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  • Storm World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 10
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,147
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,027
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,017

In an unprecedented first, Earth sends a message to Mogwa Prime. Unfortunately, the messenger is not met with enthusiasm. Misunderstandings soon threaten all of Humanity. Forced to prove Earth can serve the Empire better than any rival, McGill does his best. Eager to prove our worth to the Galactics, the frontier war between Rigel and Earth is expanded to Storm World. Circled by six moons, the planet is ravaged by wild storms and tides. Battles are fought in raging hurricanes, and death stalks the soldiers on both sides.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A bit more of the same... but still fantastic

  • By Elliot on 01-31-19

pretty good.

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

not as good as the rest of the series.
time to put it too bed.

  • Illuminae

  • The Illuminae Files, Book 1
  • By: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
  • Narrated by: Olivia Taylor Dudley, Lincoln Hoppe, Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,053
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,050

Audie Award, Multi-Voiced Performance, 2016. The year is 2575, and two rival mega-corporations are at war over a planet that's little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra - who are barely even talking to each other - are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Romantic Space Opera

  • By Katherine on 11-30-15

Odd yet entertaining.

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

Reviewed: 03-24-17

Enjoyable tale, but the writing style for this novel is a little unusual.

The entire story is almost all emails and afer action reports from various perspectives.

  • Nevernight

  • The Nevernight Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Jay Kristoff
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 20 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,140

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father's failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father's former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer and a future she never imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just try it....

  • By Devontay on 10-27-16

Great story.

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

Reviewed: 02-25-17

Took a while to get started. The beggining was a little confusing, but after that it got way better.
Definetly worth getting, and I'm looking forward to the next in the series.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Daughter of the Sword

  • A Novel of the Fated Blades
  • By: Steve Bein
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 171

Mariko Oshiro is not your average Tokyo cop. As the only female detective in the city’s most elite police unit, she has to fight for every ounce of respect, especially from her new boss. While she wants to track down a rumored cocaine shipment, he gives her the least promising case possible. But the case - the attempted theft of an old samurai sword - proves more dangerous than anyone on the force could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Story, more Fantasy than Sci-Fi

  • By DocJim on 12-05-12

Awesome.

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

Reviewed: 10-15-16

A really good story, great characters.
Swords, history, and a Japanese lady cop.
Looking forward to the sequel.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Omen Machine

  • A Richard and Kahlan Novel
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Sam Tsoutsouvas
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,576
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,577

An accident leads to the discovery of a mysterious machine that has rested hidden deep underground for countless millennia. The machine awakens to begin issuing a series of increasingly alarming, if minor, omens. The omens turn out to be astonishingly accurate, and ever more ominous. As Zedd tries to figure out how to destroy the sinister device, the machine issues a cataclysmic omen involving Richard and Kahlan, foretelling an impending event beyond anyone’s ability to stop. As catastrophe approaches, the machine then reveals that it is within its power to withdraw the omen....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing Return to a Great Series

  • By William on 11-08-11

Seemed a bit short.

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

Reviewed: 06-25-16

The story was good, although it lacked the depth of the previous books.

It felt more like a short story that has been fleshed out into a novel.

  • The Pillars of Creation

  • Sword of Truth, Book 7
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Jim Bond
  • Length: 22 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,780
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,954
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,978

Tormented her entire life by inhuman voices, Jennsen seeks to end her intolerable agony. She at last discovers a way to silence the voices. For everyone else, the torment is about to begin. Richard Rahl and his wife, Kahlan, have been reunited after their long separation, but with winter descending and the paralyzing dread of an army of annihilation occupying their homeland, they must venture deep into a strange and desolate land.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Detour!

  • By Don Gilbert on 04-11-09

Worst of the series. Can be missed out.

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

Reviewed: 06-01-16

Not really part of the saga, this book is a filler.

Smaller in scale, plot and characters.

I didn't enjoy this book. It was kinda dumb.
Luckily you don't need this book to keep the story going, and therefore it can be omitted from the series.

  • Wizard's First Rule

  • Sword of Truth, Book 1
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Sam Tsoutsouvas
  • Length: 34 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,494

In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is a blast

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 05-09-12

Not bad, good story, with an enthusiastic narrator.

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

Reviewed: 02-27-16

I never really got into the television series as I found it somewhat cliche.
However on a whim I downloaded the audiobook and found it surprisingly enjoyable.
I particularly enjoyed the narration, as it was performed really well, with plenty of emotion.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone over the age of 14, as some of the themes are a little risqué.

  • The Years of Rice and Salt

  • By: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 25 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 573

It is the 14th century, and one of the most apocalyptic events in human history is set to occur - the coming of the Black Death. History teaches us that a third of Europe's population was destroyed. But what if the plague had killed 99 percent of the population instead? How would the world have changed? This is a look at the history that could have been - a history that stretches across centuries, a history that sees dynasties and nations rise and crumble, a history that spans horrible famine and magnificent innovation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Alternate History as Philosophical Vehicle

  • By Mark Patterson on 08-22-15

A confusing mismatched jumble.

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

Reviewed: 07-10-15

I wouldn't consider this book hardcore sci-fi. It's more of an alternative history.

It spends its time briefly visiting characters who die and keep getting reborn years later.

The premise is nice, but you never really connect with the characters as they keep changing.

The author tries too hard not to upset Islamic, Hindu, or Buddhist readers and ends up giving a very clinical view of these religions. Which is a shame as this book is entirely about religion.

After 17hrs I just got bored.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Crown of Swords

  • Book Seven of The Wheel of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 30 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,496
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,679

In this volume, Elayne, Aviendha, and Mat come ever closer to the bowl ter'angreal that may reverse the world's endless heat wave and restore natural weather. Egwene begins to gather all manner of women who can channel: Sea Folk, Windfinders, Wise Ones, and some surprising others. And above all, Rand faces the dread Forsaken Sammael, in the shadows of Shadar Logoth, where the blood-hungry mist, Mashadar, waits for prey.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid performance, and a good book.

  • By D. Jenne on 11-30-12

A story to loose yourself in

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

Reviewed: 02-13-15

This world and the people who inhabit it come alive as you listen. When one of them is bonded to another against his will the outrage I felt lasted all day!

  • Aftershocks

  • Colonization, Book 3
  • By: Harry Turtledove
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 28 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

Set in the same universe as the Worldwar series, the Colonization series brings us to Earth in the 1960s, where four superpowers rule: the United States, Russia, Nazi Germany, and the aliens of the Race.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing much happens (entire series)

  • By Fernando on 12-24-12

Very much an in-between book :(

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-11

I was expecting a lot to be resolved in this novel having listened avidly to the 2 before it.
I was however sadly disappointed.

This is a long audio book (on par with books 1 & 2), unfortunately not a lot really happens in it.
A real shame, I expected better from Harry Turtledove.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful