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  • Hive War

  • Galactic Liberation, Book 4
  • By: B. V. Larson, David VanDyke
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498

The Republic, the Opters, and a strange Crystalline race of unknown origin all meet in a series of titanic battles. Commodore Straker summons thousands of ships, but he soon learns he’s technologically outclassed by the enemy. With traditional victory impossible, the race is on for each side to destroy the key worlds of the other. Billions die, entire planets are destroyed. Even while the war rages, dark suspicions grow. There are traitors in the midst of the chaos. Straker realizes the worst enemy is the one you believed to be your ally....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best one yet!

  • By Bryan Ball on 11-27-18

Great end of the trilogy.

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

This book was an excellent conclusion to the three books sequence. The authors did such a great job on this that it would be a mistake in my opinion for them to try and continue this series. They wrapped up every loose story arc and brought everything to a satisfying conclusion. Excellent job and highly recommended as long as you listen to the first two books of the series before this one.

  • Starship Liberator

  • Galactic Liberation, Book 1
  • By: David VanDyke, B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,743
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,566
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,553

The Hundred Worlds have withstood invasion by the relentless Hok for decades. The human worlds are strong, but the Hok have the resources of a thousand planets behind them, and their fleets attack in endless waves. The long war has transformed the Hundred Worlds into heavily fortified star systems. Their economies are geared for military output, and they raise specialized soldiers to save our species. Assault Captain Derek Straker is one such man among many.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A promising introduction to a new sci-fi series

  • By D M on 07-16-17

Somewhat Shallow but enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

I had trouble getting invested in this book until some point after the half-way mark. It's a good story, and excellent if what you want is lots of space battles and futuristic technology but the overall feeling is of characters who are little more than thugs...at least up to about the half way point. After that the characters start to fill out and we even have a delightful "Squid" character who provides quite a few chuckles. - Now, I am reviewing this book after listening to the first three in this series and with that perspective, this is much better crafted than I at first thought. As an intro to the situations the characters will be encountering in future books, is good enough that I've adjusted my review from 3-stars to 4-stars. If you like scifi, I recommend this...but only if you listen to the rest of the books in the series. You may love this book as it is but you will appreciate it even better once you find out where some of the story arcs lead.

  • Flagship Victory

  • Galactic Liberation, Book 3
  • By: B. V. Larson, David VanDyke
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,206
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,123

Commodore Straker faces new enemies as neighboring interstellar empires decide his New Republic is a growing threat. A two-front war develops, and the Liberator must face both the Mutuality and the Hundred Worlds. Even as the fighting rages, the mysterious Opters are on the move. They make a diplomatic effort to reach out to Straker - but can he trust the Hive Masters? Will they help or stab him in the back?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed in this 3rd book

  • By DavidZeb on 04-03-18

Aliens, Tentacles and Bugs, Oh My!

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

I thought the first two of this series were less than great. If all you care about is fantasy space battles with imaginary tech and weapons, they are perfect but if you want any depth of character and intrigue in the circumstances, they are sorely lacking. This third book is much more involved and mature. I expect some of the negative reviewers only wanted more space battles but at some point, the author has to set the stage for future developments and the introduction of the larger threat to all intelligent life in the galaxy. For example, Straker's visit to Terra Nova at first seemed childish and contrived to me but it was a fun romp and in the end, it provided an interesting way to explain a great deal about the hive aliens that will no doubt be essential for the 4th book in this series. Most of the story arcs from the first two books were brought to completion in this one as well as an expert setup for the next book in the series. I purchased all of the first three in a special deal from Audible and, about half way through the first book, I thought I'd return them. Now I'm glad I listened to all three and I am looking forward to buying and enjoying the 4th. This is a very intelligent and well crafted series and I recommend you start with the first book and go all the way through.

  • A Deepness in the Sky

  • By: Vernor Vinge
  • Narrated by: Peter Larkin
  • Length: 28 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,156

After thousands of years searching, humans stand on the verge of first contact with an alien race. There are two human groups: the Qeng Ho, a culture of free traders, and the Emergents, a ruthless society based on the technological enslavement of minds.The group that opens trade with the aliens will reap unimaginable riches.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A science fiction classic

  • By Amen-Ra on 01-26-11

Mostly Boring

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

SciFi is my favorite genre but I almost quit this story a dozen times. If I explain all the problems and the lazy research effort made by the author, I'd end up with too many spoilers so I'll just touch on some of the obvious issues. First, it is annoying and impossible to follow the time statements. Here we are talking about interstellar travel with longer time issues than anything known today yet whenever a time period is mentioned, it is in hundreds or thousands or millions of seconds. Seconds? Why? First, it is virtually impossible to know how long an "Msec" is (not to mention that short for multiple seconds is "secs" which is pronounced the same as "sex" so at times it is confusing.) But if you are interested in knowing a length of time, you need to divide by 60 to get minutes and then by 60 again to get hours and then by 24 to get days and then by 365 to get years. Through the entire book you will end up just totally ignoring any reference to time periods. Then there are the aliens on the Arachnid planet who hibernate for 200 years when the sun goes dark and then come out for 40 years after it lights up into a star like Earth's sun which transforms the planet into a Goldilocks zone. It would be hard to believe such a situation could exist, even if it were a magical fantasy but as SciFi, it is ridiculous. But the spider culture is even more beyond belief. Not only do they have culture, language, idioms and phrasing (and a capital city called "Princeton") that is absolutely human (not even remotely alien) but in the 40 years of awake time they evolve from zero infrastructure to a spacefaring civilization including nuclear weapons. Although the story is interesting and has some elements that are worth experiencing, it is about four times as long as it needed to be for the actual story line to be presented so major portions are both boring and hard to follow. I will give this 3 stars because of the narration and the positive story arcs but I would not recommend it.

  • The Silent Corner

  • A Novel of Suspense
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,176
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,176

"I very much need to be dead." These are the chilling words left behind by a man who had everything to live for - but took his own life. In the void that remains stands his widow, Jane, surrounded by questions destined to go unanswered...unless she does what all the grief, fear, confusion, and fury inside of her demand: find the truth, no matter what. There is no one else to speak for Jane's husband - or the others who have followed him into death at their own hands.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Suspense, well-written

  • By Townsend on 10-19-17

Not really believable

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

We love Dean Koontz but this particular story seems to be missing a couple of essential elements. first the primary story is about a Nano robotic technology used to take over the minds of people but it is really more of a future sci-fi story then his typical Thriller. It would be easier to suspend disbelief if he had placed this story at a few hundred years into the future. The second thing that's missing is this authors signature spiritual death and clarity. In fact he seems to be going the opposite direction with a very negative attitude about the nature of reality and the potential for future joy and Awakening. This is one of the things we appreciate most about this author, especially the way he worked it into books like innocence and the Odd Thomas series. We purchased the second book in the series already and we'll give it a chance to see if it improves.

  • The Whispering Room

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,913
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,908

"No time to delay. Do what you were born to do. Fame will be yours when you do this." These are the words that ring in the mind of mild-mannered, beloved schoolteacher Cora Gundersun - just before she takes her own life, and many others', in a shocking act of carnage. When the disturbing contents of her secret journal are discovered, it seems certain that she must have been insane. But Jane Hawk knows better.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Much better than The Silent Corner

  • By Michael on 11-28-17

Not his best work

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

This is the second book in the Jane Hawk series and is marginally better than the first book. Still there were times in this book that just seemed tedious. Koontz is one of the best writers out there and we have many of his other books but this series seems to lack one of his essential skills, namely, a depth of spiritual perception and expression. while the various scenes, the challenges, and the way he manages to have Jane meet those challenges are interesting and enjoyable, I've grown tired of this series and will probably not purchase any of the other books.

  • The Night Trade

  • Livia Lone, Book 2
  • By: Barry Eisler
  • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 772
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707

For sex-crimes detective Livia Lone, a position with a government anti-trafficking task force is a chance to return to Thailand to ferret out Rithisak Sorm, the kingpin behind her own childhood ordeal. But after a planned takedown in a nightclub goes violently awry, Livia discovers that she's not the only one hunting Sorm. Former marine sniper Dox has a score to settle, too, and working together is the only way to take Sorm out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dox and Livia - does it get any better than this?

  • By shelley on 01-24-18

Another winner!

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

If you enjoyed the John rain series, you will be in for a treat with this one. Not only is the livia lone series and equal to that earlier one but he even brings in some of the characters from the John rain series and weaves them together with Livia lone story. it's also interesting in all of these stories that Barry Eisler is not only the author but is one of the best narrators in the business and naturally does an exceptional job narrating his own work. this one is highly recommended. Can't wait till the next one comes out.

  • Livia Lone

  • By: Barry Eisler
  • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,647
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,643

Seattle PD sex-crimes detective Livia Lone knows the monsters she hunts. Sold by her Thai parents along with her little sister, Nason; marooned in America; abused by the men who trafficked them...the only thing that kept Livia alive as a teenager was her determination to find Nason. Livia has never stopped looking. And she copes with her failure to protect her sister by doing everything she can to put predators in prison. Or, when that fails, by putting them in the ground.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a heartbreaker that makes u want 2 hit someone!

  • By shelley on 10-27-16

Great start of a new series.

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

If you enjoy stories of the downtrodden who find the courage and will to rise up and become a hero, this is a great one. Barry Eisler is already one of my favorite authors and I have the entire John Rain series and if you have enjoyed that excellent series, this one will not disappoint. In fact, as this series progresses, several of the characters from the John Rain series make appearances and it is delightful. Highly recommended for anyone who loves the thriller/black ops type genre.

  • Saint Odd

  • Odd Thomas, Book 7
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,947
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,475

Odd Thomas is back where it all started…because the time has come to finish it. Since he left his simple life in the small town of Pico Mundo, California, his journey has taken him to places strange and wonderful, mysterious and terrifying. Across the land, in the company of mortals and spirits alike, he has known kindness and cruelty, felt love and loss, saved lives and taken them - as he's borne witness to humanity's greatest good and darkest evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I smiled as I again recognized his mannerisms

  • By Derek B. on 05-16-15

This one deserves more than five stars!

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

Every book in this entire series is a five star masterpiece, in my opinion. I have seldom encountered an author that has such Clarity of vision of the deep nature of reality but in Dean Koontz that is combined with one of the best storytelling Masters of our age. His ability to clearly and compellingly express his deep spiritual and mystical insights is remarkable, especially since he does so in the context of one of the best thriller genre stories you'll ever find. I recommend this entire series. And the best thing is, even though there are seven books, it will only cost you 5 credits because the 4th 5th and 6th books are combined in one anthology. You will not regret purchasing this series and, like me, you will probably listen to it more than once.

  • Dean Koontz - The Odd Thomas Series

  • Odd Interlude, Odd Apocalypse, Deeply Odd
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 26 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395

Odd Interlude: Nestled on a lonely stretch along the Pacific coast, quaint roadside outpost Harmony Corner offers everything a weary traveler needs - a cozy diner, a handy service station, a cluster of motel rooms...and the Harmony family homestead presiding over it all. But when Odd Thomas and company stop to spend the night, they discover that there's more to this secluded haven than meets the eye - and that between life and death, there is something more frightening than either.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A must listen for Odd fans

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-14-16

just keeps getting better!

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

this Odd Thomas series turns out to be one of the most amazing ongoing stories I've ever read. I've always loved Dean Koontz for the spiritual depth of his writing but this particular story is the most spiritual of any of the books I've read other than perhaps of Innocence. Highly recommended, the entire series.