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  • The Pen and the Sword

  • Destiny's Crucible, Book 2
  • By: Olan Thorensen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,124
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,000

The Narthani, a militant realm who believe their manifest destiny is to rule the entire planet, Anyar, plan to absorb Caedellium into their empire. Yozef Kolsko (a.k.a. Joe Colsco) works to find ways to increase the chances of resistance to the Narthani's planned conquest. The enemy is coming. The odds seem overwhelming, and it will take all Yozef can do, the courage of his new people, and luck, to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Binge Listen

  • By odin on 08-01-17

Covers every detail of his life

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

Story is well written and Thorensen provides exact details of all the evolution of each book. In some cases the emphasis is over dramatized but you eagerly await the next chapter. I found that I would listen to each chapter and remain in the car even though I have arrived at my destination.

  • Not Alone

  • By: Craig A. Falconer
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 22 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,266
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,254

When Dan McCarthy stumbles upon a folder containing evidence of the conspiracy to end all conspiracies - a top-level alien cover-up - he leaks the files without a second thought. The incredible truth revealed by Dan's leak immediately captures the public's imagination, but Dan's relentless commitment to exposing the cover-up and forcing disclosure quickly earns him some enemies in high places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive Book About Aliens & the Hype Industry

  • By Russell on 12-21-16

Thought this was not going to be good

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

Reviewed: 01-14-17

Where does Not Alone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The story line is well laid out and you capture the plot and it tends to suck you in. Before you know it you are ready to vault forward with anticipation of how the plot will unfold.

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  • The Lost Command

  • Lost Starship Series, Volume 2
  • By: Vaughn Heppner
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,097

Starship Victory, a faithful alien spacecraft guarding its shattered system for 10,000 years, agreed to come to Earth. Now Captain Maddox and his crew have a new assignment. They must find Professor Ludendorff before the New Men do. The New Men need Ludendorff's help so they can capture the alien starship. Maddox needs the neglected superweapons repaired so he can rescue a Star Watch fleet trapped deep in enemy territory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good extension

  • By Robert on 06-29-15

A great Story Line with excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 08-15-16

What did you love best about The Lost Command?

All segments of the story line melded together and kept you eagerly wanting to finish listening all in one day.

What other book might you compare The Lost Command to and why?

B. V. Larson's series Mercenaries kept you awaiting the next salvo

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

Yes it was and in a few insistence's I sat in the parking lot not wanting to stop listening for a long while.

Any additional comments?

Great series and loved the characters. Even the villains were great

  • The Lost Starship

  • By: Vaughn Heppner
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,408
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,139

Ten thousand years ago, a single alien super-ship survived a desperate battle. The vessel's dying crew set the AI on automatic to defend the smashed rubble of their planet. Legend has it the faithful ship continues to patrol the empty battlefield, obeying its last order throughout the lonely centuries.In the here and now, Earth needs a miracle. Out of the Beyond invade the New Men, stronger, faster and smarter than the old. Their superior warships and advanced technology destroy every fleet sent to stop them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • THE NEW MEN

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 02-01-17

You Wiill Want to Listen More Than Once

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

Reviewed: 07-26-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes without a doubt. This series always builds on the previous book and keeps you spell bound regarding the many plots of which all are magnificent.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lost Starship?

forget most memorable, the entire series captivates your attention and you keep guessing what the next twist will be.

What about David Stifel’s performance did you like?

his unique ability to give each person his or her own identity.

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

All the books in the series is well worth keeping your attention and wanting to listen to the end. My problem was I travel and listen to the book and when reaching my destination I did not want to stop listening. I wold sit in the car and finish to the point where I could leave it be for the moment.

Any additional comments?

Get the first book and you will be hooked

  • Tech World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 3
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,425
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,043
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,034

The Galactics arrived with their Battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spanned the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In the third book in the series, James McGill is deployed on another alien world. His third interstellar tour is different in every way. Rather than meeting up with a primitive society, this time he’s headed to an advanced world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dying isn’t enough this time

  • By Don Gilbert on 12-13-14

The whole series is exceptional, Narrator is great

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

Reviewed: 09-15-15

If you could sum up Tech World in three words, what would they be?

Very Well Written

What was one of the most memorable moments of Tech World?

There are far too many to select from. One has to listen to every chapter since there are memorable moments in each one. from my prospective I eagerly await the release of the next book. If you are a new listener to this series start from the first one and I know you will get each one.

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

His characterization of each person is individualized and introduces a sense of reality into the story line. Reading a book requires you to imagine how the characters intermingle within the story but Boyett creates the stage for you and does it well.

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

I was listening to each chapter with enthusiasm and excitement as the story line unfolded. Boyett as narrator created the impression that you were part of the Vargus team

Any additional comments?

Larson has hit a home run with this series. If the reader likes SI FY with off world action then this is your series.

  • Dust World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 2
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,795
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,786

The Galactics arrived with their Battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spans the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In 2122 a lost colony expedition contacts Earth, surprising our government. Colonization is against Galactic Law, and Legion Varus is dispatched to the system to handle the situation. Earth gave them sealed orders, but Earth is 35 lightyears away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They’re back ready to die; again

  • By Don Gilbert on 07-07-14

Larson Kept up the pace with this release

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

Reviewed: 07-13-15

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

Not very often an author can reproduce the intense story line and keep the reader interested in each chapter, this was a great listen on audiobook. Now on to the third installment.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dust World?

There were far too many captivating segments to just name one. You can read each episode with enthusiasm since every book has its own twist, love the way he mingles battles with the chain of command intrigue.

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

I listen to the book while driving about three hours each way and was ready for my next trip for wanting to listen to what McGill was doing next.

Any additional comments?

Best to start from the first book and read each in order. This way you get the full impact of the story line.

  • Redshirts

  • A Novel with Three Codas
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,037
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,022

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever, creative, and FUN!

  • By Kent on 04-18-13

story flows and keeps your attention

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

What did you love best about Redshirts?

Story line was well written and kept me interested in what was next. Many twists and turns to the main line and after all said I did not want to put it down

Who was your favorite character and why?

Wil Weaton kept interest in the next step in solving what was happening to everyone and allowed the story to keep pace with events

What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

He was the story and the ending

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

You never know what stage we are playing on in our real lives

Any additional comments?

The reader should try and figure out what is happening in next chapter before listening to it. Surprises abound in this audio book

  • Century Rain

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 887
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 727
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 724

Three hundred years from now, Earth has been rendered uninhabitable due to the technological catastrophe known as the Nanocaust. Archaeologist Verity Auger specializes in the exploration of its surviving landscape. Now, her expertise is required for a far greater purpose. Something astonishing has been discovered at the far end of a wormhole: mid-twentieth-century Earth, preserved like a fly in amber.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of John Lee's best performances

  • By DAVID on 07-24-10

Got caught up in story once it got moving

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

Reviewed: 04-27-14

If you could sum up Century Rain in three words, what would they be?

Grows on you, When you start to listen it has many threads that you wonder how it all fits but soon you start to understand what is happening and get captivated with the story line. If you like a single audio book without having to listen to a series then this is for you

Which scene was your favorite?

When the investigator realized that his earth was not alone it set the stage for fast action and rapid understanding of what needed to be done

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The last 20 minutes is great but cannot say more

Any additional comments?

Great listen, would highly recommend to anyone who likes to become part of what they are listening to.

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  • Steel World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 1
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,734

In the 20th century Earth sent probes, transmissions, and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy. As most of the local worlds were too civilized to have a proper army, the only valuable service Earth could provide came in the form of soldiers....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Space Opera

  • By Don Gilbert on 12-05-13

Did not want to stop listening to this audio book

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

Reviewed: 04-27-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes without a doubt, great story line keeps you interested. There are a few turns that were unexpected and kept me glued to the ipod.

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

His method of voice infliction was super and well done, he mastered the book and gave it life

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

Yes it was but I usually listen to books as I drive, this one I wanted to sit in the car and listen without stopping.

Any additional comments?

I am waiting for the next one out in May. It is now on my wish list and will be downloaded as soon as it hits Audible

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 155,543
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 143,528
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 143,373

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Mars cannot hold an astronaut from Earth

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

Reviewed: 01-23-14

What did you love best about The Martian?

The story moves fast and is believable from the readers prospective. You can actually feel the pain and suffering that one man goes through to get home

What did you like best about this story?

Was believable and was very good in rationalizing what would actually happen on Mars as one person tries to fight to get home, science fiction is meant to be on the edge of reality but this story captivates you and makes you realize that this may really happne

Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

They were all good and well narrated by Bray, Just go listen to the book and you will be in a trance wanting to solve problems on Mars

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes there were many and I would not want to give anything away, a must read to enjoy. I value it by realizing that when I got home from driving my car I did not want to go inside and stop listening.

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