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Richard A. Bamberg

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  • Alliance of Shadows

  • Dead Six, Book 3
  • By: Larry Correia, Mike Kupari
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,668
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,564

Europe has spiraled into chaos. A conspiracy years in the making combined with general unrest led to upheaval and revolution. In the midst of the murderous disorder, mercenary Michael Valentine is in Europe with a small team of his Exodus personnel, trying to track down the evil and highly dangerous Katarina Montalban. She has initiated a mysterious plot to do away with those who stand between her and ultimate power. The team is on their own, with few friends and few resources - and racing against the clock.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid End to a Solid Series

  • By Damon on 01-06-17

Great finish to an outstanding series.

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

The thing about great series is that they eventually have to end. I’m torn between loving the way the authors completed this and my desire to hear more. Hopefully, they will partner again to please myself and the many thousands of listeners who love their work. Kudos also to the narrator, he has performed the entire series with better than professionalism. I look forward to hearing him again.

  • Noir

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,315

It's not every afternoon that an enigmatic, comely blonde named Stilton (like the cheese) walks into the scruffy gin joint where Sammy "Two Toes" Tiffin tends bar. It's love at first sight, but before Sammy can make his move, an air force general named Remy arrives with some urgent business. 'Cause when you need something done, Sammy is the guy to go to; he's got the connections on the street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection!

  • By Deborah on 04-30-18

Another Excellent Moore Book

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

I've been a fan of C. Moore for some time now and he has never failed to please (well, with the exception of the Lamb). His stories are always witty, humorous, and filled with great characters. Noir is no exception and I'd highly recommend it to anyone.

  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,060
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,002

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

Another Great Idea

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

Where does The Dispatcher rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Scalzi rarely fails to entertain with original and creative (aren't those synonyms?) and Dispatcher is not an exception to the rule. The concept is great. At some point in time (near future) people start returning from death, but only if they’ve been murdered. A new profession has arisen in the “dispatchers,” who are licensed to end your life IF (and supposedly only if) you are about to die. But therein lies the rub. Great story.
Zachary is a very professional actor and his narration of this story is flawless. I’ll look for more stories from him.

  • Rise of a D-List Supervillain

  • By: Jim Bernheimer
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635

One of the few heroes he respects has been captured, and now, Cal must rely on his wit, technical skills, and a healthy dose of The Big Lie, to pull off a daring rescue from inside a villain's base. Along the way, he and his team of New Renegades will have to worry about an imposter, human/animal Manglermal hybrids, a naked woman, an evil scientist, a terrifying plan, and the ever intrusive presence of Big Brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • of two minds.

  • By Omki on 09-18-17

Another Great in a Four Book Series (currently)

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

Reviewed: 09-14-17

I've enjoyed Jim Bernheimer's Supervillain series immensely and this one is no exception. Jeffrey Kafer's production of the audio book is superb and couldn't be better. The words are laugh out loud funny and Kafer adds the perfect inflection and tone to make this a truly funny audio book.
The inventiveness of Bernheimer is beyond compare, why he isn't working for SpaceX to come up with new ideas is beyond me.

The four stars for story was just because "it ended too damn quickly!"

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  • Zombie Team Alpha

  • By: Steve R. Yeager
  • Narrated by: Johnny Mack
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

When a mysterious artifact is unearthed at a remote mining facility in Russia, those who come in contact with it are infected by something beyond imagination, something terrifying, something that has but one burning desire - to feed on the flesh of the living as a way of spreading the infection. Jackson Cutter and his team of recovery and security specialists have been called upon before to put down such an outbreak, but it cost them dearly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action packed zombies with a twist

  • By Mary Karowski on 02-07-17

Good variation on the Zombie Theme

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

Reviewed: 06-17-17

Good story, good narration. Entertaining with a few twists. Well developed main characters with the lesser characters, not so much.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • War Dogs

  • By: Greg Bear
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 207

They made their presence on Earth known thirteen years ago. Providing technology and scientific insights far beyond what mankind was capable of. They became indispensable advisors and promised even more gifts that we just couldn't pass up. We called them Gurus. It took them a while to drop the other shoe. You can see why, looking back.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • intro to a new universe and not much else

  • By Ocean State Prime on 10-22-14

When did it become vogue to not end a novel?

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

Reviewed: 01-28-16

Where does War Dogs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I like Greg Bear. I like Greg Bear's writing. Why then, after about a dozen hours of listening to a captivating tale, does this author just leave the story without an ending. Did Greg get bored and decide it was time to end the book? Did he decide the word count was getting too great? Did he suddenly drop dead and leave the unfinished work for his agent to finish?Sheesh! Why do some author's feel that not having an ending is an ending?In case Greg (or any other author out there) reads this: I DON'T CARE HOW NEAT YOUR IDEA IS OR HOW GREAT YOUR WRITING IS, JUST STOPPING A NOVEL IS NOT THE SAME AS ENDING ONE!Please, people, don't let this kind of idiocy propagate through English literature. Tell the authors that you expect them to finish what they start!Great performance by the reader, well written story, just about 50k words short of a novel.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Natural Consequences

  • By: Elliott Kay
  • Narrated by: Tess Irondale
  • Length: 22 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,925
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,819
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,823

The exciting sequel to Good Intentions! Alex Carlisle has enough to deal with even on quiet days. Living with an angel and a succubus is no easy feat. One has divine responsibilities she can't explain, and the other tempts him toward a decadent lifestyle he's not sure he can manage. Add to that the stresses of college and trying to hold down a job, and it's lucky Alex can even keep his head on straight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I would like to listen to more

  • By Pathrusim Keaffaber on 10-27-15

Book two in a fun erotic series

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

Reviewed: 01-05-16

Any additional comments?

There have been plenty of detailed reviews of this series, so I'm just going to give my opinion and not dissect the books.

Okay, I'm sure you've seen some of the comments on the explicit sex in this series. It does have plenty of sex, more than it really needs, and that's the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars. The action scenes, character development, and plot are handled well enough to satisfy anyone's appetite. But the sex scenes are so numerous and detailed that I found myself wishing I could skip those scenes. For me, a guy, that’s unusual. It’s not that they’re boring, heavens no, they’re well done and very erotic. However, we you have a good story, it doesn’t need to be constantly interrupted with twenty pages of sex. That said, I do intend to read any others in this series that Elliot Kay comes out with. Perhaps next time I won’t listen straight through. The eroticism might not be as noticeable if you were to listen to an hour or so at a time rather than four-hour marathon sessions.

For those who enjoy erotic supernatural stories, this series is for you.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Good Intentions

  • By: Elliott Kay
  • Narrated by: Tess Irondale
  • Length: 22 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,644

He knew it was a dumb stunt from the start. A midnight run through a cemetery to impress a couple of girls is hardly the stuff of legend, but Alex Carlisle longs to escape the crushing mediocrity of life after high school. Then he stumbles upon the ritual, and the cultists, and two bound and bloodied women. Alex intervenes and the ritual blows up in his face, leaving him bound to them both: Rachel and Lorelei, an angel and a succubus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done with a side of porn?

  • By Sean O'Meara on 09-15-15

Fun Seies that needn't be taken too seriously

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

Reviewed: 01-05-16

Any additional comments?

There have been plenty of detailed reviews of this series, so I'm just going to give my opinion and not dissect the books.

Okay, I'm sure you've seen some of the comments on the explicit sex in this series. It does have plenty of sex, more than it really needs, and that's the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars. The action scenes, character development, and plot are handled well enough to satisfy anyone's appetite. But the sex scenes are so numerous and detailed that I found myself wishing I could skip those scenes. For me, a guy, that’s unusual. It’s not that they’re boring, heavens no, they’re well done and very erotic. However, we you have a good story, it doesn’t need to be constantly interrupted with twenty pages of sex. That said, I do intend to read any others in this series that Elliot Kay comes out with. Perhaps next time I won’t listen straight through. The eroticism might not be as noticeable if you were to listen to an hour or so at a time rather than four-hour marathon sessions.

For those who enjoy erotic supernatural stories, this series is for you.

  • Exo

  • By: Steven Gould
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813

Cent can teleport. So can her parents, but they are the only people in the world who can. This is not as great as you might think it would be - sure, you can go shopping in Japan and then have tea in London, but it's hard to keep a secret like that. And there are people, dangerous people, who work for governments and have guns, who want to make you do just this one thing for them. And when you're a teenage girl things get even more complicated. High school. Boys. Global climate change, refugees, and genocide. Orbital mechanics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great young adult read.

  • By Richard A. Bamberg on 09-16-14

Great young adult read.

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

Reviewed: 09-16-14

What made the experience of listening to Exo the most enjoyable?

Okay, I wasn't that fond of Steven's last Jumper novel for the reasons I've already stated, but EXO is another thing entirely. This novel is great for the 12-18 crowd and reminds me a lot of the young adult SF novels of my own youth. The most recent novel that I felt was this good (and of the same ilk) was The Martian, but it was an adult book and not a young adult book. While the previous novel of Cent and her family had far too much teenage angst for me to enjoy and the subject matter didn't appeal, this novel has less angst and more Low Earth Orbit. Steven has obviously researched the International Space Station and the problems associated with micro-gravity and he handles it well. The narration by Ms Rankin was once again dead on for the voice of Cent.

Which character – as performed by Emily Rankin – was your favorite?

Obviously Cent was the best character, although several others were nearly as enjoyable.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I normally only listen to audio books while driving, but that's only about an hour per day. I finished this book in three days by spending a good share of my home time listening to it also.

Any additional comments?

Give it to your adolescent and pre-adolescent friends, they'll love you for it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Monster Hunter Nemesis

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,712
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,168

Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Winner

  • By Sez on 07-12-14

Masterfully written; masterfully told.

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

Reviewed: 07-30-14

Any additional comments?

Another fantastic story of the fantastic by one of the best 21st century writers. The story is great and only made greater by the again perfect narration of Oliver Wyman. Even though I buy the print copies, I have to listen to Oliver's rendition of the voices that I've come to know and love. This novel, like "Alpha" does not follow Pitt and instead follows the exploits of the undefeatable Agent Franks. This is a must have novel for fans of the series and if you haven't listened to any of them yet, start with the first one and listen to all of them. You will not be disappointed; I guarantee you.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful