Freeman is a genius with an uncommon mixture of memory, intelligence, and creativity. He lives in a worldwide utopia, but it was not always so. There was a time known as the Grind - when Freeman's people lived as slaves to another race referred to simply as "Master". They were property. But a civil rights movement emerged. Change seemed near, but the Masters refused to bend. Instead, they declared war. And lost. Now, the freed world is threatened by a virus, spread through bites, sweeping through the population. Those infected change - they are propelled to violence, driven to disperse the virus.
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I'm not usually drawn to zombie/undead novels but since I've enjoyed audiobooks from this author and narrator in the past, I decided to give it a try. To say that this was a unique take on that genre would be an understatement. There are lots of twists and surprises that unfold gradually during the telling which help keep the story interesting and they act as milestones for when the story arc makes a course change.
Props to both Jeremy Robinson for his writing craftsmanship and R. C. Bray for his skillful narrating performance.
Centuries ago, the Isle of Branikdür was mysteriously abandoned by the ruling Hélum Empire. Ever since, rival clans have battled for supremacy at the bidding of their sacred sorcerers. During the once-a-year armistice for the Festival of Proving, the gifted warrior Snaith Harrow aims to leave his mark in the fight circles before marrying his childhood sweetheart. But following a freak accident, he discovers a terrible secret about the girl he loves.
A story steeped in untold mysteries, filled with charlatan sorcerers, ineffectual war lords and two very eventful young sorcerer apprentices. At times the story touches on S&M territory but does not glorify in it. Rather, its use is mostly a means to an end. There are plenty of twists, betrayals and surprises throughout.
I marked it down one star when, near the end, found out that this was only one of a series and fault Audible for not indicating that in the cataloged listing. Mostly since I had been expecting a completed story and, instead, was a bit upset to find that that it was not the case.
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Defy the inevitable. Such is the stance of Confederation captain Eric Weston and the crew of the starship Odysseus, patrolling the outer limits of Priminae space, anticipating the Empire's next attacks. Connected with the Terran FTL tech - the transition drive - humanity might stand a chance against the overwhelming forces. Until the entire planetary system goes dark. Outnumbered and outgunned, the Odysseus arrives to find the Empire securing critical intelligence from Priminae ships.
The characters were bland imitations of their previous selves and came across as they were just going through the motions. Most of the novel was take up in endless preparation for the upcoming battle. Considering that this was the last of this series, there was a lot left dangling such as the completeness of the enemy's upload and a cliff-hanger that, while strange, didn't provide much in the way as to what it was all about. Also, it displayed a complete lack of discipline to superior officers by the NCOs and even some grunts questioning orders.
The narrator's performance came across a bit too rushed and, except for the tedious haranguing from the Chief, most of the other characters were not very well differentiated.
Rowan and Citra take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom, putting them at odds, in the chilling sequel to the Printz Honor Book Scythe from New York Times best seller Neal Shusterman, author of the Unwind dystology.
The interesting characters, Scythe intrigue, cruel betrayals, unpredictable and alarming twists and a ever-present sense of foreboding makes this episode every bit as good as book 1. Greg Tremblay continues to put on a fantastic performance.
As an aside, I really enjoyed the Land of Nod nursery rhyme and its surprise significance. Quite well done.
Can't wait for the next installment.
A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: Humanity has conquered all those things and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life - and they are commanded to do so in order to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe - a role that neither wants. These teens must master the "art" of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.
Neal Shusterman again makes a slave of his muse and created another very unique and thought-provoking story. While the protagonists were adolescents, the focus did not have a coming-of-age feel to it; although, there was that clear aspect to it. Rather, the theme was that of a world that had transcended the ravages of aging and death and recruited executioners (scythes) to cull the world's population in order to maintain an equilibrium between people, resources and environment. The moral and ethical questions that arose from this system were thoroughly examined from various points of view in such a way that, as a listener, I found uncomfortable truths in all sides.
A wonderful, if dark, novel made all the more rich and entertaining by the skillful performance of Greg Tremblay.
Owen Deathstalker, last of the infamous warrior Clan, always considered himself more of a writer than a fighter, preferring his history books to making any actual history with a sword. But books won't protect him from Her Imperial Majesty Lionstone XIV, who just outlawed and condemned Owen to death, without any explanation, reason, or warning. No wonder she's called the Iron Bitch. Now, on the run from Imperial starcruisers, shady mercenaries, and just about everyone else in the Empire, Owen's options are limited.
The story theme seemed interesting enough but too much time was wasted on snarky ripostes and seemingly endless repetitive ruminations and lamentations on previous covered sections.
I'll not continue this series.
Koren Bladewell now knows he is a wizard, but he is lost in the wilderness, cut off from help, and unable to use his powers. The enemy is poised at the border with an overwhelming invasion force, and it will take wizards, soldiers and a young, untested princess to hold off defeat long enough for Koren to be trained and grow into his power. But he might not wish to help those who deceived him and destroyed his life.
There are very few authors who can write a lengthy third leg of a trilogy and keep it interesting and entertaining through to the end and I count Craig Alanson in that eclectic group. I'm also running out of new ways to praise Tim Gerard Reynolds narration performances and so suffice it to say that he continued to excel in the telling of this story.
I'm saddened knowing that the tale has come to an end but pleased when I think about all the wonderful, sleepless hours I spent listening to it.
Another series to add to my binge re-listen category.
The Ibarra Nation holds Roland prisoner. The armor soldier’s fate lies in the hands of the inhuman Stacey Ibarra. Roland will face the truth behind the Ibarra rebellion and decide if his loyalties are to Earth or his ideals. While the Iron Dragoons recover from their last battle, dark forces are at work. Gideon is called as a witness to New Bastion, where the treaty that opened the stars to humanity may force all-out war with the Ibarras or turn the rest of the galaxy against Earth.
Too much time on pheromones and mating rituals. So much so, it was a significant distraction from plot movement to no real purpose. While the story moved to clarify the major players and their motivations, I still haven't really connected with the characters. Also, as with the previous episodes in the series, it was too short.
Luke Daniels performance was outstanding, as always.
I will not continue with the rest of this series, however, I still look forward to purchasing another series from Richard Fox, who I consider to be a gifted writer.
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Kalian Gaines has a secret; he just doesn't know it yet. He looks like us, he lives like us...but he is not one of us. Kalian knows nothing outside of his mundane life teaching history on 30th-century Earth, until a day like any other triggers a series of events that will tie his fate to that of humanity. A human handprint, embedded into a rock with alien script, is discovered on a moon that mankind has never set foot on. This discovery holds a secret, which will sweep Kalian into the heart of a conspiracy that has corrupted the galaxy for 200,000 years.
I really enjoy the author's first 2 books of the Echos of Fate series, giving each of them solid 5 stars across the board; however, I found a lot I disliked in this book. While the story idea itself held promise, the two primary protagonists weren't written in a way to make them all that compelling. There really wasn't much backstory to them and there portrayal came off rather blandly. The primary protagonist too often lapsed into repeated introspection. There was a rogue protagonist near halfway through the story who came off somewhat interesting but even there his participation was somewhat sketchy and too stereotypical.
Then there were the frustrating transitioning between story arcs that left the listener somewhat bewildered until half a paragraph into it. There was also too much time spent on providing extreme detail on all the different environs that were visited which
slowed the pace of the story.
Lastly, the narrator came as nonchalant, further making it difficult to want to keep listening.
I'll not be continuing with this series.
The Darshik war machine is flagging, but the war is far from over. Even as an exhausted Federation military tenses up for a counterattack after repelling the last Darshik invasion, reports are coming in of a new, more powerful class of ship that's striking deep into Terran space. Captain Jackson Wolfe has been given the fleet's newest, most advanced destroyer and tasked with eliminating this new threat before it can claim any more human lives. What he finds, however, is immeasurably more dangerous than just some new class of starship....
Each of the primary and secondary characters played out their roles in as professional ways as was expected and the series ended without loose ends except for a hint at another problem for a possible new series.