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  • Aye, Robot

  • A Rex Nihilo Adventure - Starship Grifters, Book 2
  • By: Robert Kroese
  • Narrated by: J.D. Ledford
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311

After interstellar con man Rex Nihilo hijacks a cargo freighter on a whim, he decides that he, and his long-suffering robot sidekick Sasha, have found their calling as space pirates. But when the ship's cargo turns out to be a cryogenically frozen religious fanatic who holds the secret to a vast galactic conspiracy, Rex and Sasha find themselves on the run from real pirates - as well as agents of the oppressive Malarchy, crazy space cultists, and the Ursa Minor mafia. If Rex is going to get out of this jam alive, he might just have to save the galaxy - again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story with Bonus Novella, Recording needs review.

  • By Todd Bowman on 08-25-17

Fun, but not as good as the first

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

Reviewed: 09-10-17

I loved the first book! The second is fun, with great narration, & new characters that I hope we hear me from. We also got some great character development at the end setting us up for the next book. Overall though, that's the thing, book two feels like a course correction & prep for what comes next.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • SpecOps

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 2
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,798
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,745
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,679

Colonel Joe Bishop made a promise, and he's going to keep it: taking the captured alien starship Flying Dutchman back out. He doesn't agree when the UN decides to send almost 70 elite Special Operations troops, hotshot pilots, and scientists with him; the mission is a fool's errand he doesn't expect to ever return from. At least this time, the Earth is safe, right? Not so much.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Repetitive and watered-down

  • By Daniel on 04-26-17

Very repetitive

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

Where the first in the series was funny & inventive, the second is incredibly repetitive. The entire book is just Skippy saying how dumb monkeys can't come up with ideas, followed by Joe coming up with a great idea. The author repeats jokes, plot points & dialogue, often word for word, over & over & over.

The story had promise but it feels like the author just decided to phone it in and rest on the same Skippy material you heard in the first book.

I loved the first book. The second was a big disappointment. I won't get the next.

Even the narrator, who I'm a big fan of, felt like he'd given up at times with the characters all sounding the same.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Woken Furies

  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 22 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,944
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,076

Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • "On Harlan's World...

  • By Danyal on 09-29-08

narration experiments?

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

Reviewed: 10-21-15

It seems like they either went back and recorded extra bits in an echo chamber, or they were doing it on purpose for effect. Either way it's jarring & distracting.

That aside, the story is great & the normal narration is great.

  • Self Sufficiency: Getting Back to Basics

  • How to Live Off the Grid
  • By: Terence Williams
  • Narrated by: Stephanie King
  • Length: 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 6

As things become more and more expensive and various operations are seemingly becoming more interdependent, many seek to be self-sufficient in some way and not be plugged into the grid. It is something that can be carried out quite easily and effectively once one has the necessary tools on hand to get the job done. One great tool to have on hand is Self Sufficiency: Getting Back To Basics. It can teach the listener how they can become self-sufficient with certain practices.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • misleading title

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-16-15

misleading title

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

Reviewed: 10-16-15

A more representative name would be "A Collection of Tips & Ideas for Living Frugally".

  • Growth Engines: Case Studies and Analysis of Today's Fastest Growing Companies

  • Best Business Books, Book 35
  • By: Can Akdeniz
  • Narrated by: Andrea Erickson
  • Length: 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Although popular culture certainly has its favorites in terms of rockstar companies, some of the rising giants within the business world don't always get the credit or airtime they deserve. There are a number of recent growth engine companies that have challenged conventional paths to success and forged their own destinies through unique and innovative techniques that have resulted in huge success within a shockingly short time.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Lacks any real detail or analysis

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-20-15

Lacks any real detail or analysis

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

Reviewed: 04-20-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

First, this book isn't really a 54 minutes as the narration is very slow. That being said even at 1.5x, or 2x, your time is probably better spent elsewhere as the book is very light on details.

The 5 companies "discussed" get 6-8 (slowly narrated) minutes each. The companies are:
Lululemon
Alibaba
Keurig
Tesla
Fuhu

These are fascinating companies that are definitely growth engines, but I feel rather than getting a case study or any analysis, all this book does is give you a very short intro to who these companies are.

Any additional comments?

I've given 2 stars, because if you ignore the speed, the narration is good, and if you ignore the lack of detail the intro to these companies isn't bad.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful