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John L. Mahan

Boston, MA
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  • Will Save the Galaxy for Food

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,693
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,381

Space travel just isn't what it used to be. With the invention of Quantum Teleportation, space heroes aren't needed anymore. When one particularly unlucky ex-adventurer masquerades as famous pilot and hate figure Jacques McKeown, he's sucked into an ever-deepening corporate and political intrigue. Between space pirates, adorable deadly creatures, and a missing fortune in royalties, saving the universe was never this difficult!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By K. F. on 03-09-17

Outstanding Book!!

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

Reviewed: 08-26-17

This was great! I recommend this book wholeheartedly. I listen to audio books on my commute and I think other commuters thought I was nuts. I was laughing so much. I have enjoyed Yahtzee on The Escapist so I thought I would give this a try, I was not disappointed. Definitely a must listen.

  • Black Mass

  • Whitey Bulger, The FBI, and a Devil's Deal
  • By: Gerard O'Neill, Dick Lehr
  • Narrated by: John Rubinstein, Christopher Evan Welch
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 375

In this gritty New York Times best-seller, the true story of a crooked deal between the FBI and the Irish Mob is exposed. By providing a penetrating look into the mean streets of mid-1970s South Boston, the author shows how two kids from the neighborhood cross paths again years later, ending in the biggest informant scandal in FBI history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By John L. Mahan on 06-18-15

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 06-18-15

Well written and performed. Of all the books out there on Bulger, this is one of the best.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Cally's War

  • Legacy of the Aldenata
  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 523

Cally O'Neal, from Ringo's best seller Hell's Faire, stars in this New York Times best seller - a fast-paced interplanetary adventure that finds the trained killer locked in a battle to reclaim her lost soul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite of the spin-offs

  • By Jason on 03-23-10

Good Story

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

Reviewed: 05-28-15

I read this when it first came out. I liked it then, not great, but good. Listening to this confirms my original thoughts. Not the best book in the Aldenata Universe but good. I would have preferred a female narrator but the person doing it was fine. Good book, entertaining and worth the credit.

  • Andromeda's War

  • A Novel of the Legion of the Damned
  • By: William C. Dietz
  • Narrated by: Isabelle Gordon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

In Andromeda's War, his heroine will face her ultimate test - as a battle-scarred legionnaire and as an innocent young woman who once lost everything... Now a platoon leader, Legionnaire Andromeda McKee seems to have successfully left behind her true identity of Lady Catherine "Cat" Carletto, one of the last two surviving members of the Carletto family targeted for death by Empress Ophelia. After failing at her one shot at vengeance, Andromeda had been questioning her own resolve.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Does it end here?

  • By JB on 01-27-15

Good ending to this trilogy.

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

Reviewed: 05-14-15

I am a big fan of the Legion of the Damned. These books were a nice farewell to the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Janissaries

  • By: Jerry Pournelle
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 198

Captain Rick Galloway and his men had been talked into volunteering for a dangerous mission only to be ruthlessly abandoned when faceless CIA higher-ups pulled the plug on the operation. They were cut off in hostile territory, with local troops and their Cuban “advisors” rapidly closing in - and then the alien spaceship landed. Rescued from certain death, they now must fight another world’s war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb book now with superb presentation.

  • By Joseph on 12-07-12

As good as I remembered.

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

Reviewed: 05-08-15

I read this book in 1986 and enjoyed it. It was good to see that it has held up. The unfortunate thing is that the series was never finished. Maybe with Baen reprinting this someone will finish the series.

  • March to the Stars

  • Prince Roger Series, Book 3
  • By: David Weber, John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,259

This third edition to the Prince Roger Series takes the Bronze Barbarians across the Eastern Ocean of Marduk, facing giant sea monsters, pirates, and the barbarian nations that dwell on the other side. Their destination is a spaceport held by humans of questionable loyalties. As Roger comes nearer to making his way home, he learns that his attempted assassination was part of a larger plot. Not all is as it seems on Earth or on Marduk.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FINALLY, The Whole Series

  • By L. on 11-20-06

Love this series

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

Reviewed: 02-03-15

I read this series back in the early aughts. It still holds up. Stefan Rudniki does a fantastic job with the narration.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Lines of Departure

  • Frontlines, Book 2
  • By: Marko Kloos
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,326

Vicious interstellar conflict with an indestructible alien species. Bloody civil war over the last habitable zones of the cosmos. Political unrest, militaristic police forces, dire threats to the solar system. Humanity is on the ropes, and after years of fighting a two-front war with losing odds, so is Commonwealth Defense Corps officer Andrew Grayson.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the first book

  • By David on 03-14-15

Wish I could get my credit back

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

Reviewed: 08-26-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I you enjoy military science fiction, you might like this. I enjoy military science fiction and I did not.

Would you ever listen to anything by Marko Kloos again?

I read the first book in this series and enjoyed it. Not a five star by a good solid 3.5. Decent book, well written and good characters.

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

I enjoyed Luke Daniels performance. He did a good job with what he had.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Lines of Departure?

Rewrite.

Any additional comments?

Having served in the military this is an anti-military, anti-police, pro-criminal book. When the main character feels closer to the people who mugged him than to the people who saved him, that is where I saw this going down. The plot hole I saw was, why would the high command send two unreliable units to a planet to control civilians? They had already proven to be unreliable, even with Marines guarding them, did they think this would not go down the tubes? I was very disappointed in this book, came off as a libertarian, anti-government story. Turned me off. I enjoyed the first book but not wasting my money on any more. Good Luck.

8 of 14 people found this review helpful