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  • Odysseus Awakening

  • Odyssey One, Book 6
  • By: Evan Currie
  • Narrated by: David deVries
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,033
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 948
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 949

Defy the inevitable. Such is the stance of Confederation captain Eric Weston and the crew of the starship Odysseus, patrolling the outer limits of Priminae space, anticipating the Empire's next attacks. Connected with the Terran FTL tech - the transition drive - humanity might stand a chance against the overwhelming forces. Until the entire planetary system goes dark. Outnumbered and outgunned, the Odysseus arrives to find the Empire securing critical intelligence from Priminae ships.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • getting repetitive. speed it up Currie!

  • By Brindysam on 01-21-18

The Other Reviewers Are Correct

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

I really do like space opera with fleet engagements...BUT...when the engagement takes up 95% of the book then that's a bit too much! As other reviews make clear this book adds nothing to the overall series and is just another action. An action that goes on and on and on for the entire book. After a couple of hours it just gets boring! I have to recommend that this book be skipped...save your credit and hope that Mr Currie gets his mojo back in future books.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dragon's Egg

  • Cheela, Book 1
  • By: Robert L. Forward
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

In a moving story of sacrifice and triumph, human scientists establish a relationship with intelligent lifeforms - the cheela-living on Dragon's Egg, a neutron star where one Earth hour is equivalent to hundreds of their years. The cheela culturally evolve from savagery to the discovery of science, and for a brief time, men are their diligent teachers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Hard Science Fiction

  • By Daniel Cascaddan on 01-12-18

The Wait Is Over

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

Reviewed: 05-27-18

I've periodically been searching for Dragon's Egg in audio format for several years. Having read the paper version many years ago I wanted to re-enjoy this book again but paper reading is a thing of the past for me. Thank You Audible for this addition to your listings. Dragon's Egg is one of...if not THE...most original Sci-Fi stories ever published and at no point does it ever disappoint. For anyone who has not read it and is looking for a GREAT STORY...look no further! Now we start a new wait for "Starquake".

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Alpha Fleet

  • Rebel Fleet, Book 3
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,136
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,000
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,995

The Imperials have devised a cunning new method of destroying Rebel worlds. Captain Leo Blake is largely responsible for both our survival and our current predicament. He and his crew are infamous among the stars. As a result, when ships of an unknown configuration begin flowing out of swirling rifts above Earth, Blake is called upon again to deal with the problem. But the approaching fleet isn't what it seems. They're employing an entirely new way to exterminate Rebels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of the Rebel Fleet series

  • By Jason on 10-17-17

A huge dissappointment

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

Overall I do enjoy Larson's works but Alpha Fleet is an exception. I can't state why that is without spoilers. I will say that with most stories I have no problem adapting the mind set that allows all the amazing things that tech and abilities let the characters achieve. Something that certainly turns me off is outright silliness and illogical behavior (even for the universe the story is set in). Also too much repetition of said silliness. KEEP EVENTS PLAUSIBLE! Alpha fleet may have turned me off to the series. However Mark Boyett's narration was perfect as always.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • 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 41,578
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38,913
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,804

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

A Great Ride

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

Would you consider the audio edition of All These Worlds to be better than the print version?

Can't say since I've never read the print version...but the audio version is great!

What was one of the most memorable moments of All These Worlds?

The conclusion!!! A story with a a definite finish and no "loose strings". I'm getting tired of so many series going on and on and on to just become a "cash cow" for the author with stories that just get diluted and eventually start to get boring. The Bobiverse story was / is great and was wrapped up in a way that now Mr Taylor can consider a spin-off to another related story...hopefully to wrap up in no more 3 installments.

What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

These were my first books read by Mr Porter...but they won't be the last.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It's been too many years since I've been able to complete a book in a single sitting...but I think I would have liked to.

Any additional comments?

Another Bobiverse trilogy following the travels of original Bob is something I would enjoy.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Starship's Mage Omnibus

  • Starship's Mage Series #1
  • By: Glynn Stewart
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,837
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,710
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,712

In a galaxy tied together by the magic of the elite Jump Magi, Damien Montgomery is a newly graduated member of their number. With no family or connections to find a ship, he is forced into service on an interstellar freighter known to be hunted by pirates. When he takes drastic action to save the Blue Jay from their pursuers, he sets in motion a sequence of events beyond his control and attracts enemies on both sides of the law.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic combination of science, fantasy and war.

  • By Joshua Garvin Kaldon on 01-14-16

Fresh and surprising

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

Reviewed: 07-23-17

If you could sum up Starship's Mage Omnibus in three words, what would they be?

A great balance of tech and magic for anyone who may be tiring of the same old space opera fare. A credit well spent.

What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?

I always enjoy Kafer's narrations and easily place him among my favorites.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Nothing "extreme"...just a great story that actually had an acceptable ending and didn't leave me hanging for book 2...although I do look forward to book 2!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Titans

  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 167

Rob Dunbar is the world's best history professor. And with good reason: he's been alive for 3,000 years, keeping his existence a secret since before the days of Athens. But a stranger named Baxter has a better use for Rob's vast expertise. Baxter's looking to found a mining company in the Asteroid Belt. In exchange for Rob's help, he'll try to unravel the mystery of Rob's origin. As they're getting their outfit off the ground, they come under covert attack by HemiCo, a powerful Mars-based corporation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Adam on 09-29-16

I wanted to like this book...but...

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

Reviewed: 10-04-16

Would you ever listen to anything by Edward W. Robertson again?

I'm sure it's just me since many others seem to like this book but I found it just barely OK. The narration is likely the only reason I finished it.

What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I've previously listened to many of Dufis' narrations and I'm a fan of his work and it was his name as narrator that swayed my choice to purchase Titans.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Easy choice...Disappointment that at no time in the book did I feel any excitement about what was developing in the story.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ranger

  • Exodus: Empires at War, Book 5
  • By: Doug Dandridge
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

Rebecca Goldman was a bright and pretty child, a 12 year old with a loving family. Technology allowed them to live comfortably on the most dangerous planet in the Empire, Azure. And then the Ca'cadasans came, and it was suddenly survival of the fittest out in the wilderness. Losing everything, Rebecca has only herself to depend on in a jungle where everything is an enemy. Cornelius Walborski just wanted to killed Cacas. After losing his wife to the aliens on Sestius, he trains to become a Ranger, an augmented warrior.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Heir to Heinlein!

  • By david on 08-28-16

The bar has been lowered!

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

Reviewed: 08-03-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I enjoyed the previous books in the series but this installment had no real "meat" to the story. Any book that spends so much of the story building to a climax must have a "pay off" to make the journey worthwhile. The pay off in Ranger (for me) was too little too late.

Would you be willing to try another book from Doug Dandridge? Why or why not?

I'm hoping that Ranger was a bit of a miss-step for Dandridge. I'm actually looking forward to a story with a grown up Rebecca kicking some alien butt.

What three words best describe Nick J. Russo’s voice?

I can't complain

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

As a rental...maybe.

Any additional comments?

For the next book in the series...more "meat" and less "potato".

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Awakening

  • The Hyperscape Project, Book 1
  • By: Donald Swan
  • Narrated by: Meral Mathews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

Enemy activity had fallen into an eerie calm, but everyone felt the coming storm - a terrible storm, poised to unleash its fury upon the galaxy. It seemed as though the entire universe was holding its breath. Waiting. Whether waiting for the salvation of mankind or its demise was yet unclear.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Non-SciFi SciFi

  • By John C. on 07-19-14

Welcome Back Farscape

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

Reviewed: 02-14-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes! I would like to have been a more engaging plot and not just a series of quick and dirty disasters that are too quickly and too easily dispatched.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something with more "meat". A previous reviewer compared this book to something better suited as a "young adult" read. I would agree with that assessment.

What about Meral Mathews’s performance did you like?

Meral Mathew's narration is the only reason I actually finished the book. If it were not a quality performance I would have given up halfway through.

Could you see The Awakening being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Strange that this question should come up as a review guide since as I was listening to The Awakening I got a distinct feeling that the author was writing with the intention the story might get picked up as a sort of Japanese anime series aimed at fans of that genre.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Frontiers Saga Series #14: The Weak and the Innocent

  • By: Ryk Brown
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 711

A ship in the hands of their enemy...A liberation gone wrong...A chance to double their ranks...A bold and daring plan...Their support from the Pentaurus cluster dwindling fast, the Alliance faces new and unpleasant realities in the Sol sector. But, as they soon discover, untoward changes have the potential to bring unexpected opportunities. The trick is in how you use them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action, Action, Action

  • By Jean on 01-31-17

It's getting "Long In The Tooth"

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

Reviewed: 12-02-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Could have been time better spent if it didn't start to seem like this story is going to go on forever.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

What ending? Overall I've enjoyed the series...BUT...like all of these space military series this story has no apparent "ending" in sight. Don't get me wrong...the stories are good but at some point the loose ends need to be tied up. With "The Weak and the Innocent" I started losing interest when I realized that the initial battle to start the book was a continuation of the same battle at the end of book 13 and it still takes up a full 3rd of the entire running time of the book.

What three words best describe Jeffrey Kafer’s voice?

I thoroughly enjoy Jeffrey Kafer's narration and hope he continues to voice many works in the future.

Was Frontiers Saga Series #14: The Weak and the Innocent worth the listening time?

Of all books in the series I found it to be the least engaging for me.

Any additional comments?

Endless stories tend to eventually get tiring. Why not have a complete "story thread" run it's course over...say...3 books (remember when there were trilogies?). Then do a different story arc in the same universe with the same or different characters involved in another trilogy. Since I'm currently following several of these L-O-N-G story arcs I find myself reluctant to get involved in any other series for fear that I'll die of old age before finding out how the story ends. Too may authors seem to be relying on these "cash cow" series and it's getting incredible difficult to find a GOOD stand-alone sci-fi book. Just my 2 cents worth.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Destroyer

  • Lost Starship Series, Volume 3
  • By: Vaughn Heppner
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,030
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,885

Starship Victory - Earth's ancient, alien spacecraft - has won a smashing victory against the New Men, driving them from "C" Quadrant. On their way home, Captain Maddox and his crew run into a vast machine trapped inside an ion storm. Maddox doesn't know it yet, but the meeting isn't an accident. There's a traitor aboard ship, implementing a secret plan, threatening to destroy everything Star Watch has achieved against the New Men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mark Boyett is awesome!

  • By TP on 12-08-15

A disappointing experience.

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

Reviewed: 10-04-15

What did you like best about The Lost Destroyer? What did you like least?

I really didn't care for the pivot the author took on the story line for this book and overall found this book borderline boring compared to the previous books in the series. At about the halfway mark I adjusted the audio book player speed to a faster setting to get through the story faster. This story had no "balance" as there is very little action and (in my opinion) way too much pointless dialog. On the other hand Mark Boyett is stellar as a narrator and likely the reason I didn't bail out before the end.

Has The Lost Destroyer turned you off from other books in this genre?

I'm fine with books in this genre but will likely give up on this series.

What does Mark Boyett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

As I said previously Mark Boyett is a stellar narrator.

Was The Lost Destroyer worth the listening time?

Not in my opinion.

Any additional comments?

Just disappointed.

8 of 13 people found this review helpful