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  • Federal Underground

  • Penn Mitchell's Ancient Alien Saga, Book 1
  • By: Jeff Bennington
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Penn Mitchell vanishes from the NYU campus and shows up three months later on his mother's doorstep with a book screaming to get out of his head. When the FBI discovers the novel discloses top-secret information, they bring Penn in for questioning. The interrogation goes sideways and Penn escapes into a subterranean world he thought was a figment of his imagination, a world where the US government is hiding, and at war with, an ancient race that has existed since the dawn of time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • X-Files on Steroids

  • By cosmitron on 04-21-18

Very good story but......

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

I really liked this book, the author is telling what aliens really are. I enjoyed it very much, but there is a little insignificant error that he makes so often that I almost stopped listening. It is not a clip it is a magazine. He kept calling a magazine a clip, over and over. This shows that he doesn’t know anything about guns and I drove me crazy. BUT I still enjoyed the book very much and will get the next book when it is released. I just hope in that book he calls the magazine a magazine and not a clip.

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  • Tragedy on the Trailblazer

  • Colony Ship Trailblazer, Volume 2
  • By: John Thornton
  • Narrated by: Jaclynn Elfring
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

In book two of the Colony Ship Trailblazer series, the adventurers from Dome 17 on the dying Earth are on the old colony ship, but things have not gone as planned. They receive an urgent summons from some unknown entity, proclaiming, “There is a major crisis! People in danger. I need your help to avert a tragedy! There is a major crisis! People in danger. I need your help to avert a tragedy!” Janae and Ken reluctantly answer that call, but what awaits as they venture into some of the unknown reaches of the Trailblazer? What is the nature of the crisis? What people are in danger? And who sent them the message and why? Just exactly what will be revealed as the Tragedy on the Trailblazer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Baby, It's Cold Outside!

  • By Betababe on 05-19-18

Very good continuation to the trailblazer series

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

I liked this more than the first book, they finally went into one of the habitats. Sometimes I got frustrated with some of the choices that Ken and Janae made at times but I guess that’s what makes an interesting story. All in all a good book and look forward to the next one in the series.
I was given this free review audiobook at my request and have volunteered this unbiased review.

  • Galaxy's Edge

  • By: Nick Cole, Jason Anspach
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,794
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,446
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,432

On the edge of the galaxy, a diplomatic mission to an alien planet takes a turn when the Legionnaires, an elite special fighting force, find themselves ambushed and stranded behind enemy lines. They struggle to survive under siege, waiting on a rescue that might never come. In the seedy starport of Ackabar, a young girl searches the crime-ridden gutters to avenge her father's murder; not far away, a double-dealing legionniare-turned-smuggler hunts an epic payday; and somewhere along the outer galaxy, a mysterious bounter hunter lies in wait.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • bit of a disconnect between parts

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-10-18

This book has me frustrated, but not why you think

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

Yes I was very frustrated after listening to this book, not because I didn’t enjoy it. I actually loved it from the first chapter through to the epilogue, a great book well narrated. So why am I frustrated you might ask, simple, I found out that none of the follow up books are available on audible. I am going to have to buy them on kindle and read them myself. I do enjoy reading a good book but not as much as listening to them on audible, so that is why I am frustrated. As for the book, like I said a great book read by an excellent narrator. There is no happy ending where everyone comes back alive, nope, there are some real heartbreaking moments. Just get the book and you will see, but you have been warned. All the rest of the books, six I think, are only available on kindle or paperback.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Conservation

  • By: James Flynn
  • Narrated by: Simon Wright
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 12

In 2034, the Universal Mining Agency launched a ship full of eager potential colonists. Conservation provides its passengers with everything they need as it sets off for their new home on a distant, habitable planet. As the decades go by, the optimism and hope that surrounded its launch dissipate, and certain members of agency staff begin to have their doubts about the project. Conservation was meant to be a microcosm of humanity, minus the cruelty and ill health. Society has degraded into a violent, fascist regime built on slavery and famine, but this time, things were to be different.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not sure quiet where to go with this.

  • By Matthew on 02-21-18

I wanted to like this but gave up fairly quickly.

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

Reviewed: 02-23-18

The book looked like it would be so good, just my type of sci-fi, but it became obvious early that I was not going to like it. The narrator had a heavy accent that wasn’t necessarily for the story, just made it hard to follow. I gave up so quickly I can’t say that it won’t get better but I was half way in and none of the characters were likely to get any better. And the story was way to predictable I was figuring out what was going to happen at every point in the story. Not to say that you won’t like the book, read other reviews before making your mind, this just wasn’t for me.
I received a free copy of this book from the in exchange for an honest review

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Praxis

  • By: Justin Knight
  • Narrated by: Scott Glennon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

A group of blue collar workers are selected to run the first manned space station, Praxis, at the edge of our galaxy. It will be part of mankind's bold ambition to explore beyond what we know. But trouble is heading right for them. A gang of vicious alien pirates are fleeing justice, intent on continuing their bloody campaign, and Praxis is in their way. The workers will have to defend themselves, unarmed, against a ruthless enemy intent on killing them. The biggest threat though, may be the station itself....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not a good Experience

  • By cosmitron on 02-21-18

Slow at the start, but what a finish

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

Reviewed: 02-23-18

The book is a little slow at the beginning, a lot of character building. But once they leave for praxis the story takes offf. The last half is edge of your seat storytelling. Parts of the story were a little predictable but that can be said for most stories. But the unpredictable parts (that’s most of it) was so good. The author left an opening for a second book and I look forward to the possibility. Don’t hesitate to spend a credit for this book, it is well worth it.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

  • Kent Montana and the Really Ugly Thing from Mars

  • The Kent Montana Series, Book 1
  • By: Charles L. Grant
  • Narrated by: Josh Brogadir
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

IT is big. IT is ugly. IT has a heat ray and a bad disposition. IT is, in short, the worst thing to happen to New Jersey since the last election. Nothing can stop IT. Not the army. Not the scientist. Not the preacher. Not even a cute little girl and her dog. Only one man can save us all.... Kent Montana.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dynamic Duo Writer and Narrator

  • By cosmitron on 02-21-18

Not your run of the mill alien monster storys

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

Reviewed: 02-22-18

Funny in places, dark humor but funny. Times I was scratching my head trying to figure what was going on. But well worth the listen, as a matter of fact I’m going to listen to it again to see if I can clear up some areas of confusion. Just to be clear I really enjoyed the book, confusion and all. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • The Awakening

  • Evaran Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Adair Hart
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

A heavily damaged alien research vessel in the Andromeda galaxy is hurtling toward a planet. The aliens should not be there. They have been traveling through space and time, abducting apex predators and sticking them in virtual simulations for research. The problem is the virtual simulations are powering down, unleashing the specimens on the ship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A quick Listen for Sci-Fi Fans!

  • By Cheri on 10-17-16

Go get this book

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

Good book, well read. This book has it all, it’s funny, exciting, moving,, if you like good sci-fi this should bet top of your list. Right after I finished this book I bought the book that has books one through three so I can continue the story, and that is what I recommend you to do. You can have the first three books for one credit,
"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

  • First Contact

  • Tantalus, Book 1
  • By: M.A. Abraham
  • Narrated by: Brian Callanan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

Twenty ships have left the gravitational field of the Earth with the intention of colonizing Mars. Each is independent of the other and set to become domed cities upon landing. The mission is simple: go forth to develop the new planet, make it an extension of our home. Well, it sounded simple. No one expected life on Mars to be easy, they are pioneers and that is a type of life that comes with dangers. What they didn't expect was for the settings of one of the ships to be off enough to miss their landing, to miss the very planet they were meant to settle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There is discord ahead

  • By Margaret on 03-24-18

Fun story, well read

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

This was a very enjoyable book, well worth the time spent. Different than a lot of the first contact story’s you read, there is only one villain and everyone else wants to get along.there are moments that I was saying to myself “that’s pretty far fetched” but it’s not very often so I just moved on. I will be buying the next book and I don’t do that a lot, so yes I really liked the book. One thing to note, the book talks about sex quite a bit but it is pertinent to the story.
"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Alone on the Conestoga

  • The Colony Ship Conestoga, Volume 4
  • By: John Thornton
  • Narrated by: Lauren Holladay
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

In the fourth book of the Colony Ship Conestoga series, the adventurer Jerome seeks to find out what happened to his fellow adventurer Cammarry. She is lost somewhere in the vast Habitat Beta. Jerome has only a few of his Dome 17 high tech gadgets, and has also lost contact with the artificial intelligence system, Sandie. He feels alone. What dangers await? What other things are lurking in the unknown recesses of the derelict and crashed colony ship? Will Jerome be alone for the rest of his days?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good solid Scifi

  • By Rayc on 02-07-18

Supremely addictive

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

Reviewed: 01-14-18

This book has twists that left me speechless, I couldn’t believe what Jerome was willing to do to try and find Cammarry. And then their AI, she was the best part of the book, you have to listen to discover what happens to everyone. There are some twists.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Repairing the Conestoga

  • The Colony Ship Conestoga, Book 3
  • By: John Thornton
  • Narrated by: Lauren Holladay
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Cammarry and Jerome have only explored a small part of the wrecked Colony Ship Conestoga. The section called the needle ship is in orbit around a strange world, but where are the remaining sections? Using the help of Khin, a man born on the needle ship, and the artificial intelligence system Sandie, Jerome and Cammarry try to get parts of the old ship fixed and functional. But things do not go smoothly. What will they discover? What new things await? How will they locate the lost habitats which made planet-fall somewhere on the unknown planet? What dangers will they encounter as are repairing the Conestoga?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Five Stars!

  • By Lauren on 11-27-17

Getting better and better

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

Reviewed: 01-14-18

The story continues, and Cammarry and Jerome have to explore the conestoga. They have to work together, which can sometimes get difficult. There are problems all along the way as they try to survive their new home. Can’t wait for the next book.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful