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  • For a Few Credits More: More Stories from the Four Horsemen Universe

  • The Revelations Cycle Series, Book 7
  • By: Chris Kennedy, Peter Cawdron, Rob Howell, and others
  • Narrated by: Keith Michaelson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

It's the 22nd century. Humanity has taken its first steps into the galaxy, and we've found ourselves in a vast playground of alien races and cultures. As the newest players on the universal stage, though, we're at the bottom of the food chain. Welcome back to the Four Horsemen universe, where only a willingness to fight and die for money separates humans from the majority of the other races. While some of the stories deal with mercenaries, others introduce listeners to the other guilds, organizations, and races that make up the landscape of the Four Horsemen universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mercenaries and Mechs.

  • By R. J. Thorne on 06-14-18

Mercenaries and Mechs.

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

Probably can’t say enough about the stories here. I mean, not every story is on the same level, and I appreciated some above others, but I have to say that I enjoyed them all. Narration was bloody brilliant. Took a chance on this because of Michaelson as the voice.
Favorites: butch and Sundance by Cawdron
Where enemies sit, Rob Howell.
Leverage, Josh Hayes.
Emancipation, Mark Wandrey
Forbidden Science, Terry Mixon
Family Tradition, Ian Malone
Messenger, Nick Cole
Tinkerman, Jake Bible
That being said, each story really had great entertainment value. A lot of these collections are hit and miss, but this was time well spent. Will listen to several again.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Today We Die

  • The Killing Sands, Book 1
  • By: Daniel Wilde
  • Narrated by: Keith Michaelson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

The horrors of World War II are widely known. The horrors that have remained unknown - until now - are far worse. In the year 2093, an ancient biological weapon is accidentally unearthed from the sands of the Sahara Desert. Experts Shift Bader and Anta Chalthoum are called to investigate, but even they cannot fathom the breadth of what has been uncovered. The stakes quickly rise as the peril intensifies. Shift and Anta must set aside their budding feelings for each other as they face a catastrophe the likes of which the world has never known; the effects of which threaten to reach beyond the borders of our own world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Twist on an old concept

  • By PL93 Axel on 01-13-18

Engaging set up and story

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

Story was engaging. Things moved pretty fast in the beginning and then slowed down, setting things up for what I am guessing will be future books. Some of the history was interesting but long, but the narrator was really strong. He made those sections interesting with great performance. Good and consistent voicing. I don't know how someone keeps all those character voices straight.

How the "end" came up was really interesting and well thought out. I'd recommend this book as a solid dystopian drama with well-developed characters. The story opens up with a good promise of more intense action in future books. Fun escape.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Circle of Reign

  • By: Jacob Cooper
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680

An unknown, vicious enemy approaches in stealth from beyond the northern glaciers, a wasteland of ice that spans hundreds of miles. A clandestine brotherhood of assassins, held in check by the Light for millennia, seeks to break their maledictive shackles and unleash their bloodlust upon the world. Those that should stand with Arlethia clothe themselves in betrayal, desiring her secrets for themselves, leaving Arlethia to stand alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book in years...

  • By Jodi on 01-05-17

ONE FOR THE AGES

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

Like Sanderson, Sullivan, and a milder GRRM? Circle of Reign knocks it out of the park. After listening to the prelude, Altar of influence, and then this, I see the series becoming one that lasts the test of time.

This is what fantasy is supposed to be in my mind. I love being dropped into the middle of a story and having to figure things out. The author does a masterful job of creating a mysterious history that I love seeing unfold. You can feel the beckoning of ancient secrets, and Michael Kramer's performance is beyond stellar.

Reign and Hedron are well crafted characters that give this epic fantasy a strong coming of age flavor. They have a great bond and are brought closer through tragedy. I definitely cheer for them, but they don't always win. Aiden, the bodyguard kinda guy, drips with sarcasm but genuine loyalty. The magic system is quite unique and not heavy-handed. But the emotion the book conjures in the end...wow, what a payoff. I will relisten to this adventure many times.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Unfathomed

  • By: Ralph Kern
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

After months recuperating in hospital, US Marine Jack Cohen hoped a Caribbean cruise would help him recover from the horrific injuries he sustained fighting in the Middle East. Instead, when the ship is attacked, he is once again thrust into battle to protect Atlantica against the ruthless enemy hunting her, and the insidious threat already aboard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bring me home...

  • By R. J. Thorne on 07-15-17

Bring me home...

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

Reviewed: 07-15-17

First, I have listened to the author's book "Endeavour" and thoroughly enjoyed it. That one was also narrated by the talented Michael Kramer. This book is wildly different and show's Kern's ability to write in a different genre altogether,...although there is a bit of sci-fi flare here, it is light. The premise--meeting of a cruise ship and a destroyer, relying on each other to survive--is awesome. Can you imagine the possibilities? The conflict between crews? The completely different missions and priorities? The stage is rife with genuine conflict opportunities and Kern does not disappoint.

Although I didn't really consider this taking a chance on a book, since I already liked one other of Kern's, it was still a new genre for him. But thoroughly enjoyed it. Was hard to pull the ear buds out.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Path of Flames

  • By: Phil Tucker
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381

A war fueled by the dark powers of forbidden sorcery is about to engulf the Ascendant Empire. Asho sees his liege, the Lady Kyferin, and her meager forces banished to an infamous ruin. Beset by tragedy and betrayal, demons and an approaching army, the fate of the Kyferins hangs by the slenderest of threads. Asho realizes that their sole hope of survival may lie hidden within the depths of his scarred soul - a secret that could reverse their fortunes and reveal the truth behind the war that wracks their empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Fantasy

  • By RobT on 10-05-17

Endurance is a virtue...

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

Reviewed: 07-15-17

I tried. I mean, I really tried. See the rest of my reviews and you'll see I love fantasy. I love this book, having read the kindle...but the audio version...ugh. The narrator killed it for me. I'm not sure what he sounded like or what he reminded me of, but his voice does not fit the material. Truly bummed because I have looked forward to these books coming to audio for a while. Would loved to have heard a Michael Kramer (Mistborn/Wheel of Time/Circle of Reign), Nick Podhel (Name of the Wind/Castes and the outCastes), Scott Brick (The Passage/Terra Incognita), Oliver Wyman (Crucible of Souls), or a Keith Michaelson (The Lost Shards) type of narrator. I'm not a mean spirited person, I promise! I just have to encourage you to skip the audio on this one and read the actual book.

25 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • Perses

  • Nomad Series, Book 3
  • By: K.A. Finn
  • Narrated by: Keith Michaelson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

On a mission to stop the Foundation from creating an army of cyborgs, wanted felon Brayden Sawyer is trapped far from his ship and crew in the last place he wants to be...Earth. With time running out, Bray must finish what he started. Together with Garvan and his family, Bray must escape Earth with the necessary technology to save Gryffin and stop the Foundation's evil plans. But can one man stand against the all-powerful and tyrannical Foundation? If Bray can save Gryffin, he may just have a fighting chance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Have I got an Android for you.

  • By cosmitron on 03-25-18

Revelations. Fast paced. Deepening.

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

Reviewed: 06-23-17

This short but action packed entry into the Nomad series is a welcome addition. The sneak peek of Cronus at the end is enough to tie this seeming one-off into the main series. Michaelson is stellar for this material. Captures the seriousness, sarcasm, fear...every emotion.
Finn continues to impress.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Explorations

  • Through the Wormhole
  • By: Jacob Cooper, Richard Fox, Ralph Kern, and others
  • Narrated by: Keith Michaelson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 132

It's 2052 and the first known wormhole appears in lunar orbit. Earth sends a ship to investigate and the future of space travel changes forever. The Solar System develops in many ways over the centuries, but one thing remains constant; the wormholes continue to appear. Join many of today's most exciting indie science fiction authors as they chart a shared universe and future-history, each telling us stories of: Explorations: Through the Wormhole.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worthy Collection!

  • By R. J. Thorne on 01-20-17

Worthy Collection!

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

Reviewed: 01-20-17

Normally not a sci-fi guy, but here and there I delve into it. I found this book because of Jacob Cooper. I love his fantasy books. Then, I saw several other big names. I loved Stephen Moss's fear saga. Richard Fox is well known for his military sci-fi, though I've never read one of his books. Ralph Kern appears to have some clout in the genre as well. I hadn't heard of the others, but I've found a new TBR/TBL list thanks to this anthology.

All the stories herein are unique. Ralph Kern opens the book and sets the stage with The Challenge. It was exceptionally well done, and I think the narration did a lot to convince me to keep with this. I'll review that separately, but the characters were genuine to me and I appreciate the voice talent. PP Corcoran's story was perhaps the most unique as it doesn't feature a wormhole, but it still a great short that showcases some skill. I won't go through each of them, but I will say my favorites were PJ Strebor's Flawed Perspective, Charlie Pulsipher's Webbed Prisms, Jacob Cooper's Anathema, and Stephen Palmer's A Second Infection. I really did enjoy Stephen Moss's story as well, though it felt too long. Surprisingly, I thought wouldn't like AI Deniers by Rosie Oliver. But her usage of a news caster to show a lot of what was happening "off paper" was clever.

Anathema (Jacob Cooper) and A Second Infection (Stephen Palmer) both have elements similar to each other. I guess I kind of liked the "sentience" idea of certain...things. Trying not to spoil much. Oh, and I really did LOVE the characters of Lost Colony (Josh Hayes), including that freakish sarcastic monkey (Michaelson's voice for him...yeah awesome), but the story ended a bit flat.

Many of these stories I would like to see expanded. Great beginning threads.

Overall, I'm rating this 5 stars. I think the stories on their own I'd give 4 stars as an aggregate, with the unsocial stories ranging from 3-5 stars. The reason for the 5 stars overall in Michaelson's performance. Even with some mediocre material he knocked it out of the park. Proof again that a narrator helps (or kills) an already good story. I swear the man has a vault of a thousand voices. Ive listened to a couple other of his performances, each very good.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Uncommon Purpose

  • The Hope Island Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: PJ Strebor
  • Narrated by: Keith Michaelson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

Following the bloody war between the Athenian Republic and the Pruessen Empire, an uneasy peace has settled over the region of space known as The Tunguska Fault. The Telford family's independent trading vessel, the Belinda, is captured by Pruessen slavers and the crew forced into a life of brutal servitude. Their desperate bid for freedom succeeds but a tragic price is paid.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!!!

  • By Tiffany on 09-06-16

Wanted to listen straight through!

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

Reviewed: 06-17-16

This story MOVES! This isn't like a lot of space themed operas where everything is on a single ship. They are space battles, colonies, opposing forces all vying for control, and young Nathan Telford, the last of his family, navigating currents of hate and forces he can't control.

I'm looking forward to some of the forces introduced but not fully developed coming to fruition in the next book! Great concepts with some mystery that blends a bit of "magic" into what feels, at first, like a traditional space journey. Great universe!

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Adversarius

  • Shadow of the Rose, Volume 1
  • By: M. L. Chesley
  • Narrated by: Keith Michaelson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Two kingdoms. Two goals. The race of a lifetime. Two neighboring kingdoms, Paridzule and Relavia, have been at war for over 500 years. An accidental alliance is about to be formed when Kayta, daughter of the king of Paridzule, becomes secretly engaged to Alabassin, heir to the Relavian throne. Peace does not come without sacrifice or challenges. Alabassin's father soon discovers his son's treason and is more determined to prevent that alliance from forming. No matter the consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than I thought

  • By R. J. Thorne on 01-28-16

Better than I thought

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

Reviewed: 01-28-16

The author is unknown in the fantasy genre. Gave the book a shot because of Keith Michaelson. I've enjoyed some of his narration and this one didn't disappoint. His performance is solid.

The story was interesting with a good cast of characters. I sense a deep back story with several of the characters, which creates a larger feeling of awe in the world. Felt like the pacing was well done as well. Looking forward to the next installment...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shadowed Glass

  • The Lost Shards Book 3
  • By: Charlie Pulsipher
  • Narrated by: Keith Michaelson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Stranded thousands of years in the past on the distant planet of Ealdar, Kaden, Aren, and James are building a life and a community with what's left of Omegaphil. Rho is gone. Vander too. The universe seems safe, but adventure isn't done with anyone just yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read the series, it'll be time well spent!

  • By Alex on 01-19-16

Thoroughly enjoyed this series!

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

Reviewed: 01-19-16

I'm sad to see this series end. I guess there are some additional possibilities still, but it was definitely satisfying. The narration through the whole series was solid and consistent. Pulsipher has created and world and characters I care about, the hallmark of a good story. Mind bending plotting really makes you pay attention. I felt like this story was, in many ways, an explanation for all the space-time stuff that was going on, and, again, left me satisfied. You'll laugh (dragon gas!), sniffle (saying good-bye to...no spoilers), and have some serious ah-ha moments that might have you rewinding a few times.

Kaden was captured so well by the narrator. Just very well done. Good emotion.

I'll be looking for the next audiobook by this author, whenever that is.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful