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  • The Remaining

  • By: D. J. Molles
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,814
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,505
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,503

In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Die Hard Meets 28 Days Later

  • By G Wallace on 01-10-14

WOW. Great storytellling.

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

This is a really good book! A lot of the storytelling is a bit over the top, but its action adventure! It's suppose to be exciting and compelling.

Narrator is Great, the gritty details of the action adventure are awesome. The author must have some real survival training to get some of the granular details to the story. And when surviving, it's about the details.

Super entertaining. I typically don't like zombie genera, but I liked this. The character detail is almost too good. You get a feel for the characters as real people and friends. But it's the apocalypse, and when bad things happen it can break your heart.

  • The Beekeeper's Lament

  • How One Man and Half a Billion Honey Bees Help Feed America
  • By: Hannah Nordhaus
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556

Award-winning journalist Hannah Nordhaus tells the remarkable story of John Miller, one of America's foremost migratory beekeepers, and the myriad and mysterious epidemics threatening American honeybee populations.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting listen!

  • By M. Cieri on 02-23-17

Beekeeper's Groupie?

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

This book gets a little weird. It maybe the narrator with the writing, but it sounds like the author is totally screwing her beekeeping mentor, and it's weird. half the book is gushing about this beekeeper, the other half is actually about problems the modern beekeeper faces.

I have 5 hives for 3 years now and I did learn a bit about beekeeping and its history. I also did vomit a bit having the narrator describing her pseudo-boyfriend possible affair with this character piece. At the end of the book they are going to church together, going to the gym together and have been on the road together for a year or more... And the narrator has such brightness and joy in her voice over it all, like a little girl describing it all as a perpetual perfect date. It's a little weird.

There is actual bee talk, but a lot of gushing over her pseudo boyfriend.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Endurance

  • A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery
  • By: Scott Kelly
  • Narrated by: Scott Kelly
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,815
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,675
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,675

A stunning memoir from the astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station - a candid account of his remarkable voyage, of the journeys off the planet that preceded it, and of his colorful formative years. A natural storyteller and modern-day hero, Kelly has a message of hope for the future that will inspire for generations to come. Here, in his personal story, we see the triumph of the human imagination, the strength of the human will, and the boundless wonder of the galaxy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well told, in depth account of life on the ISS

  • By Becca on 11-16-17

Amazing !

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

Reviewed: 05-16-18

Well written, great pacing. Wonderful storytelling. I can't gush enough about this.

One review I saw didn't like the narration, BUT its read BY THE AUTHOR! That's his voice telling you these stories! It all lands deeply personal because of it.

Learned so much about living in space! All the stuff you never see/hear in sci-fi.

  • Flagship Victory

  • Galactic Liberation, Book 3
  • By: B. V. Larson, David VanDyke
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,126
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,048
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,051

Commodore Straker faces new enemies as neighboring interstellar empires decide his New Republic is a growing threat. A two-front war develops, and the Liberator must face both the Mutuality and the Hundred Worlds. Even as the fighting rages, the mysterious Opters are on the move. They make a diplomatic effort to reach out to Straker - but can he trust the Hive Masters? Will they help or stab him in the back?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed in this 3rd book

  • By DavidZeb on 04-03-18

Speaking in elementary elven sounds like a caveman

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

**Spoiler Spoliler** Half the book was WTF why is this here, the other half was super exciting. We adventure to fake world on a whim? And nothing makes sense, and were talking like a caveman. Bad writing. It ends super strong with compelling plot and awesome sci-fi action.

  • Battleship Indomitable

  • Galactic Liberation, Book 2
  • By: B. V. Larson, David VanDyke
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,631
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,528

Commodore Straker's rebellion grows in strength - but his enemies are growing even faster. Faced with a dozen rebel planets in their territory, the Mutuality finally takes notice of the upstart known as the Liberator, and they gather a vast fleet to crush him. Preparing for a titanic interstellar battle, it's clear Straker has no chance. His tiny enclave of free planets can't survive the weight of 1000 worlds. His own officers realize this, and some of them begin to turn against him....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Almost a masterpiece!

  • By Shaun on 08-25-17

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

Things get more interesting in this one, shows very human elements of sci-fi story telling, as well as great action.

  • Starship Liberator

  • Galactic Liberation, Book 1
  • By: David VanDyke, B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,456

The Hundred Worlds have withstood invasion by the relentless Hok for decades. The human worlds are strong, but the Hok have the resources of a thousand planets behind them, and their fleets attack in endless waves. The long war has transformed the Hundred Worlds into heavily fortified star systems. Their economies are geared for military output, and they raise specialized soldiers to save our species. Assault Captain Derek Straker is one such man among many.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A promising introduction to a new sci-fi series

  • By D M on 07-16-17

Gundam meets Enders game?

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

Its not bad, but I never felt it was original content. More of a mash-up. I can see how it connects in later books but you gotta get through it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Battle Cruiser

  • Lost Colonies, Book 1
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,027
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,020

One starship will either save Earth or destroy her. A century ago our star erupted, destroying Earth's wormhole network and closing off trade with her colonized planets. After being out of contact with the younger worlds for so many years, humanity is shocked when a huge ship appears at the edge of the solar system. Our outdated navy investigates, both curious and fearful. What they learn from the massive vessel shocks the planet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Unlikely Hero

  • By Don Gilbert on 12-26-15

Herbert? you have a hand in this?

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

Reviewed: 03-23-16

Neat setting, almost Dune like (not the planet but the political intrigue)

Neat tech, nice set-up for a grand space adventure.

Feels fresh and original from a seasoned Sci-fi writer.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dreadnought

  • Lost Colonies, Book 2
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,778
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,769

Captain William Sparhawk flies Earth's single starship on a voyage of exploration. His crew of veteran spacers begins the mission with high hopes and the best of intentions, but the universe has other plans. Instead of space merchants and potential allies, they discover Earth's impending doom. Sparhawk must decide whether to hunt down enemy scouts to keep Earth's new starship a secret or to head home to warn Star Guard of the danger. Either way, he's ignited an interstellar war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worthy

  • By Timothy Wayne Michalk on 03-18-16

Capt Harlock stars in a soft-core feature.

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

Reviewed: 03-23-16

Super fun, very entertaining.

But every time the ship would rock or roll the Captains would stumble, and his torpedo would just fall inside the nearest woman.

I exaggerate, the action-adventure was top-notch, suspense was real.
Great villeins, great anti-heroes.

Space Captain Harlock is a larger than life character, its suppose to be fun and entertaining,
Woo hoo', his torpedo sank into another one*

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Trafalgar Gambit

  • Ark Royal, Book 3
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,288
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,098
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,103

Humanity is losing the war. The once-mighty space navies have been crippled, officers and crew have been stretched to the limit and Earth herself has come under heavy attack. The end cannot be long delayed. For Admiral Smith and the crew of HMS Ark Royal, the stakes have never been so high. The one hope is to make contact with alien factions that might oppose the war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More of the same with a solid resolution

  • By Lore on 06-23-15

To say the least,to say the least,to say the least

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

Reviewed: 05-07-15

You you could say even less, but not repeating yourself over & over & over...
to say the least~
!!!!!
Infuriating writing.
I gave it a change, "oh it'll get better, oh it'll pick-up"
NOPE book three and the soap from this opera is burning my eyes
to say the least~
Heavy on bad soap, thin on action/adventure ~lame.
The story does have a twinge of interest, but still just not worth listening.
Like the worst James Bond movie ever made, set in space and rated PG
Spoiler~ "oh it was the Russians the whole time"
Really~ Space Russians are the protagonist. wtf.
to say the least~

  • The Nelson Touch

  • Ark Royal, Book 2
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,415

Ark Royal - the Royal Navy’s outdated space carrier - has won a smashing victory against the enigmatic aliens, capturing one of their starships and returning to Earth. Now, Admiral Theodore Smith and his crew are assigned to command a fleet charged with making a deep-penetration raid into alien territory, a fleet made up of carriers from four different nations. But with a crewman who isn't what he seems, untested pilots and international friction - and a new and dangerous alien plan - can Ted and his crew survive their mission?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The story arc remains engaging in book 2.

  • By Lore on 06-23-15

Leading into another book. Soapy Space Opera.

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

Reviewed: 04-28-15

Bit of soap opera, in space. And the woman characters are cardboard, common enough writing flaw.
The action is really good, not much of it in this one.

Everything is really good in general. The writer does repeat himself a lot, ok so the characters have the same thoughts again, or struggle with their same issue daily, but do you need to spell it out every time? More of bad editing then writing.