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  • Hard Luck Hank: Screw the Galaxy

  • By: Steven Campbell
  • Narrated by: Liam Owen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,683
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,679

Hank is a thug. He knows he's a thug. He has no problem with that realization. In his view the galaxy has given him a gift: a mutation that allows him to withstand great deals of physical trauma. He puts his abilities to the best use possible and that isn't by being a scientist. Besides, the space station Belvaille doesn't need scientists. It is not, generally, a thinking person's locale. It is the remotest habitation in the entire Colmarian Confederation. There is literally no reason to be there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A bunch of genres crammed into good fun

  • By Thomas Allen on 09-11-14

Slapstick sci-fi

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

Reviewed: 04-11-19

It was decent entertainment. If you like slapstick humor or "comedy" sci-fi, you might like it a bit more than I did. It has a hint of "superheroism" which I don't normally mind, but... I think it was the slapstick nature of the humor that lost me (I like stuff dark and vigilante, not lighthearted and slapsticky). I did finish it, and have to say it passed the time sufficiently well.

The narration is good. There is nothing graphic in it.

  • Murder of Crows

  • A Novel of the Others
  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,093
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,095

After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Follow up!

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-22-14

Bought it when I was 2/3 of the way through book 1

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

I had book 1 of this series in paperback for quite awhile. Once I started reading it, however, I got 2/3 of the way through in pretty much a single sitting and interrupted my reading to come online to buy books 2 and 3 from Audible.

Book 2 is actually a little better than book 1, has some more story movement and less "set-up". I think if you liked book 1, you probably already have book 2... and likely the rest of the series too. I will be finishing this series in audio format. The narration is good. There is no swearing or graphic material.

  • The Girl in 6E

  • By: A.R. Torre
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,300
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,305

I haven't touched another person in three years.That seems like it would be a difficult task, but it's not. Not anymore, thanks to the internet. My anonymous clients spend thousands of dollars to watch me take my clothes off for the camera. What they want, I give. Their secrets, I keep. Everything I tell them is a lie. Open the door to this year's most shocking thriller.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • honest review

  • By theo wells on 03-05-18

Mature, dark, suspenseful...

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

Yeah, there is sex in here. I didn't find it pornographic in detailing, though it was in "content" (i.e. she was an online sex worker and participated in various fetish-based sex activities, but it was not graphically detailed).

The main character is very well done. And a non-victim female which might just be what makes this story doubly good in my book. I think the story is even kinda on the believable side, though, of course, it has been pushed over-the-top for dramatic effect.

I love dark mature suspense... so this really hit the spot. I know there are mixed reviews, but don't let them put you off. There is swearing, detailed sexual fetishism, some non-graphic violence and a great sense of justice-served at the end.

(btw, Eisler's first Livia Lone book is a read-alike).

  • Dark Matter

  • A Novel
  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,564

"Are you happy with your life?" Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason's never met smiles down at him and says, "Welcome back, my friend."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Schrödinger's box gets opened. Meh steps out.

  • By Darwin8u on 09-19-16

What if? Just... what if?

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

If you read the Pines book by Crouch, you will be familiar with his "dark tone" in this one. And the way he adds a "twist" that changes the nature of the story. (And, honestly, they both have a story-meandering-to-add-adventure feel to them)

I actually quite liked it. I didn't think too deeply about the plausibility (it is science fiction, for sure) and just went with the story. It does make one appreciate how one decision *could* alter your entire life path. Is it good? Or bad? Or just different? We can never know, but this book does explore this.

Suspend your disbelief. Go for the ride. It might make you think differently about that coffee date you turned down 15 years ago.

The narration is fine. Didn't notice any swearing. Nothing graphic.

  • Hell Divers III: Deliverance

  • The Hell Divers series, Book 3
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,100
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,623

Left for dead on the nightmarish surface of the planet, Commander Michael Everhart and his team of Hell Divers barely escape with their lives aboard a new airship called Deliverance. After learning that Xavier "X" Rodriguez may still be alive, they mount a rescue mission for the long-lost hero. In the skies, the Hive is falling apart, but Captain Jordan is more determined than ever to keep humanity in their outdated lifeboat. He will do whatever it takes to keep the ship in the air - even murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another awesome entry in a great series!

  • By Lisa L on 05-15-18

Hard to believe but Smith did it again...

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

I have no idea how a story set in such a restrictive space/'reality" can still feel fresh in book 3.

Who would have thought there was story left to be milked from the ~450 people on board an airship post-nuclear apocalypse?

I liked this one more than book 2, and this might have been because the bad guy was bad in that way that tweaks my righteous anger. LOL.

It has a satisfying ending, though it did seem a bit rushed. And the mutated "monster" scenes are a bit much after the 6th or 7th detailing of them. Overall, if you liked the other books in this series, you will like this one as well. The narration is good and I don't think there is much swearing.

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  • I Am Pilgrim

  • A Thriller
  • By: Terry Hayes
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 22 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,528
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,536

An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please let this all be fiction.

  • By B.J. on 08-08-14

Quite similar to the Grey Man series...

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

It is an action thriller... and a long one at that. But it kept my attention throughout and had the right balance of suspense and resolution. There are some characters who are kinda tossed into the story in order to enable some character development of the main character, but the storylines around them were otherwise weak (i.e. the 9/11 thread).

The threat is realistic and the resolution is satisfying. I don't normally like audiobooks this long, but this one was worth the money and there wasn't a lot of unnecessary "story". I will read more of Hayes.

The narration was okay. Not fantastic but nothing glaring. Overall, the story has a similar feel to Greaney's Grey Man series (though Greaney's is more violent and faster paced).

  • Grain Brain

  • The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar - Your Brain's Silent Killers
  • By: David Perlmutter, Kristin Loberg
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,730
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,704

Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, blows the lid off a topic that's been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Family history of Alzheimers? Read this!

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-19-13

Little too much "marketing"

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

There is a quite a bit of "marketing" of the author's "diet plan" spread throughout the book.

The author seemed loathe to actually call his eating plan what it is: Keto. Though, he does permit legumes/beans, so maybe it is a Keto-Paleo hybrid. But he is extremely anti-gluten and, to a much lesser extent, anti-sugar.

I liked hearing about another take on the low carb lifestyle; I did not like his upselling of his own stuff (since I already bought this book, he got enough of my money). I might have preferred this in print, so I could look back at the info in select chapters of interest to me. If you already follow a gluten free and/or a keto diet, there is nothing new in this book.

The narration was acceptable. He didn't really have the right tone for this kind of book, but it was clear and non-annoying.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Afterlife

  • By: Marcus Sakey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,556
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,374
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,383

The last thing FBI agent Will Brody remembers is the explosion - a thousand shards of glass surfing a lethal shock wave. He wakes without a scratch. The building is in ruins. His team is gone. Outside, Chicago is dark. Cars lie abandoned. No planes cross the sky. He's relieved to spot other people - until he sees they're carrying machetes.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 50 shades of wish it was more interesting

  • By booklover690 on 02-02-18

meh. It is okay but I wouldn't read it again

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

Reviewed: 03-18-19

I have read a couple other Sakey books. Brilliance was the best of them (4.5*), The Blade Itself was the worst of them (2.5*), and this is somewhere not quite in the middle... let's call it 3*.

It doesn't really have much "happen" and is mostly an exploration of the meaning of death and the afterlife. We don't care about the characters - or the romance - because they are just "shades" in/of life. The romantic connection was just there to explain why the hero had to pass through the layers of the afterlife, it was not fleshed out or realistic.

It is, overall... an okay story. If this was a series, I would not read more in it, but I will read more Sakey in the future...
The narration is fine. There is a little non-detailed sex at the start and I don't recall much swearing.

  • Brilliance

  • By: Marcus Sakey
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,079
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,445
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,452

In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible. They’re called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Written like a movie script

  • By Pam on 04-23-15

This is a great story.

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

Reviewed: 03-18-19

It is a straight forward mystery-detective novel, with the slight alteration that the reality in which it occurs is marginally different than ours. But, different only in how some humans evolved, not different in how the bulk of humanity reacts to this evolution.

It is perfectly believable to think a genetic mutation, or a series of them, would cause a subset of humanity to evolve intellectually to be above-and-beyond what an ordinary human could be AND that those humans who were "left-behind" would put shape to their envy by trying to crush these special humans.

It is nicely paced, has decent suspense and the characters all behave as you would expect them to. I will be reading the rest in the series.

  • Vision in Silver

  • A Novel of the Others
  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
  • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,445

The New York Times best-selling author of The Black Jewels Trilogy transports readers to a world of magic and political unrest - where the only chance at peace requires a deadly price.... The Others freed the cassandra sangue to protect the blood prophets from exploitation, not realizing their actions would have dire consequences. Now the fragile seers are in greater danger than ever before - both from their own weaknesses and from those who seek to control their divinations for wicked purposes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Please!!!

  • By Sharon on 03-04-15

As strong as the first 2 books were

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Some reviews suggest this book might be a bit more 'tired' than the first two... I don't agree. Sure, the romantic component might be getting a bit long in the teeth, but it is better to keep it as is than ruin it with consummation prior to the end of the series. Sure, there is a political/green subtext throughout the series. But if that didn't bother you in books one and two, it won't bother you here either.

There is a sense of injustice in this story (all 3 books to this point are the same story, just spread over different books), a description of how the traditionally powerful (in our real world) feel entitled to power, even if the world they inhabit (this fictional world) has literally the opposite power roles... I can see how this would be disturbing. Who wants to be called on their crap behaviour in terms of their impact on the environment, animals, indigenous peoples, women, people who are alternatively abled... etc.

If you like this series, go get Bishop's Black Jewels series... it is actually a bit stronger than this one (and a bit more adult). #UrbanFantasy #FemaleProtagonist #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes