Larson's Star Force books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Field of Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 24

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1868)
    Performance
    (1642)
    Story
    (1640)

    The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson, Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.

    He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was...something smelled bad - like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another. By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to 15 bodies and counting.

    Ed says: "Sandford and Ferrone deliver"
    "A Lucas Davenport fan!"
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    I love John Sandford's Prey books. I have listened to all of them more than once. Lucas Davenport is such a great character - both believable and likeable. Richard Ferrone, the voice of Lucas Davenport, is perfect for these books. Field of Prey has some nail-biting, hair-raising twists and turns. What an amazing story.

    Sandford is a great thrillmaster. Every year I look forward to another Prey book, and I hope there are many more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17836)
    Performance
    (16559)
    Story
    (16564)

    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?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Delightful!"
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    Totally entertaining, thrilling, and satisfying. This is most enjoyable audiobook I've heard since Old Man's War by John Scalzi. I liked The Martian from the beginning and enjoyed it all the way through. Great book and great narrator. I can't wait to listen to it again. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes sci-fi, or science in general, and who doesn't mind occasional use of the F-word.

    This book is a real gem. Now I'm going to find out what else Andy Weir has written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Princess of Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By Bob Thomley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (89)

    A Princess of Mars is the first book in Edgar Rice Burroughs' Barsoom series. Full of swordplay and daring feats, it remains the best example of 20th century pulp science fiction.

    Lyette says: "REALLY GOOD FOR A $2 BOOK"
    "Good performance, okay story"
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    Granted these stories about Mars were written a long time ago. However, despite the good performance, I had a hard time staying with the story line and action, partly because the characters were flat and the character motives and desires weren't clear. I'll probably listen to the next book in the series to see if it makes more sense.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Tall Grass

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 46 mins)
    • By Stephen King, Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (425)

    In the Tall Grass begins with a sister and brother who pull off to the side of the road after hearing a young boy crying for help from beyond the tall grass. Within minutes they are disoriented, in deeper than seems possible, and they've lost one another. The boy's cries are more and more desperate. What follows is a terrifying, entertaining, and masterfully told tale, as only Stephen King and Joe Hill can deliver.

    Gabe says: "Absolutly disgusting. Emotion provoking. Brilliant"
    "Too gory for me ..."
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    As always Stephen Lang did a great job with the narration. I enjoy reading Stephen King's books, especially the short stories, and I have enjoyed both of the Joe Hill books I've read. But this story was just too gory (and unthinkable) for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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