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  • Welcome to Ludus
  • By: Blaise Corvin
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,738
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,582

Henry and Jason led normal lives in Seattle before they were abducted to another world. Their kidnapper, the vain, self-styled god Dolos, refuses to send them back unless they can accomplish an impossible task. Oddly, Dolos doesn't seem to care if they succeed or not. Luckily, Henry and Jason studied Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) on Earth. Unfortunately, a Japanese American EMT and a geeky IT programmer don't have many other useful skills on a sword-and-sorcery world like Ludus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like an R-rated Dungeons and Dragons cartoon

  • By CT on 02-25-17

Another book goes back!

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

Boy did I struggle trying to read this book through. On the other hand the best part of Audible is the option to return books I can't stand keeping in my library.

  • We Will Build

  • The Kurtherian Gambit, Book 8
  • By: Michael Anderle
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413

The world needs protecting - before they can build in space they have to get into space. There is a "false queen" attacking vampires in Asia - Bethany Anne sends her own to look into that. The moon base needs to be settled, can Team BMW make it happen? Do they have enough people? Can they get the right people to help?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Drivers dream

  • By hawkergod on 08-04-17

Annoying Recaps by Author & Narrator!

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

First I'd like to say this review is pretty much the same for all 16 books available. You can apply my opinion here to almost every book.

I basically have enjoyed the Kurtherian Gambit books at a 3 stars level. It's not John Conroe's Demon Accords or Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series (have to love Miles), but it was all enteraining.

Problem I have with the series is the multitude of characters and the author skipping some full explanations of what's going on. I'm a bit lost on the less important storyline (like Asher's mate) and I often ask myself "who was that character again?". Still don't know who Paul was, who died in the last book, and this is my second time through listening!

Worth the $10 I got most of the series books for on the sale but not "stellar" or majorly a seriously great series, but fun entertainment when I couldn't find anything else I wanted to read. I do skip the recap in the last two chapters. I don't really care what the capable narrator's opinion is or her gushing about how fabulous the author is.

  • We Have Contact

  • The Kurtherian Gambit, Book 12
  • By: Michael Anderle
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 280

When you least expect it, expect it. Bethany Anne has been notified there is a spaceship inside the system...but they can't find it. Is it Kurtherian, someone else? The governments have to be told about aliens, which sparks a worldwide effort by Governments to find what TQB has.... Oh, and Eric wants to date Gabrielle but he wants her to know he can protect her if need be. But his idea on how? Well, let's just say it might not be the best solution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Serial Adventure Goodness

  • By IreneMBBT on 10-27-17

What happened?

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

I've been moving right along with this series since Saturday (5 days ago )and finally met my match in this installment. I fell asleep numerous time, wished I'd gotten caughtu like an English schoolboy so I could be beaten and never have hear the story again.

Perhaps this is a reaction to enjoying the first ten books, then suddenly finding the first bad apple of the season!

  • Death Becomes Her

  • The Kurtherian Gambit, Book 1
  • By: Michael Anderle
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,053
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,053

What you thought you knew about vampires and werewolves is wrong...so very, very, wrong. A thousand years of effort to keep the Unknown World hidden is unraveling and the Patriarch is tired. He needs to find someone to take over. He finds Bethany Anne.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable - Worth the Credit

  • By IreneMBBT on 02-13-17

Better than Expected

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

I've tried some of the authors other books and been less than impressed. As a dedicated sci-fi (especially good space opera) fan I keep running into the Kurtherian Gambit books and the multitude of spin-offs so I finally decided I should try the original first book to give the author a chance. I'm actually glad I did as it's the first Anderle book I've enjoyed. My only regrets are 1. How many books are in just the Gambit series....ouch to my pocketbook, and 2. The narrator's wind-up and opinions given at the end of the book. Narration is good but she's just cheesy at the end and I've skipped her opinion at the end of the books.

  • Phule's Company

  • Phule's Company, Book 1
  • By: Robert Asprin
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321

After being court-martialed by the Space Legion for ordering the strafing of a treaty-signing ceremony, multimillionaire Willard Phule receives his punishment: He must command the misfit Omega Company on Haskin's Planet, a mining settlement on the edge of settled space. At his duty station, he leverages his personal money and a knack for managing people to get the company to come together as a unit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED the whole experience!

  • By Matt on 11-08-17

Not up to expectations

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

Reviewed: 03-17-18

Would you try another book from Robert Asprin and/or Noah Michael Levine?

I hoped this series would be entertaining but though the narration was fine the storyline just seemed stupid. Tried the second book too and it just impressed on me this "comedy " isn't for me.

Has Phule's Company turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, just this particular author / series.

What aspect of Noah Michael Levine’s performance would you have changed?

Nothing. It wasn't his fault the story was stupid.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Phule's Company?

I wouldn't have published it.

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  • Fallen Dragon

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 26 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,142

In the distant future, corporations have become sustainable communities with their own militaries, and corporate goals have essentially replaced political ideology. On a youthful, rebellious impulse, Lawrence joined the military of a corporation that he now recognizes to be ruthless and exploitative. His only hope for escape is to earn enough money to buy his place in a better corporation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another awesome book.

  • By Brian M. Jeffries on 11-13-16

Boring!

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

Reviewed: 03-17-18

The concept was good but between the Asimov type writing and the uninvolved narration (not bad narration, just boring) I never got involved with the characters nor did I care to listen to the entire story to finish the book. I'm sure there are fans who would enjoy this book but I just didn't care enough to even keep track of the characters and the storyline. Enh, just not my cuppa sci-fi.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Last Dragon Standing

  • Heartstrikers, Book 5
  • By: Rachel Aaron
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,414
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,335

There is no way to write a blurb for this final book without spoiling all of the others. Suffice it to say, mysteries resolve, dragons war, pigeons abound, and Julius must risk himself in ways he never dreamed possible as Bob's grand plan finally comes to fruition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing ending to an even more amazing series!

  • By Dustin on 03-01-18

Really 4.5 story

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

This has been a strange and often enchanting story. The prior book disappointed me so much I was afraid the author lost the series verve. Happy to say as weird as it is, this contribution gives me hope for future books.

I'm ALMOST able to ignore the unfinished ending and dropping clues about old stories about the characters at the end that tell you if you want to find out the answers to all the questions the author dangled thru the book isn't getting answered for another 3 to 6 books!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Starcrasher

  • Shades Space Opera, Book 1
  • By: Rock Forsberg
  • Narrated by: Nick Howden-Steenstra
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

Tredd Bounty is a navy reject turned bounty hunter, living in the grimy world of Spit City on orbit around gas giant Heeg. When he is given the chance to take on a dangerous yet lucrative mission to find and capture the mysterious Starcrasher device, rumored to have the power to move the stars themselves, it seems like his luck is about to turn. He gathers a motley crew: an ex-navy pilot suffering from random black-outs; a Jindalar groupie hiding a shocking secret; a strapping Andron mechanic unable to step foot on any planet; and an eccentric doctor.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Stay Away

  • By cosmitron on 03-15-18

Not for me......

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

First, this is one of the few narrators I really have to complain about. He ruined the book as much of not more than the author. Aside from a somewhat interesting working class English accent he was SO UNEMOTIONAL and had no differentiation between characters I was constantly trying to figure out who was thinking /saying what.

The author may have fared better with his story but it was out there without enough background story to figure out what he's trying to get across. Aside from the brutal Vice-Admiral (Admiral) leading the mission and ze doktor is anyone sure who's on what side and who's being controlled or what? I lost my program, lost the roles of the characters and who thinks what so I'm giving up.

ADVICE for the author and the editor, remember when you are presenting your story to your readers without your detailed mental matursturbation confusing your audience. Decent premise totally mismanaged.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses

  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,790
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,804

When 19-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin - one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it!

  • By Kandice Rose on 05-30-15

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

I really struggled with the story. The narration was fabulous but the author dragged the story to the point of asking myself, "why AM I still listening to this?"

I fell asleep listening to it several times in the last 2 days and had to scramble to find out where I last remembered the story in order to start again. It may well be me. I've had problems with ROMANCE novels that get too far into the romantic characters without proper grounding in their lives first. What powers do they all have? What's the difference between between high fae and other fae? I never felt involved with the main characters to the point of caring what happens to them in the next books.

  • The Black Flag

  • Crimson Worlds Successors, Book 3
  • By: Jay Allan
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

The Triumvirate. Three clones of Gavin Stark who survived their evil master's destruction. Now they have cheated death again, downloading their minds into an alien intelligence, a relic of the First Imperium. For three decades they have worked, silently, diligently, preparing their forces for the day that would launch the final assault.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enh....

  • By Linda Luella on 02-24-18

Enh....

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

Disappointing end of the trilogy. Narrator was good but story/writing was only passable. Character development? All the main characters are there but the interaction isn't very interesting. Felt like a cookie cutter book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful