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  • Balance

  • Frontiers Saga, Part 2: Rogue Castes, Episode 5
  • By: Ryk Brown
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431

An entire sector in turmoil...neighbors who appear unconcerned...a favor asked of an old friend...sacrifices made for the good of humanity.... Before they can challenge the Dusahn and prevent them from expanding their empire further, the Karuzari must first gather much-needed resources. But doing so could be more difficult than anticipated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Space Opera

  • By Jean on 11-05-17

Good story, boring narrator.

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

What did you like best about Balance? What did you like least?

It was a great story that picks up where the last left off. I would like to see the books a little longer though.

How could the performance have been better?

Jeffery Kafer is just boring. Ugh, everyone sounds the same and it's all monotone. He isn't so bad I want to stop listening, but he is close. Find a new narrator!!!

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Earth Alone

  • Earthrise, Book 1
  • By: Daniel Arenson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,046
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,046

They came from deep space. They came to destroy us. Fifty years ago bloodthirsty aliens devastated the Earth. Most of humanity perished. We fell into darkness. But now we rise from the ashes. Now we fight back. Marco Emery was born into the war. After his mother is killed, he joins the Human Defense Force, Earth's ragtag army. Emery must survive basic training, become a soldier, and finally face the aliens in battle. Against the alien onslaught, Earth stands alone. But we will fight. We will rise. We will win.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Once More, Into The Plothole

  • By B. Evans on 03-01-17

Complete ignorance of actual military life.

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

Reviewed: 02-10-17

Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel Arenson again?

I may continue with the rest of the series, I don't know. It has potential.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Jeffrey Kafer has gotten much better since his first few books.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Earth Alone?

I would have had the author do some actual research into what people go through in boot camp and how military personnel address and interact with each other.

Any additional comments?

The series has definite potential. Daniel Arenson's writing technique is good. But he did absolutely NO research into what it's like in the military. NONE. There are some things that are universal across all militaries the world over. The way his characters acted, the daily life in boot camp would never have happened.

It is also completely obvious he has never touched a gun before in his life.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Silver Ships

  • The Silver Ships, Book 1
  • By: S.H. Jucha
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,469

An explorer tug captain, Alex Racine detects a damaged alien craft drifting into the system. Recognizing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make first contact, Alex pulls off a daring maneuver to latch on to the derelict. Alex discovers the ship was attacked by an unknown craft, the first of its kind ever encountered. The mysterious silver ship's attack was both instant and deadly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart protagonists!

  • By William R. Brown on 05-28-16

Unrealized Potential

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

Reviewed: 04-04-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Nope. Jucha is more interested in pushing his socialist propaganda than telling a good story. He makes clear his views on climate change and gun control from the beginning. The New Terran society seems to be this would be socialist utopia if not for the evil capitalist corporations. Jucha pushes this idea that the government knows best and capitalist ideals are the makings of oppression. There is very little action. The entire book consists of promoting his leftist agenda and planning. Poor planning at that. There is very little thought put into goals of the characters.

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

Grover Gardner is a fantastic narrator. He brings life to an otherwise dead book.

Any additional comments?

A free spirit freighter captain stumbles on a derelict ship. He investigates and finds a shot up ship with an AI and a few sissies from a society of sissies and pansies. The whole socialist Utopian planet of New Terra decides to help. They rebuild the ship in exchange for a bunch of new technology. The plot promotes the benevolence of our Big Brother the government and the evils of capitalist thinking. The nemesis for the majority of the book is not the aliens of the silver ships but corporations looking to make a buck and also screw up the planet. Oh and at the end, the ridiculous excuse for a fighting force destroys a single alien ship. Just one. A little one.

41 of 63 people found this review helpful

  • Libre

  • A Silver Ships Novel
  • By: S. H. Jucha
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,024
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 954
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 953

The surviving Méridiens have returned to Confederation space, aided by their recently discovered cousins, the New Terrans. They expect a celebration after their 71-year absence. Instead, they're shocked to find the silver ships have destroyed half the Confederation. The Méridiens are fleeing in advance of the horde of alien ships. But Alex Racine and his crew didn't come this far to run away from humanity's enemy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An entire book about logistics!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-31-16

I'm done.

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

Reviewed: 04-04-16

What was most disappointing about S. H. Jucha’s story?

I only made it about a quarter into this book and had enough. No action. All they do is plan and share their feelings and hug. It was so freaking cheesy, even more so than the first.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

The socialist agenda was right there on top in this book too. The implied theme was freedom. Yet he held up his socialist utopia as the way to achieve this freedom. You cannot be free and socialist. Liberty is anathema to socialism.

Any additional comments?

You have a bunch of sissies and pansies from two different cultures trying to fight a war. And they suck at it. This book is even more boring than the first. It is a book about people planning to build stuff to make fighters (which is just freaking stupid). The military aspects were written by someone who obviously has never served in a military and has no freaking clue regarding tactics and strategy.Did I mention there is no action. Lots of feelings. Don't waste you credits or time.

8 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Desolator

  • Stellar Conquest, Volume 2
  • By: David VanDyke
  • Narrated by: Artie Sievers
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

When an enormous and potent alien ship appears in the colony system of Gliese 370, EarthFleet's Marines must investigate. What they find within will change the course of humanity's future yet again, as they face Desolator. The risks are high and so is the price in blood - and the payoff: new technology far ahead of their own, which may provide the key to fight the alien Meme Empire

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible performance

  • By Joshua on 07-25-17

The series gets better as it continues.

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

Reviewed: 07-23-15

Would you try another book from David VanDyke and/or Artie Sievers?

Artie is OK. Just OK. Why on earth they switched from Mark Boyett is beyond me. Mark is one of the best narrators out there. Mark Boyett, Sean Runnette, Michael Kramer, Luke Daniels, Dick Hill and Kate Reading are all in a league of their own. To give up Mark for Artie is just baffling.

If you’ve listened to books by David VanDyke before, how does this one compare?

I like the addition of new races.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • First Conquest

  • By: David VanDyke
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 115

Book #1 of the Stellar Conquest series... In 2115, EarthFleet sends its best warships and bravest Marines on a one-way trip to conquer an alien star system - to win or die trying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • STELLA Book!

  • By Dennis on 02-15-14

Glad to see the series continue.

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

Reviewed: 07-23-15

Any additional comments?

I was glad to see the series continue. I was afraid it was going to end at "Comes the Destroyer". It was a good listen, nothing ground breaking but a good intro to the next part of the series.

As always Mark Boyett did a fantastic job.

  • The Darkside War

  • By: Zachary Brown
  • Narrated by: Pete Simonelli
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

People used to wonder if we were alone in the universe. Well, we're not. Not by a long shot. Aliens come in all shapes and sizes, and even the good guys are likely to haunt your nightmares. And oh, you'll have nightmares, even after you leave the service. If you leave the service.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Monster variety is the spice of life.y

  • By Nvr2old on 04-24-15

A story of a pansy written by a liberal racist.

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

Reviewed: 05-24-15

Would you try another book from Zachary Brown and/or Pete Simonelli?

Nope. Not a chance.

What was most disappointing about Zachary Brown’s story?

All the white southern conservatives were the bad guys. It was ridiculous. The author is either an outright racist or has a serious case of white liberal guilt.

Would you be willing to try another one of Pete Simonelli’s performances?

Nope. Boring. Not the worst, but not very good.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Darkside War?

Where do I even start? How bout not making your hero not such a freaking pansy. He looses every single fight he gets in. He has got the worst hero ever.

Any additional comments?

I don't care if the hero is black, latino, white or asian. As long as its a good character, I'm happy. This guy was a terrible hero. And get off your liberal high horse you racist jackass.

5 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Ground Zero

  • The Becoming, Book 2
  • By: Jessica Meigs
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 160

One year after the Michaluk Virus decimated the southeast, Ethan Bennett and his six companions have become as close as family while facing the trials of living in a drastically changed world. Then a mysterious woman arrives at their safe house in Alabama, pleading for assistance in getting into Atlanta. Despite their suspicions that the woman is hiding important information, Ethan and his friends agree to help. But when they’re suddenly forced to flee from the infected, the cohesion the group cultivated is shattered.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • the ending made up for the rest of the story

  • By Mike Naka on 05-26-13

I'm out.

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

Reviewed: 09-17-14

What would have made The Becoming: Ground Zero better?

The bickering. The douchiness of Ethan. It was all too much.

What character would you cut from The Becoming: Ground Zero?

Ethan. He is a douche bag. It is really hard to listen to a book when you want to shoot the main character.

Any additional comments?

I couldn't even make it through 2 hours. I had to stop. If I could return this book I would. Is this supposed to be a trashy soap opera? Because that's what it felt like.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Becoming

  • By: Jessica Meigs
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 308

In the heart of Atlanta, the Michaluk virus has escaped the CDC, and its effects are widespread and devastating. The virus infects nearly everyone in its path, turning much of the population of the southeastern United States into homicidal cannibals. As society rapidly crumbles under the hordes of infected, three people – Ethan Bennett, a Memphis police officer; Cade Alton, his best friend and former IDF sharpshooter; and Brandt Evans, a lieutenant in the US Marines – band together against the oncoming crush of death and terror sweeping across the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • some annoyances but i enjoyed it

  • By Mike Naka on 05-18-13

Eh....

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

Reviewed: 09-17-14

What did you like best about The Becoming? What did you like least?

The book is a typical zombie story. The main character, Ethan, is a douche bag. If the zombie apocalypse actually happened, his companions would shoot him. The author did very little research on things she is writing about. For instance, she mentioned having a gun registered several times. They live in Tennessee, there is no gun registry in Tennessee.

What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

He did a fantastic job with the characters. Christian Rummel is a top notch narrator.

Any additional comments?

Overall this book was just ok. It was basically a guy being a douche bag to people while running form zombies.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • City of Heavenly Fire

  • The Mortal Instruments, Book 6
  • By: Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: Jason Dohring, Sophie Turner
  • Length: 20 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,328
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,906
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,929

Darkness has descended on the Shadowhunter world. Chaos and destruction overwhelm the Nephilim as Clary, Jace, Simon, and their friends band together to fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary's own brother. Nothing in this world can defeat Sebastian - but if they journey to the realm of demons, they just might have a chance.... Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world will change. Who will survive the explosive sixth and final installment of the Mortal Instruments series?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Jason Dohring is awful to listen to...

  • By Jessica on 05-30-14

Eh. It's ok. Childish.

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

Reviewed: 06-04-14

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

Teens would enjoy it more than adults.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The concept of the series I find interesting. I think it is poorly developed. The only reason I listened to the last book is because I suffered through the others. I suppose it's not THAT bad, not Twilight bad.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jason Dohring and Sophie Turner ’s performances?

The narrators were not the worst ever, but not by any means good. It sounds like they are both 12. Very little attempt was made to differentiate between characters.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Irritation. I am so sock of gay being crammed down out throats. I knew there a couple of gay characters but this time she really turned up the gay. The relationships in this book were all very complicated and crossed all the lines of the culture Clare created, she did not need to throw gay on top of all the other complications. It was just too much. Its as if authors society, TV, music and science fiction authors are trying to force everyone to be "OK with gay". I'm just sick of.

Any additional comments?

I wont read another book by Clare. Not just because of the force fed gay, but because she just isn't that good of an author.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful