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  • The Frequency of Aliens

  • Sorrow Falls, Book 2
  • By: Gene Doucette
  • Narrated by: Steve Carlson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595

Annie Collins is back! Becoming an overnight celebrity at age 16 should have been a lot more fun. Not helping matters: she’s the only kid in school with her own pet spaceship. She would love it if things found some kind of normal, but as long as she has control of the most lethal - and only - interstellar vehicle in existence, that isn’t going to happen. Worse, things appear to be going in the other direction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love little Annie Collins!

  • By Tommy on 02-08-18

Would be better with a little research

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

Would you listen to The Frequency of Aliens again? Why?

Excellent writing style, good story, superb performance. It’s just that the obvious errors in military details are really distracting. The author seems to know nothing about military structure, culture or protocol.

What did you like best about this story?

The author makes the main character so likable.

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

I like his version of almost every character

Any additional comments?

I would recommend it to anybody

  • Zero Hour

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 5
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,977
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,942
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,864

United Nations Special Operations Command sent an elite expeditionary force of soldiers and pilots out on a simple recon mission, and somehow along the way they sparked an alien civil war. Now the not-at-all-merry band of pirates is in desperate trouble, again. Their stolen alien starship is falling apart, thousands of light years from home. The ancient alien AI they nicknamed Skippy is apparently dead, and even if they can by some miracle revive him, he might never be the same.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Monkeys kick A**, but......

  • By Beachcombers on 02-14-18

Very simple writing....but continues to be extremely entertaining

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

RC Bray is awesome. Craig Alanson is a very consistent. His writing is very simple but remains entertaining and enjoyable.

  • Aces

  • Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,101

Children are not supposed to rescue their parents, life is supposed to be the other way around. And rescues aren't supposed to be needed on the trip out to the new colony planet Valhalla. Slow, yes. Boring, yes. Dangerous? No, the trip is not supposed to be dangerous, never has been. When thieves attack the transport ship to steal an ancient alien artifact, and young Kaylee and her brother, Manny, are cut off from their parents, they have to stop the thieves from getting what they want.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book and great performance

  • By chris wessells on 01-02-18

Simplistic writing

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

The writing was simple. Character development was shallow and the annoying New Jersey accents made me want to gouge my ears out with a screwdriver. My 9 year old loved it

  • Starfire

  • By: B.V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,224

On June 30, 1908, an object fell from the sky, releasing more energy than a thousand Hiroshima bombs. A Siberian forest was flattened, but the strike left no significant crater. The anomaly came to be known as the Tunguska Event, and scientists have never agreed whether it was the largest meteor strike in recorded history - or something else. Alien artifacts have been uncovered since the 1908 event, and a new star drive is discovered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Spy flick meets First contact. :)

  • By Antonio Stevens on 04-27-15

Seemed unfinished

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

Reviewed: 11-27-17

Good characters but the story was very fragmented and needed polishing. Not very satisfying, it seemed unfinished....

  • Fear the Sky

  • The Fear Saga, Book 1
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,607
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,568

From the Audie-nominated narrator of The Martian. In eleven years' time, a million members of an alien race will arrive at Earth. Years before they enter orbit, their approach will be announced by the flare of a thousand flames in the sky, their ships' huge engines burning hard to slow them from the vast speeds needed to cross interstellar space. These foreboding lights will shine in our night sky like new stars, getting ever brighter until they outshine even the sun, casting ominous shadows and banishing the night until they suddenly blink out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Caught me by surprise, and held me till the end.

  • By Brian Perry on 07-21-15

Good enough to move to book two

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

Reviewed: 11-27-17

Reasonable character development. Good story line. I love RC Bray. The writer doesn’t do much research and makes many mistakes in military detail. I can do without the political opinion. I get enough Pro-homosexual propaganda from TV. I don’t need it in my books too. Ultimately, the story is good enough to buy book #2.

  • The Wrong Unit

  • A Novel
  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,083
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082

I don't know what the humans are so cranky about. Their enclosures are large, they ingest over 1,000 calories per day, and they're allowed to mate. Plus, they have me: an Autonomous Servile Unit, housed in a mobile/bipedal chassis. I do my job well: keep the humans healthy and happy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Futuristic journey without a single misstep

  • By Julie W. Capell on 10-03-16

A Fun Read

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

Reviewed: 05-21-17

What did you love best about The Wrong Unit?

The relationship between an AI acheiving sentience through parenting a child

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wrong Unit?

N/A

Which scene was your favorite?

N/A

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

The book does not seem to be written with that kind of depth.... I bought this book because I likes "Where Tha Hell is Tesla". It too, was shallow. However, this author shows great promise and I found an increasing depth in this book.

Any additional comments?

I really liked this story....the basic setting in which humans are the charge of their own creation isn't new (I Robot:movie, etc...) but the story of growing sentience is new....

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Where the Hell is Tesla?

  • A Novel
  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,617
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,446
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,437

I found the journal at work. Well, I don't know if you'd call it work, but that's where I found it. It's the lost journal of Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest inventors and visionaries ever. Before he died in 1943, he kept a notebook filled with spectacular claims and outrageous plans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had A Blast Listening To This One!

  • By Cheri on 08-11-16

A nice little read... worth the time and money

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

Reviewed: 05-21-17

Would you listen to Where the Hell is Tesla? again? Why?

I already did...

What other book might you compare Where the Hell is Tesla? to and why?

That's one thing I liked about it....it was a little new and different...it's hard to compare with another piece of work

Which scene was your favorite?

Bobo shouldn't hump peoples leg...it's rude

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

The book isn't meant to "move you". It is a simple story with limited depth

Any additional comments?

I would buy from this author again

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

  • By: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes, full cast, Margaret Atwood
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,636
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,572

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

Deserves a Nebula, Hugo, and more

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

Reviewed: 05-21-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition to be better than the print version?

Don't know...never read the book....however the narrator was fantastic. She BECAME the character....

What did you like best about this story?

It was new, different although it had elements of 1984. It needs to be read by Muslim women since it is all too real in ISIS held regions.

Which scene was your favorite?

The particicution where the girl brutally kills the prisoner. She looks like she is a brainwashed participant only to learn she did it out of mercy and logic.

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

I could do without the feminist and anti-Christian undertones. The author is clearly of the FAR left persuasion.... but I'm not sure it would work well any other way..... the reader must keep in mind that while s/he feels pity for these poor women....it's the men who are murdered en mass. It's not about men or Christians. It's about power and nothing more.

  • The Cadet

  • By: D. Rus
  • Narrated by: Jef Holbrook
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 134

A UFO appears on Earth's orbit. Ignoring all contact attempts, it showers the planet with priceless artifacts. Choose: perfect health, $10 million, or seven years in prison, per the new amendment. The night of the meteor shower, Paul and his friends run around the city, engaging in quick fights with citizens gone crazy, trying to obtain one of the artifacts.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I was very disappointed with this book by D.Rus

  • By john norris on 05-04-17

Total CRAP....

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

Reviewed: 05-21-17

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

Maybe a 5th grader

Has The Cadet turned you off from other books in this genre?

Absolutely

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jef Holbrook?

Almost Anbody....RC Bray?

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Cadet?

I tried, really I did, buy I couldn't get more than a few chapters in... I was THAT painful!

Any additional comments?

The narrator reads like he is in a hurry. His voice is monotonous and makes me want to smash my hearing aids forever....

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,312
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 56,578
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,468

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Very anti-Christian political dissertation in support of atheist ideology

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

Reviewed: 10-17-16

I can do without more liberal, anti-Christian propaganda. However, I must give credit for a very well written, well researched work. The only technical writing flaw was the abrupt lack of an ending. I liked it enough to fall for the scam and wait for the next one.

16 of 25 people found this review helpful