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  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

  • By: Claire North
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,643
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,638

No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now.As Harry nears the end of his 11th life, a little girl appears at his bedside. "I nearly missed you, Doctor August," she says. "I need to send a message." This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I'd feared

  • By Isobel on 04-29-16

Just get this book

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

Reviewed: 04-24-19

Oh my goodness... I absolutely can not say enough good things about this book. I’ve listened to 64 titles on Audible since I first subscribed and this one is easily my favorite.

Harry August is just a regular guy who keeps living the same life over and over again. The first quarter of the book sets out him essentially coming to terms with the fact that he is, for all intents and purposes, immortal. After that, the plot really starts to form and I don’t want to say much about it but it’s fantastic. There is an evil villain and the book has some dark moments. The ending itself is very dark and personally, made the book perfect.

The narration is very good - it legitimately feels like Harry August is telling the story and the accents and voices he pulls off are amazing. I legitimately can not give this book enough positive feedback. If you are even thinking about reading this book than just do it. You will not regret it.

  • The Song of Achilles

  • A Novel
  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Frazer Douglas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,669
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,004

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wasn't Expecting to Like It- BOY! was I wrong!!

  • By susan on 06-11-14

Interesting Take on the Fall of Troy

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

Reviewed: 04-21-19

I went into this book not knowing it was a romance novel and ended up really enjoying it. I will say that I personally found the beginning portion prior to Troy more interesting than the portion of the book that took place at Troy. This isn’t to say the story was any less good - but the fall of Troy is nothing new.

The book is about Patroclus and his love for Achilles. The book starts off with them as boys and in a way discovering themselves and developing a romantic bond. The boys grow together and eventually move on and apprentice with Chiron together, where Patroclus learns medicine. Their relationship really takes up from there and I won’t give anything further as I already feel this is a tiny bit of a spoiler but it’s pretty obvious.

The book is a tragedy if the subject matter didn’t make that obvious. If a new take on the fall of Troy is something you’re interested in, I wholeheartedly recommend this book. It leans heavy on the romance however and any reader should be aware. Very good book. Took away one star simply because it does drag a little bit once they get to Troy.

  • Capital Fleet

  • The Complete Ixan Legacy Series Box Set
  • By: Scott Bartlett
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 24 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

 

We had 20 short years of peace. Twenty years to put worlds back together. Twenty years for Captain Vin Husher to convince us the aliens would return. We didn’t listen. Warmonger, we called him. Washed up, we called him. But now, the enemy has returned, with high-tech weaponry well beyond anything of which humanity has dreamed. If Husher and his ragtag crew can’t manage to stop them, they will smash us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great military sci-fi

  • By Michael on 04-10-19

Not for those who like 'hard SciFi'

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

Reviewed: 04-17-19

Like the title says - I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who is looking for hard science fiction. Is the story bad? No - Is it predictable and a little cookie cutter? Yes.

The 3 books get progressively better as they progress as far as overall plot and story. The characters are pretty straightforward and a little repetitive and I never really found that I cared for any of them. This never really bothered me as much but what really got me was the science fiction - I'll elaborate below.

The science part of this book is at the level of a B-movie. The issues that plague a space faring civilization such as food, aritificial gravity, communication and propulsion are either explained away with a quick 'thingamabob' or are ignored altogether. For example, there is technology to travel at FTL speeds via wormhole but it's use destroys the universe slowly; alternatively, this same technology which is based off a specific element, also creates artificial gravity but the effect is negligible. There are several cases in the book where something is simply a problem unless it isn't. In the first book, the protagonist has debilitating PTSD and in the following books it never once comes up. Propulsion just essentially happens with no real explanation of why or how or why they can fly across a solar system in what seems like minutes but at the same time - have to rely on gates for interstellar travel.

One of the other annoyances of the novel is that racism and prejudice are a massive component of the civilization. Book 1 pushes this to the point where I nearly returned the book. Books 2 and 3 bring it up when it is the most inconvenient but it honestly felt a little bit forced. I didn't care for this as it felt so forced and was over the top enough that it felt the author was being pointedly ridiculous. I found myself rolling my eyes constantly.

Again, despite all this I wouldn't say it's a 'bad' book - but I can't recommend it. If you want to listen to something very light that has action (there is a lot of action) and an alright story - this isn't a bad book for you. For those of us who love hard Scifi (think Ender's Game, The Expanse and other similar titles) this is a solid pass.

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  • Red Country

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 19 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,397
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,041
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,021

They burned her home. They stole her brother and sister. But vengeance is following. Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she'll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she's not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old step father Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb's buried a bloody past of his own. And out in the lawless Far Country the past never stays buried.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Justice can have what's left when I'm done.

  • By Lore on 10-02-13

What a ride!

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

Reviewed: 04-11-19

It’s been a long time getting here but I adore Abercrombie’s work. This one does not disappoint! The ever present cynicism and grittiness are still just as present as they ever were. Fans of the series will know exactly what to expect and unlike the other two ‘standalone’ books - I’d say this one could be read out of order whereas the two before it in my opinion are best read in sequence.

This one brings back several characters and closes up there stories to some extent. I personally thought this one was a little slow in the middle but at the same time - this one is the most unique in that it creates a very niche setting (almost a western theme) in the First Law universe.

I was essentially on the edge of my seat out of fear for the characters up until the last 2 or 3 minutes of the book once the story got past the slower middle section. This book, once it picks up, is intense. Fans of the series brutality will not be disappointed either - this one features a return of a favorite anti hero (I won’t spoil it by revealing the name) and he is especially ruthless in his efficiency in this one.

Overall, very good book, fantastic story and world. Amazing narration by Pacey - I can not say enough good things about the series.

  • The Paths Between Worlds

  • By: Paul Antony Jones
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 383

For Meredith Gale, ending her life seems like her only choice, and that choice is the reason she’s dangling by her fingertips from a bridge high above the freezing water of the San Francisco Bay. But someone or some thing has other plans for Meredith, and as her fingers slip from the cold steel of the bridge, a disembodied voice asks her a simple question: “Candidate 13: Do you wish to be saved?” Realizing her mistake too late, Meredith screams “Yes!” and instantly finds herself transported to a mysterious island, alongside hundreds of other Candidates like her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HOLY WOW!!

  • By Willis Burns on 03-20-19

Pretty good - reminds me of TV show Lost

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

Reviewed: 04-05-19

I got this book for free in exchange for a review so this one is a little outside of my normal genre of listening.

It’s actually pretty good. The story to me reminded me a lot of the TV show Lost but there are definitely a lot of differences. Essentially, a bunch of people are abandoned on an island and they don’t know why. Every mystery solved opens up 3 more mysteries.

Kate Reading did a great job reading for the characters and I found that Meredith in particular was a very engaging character.

I give the story an average rating simply because I found several occasions that I just couldn’t keep my focus on the book. It’s definitely not bad and I look forward to the next book - but several times I was just listening to get through to the next sequence of events.

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  • Rogue World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 7
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,974
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,673
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,653

The Galactics arrived with their Battle Fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spanned the Milky Way. Today, Battle Fleet 921 is returning to Earth. It hasn't been seen by human eyes since our blissful day of Annexation. But what should be a joyful occasion, a chance to grovel at the feet of superior lifeforms, is rapidly becoming a nightmare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I kept thinking about his Toes

  • By Don Gilbert on 07-08-17

Series keeps on giving!

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

I really enjoyed this particular one. James McGill is as usual back to his usual antics but this book had him behaving a little bit more while still being very much himself. The action on this one was a little more faster paced and featured a very large space battle - something we’ve not really been treated to yet.

Fans of the series will no real surprises with this book but that’s a good thing. Overall, I think this one was a bit better than the last couple were and I definitely recommend it to fans.

  • Tiamat's Wrath

  • The Expanse, Book 8
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 19 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,787
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,560
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,544

Thirteen hundred gates have opened to solar systems around the galaxy. But as humanity builds its interstellar empire in the alien ruins, the mysteries and threats grow deeper. In the dead systems where gates lead to stranger things than alien planets, Elvi Okoye begins a desperate search to discover the nature of a genocide that happened before the first human beings existed and to find weapons to fight a war against forces at the edge of the imaginable. But the price of that knowledge may be higher than she can pay. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • unfortunate bug in chapter 39

  • By A. Treiber on 03-28-19

Fantastic Book!

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

Reviewed: 03-30-19

I love the series - that said, this one is probably my favorite one after Caliban’s War (which is my personal favorite).

Anyone who has come this far into the series already knows what to expect. We get some questions answered about the last book's events and we start to get an idea of where the final book is going to take us.

Very good book!

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  • All Systems Red

  • By: Martha Wells
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,537
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,140

All Systems Red is the tense first science fiction adventure novella in Martha Wells' series The Murderbot Diaries. For fans of Westworld, Ex Machina, Ann Leckie's Imperial Raadch series, or Iain M. Banks' Culture novels. The main character is a deadly security droid that has bucked its restrictive programming and is balanced between contemplative self-discovery and an idle instinct to kill all humans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVE MURDERBOT

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 11-06-17

Great little book about humanity

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

Reviewed: 03-26-19

Book is about a robot that struggles to hide his humanity in a world that isn’t friendly to his humanity and somehow - this robot is one of the more human characters in the book.

It’s got some dark humor in it and you constantly find yourself rooting for the robot. Not a very long book and there’s really not much else I can say - I very much recommend it if you’re looking for something short.

  • Home World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 6
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,762
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,346

When the Earth is invaded by a rival empire, James McGill's legion must defend the Home World. The top brass has complex plans, but none of that matters much to McGill, who chooses his own unique path. Traveling to star systems no human has ever visited, he searches for a technological edge to beat the enemy before it's too late. Along the way he unleashes new terrors, triggering the biggest battles in human history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Obstinate to the Core

  • By Don Gilbert on 06-04-16

Best one Since Book #1

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

Reviewed: 03-24-19

The series in my opinion kinda dragged a little bit before this book but I really enjoyed this one. This one closes a couple of story arcs that I was wondering about. The ending felt a tiny bit rushed but still very good. If you are looking for something drastically different from the last ones than this one isn’t it - but if you made it this far then you probably aren’t looking for that. Recommend to any fan of the series.

  • Death World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 5
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,210
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,823

Unknown aliens attack Earth. Their planet is uncharted, mysteriously having avoided detection for centuries. It's a world packed with the most vicious aliens humanity has yet to encounter. James McGill has discovered: Death World.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Plant World

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-06-15

Series keeps on giving

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

I love this series and just can’t get enough of it. That said, I found this book a little slower than the ones prior. I still very much enjoyed it and this book actually answered a lot of questions about the previous books that didn’t make sense (like why the squids haven’t wiped earth out yet).

Definitely worth the read still! The narrator as always does a very good job. I’ve noticed now and again that his voice for Graves and Harris seem to change a little bit but not enough to really be upsetting. For example - Graves always sounded very menacing but the narrator will sometimes lose a little bit of that during his longer dialogues. Not really a true complaint but that knocked a star off the performance rating for me.