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  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,016
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,697

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

Social Science Fiction Unfinished

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

Reviewed: 01-19-18

I really enjoy the concepts that were explored on both sides of the story - framing alien thought as it develops in something familiar yet still creepy is a great vehicle for certain themes. All that said, I enjoyed the ride much more than the destination - the end seems like something that would be added to a story someone got tired of putting effort into a real conclusion. Unsatisfactory feelings abound.

  • Black Ops

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 4
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22,193
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,834
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,752

The elite crew of the pirate ship UNS Flying Dutchman had a simple mission: determining whether the Thuranin are sending another starship to Earth. Along the way, they became sidetracked by securing a future for the UNEF troops on the planet Paradise. When asked whether Earth was now safe, their ancient alien AI responded "Not so much"...now they have to deal with the consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Solid continuation that fizzles at the end

  • By Tyson S Sukeforth on 10-04-17

Along for the Ride

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

I enjoy the story of the Merry Band of Pirates, even though the same tropes may be growing a bit stale as time goes on. Same ship, limited growth, not many new developments.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Age of Swords

  • The Legends of the First Empire, Book 2
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,185
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,652

Raithe, the God Killer, may have started the rebellion by killing a Fhrey, but longstanding enmities dividing the Rhune make it all but impossible to unite against the common foe. And even if the clans can join forces, how will they defeat an enemy whose magical prowess renders them indistinguishable from gods? The answer lies across the sea in a faraway land populated by a reclusive and dour race who feel nothing but disdain for both Fhrey and mankind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too slow paced

  • By A. Bunting on 07-28-17

The Origin of Words

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

I enjoy hearing about the origin of all things - words, tools, titles. Hearing about this in a fantasy world really fleshed out the world and makes it more immersive. Plus I love the characters and their quirks.

  • Daughter of Dragons

  • The Legacy of Dragons, Book 1
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,973
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,961

The world of Dematr had been locked unchanging for centuries by the Great Guilds, most people living in a world of oil lamps, crossbows, and horse cavalry, the Mechanics reserving to themselves the technology for steam locomotives, rifles, and far-talkers while the Mages treated all others as if they were nothing - until Master Mechanic Mari, dragon slayer and pirate queen, and Master of Mages Alain raised the army of the new day to free their world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Teen emotion

  • By Ray on 08-28-17

Thematically Underwhelming

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

Reviewed: 06-13-17

The blatant direct explanation if themes hit me like a verbal mugging. Instead of leading you to any conclusions yourself about any moral questions, they explain each issue like reading from an encyclopedia.

29 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • The Cycle of Arawn

  • The Complete Trilogy
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 65 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,343

The White Tree (book one): In Mallon the dark magic of the nether has been banned for centuries. Its users have been driven out or killed. Its secrets lost. But the holy book of the nethermancers has just been found by a boy named Dante. As he works to unlock the book's power, he's attacked in the street. The nethermancers aren't gone—and they want their book back. Caught between death cultists and the law, Dante fights for his life, aided by his growing skills and a brash bodyguard named Blays.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In Response to the Criticism from Other Reviewers

  • By Jonah on 06-11-17

A lot of sarcasm with a lot of monotone.

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

Reviewed: 03-08-17

It took me unusually long to finish this for a few reasons. All of the characters were overly sarcastic to the point where they became extremely, and monotonously, boring to listen to. Further, the narrator's tone and speech was very similar between characters and, combined with a few misspoken names, made conversations confusing or boring.

Looooong story short, there was more immersion breaking than I normally like.