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Russell K.

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  • Scout's Progress

  • Liaden Universe Space Regencies, Book 2
  • By: Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191

The second novel of the Liaden Universe, Scout's Progress is the story of a young girl who has won a starship, but now must learn to fly if she is to escape her dastardly brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Korval and the Scholar

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-08-12

Another Fantastic Entry

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

Reviewed: 05-18-17

This was a beautiful love story, an intriguing political drama, an exploration of science-fiction elements with a hint of fantasy magic, and a story of escaping abuse and familial oppression. Highly recommended, and one of several excellent books with which to start the Liaden saga.

  • I Dare

  • Liaden Universe Agent of Change, Book 5
  • By: Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
  • Narrated by: Andy Caploe
  • Length: 20 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 243

This long-awaited culmination of the Agent of Change sequence of Sharon Lee and Steve Miller's internationally acclaimed Liaden Universe novels pits unexpected friends and unexpected enemies against each other in a war that spans planets and races - and threatens to bring interstellar violence to the very surface of fabled Liad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He Dared!!

  • By Sassy1980 on 09-23-12

Great story, decent-good narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-25-16

The Liaden universe is deep and fascinating, and gets more so with every book. Having been introduced with Theo Waitley's story, the "magic" elements were surprising and can still be weird, but little more than that.
When this narrator gets his voices right, my God does he get them right. Most of the time he does, luckily with most of the main characters. Sometimes though, the voices he gives characters seem out of place or simply unpleasant to listen to. Patrin, for instance, has a very nasally voice which is described as smooth, and I find his Extrang voices ill-suited to the characters. Still, at worst his performance is decent and at best it's incredible.

  • Etherwalker

  • Silicon Covenant Series #1
  • By: Cameron Dayton
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510

The world is broken. The powerful machines that once ruled over land and sky fought and died, leaving humanity in a primitive age of swords and monsters. But that was long ago, and only legends of the Schism remain. Enoch has never been frightened by these tales. He sees things differently from the other youth in Rewn's Fork, and that makes him an outcast. Where others see crops and weather and flocks of sheep, Enoch sees numbers and patterns.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Excellent Fantasy in a Sci-Fi Setting

  • By MasterFuton on 02-18-16

Gripping story and phenomenal performance

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-16

This book is a science fiction story with the feel of Epic Fantasy. The world is a captivating mystery in the early chapters that makes you feel as if anything is possible and all of it wonderful. The character of Enoch is endearing, the portrayal of his autism giving a clear description of what it is like to live with that and making him empathetic even to those who have never experienced what he does. The story lagged a bit in the middle, almost losing me while Enoch stayed in Babel, but soon enough picked up and was engaging again. As a whole I feel the book was a little bit too long but deeply enjoyable. I will definitely be continuing the series and I recommend you give it a try as well.

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  • The Galactic Mage (Volume 1)

  • By: John Daulton
  • Narrated by: David Bodtcher
  • Length: 17 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 244

Altin Meade is a sorcerer with a curse. Seeking to avoid a looming doom, he sets his magical sights on the stars--a quest that will likely bring about the very consequence he's seeking to escape. Far across the galaxy, Ensign Orli Pewter of planet Earth has a looming doom of her own--one of loneliness, depression and, worse, a race of genocidal aliens known as Hostiles seeking to destroy humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting mix of fantasy & sci fi

  • By lum on 02-14-14

A gripping exploration of a fascinating concept

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

Reviewed: 10-01-15

Galactic Mage is a story more focused on exploring an interesting concept than telling a tight plot, and it does a fantastic job of that.
In theory, half the book is focused on the adventures of the mage Altin as he tries to use magic to get into space, and the other half focuses on Orli, a young woman who has spent half her life trapped on one ship in a fleet on a mission to investigate a hostile threat.
In practice, more of the book focuses on Altin. His experience has little conflict, except against his own limitations and challenges with magic. Orli's side provides the bulk of the conflict, facing an alien menace, until the two of them finally meet towards the end. The payoff was worth the wait, as I was laughing with delight at several moments after it finally happened.
The whole story was a delight to read, though after the climax the falling action was a little bit cliche and cheesy. That does not diminish the quality in the slightest though, and I highly recommend it.

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