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  • Space Force

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer, Emily Woo Zeller, Machelle Williams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504

 

Five years ago, the US Space Force became a reality. And while those writing the checks took things very seriously, the other military branches did not. As a result, Space Force was populated by undesirables: men and women who made too many mistakes, didn't follow the rules, or...slept with the wrong general's daughter. Three times. On camera. It was a mistake, okay? My name is Captain Ethan Stone, a decorated member of SEAL Team Six turned Space Force "recruit". 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy listen, funny and entertaining

  • By VladC on 02-28-19

3.5 stars a book that doesn't take itself seriousl

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

Reviewed: 05-17-19

If you want gross aliens exploding and more 80s references than anyone alive can remember this is your book. If you're looking to expand your sailor's vocabulary listen up. If you just want a fun listen you don't need to think about tune in. high minded and satirical it is not, but still a good use of time if you need something to make cleaning, cooking or commuting bearable.

  • The End of All Things

  • Old Man's War, Book 6
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, John Scalzi
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,176

Humans expanded into space...only to find a universe populated with multiple alien species bent on their destruction. Thus was the Colonial Union formed, to help protect us from a hostile universe. The Colonial Union used the Earth and its excess population for colonists and soldiers. It was a good arrangement...for the Colonial Union. Then the Earth said: no more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • why a lower rating on performance?

  • By D. Kassiday on 09-06-15

The Title Fits

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

Reviewed: 05-09-19

Creating an ending to long running well loved award winning series is never an easy task. there are some serious bumps in this one that did make me cringe a little. it felt like a Sprint to the end rather than the slow suspenseful build the rest of the series tries to cultivate. in either case. William Dufries is magnificent and there are some genuine shocks.

  • The Human Division

  • Old Man's War, Book 5
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,076
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,086

The people of Earth now know that the human Colonial Union has kept them ignorant of the dangerous universe around them. For generations the CU had defended humanity against hostile aliens, deliberately keeping Earth an ignorant backwater and a source of military recruits. Now the CU’s secrets are known to all. Other alien races have come on the scene and formed a new alliance - an alliance against the Colonial Union. And they’ve invited the people of Earth to join them. For a shaken and betrayed Earth, the choice isn't obvious or easy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Middling Position

  • By linda on 05-23-13

4.5 A great collection of stories

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

Reviewed: 05-06-19

I enjoyed this collection of stories and a tour of the colonial unions diplomatic corps. it was a refreshing change from the military heavy stories of the first three books. and the childishness if the fourth. scalzi did well to keep this universe alive and I'm glad he did. The narration was perfect. not a syllable out if place.

  • Paradise

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 3
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,684
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,794

While the crew of the starship Flying Dutchman have been trying to assure people that hostile aliens do not have access to Earth, the UN Expeditionary Force has been stranded on the planet they nicknamed "Paradise". The Flying Dutchman is headed back out on another mission, and the UN wants the ship to find out the status of the humans on Paradise.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • R C Bray never disappoints.

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-11-17

formula that works

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

Reviewed: 05-03-19

The book won't be winning any awards but if you like simple escapist fun sci fi this is perfect. the narration of RC Bray is perfect. This book does a better job of not focusing all the attention on the main character and branching off to other aliens and humans. Still plenty of Skippy though.

  • Thunderhead

  • Arc of a Scythe
  • By: Neal Shusterman
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,829
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,520
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,504

Rowan and Citra take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom, putting them at odds, in the chilling sequel to the Printz Honor Book Scythe from New York Times best seller Neal Shusterman, author of the Unwind dystology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a roller coaster!!!

  • By Nathan on 01-15-18

4.5

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

Reviewed: 04-27-19

If possible this book is even better than the first with an ending that was just as surprising. Im really excited for the final installment and will be keeping this trilogy around for a few more listens. The narrator has excellent range in his character voices and performs flawlessly.

  • Zoe's Tale

  • Old Man's War, Book 4
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,811
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,360
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,355

"I'm Zoe Boutin Perry: A colonist stranded on a deadly pioneer world. Holy icon to a race of aliens. A player in a interstellar chess match to save humanity. Seventeen years old. Everyone on Earth knows the tale I am part of. But you don't know my tale: I'm going to tell it to you now, the only way I know how: not straight but true, the whole thing, to try make you feel what I felt: the joy and terror and uncertainty, panic and wonder, despair and hope."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bait and switch. Skip it unless you're a teenager.

  • By Mike.the.kraken on 03-05-14

Straight Average

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

it doesn't help that the story is the same as the last two books just told in the voice of a teenager complete with awful cliches and a lack of vocabulary. Not terrible if you like the series but completely unnecessary to advance the story.

  • Rosewater

  • By: Tade Thompson
  • Narrated by: Bayo Gbadamosi
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 944
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 894
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 890

Rosewater is a town on the edge. A community formed around the edges of a mysterious alien biodome, its residents comprise the hopeful, the hungry, and the helpless - people eager for a glimpse inside the dome or a taste of its rumored healing powers. Kaaro is a government agent with a criminal past. He has seen inside the biodome and doesn't care to again - but when something begins killing off others like himself, Kaaro must defy his masters to search for an answer, facing his dark history and coming to a realization about a horrifying future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It feels like a dream.........

  • By OkImListening on 10-18-18

No real plot, unsympathetic main character

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

Reviewed: 03-23-19

There was a lot to this book but a coherent plot did not seem to be part of it. admittedly the flashing back and forth in time didn't help with the flow of the story, but there was no real sense of danger or urgency. no sense at all that the protagonist cared about what he was doing so I didn't care much either. Some interesting bits but not enough to make it worth while.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Colony

  • Old Man's War, Book 3
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,962
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,190

Retired from his fighting days, John Perry is now village ombudsman for a human colony on distant Huckleberry. With his wife, former Special Forces warrior Jane Sagan, he farms several acres, adjudicates local disputes, and enjoys watching his adopted daughter grow up. That is, until his and Jane's past reaches out to bring them back into the game.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Scalzi lets off the gas pedal a little, still good

  • By Rick Kintigh on 04-29-14

4.5

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19

Another great installment to this series. I kept waiting for the forshadowed obvious outcome and it never came, rather a more inventive story came through for the finale. I'm excited to continue the series and see where it leads.

  • Guards! Guards!

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,176
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,168

"Where have all the dragons gone?" Explore the crazy, creepy land called Discworld, where you'll discover that the dragons aren't asleep or dead - they're dormant, packed in like huge, scaly sardines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best satire available

  • By Glen Phipps on 04-27-07

Needs Chapters, good reading limited voices.

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

Reviewed: 03-05-19

On the whole this was an enjoyable listen. The narrator seemed to use the same three voices for each character and sometimes interposed them but the performance was still as deadpan as the British writer intended. The audible addition could use chapters or longer pauses to break up the action, sometimes it was hard to tell when there was a transition to a new group of characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen

  • Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 1
  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,914
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,898

This program includes a preface read by the author. In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes - and match him wit for wit. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern 20th-century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fabulous new take on Sherlock Holmes

  • By Steph on 04-14-14

Too much meandering

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

The first 2 1/2 hours of this book could easily be paired down to 30 minutes. there was no need for such and extensive background when it would all be revisited again later anyway. it really didn't add anything to the story. Like most Sherlock fiction the end is never really in doubt. The performance is fairly well done but the prose could use some work.