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  • 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 19,002
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,869
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,798

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
  • Not as good as the first three

  • By Anonymous User on 10-16-17

May be the best in the series.

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

I could not put this book down. The action starts ramping up around halfway and then escalates until you look up and it's 3am.
Being New Englander, I just love the dialog along with Skippy's retorts. I'm so glad there's more to the story so I'm going to start reading it now.

  • SpecOps

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 2
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,291
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,266

Colonel Joe Bishop made a promise, and he's going to keep it: taking the captured alien starship Flying Dutchman back out. He doesn't agree when the UN decides to send almost 70 elite Special Operations troops, hotshot pilots, and scientists with him; the mission is a fool's errand he doesn't expect to ever return from. At least this time, the Earth is safe, right? Not so much.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY by NO PATIENCE MAN

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 03-18-17

Love this series

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

My reviews aren't very deep or cerebral but I do try to hit the big points; excellent narration, fun story, hard time putting it down, super characters that I care about and a freakin beer can I can't get enough of. Read the series.

  • The Shadow of What Was Lost

  • The Licanius Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: James Islington
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 25 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,689

It has been 20 years since the end of the war. The dictatorial Augurs, once thought of almost as gods, were overthrown and wiped out during the conflict, their much-feared powers mysteriously failing them. Those who had ruled under them, men and women with a lesser ability known as the Gift, avoided the Augurs' fate only by submitting themselves to the rebellion's Four Tenets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely a standout in the fantasy genre

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-29-15

Need to have the glossary handy.

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

Great story, super narration, deep characters.
This is a "can't put it down" kind of story with characters you care about which to me is the mark of a good story teller. I bought book 2 before I finished book 1: that speaks volumes.

  • Supercarrier

  • The Ixan Prophecies Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Scott Bartlett
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 705
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 706

Captain Keyes is loved by the public but hated by Command. He captains the UHS Providence, an aging supercarrier and the last human ship not dependent on dark tech - technology humanity has used to rule over the galaxy since barely defeating the Ixa in the First Galactic War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent multi-faceted character creations

  • By Sailfish on 06-11-17

Just didn't grab me.

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

I wanted to like this book and thought Mark's narration would keep me entertained, but no. In the end I didn't care for the characters. Scott, in my humble opinion, failed to get me to like anyone. I thought the carrier would be awesome but It's pitiful. the aliens weren't fleshed out either so I didn't care who did what to whom. Finally the humans came across as the villains so who was I supposed to cheer for? I may attempt Scott's next book but I'll have to get compelling quickly.

  • Legends of Ahn

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 3
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,123
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,636
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,605

Rezkin is an elite warrior who aims to restore order in Ashai after Caydean's attack on the King's Tournament transformed former allies and trading partners into enemies. With no army and only a ragtag group of refugees, Rezkin must wrest control of the kingdom from the mad and powerful usurper, who seems bent on destruction, and this may not be the biggest challenge. If he fails, the kingdom will be ripped apart, and Rezkin will have violated Rule 1 - to protect and honor his friends.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Book 2.5 at best

  • By Croda on 04-11-18

What a great story and performance.

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

Reviewed: 12-14-17

It's so satisfying when an author teams with just the right narrator. These two produced a story I could not put down. Terrific fights, wondrous locales, beefy characters and a leader who kicks serious a$$ and is geting even better. now the wait for his next book.

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  • The Lady of the Lake

  • By: Andrzej Sapkowski
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 20 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,066
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,911
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,906

After walking through the portal in the Tower of Swallows while narrowly escaping death, Ciri finds herself in a completely different world...an Elven world. She is trapped, with no way out. Time does not seem to exist, and there are no obvious borders or portals to cross back into her home world. But this is Ciri, the child of prophecy, and she will not be defeated. She knows she must escape to finally rejoin the Witcher, Geralt, and his companions - and also to try to conquer her worst nightmare.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disjointed mess

  • By Edward on 04-06-17

This story, while expertly narrated, wanders badly

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

Reviewed: 12-08-17

I loved the Witcher game so I thought I'd try the books. First and foremost I thought the narrator did a sterling job. The story is a great one but it wanders like a drunk at Mardi Gras. Trying to keep track of the characters, the story lines and the time bouncing was extremely difficult for me. If it wasnt for the narrator I would have put it down.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sufficiently Advanced Magic

  • Arcane Ascension, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Rowe
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 21 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,780
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,028
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,996

Five years ago Corin Cadence's brother entered the Serpent Spire - a colossal tower with ever-shifting rooms, traps, and monsters. Those who survive the spire's trials return home with an attunement: a mark granting the bearer magical powers. According to legend, those few who reach the top of the tower will be granted a boon by the spire's goddess. He never returned. Now it's Corin's turn. He's headed to the top floor, on a mission to meet the goddess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great beginning to a series

  • By Bee Fisher on 10-23-17

Compelling story, great narration and too much...

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

Nicely done Andrew and great choice of Nick to tell the tale. My only gripe is too much magic explanation. I like the character depth, plot, fighting and the twists you are putting in. For me it started slow but took off and had me hooked. Can't wait for book 2.

  • All These Worlds

  • Bobiverse, Book 3
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 35,949
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,666
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,571

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfying End to a Fun Series

  • By Craig Schorling on 08-20-17

One of my favorites.

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

Reviewed: 09-14-17

I loved this series: different, funny, incisive, FUN. The narration was so good that I'm looking for more books done by Ray. I'm adding this author to my favorite list; well done Dennis.

  • Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,367
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,734
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8,705

An all-new Stormlight Archive novella is the crown jewel of Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection, the first audiobook of short fiction by New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson. The collection includes eight works in all. Originally published on Tor.com and other websites, or published by the author, these wonderful tales convey the expanse of the Shardworlds and tell exciting tales of adventure Sanderson fans have come to expect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Where to Find It (chapter #'s for stories)

  • By V. Smith on 07-25-18

Brandon is incredible.

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

Reviewed: 06-23-17

How he can suck you in to a world and get you to deeply care about his characters in just a few pages is absolutely incredible. now I need to reread Words of Radiance.

  • Free the Darkness

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 1
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,925
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,415

Raised and trained in seclusion at a secret fortress on the edge of the northern wilds of the Kingdom of Ashai, a young warrior called Rezkin is unexpectedly thrust into the outworld when a terrible battle destroys all that he knows. With no understanding of his life’s purpose and armed with masterful weapons mysteriously bestowed upon him by a dead king, Rezkin must travel across Ashai to find the one man who may hold the clues to his very existence.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What the heck people?

  • By Mbot on 03-12-17

Finally a main character fully baked.

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

Reviewed: 03-29-17

Too many stories forge the main character via endless trials where they eventually grow into their power. This guy has it fully wired basically out of the box. Love seeing what he can do with his talents. Now where is the second book. Keep em coming.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful