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John Alldredge

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  • Dark Disciple: Star Wars

  • By: Christie Golden, Katie Lucas (Foreword)
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,012
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,625
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,612

In the war for control of the galaxy between the armies of the dark side and the Republic, former Jedi Master turned ruthless Sith Lord Count Dooku has grown ever more brutal in his tactics. Despite the powers of the Jedi and the military prowess of their clone army, the sheer number of fatalities is taking a terrible toll. And when Dooku orders the massacre of a flotilla of helpless refugees, the Jedi Council feels it has no choice but to take drastic action: targeting the man responsible for so many war atrocities, Count Dooku himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Clone Wars Continues

  • By Troy on 07-07-15

A Star Wars (Love) Story

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

I have read MANY SW novels, and this is simply one of the best. The characterizations are complex and believable, and the plots twists and turns enough to leave the ending in doubt up until the final chapters.

But, make no mistake:this is not a SW adventure with a 'romantic subplot'; this is a love story with a SW adventure plot intertwined with it, and neither would work without the other. I think the author balanced the two elements very well, but I recognize that not everyone will agree.

The narrator did an awesome job: his voice-acting was top-notch in the more emotional scenes, and his impressions of the original voices for the characters is largely spot-on, especially for Obi-Wan and Count Dooku.

  • The Green Lama: Horror in Clay

  • By: Adam Lance Garcia
  • Narrated by: Jiraiya Addams
  • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

New York, 1938. The German consulate has been attacked, leaving all but one of the Nazi diplomatic corps brutally murdered. Only Jethro Dumont, the Green Lama, and his associates, Jean Farrell, Ken Clayton, and Lieutenant Caraway, can find out who's behind this horrible crime. But as the Green Lama's investigations deepen, he discovers a crime far greater than any ever committed by man and learns a secret that will define the course of his destiny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm Green with envy it was so good!!!

  • By Ray Johnson on 02-15-18

Pulp action and occult mystery.

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

Reviewed: 10-17-17

This is a 'prequel' to SCIONS by the same author,and is a better story I think. There was a lot more plot to chew on, and some twists and turns that kept me guessing. My favorite part was actually the 'B-plot': the 'not exactly a buddy-cop movie' between Caraway (the tough-guy police detective) and Colonel Gan (the tough-guy soldier). This one has even more of Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos stuff in.

The narrator did a fine job. The cast is big, but he made the voices distinct enough that I never had trouble knowing who was speaking, and the voice-acting was good during the more intense and emotional scenes.

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  • The Green Lama: Scions

  • The Green Lama Legacy, Book 1
  • By: Adam Lance Garcia
  • Narrated by: Jiraiya Addams
  • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

A cruise ship crashes suddenly on Liberty Island. All onboard are dead by their own murderous hands. All but one. What secrets does the lone survivor harbor within her very soul? And what horrors does she bring? These are questions only the Green Lama can answer! Reintroducing the most unique pulp hero ever! In reality, The Green Lama is Jethro Dumont, a millionaire playboy who spent 10 years in Tibet and now uses his Buddhist training to pursue justice for those denied it!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A true blast from the past, updated nicely!

  • By Ray Johnson on 02-13-18

Classic Pulp-Hero Vs. Cthulhoid Pulp-Horros

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

Reviewed: 07-02-17

I first discovered the Green Lama through another audio-book 'Green Lama: Mystic Warrior', a collection of shorter stories by various authors, and with the same narrator. I liked it well enough to follow it to 'Scions', and I'm glad I did! Garcia's version of the classic characters is simultaneously true to the 'feel' of the old pulp novels of the 30s,but with some interesting twists and expansions that will engage modern readers,such as lightly touching on social issues like racism and persecution of LGBTQ people.). Fans of H.P. Lovecraft will be pleased by the inclusion of content from his famous Cthulhu Mythos, which I gather continues throughout the series. Once the action gets started (which doesn't take too long) it never stops, and the combination of derring-do, cliffhangers, and gory/horrific imagery kept me up listening past my bedtime. The bad-guys are REALLY bad, and how they pursue their awful goals will likely creep you out. The sound quality is pretty good,and the narrator's voice-acting is excellent : the various characters are distinct with unique voices, and the more intense emotional scenes are handled with vividness without being too over-the-top. My favorite character-portrayals were Caraway (the tough-guy detective), Jean (the actress turned daredevil adventuress), and of course the Lama himself (with a fierce passion for justice simmering under the serene calmness). I plan to listen to the rest of the series as it comes out.

  • 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 6,202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,489

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and Thought Provoking

  • By thomas on 02-10-14

John Perry: Space Pioneer!

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

Any additional comments?

A good read/listen. John Perry, the protag of 'Old Man's War', is back. We pick up his story (and that of his wife Jane Sagan, and his adopted daughter Zoe) as they leave a staid and bucolic life on an established colony-world for a new adventure: establishing a brand-new settlement on a fresh, unknown planet... and that's just the beginning. The plot twists and convolutes greatly, and you wind up at an ending you would never have guessed at the beginning, but which makes perfect sense regardless.

I like the narrator: his style is mostly wryly-humorous, which makes his turns into seriousness and deep emotion that much more effective. He makes the character voices fairly distinctive too, so it's easy to know who is speaking.

  • Star Wars: Ahsoka

  • By: E. K. Johnston
  • Narrated by: Ashley Eckstein
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,482

Fans have long wondered what happened to Ahsoka after she left the Jedi Order near the end of the Clone Wars and before she reappeared as the mysterious Rebel operative Fulcrum in Rebels. Finally her story will begin to be told. Following her experiences with the Jedi and the devastation of Order 66, Ahsoka is unsure she can be part of a larger whole ever again. But her desire to fight the evils of the Empire and protect those who need it will lead her right to Bail Organa - and the Rebel Alliance.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The highs were high! But the lows, very low.

  • By K Michael on 11-03-16

I <3 the character of Ahsoka...

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

Any additional comments?

... so this was an easy book to like. The plot wasn't s very deep, but it was a good, medium-paced SW adventure yarn and very enjoyable. It did a good job of explainng and fleshing out some aspects of Ahsoka's life between the end of the "Clone Wars' show and her appearance as a mature adult on 'Star Wars Rebels.'The narrator is the actress who voices Ahsoka in the shows,so of course she sounds PERFECT. She does a pretty good job making the other characters unique and distinct, tooThis is the first audiobook I've listened to that makes much use of sound-effects and music. I thought the music was used to good effect to set mood, but actually found the use of the SFX (beeping droids, whooshing spaceships,humming lightsabers,etc)a little distracting and annoying at times.

  • Zoe's Tale

  • Old Man's War, Book 4
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,972
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,969

"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

Stands alone, but also a great complement.

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

Any additional comments?

If you've already read/listened 'The Last Colony', then know that this is mostly about the same events from teen Zoe's POV.... which doesn't mean there are no surprises. The girl and her friends were up to some stuff that her father never knew about :). Getting into her thoughts was good,and expanded character greatly, of course.The narration was excellent. My only quibble is that she needs to work on her male voices a little more to be convincing. But otherwise her voice-acting is first rate.

  • The Sagan Diary

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Wolfe, John Scalzi
  • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,080
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 907
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 913

Jane Sagan: Soldier. Killer. Lover. Dreamer. In John Scalzi's best-selling Old Man's War series of science-fiction novels, we see this warrior woman as the other characters see her - silent and strong, from the outside. But now The Sagan Diary shows us Sagan from another point of view: her own, as she prepares to leave military life and join her new husband and adopted daughter on a colony world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's a Poem

  • By wyatt on 03-27-13

Very Good: Cerebral and emotional

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

Any additional comments?

This isn't really a 'story', in the usual sense: nothing actually happens, although events in earlier books are alluded to. This is more of a reflective meditation on Jane Saga's life as she prepares to change it utterly. It made me think about my own life and identity in new ways, which I value. For all the depth of emotion and thought, it is often also surprisingly funny

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  • His Human Prisoner

  • Zandian Masters, Book 2
  • By: Renee Rose
  • Narrated by: Jiraiya Addams
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251

When a beautiful human slave steals Rok's ship and leaves him stranded on an abandoned planet, he's furious. Discovering her sister is the mate to the prince of his species only makes him more determined to find her and punish her thoroughly for her crimes. Yet when he captures her, he finds her impossible to resist. Punishment becomes exquisite pleasure as he teaches her to submit.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A feisty human & rebel alien

  • By Nicole B. on 06-02-17

A GOOD, SEXY, KINKY ROMANCE! BETTER THAN THE FIRST.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-17

I like this story even more than book1. The 2 protagagonists were more likeable, and despite their darkk-and-angsty backgrounds their BDSM romps were lighter and more playful, without the possibly problematic non consensual aspects of the 1st book. The inevitable romance was sweet and affecting. Best of all, the book fleshes out the SciFi setting some more, and significantly advances what is shaping up to be an epic space-opera adventure plot arc for the remaining six books in the series

The narrator was very good, even if his pace is a bit slow. His voice acting is top notch though: the characters are all very distinct and he manages to convey deep emotions without being too melodramatic\over-the-top.

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  • His Human Slave

  • Zandian Masters, Book 1
  • By: Renee Rose
  • Narrated by: Jiraiya Addams
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 497
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 445

Zander, the alien warrior prince intent on recovering his planet, needs a mate. While he would never choose a human of his own accord, his physician's gene-matching program selected Lamira's DNA as the best possible match with his own. Now he must teach the beautiful slave to yield to his will, accept his discipline and learn to serve him as her one true master.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very erotic romance

  • By Jonella A. Moore on 03-07-17

Good, but not for everyone.

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

Reviewed: 03-24-17

I liked the story a lot... but don't go into this thinking of it as a real sci-fi book; on that level it is rather lacking. what this book IS is a kinky BDSM romance with a sci-fi setting: the spaceships and laser guns are just window dressing. But the sexy scenes are hot, and the romance is actually sweet and touching as it unfolds. Also be warned that this book has a lot of noncommercial sex and BDSM in it... if this squicks/triggers you even in make-believe then AVOID.

The narration... I almost didn't buy this one because several reviews were very negative about the narrator, but I changed my mind when I noticed the Performance rating had many more 4 and 5 star ratings than 1s. His reading pace is a bit slow, but that's OK. I though he made the different characters very distinct : even when 4 or 5 uberalpha males with deep voices are all talking I could follow who was who pretty well. His voice acting isn't really unemotional, it's more like 'subtle' or 'understated' instead of melodramatic. The angry characters aren't enraged or berserk, the scared ones aren't hysterically terrified, etc. Overall I liked the reading.

It ends with what is obviously a lead in to the next book, which I will probably get.

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