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  • Mavericks

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 6
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,931
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,130

The remnants of the Expeditionary Force stranded on the alien-controlled planet "Paradise" get a chance to prove themselves, in a simple off-world training mission with a ship full of teenage alien cadets. When the mission goes horribly wrong and the survival of everyone on Paradise is at risk, the Merry Band of Pirates may have to come to the rescue. Unless they get killed first.... 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Trouble on Paradise pt. II

  • By Kurtis Karr on 09-27-18

The Three Points to Keep in Mind about Book 6

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

First, R.C. Bray BRAVO!!! Masterfully performed, Dude! Your singing is awesome!

Second, Craig, this is one HELL of a setup book. The war that has raged unchanged for 10's of thousands of years is about to be won by a bunch of flea-bitten monkey's, a smart-ass beer can, and a multi-race X-Force!

Third, Perkins and the Mavericks are the Yen to Joe and Skippy's Yang!

Here is why this book is not simply a Trouble in Paradise part two or a 3.5 meh! If you think that to be true read on because you have missed something important in this series.

Perkins and the Mavericks may not be your favorite characters, BUT they are the answer to the problems that Joe and Skippy are wrestling with. Perkins Mavericks is the complementary solution to the Universe at War problem that will destroy Earth in less than 100 years that the Merry Band of Pirates is struggling to solve. These are not two stories that aren't connected. These are the two sides of the coin that makes a much bigger Science Fiction Epic possible. Skippy needs backup in the form of a real military force that can grow and accomplish actual change in the universe. The rest of this series will be intertwined if you cannot see that setup that has been going on since book one you are missing a huge part of this story arc! Go back an start at Columbus Day and you will see that the Mavericks are not simply minor characters, but rather are set up as meaningful pivotal characters.

  • Oathbringer

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 55 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 30,535
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,750
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28,697

Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strong Storytelling, will upset Kaladin fans

  • By Deana on 11-16-17

I LOVE THIS STORY ARC!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

These first three books of TWoK had me wonder how these broken characters would overcome their pain to maje the difference that Roshar needs. Brandon and the "team" pulled it off perfectly! Wow! Worth the wait!

  • Koban: When Empires Collide

  • Koban, Volume 7
  • By: Stephen W Bennett
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646

Under threat of destruction or servitude to the Empire, facing the fleets of the Ragnar, Finth, and Thack Delos, and the larger force of the Thandol, Mirikami prepares the Federation for all-out war. The Planetary Union, allied with the Federation, receives a squadron of new technology Federation Scouts equipped with gravity controlled weapons. They conduct a preemptive strike on a Thandol base. The emperor blames it on the Federation, unaware of the PU's existence, and orders simultaneous attacks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An ending leaving you wanting more

  • By gander on 10-22-17

An Excellent Conclusion

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

Reviewed: 09-18-17

I purchased the book yesterday when I noticed it had become available. I completed listening at 1:20am today!!! I loved it!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Blood of Dragons

  • The Legacy of Dragons, Book 2
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,027
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,891
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,894

Twenty years after the war that overthrew the Great Guilds, the Empire is vowing to avenge the massive defeat of the Imperial legions at Dorcastle. Aiding the Imperials are renegade Mechanics and Mages still loyal to the old Guilds or employed by the Empire. But before they can launch an all-out war, the Imperials must eliminate a major threat: Kira, daughter of Master Mechanic Mari and Master of Mages Alain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series! I relisten all the time!

  • By Trudy Owens on 08-20-17

BEST IN THE SERIES SO FAR!!!

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

Reviewed: 08-18-17

This series is truely excellent, with serious, philosophical and humorous moments throughout! The characters are real they have scars, but the move on.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Kris Longknife's Replacement

  • Admiral Santiago, Book 1
  • By: Mike Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Chambers
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

Kris Longknife has been ordered back to human space. Sandy Santiago is a woman with a whole lot of problems. She's ordered to replace Kris Longknife, but can any mere mortal fill the shoes of a Longknife...and Kris Longknife most of all?Follow Sandy as she's introduced to the mess on Canopus Station. Watch her as she meets cats (with nuclear weapons!) and birds and vicious alien raiders. Oh, and she has to share Alwa Station with Rita Nuu Longknife. How does a gal get so lucky?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging

  • By Jean on 07-09-17

Good Story, Uninformed Narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-19-17

The story was a good start to a new arc. The narrator however messes up character names and simple words of military lingo. She also makes Mimsy sound like Nelly from 10 books ago.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Vanguard

  • The Genesis Fleet, Book 1
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,993
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,984

Earth is no longer the center of the universe. After the invention of the faster-than-light jump drive, humanity is rapidly establishing new colonies. But the vast distances of space mean that the old order of protection and interstellar law offered by Earth has ceased to exist. When a nearby world attacks, the new colony of Glenlyon turns to Robert Geary, a young former junior fleet officer, and Mele Darcy, a onetime enlisted marine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great begining of a new series

  • By Duncan R Campbell on 05-17-17

Excellent Story as Usual!

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

Reviewed: 05-25-17

Awesome begining to this already excellent series! Rob and Ninja are just the right types to be the honor of Blackjack's Ancestors!

  • Daughter of Dragons

  • The Legacy of Dragons, Book 1
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,970
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,958

The world of Dematr had been locked unchanging for centuries by the Great Guilds, most people living in a world of oil lamps, crossbows, and horse cavalry, the Mechanics reserving to themselves the technology for steam locomotives, rifles, and far-talkers while the Mages treated all others as if they were nothing - until Master Mechanic Mari, dragon slayer and pirate queen, and Master of Mages Alain raised the army of the new day to free their world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Teen emotion

  • By Ray on 08-28-17

I LOVE THIS STORY!!! I NEED MORE STARS!!!

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

Reviewed: 02-22-17

This is the BEST BOOK I have yet consumed from John Hemry's nom de plume Jack Campbell! The emotional depth of the characters kept this father of a teenage girl and boy laughing and on the verge of a tear! The narration skills of MacLeod Andrew's is a HUGE AWESOME portion of this exquisite listing pleasure. My wife, teen son and daughter have been equally impacted by this Delectable Audible presentation of Daughter of Dragons.

If you are new to this world start with The Dragons of Dorcastle, before you meet Lady Kira you must know and love Lady Marie and her Mage Alane, the good news is you have Six Supremely written and narrated books ahead of you; before you reach this AMAZING introduction to their daughter! Enjoy the journey you will laugh, cry, fear greatly for these characters and ultimately at the well ending cliffhangers you will gradually begin to cheer as you anxiously look at the calendar for the next six to nine months, it has taken John to work mage-filled miracles and MacLeod to record audio ambrosia.

I am looking forward to the end of the year; (and it isn't because of Star Wars Episode VIII, It is rather the next volume of the Legacy of Dragons! (Coincidentally, it too could be called Episode VIII).

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Alien Arcana

  • Starship's Mage Series, Book 4
  • By: Glynn Stewart
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 971
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 897
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895

When a scientist is murdered after finding signs of alien magic in an archeological dig, Mage Damien Montgomery, Hand of the Mage-King of Mars, is sent to investigate both the murder and the alien runes. His investigation is interrupted when a mysterious ship attacks the ruins with weapons only available to the Martian Navy. Despite saving the dig site, Montgomery is left with more questions than answers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An improvement over Book 3

  • By Sailfish on 11-19-16

Was good, but...

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

Reviewed: 02-20-17

Glynn has just made sure I can't turn this story over to my teenaged kids due to scene in this book. Sad really because I was starting to compare him to Jack Campbell until that moment.

  • Starseers

  • Fallen Empire, Book 3
  • By: Lindsay Buroker
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172

The mysterious and powerful Starseers have Captain Alisa Marchenko's daughter, and she will do whatever she must to get her back, even if it means traveling to their stronghold and confronting them personally. Unfortunately, her strongest ally, the cyborg Leonidas, may become a liability since the cyborgs and the Starseers have a long history of hating each other. It doesn't help that Leonidas and Dr. Dominguez have a mission of their own, one that could jeopardize all that Alisa is fighting for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want them all

  • By Lostime4me on 12-29-16

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 01-23-17

I can only say this after laughing at the crew's antics and the solid plot... BOOK FOUR! I cannot to wait for Kate to finish! She is rocking this story!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 28,160
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,786
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,726

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

SKIPPY ROCKS!

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

Reviewed: 01-17-17

The start is slow but if you quit before you meet SKIPPY, you are missing out! Rolling on the Floor Laughing Out Loud all the way!