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Origasmart

Love Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Fantasy & Alternate History genres. Prefer action over romance.

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  • Monster Hunter Vendetta

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5223)
    Performance
    (4661)
    Story
    (4675)

    Accountant turned professional monster hunter, Owen Zastava Pitt, managed to stop the nefarious Old Ones' invasion plans last year, but as a result made an enemy out of one of the most powerful beings in the universe. Now an evil death cult known as the Church of the Temporary Mortal Condition wants to capture Owen in order to gain the favor of the great Old Ones.

    Jason says: "Exciting story, well told, with a great villain"
    "Lunatic Laughs!"
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    If you could sum up Monster Hunter Vendetta in three words, what would they be?

    Fantastic, Fun & Fearless


    What did you like best about this story?

    How crazy out-there the story is. How much fun killing monsters can be!


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

    Yes, books 1 & 4 of this series. Love them all.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh, laugh, & laugh some more. It's a real 'feel good' story if you're a little twisted!


    Any additional comments?

    I love paranormal series. This one is hilarious like Harry Dresden, Gruesome, violent, bizarre & a whole lot of crazy like Richard Kadrey & reminiscent in some ways of P.N. Elrod, while totally being it's own unique creation! I read all the reviews & then started w/this book (#2) then I read #4 & then #1. Next I'll read #3. I didn't have a problem reading out of order & had no trouble starting with this book after reading reviews of entire series. Liked it so much I had to go back & finish the series. It can be cheezy, it can be silly, but it's all in all so much smash-'em-up fun it's a blast. Entertaining! Out of 1, 2 & 4 I liked 2 & 4 the best.

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  • Fate's Edge: The Edge, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (698)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (626)

    In the latest entry in Ilona Andrews's Edge series, Audrey Callahan is determined to stay on the straight and narrow - but when her brother gets into trouble, she takes on one last heist and finds herself matching wits with lawyer, gambler, thief, and spy Kaldar Mar.

    Vinity says: "This one is WONDERFUL!"
    "Not Your Typical Fantasy Genre (which is GOOD!)"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if they are interested in the fantasy/romance/action genre.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fate's Edge?

    That would be the one thing that made no sense to me. Her decision to help her father one last time with a job she knew was extremely dangerous & would likely ruin everything she had rebuilt her life to be. When he chose getting her to do the job over having a daughter, she should've told him to sod off. Of course, then there wouldn't be a story, so it was necessary to the plot, but I would've liked to have had it be more believable.


    Did Renée Raudman do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I'm not a fan of her female southern voice (didn't like whoever did the Sookie Stackhouse series either). I found the lead character's voice annoying. Her male voices weren't the best either.


    If you could take any character from Fate's Edge out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Well, I'd rather the male lead took me out to dinner instead! Duh! The mythical 'good' bad boy! Handsome, ripped, lethal, smart, multi-talented & secretly good hearted.


    Any additional comments?

    The world in the Edge Series is different from most fantasy romance stereotypes. It's a lot more interesting & non traditional. It spans mundane & magic worlds with an outcast realm in between (hence the "Edge"). It's heavier on the action than the romance, which I also like. It can be a bit brutal - the Edge/magic sides are violent & the bad guys are really, really nasty. The female/male lead relationships are still pretty formulaic, but her characters & her world is intersting. Her side characters get a fair bit of exposure & I like the stories of the two boys. I remember them from the 1st book (not sure if I've read #2). Characters from previous books have parts in the following ones & I like that. I'm looking forward to the series continuing with the boys becoming adults & starring in their own book.

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  • Judas Unchained

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3264)
    Performance
    (2079)
    Story
    (2098)

    Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.The Prime are the Commonwealth's worst nightmare. Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life.

    Susan says: "Exceptionally great book"
    "LONG but mostly engaging"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Judas Unchained to be better than the print version?

    Yes, but that's because I like audio books better than print as I have more time for them.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this before book 1 (Pandora's Star - which I'm doing now) and was still able to follow the story. I didn't feel lost as if I'd jumped into the middle of a story, so I'd say it can work as a stand alone book, but I'd still recommend reading in order. It is LONG, which I usually like but the story follows of a lot of different characters and sometimes it was so long before he came back to a character, it took me a while to remember who they were again. Overall I did like the story and had to get Pandora's Star to find out what happened first and look forward to what's coming next. It's definitely more about political intrigue & dynasties than space ships or battles, though there are a few of those, they're pretty sparse. In a very vague sense is a little reminiscent of the Miles Vorkosigan Adventures by Lois McMaster Bujold. Set in the future, with a lot of colonized planets & multiple aliens. He's also got some weird concepts & ways of traveling. One is a bizarre mixing of sci-fi & fairies & 'paths' you can 'walk' to other worlds/planets. There's a real 60's hippie feel to some of the characters (Ozzy) & the political activism of that era (Adam) as well. The people in the story are well defined & their motivations & actions are in character. There's a lot to keep track of, but once you get all the players nailed down, it gets interesting.

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  • Justice: New Species, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Vanessa Chambers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (691)
    Performance
    (645)
    Story
    (649)

    Justice North is the face of New Species. Seeing him up close makes Jessie’s heart race. He’s the ultimate alpha male - big, muscular, exotically beautiful… and dangerous. Of course he’s off limits. But then the sexy man purrs and all bets are off. Jessie Dupree is a mouthy, fiery human female who brings out the animal in Justice. She wants to show him how to relax, and he’s all for anything she wants to do, but Justice has sworn to protect his people and to take a Species mate.

    BluBumbleB says: "Aaaaahhhhhhh Justice, YES!!"
    "Fun changling romance series"
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    Any additional comments?

    It's a fun light romance changeling series. A bit predictable - standard fluff, but most of these types are. Romances are always more fun when they involve lions & tigers & bears oh my! (Or shifters, vampires & other things that go bump in the night). What I'm waiting for is a hook up between one of the "amazon" female shifters & a shifter male, that might be interesting? I've listened to 1-4 & will continue the series if I can get them at a good price, not sure if I would buy the rest at full credits. Reminds me of The Breed series by Lora Leigh and a bit like the Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh. It's listed here as "Erotica" but I certainly wouldn't classify it as that. Yes, there are sex scenes but they're pretty run of the mill & don't occur that often. Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake Vampire/Shifter series gets way kinkier & I still wouldn't classify her as erotica either!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Courageous

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3378)
    Performance
    (2309)
    Story
    (2335)

    The Alliance has been fight a losing battle against the Syndicate Worlds for over a century. Now, Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who returned to the fleet after a hundred-year suspended animation, must keep the Alliance one step ahead of its merciless foe.

    Jesse says: "Great Scifi!"
    "Love the series"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lost Fleet: Courageous to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I like audio books better than print books books because I have more time to listen than I do to sit & read, so I get to enjoy more books this way. I listen every day for at least several hours. While I'm working, driving, walking, at the beach, shopping, house keeping & even as I go to sleep (use timer).


    What did you like best about this story?

    Getting to hear more about Captain Jack Geary's adventures.


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I've listened to the entire series & love it. I've also done the Lost Stars series & loved it too.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought it was a fun series with lots of action, adventure, political intrigue & best of all, space ships & space battles. Has a brash, ballsy lead who cares about people & has a strong moral code. Also like that Campbell has strong female characters in his books. Not a lot of dead spots or repetition as the series progresses either, which happens too often in other long series (David Weber's Honor Harrington or Weber/Flint's Ring of Fire series for example, though I still really liked & read most of them both any way).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For Honor We Stand: Man of War, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By H. Paul Honsinger
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (567)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (537)

    In 2315, the Earth Union is losing a 30-year-long war with the Krag Hegemony. Having encountered the Krag before, Space Commander Max Robicheaux now faces daunting challenges aboard the USS Cumberland: The dangers from the enemy without…and clashes with crew and superiors within. Meanwhile, Doctor Sahin receives a coded message summoning him to a secret meeting which aims to forge an alliance that could change the balance of power in Known Space.

    rich says: "Max Robicheaux - A Leader of Men"
    "Better than the 1st!"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The leading man - because he's smart, anti-authority, respectful to subordinates & gets the job done with creative, seemingly hair-brained, hail Mary ploys, followed closely by the Dr. - for his intelligence & how even though he's anit-violence, he's has a complimentary skill set that is of immense value to the Captain (lead) & the Admiral - because he's garish, loud, unapologetic & values results over procedures & the Vargh (sp?) Captain - for his deep sense of honor, ferociousness & witty banter.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Ray Chase?

    Yes, but I still think he should've used a younger sounding voice for lead character so that it matched his age. His voice, however, for the Admiral was terrific!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved the scenes with the Vargh (sp?) encounters & those with the Admiral. The insults of the Vargh Captain were hilarious, even though their race & culture are anything but that. The various hair trigger meetings with them & the respect ultimately won by the lead character was rewarding. The personality & language used by the Admiral was lots of fun, too.


    Any additional comments?

    My only complaint would be the total lack of female military personnel. The author created a 'valid' reason for this within the world's back story. I would've much preferred it if he hadn't, but being a woman, perhaps I'm a bit prejudiced on this matter. Overall, I liked both Books 1 & 2 & wish there were many more of the series available! I look forward to Book 3 & wish it & many more in the series were available now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Honor You Call Us: Man of War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By H. Paul Honsinger
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (709)
    Performance
    (671)
    Story
    (670)

    The Terran Union is engaged in a vast interstellar war against the Krag Ruthless aliens intent on exterminating humankind. In 2315, the wily Max Robichaux is given command of the USS Cumberland, a destroyer with state-of-the-art capabilities but a combat record so bad, she’s known as the “Cumberland Gap.” Capt. Robichaux’s first mission: to take his warship to the Free Corridor, where the Krag have secretly been buying strategic materials, and to seize or destroy any ships carrying enemy cargo.

    Connor says: "Good Military Sci-Fi"
    "Great Space Naval Warfare Sci-fi Series"
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    Where does To Honor You Call Us rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed it as much as I have most of David Weber's Honor Harrington series. Both main characters exhibit out of the box thinking & a disregard for authority or standard practices when they inhibited success. Both have plenty of space naval battles won by a single smaller ship. The worlds, however, were totally different, so it definitely wasn't a a copy cat.


    What three words best describe Ray Chase’s voice?

    Good, except for voice of main character. It sounded way to old for a man who's only 28. (Sorry, more than 3, but 3 words weren't enough.) Other than that, the voices for other characters were fine & the narrator voice was excellent, as well as that of the main Admiral.


    Any additional comments?

    My only complaint would be the total lack of female military personnel. The author created a 'valid' reason for this within the world's back story. I would've much preferred it if he hadn't, but being a woman, perhaps I'm a bit prejudiced on this matter. Overall, I liked both Books 1 & 2 & wish there were many more of the series available! I look forward to Book 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1634: The Baltic War

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Eric Flint, David Weber
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (174)

    The Baltic War which began in the novel 1633 is still raging, and the time-lost Americans of Grantville - the West Virginia town hurled back into the seventeenth century by a mysterious cosmic accident - are caught in the middle of it. Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden and Emperor of the United States of Europe, prepares a counter-attack on the combined forces of France, Spain, England, and Denmark - former enemies which have allied in the League of Ostend to destroy the American threat to their power.

    Gino says: "A Key Ring of Fire Title Fun Read"
    "Less Action, More Filler, But Still Listening"
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    Where does 1634 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Medium Low


    Would you be willing to try another book from Eric Flint and David Weber ? Why or why not?

    Yes, but tired of the lack of action & abundance of filler developing in series. Has slowed way down from 1632 or 1633. All the BS rambling & plethora of tiny, exaggerated, drawn out details - very annoying!


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

    If he's the same guy who did 1632, then he's fine. And, please, at least stick to the same guy all the way through. Listening also to David Weber's Safehold Series & the change in Narrators & their pronunciation is hideously annoying & distracting!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, kept waiting for the real action to start, but didn't happen til very end & then wasn't much. Seemed the whole story was mostly a drawn out (VERY DRAWN OUT) build up to the Tower of London break out. Included was another long separate story arc about about Eddie Cantrel, which could've been interesting if the character didn't say the exact same things every time you were told what he was thinking (about being tortured by the Danish King for being in lust w/his 15 yr old daughter or his supposed reason for being there - spying on them - which he was totally incompetent at)! Turned what had been an interesting minor character (who originally had character), into a total whining spineless dweeb. They could've done more with Mike's wife & the Prince of Spain, which might have been more interesting than the drivel w/poor Eddie.


    Any additional comments?

    I still want to see where story goes & how it ends so I've kept listening & got 1635 The Papal Strikes & 1636 The Devils Opera, but I am getting confused. Checked my state library & there are about 3 or 4 different versions of 1635 & 1636 each, which makes no sense. All written in different years, with different covers & lengths. Most appear to be different story lines but 2 of either the 1935's or 1636's seem to be same, are exact same length & description, but different subtitles on Audible - what's up w/that? I just looked for again to say exactly which 2 titles they were but can't find them now, but there WERE there yesterday when I was trying to figure out which 1635 & which 1636 to buy. If you look at actual books, there's a LOT of different versions, referred to as spin-off stories. The 1636 Kremlin Games being 1 example. Makes it very difficult to keep track of & figure out story line continuity. Wish he just finished the series about the main story w/Mike & King of Sweden, then did a spin off series with DIFFERENT names, not same year titles w/different subtitle. He could've simplified things a lot that way instead. As it is, there's still a lot of the stories missing on audio versions & I'll have to do a lot of reading if I want to actually finish the entire story. Overall, series started off strong, but has been increasingly piddling out with so much boring detail on little things that don't contribute to the story's main plot thrust. This makes it very frustrating. It was such a great idea but he's really dragged it out & I don't know why I keep hanging on - hoping it'll get back to being good & back to the faster pace & action he started off with. Unlike Game of Thrones or Dune Series, both of which were similar in scope & length, (size wise at least), Eric Flint can't seem to keep the momentum going & seems to be just trying to milk it for all it's worth & is killing what could've been a fantastic body of work in the process by turning it into a slow drown in quicksand. Too bad I'm already stuck. If I didn't already have so much time on my hands, I probably would've given up long ago, but if you're not feeling well, it's good for putting you to sleep! (If you miss a few chapters in the process, oh well, no loss either!) Sad, but true. I'd like to know if Mr. Flint has actually sat back & read (or listened) to these books once they're done? Can't believe he'd have published them if he had! Hate to be so negative, but these books could've easily been half their size & still gotten their point across in a much more palatable form. To end on a positive note, I can at least say he can create characters that are interesting enough I got attached to them, which is probably the reason I'm wading through the rest of the series - to find out what happens to them.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sight Unseen

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Hunter Raines
    • Narrated By Malachi Mars
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (117)

    until he was blinded in the car accident that killed his lover. Now, all he sees are ghosts in need of help. They follow him everywhere, and the only way to be rid of his ethereal visitors is to help them resolve their unfinished business here on earth, so their spirits can find peace. Ghostwriter Logan Riley is assigned to pen Daniel's biography. He plans to reveal him as a fraud, but when they meet he's struck by Danny's quiet sincerity - and a growing attraction.

    christine says: "A good listen -hot sex and some ghosts"
    "Easy Fun Listen - Modern Paranormal Romance"
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    Who was the most memorable character of Sight Unseen and why?

    The main character. He's blind, so his attraction is based on smell & touch instead of the usual visuals. This is what makes the book more unique & interesting than most. I don't know any blind people well, but it seemed believable as to how someone blind might experience & go through life. He was courageous in overcoming a debilitating handicap & finding a new purpose in life that helps other people. Someone to be admired.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a Paranormal Urban Fantasy story - set in modern times, with the Paranormal aspect being ghosts & the main character's ability to see them after a near death experience (which also took his eyesight). He has a relative who's a homicide detective & helps him solve murder/missing victim cases via his contact with the dead. This has been done but not overdone like vampires & werewolves & zombies, so it provides a nice change. Like many in this genre it isn't too hard to guess what happens next or how it's going to play out, but I don't listen to this type of book to exercise my brain, I listen when I want an easy read - to enjoy a fun mild urban thriller. No guns, no gore, nor foul language or gratuitous sex (& I still liked it!).It's a traditional 'Paranormal Romance' formula, but nicely done. Couple hooks up under false pretenses, fall in love, deceit is discovered, overcome adversity/almost get killed, survive, solve problems, live happily ever after - standard plot devices. I read another book by this same author (w/a hetero couple) & enjoyed it, so when I saw this on sale I decided to give it a try & was glad I did. It was much better than expected. Other issues were touched on, like role reversal - female stalker & antagonist instead of male & coming to terms with & accepting your sexual orientation (coming out of the closet) & learning to adapt to living with a handicap & making a new life. Overcoming losing a partner, dealing with grief & guilt & learning to love again. More character development &/or done better than the usual run of the mill. Main characters are gay but sexual orientation is absolutely not the focus of story. It just happens to be (as it should be unless it's meant as erotica - which it isn't). Does have the usual mooning over their intended partner's physical attributes (which are glorious of course!) & fantasizing what they'd like to be doing with them & finally a few sex scenes which are detailed but pretty tastefully/lovingly done & short (2 oral, 1 anal, if I remember correctly, for the entire book & not until at least the last 1/3rd). Again, pretty traditional & romantically done. They were about expressing love for & with another person physically, not about the sex or gender. I got it on sale for about $5 & felt it was worth the money. I like the author & will probably check out other works by them when I'm in the mood for a light read.

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  • Monster Hunter Legion: Monster Hunter, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3905)
    Performance
    (3610)
    Story
    (3624)

    When hunters from around the world gather in Las Vegas for a conference, a creature left over from a World War Two weapons experiment wakes up and goes on a rampage across the desert. A not-so-friendly wager between the rival companies turns into a race to see who can bag the mysterious creature first. Only there is far more to this particular case than meets the eye, and as Hunters fall prey to their worst nightmares, Owen Zastava Pitt and the staff of Monster Hunter International have to stop an ancient god from turning Sin City into a literal hell on earth.

    Sandi says: "What A Shock..."
    "So Glad There's More of MHI!"
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    Where does Monster Hunter Legion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10%


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    1)Owen (he's the hero), 2) Skippy (Orks are cool!) 3) Holly (There's a lot of levels to her under her 'bad ass' hype) & 4) Agent Franks (a new take on Frankenstein).


    Which character – as performed by Oliver Wyman – was your favorite?

    Owen. Love the gravel in Mr. Wyman's voice. Appreciate the subtleties.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I hate this question!


    Any additional comments?

    The series is just so much fun. The characters are great, have layers & are well fleshed out. Strong solid female characters. Great world building. Almost believable. Running out of new ways to describe how much fun the series is! Out of 1, 2 & 4, #2 probably my favorite & if you were only going to read 1 that's the one I'd read. It's also the one I started with & had no trouble following it. I read 2, then 4, then 1. Next I'll read #3. Overall the series is humorous, crazy, gun-manic, violent & just an all around good time story. It's a blast. I'm female (& over 50) & after reading all the reviews thought it might be a bit gory but I loved it & thought the 'gun porn' was hilarious. It's down to earth while being out there. Too tired to write more, read the other reviews, they're probably better! Bottom line - this is a great series! Thanks Larry Correia & can't wait for #5!

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