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  • The Collapsing Empire

  • The Interdependency, Book 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,419
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,788
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,754

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best of Scalzi

  • By Gonzalo on 05-11-17

+1 for Wil Wheaton; -5 for the language and sleeze

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

Reviewed: 03-28-17

I like Wil Wheaton, so 1 star for that. However, there is so much sex and swearing in this book that I can't recommend it.

3 of 7 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 21,839
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,778
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,731

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

lots of swearing

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

Reviewed: 03-06-17

holy cow this book has lots of swearing. overall it's a good story but the swearing makes it hard to recommend

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Queen of Fire

  • A Raven's Shadow Novel, Book 3
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 26 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,326
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,333

After fighting back from the brink of death, Queen Lyrna is determined to repel the invading Volarian army and regain the independence of the Unified Realm. Except to accomplish her goals, she must do more than rally her loyal supporters. She must align herself with forces she once found repugnant - those who possess the strange and varied gifts of the Dark - and take the war to her enemy's doorstep. Victory rests on the shoulders of Vaelin Al Sorna, now named battle lord of the realm. However, his path is riddled with difficulties.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Completion of the Collapse of Potential

  • By Joe Chad on 07-14-15

Boring

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

Reviewed: 12-03-16

Book 1 was great. Book 2 was barely passable. I should have stopped, but I purchased book 3 anyway. I couldn't get through it because it was just so slow.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Awaken Online: Catharsis

  • By: Travis Bagwell
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 16 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,693
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,431

Jason logs into Awaken Online fed-up with reality. He's in desperate need of an escape, and this game is his ticket to finally feeling the type of power and freedom that are so sorely lacking in his real life. Awaken Online is a brand new virtual reality game that just hit the market, promising an unprecedented level of immersion. Yet Jason quickly finds himself pushed down a path he didn't expect. In this game, he isn't the hero. There are no damsels to save. There are no bad guys to vanquish.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is more of a YA novel than reviews indicate

  • By John on 11-11-16

Good book, lots of swearing

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

Reviewed: 12-03-16

I enjoyed the book. I'm a gamer myself and felt the author did a decent job with the game world. The perspective was interesting.

I do wish the book had less swearing.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Imager

  • The First Book of the Imager Portfolio
  • By: L. E. Modesitt Jr.
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,064
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 778
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787

Although Rhennthyl is the son of a leading wool merchant in L'Excelsis, the capital of Solidar, the most powerful nation on Terahnar, he has spent years becoming a journeyman artist and is skilled and diligent enough to be considered for the status of master artisan - in another two years. Then, in a single moment, his entire life is transformed when his master patron is killed in a flash fire and Rhenn discovers he is an imager.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I didn't love it

  • By Timorell on 11-02-10

Great book only hurt by narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-03-16

The book is great; it's got good clean content, minimal (no?) swearing and sexual content. The only negative I can come up with is that the narrator is somewhat annoying and tends to ruin certain aspects of the book because of his unnatural and strange intonations.

  • Prince of Fools

  • The Red Queen's War, Book 1
  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,616
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,448

The Red Queen is old but the kings of the Broken Empire dread her like no other. For all her reign, she has fought the long war, contested in secret, against the powers that stand behind nations, for higher stakes than land or gold. Her greatest weapon is The Silent Sister - unseen by most and unspoken of by all. The Red Queen's grandson, Prince Jalan Kendeth - drinker, gambler, seducer of women - is one who can see The Silent Sister.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He Does it Again!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-04-14

good but not 5 stars

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

Reviewed: 08-15-16

good book, lower rating because there was too much swearing and too many sexual references.

4 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Dying for a Living

  • A Jesse Sullivan Novel
  • By: Kory M. Shrum
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 195

On the morning before her 67th death, it is business as usual for Jesse Sullivan: meet with the mortician, counsel soon-to-be-dead clients, and have coffee while reading the latest regeneration theory. Jesse dies for a living, literally. As a Necronite, she is one of the population's rare 2% who can serve as a death replacement agent, dying so others don't have to.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dying for a Living

  • By Bookaholic on 05-30-15

Too much swearing

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

Reviewed: 06-22-16

The story was interesting, but the constant swearing ruined it for me. I'll be avoiding any other books in this series because of that.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Armada

  • A Novel
  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,008
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,141
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28,089

It's just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom - if he can make it that long without getting suspended again. Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lacked the freshness of Ready Player One

  • By Chad on 01-08-16

swearing and 80's overload

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

Reviewed: 08-14-15

The references to 80's stuff worked in his last book. Here it did not.

Lots and lots of swearing.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Firefight

  • The Reckoners, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,199
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,389
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,362

Newcago is free. They told David it was impossible, that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart - invincible, immortal, unconquerable - is dead. And he died by David's hand.Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like a cherry on top of a Sundae in the North Pole

  • By Zenpaca on 01-16-15

You can't go wrong with this book.

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

Reviewed: 03-05-15

Another great book from Brandon Sanderson. Highly recommended. No swearing and is a very clean book.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Exile

  • Legend of Drizzt: Dark Elf Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,297

Hostile in ways that a surface-dweller could never know, the tunnel-mazes of the Underdark challenge all who tread there. Among these souls are Drizzt Do'Urden and his magical cat, Guenhwyvar. Exiled from his drow homeland, Drizzt must fight for a new home in the boundless labyrinth. Meanwhile, he must watch for signs of pursuit - for the dark elves are not a forgiving race.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent as Always

  • By Syndane on 04-10-13

Feels like an Amateur

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

Reviewed: 08-25-13

I purchased the first two books in the Drizzt trilogy based on a recommendation from a friend. The author's plots are very shallow and disconnected from each other. He seems to get inspiration from other shows -- I can't be more specific without spoiling things -- but there's a distinct scene taken directly out of a Star Trek TV episode. It's tossed in there randomly out of the blue with no rhyme or reason.

I ended up putting the narrator on 3x speed just so I could say I finished the story... but even then, I couldn't. I made it about half way through and removed it from my device.

1 of 7 people found this review helpful