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  • Eye of the Tiger

  • A Paranormal Space Opera Adventure (Star Justice, Book 1)
  • By: Michael-Scott Earle
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405

Imprisoned and subjected to brutal genetic experiments, space marine Adam has been changed into a perfect predator. A super soldier who is part man, part tiger, and all killing machine. When his latest mission has an unexpected outcome, Adam finds himself free of his explosive control collar and honor-bound to protect a mysterious woman. Now he is on an alien planet, and they are both being hunted by the most powerful mega corporation in the solar system. Their only escape lays at the helm of an experimental starship hidden beyond countless layers of military security.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • reinstate MSE, I want more books!

  • By D. R. Green on 07-31-18

Excellent Series, Top Narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

This is an excellent series by Michael-Scott Earle, I have read this book twice now, and picked it up as soon as I saw that Luke Daniels was narrating.

This action packed story does not let up. The characters are interesting, the universe fascinating, the dialog is exciting and humorous, and the action is non-stop.

Great pick and I hope to see more in this series narrated by Luke Daniels.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Perilous Waif

  • Alice Long, Book 1
  • By: E. William Brown
  • Narrated by: Mare Trevathan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,278

My name is Alice Long, and I've always known I was different. When I was little I used to climb up to the highest branches of the housetree at night, and watch the starships docking at the orbital stations high above. Forty meters off the ground, watching ships 30,000 kilometers overhead, with senses that could pick out radar pings and comm chatter as easily as the ships themselves. It all seemed perfectly natural at the time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THIS was fun!

  • By bluestategirl on 10-26-17

Really enjoyed this book!

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

I just wrote a review for a book that was negative. It was about a teenage female protagonist, but that was as far as that book got in terms of comparing to this gem.

I liked this book so much that I bought it in audio format after I read it on kindle.

The characters have just the right amount of depth. The fast paced action is extremely well written and believable in the universe it which it is set. The universe itself is well described and comes to life. I have a sense of where the characters are in their universe in relation to each other and how they are bound within its rules.

Sure the main character is a bit over powered in the physical sense but I feel it is the development of her personality as she navigates these new and amazing personal interactions with other characters that is the most interesting part of the story



  • Shadow Corps

  • Shadow Corps, Book 1
  • By: Justin Sloan
  • Narrated by: Tess Irondale
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

Samantha was badass even before she learned magic. Fending for herself in the cauldron of a planet torn apart by an alien invasion taught Samantha how to kill. Ruthlessly efficient, her abilities have caught the attention of the Shadow Corps. A group comprised of deadly warriors who focus on galactic safety, using any means necessary. Her first mission puts her team up against a space dragon, death reapers, and the ultimate sorcerer. Samantha had better learn to master her alien magic, or be forced to watch her world, and many others, burn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Story

  • By Kindle Customer on 02-17-18

Favorite narrator, book not so much

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

This book has an amazing set of 5 star reviews on Amazon, but I do not get it.

So first, the narrator, Tess Irondale, she is great.

I would say spoilers, but I am only a couple chapters in so I am not sure if that counts.

So, we have a teenage protagonist who of course is crushing on an older male. The fact he is older does give her issues apparently, but not so much she does not have a crush on him we are told. We are reminded of this crush throughout the opening chapters as the main character is constantly distracted by said crush during a military operation of which she is a key team member.

She has magic, but it is not magic it is science, but works like magic? Everyone thinks she is crazy, and she kind of thinks she might be crazy too. This topic takes up most of the rest of her focus while she is on this super important military mission.

Anyway all of that does not matter because the protagonist is teleport-ed? I am not actually sure as she suddenly appears on a ship in space, but maybe I just glazed over during the explanation. Anyway it is on this ship she is to join an elite team that will save, not the planet, not the solar system, not the galaxy, but the universe. It is hard to quantify how large that is, but it might be more comprehensible than the plot so far.

This is one of my key complaints at this point. The book has no idea what scale it is operating at. I have no sense of where the characters are and not in a cool and mysterious way either.

So they have some lunch where we find out about an alien female team member who is really beautiful and makes the protagonist uncomfortable. Apparently her species is in a war between genders, why? Well apparently if you do not need the other gender to procreate then the default choice is to go to war. Sure, it is sci-fi right? The thing is this detail is just kind of dropped in there and then it is off to lunch.

Then we have a fight at a gate? A gate where? A gate to where? The fight is there because there is a traitor to their cause, which is a mystery, except for the fact that ever single member of the captains species fights for the other side?

If this review seems confused it is because I am confused trying to follow this book.

Maybe I will give it a try on Kindle Unlimited.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Obligations Incurred

  • Delvers LLC, Book 2
  • By: Blaise Corvin
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,478
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,341

Henry and Jason somehow survived being kidnapped to Ludus, a monster-filled, sword and sorcery world. They managed to make friends, pay their rent, and they even founded their own adventuring business, Delvers LLC. Unfortunately, by overcoming the odds and creating a reputation for themselves in such short time, monarchs and nobles have taken notice of the two men from Earth. Foreign, deadly struggles may be unavoidable for Delvers LLC.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not complete

  • By Jonathan on 06-29-17

Excellent Series

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

Reviewed: 08-22-17

I am enjoying this series immensely. So much so that I am impatient enough to pick up the digital book version first and then followup with the audio book when it is released. Great story! Can't wait for the next book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Ember War

  • Publisher's Pack, Books 1-2
  • By: Richard Fox
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,077
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,748
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,742

The Ember War, book 1: The Earth is doomed. Humanity has a chance. In the near future, an alien probe arrives on Earth with a pivotal mission: to determine if humanity has what it takes to survive the impending invasion by a merciless armada. The probe discovers Marc Ibarra, a young inventor who holds the key to a daring gambit that could save a fraction of Earth's population. Humanity's only chance lies with Ibarra's ability to keep a terrible secret and engineer the planet down the narrow path to survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want to be ARMOUR

  • By bhagat on 04-30-17

Just gets better and better

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

Reviewed: 12-08-16

I am now on book 7 and this series has just gotten better and better.

- The setting is interesting and detailed
- There is a great mix of characters with great depth. I really like the variety here. The characters have flaws, which really helps me engage with them. Sure they get out of some really tight spots, but it is fitting for a space opera I think, and there are some tragic stories there too
- Funny comic relief
- Interesting and well developed scifi backstory
- An excellent narrator who was already one of my favorites

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Fate's Forsaken Omnibus

  • Books 1-2 and Prequel Novella
  • By: Shae Ford
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 37 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,346

Books 1, 2, and the prequel novella of the Fate's Forsaken series. The series follows the adventures of Kael: a young man who is thrust from his home in the Unforgivable Mountains and onto a hero's path. The journey is long, the battles are fierce - nearly all of his companions are outlaws. And Kael's rotten bad luck seems to make everything worse. This is his story.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Series

  • By Ariellah on 10-19-15

Nope, not a book I liked or would recommend

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

Reviewed: 04-27-16

Would you try another book from Shae Ford and/or Derek Perkins?

Derek Perkins was a very solid narrator.

Has The Fate's Forsaken Omnibus turned you off from other books in this genre?

If by genre you mean one dimensional YA novels? Ya I guess so. It should have been more clearly labeled as such.

What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

Pretty good, there are so many characters with similar names though at some point they get a bit muddled. Not really his fault.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

To try to preserve my sanity I skipped over most of the second book and still picked up most of what happened in the last 10 hours over about 5 minutes. Not because the rest of the story was constantly explained, but I am pretty sure there were 10 hours of nearly nothing going on. That could be positive.

Any additional comments?

How does a hundreds of years old half dragon have so little emotional maturity?

When I started the book I was thinking, how is the author going to resolve the age gap. I assumed the author would show that the young man would grow and mature given the significant responsibility forced on him by the world. It would be this growth that would facilitate his relationship with this centuries old Dragon. Instead the author just made sure that his love interest would digress to his level of maturity, which I am pretty sure is more of a spoiled modern 12 year old with anger issues than a 17 year who grew up in some pretty harsh conditions and had to be self reliant.

I could probably get past the main male character as the whiner, it seems that in many of these books the younger characters default to whiner mode anyway. No it is the complete failure to bestow the depth of character Dragon Girl deserves that I find unforgivable. I mean why does the world refer to a powerful, skilled centuries old warrior as a girl anyway? Is that to just take the hex off the inherent issue of the mature centuries old half dragon woman and the young boy?

Again, centuries old half dragon, and the 17 year old man, I say a man because with that back story he should be a man, though with somewhat stunted relationship skills with women.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Hidden Trump

  • Bite Back, Book 2
  • By: Mark Henwick
  • Narrated by: Julia Motyka
  • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

Amber Farrell, Denver PI, is coming to terms with being part of the paranormal community, but she's about to find that includes very dangerous responsibilities for her. Nothing is quite what it seems, least of all Amber herself, and to survive she must form alliances with powerful groups whose interests are in conflict. But she knows she's expendable, and betrayal is inevitable....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better and Better

  • By sj on 09-09-16

Another great book

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

Reviewed: 04-14-16

This is a great series and great narration this is my second listen through of the series.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Wild Card

  • Bite Back, Book 3
  • By: Mark Henwick
  • Narrated by: Julia Motyka
  • Length: 20 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

Amber Farrell, Denver PI and hybrid paranormal, is hunting a rogue Were through the secret heart of her hometown. Without the help she needs from Denver's paranormal community, she's unsure whether she can keep ahead of her own lethal problems long enough to catch the rogue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Patricia Briggs, move over, Mark Henwick is here.

  • By Ian on 01-08-16

Listen to this book

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

Reviewed: 04-14-16

A great sequel in a great series! I really like the world the author has built.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In Death Ground

  • Starfire, Book 2
  • By: David Weber, Steve White
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 21 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628

Five thousand years after Sun Tzu writes The Art of War, his advice is followed during the Fourth Interstellar War between the terrible Bugs and the humans, who are aided by their catlike Orion allies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite all time military sci-fi

  • By T. M on 02-17-16

One of my favorite all time military sci-fi

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

Reviewed: 02-17-16

What did you love best about In Death Ground?

Detailed Battles, but not to the extent where it become repetitive. A use of past tense to cover some battles is refreshing.

Which character – as performed by Marc Vietor – was your favorite?

He has some excellent voices for many of the characters.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Crossover

  • Cassandra Kresnov, Book 1
  • By: Joel Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 368

Crossover is the first novel in a series which follows the adventures of Cassandra Kresnov, an artificial person, or android, created by the League, one side of an interstellar war against the more powerful, conservative Federation. Cassandra is an experimental design - more intelligent, more creative, and far more dangerous than any that have preceded her. But with her intellect come questions, and a moral awakening. She deserts the League and heads incognito into the space of her former enemy, the Federation, in search of a new life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The SERIES as a whole is EXCELLENT!

  • By Trip Williams on 05-22-16

I Picked Immediately

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

Reviewed: 02-08-13

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

Interesting Exciting Fun

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cassandra Kresnov is the main, and my favorite character. I just find her journey fascinating as she progresses through the story as an artificial person trying to fit into a society whose first reaction to her is most often fear.

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

I definitely spent a lot of time laughing, there is plenty of humor in the book in addition to the action. As for the action there is plenty of that too.

Any additional comments?

I read this book several years ago and picked up the audio book as soon as I saw it on new releases. I already really enjoyed the story and the narration of the audio book definitely did not disappoint. Definitely happy about spending a credit on this and cannot wait for the sequels to be released.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful