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  • HALO: First Strike

  • HALO, Book 3
  • By: Eric Nylund
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 124

It's 2552. The theocratic military alliance known as the Covenant is showing no mercy as it continues to assault every human world it encounters, but in the way lies humanity’s greatest champion, the supersoldier Spartan John-117 - the Master Chief. Together with his AI companion Cortana and the last remaining Spartans, the galaxy-spanning fight rages on two fronts following the destruction of the human military stronghold Reach by Covenant forces and the mysterious artificial ringworld known as “Halo” at the hands of the Master Chief. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • reader great with multiple characters! Story = !!!

  • By Bryson Robbins on 04-02-19

Narrator dooms this project

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

Reviewed: 04-14-19

I can’t get past the narrator. What is this, a 1950’s filmstrip? A travel log? There is no emotion appropriate to the scene. The narrator is just reading. The narrator doesn’t do stress, anxiety, fear, or conflicted emotions.

Even worse he pronounces “Myjulnir” as ma-Joel-nir .

It’s clear that the narrator never bothered to listen to any previous book. You can’t distinguish one character from another.

Imagine an entire book being read by a used car salesman.

This is the only Halo book I couldn’t finish.

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  • Outlaw Platoon

  • Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan
  • By: Sean Parnell, John Bruning
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,412
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,107
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,102

At 24 years of age, U.S. Army Ranger Sean Parnell was named commander of a forty-man elite infantry platoon - a unit that came to be known as the Outlaws - and was tasked with rooting out Pakistan-based insurgents from a mountain valley along Afghanistan's eastern frontier. Parnell and his men assumed they would be facing a ragtag bunch of civilians, but in May 2006 what started out as a routine patrol through the lower mountains of the Hindu Kush became a brutal ambush.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book...Everyone should listen to this book!!

  • By Chris on 04-09-12

Reality that beats fiction.

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

I am a fan of space opera/military science fiction and wanted to see what the real thing was like. Here is s true story that plays like a thriller: the danger, the bravery, the humanity, the indescribable bond between soldiers. I just wish the authors would work with soldiers from years after Sean’s tour and write a full history of the conflict from the soldier’s perspective.

  • Order of the Centurion

  • By: Jason Anspach, Nick Cole
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 562

Tired of sitting out the war on Psydon in a mobile office lab, Legion Lieutenant Washam agrees to undertake a covert and unsanctioned mission with a band of Republic Recon Marines. Inserted deep behind enemy lines, the strike force uncovers a surprise key to ending a bitter war. Now they must navigate a hostile jungle teeming with murderous alien rebels, pushing themselves to the limits of their abilities, to get this vital intel to Legion Command - if they can survive that long.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don’t be thrown off by the new narrator

  • By Anonymous User on 03-06-19

Such fun, a new Legion series

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

Soldiers sharing a bond that eclipses class, and tribal boundaries. What do we owe each other?Who wouldn’t want to be a member of a group whose prerequisite to entry is an answer of “all.”

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  • Fuzzy Nation

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi - introduction
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,703
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,708

In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling.

  • By Samuel Montgomery-Blinn on 05-11-11

Emotionally satisfying no matter your politics

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

Yes this is a variation of “bad Corp exploiting helpless natives and damaging the environment” but unlike Avatar it’s got a sense of humor, it’s not politically sanctimonious, and as courtroom dramas go, it’s quit satisfying. It would be fun to have other writers substitute their own main character with a different moral compass and see how differently the story plays out.

I’m still waiting for someone to write a story about an amoral native species who use political manipulation and lawyering in human society to extort billions from business partners, and sew chaos as a prelude to invasion.

Till then, will do.

  • The Consuming Fire

  • The Interdependency, Book 2
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,975
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,563
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,550

The Interdependency, humanity’s interstellar empire, is on the verge of collapse. The Flow, the extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel between the stars possible, is disappearing, leaving entire star systems stranded. When it goes, human civilization may go with it - unless desperate measures can be taken. Emperox Grayland II, the leader of the Interdependency, is ready to take those measures to help ensure the survival of billions. But nothing is ever that easy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Building upon a collapse, this follow-up exceeds!

  • By C. White on 10-16-18

Here awaits new friends in a glorious universe

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

This is a large world with characters I love. The plotting is fantastic, the villains classic and the key voices spot in. It’s a romp!

Now for the next.

  • Island of the Lost

  • Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World
  • By: Joan Druett
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,129

Auckland Island is a godforsaken place in the middle of the Southern Ocean, 285 miles south of New Zealand. With year-round freezing rain and howling winds, it is one of the most forbidding places in the world. To be shipwrecked there means almost certain death. In 1864, Captain Thomas Musgrave and his crew of four aboard the schooner Grafton wreck on the southern end of the island. Utterly alone in a dense coastal forest, plagued by stinging blowflies and relentless rain, Captain Musgrave inspires his men to take action.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Best Stories Ever Told!

  • By Tiffany on 04-10-16

Captures the imagination

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

The most amazing thing about the story was the incredible ingenuity displayed.

I think the comments about seal hunting are understandable but misplaced. Getting food was the primary task every day. It had to be done or they died. Hey It’s a survival book.

I once went on a camping trip with a couple of vegetarians where one of our supply drops failed to materialize. No one in the group had likely ever been a day without food in their lives before. After two days, all we had were the fish we catch. After a day and 2 nights without food it was remarkable how none of the expected rhetoric and discussion from either side ever materialized: everyone ate fish. Such is the motivation of hunger. Back at civilization, the vegetarians were once again vegetarians. There was no moral crisis or guilt. You do what you have to do. Some of us even met our weight loss goals for the trip.

  • The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Vol. 2-B

  • By: Ben Bova, Isaac Asimov, others
  • Narrated by: Angelo Di Loreto, Vivienne Leheny, Gabriel Sloyer, and others
  • Length: 22 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

This last volume in the definitive collection of the best science fiction novellas published between 1929 and 1964 contains 11 great classics. No anthology better captures the birth of science fiction as a literary field. Published in 1973 to honor stories that had appeared before the institution of the Nebula Awards, The Science Fiction Hall of Fame introduced thousands of young listeners to the wonders of science fiction and was a favorite of libraries across the country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best SF audio book ever.

  • By MikeFarr on 10-26-18

Best SF audio book ever.

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

Anthologies are risky. Each story by a different author. Who can possibly like them all? You can! Each story in these three audiobook volumes is great. There is not a one that I did not love. Each was completely different from the other.

The narrators are wonderful as well, you probably already know them.

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  • The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Vol. 1, 1929–1964

  • The Greatest Science Fiction Stories of All Time Chosen by the Members of the Science Fiction Writers of America
  • By: Robert A. Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, and others
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, L. J. Ganser, Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 28 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381

This book contains 26 of the greatest science fiction stories ever written. They represent the considered verdict of the Science Fiction Writers of America, those who have shaped the genre and who know, more intimately than anyone else, what the criteria for excellence in the field should be. The authors chosen for the Science Fiction Hall Fame are the men and women who have shaped the body and heart of modern science fiction; their brilliantly imaginative creations continue to inspire and astound new generations of writers and fans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • CHAPTER LIST to Help Find Stories

  • By Lance on 06-07-18

Best, varied, entertaining, thoughtful, all star narration

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

This is the single best audio book I have ever listened too and I own 800. I’m immediately ordering volume 2. It doesn’t matter if you are an SF fan. I’ve never before listened to an anthology where every single story is astounding and yet so varied. Stretch your mind. This is my first triple 5 star review, will likely be yours too.

  • Mavericks

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 6
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,618
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,735
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,693

The remnants of the Expeditionary Force stranded on the alien-controlled planet "Paradise" get a chance to prove themselves, in a simple off-world training mission with a ship full of teenage alien cadets. When the mission goes horribly wrong and the survival of everyone on Paradise is at risk, the Merry Band of Pirates may have to come to the rescue. Unless they get killed first.... 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Alanson teases, and then pulls a 3.5

  • By Andrew on 09-26-18

Best characters , universe, and performance

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

Trust the awesomeness. I can’t tell you how many second rate novels I’ve listened to while waiting for this latest installment to come out. Skippy, Joe, Nert, the English and French commandos. Will Nagatha return? RC Bray brings these character to life.

The universe and races, the humor. It’s a modern day Hitchhikers guide.

How long till the next?

  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,588
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,890
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,848

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

It’s fascinating and not really political at all

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

Some reviews said this book was political. I was willing to risk it anyway because I love science, I’ve gone storm chasing, and this book was all about the national oceanic and atmospheric administration. Gaining business advantage by political contribution is the mainstay of both parties. So don’t stress it. It’s a great little book. I will now read more from the author.

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