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  • The Singularity Trap

  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,017
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,786

When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too many problems. Too many poor choices

  • By A Texan 2 on 06-19-18

a far cry from Bob, but just as brilliant

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

this is truly some of the most interesting soft SciFi I've ever read. that's not a criticism but a compliment. I enjoyed the Bobiverse for it's humor, and I enjoyed 'Singularity' for it's ability to provoke thought.

In the end, I'm enjoying Dennis Taylor's entire catalogue and cannot wait to see what's next. If you want a story with excellent pacing, little need to skip ahead and characters that are enjoyable, join Taylor. He'll take you there and back.

Also, he made me have to explain Nash equalibriums to my youngest, without having to use economics. the definition of a net gain scenario.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Galaxy Outlaws: The Complete Black Ocean Mobius Missions, 1-16.5

  • By: J. S. Morin
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 85 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,615
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,535
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,527

Meet the galaxy's unluckiest outlaws. Carl Ramsey is an ex-Earth Navy fighter pilot turned con man. His ship, the Mobius, is home to a ragtag crew of misfits and refugees looking to score a big payday but more often just scratching to pay for fuel. The crew consists of his ex-wife (and pilot), a drunkard, four-handed mechanic, a xeno-predator with the disposition of a 120kg housecat, and the galaxy's most-wanted wizard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Firefly cranked up on Meth plus a Space Wizard!

  • By Ray Johnson on 04-27-18

it really is kind of a successor to Firefly

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

though there were a few times when I scrolled the bar ahead by a few minutes, all in all I enjoyed this series. the narration is EXCELLENT with male, female, and xeno (that's aliens to us plebians) characters easily distinguishable and really with their own personalities.

worth the credits and even worth the cash had I not had the credits.

  • Second Hand Curses

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello, Marc Vietor, Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,509
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,434

When your fairy godmother threatens to enslave you with a curse - when a malevolent piper solves your rat problem but steals your children - when you seek revenge on the prince who turned you into a frog - who can you turn to in your hour of need? The band of scoundrels known far and wide as the Bastard Champions - the swashbuckling trio who travel a world of legend, seeking adventure and righting wrongs - as long as there's enough gold to be earned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Second Hand Curses is First Rate Storytelling!

  • By Tony E. on 11-22-17

Drew Hayes does it again....

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

Reviewed: 11-27-17

Much fun and a new team. suspense is lacking but then we all know how these stories end.... or do we?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,939
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,778

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, Funny, Clever... a Sci Fi must have

  • By Tim on 06-29-17

fun soft SciFi. All hail Skippy

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

I really enjoyed this book. I shouldn't, I'm a hard SciFi person. I did enjoy it and despite the Deus Ex Skippio, I still enjoyed it enough to try the second book.

I'll continue reading Clarke and Asimov, but Alanson will sit right on my shelf next to Ernst Cline and Drew Hayes as something to read and take my mind off the day.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • It's Superman!

  • By: Tom De Haven
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 888
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 722
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 728

Opening with the young Clark Kent on a date, this novel takes an entirely fresh approach to the emergence of his superpowers and the start of his newspaper career, following him from rural 1930s Kansas across America to Hollywood in its golden age and then to New York City. He meets a worldly Lois Lane and conniving political boss Lex Luthor, and begins his battles against criminal masterminds, mad scientists, and super villains inspired by fascists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's Superman!

  • By G. Bledsoe on 12-24-06

it was a struggle and not super at all

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

Reviewed: 07-26-17

just a tough listen and since I can listen to Scott Brick read a phone book, I'm going to put this one on the author.

  • Hard Lessons

  • A Learning Experience, Book 2
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 785
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 785

Fifty years after Steve Stuart and his friends captured an alien starship, the Solar Union is a thriving interstellar power while Earth is increasingly backward and falling into barbarism. For two youngsters from Earth, the Solar Union offers the only chance they will ever have to make something of their lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Now we have Space Opera!

  • By E. Atkinson on 08-23-16

Heinlein redux

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

Reviewed: 02-13-17

as much as I like Christopher Nuttall's writing. (I especially enjoy the Ark Royals) This one just seemed like a Mish mash. A little Heinlein, a little Ben Bova and a little Scientificus ex Machina.

I'm going to read the third book because it's still sweet and crunchy brain candy, but I think I prefer the Ark Royals.

  • A Learning Experience, Book 1

  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,183
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,182

When a bunch of interstellar scavengers approach Earth intending to abduct a few dozen humans and sell them into slavery in the darkest, they make the mistake of picking on Steve Stuart and his friends, ex-military veterans all. Unprepared for humans who can actually fight, unaware of the true capabilities of their stolen starships, the scavengers rapidly lose control of the ship - and their lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • THE very beginning to Stocker's Empire's Corps

  • By Trudy Owens on 10-20-16

excellent new series by Nuttall

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

Reviewed: 02-06-17

Christopher Nuttall is an obvious libertarian with a political style reminiscent of Heinlein and a writing style all his own.

the rate of advancement of the humans in this book seems a little far fetched, even for Sci Fi but then I don't read Nuttall for hard science fiction, I read his stuff as brain candy.

And as candy suppliers go, he beats Willy Wonka hands down.

  • Narconomics

  • How to Run a Drug Cartel
  • By: Tom Wainwright
  • Narrated by: Brian Hutchison
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,089

What drug lords learned from big business. How does a budding cartel boss succeed (and survive) in the $300 billion illegal drug business? By learning from the best, of course. From creating brand value to fine-tuning customer service, the folks running cartels have been attentive students of the strategy and tactics used by corporations such as Walmart, McDonald's, and Coca-Cola.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worthy book in the "economics explains X" genre

  • By Ethan M. on 04-11-16

excellent analysis

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

Reviewed: 01-27-17

this is a really done analysis of the business of illegal business.

I think that, despite the author's bias against prohibition, the analysis is very even handed and easy to follow.

  • Warlock Holmes

  • A Study in Brimstone
  • By: G. S. Denning
  • Narrated by: Robert Garson
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,516
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,513

Sherlock Holmes is an unparalleled genius who uses the gift of deduction and reason to solve the most vexing of crimes. Warlock Holmes, however, is an idiot. A good man, perhaps; a font of arcane power, certainly. But he's brilliantly dim. Frankly, he couldn't deduce his way out of a paper bag. The only thing he has really got going for him are the might of a thousand demons and his stalwart flatmate. Thankfully, Dr. Watson is always there to aid him through the treacherous shoals of Victorian propriety.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short on Clues--Heavy on Delightful Twists

  • By Gillian on 01-10-17

Improbable Adventures is a better read...

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

Reviewed: 01-19-17

if you want some stories of the boys from Baker Street, I really do suggest the Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes over this book

this was a tedious listen and honestly less consistent than the original Strand stories (which is saying something)

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Scattered, Smothered, and Chunked

  • Bubba the Monster Hunter, Season 1
  • By: John G. Hartness
  • Narrated by: Andrew McFerrin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489

Scattered, Smothered, and Chunked collects the entire first season of Bubba the Monster Hunter from his first graveyard-splattering adventure in Voodoo Children to the stunning cliffhanger at the end of Final Countdown! Fans of the rollicking redneck monster hunter will find plenty of value in this massive collection of monsters, strippers, beer, and bullets!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Picked it up by accident...

  • By Dave B on 01-06-16

better than I thought it'd be

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

Reviewed: 06-13-16

Honestly, this was a fun listen. Because Bubba reminds me of many of the people I grew up with, the only part that was off putting was when he was described (well that and the description kept changing). Otherwise, a fun read.