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  • Galaxy Outlaws: The Complete Black Ocean Mobius Missions, 1-16.5

  • By: J. S. Morin
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 85 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,563
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,211

Meet the galaxy's unluckiest outlaws. Carl Ramsey is an ex-Earth Navy fighter pilot turned con man. His ship, the Mobius, is home to a ragtag crew of misfits and refugees looking to score a big payday but more often just scratching to pay for fuel. The crew consists of his ex-wife (and pilot), a drunkard, four-handed mechanic, a xeno-predator with the disposition of a 120kg housecat, and the galaxy's most-wanted wizard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Firefly cranked up on Meth plus a Space Wizard!

  • By Ray Johnson on 04-27-18

Okay story

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

Reviewed: 04-21-18

Any additional comments?

So far I've gone through 20 hours of this audiobook. I hate to disagree with other reviewers, but, this is not "like" Firefly. The ONLY thing it has in common with Firefly is: it's one ship with a bunch of misfit crew stuck together. That's IT. The story is okay, and I always enjoy listening to Mikael Naramore. If you can get past the one sanctimonious religiosity bulls*** character it's... okay.

29 of 36 people found this review helpful

  • Differently Morphous

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,096

A magical serial killer is on the loose, and gelatinous, otherworldly creatures are infesting the English countryside. Which is making life for the Ministry of Occultism difficult, because magic is supposed to be their best kept secret. After centuries in the shadows, the Ministry is forced to unmask, exposing the country's magical history - and magical citizens - to a brave new world of social media, government scrutiny, and public relations.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Meddling Muggles Muddle it Up

  • By Dubi on 11-07-18

One of the worst listens yet

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

Three hours and forty five minutes into this audiobook, and I can't stand listening to it anymore!! Stupidest thing I've ever heard.

0 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Shattered Moon

  • By: J.G. Cressey
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

After eight desperate months of searching, Cal Harper and his crew still haven't discovered Kaia's whereabouts. Taken by pirates during the rescue of Federation survivors, her fate remains uncertain. But so too is the fate of humanity itself. With the destruction of Earth, the Insidions have struck a devastating blow only to sink back into the shadows to let the poison spread. Thousands of colonies have been forced into self-sufficiency, and the loss of interstellar communications is making the situation infinitely worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So many wonderful characters and worlds.

  • By Fran on 03-01-18

Book #2 in the series

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

What made the experience of listening to Shattered Moon the most enjoyable?

Alex Wyndam's excellent narration.

If you’ve listened to books by J.G. Cressey before, how does this one compare?

I absolutely loved book #1 Star Splinter. I enjoyed listening to this audiobook (Shattered Moon). However, everything in this book seems a bit contrived. The characters are always getting into extremely "hopeless and impossible" situations, and then at the "final" second are magically getting out of the situations. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoy listening to the story, and will definitely get the next audiobook in the series.

What does Alex Wyndham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I can listen to his voice in narrations and characterizations forever. He does such a good job in flushing out each characters voice you can form a picture in your mind on how they look and act.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I really can't see this book being made into a movie without it being completely destroyed. Now, if they made a completely CGI movie with voice-overs, that might work. But with live actors playing against green/blue screens...not so much.

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for the next installment!!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Battlefield Earth

  • Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi and New York Times Bestseller
  • By: L. Ron Hubbard
  • Narrated by: Josh Clark, Scott Menville, Fred Tatascorie, and others
  • Length: 47 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,864
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,688
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,684

In the year AD 3000, Earth is a barren wasteland, plundered of its natural resources by the millennium-long regime of taloned, gas-breathing, nine-foot alien conquerors from the planet Psychlo. Fewer than 35,000 humans survive in a handful of communities scattered across the face of a postapocalyptic Earth. From a desolate village in the Rocky Mountains near what once was Denver, Colorado, a courageous young man named Jonnie Goodboy Tyler embarks on a hero's journey to challenge the fearful myths of his people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pulp Sci-Fi Done Right! More Like This!

  • By Joel D Offenberg on 06-27-16

Ruined by the music

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

Reviewed: 06-07-16

What would have made Battlefield Earth better?

I was so looking forward to this unabridged version of Battlefield Earth, having read the book back in the early 80's. I have the abridged version, and there are differences. This audiobook would have, by me, rated higher in overall performance if they would not had put that lame music after EVERY chapter. (No wonder it's 47 hours long). Also, the background music that continues playing during the narration is not only unnecessary, but very distracting, sometimes it overwhelms the narrator to the point you don't understand what was said.

13 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Star Splinter

  • Fractured Space, Book 1
  • By: J.G. Cressey
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

Lieutenant Callum Harper hadn't intended on punching his commanding officer quite so hard. But maybe it wasn't such a bad turn of events. Court-martialed and dumped on a reject raft bound for Earth, Cal feels optimistic about a life where getting blown up, shot, or even eaten is altogether less of a concern. And, more importantly, a life where the only person he's responsible for is himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ok J.G. Cressy, I'm ready for another.

  • By F3EN on 08-15-15

Absolutely enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 04-21-16

Would you listen to Star Splinter again? Why?

Absolutely! The story is entertaining, and keeps your interest.

Have you listened to any of Alex Wyndham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first time I have listened to Mr. Wyndham, and I must say he was a very wide range of character voices.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes very much so, even played it right again after it finished.

Any additional comments?

I hope there are more books in this series coming soon, especially if Mr. Wyndham is narrating!!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Omega Rising

  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,565

Jason Burke was a man hiding from himself in a small cabin high in the American Rocky Mountains when his simple, quiet life was shattered one night by what he first assumed was an aviation mishap. But when he investigates the crash, what he finds will yank him out of his self-imposed exile and thrust him into a world he could have never imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Old-Fashioned Sci-Fi -- For a Change

  • By James on 12-21-14

Must be looking inside my fantasies.

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

Reviewed: 04-21-16

If you could sum up Omega Rising in three words, what would they be?

Entertaining, Engaging, Wonderful.

What other book might you compare Omega Rising to and why?

Not so much another book, but rather a dash of Farscape, a pinch of Firefly, a smattering of Star Trek, a hint of Dark Matter, and a inkling of Stargate SG1 (without the stargate of course.) If you liked any of these TV shows you will enjoy this series.

What about Paul Heitsch’s performance did you like?

An excellent narrator. The only criticism was in this first book his pronunciation of "Nacelle" (Na-cell). I cringed every time he said what sounded like "Nasel". However, he did correct the pronunciation in later books.

Any additional comments?

I'm very picky about what I like to listen to. If the title doesn't move me, the cover art looks lame or the preview sample sounds boring I won't even bother putting it in my wishlist. I read the reviews on this first book, and decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did! I bought this first book and after listening to it quickly purchased the next three, and two days later purchased the last three. When I first started listening to Audio books my favorite series was Undying Mercenaries by B. V. Larson, narrated by Mark Boyett. The Omega Force series is now my favorite!!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 162,996
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150,439
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 150,277

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Great story

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

Reviewed: 02-10-15

If you could sum up The Martian in three words, what would they be?

Exciting, funny, and inventive

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character of course!

Which scene was your favorite?

When he was trying to figure out what to burn surrounded by unburnable materials.

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

The ending

Any additional comments?

Hope the movie is just as good!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fate of Worlds

  • Return from the Ringworld
  • By: Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455

For decades, the spacefaring species of known space have battled over the largest artifact - and grandest prize - in the galaxy: the all-but-limitless resources and technology of the Ringworld. Now, without warning, the Ringworld has vanished, leaving behind three rival war fleets. If the fallen civilization of the Ringworld can no longer be despoiled of its secrets, the puppeteers will be forced to surrender theirs - everyone knows that they are cowards. But the crises converging upon the trillion puppeteers of the Fleet of Worlds go far beyond even the onrushing armadas.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not - really - a RingWorld book.

  • By Craig on 10-10-12

Finally the end!!!

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

Reviewed: 10-15-14

Would you listen to Fate of Worlds again? Why?

Yes, only because it's loaded in my CD jukebox

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Lackluster

Any additional comments?

I got lost in the story, probably because I hadn't listened to the "Ringworld prequel" stories.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars'

  • Barsoom Series, Book 1
  • By: Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,461

Civil War veteran John Carter is transported to a dying planet, where he must elude capture by giant green barbarians to rescue a Martian princess from certain doom. In this landmark of science fiction, the myths and mystery of the red planet supply a vibrant backdrop for a swashbuckling epic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Princess of Mars, Swords & Planets HIGH Adventure!

  • By Robert L. Hicks on 03-26-12

John Carter

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

Reviewed: 10-15-14

Would you consider the audio edition of John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' to be better than the print version?

I read the paper back version of "A princess of Mars" more than 30 years ago. It was one of the first books I actually completed from cover to cover. However, back then I was more of a romantic, but the story kind of dragged on. At least the audiobook all I had to do was listen. Think I liked the latest movie version better.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Have Space Suit - Will Travel

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Mark Turetsky
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,219
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,114

First prize in the Skyway Soap slogan contest was an all-expenses-paid trip to the moon. The consolation prize was an authenticspace suit, and when scientifically minded high school senior Kip Russell wonit, he knew for certain he would use it one day to make a sojourn of his own tothe stars. But "one day" comes sooner than he thinks when he tries the suit on in his backyard - and finds himself worlds away, a prisoner aboard a space pirate's ship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic tale, One of Heinlein's best.

  • By SGL on 03-20-14

Have Space Suit will get boored

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

Reviewed: 10-15-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, unless they like very long out dated stories

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Updated the characters to modern times, had the two main characters a similar in age to keep an underlying romantic story line rather than a "brother/sister" feel.

Was Have Space Suit - Will Travel worth the listening time?

It was okay, I'll probably listen to it again, just because it's loaded in my CD jukebox player with other CD audiobooks.

Any additional comments?

Sounds like it was written in the 40's with the author projecting the same social values of that time in the future. What was it...a nickel for an ice cream float from a "soda jerk".

12 of 56 people found this review helpful