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  • Though Hell Should Bar the Way

  • RCN Series, Book 12
  • By: David Drake
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

Roy Olfetrie planned to be an officer in the Republic of Cinnabar Navy, but when his father was unmasked as a white-collar criminal he had to take whatever he was offered. What is offered turns out to be a chance to accompany Captain Daniel Leary and Lady Adele Mundy as they go off to start a war that will put Roy at the sharp end.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshing take on a long Series

  • By Peter J. on 04-05-18

RCN Spin-off

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

If you could sum up Though Hell Should Bar the Way in three words, what would they be?

Very little about the characters that we anticipate. Several new characters presented in a manner a-kin to force feeding. The story isn't bad as an introduction to a new spin-off series, but it's title is a bit of false promise.... so I gave it a 3 star. Also, all of the new characters seem to be molded from the old characters: a young male with navigation gifts; a mysterious lady spy; a loyal rustic-type companion. It's as if Drake thinks the RCN characters have gotten too old for their roles. BUT THIS IS NOT TV; THE ELECTRONS THAT PRODUCED THE OLD STORIES ARE AGELESS. I would have preferred a flashback adventure.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Strange Weather

  • Four Short Novels
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Joe Hill, Wil Wheaton, Kate Mulgrew, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,719
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,541
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,535

A collection of four chilling novels, ingeniously wrought gems of terror from the brilliantly imaginative number one New York Times best-selling author of The Fireman, Joe Hill.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • All Sizzle No Steak

  • By Constant Reader on 03-20-18

Very Strange Indeed

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

Would you listen to Strange Weather again? Why?

I liked it, and i did listen to each of the stories. But, at the end, I thought better titles for the 4 stories are:
"IOS Was Written by Deamons"
"If People Weren't Crazy We Wouldn't Need the 2nd Amendment"
"Genesis: In The Air Tonight- 38:6-10"
"Nice Girls don't Twist the Heads off Puppies"

1 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • The Blade Itself

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,468
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,899

Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught in one feud too many, he's on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian - leaving nothing behind him but bad songs, dead friends, and a lot of happy enemies. Nobleman, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness, Captain Jezal dan Luthar has nothing more dangerous in mind than fleecing his friends at cards and dreaming of glory in the fencing circle. But war is brewing, and on the battlefields of the frozen North they fight by altogether bloodier rules.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Characters drive the story. The Narrator rocks!

  • By Brian Alsobrook on 11-01-16

not the kind of book I like

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

I gambled and lost; or maybe I won after all, by giving up at chapter 38.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Koban: When Empires Collide

  • Koban, Volume 7
  • By: Stephen W Bennett
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 705
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 657
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653

Under threat of destruction or servitude to the Empire, facing the fleets of the Ragnar, Finth, and Thack Delos, and the larger force of the Thandol, Mirikami prepares the Federation for all-out war. The Planetary Union, allied with the Federation, receives a squadron of new technology Federation Scouts equipped with gravity controlled weapons. They conduct a preemptive strike on a Thandol base. The emperor blames it on the Federation, unaware of the PU's existence, and orders simultaneous attacks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An ending leaving you wanting more

  • By gander on 10-22-17

Happy it's over

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

Future of the Koban Universe looks brighter a series shuts down never-ending self aggrandizing war.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Heavier Than a Mountain

  • Destiny's Crucible, Book 3
  • By: Olan Thorensen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 21 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,029
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,806
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,800

A freak accident casts Joe Colsco naked onto another planet inhabited by humans with technology circa 1700. In time, Joe, now known as Yozef Kolsko, makes the difficult acceptance of a new life. But he has become embroiled in a struggle beyond any dream he could have had. The Narthani are a militant society intent on subjugating the Caedelli, the people he's come to identify with. Unwittingly, the Narthani themselves are creating an opponent unlike any they have ever faced, an enemy beyond their conceptions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • And Even Heavier to Read

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 10-15-17

Still wanting more after a 21 hour listen

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

This is about as it gets for me. Great world-building that should allow the story to continue indefinitely.

4 of 7 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 41,507
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38,842
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,736

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

Definitely worth a 2nd Listen

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Very fast paced story with a dynamic plot. It's the kind of story that offers fresh rewards upon re listening. Also it has a very gratifying and believable ending. Hopefully, we haven't heard the last from the Bobiverse.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Pen and the Sword

  • Destiny's Crucible, Book 2
  • By: Olan Thorensen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,369
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,229

The Narthani, a militant realm who believe their manifest destiny is to rule the entire planet, Anyar, plan to absorb Caedellium into their empire. Yozef Kolsko (a.k.a. Joe Colsco) works to find ways to increase the chances of resistance to the Narthani's planned conquest. The enemy is coming. The odds seem overwhelming, and it will take all Yozef can do, the courage of his new people, and luck, to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping. Refreshing ratio of sci-fi to fantasy!

  • By Jordan on 08-01-17

Finished in 18 consecutive hours

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

Reviewed: 07-30-17

Where does The Pen and the Sword rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Once I started, I couldn't stop listening. The free preview of book 3 suggests the introduction of new complications to the plot line. Really looking forward to next book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Indian Hill

  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,702
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,692

Indian Hill is about an ordinary boy who grows up in relatively normal times but who finds himself thrust into an extraordinary position. Growing up in suburban Boston, Michael enjoys the trials and tribulations that all adolescents go through, from the seemingly tyrannical mother, to girl problems, to run-ins with the law. From there he escapes to college out in Colorado with his best friend, Paul, where they begin to forge new relationships with those around them. It is one girl in particular that has caught Michael's eye, and he alternately pines for her and laments ever meeting her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Get through this one because the next two are good

  • By DCinMI on 06-12-13

I should have purchased long ago

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

Reviewed: 07-29-17

It was a much more complex and written story than I thought it would be. I'm looking forward to the next book.

  • Cast Under an Alien Sun

  • Destiny's Crucible, Book 1
  • By: Olan Thorensen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,004
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,006

Joe Colsco boarded a flight from San Francisco to Chicago to attend a national chemistry meeting. He would never set foot on Earth again. On planet Anyar, Joe is found unconscious on a beach of a large island inhabited by humans where the level of technology is similar to Earth circa 1700. He awakes amid strangers speaking an unintelligible language and struggles to accept losing his previous life and finding a place in a society with different customs, needing a way to support himself and not knowing a single soul.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slowly we turn, step by step, inch by inch...

  • By Ron on 09-18-17

Fat-Finger Confession

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

Reviewed: 07-04-17

Where does Cast Under an Alien Sun rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It’s like this: I mainly listen to audio books on my smart-phone; likely, many people do; and I never finish one if it’s not at least a 3 Star. So when the book is finished, I get this dialog page that ask me to rate it. If it’s barley worth the purchase, I give it a 3 Star. Some-one did succeed in getting it published and successfully consume 8 to 12 hour of my time; how bad could it be? But, I have to confess, that that are many titles that I don’t feel merit a 5 Star rating that I submit as a 5 Star rating because my finger is too big to resolve the pixels that indicate a 4 Star rating; and, since I don’t want to give a good book a 3 Star rating, I go ahead and submit a 5 Star rating.
Not only do I give this book a 5 Star rating, it was good enough to influence me in to re-rating the all the titles I’ve heard for the last 3 months.
I apologize for my past dissembling, but maybe Audible should consider redesigning the smart phone ratings page.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Call to Arms

  • Blood on the Stars, Book 2
  • By: Jay Allan
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 656

War. The word spreads throughout the Confederation...the long-expected Union invasion has come. The enemy is strong, their fleets larger and more powerful than intelligence reports had predicted. They have broken through the forward defenses, sent the Confederation's proud fleets into an ignominious retreat.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok but not nearly as good as the first.

  • By Anonymous User on 12-04-17

We Listeners are to Blame

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

Reviewed: 06-09-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The writing is good and the narration is very good, but the truth is that there is nothing to see here; we've heard it all before; fill in the blank, cut&paste plot. But it's the listeners fault.. Why should a writer into the commercial market keep churning out the same product if the consumer keeps buying it and giving it a 4 or 5 star rating. I could have very well given this book a 4 or 5 star rating because it's at least as good as the other dozen analogs that I already heard. But, it that good enough?

0 of 2 people found this review helpful