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Shieldslinger

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  • A Star-Wheeled Sky

  • By: Brad R. Torgersen
  • Narrated by: Natasha Soudek
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Over a millennium in the past, humans fleeing Earth in slower-than-light vessels discovered the Waywork, an abandoned alien superhighway system that allows instantaneous travel from star to star. The problem: there are a finite number of Waypoint nodes - and the burgeoning population of humans is hemmed in as a result. Furthermore, humanity is divided into contending Starstates. One of the strongest is based on an oligarchy ruling families, but still mostly democratic. The other is a totalitarian nightmare. War seems inevitable.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • TORGERSEN AND SOUDEK KICK ASS

  • By Annie Armstrong on 12-09-18

Great story in an exciting new universe!

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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: 12-12-18

Brad Torgersen returns with an exciting new story. What happens when a gateway reveals a hitherto unknown galaxy and two star-spanning civilizations want control of it?
Well done, will definitely listen to again.

  • Million Dollar Productivity

  • The Million Dollar Writing Series
  • By: Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Charles Kahlenberg
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Award-winning and number one international best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson is one of the most prolific authors in the business. He has published over 125 novels - an average of five novels a year, every year, for the past quarter century. Anderson has taught numerous writing seminars and lectured on productivity, and here he shares his tips on how to find the time to write, and how to make the most of that time. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great short work on writing!

  • By Shieldslinger on 08-10-18

Great short work on writing!

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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: 08-10-18

Kevin J Anderson, author of countless books, offers a bunch of great tips for writers looking to improve their productivity.
Solid narration.
This will be one I go back to frequently when in need of writing motivation/advice.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Without Warning

  • By: John Birmingham
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 396
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 257

On the eve of the U.S. invasion of Baghdad, as the world waits for war, a miles-high energy wave cordons a vast area from southern Canada to northern Mexico. In a moment, 99 percent of the U.S. population has been wiped from the face of the earth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid, entertaining listen

  • By Jeff G. on 11-28-09

Great Book!

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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: 08-10-18

This fast paced thriller filled with interesting relatable characters is loads of fun!
Highly recommended.

  • Crecheling

  • The Buza System, Book 1
  • By: D. J. Butler
  • Narrated by: Marla Truini
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Buza System is Dyan’s world. She has been a Crecheling, one of the System’s children, trained in a broad range of skills and knowledge and prepared to take her place as an Urbane, a full-fledged adult member of the desert community with a Calling given to her by the System and its Cogitant Council. Between receiving her Calling and admission into the System, though, stand the Hanging and the Selection. The System has a lesson it wants to teach Dyan about death. Against that brutal experience, and entwined within it, destiny has a different lesson for her, about the family she has never known…and about love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thinning out the herd..

  • By CAP on 12-19-18

WOW! Great YA novel!

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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: 08-08-18

D. J. Butler knocks it out of the park with this first book in a YA series.
Phenomenal worldbuilding couched inside an engaging story with interesting characters.
Dyan is about to leave the Creche and take her place as an Urbane, but first she must make it through the Hanging and the Selection.
Great narration by Marla Truini.
I'm going to be eagerly awaiting the next book.
This is one that I plan on listening to again.

  • Empire of Silence

  • By: Christopher Ruocchio
  • Narrated by: Samuel Roukin
  • Length: 26 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

The galaxy remembers Hadrian Marlowe as a hero: the man who burned every last alien Cielcin from the sky. They remember him as a monster: the devil who destroyed a sun, casually annihilating four billion human lives - even the emperor himself - against Imperial orders. But Hadrian was not a hero. He was not a monster. He was not even a soldier. Fleeing his father and a future as a torturer, Hadrian finds himself stranded on a strange, backwater world. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start, picks up the pace

  • By John on 07-12-18

WHOA! Amazing Debut Novel

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

I bought this based on the recommendation of sci-fi authors David Webber and David Drake who gave the author a round of applause at Libertycon 2018.

Truly impressive world-building, great characters, and cosmos-spanning action.

This is going on my regularly relisten pile.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Monster Hunter Memoirs: Saints

  • By: Larry Correia, John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,772
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,621
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,611

A larval Great Old One is growing day by day in power and just about ready to pop. If Chad Gadenier can't convince "the powers that be" to get involved, not only New Orleans, but the entire world, is going to fall under the power of the nastiest of nasties. Now on the outs with the US government and in exile from his usual job of saving the world, Chad must rally the forces of light against the coming darkness. The problem is one guy with a sword and a sub-gun isn't going to solve this one. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasantly Surprised

  • By MarkNJP on 10-25-18

Ironhand's Story comes to a Thrilling Conclusion!

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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: 07-10-18

Part 3 of Larry Correia and John Ringo's Monster Hunter Memoirs trilogy does not disappoint. Chad is up to his usual antics, New Orleans is more dangerous than ever, and Team Smiley Face makes an appearance.
Great story.
Great narration.
I laughed.
I may have shed a tear (a man tear, dammit!).
Well worth your time and money

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Uncharted

  • Arcane America, Book 1
  • By: Kevin J. Anderson, Sarah A. Hoyt
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

After Halley's Comet was destroyed in a magical battle in 1759, the backlash separated the entire New World from the Old in an event known as The Sundering. Now isolated from the rest of the globe, America has become a very different place, where magic works and history has been changed forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Here there be dragons

  • By Ray Johnson on 05-10-18

Great Alt History

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

Uncharted America, the first book of Arcane America takes us to the world of the sundering, where magic is real, and America never fought for its independence.
Follow young wizard Meriwether Lewis on his voyage to explore the western territory and face the Dragon Wizard.
Great fun.
Highly recommended.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Clown Barbecue

  • By: Jeff Strand
  • Narrated by: Andy Barker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Dead Clown Barbecue is a collection of 29 gleefully macabre tales, seven of which were written just for this collection. There’s even a brand-new one about a ventriloquist dummy. Those things creep you out, right?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gob Stopping

  • By BKS on 07-14-18

Solid collection of scary funny shorts

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

Jeff Strand delivers exactly what you are expecting from him scary, funny, gross-out short stories.
From clown cannibalism to giant-sized vampires to avoiding zombies via jet ski these run the gamut and will satisfy your craving for weirdly humorous horror.
Well worth your time and money.
Andy Barker is an excellent narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sick House

  • By: Jeff Strand
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 174

It doesn't seem like the perfect house, but screw it, it's good enough to rent for a year. Unfortunately for Boyd, Adeline, and their two young daughters, it's immediately clear they chose the wrong place. The nightmare begins with violent coughs and headaches. Food starts to rot almost as soon as they take it inside. A pet tarantula goes missing. Some family members begin to exhibit creepy behavior. Then the ghosts arrive, and all hell breaks loose....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Deliciously dark!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 07-06-18

Stand Goes Dark!

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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: 06-14-18

This is an exceptional horror story. There was at least one moment where I was cringing, and if I was watching a movie would have been peeking through my fingers.
Strand outdoes himself.
Excellent narration by Hempel.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Son of the Black Sword

  • Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, Book 1
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,677

After the War of the Gods, the demons were cast out and fell to the world. Mankind was nearly eradicated by the seemingly unstoppable beasts until the gods sent the great hero, Ramrowan, to save them. He united the tribes, gave them magic, and drove the demons into the sea. Ever since, the land has belonged to man, and the oceans have remained an uncrossable hell, leaving the continent of Lok isolated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Beginning to a new Epic Series

  • By Don Gilbert on 10-31-15

A New Fantasy Masterwork!

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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: 06-13-18

The first volume of Tale of the Forgotten Warrior is a must read. Ashok Vidal is a protector, of the First Caste, and weilder of legendary Angruvadal.
When everything he knows is turned upside down Ashok finds himself on the run with all his allies hunting him.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful