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  • Galaxy's Edge

  • By: Jason Anspach, Nick Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,207
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,677
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,661

On the edge of the galaxy, a diplomatic mission to an alien planet takes a turn when the Legionnaires, an elite special fighting force, find themselves ambushed and stranded behind enemy lines. They struggle to survive under siege, waiting on a rescue that might never come. In the seedy starport of Ackabar, a young girl searches the crime-ridden gutters to avenge her father's murder; not far away, a double-dealing legionniare-turned-smuggler hunts an epic payday; and somewhere along the outer galaxy, a mysterious bounty hunter lies in wait.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • bit of a disconnect between parts

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-10-18

Rip off

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

Nothing new or really interesting. Star Wars kept selling is the same story over and over and over...this story just retells that story with a little Firefly mixed in. Yuck.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 6,821
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,058
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,064

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
  • Excellent But Different

  • By Michael on 12-04-12

Excellent story.

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

I was a little hesitant to like this at first, but the story grew on me. Loved the ending. Hope there are more stories.

  • Port of Shadows

  • A Novel of the Black Company
  • By: Glen Cook
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 172

The soldiers of the Black Company don’t ask questions, they get paid. But being “The Lady’s favored” is attracting the wrong kind of attention and has put a target on their backs, and the Company’s historian, Croaker, has the biggest target of all. The one person who was taken into the lady’s tower and returned unchanged has earned the special interest of the court of sorcerers known as "The Ten Who Were Taken". Now, he and the company are being asked to seek the aid of their newest member, Mischievous Rain, to break a rebel army. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No disrespect but I personally prefer Marc Vietor

  • By MEDINA RAF on 09-13-18

Lacking

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

The Black Company series is one of my favorites; right up there with Tolkien imho. This one fell short. Too few tricks. Too few tactics. Not enough grit. The humor was off. It just didn't feel like I was a member of the Company. Add to that a completely different narrator, and it just wasn't there. The redeeming quality? The epilogue. I like the was the story was "discovered." I hope more turn up, but are more like the originals.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • 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 17,735
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,593
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,558

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

Should have been so much more

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

Narration was impeccable.

I was so excited when I found out this had been released. The story itself was simply not compelling. The solutions were too easy. There was little fear or drama. Other reviews have said it was "bland." Absolutely.

And what is up with future characters frequently (or even occasionally) referencing late 1900's/early 2000's mames? Did nothing memorable happen from 2010 to 2300? Nothing quote worthy? I get that we still quote Shakespeare, but it seems rare and in limited contexts. Leave Star Trek out of it unless the character came from that time (i.e. Bob.) Pre-nostalgia sucks.

I look forward to a stronger story next time. After Bobiverse, this one failed to deliver.

  • Robopocalypse

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel H. Wilson
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,312
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,879
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,892

In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and assumes control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities, defense and communication. In the months leading up to this, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans - a single mother, a lonely Japanese bachelor, and an isolated U.S. soldier....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OMG! The hyperbole is the GREATEST EVER!!!!!

  • By Raxxillion on 07-15-11

WWZ and The Matrix had a love child

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

Just not great. Nothing surprising, or compelling. Not exciting. Might be a great movie, but a meh book.

  • The Kafir Project

  • By: Lee Burvine
  • Narrated by: Seth Andrews
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

Astronomer and TV science guy Gevin Rees just landed the interview of a lifetime with the world's most famous physicist. Remarkable, because the eccentric genius is notoriously reclusive, and he's already dead. What happens next forces Rees to run for his life from not one but two deadly assassins and global powers desperate to bury what he's just uncovered. Mind-blowing technology and solid evidence that would rewrite religious history and challenge the faith of billions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written and narrated.

  • By mom of three on 11-10-16

Meh.

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

Minimal character development. Story moves forward, but lacks the details that would make it feel plausible. Narrator is wooden. Very little emotion or character-voice difference. Overall, a combination for a boring "read."

  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

  • By: Robert M. Pirsig
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,314

This thought-provoking journal of a man's quest for truth - and for himself - has touched and changed an entire generation, and is ready to reach out to a new one. At its heart, the story is all too simple: a man and his son take a motorcycle trip across America. But this is not a simple trip at all, for around every corner, their pilgrimage leads them to new vistas of self-discovery and renewal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beware of the Intro.

  • By Vicente on 11-10-13

Poor recording of a heavy story.

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

This book has a heavy burden within. Sometimes it's tough to contemplate the author's message while listening. I think it would be better in print.

To make matters worse, the recording is very poor. It is read well, but there's a constant hum of voices in the back ground. Presumably other readers for other books. It's subtle, but it's there...and distracting.

  • The Better Angels of Our Nature

  • Why Violence Has Declined
  • By: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 36 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,804
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,205

We’ve all had the experience of reading about a bloody war or shocking crime and asking, “What is the world coming to?” But we seldom ask, “How bad was the world in the past?” In this startling new book, the best-selling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. In fact, we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'd kill for another book this good

  • By Eric Nicolas Morgan on 11-11-11

Chock full

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

Reviewed: 10-30-16

Good book. Excellent information. I'm usually not for abridged versions, but that's how I'd recommend this book.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 212,343
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 198,267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197,854

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

So predictable

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

Reviewed: 10-29-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

If you're satisfied by nostalgia for the 80's

What was most disappointing about Ernest Cline’s story?

It was too cliche' and predictable. It got boring fast.

What does Wil Wheaton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I don't think Will Wheaton added to or detracted from this story.

Any additional comments?

This was recommended to me by a friend. He told me it would "take me back." I was never a huge arcade or Atari guy, though I indulged a little. The story was simply a futuristic look at the past and incorporated cliche' storylines and bad-guys. meh.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Going Home

  • A Novel
  • By: A. American
  • Narrated by: Duke Fontaine
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,731
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,718

If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun book can't wait for more!

  • By Drew (@drewsant) on 08-14-14

Overall, a good read/listen

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

Reviewed: 09-17-14

Any additional comments?

This is not a stellar piece of literature. However, it is a good story. At times a little forced, but never egregiously so - if felt as if I was sitting in a survivalist seminar. It is very thought provoking and I may need to make a contingency plan, because the scenario seems all too plausible.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful