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  • Dark World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 9
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,464
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,230

Two expanding interstellar powers are about to meet in battle. After the collapse of the Cephalopod Kingdom, Humanity claimed the 300 rebellious worlds it left behind. But light years away on the far side of a disputed region, a rival power has begun to move. They're stealing our planets, one at a time. Earth Command decides to invade the center of the frontier to set up an advanced base. The mission to DARK WORLD is highly classified and deadly. Legion Varus spearheads the effort, and James McGill journeys to the stars again. How many ships do they have? How advanced is their tech? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The “Juice Box” Gambit

  • By Don Gilbert on 07-02-18

Not the best in the series

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

This was a transitional story that takes the undying mercenaries in a different direction. I suspect the next one will make better use of the plot lines set up here. But this story was a little flat. Having no real suspense and little purpose.

  • Station Breaker

  • Station Breaker Series, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Mayne
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 905
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 842
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 840

Astronaut David Dixon's first mission to space goes horribly awry when a gunfight breaks out on a Russian space station. He finds himself making an emergency landing from orbit and becomes the most wanted man on Earth. Desperate to unravel the plot he's found himself in, he takes his pursuers on a wild chase from space to the backstreets of Rio and beyond. Dixon's survival relies on his skills as a pilot and willingness to do whatever it takes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, but frustrating

  • By Fred G. on 12-21-17

Enthusiastic but Juvenile Performance

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

I think I didn’t like this book. It’s a favorite genre, and never really jumped the shark at any specific moment, but the performance was distractingly bad. In the first moments of listening I decided that the narrator had to be the producer’s cousin because no professional actor could be that bad. He gets credit for energy but sounds like a high school kid. His gunshot sounds were particularly annoying. The story ends abruptly and no doubt continues in the next book but I’ll live in suspense rather than endure the narration again.

  • Traitor's Blade

  • Greatcoats Series, Book 1
  • By: Sebastien de Castell
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,081
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,080

The King is dead, the Greatcoats have been disbanded, and Falcio Val Mond and his fellow magistrates Kest and Brasti have been reduced to working as bodyguards for a nobleman who refuses to pay them. Things could be worse, of course. Their employer could be lying dead on the floor while they are forced to watch the killer plant evidence framing them for the murder. Oh wait, that's exactly what's happening. Now a royal conspiracy is about to unfold in the most corrupt city in the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Adventure Fantasy

  • By Scott Simons on 06-19-18

Deus Machina was on sale

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

This is just bad writing. The story was good. The descriptions of sword fights were descriptive and entertaining. But the writing completely laced foreshadowing. “New problem or villain, well I have this maguffin in my coat that will fix just that!” Poor writing.

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  • Hell Divers

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,743
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,700

More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers - men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I usually don't read my SciFi however....!!

  • By Michalena on 10-06-17

Fairly good but not very memorable

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

Reviewed: 04-30-18

I just found this book to be unengaging. It was dystopian, depressing, and derivative. Kind of left me feeling the way snow piercer did. Just sad. I wouldn’t really recommend it.

  • Infinite

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,090
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,072

The Galahad, a faster-than-light spacecraft, carries 50 scientists and engineers on a mission to prepare Kepler 452b, Earth's nearest habitable neighbor at 1400 light years away. With Earth no longer habitable and the Mars colony slowly failing, they are humanity's best hope. After 10 years in a failed cryogenic bed - body asleep, mind awake - William Chanokh's torture comes to an end as the fog clears, the hatch opens, and his friend and fellow hacker, Tom, greets him...by stabbing a screwdriver into his heart. This is the first time William dies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a rather complex science fiction story

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 12-26-17

Very “Engaging”

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

I was never bored by this book. As always, R. C. Bray was superb. It had some predictable elements but was mostly very entertaining. A credit to type genre I can heartily recommend it.

  • The Tracker

  • Sam Callahan, Book 1
  • By: Chad Zunker
  • Narrated by: Noah Berman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,987
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,765
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,760

Trust no one. Sam Callahan learned this lesson from a childhood spent in abusive foster care, on the streets, and locked in juvie. With the past behind him and his future staked on law school, he is moonlighting as a political tracker, paid to hide in crowds and shadow candidates, recording their missteps for use by their opponents. One night, after an anonymous text tip, Sam witnesses a congressional candidate and a mysterious blonde in a motel indiscretion that ends in murder, recording it all on his phone. Now Sam is a target.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good!

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-08-17

Amateurish

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

I’ve got an 8year old. Love her dearly. She can ramble on and on about the most mundane things. But I love her and could listen to her for hours. I don’t love Mr. Zunker. I suspect my eight year old could have written a better story.

There are many reasons why this was a plodding, predictable trudge through mundanity, but I’ll sum it all with one example of the writing ineptitude on display. Within the first five minutes we are introduced to a skill possessed by the protagonist that seems almost supernatural. We are assured in the first person narrative that he can see escape routes in his head and can elude the most daunting trap with his incredible mind. HE NEVER USES THIS ABILITY ONCE! (Sorry for shouting, it was just frustrating) I really had the impression the writer had no clear direction from the start and meandered through the story hoping to find an ending. There are constant references to the hero’s incredible mind and intelligence that are just not exhibited. Everyone he meets takes the time to tell him he is exceptional, ad nauseam, but we NEVER see evidence of it.

It was just a really dull story that would not end. Hated it.

  • The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

  • By: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes, full cast, Margaret Atwood
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,506
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,441

After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT

  • By ambER on 04-20-17

Drivel!

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

Oh how I hated this book. It was very hard to finish this America hating, anti Christian, self indulgent sermon on the evil intent of people who cherish life and want to foster a society not overrun with sin. It wasn’t even well written. The characters were one dimensional, predictable and unlikable. So sad I wasted a credit.

  • Beat the Reaper

  • A Novel
  • By: Josh Bazell
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,245
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,245

Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Crazy Mix of Medicine and Mafia

  • By DMcClureDVM on 05-29-09

Way fun!

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

Reviewed: 12-26-17

I loved this book. It’s ridiculous as to realism but it was a lot of fun. Ok having sex with a girl in a shark tank might have pushed the envelope a bit, but it just added to the allure.

  • Fata Morgana

  • By: Steven R. Boyett, Ken Mitchroney
  • Narrated by: Macleod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,872
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,862

At the height of the air war in Europe, Captain Joe Farley and the baseball-loving, wisecracking crew of the B-17 Flying Fortress Fata Morgana are in the middle of a harrowing bombing mission over East Germany when everything goes sideways. The bombs are still falling, and flak is still exploding all around the 20-ton bomber as it is knocked like a bathtub duck into another world. Suddenly stranded with the final outcasts of a desolated world, Captain Farley navigates a maze of treachery and wonder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book had it all

  • By Magnus on 10-14-17

Well written but depressing

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

Reviewed: 12-16-17

I was expecting the story of a WWII bomber engaging with mid evil times. Instead it was a dystopian future with vast technology. There was one brief reference to knowledge being lost in a catastrophe but otherwise no clear explanation why a B17 would be coveted and fought over by warring factions. Both future combatants had vastly better weapons. So it had some credibility issues. But it was a good love story.

  • The Boy on the Bridge

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,842
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,671
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,668

Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy. The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent him out into the world. To where the monsters lived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Bridge Worth Crossing

  • By John on 05-23-17

Great but why?

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

Why? Why write this book? It’s every bit as good as TGWAG but really adds little to the saga. I loved goth books and think Carey’s writing is better than this generation is used to. His turn of phrase is astounding and sharp.

But mostly I wonder why this book was titled as it was. THERE IS NO BOY ON A BRIDGE! Why is it called this? I’m sure it’s something I missed and everyone else gets it. Other than that final mystery I loved it.

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