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  • Glory Boy

  • By: Rick Partlow
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256

Caleb Mitchell gave up everything to protect his home. Shunned by friends and family for abandoning the pacifist beliefs of their religion, abandoned by the love of his life, he left his home world of Canaan to go to the Commonwealth Military Academy on Earth and train to fight in the looming war against the implacable alien threat of the Tahni Imperium. When a training mission with a crew of cadets winds up caught in the middle of one of the worst battles of the war, Cal and his fellow students are officially declared dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Miltary Sci Fi with Full Story in One Book

  • By Richard on 06-14-17

Good Military SciFi

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-18

Glory boys is is not a new idea. But, it is very well executed. There are several subtle things like our hero being raised as a pacifist “friend” that make some interesting twists possible. And, while you can see the end coming a mile away... it is not about the destination but about the journey that makes a good story. Not quite Jack Campbell but still a worthwhile book. Read or listen to the audiobook if you like military sci-fi you have a great time.

  • Falling Free

  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,357
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,370

Leo Graf was just your average highly efficient engineer: mind your own business, fix what's wrong, and move on to the next job. But all that changed on his assignment to the Cay Habitat, where a group of humanoids had been secretly, commercially bioengineered for working in free fall. Could he just stand there and allow the exploitation of hundreds of helpless children merely to enhance the bottom line of a heartless mega-corporation?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Don't read this one first

  • By Carol on 02-20-13

Surprisingly good book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-17

This was an off the wall pick for some travel reading on a summer trip. Wonderful idea and well told story. I would love to find out if there was a follow on when I get time. A worthwhile listen and a very good choice to introduce SF for a Young Adult reader.

  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon

  • By: Kelly Barnhill
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,783

Every year the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary Listening Experience

  • By Gunnyvil on 12-18-16

I listened to it twice

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-17

The story was interesting but hard to follow at the first pass. But I went back thinking I'd missed something at the beginning but ended up listening to the whole book again. It was worth it. I was able to follow the storyline much better and enjoyed the book. Great narration. Good book.

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  • Judas Unchained

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 41 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,081
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,685
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,704

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow what a sequel!!!

  • By john on 04-21-09

A massive achievement

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-24-17

At first I thought could not have imagined how you could write a story 42 hours long and hold the readers interested for that long. But, the storyline is so well thought out and the action so driving that the story never lags. More than that, it wrapped up the previous books and all threads are tied off. The characters are honest. No shenanigans to fix poorly thought out plot points. Truly a master at storytelling at work. Well worth every minute I spent with this book.

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54,560
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 51,235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,143

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

A really creative story that is fun

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-30-17

Bob is a great character with so much potential for creating an interesting dialog that I'd give this book six stars for the story if I could. Everything from the range of ideas to the speculative science are great thought provoking ideas that make this book a great read. I suspect this book could become a "classic" one day. Really looking forward to the next book.

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  • Zero World

  • By: Jason M. Hough
  • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 594

Technologically enhanced superspy Peter Caswell has been dispatched on a top-secret assignment unlike any he's ever faced. A spaceship that vanished years ago has been found, along with the bodies of its murdered crew - save one. Peter's mission is to find the missing crew member, who fled through what appears to be a tear in the fabric of space. Beyond this mysterious doorway lies an even more confounding reality: a world that seems to be Earth's twin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please, let this be the first of a series!

  • By Paula on 11-05-15

Great Story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-17

This is one of the most innovative storylines I have seen in years. Interesting characters and thrilling action made the unique and interesting story a joy to listen to and contemplate. Great science fiction.

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,677
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26,634

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Star Trek: Q-Squared

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 01-09-16

Interesting Ideas

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-17

I really liked the character of Mike and there's a lot more interesting twists in the story that keeps the interest up. There was one action account that I literally could not put down. Great time.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Kris Longknife's Assassin

  • By: Mike Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 121

Raised in the shadow of her brother Hank, Vicky now finds herself heir to the Peterwald Empire and hell bent on killing Kris Longknife. When that doesn't work out, she finds herself shipped off to the Greenfeld Navy as a boot ensign. There she learns she can solve problems without taking her clothes off, and really feel good about it! When Kris Longknife crosses Vicky's path again, Vicky is ready to help her save Vicky's dad's life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting spin-off

  • By Jean on 05-03-15

Fills in a nice piece of the background

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-17

This story sets up the background to the Vicky Peterwald third book "Rebel" and goes a long way to explain how Vicky grew up and then really grew up in the Navy. It's not long but an interesting story.

  • Rebel

  • Vicky Peterwald, Book 3
  • By: Mike Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

Vicky Peterwald is no longer just the heir apparent to an imperial dynasty. She survived naval training and proved her mettle in combat to help the starving people of the ravaged world of St. Petersburg. Now she is truly a grand duchess, leading a growing battle fleet in a rebellion against the tyranny of her stepmother, the empress.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Fun Space Opera

  • By Jean on 06-28-16

This series just gets better

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-17

This is the best of the Vicky Peterwald books so far. I'm amazed how the character has grown in the three books. The tie in to the Longknife series just makes it more interesting.

  • Battle Cruiser

  • Lost Colonies, Book 1
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,886
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,881

One starship will either save Earth or destroy her. A century ago our star erupted, destroying Earth's wormhole network and closing off trade with her colonized planets. After being out of contact with the younger worlds for so many years, humanity is shocked when a huge ship appears at the edge of the solar system. Our outdated navy investigates, both curious and fearful. What they learn from the massive vessel shocks the planet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • First 2 hours One Star. Next 10 hours, Five Stars

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 07-08-16

Good story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-16

Good book but sometimes I just wanted to choke the protagonist for being denser than really necessary. Interesting ideas and I'd have to say I enjoyed listening to it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful