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  • Freehold

  • Freehold, Book 1
  • By: Michael Z. Williamson
  • Narrated by: Molly Elston
  • Length: 21 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 371

Sergeant Kendra Pacelli is innocent, but that doesn't matter to the repressive government pursuing her. Mistakes might be made, but they are never acknowledged, especially when billions of embezzled dollars earned from illegal weapons sales are at stake. But where does one run when all Earth and most settled planets are under the aegis of one government? Answer: The Freehold of Grainne.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow ! great story and homage to Heinlein

  • By Jon on 04-09-15

Other reviews are right!

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

This book was a wish fantasy for libertarian political views, I wouldn't mind this too much but the "adversary" the large government society is propped up to be this horrible thing with few redeeming qualities, but the libertarian society is this wonderland. The problem is one the imbalance and perception of the political views, two the reason I bought this was Military Sci-Fi very little of that going on.

By the end of this book I was ready to just end it it might be interesting to see how the conflict develops between but the conflict here was has so little exposure I'm not invested enough to keep going and nothing else about this book is that interesting.

Oh and there's a lot of sex, references to sex, references to rape

  • The Powers of the Earth

  • Aristillus, Book 1
  • By: Travis J. I. Corcoran
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 19 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

Earth in 2064 is politically corrupt and in economic decline. The Long Depression has dragged on for 56 years, and the Bureau of Sustainable Research is hard at work making sure no new technologies disrupt the planned economy. Ten years ago, a band of malcontents, dreamers, and libertarian radicals bolted privately developed antigravity drives onto rusty seagoing cargo ships, loaded them to the gills with 20th-century tunnel-boring machines and earthmoving equipment, and set sail - for the moon. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good read

  • By J. Dunlap on 09-06-18

Might be worth continuing

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

This is difficult book to review, the story is about a clash of libertarians which have colonized the moon versus the big brother government's of Earth. The MC seems to have a hate boner for any type of government which at times is interesting but at other times seems to be the only defining characteristic of the character ( I hate government's, other people should be able to read my mind, I have an uncontrollable need to control what my love interest does going against the whole libertarian thing) are the basic three thought the main character has.

The side characters (other Povs) don't seem that interesting, and only seem to exist to drive the plot forward. Let's have a perspective from these people so that we can have observers for this plot point.

Also the moon libertarians are very disorganized and supposedly kept a piece of technology out of the hands of government s for a fairly long time ... stretches believability. Besides that the tech was pretty cool, and the talking dogs was an interesting perspective as well.

So this book was difficult to get through and am not sure If I will continue the story as the main character is not very appealing to me mostly because the reasons for his main three plots arent really expounded on. For example MC hates government's great but the reason for that hate is lackluster.

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  • Foundryside

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Jackson Bennett
  • Narrated by: Tara Sands
  • Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581

Sancia Grado is a thief, and a damn good one. And her latest target, a heavily guarded warehouse on Tevanne’s docks, is nothing her unique abilities can’t handle. But unbeknownst to her, Sancia’s been sent to steal an artifact of unimaginable power, an object that could revolutionize the magical technology known as scriving. The Merchant Houses who control this magic - the art of using coded commands to imbue everyday objects with sentience - have already used it to transform Tevanne into a vast, remorseless capitalist machine. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Fantasy

  • By Michael on 08-22-18

Amazing Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

This book was amazing. With a well thought out magic system, engaging characters, a plot that pulls few punches, after writing the Divine Cities Trilogy Robert Jackson Bennett strikes again as a fantasy author with a new series that looks to be shaping up to be another great one.

For me this book ticks many boxes that a great fantasy should have. A sense of discovery, abundant magic, society shaped by that magic, a consistent story, and after finishing you feel like you accomplished something, gained a new perspective, and new characters to cherish and imagine.

Tara Sands was a great voice for this novel captures the characters well and the tone of the story. The production was on point.

Not having much more to say and not wanting to spoil the novel the book, my recommendation is: BUY

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Ash to Ashes: Chronicles of Chalisaria: Volume One

  • By: C. Robert Jones
  • Narrated by: Jack Voraces
  • Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

They say you don't get to choose your family; for Ashton Firebrand, the adopted son of a dragon, this is particularly true. Still, he finds a way to make it work. When Ashton learns of an assassination plot targeting his dragon father, he launches an investigation that reveals a lot more than he bargained for - including some interesting details about his own origins.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Justin on 01-02-19

Well Executed Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

This is a pretty typical fantasy novel which is not really a bad thing, it has some interesting ideas and some of the actions do come as a surprise but most people should be able to guess what will happen long before the ending.

The audio book in particular is fairly well narrated with distinguishing voices and well done production the narration fits the tone of the story well.

This is not a revolutionary novel, but is well executed and surprinslgy engaging.

  • The New Frontiers Series Boxed Set

  • The Ship, NFI, and NEO
  • By: Jack L Knapp
  • Narrated by: Tom Lennon
  • Length: 32 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 155

This boxed set contains 3 complete science-fiction novels. This is science-fiction at its best - future engineering, intrigue, first contact. It’s a space opera like none you’ve experienced before. The audiobooks will keep you listening late into the night, and you won't be able to stop.... 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Something almost happens then nothing.

  • By M. Pratt on 07-28-18

Suffers from Production Issues

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

Performance (2.5/5) (It's Okay)

Okay the voice of the narrator is not for me but this is not why this performance is getting 2 stars. This audio book is marred with production issues, the most egregious being that the near the end of the first book there is a bunch of editing artifacts that someone forgot to remove and it is very annoying. Imagine having to listen to a couple of pages of the narrator repeating the same line 2x for example "Jack went out to build a spaceship" "Editing artifact sound" "Jack went out to build a spaceship". The voice takes some getting used to but I did listen to the whole audio book, I have a high tolerance for a different narrators.

Story (3.5/5)

I gave this a 4* because I am a fan of these types of book. Those which focus on building, space ship exploration and technological advancement. Those elements are all in this book and I really enjoyed them. Its all the other things in this book that made wince inside a lot and the authors obsession with the Balance of Payments. The Science stuff (great) - the non-science stuff (Politics / Economics / Business Intelligence/ ...) is wince worthy.

Is it worth a credit? In its current state no - if the production issues were solved and you enjoy this type of book then sure.

5 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Perilous Waif

  • Alice Long, Book 1
  • By: E. William Brown
  • Narrated by: Mare Trevathan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,304

My name is Alice Long, and I've always known I was different. When I was little I used to climb up to the highest branches of the housetree at night, and watch the starships docking at the orbital stations high above. Forty meters off the ground, watching ships 30,000 kilometers overhead, with senses that could pick out radar pings and comm chatter as easily as the ships themselves. It all seemed perfectly natural at the time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THIS was fun!

  • By bluestategirl on 10-26-17

Amazing.

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

Reviewed: 04-04-17

This audiobook was quite a ride, thinking about it this story reminded me a lot of the movie Treasure Planet (not the plot though or aliens – more of the feel). Treasure Planet that is for mature audiences (there are no explicit sex scenes) which include an interesting take on AI and Genetic engineering, also has a neat implementation on interstellar travel, and the protagonist is just a bit overpowered (I think some would say Mary Sue-like qualities). (No aliens in the book as far as I could tell). This book is fun – action packed, and most of all an interesting perspective on humanities future.

Overall (4.5/5)

The performance was good, but I think the narrator got a bit excitable in places. I noticed this at the beginning, but there were a few instances in which the narrator speeds up when something exciting is happening – the speed is up all right, but it felt like some of the words were not being enunciated correctly or wholly. I usually listen to books at 2x speed but had to lower the speed to 1.7x to cope with the bursts of excitability. The voice of the narrator fits rather well with the story, and production was good. Note – I am not saying that emotion is bad – I am saying that enunciating each word at the same pace and speed of the last is important – having half the sentence end at double the speed of the first half is not good.

Performance (3.5/5)

The story is told from one perspective, Alex. This is quite an adventure story, from escaping a mind control regime, visiting strange new places, criminal organisation(s), treasure ships, chase scenes, blowing stuff up – sometimes with small nukes, and a few learning montages. People in this society are in some ways designed; there is a fascinating exploration of AI development and also Nanotechnology + some genetic engineering. The story explores these technologies – but I would not classify this as hard science fiction. Alex is different – but does that mean she is not human or is it just a next step? While this book has a lot of cool concepts going on and is very imaginative, the author gives a well-paced story, that is the story came first the cool ideas second.

Story (4.5/5)

Having read both the Kindle version and listened to the audiobook – I feel like both are mostly on par with each other.

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Awaken Online: Precipice

  • By: Travis Bagwell
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,949
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,664
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,655

A few days have passed since Jason's confrontation with Alfred and he's debating whether to reenter Awaken Online. Alfred has made a proposition that Jason isn't certain he should accept. After the battle with Alexion, Jason has also been appointed the Regent of the Twilight Throne. He must assume the mantle of ruling an undead city - with everything that entails. His first task is to investigate the dark keep that looms over the city's marketplace. This act will lead to a chain of events that might ensure his city's survival or create new enemies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • dang it I want more

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-26-17

Being a Necromantic Villan LitRPG

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

Reviewed: 03-24-17

I finished the book, and my first thought was that I want more, but also to that nagging curiosity to know what happens next. Awaken Online: Precipice meets the expectations that were set forth in the first book. Overall, I felt satisfied with the listening experience, some of the world building aspects of the book are very well done, while I get conflicted feeling with what some of the characters on what they are doing, I feel like they are the good kind of conflicted feelings meaning that I am invested in the story.

(Overall 4.7/5)

The Performance by David Stifel was basically the same experience as the first book, that is it was a good job. Conversations between characters were easy to keep track of, and I heard the story, not the voice. Production is well done, there were no issues that I caught.

(Performance 4.7/5)

So the story was gripping and addictive, it does slowdown in places but this is 18-hour audiobook, so those are the good places to take a breather. The book does end on something of a cliff-hanger, but that is mostly the author being evil and setting up the next book in the series (which is coming soon I hope 😝). I have conflicting feeling on most of the characters in this story, but all of them feel like they have depth and a background behind them. From the descriptions of the world of Awaken Online it feels like we only have a small glimpse of the entire world, and I worry that it only seems like two groups are effecting the game world it would be nice if this wasn’t the case – (even if only through the background in the news casts).

The story has a few threads going on at the same time: Jason and Company, the AI Alfred, some real-world perspectives, and an Alex subplot. All of these perspectives are interesting, but I sometimes feel like the story is being told with too many povs by the author, I appreciate the perspectives, but it is jarring sometimes to get what amounts to a 1 page pov from a character that will never be mentioned again. At the end of the day, the story was well paced, with lots of villainy!

Story (4.5/5)

17 of 22 people found this review helpful

Soulstone: Awakening: A LitRPG Novel audiobook cover art
  • Soulstone: Awakening: A LitRPG Novel

  • World of Ruul, Volume 1
  • By: J. A. Cipriano
  • Narrated by: Nik Magill
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609

Aaron Hope plays video games, like a lot, just not professionally. When he entered the EpiX! Games! PVP World Championship on a lark, this college senior never expected to make it to the final round, nor to get drugged and shoved into the alpha test for World of Ruul. The premise for this virtual reality MMO is simple. Find all eight treasures scattered throughout the world before the maelstrom's forces devour everything in sight. The only catch? You can't log off, and if you die...well, let's just say what happens in the game doesn't stay in the game.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A nice surprise and very addictive

  • By Jenniferk on 02-25-17

Tpyical LitRPG fare

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

Reviewed: 03-20-17

“This book was given to me for free at my request, and I provided this voluntary review.”

Overall my thoughts on this book are simply That this book did not bring me in, it was not spectacular it was average. The performance was great; I felt what this book lacked was well-written characters. I enjoyed the plot and almost everything else about this book; the characters did not feel like they have depth, or are particularly well executed. None of the characters felt like they popped off the page (well they cannot really cause it is an audiobook). (4/5)

Performance wise the narrator did the job he was supposed to do. Production was good, characters were well diversified, most importantly the voice did not get in the way of the story. I cannot really ask for anything more from a narrator, but on the other hand, this was not the best thing I have ever listened to from a performance standpoint, which is fine. (4/5)

Story – So I already mentioned that the characters were the weak part. The plot was well developed, I enjoyed the worldbuilding, and the pacing was well done. I enjoyed that the story moved from different environments at a good pace, the action sequences were well executed, and I had no problem following what was happening at any one time, I guess I just regret that the characters never captured me. (3.5/5)

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dreadnaught

  • The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell - introduction
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,989
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,186

The first book of best-selling sci-fi author Jack Campbell’s new series Beyond the Frontier returns to find Captain John “Black Jack" Geary, the hero of the Lost Fleet series, awoken from cryogenic sleep to take command of the fleet. Geary’s legendary exploits have earned him the adoration of the people—and the enmity of politicians convinced that a living hero can be a very inconvenient thing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Got me into audio science fiction audio books!

  • By ApplesOverOranges on 07-06-13

Lost Fleet Continues - Now with more Aliens

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

Reviewed: 02-20-17

Overall this book continues the excellent storytelling of the previous Lost Fleet books so if you have listened to them this series is more of the same, which is a good thing. I highly recommend starting with the Lost Fleet Series since this series starts right after, and has the same cast of characters as the first series (for the most part). (4/5)

The performance by Christian Rummel was great as always, each character has their own voice, and it sucks you into the story cannot ask for anything more. [Listening Speed 1.7x] (4.6/5)

The Story first goal is to wrap up and tie up loose ends from the last series (in the alliance), the rest of the story is a new mission, so there is some drama of going through the syndicate space (but this seems more like a filler). After that the mission attempts to contact with the Alien’s which were in the last series, things do not go exactly as planned to give us an exciting story. Story (4/5)

  • Clan

  • By: Realm Lovejoy
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

On Clades, to be a Clan is to be an exact copy. A perfect society cloning themselves to survive, even as the zombielike Frags threaten to overrun them on an unforgiving planet. Clan 1672 (privately known as Twain) was never supposed to survive the Incubation Tank. But he did. Illegally. He is different from the other Clans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive spin use of clones and strong concepts

  • By MelHay on 02-28-17

The Smallest Difference can make an Outcast

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

Reviewed: 02-19-17

"This book was given to me for free at my request, and I provided this voluntary review."

Overall I was very satisfied after listening to “Clan”, “Clan” had an interesting story and excellent performance. This book embodies the best in Science Fiction an idea explored with an interesting plot with great characters. I recommend this book to mature YA readers or adult readers, the book explores dark themes. (4.5/5)

The fantastic narration was performed by Jeff Hays. Each character had a differentiated voice, and I could instantly tell when one of the characters was speaking. This audiobook includes sound effects which were expertly interwoven into the story, much better than Delvers LLC (same narrator) where I found them to be inconsistent. I would be remiss if I did not mention that near the beginning of the narration there was an inconsistent echo, other than that I did not notice any audio anomalies. The narration was top notch, and I think the story benefited from it. (4.9/5) [Listening Speed 1.7x]

The author weaves a world which people strive to be the same “unified” but even then differences appear, the story in a sense is a celebration of the smallest differences. The story follows Clan 1672 who strives to be the same as the rest of the Clan, but the large differences make that difficult, those difficulties form the basis of the story. The story goes to some dark places on exploring what people do with outcasts from a group, and how small differences can cause large divides when everyone else is identical. In the end, this story is driven by an idea, but what makes it great is exploring that idea with a cast of great characters. (4.5/5)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful