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  • 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 27,794
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,385

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
  • Sci Fi I didn't know I wanted

  • By Gary Glenn on 06-27-17

It was decent.

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

1) R.C. Bray is an excellent narrator. No question there.

2) The MC is boring. He is the cardboard cutout of a "downhome" cheeseburger eating-salt-of-the-earth protagonist who is incapable of change.

3) This is a bit of an odd one that I feel is worth pointing out: I get that Skippy can access all info everywhere forever (he is a mary sue/deus ex). Why is his personality so colloquially Earth >> American >> Pseudo Asshole >> Scientist? I could understand if it changed over time after meeting Joe. I could also understand if the personality were an affectation to manipulate Joe. Neither seems to be the case. Somehow this ancient AI has always had a very ordinary personality.

Bottom line: The book was "okay." I did enjoy some of the banter between Joe/Skippy as long as I ignored that plot hole. Skippy is OP. Joe is a cheeseburger. The rest of the crew reminds me of the kids from Captain Planet in both diversity and depth.

  • Superhuman

  • Superhuman Series, Book 1
  • By: Evan Currie
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257

Former Marine Captain Alexander Hale only wanted a weekend out with some old buddies. He could have done without the gang war, the shootout, and...oh yeah, the alien abduction. Now he's in the middle of something he doesn't understand, never asked for, and is having quite possibly the greatest time of his life. Semper Fi and which way are the shores of Tripoli anyway?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable but short.

  • By graham on 12-17-18

It's an okay story.

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

I liked the "real world" aspect of this story. I didn't especially like that Alex turned into a quipping, generic super hero by the end of it. I would have preferred that he use the tactics and mindset he demonstrated at the beginning.

There were no real plot twists nor would I say there was any sort of emotional investment. So if that is what you are looking for, you are barking up the wrong tree.. I would recommend you read it the way you might read a standard issue comic book.

My last point is this: I get it. He's a Marine. He's a badass. Everyone who knows he is a Marine knows that he is also a badass. Stop rubbing my face in it and let Alex live his life without the constant reminders of his badass-ness. True badasses never need to advertise. True badass writers do not need to tell us that their main characters are badasses for us to know.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Gil's World

  • Wanderers, Book 1
  • By: James Murdo
  • Narrated by: Rhett Samuel Price
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17

Three hundred million years ago, the galactic community was taken by surprise. A catastrophic war with a hostile entity threatened to destroy all life until the fight was postponed by a calamitous event known as the Great Conflation. With the majority of pre-Conflation empires in ruins and the Ascended Biologicals wiped out, the hastily formed Wanderer Enclave tasked its fleet with unearthing answers and continuing the fight. One lone ship has found something: an innocuous world it had marked for routine decontamination that may hold vital answers. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Audio quality needs to be improved

  • By cosmitron on 08-04-18

Great Concept, Weak Execution

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

This book was interesting. The concept grabbed my attention immediately. The author has created an interesting dynamic wherein he illustrates facinating differences in perspective. My principle complaint is that every character in this story seems incapable of getting to the point. Ever..

The narrator's voice grated on my ears. While he was able to capture some of the characters' emotions decently, he mispronsounced some words and spoke with so much bass, that it was difficult to follow/enjoy the endless dialogue.

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

  • By: J. S. Morin
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 85 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,185
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,921
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,897

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

Someone please tell me it gets better.

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

Reviewed: 05-18-18

The book has all of the elements one could wish for in a small crew, sci-fi romp. The problem is that they are all 2-dimensional, uninteresting, walking cliches. “Scoundrels with a heart of gold,” is a tale as old as time. It is not enough by itself to tell a good story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Villains Rule

  • The Shadow Master, Book 1
  • By: M. K. Gibson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,105

Hi, how are you? Yes, I am talking to you, the reader of this book's description. Okay, I get it, fourth-wall breaking is overdone. Get over it. This book, Villains Rule, is a fantasy action-comedy which you have to hear. Not because it redefines the genre, far from it. But rather for what it contains. A villain's tale. How often do you get to listen to a story where the villain is the protagonist? No, not an anti-hero, or a brooding monster, nor a hero thinly disguised as a villain. And not evil. If you want evil, take that nonsense to therapy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the cover art.

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-12-17

A cliche

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who would enjoy and endlessly smug pretend villain, would enjoy this.

Has Villains Rule turned you off from other books in this genre?

It is hard to find a book about heroes or villains that is enjoyable. One more bad one does not spoil anything.

Did Jeffrey Kafer do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

The basic premise is one unique character with and endless parade of tropes for that character to be smug at.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It is a great book for 2d self projection.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Novice

  • By: Taran Matharu
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,009
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,888
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,888

Fletcher is working as a blacksmith's apprentice when he discovers he has the rare ability to summon demons from another world. Chased from his village for a crime he did not commit, Fletcher must travel with his demon, Ignatius, to an academy for adepts, where the gifted are taught the art of summoning. Along with nobles and commoners, Fletcher endures grueling lessons that will prepare him to serve as a Battlemage in the Empire's war against the savage Orcs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • very good listen

  • By RobT on 06-10-17

This story read like an episode of Pokémon.

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

The villains in this story were cheesy to the point of comedic. If they were just evil, they were mustache-twisting enemies. If they were nobles, they were just 2 dimensionally arrogant and smug beyond all reason. The main character had two kills and a wealth of survival experience under his belt, but can't muster enough confidence to ignore the chattering of children. It boggles the mind.

13 of 17 people found this review helpful