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  • Tiamat's Wrath

  • The Expanse, Book 8
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 19 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,824
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,594
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,578

Thirteen hundred gates have opened to solar systems around the galaxy. But as humanity builds its interstellar empire in the alien ruins, the mysteries and threats grow deeper. In the dead systems where gates lead to stranger things than alien planets, Elvi Okoye begins a desperate search to discover the nature of a genocide that happened before the first human beings existed and to find weapons to fight a war against forces at the edge of the imaginable. But the price of that knowledge may be higher than she can pay. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • unfortunate bug in chapter 39

  • By A. Treiber on 03-28-19

50% Soap Opera, social infighting, 25% politics

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

Reviewed: 03-28-19

This story’s dialog reads much the same as the first 7 books, it does a brief dance around the topic of dead ancients who built the gate system, the “tool” called the protomolecule
and those that killed the ancients.
-The majority of the dialog centres around what characters are thinking in regard to other characters (Soap Opera politics)
The story leaves us without much new science or archaeology of the ancient race.
Not the end

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Alex Cave Series, Books 1-3

  • By: James M. Corkill
  • Narrated by: Paul J. McSorley
  • Length: 27 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

While on vacation sailing the waters of the Puget Sound, geophysicist Alex Cave hears a mayday call on the radio and sees a brilliant flash of neon-blue light surround an oil tanker. He changes course to help and discovers there was no explosion, no one on board, and the oil has mysteriously vanished without a trace.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Alex Cave

  • By ZOE R on 02-17-19

Ok story, Titles are misleading

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

The focus of 90% of the story is on interpersonal conflicts, Russian mafia and human caused danger.
Technical descriptions don’t expand much beyond the word ‘devices’

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Deep Sky

  • By: Patrick Lee
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453

The anomaly called the Breach is the government’s most carefully guarded secret. But there is another secret even less known... and far more terrifying. As the U.S. President addresses the nation fromthe Oval Office, a missile screams toward the White House. In a lightning flash, the Chief Executive is dead, his mansion in ruins, and two cryptic words are the only clue to the assassins’ motives: “See Scalar.” Now Travis Chase of the covert agency Tangent - caretakers of the Breach and all its grim wonders - have only twenty-four hours to unearth a decades-old mystery....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sad to see the story end.

  • By Sandra on 01-13-12

3 billion year old abandoned transit system

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

A very believable galactic wormhole transit system in working order, abandoned billions of years ago by a vanished race.
- Lets study it and discover why they disappeared.

A well penned story of discovery and exploration.

  • The Anomaly

  • By: Michael Rutger
  • Narrated by: Brandon Williams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,038
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 985
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 981

If Indiana Jones lived in the X-Files era, he might bear at least a passing resemblance to Nolan Moore - a rogue archaeologist hosting a documentary series derisively dismissed by the "real" experts, but beloved by conspiracy theorists. Nolan sets out to retrace the steps of an explorer from 1909 who claimed to have discovered a mysterious cavern high up in the ancient rock of the Grand Canyon. And, for once, he may have actually found what he seeks. Then the trip takes a nasty turn, and the cave begins turning against them in mysterious ways.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book of 2018

  • By Jeffrey veals on 07-04-18

Bad planning and exploring methodology

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

Reviewed: 01-29-19

The story illustrates an unprofessional group of explorers with ulterior motives randomly
Walking around in a pre historical cave system until a trap blocks the exit.
In the end a few escape through a crack, go back home never to return.

  • Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime

  • By: Benjamin Schumacher, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Benjamin Schumacher
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Gravity controls everything from the falling of an apple to the rising of ocean’s tides to the motions of the heavens above. If you’ve ever wondered how this most puzzling force works across our entire universe, you will be delighted by this 24-part course that is accessible to any curious person, regardless of your science education. No other product on the market presents the subject of gravity in as much detail as this course, which will follow the past 400 years of research and experimentation in the field.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good freshman high school lecture

  • By Ron A. Parsons on 01-29-19

Good freshman high school lecture

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

Reviewed: 01-29-19

The information presented in these lectures
Spans the years 1600-1980
Nothing in the lectures covering the last
35 years, if you are totally unfamiliar with the
Topic it offers an historical perspective

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Bolt Eaters

  • By: Isaac Hooke
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 18 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Eric was happily retired. His consciousness resided inside the body of an advanced android. He had two beautiful female companions, a platoon of war hero friends, and the entire floor of an apartment building to call his own. He had paid his dues, having saved the world during his previous stint in the army, and now he could live out the rest of his life in peace and quiet. As an android, he expected that life to last a very long time. And then the army came knocking at his door again.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It’s a 10 hour video game script

  • By Ron A. Parsons on 01-24-19

It’s a 10 hour video game script

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

It’s a 10 hour video game shooting script with teenage sounding robot sex overview.
This story was not written for adult readers.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Splintered Suns

  • By: Michael Cobley
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

For Pyke and his crew it should have been just another heist. Travel to a backwater desert planet, break into a museum, steal a tracking device then use it to find a ship buried in the planet's vast and trackless sandy wastes. Except that the museum vault is a bioengineered chamber, and the tracking device is sought after by another gang of treasure hunters led by an old adversary of Pyke's, the devious Raven Kaligara. Also, the ship is a quarter of a million years old and about two kilometres long, and somewhere aboard it is the Essavyr Key....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unusually done story

  • By Ron A. Parsons on 01-20-19

An unusually done story

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

I had to listen to this book several times before the very complex plot became clear.
The narrators many voice characters were
Entertaining on the second listen.

Recommend a second listen through on this one due to complexity of the story.
Thanks

  • The Translocator

  • By: M.G. Herron
  • Narrated by: Tess Irondale
  • Length: 24 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Archaeologist Eliana Fisk is ripped from Earth while the whole world watches. She lands on a strange new world inhabited by a lost tribe of ancient Mayans. Meeting them, getting firsthand exposure to age-old customs and rituals...it seems like an archaeologist’s dream. But what if their rituals have a darker meaning? What if the god these people pray to is no god at all? And how in the world will she ever get back home?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Thrilling Sci-fi Ride

  • By buggzero on 01-29-19

Mostly social dialog and narrative

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

The script uses imaginary crystals found near an old meteor impact location to make a space drive, no technical details were defined other than that. The space drive is then destroyed by the military due to fear of the unknown.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Imperator

  • Galaxy's Edge Series
  • By: Jason Anspach, Nick Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,893
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,797
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,788

As a crumbling Galactic Republic falls to the relentless assault of a merciless foe, so begins the rise of an enigmatic emperor intent on saving a corrupt galaxy-spanning civilization from itself…and from something much darker that lies beyond the reaches of the known. Just as the reins of power fall into his iron-fisted grasp, an assassination attempt by a hidden cabal within his own inner circle jeopardizes every plan he has set in motion for his Dark Legion, his Imperial Navy, and his ultimate conquest of the stars. But the assassins have no idea who they're actually dealing with.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love galaxys edge

  • By nicolas palacios on 10-25-18

Too much narrative

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

Story reads like something randomly pieced together, with 15 minute narratives trying to join the pieces, not an enjoyable listen

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Doctor Who: The Roundheads

  • A 2nd Doctor novel
  • By: Mark Gatiss
  • Narrated by: Anneke Wills
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

An unabridged reading of Mark Gatiss' novel set in the aftermath of the English Civil War, featuring the Second Doctor as played by Patrick Troughton and his companions Ben, Polly, and Jamie. With the Civil War won, the Parliamentarians are struggling to hang on to power. But plans are being made to rescue the defeated King Charles from his prison…With Ben press-ganged and put on board a mysterious ship bound for Amsterdam, Polly becomes an unwitting accomplice in the plot to rescue the King.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A new Second Doctor adventure.

  • By Chris Coyne on 05-14-15

Modified Sherlock Holmes

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

Fist fights, sword fights, mediaeval politics, a well performed story in which Dr. Who is a minor character. This reads more like a Sherlock Holmes novel with a few names changed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful