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  • Hell Divers

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,753
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,708

More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers - men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I usually don't read my SciFi however....!!

  • By Michalena on 10-06-17

Bray is the only reason I got as far as I did.

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

I read 1-3. In short, not a series worth getting into. Books 1 and 2 are good but the story loses steam as all the new characters are added. 1 is a good stand alone book to read if you have a couple plane rides that you need to pass the time on. 2 almost has to reset the stage because so much time and people have passed. There isn’t much depth to the background and little detail which apparently you’re supposed to get to in book 4 but by the middle of book three I just wasn’t interested in how they all got there.
Had the story not been narrated by RC Bray I wouldn’t have pursued it.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Black Ops

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 4
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23,176
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,731
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,647

The elite crew of the pirate ship UNS Flying Dutchman had a simple mission: determining whether the Thuranin are sending another starship to Earth. Along the way, they became sidetracked by securing a future for the UNEF troops on the planet Paradise. When asked whether Earth was now safe, their ancient alien AI responded "Not so much"...now they have to deal with the consequences.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slightly better than books two and three.....

  • By Steve on 01-02-18

Never gets old...

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

The story keeps me entertained through 6 books but the same things keep happening over and over again. However, even when you see the “Monkey has an idea the computer never thought of” moment building up you can’t help but be entertained. I really like all the characters but someone needs to die just to build a little suspense and keep us guessing. I’m 99.98798% certain neither Skippy or Joe are going to be killed off anytime soon and they are the only ones who have any close calls, so one of the secondary characters needs to take one for the team. That would add a lot of depth to the story, unlike this shallow review. The story is and has been very predictable since book 2. If there was a last minute Hail Mary TD in every NFL game, people would lose what little interest is left in professional football pretty fast. Despite me saying that, if Craig Alanson wrote 100 Exfor books the same way following the same plot line and kept writing in the style he does, I’d listen to every single one of them and wait impatiently for 101. I’m even listening through the whole set again while waiting for the seventh book to come.
Lastly, not enough can be said for RC Bray’s narration. Completely brings all the characters to life in a way that you’re not just listening to someone read a book, you’re listening to a performance. I will say that RC Bray, Joe and Skippy are a close second place to my all time favorite John Corey series performed by Scott Brick. My wife says I like books about arrogant dry-humored A-holes because they remind me of my favorite subject: myself. Thank you Craig Alanson for a great series!

  • The Yeti: A Novel

  • By: Rick Chesler, Jack Douglas
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey S. Fellin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

When evolutionary biology professor Dr. Zack Hitchens loses his wife in a senseless accident, he decides to follow her dreams all the way to the roof of the world - the peak of Mount Everest. On the infernal mountain, Zack and his teammates battle sickness, whiteout conditions, avalanches, the oxygen-starved minds of other climbers - and something else. Something primitive and consumed with rage. Something seeking revenge. Something downright abominable.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining Romp At the Top of World

  • By Kim Venatries on 11-28-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

Spoiler or two. Takes a long time to get started. Characters seem oblivious to what’s happening around them. Narrator gives all the British folks a thick Australian accent. Never liked the narrator in any other books I’ve tried. Story really lacks depth and there always seems to be another miraculous recovery by the main character for no apparent reason while everyone else dies. If you’re convinced you want to listen to a Yeti novel it’s worth a try but if you’re just looking for some good sci-fi listening I would pass. Go for some Preston & Child instead.

  • The Passage

  • A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy)
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
  • Length: 36 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,613
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,199

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A new type of vampire

  • By Randall on 06-29-18

Reading the trilogy for the second time.

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

Love the books. Fanning is my favorite character and seemingly the only truly developed character in the book. The rest I have a hard time remembering “where did that guy come from?”

1 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian Chronicles

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,234

Bradbury's Mars is a place of hope, dreams, and metaphor - of crystal pillars and fossil seas - where a fine dust settles on the great, empty cities of a silently destroyed civilization. It is here the invaders have come to despoil and commercialize, to grow and to learn - first a trickle, then a torrent, rushing from a world with no future toward a promise of tomorrow. The Earthman conquers Mars...and then is conquered by it, lulled by dangerous lies of comfort and familiarity, and enchanted by the lingering glamour of an ancient, mysterious native race.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Original. Great Stories, Great Narrator.

  • By Troy on 04-05-16

Couldn't listen to another word

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

Reviewed: 11-07-16

I don't know if I got the same book as everyone else but I made it through 3 hours and returned it because was torture to listen to.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful