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  • The Extinction Cycle Boxed Set

  • Extinction Horizon, Extinction Edge, and Extinction Age (The Extinction Cycle, Books 1 - 3)
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 25 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,795
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,787

The worst of nature and the worst of science will bring the human race to the brink of extinction. Master Sergeant Reed Beckham has led his Delta Force team, code named Ghost, through every kind of hell imaginable and never lost a man. When a top secret medical corps research facility goes dark, Team Ghost is called in to face their deadliest enemy yet - a variant strain of Ebola that turns men into monsters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great twist on the zombie genre - Well worth it!

  • By Melissa and Josh on 04-11-17

A Book Worth the Praise

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

When it says that it is jam packed with action in every chapter it’s not lying. The crazy thing about it is that it’s not some dumb book full of stupid action that’s too outlandish to be believable. The story as well as the universe that it resides in is believable to the point that I’ve looked at certain patients (I work as a Intensive Care Unit Nurse) and seen how the book could indeed be a reality, albeit a slightly far fetched reality. The author took his time to understand how physiological changes could be extenuated under extreme trauma, pharmatheraputics, and gene therapy. One of the best book series I’ve ever had the pleasure to listen to.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Zero Hour

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 5
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22,917
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,450

United Nations Special Operations Command sent an elite expeditionary force of soldiers and pilots out on a simple recon mission, and somehow along the way they sparked an alien civil war. Now the not-at-all-merry band of pirates is in desperate trouble, again. Their stolen alien starship is falling apart, thousands of light years from home. The ancient alien AI they nicknamed Skippy is apparently dead, and even if they can by some miracle revive him, he might never be the same.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Monkeys kick A**, but......

  • By Beachcombers on 02-14-18

Shut Up And Listen

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

Reviewed: 02-19-18

Holy hell everything about this book series is fantastic! The characters feel fleshed out and realistic, even that damned beer can! Between the author’s writing and the narrator’s voice acting this is my all time favorite thing to listen to!

  • Black Ops

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 4
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23,302
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,767

The elite crew of the pirate ship UNS Flying Dutchman had a simple mission: determining whether the Thuranin are sending another starship to Earth. Along the way, they became sidetracked by securing a future for the UNEF troops on the planet Paradise. When asked whether Earth was now safe, their ancient alien AI responded "Not so much"...now they have to deal with the consequences.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slightly better than books two and three.....

  • By Steve on 01-02-18

FANTASTIC

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

I need more in my life right now! Fantastic performance coupled with a story that has real characters in a crazy believable world.

  • Slaughterhouse-Five

  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: James Franco
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,714
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,698

Traumatized by the bombing of Dresden at the time he had been imprisoned, Pilgrim drifts through all events and history, sometimes deeply implicated, sometimes a witness. He is surrounded by Vonnegut's usual large cast of continuing characters (notably here the hack science fiction writer Kilgore Trout and the alien Tralfamadorians, who oversee his life and remind him constantly that there is no causation, no order, no motive to existence).

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible narration.

  • By Walter W. Quinn on 07-05-18

Excellent Classic

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

Reviewed: 10-28-17

James Franco’s performance was excellent as his tone was somber and factual which lends itself very well to the book’s overall tone. Kurt does it again with a jumbled mess that somehow makes perfect sense!

  • Gumption

  • Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers
  • By: Nick Offerman
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,964
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,953

The star of Parks and Recreation and author of the New York Times best seller Paddle Your Own Canoe returns with a second book that humorously highlights 21 figures from our nation's history, from her inception to present day - Nick's personal pantheon of "great Americans".

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It was just ok

  • By Charlie Kapuscinski on 11-10-16

A Man of Opinions

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

Reviewed: 10-24-17

I totally understand people having opinions opposed to mine. That's great! We can learn from one another and come to a better understanding of each other. That being said, Mr. Offerman's gives his opinions with a pointed edge. He doesn't just say his opinion and then respect an opposing opinion. Instead, he absolutely trashes the opposing opinion (whatever the subject). I just find it quite distasteful and there is so much of it that it ruins the otherwise good book.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Paradise

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 3
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,081
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,238

While the crew of the starship Flying Dutchman have been trying to assure people that hostile aliens do not have access to Earth, the UN Expeditionary Force has been stranded on the planet they nicknamed "Paradise". The Flying Dutchman is headed back out on another mission, and the UN wants the ship to find out the status of the humans on Paradise.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • R C Bray never disappoints.

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-11-17

Trust in the Awesomeness

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

Reviewed: 06-23-17

This has now become my favorite book series ever. The universe is well thought out and the characters are real. I cannot recommend this book enough!!!

  • The Last Tribe

  • By: Brad Manuel
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,999
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,985

Fourteen-year-old Greg Dixon is living a nightmare. Attending boarding school outside of Boston, he is separated from his family when a pandemic strikes. His classmates and teachers are dead, rotting in a dormitory-turned-morgue steps from his room. The nights are getting colder, and his food has run out. The last message from his father is to get away from the city and to meet at his grandparents' town in remote New Hampshire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect year in the post apocalypse.

  • By Andrew Pollack on 06-18-16

Absolutely wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 07-22-16

I've spent the last 23 hours with these characters and their story. The author and narrator did an incredible job weaving a story that is awe inspiring about a horrible situation and the people in it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • American Sniper

  • The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
  • By: Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,090
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,097

From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's been censored by the publisher

  • By K9NSP on 10-21-17

A True Hero

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

Reviewed: 02-17-15

This book was one of the best I've ever read. The sacrifices that Mr. Kyle and his fellow soldiers made are undeniably patriotic. It give a greater sense of the love that is held between these men and the difficulties that they faced both as a team and as a individual. The world needs more men like Chris Kyle and his teammates. The world is a better place because of him and a worse place without him. God bless you Mr. Kyle I hope to meet you one day on the other side.