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  • War of the Spheres

  • By: B. V. Larson, James Millington
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

When humanity reaches for the stars, our probes are destroyed. They crash into an incredibly advanced piece of technology: a massive force-field. Unknown beings have placed a barrier around our star and planets, enclosing us within. We’re locked inside a Great Sphere. Was this invisible obstacle built to imprison us - or to protect us? No one knows the truth, but it soon becomes clear the barrier has leaks. Aliens infiltrate and try to sabotage our efforts to escape our cage.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • misleading summary...

  • By Neil Kresl on 04-04-19

Utterly Pathetic.

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

Reviewed: 04-13-19

Beyond dull. Larson is so predictable. He has a new Marvin called Toby. He's exactly the same.

The story is about a soldier with his past erased, conditioned to single-minded compliance with orders and a drive to complete missions - until we get to the sleezy bits where Larson thinks readers want to hear about how women find his protagonists irrestible. I got to 4:40 when the turbo focused soldier randomly jogs off to bang some rondomer woman right in the middle of his mission. That was when I quit.

Boyett does the exact same voice for the main chararter that he did for Kyle Riggs - which he also did for Cody Riggs. If you get different narrators, it'd be less obvious that all your characters are exactly the same.

  • Renegades

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 7
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,085
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,778
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,763

The battle-scarred star carrier Flying Dutchman is finally on her way back to Earth, after an exceptionally successful series of missions that have once again saved the world. The ship needs a serious refit, and her exhausted crew just wants a break from constant clandestine warfare against a vicious and superior enemy. Wishes come true, right? Not for the Merry Band of Pirates.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good But I Hoped For More

  • By BeauFLA on 03-27-19

First Slight Plot Progression Since 2nd Book

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

Reviewed: 03-31-19

The problem is the Maxolhx & Rindhalu aren't that much more advanced than the other species. None of the aliens are particularly interesting or alien. Morning Light Mountain, The Fountainheads or The Blues are so much more interesting. Maxolhx coming to Earth was exactly the same as Thuranin coming to Earth.

Alanson should consult a professional comedian if he can't think of anything other than monkey jokes at this point. I was sick of Skippy saying "I hate my life." Now Joe is saying it too.

Go to the distant galaxy. Explore somewhere new - DO NOT FIND COLONIES OF ALREADY ESTABLISHED ALIENS THERE. The Roach Motel was such a waste of time.

The personalities of the female characters are completely interchangeable.

  • Kingdoms and Chaos

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 4
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,185
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,756
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,743

The future of the Ashaiian haven, the newly founded Kingdom of Cael, is anything but secured. Rezkin must seek recognition from the King of Gendishen if his people are to maintain possession of their island home and the enchanted secret it contains. In an unexpected twist, events overtake Rezkin, and he is thrust into a frustrating adventure to seek a worthless prize. He finds that his carefully constructed reputation as an indomitable foe has consequences as others seek to use his strengths for their own gain. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than book 3. Not as good as 1 and 2

  • By Darrin Mahlum on 11-21-18

Such s Shame

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

Clearly Kade had originally planned a trilogy but the first two were very popular and either through greed or reluctance to let his literary baby go, he decided to tack extra stuff on. He could have written a brilliant trilogy. He'll end up with 9 banal books.

Another princess
ANOTHER MAGIC SWORD
Tacked on side quests
WHINGING

As always, the Audible reviews VASTLY exaggerate the books merits.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Planetside

  • By: Michael Mammay
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,912
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,814
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,810

War heroes aren't usually called out of semi-retirement and sent to the far reaches of the galaxy for a routine investigation. So when Colonel Carl Butler answers the call from an old and powerful friend, he knows it's something big - and he's not being told the whole story. A high councilor's son has gone MIA out of Cappa Base, the space station orbiting a battle-ravaged planet. The young lieutenant had been wounded and evacuated - but there's no record of him having ever arrived at hospital command. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't put it down!

  • By Rebecca Enzor on 08-02-18

Pretty disposable

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

Nothing here very interesting. I forgot it as soon as it was over though I didn't mind it at the time.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Salvation

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

AD 2204. An alien shipwreck is discovered on a planet at the very limits of human expansion - so Security Director Feriton Kayne selects a team to investigate. The ship’s sinister cargo not only raises bewildering questions but could also foreshadow humanity’s extinction. It will be up to the team to bring back answers, and the consequences of this voyage will change everything. Back on Earth, we can now make deserts bloom and extend lifespans indefinitely, so humanity seems invulnerable. We therefore welcomed the Olyix to Earth when they contacted us. But were the Olyix a blessing or a curse?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's OK. I usually Love Hamilton though

  • By Trex on 09-22-18

It's OK. I usually Love Hamilton though

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

Canterbury Tales style stories within stories told around a table of pilgrims, also used in the Hyperion books.Great literary device. These stories however are only quite interesting.

For some reason Hamilton has made all his characters incredibly ethnically diverse which has proved a real challenge to the usually fantastic John Lee. I struggled to keep track of who was who while this nuance added nothing to the plot.

The far future stuff is pretty uninspired. Lord of The Flies meets Brave New World meets Enders Game while rehashing the animal servants from The Void. The enemy is very disappointing.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Where the Hell is Tesla?

  • A Novel
  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,099
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,902
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,894

I found the journal at work. Well, I don't know if you'd call it work, but that's where I found it. It's the lost journal of Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest inventors and visionaries ever. Before he died in 1943, he kept a notebook filled with spectacular claims and outrageous plans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had A Blast Listening To This One!

  • By Cheri on 08-11-16

Erm

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

I really respect this guy for publishing his own stuff BUT the romance bits are terrible - romance is hard to do

And there's very few authors who should be doing their own narration. Dircks isn't one of them.

I wish him well though.

  • A Fraction of the Whole

  • By: Steve Toltz
  • Narrated by: Colin McPhillamy, Craig Baldwin
  • Length: 25 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Martin Dean spent his entire life analyzing absolutely everything - from the benefits of suicide to the virtues of strip clubs - and passing on his self-taught knowledge to his son, Jasper. But now that his father's dead, Jasper can fully reflect on the man who raised him in intellectual captivity, and the irony is this: theirs was a great adventure. From his prison cell, Jasper Dean tells the unlikely story of his scheming father Martin, his crazy Uncle Terry and how the three of them upset - mostly unintentionally - an entire continent.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Australian accents!

  • By Rochelle on 04-30-13

A Wonderfully Written Book Full of Wit & Whimsy

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

I read this one years ago & decided to revisit it. So glad I did.

There's very few books I've enjoyed as much as this one.

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying and elegiac - as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly's wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark - from storytelling genius Neil Gaiman. It's about memory and magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside each of us. It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Expecting "Whoa!", but got "Meh"

  • By Todd on 12-17-13

Why is Gaiman narrating his own book ?

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

I went back and forth on it several times. It started off annoying me, then I found it charming, then I found his tone too emotive.

I guess he was always overly emotive. When it was appropriate, I didn't mind it. When it wasn't I really did.

Story is pretty good. I loved the neighbours. Just wondrous.

  • The Singularity Trap

  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,734
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,592
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,557

When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent.

  • By Amy Snider on 06-13-18

It's pretty good

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

There's a lot more character development than events of interest or fresh Sci-Fi ideas. Slow at times. Pretty good.Taylor knows his stuff but he might be producing too fast. I think this is four books in less than 4 years. Quality will suffer delivering at this rate in my opinion. Worth a listen though. As always the Audible reviews vastly exaggerate.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • La Belle Sauvage

  • The Book of Dust: Volume One
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

Philip Pullman returns to the world of His Dark Materials with this magnificent first volume of The Book of Dust series. Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them - a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nostalgia rekindled.

  • By Dominique Buck on 11-12-17

Wonderfully Written

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

Despite not a great deal happening technically, this is a wonderful book. Pullman is a masterful wordsmith & Sheen blows the best audio actors out of the water.

That wasn't a pun. I SWEAR ! ! !

I just wish I'd remembered more from His Dark Materials but it's been so long.