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  • Vinium

  • The Silver Ships, Book 10
  • By: S. H. Jucha
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263

After the passage of two decades, the Omnians discovered a second, critical clue about the Nua'll, humankind's enemy, while investigating Celus-4, the home world of the intelligent, canine-like aliens, the Dischnya. This striking discovery, combined with the final broadcast of the Nua'll sphere at Libre, prior to its detonation, gave Alex Racine and company the means to narrow the search for the Nua'll home world. Alex has a consuming desire to locate the point of origin of the Nua'll before another gigantic sphere arrives to destroy more human colonies.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Fun Read

  • By Jean on 03-03-18

Pass on this book.

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

Reviewed: 02-21-18

What would have made Vinium better?

Less politics and useless bantering conversations.

What could Scott H. Jucha have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Rewrite the entire book.

Which scene was your favorite?

There was none at all.

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

Complete Disappointment. Worst book in the series.

Any additional comments?

The previous books were great this one was a total waste of time. Will be Returning!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Omnia

  • The Silver Ships, Book 9
  • By: S. H. Jucha
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

Alex Racine, who led an elite group of humans and SADEs (self-ware digital entities), left the newly discovered planet of Celus-5 under difficult circumstances. Few of the Harakens with Alex thought there was little he could do to bring peace to the embroiled planet. From their viewpoint, the demands of the Celus-5 Swei Swee, the six-legged aliens of the ocean, and the Dischnya, the warring, doglike, intelligent creatures who inhabited the dry plains, were too convoluted to solve.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging

  • By Jean on 12-16-17

Boring

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

Reviewed: 08-09-17

What disappointed you about Omnia?

Just a long do nothing boring waste pf money!

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

There was no story.

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

Gardner was his usual excellent narrator.

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

Total disappointment!

Any additional comments?

I hope this is not indicative of any of the remaining series.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Collapsing Empire

  • The Interdependency, Book 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,046
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,137

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dumb

  • By clifford on 02-05-18

Every Author Needs A Bomb

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

Reviewed: 03-30-17

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

Anyone who likes politics or Royalty might, although probably not, like this.

What was most disappointing about John Scalzi’s story?

I'm only through 7 of the 21 chapters and finding it nothing but politics and royalty; both of which completely bore me. Trying to make it through??

What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

He does fine as usual.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

ABSOLUTELY Nothing.

Any additional comments?

Scalzi normally is a fantastic author and I have really loved his work, this one so far is a total BOMB.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Incursion

  • Merkiaari Wars, Book 5
  • By: Mark E. Cooper
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474

The war games are on, but the real battle has just begun....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Series is taking a turn towards Young Adult

  • By Scott Gress on 07-05-17

Extremely Booring - BABBLE - End of a series

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

Reviewed: 01-28-17

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

No ONE! It's probably the most boring book I have ever listened to. The Absolute Worst!! This book convinces me to end this series and probably not listen to Cooper's books any more!

Has Incursion turned you off from other books in this genre?

Genre No, Cooper Yes. It may be possible that Cooper didn't even write this book. The previous books were good, this one absolutely, consistently, and completely sucks!! Just Babble!!

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

Naramore, as usual, does an excellent job. He's good enough that I could force myself to continue after the second chapter. What a waste of time!

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

COMPLETE DISAPPOINTMENT!! The book was crap - Skip this book and if this in an indication of what's to come from Cooper; then take him off your list!

Any additional comments?

Do NOT Buy this piece of babble, you'll regret it completely.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Retreat Hell

  • The Empire's Corps, Book 8
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554

After the disastrous mission to Lakshmibai, the very existence of the commonwealth is called into question by politicians on Avalon. But as the political firestorm mounts, a call for help arrives from Thule, a highly developed world facing a major insurgency in the wake of the empire's collapse. Reluctantly the commonwealth deploys the Commonwealth Expeditionary Force to Thule. But all is not as it seems.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing

  • By Jean on 07-04-15

Not worth the credit!

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

Reviewed: 01-13-17

What disappointed you about Retreat Hell?

The story could be made in three paragraphs. Nutall's worst book. Extremely Boring lots of politics and little action.

What could Christopher G. Nuttall have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Maybe include it in Book 9, alone it is worthless.

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

Kafer does a good job, this time he just had a very poor story!

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Absolutely NONE.

Any additional comments?

Pass this one up.

  • 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 28,176
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,800
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,740

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

SiFi the way it should be!

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

Reviewed: 12-29-16

What did you love best about Columbus Day?

This book is clean. No overt sex, or excessive vulgar language. I fantastic store.Of the over 100 books I have listened to in the past year, I think I rate this one as one of the best, if not the best. Action, humor, sorrow, it's all here.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Col. and skippie. Two separate stories meld together to make a great read.

Which character – as performed by R.C. Bray – was your favorite?

Bray is absolutely fantastic. It took a while then I realized that Bray was doing a fantastic job of adding accents to all the poeple, and excellent accents. No one could have done a better job. I am thankful for being able to listen to such an excellent reading.

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

No Film could do this book's author and the narritor justice.

Any additional comments?

The first thirty minutes I was thinking oh - no a hick sifi. Then I realized how fantastic it was. I loved the length and everything assiciated with this book. If I could give it 10 Stars I would.Thank you Craig Alanson and especially R.C. Bray for a absolutely enjoyable 19 hours !!!!!!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Rebel Fleet

  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,932
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,690
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,687

They hunt us. They bomb our worlds for target practice. A star cluster in the constellation of Orion rotates once every 1,000 years. Those who rule there have an ancient tradition: When each cycle ends, they train their fleets by spilling the blood of lesser beings. The enemy fleets are coming again. In response, the Rebel Worlds gather their starships to face the terrifying threat, and this time humanity is asked to stand with them. The last time they considered Earth, Vikings in longboats were raiding English coastlines. Today, we're less primitive. Today, we're a target.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Formulaic but entertaining

  • By B. on 02-08-17

Good But a little silly

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

Reviewed: 12-21-16

Would you try another book from B. V. Larson and/or Mark Boyett?

Yes. Boyett was good but not his best. Larson's story was weak minimal sex (a good thing) and no vulgar language.

What was most disappointing about B. V. Larson’s story?

The story was weak, a little savage, almost too much.

Which scene was your favorite?

The ending.

Was Rebel Fleet worth the listening time?

Just barely.

Any additional comments?

A good listen. Can easily be put down for later.

  • Babylon's Ashes

  • The Expanse, Book 6
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 19 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,190
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,436

The Free Navy - a violent group of Belters in black-market military ships - has crippled the Earth and begun a campaign of piracy and violence among the outer planets. The colony ships heading for the thousand new worlds on the far side of the alien ring gates are easy prey, and no single navy remains strong enough to protect them. James Holden and his crew know the strengths and weaknesses of this new force better than anyone.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • lots of filler

  • By Jesse Stevens II on 12-21-16

Worst book of the series.

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

Reviewed: 12-17-16

What would have made Babylon's Ashes better?

Excessive vulgar language could be cut out of the story. By the writings it is evident that the authors tend to write for the gay community. The constant references to gay sexual preferences and acts has no place in science fiction.

Has Babylon's Ashes turned you off from other books in this genre?

From the genre, no - from the authors - absolutely yes. This book also has excedingly long boring sections that almost put you to sleep. There use of a martian language is tedious and rediculous.

Did Jefferson Mays do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

He did very well considering the tripe he had to read.

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

Anger and disguest for buying such a poor book and waisting over 19 hours.

Any additional comments?

I will never buy another James S. A. Corey book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • To the Shores

  • The Empire's Corps, Book 6
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 701

Four years after their abandonment by the now-fallen Empire, the Commonwealth of Avalon is expanding into interstellar space and making contact with other successor states. With suspicion high on both sides, the Commonwealth and the enigmatic Wolfbane agree to hold a diplomatic meeting on Lakshmibai, a neutral world. But Lakshmibai's government hates off-worlders and, with the fall of the Empire, sees its chance to be rid of the hated intruders once and for all.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Jean on 04-28-15

Series has turned to Crap.

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

Reviewed: 12-10-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Stayed with the Marined and not politics, sex, rape, murder, and genocide.The series started off good, got better, then went down to ZERO.

What could Christopher G. Nuttall have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Skipped this book completely.

What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?

Great as always.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None.

Any additional comments?

Through with this series.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dreadnaught

  • The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell - introduction
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,986
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,183

The first book of best-selling sci-fi author Jack Campbell’s new series Beyond the Frontier returns to find Captain John “Black Jack" Geary, the hero of the Lost Fleet series, awoken from cryogenic sleep to take command of the fleet. Geary’s legendary exploits have earned him the adoration of the people—and the enmity of politicians convinced that a living hero can be a very inconvenient thing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Got me into audio science fiction audio books!

  • By ApplesOverOranges on 07-06-13

Another political crap story

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

Reviewed: 09-26-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Skip all the political crap, Just wanted a good story with no politics.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Certainly not this series. Poorly done and an extremely boring start.

What didn’t you like about Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell (Introduction) ’s performance?

Not a thing. The story line is just a repeat of others.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Absolutely none.

Any additional comments?

The presentation was hard to listen to, poorly done!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful