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  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,282
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27,843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,779

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci Fi I didn't know I wanted

  • By Gary Glenn on 06-27-17

A fun experience

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

Reviewed: 02-14-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The only thing I can add is it's a light hearted adventure and as long as you don't take yourself too seriously you'll enjoy this story. Read the reviews and know that they aren't fake.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Skippy...Of course. Dumb dumb

Which scene was your favorite?

Most of the scene's between Skippy and bacteria.

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

yep

  • The Rithmatist

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,303
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,697

More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings - merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beware of the chalk!

  • By Brandon on 05-17-13

Split decision

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

Reviewed: 10-07-16

This was a terrible idea for a story that was masterfully written. The only problem with this entire book is the base idea. Oddly, that isn't very hard to get past. In addition, Sanderson is a master of characters and it that shows in this novel.
If you have read and likes his other works you will like this one too.

  • Save the Cat! Strikes Back

  • By: Blake Snyder
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462

Blake Snyder, author of Save the Cat! and Save the Cat! Goes to the Movies, has delivered the audiobook countless readers and students have clamored for. Inspired by questions from his workshops, lectures, and emails, Blake listened to you and provides new tips, tactics, and techniques to solve your writing problems and create stories that resonate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Thrill of the Creative!

  • By Gillian on 12-10-15

A great addition to my library

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

Reviewed: 04-20-16

Where does Save the Cat! Strikes Back rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Blake Snyder of course knew his stuff and Macleod Andrews is the man when it comes to the narration. I just hope that the other two books are in production.

Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have and he's top notch with everything that he does. I especially love the reckoning series.

Any additional comments?

This is a great way to learn or be refreshed with the STC method. It continues to surprise me how accurate it is.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Silicon Dawn

  • By: W.H. Massa
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

The world is still reeling from the devastation of the Omega Virus and struggling to rebuild. A growing android workforce has given rise to the Human Defense League and anti-AI sentiment is at an all-time high. Adam, the first of the new X-3000 models, arrives into this hostile world. Field-tested on the Luna colonies, now assigned to Earth, Adam is paired with homicide detective Jane Malveaux, who has little patience for synthetics.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Silicon Dawn

  • By MANI on 01-13-16

Issac Asimov meets classic mystery

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

Reviewed: 01-07-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yea. I would. It's a solid story and I have a few friends that like science fiction.

What about Joe Hempel’s performance did you like?

I think he did a great job. I look forward to listening to some of his other performances.

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

yea, it's a fast moving story that catches your attention. It's not long either so it's very much a story you can go through in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

I definitely sense the echoes of Issac Asimov with Silicon Dawn. If I were to describe it I would say Issac Asimov meets classic mystery. The writing is solid and the narration is great. If you like science fiction you'll enjoy it. It has all the makings of solid story with no dull moments that I could remember.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Nightblade

  • By: Ryan Kirk
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,298
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,125

A quiet child, Moriko is forced into a monastic system she despises. Torn from her family and the forest she grew up in, she must fight to learn the skills she'll need to survive her tutelage under the realm's most dangerous assassin. Young, beautiful, and broke, Takako is sold to pay for her father's debts. Thrust into a world she doesn't understand and battles she didn't ask for, she must decide where her loyalties lie. When their lives crash together in a kingdom on the brink of war, the decisions they make will change both their lives and their kingdom forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a Fantastic Hidden Gem

  • By Michelle @ In Libris Veritas on 12-21-15

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 11-30-15

Any additional comments?

The book is enjoyable, a bit slow at first but gets moving once you're into it. It's a coming of age book that's well thought out with a lot of promise.

I was given a copy for an honest review.

  • Jurassic Park

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,585

Audie Award, Science Fiction, 2016. An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind's most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them - for a price.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • CHAOS THEORY

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 01-30-16

Great book, very different from the movie

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

Reviewed: 05-26-15

The narration was great but it being Scott Brick what do you expect. The man is one of the best. This book was good but do not expect the movie to be a re telling of this story. The movie was a very loose interpretation of a lot of the cooler aspects of the book but changed a lot. My advice is to try not to let the major differences between the two get to you. It was difficult for me but I really enjoyed it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Legendarium

  • By: Kevin G. Summers, Michael Bunker
  • Narrated by: Robert Rossmann
  • Length: 3 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 662
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 604
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 608

In every generation, certain writers are chosen to be protectors of The Legendarium, a metaphysical library that exists at the nexus of the multiverse. Inside this library are doorways that lead to every world ever created in literature. There are forces of evil constantly at work to destroy the library and send the world back into an age of darkness. Now, in a time of growing illiteracy, two heroes are chosen to defend The Legendarium.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If Butcher & Fforde had a child, this would be it.

  • By Elizabeth Hauris on 07-02-14

You WILL laugh!

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

Reviewed: 12-08-14

What did you love best about Legendarium?

It is a rather unique approach to a rare idea. I love best the integrated humor within the entire story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bombo Dawson - I like how he was developed and I can see him going through many adventures to help preserve the Legendarium.

What about Robert Rossmann’s performance did you like?

I think he did a great job. I never felt like I was distracted and was able to enjoy the story completely. He did nail the Allistar character dead on.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Save the story, save the world.

Any additional comments?

This is truly a funny story. Don't expect to read it for some revolutionary inspirational experience although it does have some serious moments but this is more for someone that wants to have some laughs and enjoy a wonderful idea that is well developed. You will experience things you will not experience in other stories.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fluency

  • By: Jennifer Foehner Wells
  • Narrated by: Susanna Burney
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,617
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,623

NASA discovered the alien ship lurking in the asteroid belt in the 1960's. They kept the Target under intense surveillance for decades, letting the public believe they were exploring the solar system, while they worked feverishly to refine the technology needed to reach it. Dr. Jane Holloway is content documenting nearly-extinct languages and had never contemplated becoming an astronaut. But when NASA recruits her to join a team of military scientists for an expedition to the Target, it's an adventure she can't refuse.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I "drug" myself away as quickly as possible.

  • By Aurochs on 08-10-16

Great story, great writing

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

Reviewed: 11-24-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It depends on the friend. There is a very graphic scene described where two people have sex and it is descriptive. That and there is a fair amount of cursing. I would say if the book was a movie it would firmly be in the rating of R due to the sexual content.

What other book might you compare Fluency to and why?

I might compare it to the Lost Fleet series but only because it deals with similar ideas as in Aliens and there is a significant portion of the story dedicated to the romantic nature of the main character.

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

I felt she did a really good job with Jane. She added in the pauses to allow for inflection and that made the character feel more real.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Earth thought they were discovering a way to further their technology, not that there very existence was in danger.

Any additional comments?

My only additional comment echos my first concerning recommending this to a friend. This author does a really good job developing the emotional turmoil someone goes through when longing and lusting for someone. If you feel uncomfortable reading lustful thoughts in graphic detail then you might want to pass. If you're ok with it then you'll probably like this. Sci-fi and nudity is surely a winning combo in this community. Ha

  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things

  • Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2.5
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,592
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,604

Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place. Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries. The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows.... In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • But No....

  • By Josh on 11-04-14

Wonderfully strange and delightful

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

Reviewed: 10-29-14

Where does The Slow Regard of Silent Things rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would say it ranks in my top ten. When put in its proper context this story reveals the mind of a truly unique character.

What other book might you compare The Slow Regard of Silent Things to and why?

None that I know of.

What about Patrick Rothfuss’s performance did you like?

I was worried when I heard but after listening I have found that he did a good job. Mostly because we pretty much stay in Auri's mind the whole time. He doesn't have to change tone or inflections so that helped.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me want to know so much more about the underthing as well as Auri. She sees things in ways that are so different yet have structure.

Any additional comments?

I wish there was more context in the story because I would recommend this book to my young niece but you really need to have read the other books to appreciate Auri.I know some people will give this book bad reviews so here's the mindset of a person that will absolutely enjoy the book.

1. If you were curious about the underthing when you read the King Killer Chronicles you might enjoy it.

2. If you were curious about the life of Auri then you will definitely enjoy this book.

3. If you enjoy the mysterious nature of how she communicates with her surroundings which was only hinted at in the other books you will enjoy this book.

4. If you love words for their own sake you will probably enjoy this book. Pat knows how to play with words and in this book he does not disappoint.

13 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • The Maze Runner

  • Maze Runner, Book 1
  • By: James Dashner
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,775
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,843

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He's surrounded by strangers - boys whose memories are also gone. Outside the towering stone walls that surround them is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It's the only way out - and no one's ever made it through alive. Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying: Remember. Survive. Run.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, though a little long

  • By Darrin on 11-28-11

Entertaining and great escapism

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

Reviewed: 09-22-14

If you could sum up The Maze Runner in three words, what would they be?

Must get out!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I actually liked Thomas. I think the author did a great job at creating a sympathetic character that I was able to get behind and enjoy the perspective.

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

He did a good job at bringing to life the different voices of the boys. He's an excellent reader.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Get Ready to Run!" ok, I stole that from the actual movie and that should tell you something. The movie is selling well and it is somewhat closely tied to the book.

Any additional comments?

This book does have some darker scenes with some violence. It's clean for the most part with YA humor so I would recommend it to teenagers. It's written well enough that adults can enjoy it. I listened to it twice now and will be moving onto book 2. Why? Well, I want to read it before the sequel movie comes out next September.