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  • Empire of the Dragon: An EVENT Group Thriller

  • EVENT Group Thrillers, Book 13
  • By: David L. Golemon
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

230 BC - The first sovereign emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, has consolidated his ultimate power with battles against the last of the dissenting tribes of China. With one last province to take, he knows he will be pitted against the one man he fears - his mysterious half brother, Li Zhang, leader of a peaceful province to the north. The new emperor's goal was to murder Li Zhang for the secrets he has kept from the world that would give Qin Shi Huang the power to strike beyond the borders of ancient China. The power over earth, water, fire, and air. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Change in narrator is disappointing.

  • By Sofia M. on 08-07-18

Playing out the event group string

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

The series is not getting better, unfortunately, and Kafer's performance is overwrought and predictable. Sadly, this series, which intitially was creative and fascinating, both in content and performance, is losing it's cache. I can't recommend this one. I we provided this review copy by the author via Audioblast in exchange for this unbiased review.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Terminal List

  • A Thriller
  • By: Jack Carr
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,713
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,243

On his last combat deployment, Lt. Cmdr. James Reece's entire team was killed in an ambush that also claimed the lives of the aircrew sent in to rescue them. But when those dearest to him are murdered on the day of his homecoming, Reece discovers that this was not an act of war by a foreign enemy but a conspiracy that runs to the highest levels of government. Now, with no family and free from the military's command structure, Reece applies the lessons that he's learned in over a decade of constant warfare toward revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Make way for Jack Carr!!!!

  • By shelley on 03-08-18

Ray Porter saves the day

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

Reviewed: 06-30-18

This one is ALL RP. The characters are somewhat stiff and silly, the plot staggers from one "difficult to believe" scenario to another, and overall it is a decent listen...except for RP who brings it to life. Worth the credit for his performance alone.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Midnight in a Perfect World

  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 141

A mysterious suicide. Horrific specters walking the streets. A drug that promises to change the world. An apocalyptic cult. Something is stirring in the city of Duluth, Minnesota. Ever since a celebrated researcher announced the creation of a new experimental drug - a drug with the potential to cure the mind of countless ills - people have been disappearing. When a grad student involved with the drug's development unexpectedly commits suicide, a private detective is tasked with unearthing the details of her tumultuous final days. This miracle drug may not be what it seems.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Have to be into it to be into it..

  • By Matthew on 04-29-18

Have to be into it to be into it..

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

Brutal, weird, tough, gruesome, odd, abstract, intense, and not without merit.

Certainly not the "feel good book of the year" this is more of a Lovecraft-esque offering than anything else.

Approach with care. It is well done to be sure, just not my ideal.

I was provided this book by the author in exchange for this independent review.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Commune: Book Two

  • Commune Series 2
  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,876
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,707

The survivors have come to settle in the mountains of Wyoming, fighting day in and day out to establish a home for themselves in a near-empty world. Things are good at first; scavenging is a workable, short-term solution that seems to be providing all they need. But they know that it’s only a matter of time before the food runs out. They need to scramble to find a sustainable solution before the clock stops, and for a little handful of people up in the mountains, the odds don’t seem very favorable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent listen

  • By Jason a. on 04-07-18

The long trudge moves on

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

The good...RC Bray. The man can do no wrong in my world...brilliant performer and continues onward with this offering. Authentic, witty, and consistent.
The story...OK truth here...if you are a fan of the series, and of this type of Dystopian tale telling in particular, then you will relish this story. If not, I would recommend you move on. This series largely defines this genre, so it is very WYSIWYG.
Overall...I genuinely enjoy the characters and their trials and tribulations. That said, I likely only have one more book in my personal tolerance. It can get abit much after awhile.

But, it sure feels great while it's happening!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Assassin's Gambit

  • Time Assassins, Book 2
  • By: R. Kyle Hannah
  • Narrated by: Rick McVey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Pulled forward in time by the Guild of a distant future, Assassin 101 is tasked with tracking down a rogue agent before he can return to his time. What he finds is a web of espionage bent on destruction and domination, and a family secret makes the assassin doubt his own future.  

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • About time to end this series

  • By Matthew on 04-16-18

About time to end this series

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

As Assasin 101 would say, it's about time to end this. Confusing plotting, lacking the historical interest of the first book in the series and featuring characters that it's difficult to care about.
Unfortunately, I can't recommend this offering, notwithstanding the overall concept is compelling in many ways.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hellbent

  • An Orphan X Novel
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,609
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,348
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,329

Taken from a group home at age twelve, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as an off-the-books government assassin: Orphan X. After he broke with the Orphan Program, Evan disappeared and reinvented himself as the Nowhere Man, a man spoken about only in whispers and dedicated to helping the truly desperate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easily earns 5 stars!

  • By Wayne on 01-31-18

Another brick in the Orphan X wall

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

What a combination these are. Brick and Hurwitz. Scott is more discrete than he has been in the recent past, and brings consistency and life to the characters. The story is rollicking, fun and intense all at the same time. Overall, this is the best book of the series to date, and comes highly recommended!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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

Not sure quiet where to go with this.

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

Reviewed: 02-21-18

The Good: Simon Wright does his usual, highly professional and unique job of bringing this book to life. He employs unique, sometimes highly passionate voices and emotions to the story.
The Challenge: Not quite sure where the author wanted to take this story. There were several plot arcs, and they all didn't align as well as the listener would have hoped. Still, some of the concepts were unique and thoughtful.
The Truth: I received my copy in exchange for this independent review. I can recommend this offering, with the caveats offered here.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Forged in Fire

  • Destiny's Crucible, Book 4
  • By: Olan Thorensen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 28 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,415
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,260

Joseph Colsco has survived what many would not have - cast naked on an alien planet amidst humans speaking an unknown language and with a different culture and history. Now, known to the people of Caedellium as Yozef Kolsko, he has risen out of despair to prominence and finds himself a central figure in the culmination of a struggle against an imperialist power bent on subjugation. The clans of the Island of Caedellium must gird themselves for what is to come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story & narration.

  • By Joe Ibrahim on 02-09-18

Book 4 just as great as the previous 3!

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

Wow. Just Wow. What a truly great series. A fantastic combination of author and performer, who together literally breathe life into the epic tale of Joseph Koltho. I can't say enough good things about this series. Ther are no flaws, no hiccups, it is simply one of the best series I have ever listened to. Most highly recommended, but listen to the SERIES in ORDER!
( I kindof hope there are more sequels, but if not, this is a fine ending! )

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Forbidden Island

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 330

On the precipice of a cliff, contemplating suicide, dishonorably discharged US Army Ranger Rowan Baer is invited to provide security to a research team visiting the most dangerous island in the world - North Sentinel Island in the Sea of Bengal. Seeking redemption, he accepts. Living among Amazon rainforest tribes, eccentric Israeli anthropologist Talia Mayer is recruited to study the island's elusive inhabitants - the Sentinelese - who have resided on the tropical island since the dawn of mankind.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Struggled throughout

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-09-18

Not the best from Mr.Robinson

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

Having listened to several of Mr. Robinson's offerings, this one looked interesting. Upon conclusion and review, it is not nearly as good as some of these others IMHO.

Conceptually it works, but the devil is always in the details, and there is the challenge. Gratuitous references, random violence that does not move the story forward, and at times overly dramatic reading all combine to make this a difficult listen. The story does pose some interesting concepts, to be fair, but they are not clearly made and take far too long to reveal.

Can't recommend this one, unfortunately. I wanted to.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Extinction Code

  • Ancient Origins Series, Book 1
  • By: James D. Prescott
  • Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 620

Geophysicist Jack Greer believes he may finally have found the resting place of the meteorite that wiped out the dinosaurs sixty-five million years ago. A few miles off the Yucatán coast, Jack and a team of scientists tow an aging drilling platform over the impact crater with the aim of securing a sample. But buried deep beneath the earth lies a shocking discovery that threatens to shatter everything we think we know about the origins of our species.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • the story is solid and entertaining

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 04-04-18

A sprawling series starter

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

Interesting concept ( albeit somewhat derivative ) with some well-defined characters, and leaves enough unresolved issues that the sequel(s) are something to perhaps look forward to.
That said, I wasn't totally taken in by this story. Not sure why, as it has all the earmarks of stories I generally would follow, but something in the combination of narrator and writer seemed to be missing. Maybe a bit too much a stretch in terms of story development?

It's OK and is generally entertaining, but the reader is alerted that it is the first in what looks to be a long series, so many story arcs are left open-ended.

Modestly recommended.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful