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  • A Small Colonial War

  • Ark Royal, Book 6
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 892
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813

A new war has broken out.... Indian ships have invaded three British-held systems, and Indian troops have occupied British colonies, forcing Britain to choose between war and shame. The Royal Navy, battered by the fires of the First Interstellar War and desperately trying to recover from the terrifying casualties, must launch a counterattack and recover the colonies. For HMS Warspite - and a task force of British warships - the stakes have never been so high.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So far 16 Nuttall novels each one my favorite!!

  • By Georgia V Smith on 01-02-16

pretty lame war

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

I mean, come on, absolutely nothing unexpected or interesting happens ... This was more like reading a news article than a book.

  • Last Dragon Standing

  • Heartstrikers, Book 5
  • By: Rachel Aaron
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,498
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,352

There is no way to write a blurb for this final book without spoiling all of the others. Suffice it to say, mysteries resolve, dragons war, pigeons abound, and Julius must risk himself in ways he never dreamed possible as Bob's grand plan finally comes to fruition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Finish

  • By Smudge on 03-12-18

Lots of explaining and reiterating

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

Really enjoyed this series, start to finish! The author does slider into quite a bit of restarting plot points towards the end of the series though. I'm sure it's for the readers benefit but after making it through the entire WOT series, I've developed a distaste for to much of that.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Wizard Betrayed

  • Intergalactic Wizard Scout Chronicles, Book 6
  • By: Rodney Hartman
  • Narrated by: Guy Williams
  • Length: 19 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 321

Wizard scouts, once the greatest fighting force the galaxy has ever known, face extinction as the Intergalactic Empire's war of attrition with the bat-like Crosioians takes its toll. In a desperate all-or-nothing attempt to snatch victory from defeat, the Empire calls on Wizard Scout Richard Shepard, the last of the legendary wizard scouts, to pave the way for the largest invasion force the Empire has ever assembled. Caught in political crosscurrents that could change the Empire forever, Richard's only allies are his battle computer and the elf high priestess, Jeena.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting changes!

  • By SparkysGirl18 on 01-30-19

somehow addictive

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

I've no idea how or why, but I find this series addictive. The world building is cool enough, and the prose is improving. if you can ignore all the plot holes because time travel... fun ride.

  • Altered Carbon

  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,139

In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Altered Carbon

  • By Jake Williams on 09-22-07

Cool imagery, but boring

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

This book can't quite figure out what it wants to be, and ends up being basically blah.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Third Girl

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291

Three young women share a London flat. The first is a coolly efficient secretary. The second is an artist. The third interrupts Hercule Poirot's breakfast, confessing that she is a murderer - and then promptly disappears. Slowly, Poirot learns of the rumors surrounding the mysterious third girl, her family, and her disappearance. Yet hard evidence is needed before the great detective can pronounce her guilty, innocent, or insane.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • convoluted and unengaging

  • By Calliope on 05-31-17

Suspenseful and complex mystery

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

Reviewed: 05-25-17

I've listened to almost all of the Poirot series and the is one of my favorites. Christie adds in a little more suspense than in most of the other stories and the complicated web of characters and possible clues was great. Mr. Fraser's excellent acting and nuanced experience with Christie's work makes listening seamless and never draws you out of the story.

  • Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,599
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,880
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,849

An all-new Stormlight Archive novella, "Edgedancer", is the crown jewel of Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection, the first audiobook of short fiction by number one New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson. The collection includes nine works in all. Originally published on Tor.com and elsewhere individually, these wonderful tales convey the expanse of the Cosmere and tell exciting tales of adventure Sanderson fans have come to expect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Where to Find It (chapter #'s for stories)

  • By V. Smith on 07-25-18

stupifactingly wonderous

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

Reviewed: 01-15-17

so. much. awesome. I just pray he doesn't pull a Robert Jordan with all this interlocking awesomeness.

  • Scarlet Tides

  • Moontide Quartet, Book 2
  • By: David Hair
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 24 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,971
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,808
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,804

A scarlet tide of Rondian legions is flooding into the East, led by the Inquisition’s windships flying the Sacred Heart, the bright banner of the Church's darkest sons. They are slaughtering and pillaging their way across Antiopia in the name of Emperor Constant. But the emperor's greatest treasure, the Scytale of Corineus, has slipped through his fingers and his ruthless Inquisitors must scour two continents for the artefact, the source of all magical power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a good time

  • By claire on 01-29-15

Great narrator, good story, well written

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

Reviewed: 12-04-16

Great narrator, good story, well written. If you're looking to get some mileage out of your credits in a solid fantasy series, this will work as long as you are okay with sexual content and adult language.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Death World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 5
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,208
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,821

Unknown aliens attack Earth. Their planet is uncharted, mysteriously having avoided detection for centuries. It's a world packed with the most vicious aliens humanity has yet to encounter. James McGill has discovered: Death World.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Plant World

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-06-15

Decent enough

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

Reviewed: 04-04-16

Good narration, good pace, ok story. Does what it is very well, and doesn't try to be more.

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,525
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,951

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, what a performance and what a story

  • By Jared G on 08-27-16

Divergent Hunger Games of Ending

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

Reviewed: 10-10-15

It's a mashup of popular teenage sci-fi, but still pretty decent. Will have a chance with the next book to break out and do something original.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Antifragile

  • Things That Gain from Disorder
  • By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Narrated by: Joe Ochman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,495
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,824

In The Black Swan Taleb outlined a problem, and in Antifragile he offers a definitive solution: how to gain from disorder and chaos while being protected from fragilities and adverse events. For what Taleb calls the "antifragile" is actually beyond the robust, because it benefits from shocks, uncertainty, and stressors, just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension. The antifragile needs disorder in order to survive and flourish. Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary, and proposes that things be built in an antifragile manner.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How to focus on impact instead of risk

  • By E. Smakman on 05-03-13

Great Idea, Terrible Person

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

Reviewed: 05-20-14

What would have made Antifragile better?

This book would have been 100x better if it hadn't been written by a self-absorbed, pompous ass.

Any additional comments?

This book is amazingly hard to rate. Anti-fragility is a great idea, probably one of the better ideas of the last 10 years or so. However, Mr. Taleb believes he is the Most Interesting Man in the World, and has a "I know better than you attitude" that borders on the absurd.