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  • Super Sales on Super Heroes

  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,904
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,561

In a world full of super powers, Felix has a pretty crappy one. He has the ability to modify any item he owns. To upgrade anything. Sounds great on paper. Almost like a video game. Except that the amount of power it takes to actually change, modify, or upgrade anything worthwhile is beyond his abilities. With that in mind, Felix settled into a normal life. A normal job. His entire world changes when the city he lives in is taken over by a super villain. Becoming a country of one city. A city state.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lot better than I thought it would be

  • By Phillip hinch on 07-08-17

Super story super jarring ending

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

Reviewed: 08-18-17

What did you love best about Super Sales on Super Heroes?

Audiobooks are an investment. They cost a bit of money up front but not too much, but at nearly 12hrs in length, as soon as you click play, the real cost of owning an audiobook begins to assert itself. You hang on tightly, and hope you enjoy the ride. At least 11 out of the 12 hrs of SSSH is an absolute pleasure, so overall this book was an excellent purchase.

SSSH is could have been real yucky, central to the plot is a group of (mostly) hot women enslaved to some every-guy, and said guy is an inspiring super-villan. However, this "evil overlord" turns out to be as good as gold, and the "heroes" pitted against him turn out to be monsters performing a series of unspeakable acts of true evil in an effort to prevail. It is a fascinating juxtaposition, expertly crafted by the author, and expertly performed by the narrator.

Sadly, in the final chapter the whole illusion is blown. It felt like the author suddenly realized he had to wrap up the story in an hour to get it off to the publisher or something. This plays out as a jarring mess of a climax, which left me drained and trying to convince myself that those last 12 hrs really were well spent... ultimately, I think they were but its a close thing.

Would you be willing to try another book from William D. Arand? Why or why not?

"Super Sales Two, Cleaning Up All Those Lose Ends I Left Laying Around", would be an excellent "another book from William D. Arand", which I would most certainty try. I hope the author gets this book out quickly, as I really enjoyed the universe he crafted for SSSH.

What about Jeff Hays’s performance did you like?

I think this guy is one of the top narrators in the game. well done Jeff!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Well the ending did, but not in a positive way. I went having a great time, to saying WTF over and over, followed by a bit of sadness for having been put though such an undeserved ending to an otherwise great story. Did i mention I wasn't fond of the way the author ended this book?

Any additional comments?

This is a surprisingly well written story. The characters are great, the story is great, and the narration is extra great... right up to the last chapter. If there is a book two, then all will be forgiven...

  • Hell's Faire

  • Legacy of the Aldenata
  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 837
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849

Hell's Faire continues Ringo's Legacy of the Aldenata series, this time pitting Major Mike O'Neal against a Posleen overlord with impressive technology looking to conquer human territories.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One word... Awesome

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-20-12

What a great story!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-27-11

The Aldenata series is one of those "best-of things"... it defined the genre of Military Sci-Fi, and stands today as some of the most awesome storytelling you will ever lay hands on. The only way you can not enjoy this series is if you either hate sci fi (so why are you here?) or if you have no military experience (in which case you may struggle with Mr. Ringo's spot-on depiction of the military mind). Mr. Ringo is former military, and he writes from experience. If you ever wore a uniform, you will read this, and say, "Ya, that is pretty much how it would all go down."


On the flip side, I never did like the story's ending (this book). It's one of those, 8:59 and we have to wrap it up and roll credits sorts of endings. Further, the follow-on books are all over the place in terms of quality. It is a unfair way to end such an epic series.


Was it just me, or did the human's weaponry suddenly get MUCH more powerful in the last chapters. Early in the story, Poslin baddies are running around with terra-watt LASERS and shooting up the country side with em, and humans are coping. In the final chapters, an ACS trooper gets one LASER and totally raises a ruckus with it.

In the end though, its a great story with fantastic narration. Can I have an ACS combat suit for Christmas please??!!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overkill

  • Orphan's Legacy, Book 1
  • By: Robert Buettner
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 248

At 23, Jazen Parker has completed his Legion hitch a hero. But in four months, hell have a price on his head. Worse, hes lost his past, and he cant find his future. Worst of all, hes chosen to search for them on the deadliest planet known to mankind. When Jazen reluctantly hires on to a Trueborn Earthman tycoon's safari to bag a deadly trophy, the reluctant mercenary finds himself shipped out to Downgraded Earthlinke 476, the outpost at the end of the universe known to everyone except its tourism bureau as "Dead End".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • thecallihans

  • By Harmon on 03-03-11

Great Story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-11

I hadn't read Buettner before, and frankly I wasn't expecting much when I bought this one. However, as soon as Mr. Andrews began to narrate the tale I was hooked. There are a number of facets to this book, but it is largely a first contact story from the point of view of a very alien (and ultimately pretty cool) alien. The ending is set up for a sequel, so it is kind of a jarring stop, but otherwise a great read. The author's knowledge of military armour is solid, true-born humans are arrogant jerks, and I'd imagine the orca was rather surprised (though only briefly)... read this book :)

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

  • By: Scott Lynch
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 21 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,276

An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stupendous, but be warned.

  • By Luke A. Reynolds on 11-30-09

What a great book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-16-10

Just wow!!

This is a great story, and the narration is superb. Get this book, you won't be sorry.



0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pushing Ice

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,180
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,194

2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they're good at it. The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Proof that a good story doesn't require a trilogy

  • By Jesse on 01-14-12

Great Story... horrible characters

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-19-10

As an engineer, i really enjoyed the elements of technology and physics as portrayed in this story. the author does a superior job of describing space flight as it might actually exist 100 yrs from now (oh wait, we don't have a space program any more so never mind). The events, twists, and turns in the story made sense to me, without the usual eye rolls and what ever's I normally reserve for SciFi. Finally, that an author was able to weave a cogent story in with the harsh realities of general relativity and make it all work was really very cool. While the ending is sort of a bummer, it was still reasonable.


On the flip side, OMG the characters in this story are awful! The main character spends the entire story being so vile and revolting that I was practically begging for something heavy to fall on her (sadly, nothing ever does). Further, the other characters in the story simply accept this deceitful scum of a person, make her their leader no less, and turn a blind eye to her exploits. I guess people in the future are either evil or sheep... Ugh.


In the end... I'm not feeling cheated for having invested my time and money on this story. However, I'll never listen to it again either, nor would I bother with a sequel... unless something heavy squishes the main character in the first chapter.


Shout out to the narrator... great job Mr. Reynolds! Some of the accents hurt my head at times, but you made it all work. Thanks!

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Perdido Street Station

  • By: China Mieville
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 24 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,286
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,273

Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies New Crobuzon, a squalid city where humans, Re-mades, and arcane races live in perpetual fear of Parliament and its brutal militia. The air and rivers are thick with factory pollutants and the strange effluents of alchemy, and the ghettos contain a vast mix of workers, artists, spies, junkies, and whores.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stick with it

  • By Steph on 01-31-13

Great story... ending a bit muddled

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-23-10

Wow, China Mieville can sure write a great story! The fabric of this story is so well described, so well written, I feel I've actually been to New Crobuzon.

Great work. Wish the ending was more upbeat and focused, but no worries. Not all stories are happy ones I guess.

Big gripe... there is a chunk of the story missing on the audiobook. Dunno how much. The main character is getting ready to leave his hideout to save the day, then a skip and a millisecond later he is across town planning with his team. Could have been a missing page or a missing chapter, dunno.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Threshold

  • A Novel of Deep Time
  • By: Caitlin R. Kiernan
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

Chance Matthews is drawn into a battle between angels and monsters because of something in her possession - a fossil of a creature that couldn't possibly have ever existed. But it did. And still does.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring. Don't waste 12 hours on this.

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-25-16

Yikes

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-10

I was trapped in the car with this mess of a story for a week with little to do but listen as it droned on. The narrator was awesome, no worries there, and the author really does do a good job of describing the scenes and all, but the story... yikes!

Hours and hours spent listening to conversations that go absolutely nowhere. Then the big climactic ending (which plays out in about 4 min) reminded me of that episode of Dallas that had everyone so ticked off.

If the phrase "What did you see in the tunnel Deke?" repeated ad nauseam is your idea of great story telling, then by all means give this one a listen. Otherwise, give it a pass.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful