• The World of Ice & Fire

  • The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones
  • By: George R. R. Martin, Elio Garcia, Linda Antonsson
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice, Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 21 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,090
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,528
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,536

If the past is prologue, then George R. R. Martin's masterwork - the most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our time - warrants one hell of an introduction. At long last, it has arrived with The World of Ice & Fire. This volume is a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, providing vividly constructed accounts of the epic battles, bitter rivalries, and daring rebellions that lead to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO's Game of Thrones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterpiece, as expected

  • By Lucie on 07-03-15

A Dramatic Reading of the Encyclopedia...

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

Reviewed: 07-11-19

In a word, BORING! None of the drama and excitement that I had expected from George R.R. Martin. This is an endless rendition of “historical facts” within the G. O. T. Universe. I tried to keep listening and give it a chance; but it became too annoying to stick with. This is one of very few titles out of 1000+ in my audible library, that I intend to return for a refund.

  • The Intern: An Orphan X Short Story

  • Evan Smoak
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526

Before he was the Nowhere Man, Evan Smoak was a highly trained government operative known to a few as Orphan X. But he now lives by hiding in plain sight, keeping his head down and his eyes clear. So when a local summer intern for a tabloid news site finds herself trailing an aggressive reporter into a crime zone, things go terribly awry. The only person who can help her is a man with the background and the skills of the Nowhere Man.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A bit disappointing

  • By RJA on 12-21-18

Orphan X - Ghost written by an amateur???

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

Reviewed: 06-22-19

This short story seems a bit forced. It’s as if Greg Hurwitz was pressured to push out a story, with a 2-hour limit for completion.

Most short side stories, related to multi-volume series’, that I have read; serve to provide additional insight to a character, or give an early introduction to a character, with an important roll in the next book. In this case, two new characters are thrown together in a somewhat forced scenario (from a story aspect). The only relationship to Orphan-X, is re-utilization of a location from the previous book; with a last minute appearance by “The Nowhere Man.” His appearance, on-scene; after his “mission “ has been completed, seems completely out of character.

While this is not an expensive title; there is no compelling reason to purchase, since it doesn’t add anything to the Orphan X story line.

This is the first time I haven’t enjoyed something written by Hurwitz. It actually feels like a creative writing student was asked to write a story, based upon a favorite book or series. Save yourself a half hour of wasted time and listen to something else.

  • Homefront

  • An Expeditionary Force Audio Drama Special
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto, R.C. Bray, Kate Mulgrew, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,225

After the latest mission of the starship Flying Dutchman, Earth is safe not just for a year but for hundreds of years. The ship’s weary crew wonders what they will do with their lives in peacetime, but the enemy has other plans, and there is danger on the Homefront. Starring Zachary Quinto, R. C. Bray, Kate Mulgrew, Robert Picardo, and everyone's favorite AI, Skippy the Magnificent, alongside a full cast. Includes plenty of pew-pew-pew, original sound composition, and maybe some singing by R. C. Bray.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story but too much everything else.

  • By Sean3576 on 06-18-19

Skippy Trek!

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

Reviewed: 06-19-19

If the cast doesn’t validate my review title; the subtle dialogue usage, throughout the book, will. Regardless, another fantastic adventure for the Merry Band of Pirates. The only negative aspect is that I will have to wait several months for Craig Alanson’s next installment. In Skippy time, that’s an eternity!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Deathtrap

  • Expeditionary Force Mavericks, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,837
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,633
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,608

The human soldiers stranded on the planet Paradise have been recruited into an alien legion to do the dirty jobs that the high-tech species won't do. Their first mission is to kick the enemy off a backwater planet no one cares about. It's a simple assignment, except everyone has a hidden agenda, and the planet could become a deathtrap. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent spinoff series

  • By nrnbn89 on 05-12-19

No Skippy ... No Problem!

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

Reviewed: 05-14-19

I was somewhat hesitant to purchase an Expeditionary Force book, that didn’t include The Merry Band of Pirates and Skippy. Skippy related humor is half the fun of this series.

Well, no need to fear. Craig Alanson has introduced a completely new character to provide plenty of sarcastic fun. I loved the whole book and look forward to the next in this series. (But I’m still desperately awaiting Books 8 & 9 of the main story arc. )

  • Junk

  • By: Les Bohem
  • Narrated by: John Waters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12,130
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11,181
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11,162

Set in present-day Los Angeles, Junk explores an epic conspiracy, one at work for thousands of years that involves total takeover of the planet Earth by aliens. In the wild, souped-up vision of Les Bohem - the acclaimed, Emmy-winning writer of the Steven Spielberg miniseries, Taken - the world is at the end stage of long-range plot that involves a gigantic genetic-engineering project. The aliens who have invaded us have no planet. No spaceship is coming. Instead, a small advance force comes, breeds, and dies - thus becoming an anomaly in our DNA that can’t be explained.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Junk

  • By glass1748 on 04-01-19

Appropriately Named

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

I am a voracious consumer of Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels and can usually find something redeeming in most books. The only positive aspect to this book, was good narration. The story was pure “Junk.” One-dimensional characters; a pathetic story; thin plot ...

It reads like a 6th-graders first attempt at writing a story. Something that should have been in short-story format; but expanded by unending useless extensions. I’m shocked that I actually bothered to listen to the entire book. If it hadn’t been a free download, I’d have returned it for credit.

Do yourself a favor and make a different selection.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Skyward

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,219
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,254
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17,219

From Brandon Sanderson, the number one New York Times best-selling author of the Reckoners series, Words of Radiance, and the internationally best-selling Mistborn series, comes the first book in an epic new series about a girl who dreams of becoming a pilot in a dangerous world at war for humanity's future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Has Sanderson been reading Craig Alanson???

  • By Barry on 11-18-18

Has Sanderson been reading Craig Alanson???

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

Brandon Sanderson is one of my favorite authors. I can not recall a single book of his that I have not loved. (Note: I have not purchased or read his books for children, such as Alcatraz series) It was not a surprise that I would love this book to the point that I listened to the entire 15 1/2 hours, within a two-day period.

This novel appears to exist outside of the Cosmere Universe; but it is as enthralling as just about any other series he has ever written. (The Way of Kings has its own place at the extreme apex of Sandersons works.) I will not provide a synopsis of the book, as it would be redundant. You can get that from the Publishers summary and countless other reviews. One noticeable difference between this book and most of Brandons other works, is the level of snarky humor that has been intertwined throughout the book. While his other novels are not void of humor, they do tend to take a more serious tone. With this book, it feels as if Brandon was somewhat inspired by Craig Alansons Expeditionary Forces series, including what I will call [Skippy-lite.] I choose to avoid any spoilers; so fans of the E.F. Series, will need to listen or read Skyward to fully understand.

Overall, this is a somewhat lighter, less-complex novel than many of Sandersons other works; but that should not be considered as criticism. It was truly enjoyable to listen to, and I look forward to the next installment.

Note: My apologies for somewhat poor punctuation. Writing this review on an iPad, and every time I tried to use quotes or apostrophe punctuation, the previews replaced those with garbled text, such as ‘ and “. I had to remove all contractions and just avoid using problematic punctuation.

286 of 307 people found this review helpful

  • 1634: The Ram Rebellion

  • By: Eric Flint, Virginia DeMarce
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 18 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 209

The Thirty Years War continues to ravage 17th century Europe, but a new force is gathering power and influence: the Confederated Principalities of Europe, an alliance between Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, and the West Virginians from the 20th century led by Mike Stearns who were hurled centuries into the past by a mysterious cosmic accident.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Baaa, Baaa, Baaad.

  • By SameOldStory on 06-09-15

Not a continuation of 1634: The Baltic War

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

As the next book in the Ring Of Fire Series (after Baltic War), one might expect this to pick up where the Baltic War left off. Instead, the book goes back to 1633 (The book title does start with 1634; doesn’t it?) including Ballet troups and wool farming. Granted, that these stories do play as backdrop to the more political and military sections that finally emerge in the final 1/3 of the book; they simply are not the compelling material provided in the earlier books.

Eric Flint all but admits this fact in his postscript;stating that most of the material was originally slated for a separate compilation of side stories. In the end, this has led to a less than satisfying read. I really had to struggle through the somewhat boring side stories, in order to finally get the real meat of the story.

After enjoying the first few books in the series, I went ahead and purchased the next two to three volumes, simultaneously. I’m hoping that this wasn’t a mistake and that the next couple of volumes return to the exciting pace and intrigue of previous volumes.

I don’t think that there were any major revelations in this book, and believe you could skip over it, in favor of a book with more impactful events.

The only saving grace was the excellent narration by George Guidall.

2 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • October

  • The Story of the Russian Revolution
  • By: China Mieville
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426

The renowned fantasy and science fiction writer China Mieville has long been inspired by the ideals of the Russian Revolution, and here, on the centenary of the revolution, he provides his own distinctive take on its history. In February 1917, in the midst of bloody war, Russia was still an autocratic monarchy: nine months later it became the first socialist state in world history. How did this unimaginable transformation take place? How was a ravaged and backward country, swept up in a desperately unpopular war, rocked by not one but two revolutions?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The 20th Century's New Weird History

  • By Darwin8u on 08-12-17

Mind-Numbing

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

Far too many bullet-point details without an enclosing, clear, storyline; to keep this from becoming an endless jumble of facts. YES, I realize that this is History, not a Fiction Novel; but I have listened to dozens of historical non-fiction books that have succeeded in pulling all of the important facts and figures together in a manner that doesn't put you to sleep.

Define the political factions and their motivations. Let the history flow like a novel; spend time following the perspective / actions of one group or faction; then the next. There will be some repetition of material, as seen by each group; but the almost 100% chronological presentation makes this impossible to follow, unless you go off into a secluded area and are able to dedicate 100% of your attention to the book, and nothing else.

Constantly switching back and forth between individuals / factions in the narrative; requires you to constantly replay sections, to verify who was taking a specific action.

I tend to listen to Audiobooks; throughout the day and this is not a book that one can "casually" listen to. Both of my grandparents, on my Mother's side of the family, escaped Russia, during the Bolshevik Revolution and I had hoped that this would provide some insight into the chaos and upheaval of that period. It just didn't work for me and I gave up listening.

If you are someone who does like to set aside some uninterrupted time to listen to books and are able to focus, without being interrupted; this book may work for you. My life is too chaotic and busy; so this was not for me.

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,191
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29,650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,575

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci Fi I didn't know I wanted

  • By Gary Glenn on 06-27-17

CAUTION:Don't Drink Soda, while Listening!

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

I hate to admit that I initially held off on listening to this book. The first chapter wasn't overly exciting & I moved on to another book. Month's later, after exhausting most of my 850 book Audible Library, I gave it a second chance. After the slow opening (Which I had unknowingly completed in my first round with the book), things picked up and it became a fairly enjoyable Sci-Fi novel. Then, about 60% of the way into the book, something happens that completely changes the character of the novel (I won't provide any spoilers). From that point on, the Sci-Fi is intermixed with snarky humor that could put Douglas Adams to shame. I found myself laughing so hard, that I was glad I had been listening in the privacy of my car, or around the house.

Regarding the title of my review - yeah, I often listen to audiobooks at home; while grabbing a quick meal. Drinking a Coke; while listening to this book, turned out to be a bit messy and painful. While my dogs didn't mind cleaning up the mess that ended up spewing out of my nose; carbonated beverages are not my first choice in sinus rinse solutions. Afterwards, there were countless other points where this experience might have repeated itself, had I not learned to pause the book, while consuming beverages.

Over the years, I have read or listened to most works by Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, John Scalzi, Kevin Hearne, Scott Meyer and Connie Willis, just to name a few. Craig Alanson's Expeditionary Force Series rates among the best in this group; when it comes to truly enjoyable, hilarious Sci-Fi / Fantasy Novels.

I started listening to Book one, four days ago. I'm now 1/3 of the way into book 3 and dreading the fact that I have to wait a month or more (per Craig Alanson's web site); before book 4 becomes available in Audio. While I hate to wait, I can look on the bright side and be thankful that Alanson appears to produce completed novels at a far greater pace than George R.R. Martin or Patrick Rothfuss! (Lazy Monkeys!)

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71,935
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 67,517
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67,382

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Did Scalzi decide to write under a new pen name?

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

Reviewed: 02-17-17

Some reviews have likened Dennis Taylor to a blend of Andy Weir and Ernest Cline. While I certainly see hints of Cline and a tiny bit of Weir; I couldn't listen to this book without thinking about John Scalzi (and a bit of John Ringo). The writing style is riveting; with plenty of subtle (and some not-so-subtle) humor throughout. The book was thoroughly entertaining and I can easily understand why it has been nominated for an Audie Award. (It should win !). The publisher's summary does a fairly good job of outlining the plot; so I won't repeat that here. Basically; if you are a Sci-Fi/ Fantasy fan and enjoy novels that don't take things too seriously, you will love this book. I read/listen to an average of 80-100 audiobooks per year (lots of early renewals on my Platinum Plan); so I have plenty of material to weigh against. This is my favorite book, since the release of Ready Player One. It took me a while to get around to reading/listening to this book; but now, I am counting the days until I can get book #2. (Already on pre-order). While I have limited time available to simply sit down and physically read a printed book; I'm likely to allocate the time to purchase and read Taylor's first book, Outland; which isn't available in Audiobook form.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful