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  • The Collapsing Empire

  • The Interdependency, Book 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,541
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,672

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
  • Definitely not my favorite scalzi

  • By pat on 03-25-17

A sleeping Giant of a winner

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

Reviewed: 11-23-17

The story line from Audible seemed sort of boring and bare. However, once you get going with it, TCE grows like a weed, becoming a little more complex, and a little more enticing each chapter. When you run into Kiva Lagos, you start to get the laugh out loud funny, as she embodies all the ways I love to see someone competent at their job work: direct, blunt, and I am OK with very creative insults and threats. Especially when accompanied by a beautifully crafted description and rudeness that the idiot on the other end is most deserved of. Her command of the language is awesome and I laughed out loud driving many times when she lets loose, or when her crew clamps down on her. Her mom is no whiner either, and the relationship is easy to see. The bad guys are indeed the bad guys, so thinking of it as American Politics 500 years on, is probably accurate, except the good guys actually figure out how bad the bad guys hosed them. John Scalzi has always written excellent Sci Fi, and this is no exception, I highly recommend this book, and just warn you to give it a few chapters to warm up and look for Kiva, her first rant will impress and enthrall you in it's detailed description of what a dork her antagonist is.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow of Victory

  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 37 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 646
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 596
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 591

Sometimes things don't work out exactly as planned. The Mesan Alignment has a plan - one it's been working on for centuries. A plan to remake the galaxy and genetically improve the human race - its way. Until recently things have gone pretty much as scheduled, but then the Alignment hit a minor bump in the road called the Star Empire of Manticore. So the Alignment engineered a war between the Solarian League, the biggest and most formidable interstellar power in human history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, poor reader

  • By Paul on 12-14-16

Good filler material and joining of series

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

Reviewed: 02-04-17

Seems like a lot of people think this is a lot of retread material, but I (having listened to all the books in all the series at least twice), do not think any of it was from other books, but was material culled from other books to shorten them. It all added to the depth of the whole Honor Universe, and David Weber had branched out (with Torch, Talbot and Manticore) in three main axis, and to close it all up, needed to bring them together. I think this is where it fits in, mainly bringing in new depth to the Talbot and Torch lines, and was probably just fitting together those leftovers to add to the whole.
I liked the way it brought the Madras sector events into the Talbot story, and you have to like Davids way of making you like characters, I even almost felt bad for Albrecht Detwiler, when they closed the books on him. The reader was a new one, I do not recall ever hearing him before, and he works in a very clipped , but carefully enunciated way. I didn't mind it at all, as you never had a problem figuring out who was who. I just wish David would get on with it, and release the next big part of the story, it's been about three years now waiting..while this was good, it still does not answer all the questions left open from the last mainstream book...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • TFS Theseus

  • The Terran Fleet Command Saga, Book 2
  • By: Tori L. Harris
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688

"Welcome to the Pelaran Alliance...." With those simple words, the Guardian spacecraft openly revealed itself to humanity, heralding a new chapter in its 500-year-long mission to cultivate our world. Earth's population must now make its first planet-wide decision - join the most powerful alliance in our galaxy or chart our own course, deciding for ourselves which civilizations are worthy of our trust. Will we be the first world to decline the Pelarans' invitation, or does their offer come with an implied threat?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great series with good story and action

  • By Bessette family on 07-27-16

Great MIl Sci Fi series

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

Reviewed: 11-19-16

Would you listen to TFS Theseus again? Why?

No, I routinely do not re-listen to books, as they don't hold up for me, that said, I would place it in the list with my Honor Harrington books, which get dragged out every 5 years or so..

What was one of the most memorable moments of TFS Theseus?

The descriptions of the the ship arrivals and departures and the methods used are really interesting and well written to hold your attention. The battle scenes are vivid and well laid out, thoughtful, and the author uses his science to support the methods.

Have you listened to any of Jeffrey Kafer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

As I said in the Ingenuity review, Mr Kafer sounds just like the narrator from the Frontier saga, if you liked them, you will definitely like him. He is very well enunciated, clear and has enough range that you never get confused on which character is speaking. The true test of an audio book is when you can listen to it and not have to try to decide who it is that is speaking. He passes the test very well.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Enjoyable and satisfaction at a well written science fiction space navy book. Hard to do with out making up a whole bunch of unique physics, and Mr. Harris has done a good job of using current "stories" "The Greys", and a plausible connection to the future, to make his tech believable and real.

Any additional comments?

Great series, fun to listen too, good characters and well read. A most satisfactory audio book experience!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • TFS Ingenuity

  • The Terran Fleet Command Saga, Book 1
  • By: Tori L. Harris
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 977
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 976

It's the year 2277. For 50 years, Earth has received mysterious data transmissions from random locations in deep space. The streams include advanced technology, allowing humans to achieve faster-than-light travel virtually overnight. As we prepare to take our first tentative steps into interstellar space, we know almost nothing about our alien benefactors, and their motivations remain unexplained.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More please

  • By Tm on 05-11-16

I would swear this was written by Ryk Brown

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

Reviewed: 11-19-16

Would you listen to TFS Ingenuity again? Why?

No, not right away, I rarely listen to a book again, unless a long time has passed. Honor Harrington books can be done every few years, but this one would be a while to wait.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The entire Bridge crew works for me. The Captain and XO seem mature and capable, and professional. That was actually one surprise as I thought it would go the same as Frontiers did with a young lad thrust into command, but this was better handled.

Which character – as performed by Jeffrey Kafer – was your favorite?

His voice and tone, as well as pronunciation, makes him a cinch for a clone of David Drummond, or vice versa. They have the same pitch, clarity, and sharp pronunciation.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It would be ok for that, they are both well written and the series follows along well.

Any additional comments?

I would have sworn that was David Drummond who narrated, and Ryk Brown wrote it. It is almost identical to Frontiers Saga, even down to the Captains name (Scott) and his loyal XO as a woman. The Bridge crew names all sound a lot like ones from Frontiers. This is really strange. Another extreme similarity is the fact neither series apparently can use a contraction, using precise words throughout (such as "I can not tell). Maybe these are all dry runs by a publisher testing AI software to write books, I find it really hard to believe 2 authors, different name, different series, and yet same listen can exist like this. If this is software, tweak it into a little more depth and action, and add a dose of Weber to it, and it's a winner.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Space Carrier Avalon

  • By: Glynn Stewart
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 857
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800

Avalon was the flagship of the Castle Federation in the last war, now 20 years past. The first of the deep space carriers, no other warship in the fleet holds as many honors or has recorded as many kills. No other warship in the fleet is as old. Accepting the inevitable, the Federation Space Navy has decided to refit her and send her on a tour of the frontier, showing the flag to their allies and enemies as a reminder of her glory - and then decommission her for good.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Could have been 5 star most might consider it so

  • By Jim K on 10-11-15

Excellent Series for Military Space fans

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

Reviewed: 10-25-16

What did you love best about Space Carrier Avalon?

Author does an excellent job of building his characters, equipment and science. It is believable, and he apparently did his homework regarding the physics involved. Unlike some reviews, the descriptions of characters physical appearance helps to build a picture of what they look like, as well as what is going on when things start getting rough. Very well thought out, original work. I highly recommend it to anyone liking good, well developed storylines and characters.

What did you like best about this story?

Author develops his characters and the social structure of 800 years in the future, and doesn't make it an issue or "preaching". He simply has extrapolated what goes on today to a future society. That is all a good sci fi writer can do, and is right along with Heinlein's work.

What does Eric Michael Summerer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Outstanding story teller, all the characters are unique, clear, and his females are feminine, and males are males. There is no confusion as to who is speaking, and what is said.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, just enjoyed a well written story that was very well read.

Any additional comments?

Excellent series, will love to see it continue.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Crusade

  • Starfire, Book 1
  • By: David Weber, Steve White
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,061
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 982

Spacers call the warp point Charon's Ferry. No star ship has ever entered it and returned since a vengeful Orion task force pursued a doomed Terran colonization fleet into it in 2206. Almost a century has passed. The fiery hatreds of a quarter-century of warfare between the Terran Federation and the Zheeerlikou'valkhannaieeee, the cat-like species humans called the "Orions", have eased at least a little.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An OUTSTANDING Story Line Excellent Military SF!

  • By Brian on 03-12-16

An OUTSTANDING Story Line Excellent Military SF!

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

Reviewed: 03-12-16

Where does Crusade rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Up at the top, David Weber is a premier Military SF writer. These books were written about 15 years ago, and Crusade, In Death Ground and The Shiva Option were the limit until Exodus came out, which marks a different turn to the series.

What other book might you compare Crusade to and why?

Written with the same standard as the best Honor Harrington books. Great character development. You come to really like and respect Admiral Anton and Admiral/Senator/Former president Anderson. The interplay with Kathara the orion with Admiral Anton is very interesting as 2 different views of Honor and culture clash.

Have you listened to any of Marc Vietor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't recall ever hearing him but he is an excellent story teller, giving life to this favorite series I have waited so long to be able to hear.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Intrigue, Suspense, and a Battle of Epic Scale across the Stars" This series would be an excellent basis for a TV series or a movie series. There is enough time and depth to make a series of movies that would be very entertaining.

Any additional comments?

Starfire is a great series I cannot emphasize enough. It was a great read when they first came out, and I have waited years to hear it. The storytelling by the narrator is full flavored, with great character development and clear audio clues as to who is which character. An excellent rendition of an excellent book!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Freedom's Dawn

  • Frontiers Saga, Book 4
  • By: Ryk Brown
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 925
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 920

A ship under siege. A world on the brink of civil war. A distraught people seeking a new beginning. A battle weary crew that can barely hold it together. Even a legend can use a little help from time to time. The crew of the Aurora, the Karuzari, and the Corinairans must find a way to work together, or else they may all perish.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Jean on 05-09-16

Great Series, Good Military SciFi

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

Reviewed: 10-04-15

Would you listen to Freedom's Dawn again? Why?

No, I am not a repeat listener. Need to keep it fresh. Honor Harrington can be done twice, or Robert Heinlein, but Ryk is not to that level yet.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Really? Nathan Scott is a young James T Kirk, complete with self confident "We can get out of anything" attitude. His XO is miss serious (no pointed ears), and his engineer is Russian, not Scottish. So, they are all my favorites, since Paramount has strangled Trek, we get it under a different name. Doesn't matter, there is no copyright issues, so Mr. Brown can just keep on rollin. If you liked Trek, you will like The Frontiers Saga.

What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?

This guy is a darn good narrator, who does a good job with inflection, tone and accent.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Would be nice, but this is what I drive with 1.5 hrs each way, 3-4 days a week. So I have enough books on tap for another couple of months.

Any additional comments?

Listening to this, by book 4 you just want Ryk to give them a break and let them fix something, make some ammunition, or find some time to wire in some turbo lasers or something. These folks get hosed more than the Kobyashi Maru.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Warship

  • Black Fleet Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,751
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,722

In the 25th century, humans have conquered space. The advent of faster-than-light travel has opened up hundreds of habitable planets for colonization, and humans have exploited the virtually limitless space and resources for hundreds of years with impunity. So complacent have they become with the overabundance that armed conflict is a thing of the past, and their machines of war are obsolete and decrepit. What would happen if they were suddenly threatened by a terrifying new enemy?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A compelling and satisfying underdog space opera

  • By Elliot on 12-22-15

Five Star Series Star!

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

Reviewed: 09-06-15

What made the experience of listening to Warship the most enjoyable?

A refreshing take on interstellar travel, with great respect for science. The author doesn't take great liberties and just let go with making technology fit his needs, there is a warp drive, and ships engines, and laser weapons, but he keeps it all in tune with real physics and great plausibility.

What other book might you compare Warship to and why?

Warship is a good Star Trek substitute. While you are not exploring, you immediately can relate this book to the story from TOS about the planet killer, and Enterprises efforts to destroy an indestructible machine. Eerily similar, but with a deeper backstory.

What does Mark Boyett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Excellent narration, great voices, I knew who each character was, adn great attention to the exact timbre needed for the emotions at play.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

If you loved Khans Wrath, you will really love Warships!

Any additional comments?

Great start. Has a lot of room to grow, just as in the TOS episode, you don't know the details, or why the bad thing does what it does, but you do know it needs to be stopped at all costs. The backstory parts come in bits and pieces, and you do get the sense of what is going on with Capt Wolf and why he is where he is, and can accept the social issues surrounding the Earth people. A lot of prejudice and arrogance, growing from the lack of challenge for humanity has led to a total lack of backbone, until Capt Wolf finds it in himself and his crew. Great military sci fi and should be especially well received by Star Trek fans (minus the dysfunction of having CBS and Paramount messing it up).

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Citadel

  • Troy Rising, Book Two
  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,172

Earth has managed to recapture the Sol system from their Horvath conquerors and has begun entering the galactic millieu. But when the Rangora Empire rapidly crushes humanity's only ally, it becomes clear the war is just beginning....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • another great story, with new characters

  • By Colin on 06-01-11

This will feed your Honor Harrington addiction

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

Reviewed: 05-07-15

What made the experience of listening to Citadel the most enjoyable?

The narrator does an excellent job, great voices and you never doubt who is who. Fantastic work, almost like a movie soundtrack.

What did you like best about this story?

It's original, well thought out, plausible and fun, all at once. The hero is a mild mannered guy who just happens to have a firece belief in freedom, and isn't going to buckle under any stinkin aliens..

What does Mark Boyett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Versatility is his game. He can make you believe you are listening to a young girl, an old man or an alien lizard, but doesn't crowd you out with overkill. The aliens are just different enough to know who they are.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would love to have done so, but I listen as I drive to work 1.5 hours each way. Made it an easy drive too..

Any additional comments?

Great series, strongly recommended if you like David Weber and Honor Harrington. Written on par with those stories.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Live Free or Die

  • Troy Rising, Book One
  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,821
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,831

When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Awesome

  • By Colin on 05-27-11

Awesome story and narration! Great Fun!

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

Reviewed: 05-07-15

If you could sum up Live Free or Die in three words, what would they be?

"Maple Syrup War"

What did you like best about this story?

A brilliantly original storyline by John Ringo. In his March series he came out with a good writing style and character development. He holds your interest and paints a picture of the characters, the setting and the whole idea of First Contact. Very original interpretation.

Have you listened to any of Mark Boyett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not sure, keeping track of narrators is hard, but Mr. Boyett did an awesome job of catching the voices and the characters. You never doubted who was who, or what they were doing.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I loved it and listened to all three, I just wish John Ringo would continue them.

Any additional comments?

Wonderful characters, and questions raised. Would the governments of Earth give in to an enemy who can drop kinetic weapons on every city? Would they attack their own people to prevent the aliens from getting mad? Very original story and a pleasure to listen to. Listen to all three, you will not regret it. A great set of stories.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful