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  • Human Phase

  • Robot Geneticists, Book 6
  • By: J. S. Morin
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Martian terraformer Kaylee Fourteen is a recent immigrant from Earth. Residents of the domed colonies of Mars can practically smell the day they’ll be able to walk outdoors on their own planet without the need for air supplies. But the committees on Earth control the resources the colonists need, and their interference threatens the terraforming project’s very existence...until a group of radicals takes hostages to force the release of the tech and materials the terraformers need. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Taming Mars

  • By chieftwidgit on 03-20-19

Taming Mars

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

The story of this book revolves around Mars. Mankind has expanded to Mars and the people who are there have developed an independence from the robots and want a more human centrist society. Upon moving to Mars one of Eve's great granddaughters runs afoul of this group and is taken captive as hostage. Since Eve's health has deteriorated it falls on Abby to try and negotiate with them.

This book is full of surprises and many twists and turns. It is a very well written book and does a good job of concluding the series.

The narration is outstanding as it has been throughout the series.

This book was provided free of charge with the expectation of an honest review.

  • Engineered Tyrant

  • Robot Geneticists, Book 5
  • By: J.S. Morin
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

A new generation of humans has entered adulthood. Raised by robots, these freshly minted citizens of Earth struggle to fit into a society that has gotten by without them for a thousand years. Until Alex Truman shows them a new path. Raised by Charlie7 and cloned from the original Charles Truman, Alex feels that it's his right to rule mankind. With the entirety of human history as his guide, he learns from the successes and failures of the Human Era and puts them to use against a society that's completely unprepared to oppose him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New character perspectives but still enjoyable!

  • By Daniel O. on 01-13-19

A major change is in store

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

The first 10 chapters are composed of describing how the children come to be and how they develop. But then the rest of the story involves the attempt of the humans to define their own destiny in relationship to the robots. The two main characters are Abby and Alex. Abby is frustrated because she has not been able to accomplish what she felt she should. Alex is frustrated because he feels that the robots are preventing him from developing dark energy.

Alex sets out with a plan to gain control of the system to change it and allow human development as he wishes while Abby opposes him in an effort to keep the status quo. The interpersonal play is sometimes frustrating but you are always on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next.

The narration is exceptional and a pleasure to listen to.

This book was provided free of charge with the expectation of an honest review.

  • Rebel Robots

  • Robot Geneticists Series, Book 4
  • By: J.S. Morin
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23

Charlie7 has his secrets. Every robot knows that history has a dark period where he was the only one alive, with no one to corroborate his story. That was before an old adversary, long believed dead, emerges from hiding to expose Charlie7 as a fraud. With a newfound internship mixing new robotic personalities, Rachel Eighteen stumbles across an old file in the archive that no robot can access. The data it contains could upset the underpinnings of the thousand-year-old robotic civilization. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely enjoyable continuation of the story!

  • By Daniel O. on 01-13-19

Plots and history

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

Reviewed: 03-18-19

After Rachel 18 stumbles across old files that the robots were programmed to not see it springs a revolution that had been brewing and planned for a long time. Robots who were not satisfied with their life and wanted to become human wanted to seize control so they could clone humans and overlay their brain with themselves. This involved putting all the humans in danger as well as exposing secrets that Charlie 7 had kept hidden for a thousand years.

This book was end to end excitement. It was well written and the story held together and kept my interest throughout. The narrator was outstanding and the use of multiple voices for the characters was excellent.

I look forward to the remainder of the books in this series.

This book was provided free of charge with the expectation of an honest review.

  • Wood's Reef

  • Mac Travis Adventure Thrillers, Volume 1
  • By: Steven Becker
  • Narrated by: Paul J McSorley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

It’s easy to become invisible in the Florida Keys. Mac Travis was doing his best to keep a low profile: diving, fishing and enough salvage work to pay his bills. It’s a good life until he discovers something while spearfishing that could change the pristine Keys forever. His drunken crewman soon lets out the secret and his life is instantly changed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Entertaining

  • By Mike on 05-03-14

Nukes missing?

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

This book starts during the Cuban Missile where nuclear devices are accidentally dropped off the Florida Keys. The bombs are found 50 years later the devices are found by Mitch and Woody. After attempting to get the government to retrieve them terrorist also become involved. The person who dumped the device is now running for President and it becomes known that he covered up the incident and Woody is one of 3 people who know of the incident.

This book is full of excitement and political maneuvering and there is never a moment when you know how it will all end.

The narration is excellent.

This book was provided free of charge with expectation of an honest review.

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  • Alvin Baylor Lives!

  • A 21st Century Pulp
  • By: Maximilian Gray
  • Narrated by: Josh Horowitz
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Alvin Baylor was tasting glory as a cyber-athlete, until scandal ended his career. Now he spends his days at a dead-end job in a constant hangover haze. And with the North America of 2117 fractured into corporate territories, who can blame him? But Alvin is about to get a life-changing proposition: serve his corporate overlords on a secretive delivery mission to an asteroid-mining colony. Riding an all-expense-paid cruise to the frontier of the solar system, Alvin doesn't know that a mysterious female assassin is coming to steal the technological marvel he's delivering. It's the opportunity of a lifetime...but Alvin Baylor just might pay with his life!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Alvin Baylor

  • By medy on 12-20-18

Space pulp fiction

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

This book involves a has been gamer named Alvin who works as a calibration tech for a large asteroid mining company. He is sent to retrieve a piece of equipment and it is expected he will be eliminated upon it's retrieval. The entire story is about his fumbling moves from a washed up failure to the leader of a group fighting to save humanity. He encounters scorn, love, hate, and suspicion that must be overcome for him to accomplish his task.

The narration is good except for the sound effects meant to simulate radio traffic and other issues. These parts are hard to understand an should be closer to normal speech.

This book was provided free of charge with the expectation of an honest review.

  • Dead Men Walking

  • Nate & Clare, Book 2
  • By: Kwen Griffeth
  • Narrated by: Paul J McSorley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26

There was no doubt the man was dead. A bullet through the head will do that. But, who was dead? The man had no identification, no known address, no Social Security information could be found, and the fingerprint search came up empty. Detective Nate Burns, Albuquerque Police Department, knew two things. The man was dead and he was blood type O+. The most common type of blood in the country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nate is back and better for it

  • By Ray Johnson on 03-30-18

Second chances

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

This is the story of a detective who is on medical leave after an injury who does not want to participate in counseling but when he reluctantly does so he is re-injured. The whole story is about his struggles to restart his life.

This story is the constant struggle to survive and is well written and believable. The narration is great.

This book was provided free with expectation of an hones review.

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  • Until Nothing Remains

  • A Gun Play Novel, Volume 1
  • By: C.A. Rudolph
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

The United States has experienced its share of turmoil over the years. Although not particularly as war-torn or stricken with genocide and violent crime as other nations, over time, gun violence and terror attacks have become commonplace on American soil. Never before has the United States been subjected to widespread coordinated terrorist attacks, devastating enough to bring the entire nation to its knees. Until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent twist!!!

  • By Darlene on 10-26-18

Exciting entry to a new series

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

Reviewed: 01-27-19

This book involves a husband and wife team who are contracted to make a hit not knowing that it will also set off a final attack on America. The team involves multiple layers of betrayal and must continue to survive.

The second set of players are a family that have prepared for survival in case of an attack or other emergency.

The interplay is really well done. The story holds great promise for a new series. The narration is excellent and very understandable.

This book was provided free of charge with expectation of an honest review.

  • Epidemic

  • Kendall, Book 3
  • By: John Holt
  • Narrated by: Mark Sando
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Tom Kendall, a down-to-earth private detective, is asked to investigate the death of a young newspaper reporter. The evidence shows quite clearly that it was an accident: a simple, dreadful accident. That is the finding of the coroner and the local police. Furthermore, there were two witnesses. They saw the whole thing. But was it an accident, or was it something more sinister? Against a backdrop of a viral epidemic slowly spreading from Central America, a simple case soon places Kendall up against one of the largest drug companies in the country.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • flu epidemic

  • By patricia sterlin on 01-21-19

An epidemic runs wild

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

This book involved an epidemic on an island.

The book did not keep my attention and I failed to complete it.

  • The Accord

  • Allison's Secret, Book 2
  • By: D Stalter
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Be careful who you bring into your home. Not everyone is who you think they are. After a solar flare takes down a large section of the American power grid, Allison opens her doors to friends and neighbors in order to build a sustainable community. But not everyone who claims to be her friend is one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story with great narration

  • By Karen S on 01-13-19

Continued story with emotion

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

This is the continuation of Allison's Secret. It begins with the group finding more bad guys and helping people to survive. The point of this book is that everyone you help may not be appreciative.

The book goes into great detail about the healing aspects of herbs and oils. It also is informative and helpful in pointing out other aspects of living without modern power and conveniences.

Book three should prove very interesting indeed.

The narration is exceptional and very clear and the range of voices is great.

This book was provided free of charge with the expectation of an honest review.

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  • The Sam Reilly Collection, Volume 2

  • By: Christopher Cartwright
  • Narrated by: David Gilmore
  • Length: 33 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

The offer - $20 billion split between four leading scientists on alternative energies to purchase and then squash their research lines, which include the recent discovery of a powerful new energy source capable of replacing mankind’s reliance on fossil fuels. There’s no doubt their discovery is worth 10 times that much. But will any one of them live if they refuse?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quickly becoming one of my favorite series

  • By Robert on 01-27-19

Life goes to the extreme

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

This is a continuation of the series. It continues with the introduction of technology that goes out of control.

As always the story line is well done. It holds your interest throughout and never fails to let you down.

The narration was excellent.

This book was provided free of charge with the expectation of an honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful