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  • Iron Gold

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds, John Curless, Julian Elfer, and others
  • Length: 23 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,403

Ten years after the events of Morning Star, Darrow and the Rising are battling the remaining Gold loyalist forces and are closer than ever to abolishing the color-coded caste system of Society for good. But new foes will emerge from the shadows to threaten the imperfect victory Darrow and his friends have earned. Pierce Brown expands the size and scope of his impressive Red Rising universe with new characters, enemies, and conflicts among the stars.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too many narrators Mr. Brown

  • By Alpha20 on 01-21-18

Gift-wrapped depression

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

This is the most depressing addition to the series, hand over fist. Don’t get me wrong. It’s a great book, but this is not the tale that ends the great war. It is the one that devours the victors of the uprising. Do not look for hope, here; only frayed ribbons of that remain.

  • Relic

  • By: Alan Dean Foster
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 253

Once Homo sapiens reigned supreme, spreading from star system to star system in an empire that encountered no alien life and thus knew no enemy.... save itself. As had happened many times before, the most primal human instincts rose up, only this time armed with the advanced scientific knowledge to create a genetically engineered smart virus that quickly wiped out humanity to the last man. That man is Ruslan, the sole known surviving human being in the universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really fun story!

  • By APLang on 08-16-18

Great story, good enough narration

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

This was a great twist on the Last of his Kind trope; this time, the super-useful singular alien is a Human, and the aliens you’re dealing with aren’t some heady time-bending godlings; they’re actually the “backwards” civilization, at least in comparison to what the humans pulled off before everything went to crap.

So that right there is already an uncommonly used avenue off a well-travelled plot road.

The writing was good but the narration was kind of inconsistent between voice quality and voice delivery. I couldn’t distinguish at all between the different aliens via voice alone, which was disconcerting due to how much effort the narrator put into making “alien” voices to begin with, which to his credit wasn’t bad; I just couldn’t keep track of who was talking by voice except the human. I wouldn’t say this detracted from the story, but it was definitely a reason to dock a star from what could have been a great performance.

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  • Mavericks

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 6
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,140
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,321

The remnants of the Expeditionary Force stranded on the alien-controlled planet "Paradise" get a chance to prove themselves, in a simple off-world training mission with a ship full of teenage alien cadets. When the mission goes horribly wrong and the survival of everyone on Paradise is at risk, the Merry Band of Pirates may have to come to the rescue. Unless they get killed first.... 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Alanson teases, and then pulls a 3.5

  • By Andrew on 09-26-18

An ironic addition from the author

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

This is the best quality book from this author that I’ve read so far. The ironic aspect is that it’s also the dullest with the smallest sci-fi element. He also made a cardinal sin that most authors don’t even contemplate: he took a multi-POV book and split it in solid chunks. So, 4-5 hours of the same group of characters followed by 4-5 hours of a different set, with both the very start and very ending having a brief passage from the alternating group.

As much as that didn’t help, it gets worse. There’s almost no “cool alien s***” throughput the book, which is horrible in contrast to the last couple Ex-Force books, which have been neck-deep in that domain of intrigue.

I’m quite disappointed by the latter criticism than the former, but there was nothing technically wrong with it. I hope the next books go back to adding the sci-fi element of this space opera, or I’ll have to retire the series.

NEEDS MORE BEERCAN!

  • Nua'll

  • The Silver Ships Series, Book 11
  • By: S. H. Jucha
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

The Omnian expeditionary fleet sails for the faraway place they call "the wall". The worlds of humankind have consolidated their resources to create a powerful armada to confront the alien federation. During the Omnians' previous encounter with an alien fleet at the wall, the Nua'll comm sphere spoke to them in multiple languages. When the messages were deciphered by SADEs, the humans' digital friends, the Omnians realized two things. One, they would face a vast empire composed of hundreds of races, and, two, the Nua'll were not the leaders of the federacy. They had spoken of masters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Jean on 10-24-18

Top of their game

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

The author is on the top of their game with this book. It’s compelling from start to end, and the writing quality is good. The narration is as always solid for this series.

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  • The Jungle

  • By: Upton Sinclair
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416

Few books have so affected radical social changes as The Jungle, first published serially in 1906. Exposing unsanitary conditions in the meat-packing industry in Chicago, Sinclair's novel gripped Americans by the stomach, contributing to the passage of the first Food and Drug Act. If you’ve never read this classic novel, don't be put off by its gruesome reputation. Upton Sinclair was a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who could turn even an exposé into a tender and moving novel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Life in the stock yards of Chicago in late 1800s

  • By Cheryl on 12-17-15

A must-read... but no rush

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

This is a must-read book, but not one you need to rush through. It’s packed with some stuff that is too distressing and disturbing to easily go through, at least for me.

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  • Metro 2033

  • By: Dmitry Glukhovsky
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,063
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,058

The year is 2033. The world has been reduced to rubble. Humanity is nearly extinct and the half-destroyed cities have become uninhabitable through radiation. Beyond their boundaries, they say, lie endless burned-out deserts and the remains of splintered forests. Survivors still remember the past greatness of humankind, but the last remains of civilisation have already become a distant memory. Man has handed over stewardship of the earth to new life-forms. A few score thousand survivors live on, not knowing whether they are the only ones left on Earth....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Almost gave up, glad I finished

  • By Amazon shopper on 05-04-17

Stellar

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

Wow. Just get this book and stop reading the reviews. You will thank me later.

  • Quantum Theory

  • A Very Short Introduction
  • By: John Polkinghorne
  • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

Quantum theory is the most revolutionary discovery in physics since Newton. This book gives a lucid, exciting, and accessible account of the surprising and counterintuitive ideas that shape our understanding of the sub-atomic world. It does not disguise the problems of interpretation that still remain unsettled 75 years after the initial discoveries. The main text makes no use of equations, but there is a Mathematical Appendix for those desiring stronger fare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Makes it easier to understand other QM books

  • By Kindle me this: on 05-01-14

Solid.

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

An easy 4 out of 5 stars. It wasn’t brilliant or anything, but it did what it needed to. Need a short intro to quantum mechanics that’s more useful than navel-gazing between entries of a wiki-Labyrinth? Get this.

  • Starship Troopers

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,714
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,985
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,020

Join the Army and See the Universe. That is the motto of The Third Space War, also known as The First Interstellar War, but most commonly as The Bug War. In one of Robert Heinlein's most controversial best sellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe - and into battle with the Terrain Mobile Infantry against mankind's most alarming enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book ever

  • By Michael on 06-28-06

Really wish this was narrated again

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

Great book for the most part. However the narration quality as well as audio quality kind of is not that great. The story is good enough to make that eventually not so annoying, but I definitely had my reservations.

  • Mogworld

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,937
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,708
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,702

In a world full to bursting with would-be heroes, Jim couldn't be less interested in saving the day. His fireballs fizzle. He's awfully grumpy. Plus, he's been dead for about 60 years. When a renegade necromancer wrenches him from eternal slumber and into a world gone terribly, bizarrely wrong, all Jim wants is to find a way to die properly, once and for all. On his side, he's got a few shambling corpses, an inept thief, and a powerful death wish. But he's up against tough odds....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yahtzee learns to enunciate

  • By Alyssa on 10-18-12

Bril-...Really good!

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

Okay. So it’s not literally brilliant, but I guess it is in the slang sense.

I loved this book from start to end. The narration naturally was great, and some surprisingly poignant social commentary occasionally appears, so it’s not all dick jokes and evil vicars.

  • Judge Dredd

  • Year One: Omnibus
  • By: Matt Smith, Al Ewing, Michael Carroll
  • Narrated by: Jordan Harold
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Mega-City One, 2080. Judge Joe Dredd's first year on the streets as a full-eagle Judge. Bred for justice, trained in law, Dredd's no helpless rookie, but he's not the seasoned veteran we know either. Three tales follow the first adventures of the future city's greatest lawman. With an introduction by the Mighty Tharg!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, well read

  • By Mikey on 06-27-18

Great performance and hit-or-miss writing

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

Okay. So this is kind of frustrating. This book has 3 different authors so that’s already going to chance things up. You only get to sample one of those authors, and I’d argue the better of the three. I started off really enjoying this book, but then it tapered away and by the end I wasn’t even sad it was over.