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  • Renegades

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 7
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,269
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,953
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,938

The battle-scarred star carrier Flying Dutchman is finally on her way back to Earth, after an exceptionally successful series of missions that have once again saved the world. The ship needs a serious refit, and her exhausted crew just wants a break from constant clandestine warfare against a vicious and superior enemy. Wishes come true, right? Not for the Merry Band of Pirates.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Same Problems as BSG and LOST

  • By Spankybus on 04-03-19

Not nearly as good as the previous

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

This book has some serious problems.

First, the "Colonel Joe comes up with bizarrely creative solutions to impossible problems" is beaten to death in this book. Skippy and various characters comment on it ALL THE TIME. Its the theme of the book.

Second, the level of cussing has increased significantly. Its not extreme, but its definitely increased and to the point that I don't listen to the book in front of my children. Increased foul language is a cop out and usually a sign that the author is floundering for new ideas. Its like a comedian whose jokes are old so he tries pump some life into them with some 4 letter words.

Third, there is a lot of repetition, and there are some unnecessary paragraphs (they have no relevance to the story), and there are some sections that are just plain boring (which I jumped through skipping forwards in 15 sec increments).

While the first 6 books were very good (books 1 & 2 were superb), this one is a real let down. A few good moments, a little Skippy comedy, but overall its not that great as space opera or military space sci fi. I fear the series has run its course.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Sector 64: First Contact

  • A Sector 64 Prequel Novella
  • By: Dean M. Cole
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

As part of the Greatest Generation, Major Anthony Spinelli, a World War II fighter pilot, flew into combat to save his family and keep them free. Two years later, he lost them in the blink of an eye, leaving Tony rudderless and without purpose. Then, on a dark, moonless night, in the skies above 1947 New Mexico, he has an encounter that will change humanity forever. However, when an accident threatens to unleash unimaginable destruction, Tony must race against time and unwinding plots to save us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cole Does It Again with First Contact

  • By Brian on 07-22-17

Exellent Prequel, better than the series

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

This is a good story, and presented excellently. It was so good, I bought the first book of the Sector 64 series. Unfortunately the series does not come close to the value of the prequel. The series has a different narrator, and the story itself is slow with far too much extraneous detail.

Get this prequel. Skip the series.

  • Good to Go

  • The Life and times of a Decorated Member of the U.S. Navy's Elite Seal Team Two
  • By: Harry Constance, Randall Fuerst
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646

Good to Go is Constance's powerful, firsthand account of his three tours of duty as a member of America's most elite, razor-sharp stealth fighting force. It is a breathtaking memoir of harrowing missions and covert special-ops - from the floodplains of the Mekong Delta to the beaches of the South China Sea - that places the listener in the center of bloody ambushes and devastating firefights. But Constance's extraordinary adventure goes even farther - beyond 'Nam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Vietnam Book I have heard!!!

  • By Jeff Mothersbaugh on 05-29-15

Good, Not the Best

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

This is good but not great and not the best. There were a few times where the events seemed contrived or exaggerated. "We Few" by Nick Brokhausen (available on audible) is better and in my opinion is the best book on special forces in Vietnam. Good to Go is not nearly as deep or multifaceted as We Few.

  • We Few

  • US Special Forces in Vietnam
  • By: Nick Brokhausen
  • Narrated by: George Spelvin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 288

A Green Beret's gripping memoir of American Special Forces in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Is there such a thing as funny war genre ??

  • By dax on 11-04-18

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 03-05-19

The story is excellent. Even though it is from the SOG perspective, it provides broad insight into the Vietnam War experience. It was very entertaining, there was some humour, some seriousness, some factual presentations, and some parts that tug at your heart.

The reader is also excellent.

I normally listen to audio books while driving, but this is one audio book that I made time to listen to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mesopotamia: A Captivating Guide to Ancient Mesopotamian History and Civilizations, Including the Sumerians and Sumerian Mythology, Gilgamesh, Ur, Assyrians, Babylon, Hammurabi and the Persian Empire

  • By: Captivating History
  • Narrated by: Richard Savage, Desmond Manny, Duke Holm, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Taken together, the civilizations of Sumer, Assyria, and Persia have helped form the modern makeup of Mesopotamia, western Asia, and the world. However, to really understand why things are the way they are, it’s important to break up this historical timeline and spend some time learning about each society. Only by doing this will you be able to fully appreciate the powerful impact these ancient peoples had on our modern world.    

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great material, terrible performance

  • By D. G. Florida on 03-05-19

Great material, terrible performance

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

Reviewed: 03-05-19

Why everyone gives the performance 5 stars is beyond me. In sections 1-3, the reader takes long pauses at every comma. I hear a sentence, think its over, and then the reader finishes the sentence. Its extremely annoying.

In section 4, there is a different reader but he reads as if his audience is children. He is a little too slow, and his attempts at reading with "emotion" and emphasis fail. That is extremely annoying.

I am about ready to return this audio book and buy the printed book. The material is great, the reading of the material ruins it.

Update: I returned it, can't stand the presentation.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Gilgamesh

  • A New English Version
  • By: Stephen Mitchell - translator
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,815
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,289

This brilliant new treatment of the world's oldest epic is a literary event on par with Seamus Heaney's wildly popular Beowulf translation. Esteemed translator and best-selling author Stephen Mitchell energizes a heroic tale so old it predates Homer's Iliad by more than a millennium.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A defense of this "translation"

  • By George on 07-16-08

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 02-21-19

This was far better than I ever expected. The performance was perfect, and the story was engaging and entertaining. Gilgamesh is the oldest story known, written sometime around 2500 BC. I expected it to be difficult to understand but the author produced a great translation.

  • Planetside

  • By: Michael Mammay
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,914
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,816
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,812

War heroes aren't usually called out of semi-retirement and sent to the far reaches of the galaxy for a routine investigation. So when Colonel Carl Butler answers the call from an old and powerful friend, he knows it's something big - and he's not being told the whole story. A high councilor's son has gone MIA out of Cappa Base, the space station orbiting a battle-ravaged planet. The young lieutenant had been wounded and evacuated - but there's no record of him having ever arrived at hospital command. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't put it down!

  • By Rebecca Enzor on 08-02-18

Excellent story, excellent presentation

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

There are some battle scenes, but this is not the usual "space opera". Its a story about an on the edge of retiring infantry colonel who is sent to investigate a missing officer on a far off planet. Its exciting, engaging, and entertaining. I normally listen to audio books in the car, in the gym, or when doing chores. For this book, I set aside time to listen.

  • Fields of Fire

  • Frontlines, Book 5
  • By: Marko Kloos
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,784
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,535

Mars has been under Lanky control for more than a year. Since then, the depleted forces of Earth's alliances have rebuilt their fleets, staffing old warships with freshly trained troops. Torn between the need to beat the Lankies to the punch and taking enough time to put together an effective fighting force, command has decided to strike now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great continuation of the series!

  • By Mgarneau on 03-02-17

Should end it here

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

First, Andrew and Halley visit Halleys mom and we learn that Halley - who we thought was a supremely talented and confident pilot who remains cool under the most extreme pressure - has serious mommy issues and is really an immature psycho bitch. Put her in a room with her mom and she falls apart due to the pressure and has to leave. She hates her mom so much she says if she gets pregnant while on active duty she will have the embryo frozen and if she dies while on duty she will have it killed just so her mother cant get her hands on it.

And we get some ranting about social class, how the middle class wastes resources, odd social justice commentary. Halley seems to have joined the military and got involved with someone "below her class" (that would be Andrew from the poor PRC) just to spite her mother. Andrew better be careful, if you get on Halleys bad side she turns into a vengeful lunatic.

Its all a little odd and not needed for the story. A real detraction, in fact.

The rest of the story is ok. Still a good bit about the Andrew Halley relationship, which is a little odd after the visit to Halleys parents. A big battle on Mars, but its more of the same, no surprises, all predictable if you have read the series up to this book.

This is a good place to end the series. I wont be readingg the rest of the series.

  • Chains of Command

  • Frontlines, Book 4
  • By: Marko Kloos
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,578
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,245

The assault on Earth was thwarted by the destruction of the aliens' seed ship, but with Mars still under Lanky control, survivors work frantically to rebuild fighting capacity and shore up planetary defenses. Platoon sergeant Andrew Grayson must crash-course train new volunteers - all while dulling his searing memories of battle with alcohol and meds.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Becoming a bit too repetitive

  • By Sailfish on 04-25-16

Lost its focus, half a story, foul language

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

The first 3 in the series were good. But this one isn't as good as those. At times it reads like a romance novel - far too much analysis of the Andrew-Halley relationship. At times it spends far too much time analyzing the motivations of soldiers, and inside Andrews mind as he struggles and agonizes with his inner turmoil over ordering men into battle and the resulting deaths.

There were a lot of parts where I skipped forward to get through the boring romantic and psychological stuff.

And the foul language has been increased considerably, much more than in the previous books of the series. At times it sounds like a 12 year old who just discovered the F-bomb and has to say it every other sentence. Foul language is the resort of comedians who are not funny, and authors who have run out of ideas. Yes, there is a lot of vulgar language in the military, but this is not the military, this is science fiction entertainment. When I have to turn off the story when I think other people are around, then there is too much cussing in the book.

Finally, its only the first half of a story. If all the nonessential rambling was removed (probably one quarter of the book), it could have been made into the full story.

I'm on the edge of dropping this series. I'll get the next book, but if its just more of teh same as this one, then I'm done.

  • The X-Files: Cold Cases

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,773
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15,544
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15,464

Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - and adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs ( The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), Cold Cases marks yet another thrilling addition to the pantheon of X-Files stories. Featuring a mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo's investigations like never before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-30-17

Terrible in every way

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

The story was very predictable and boring. If someone told me to write a standard fare X-Files story that was inconclusive and boring, Cold Cases is what I would write.

Even though the script is at times childish, Gillian Anderson is terrible at reading. And at times it was read in a childish way, with exaggerated sighs and oddly inflectioned comments.

This may be the worst book I have listened to on audible, tied with The Mountain Man: First Story. Mountain Man was just gross with no redeeming quality as a story, but it was presented very well. X-Files Cold Cases was not gross, just boring and predictable, and read poorly.

Don't waste your time on this one.

Its free for a reason.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful