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  • Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge

  • By: John Ringo, Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,181
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,828

When marine private Oliver Chadwick Gardenier is killed in the marine barrack bombing in Beirut, somebody who might be Saint Peter gives him a choice: Go to heaven, which, while nice, might be a little boring, or return to earth. The Boss has a mission for him, and he's to look for a sign. He's a marine: He'll choose the mission. Unfortunately, the sign he's to look for is "57". Which, given the food services contract in Bethesda Hospital, creates some difficulty. Eventually it appears that God's will is for Chad to join a group called Monster Hunters International.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This Abomination Broke My Heart

  • By Tracie on 10-02-16

Yes...!

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

First, let me acknowledge that there will be those that despise anything that does not have the other HMI characters front and center... But... If you liked any of the other HMI story arcs, you will DEFINITELY like this one, too. This is easily the best of the series and Chad Gadenier is and may always be my favorite character from the series. I was rapt with attention at listening to these (on my headphones and often busting out laughing to neighbor's amusement). The only thing I didn't like about this series was that it had to come to an end... But what a very satisfying end it was. You feel like if you were in this universe you and Chad would be best friends. Oliver Wyman brought Chad Gadenier to life and to him and, of course, Larry Correia and John Ringo, I say thank you for the adventure. This is a trilogy, so keep going. You'll be glad you if you do...

  • Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners

  • By: Larry Correia, John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,896
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,657
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,633

With New Orleans out of control, Chad Oliver Gardenier, one of Monster Hunter International's premier hunters, has been dispatched from Seattle to reinforce the beleaguered members of MHI'S Hoodoo Squad in their fight against the darkness.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Humph

  • By Walter W. Chu on 02-23-17

Yes...!

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

If you liked any of the other HMI story arcs, you will DEFINITELY like this one, too. This is easily the best of the series and Chad Gadenier is and may always be my favorite character from the series. I was rapt with attention at listening to these (on my headphones and often busting out laughing to neighbor's amusement). The only thing I didn't like about this series was that it had to come to an end... But what a very satisfying end it was. You feel like if you were in this universe you and Chad would be best friends. Oliver Wyman brought Chad Gadenier to life and to him and, of course, Larry Correia and John Ringo, I say thank you for the adventure.

  • Monster Hunter Memoirs: Saints

  • By: Larry Correia, John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,528
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,393
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,382

A larval Great Old One is growing day by day in power and just about ready to pop. If Chad Gadenier can't convince "the powers that be" to get involved, not only New Orleans, but the entire world, is going to fall under the power of the nastiest of nasties. Now on the outs with the US government and in exile from his usual job of saving the world, Chad must rally the forces of light against the coming darkness. The problem is one guy with a sword and a sub-gun isn't going to solve this one. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasantly Surprised

  • By MarkNJP on 10-25-18

YES....!

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

If you liked any of the other HMI story arcs, you will DEFINITELY like this one, too. This is easily the best of the series and Chad Gadenier is and may always be my favorite character from the series. I was rapt with attention at listening to these (on my headphones and often busting out laughing to neighbor's amusement). The only thing I didn't like about this series was that it had to come to an end... But what a very satisfying end it was. You feel like if you were in this universe you and Chad would be best friends. Oliver Wyman brought Chad Gadenier to life and to him and, of course, Larry Correia and John Ringo, I say thank you for the adventure.

  • 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 11,802
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,133

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.... 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Trouble on Paradise pt. II

  • By Kurtis Karr on 09-27-18

Wash, Rinse, Repeat...

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

If you liked 1 thru 5 then you'll probably like this one, too. It is more of the same. The very same. The very very same. No spoilers, I don't think you will need them. This book focuses less on Skippy The Magnificent and Joe and more on the other characters from Paradise, which was a welcome relief. R. C. Bray is easily one of my new favorite narrators and he again does an excellent job, breathing life into what would otherwise be a 'meh' story. I will say that I want to finish this ride, but hope it ends soon.

  • Hard Magic

  • Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,467

Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I thought it was going to be.

  • By Clinton on 08-06-11

Love me some Larry Correia

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

I’ve been a big fan of Larry Correia through all of his Monster Hunter International series. I loved those and love these. Narration is first-rate. Overall a great listen.

  • Elysium Fire

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558

Ten thousand city-state habitats orbit the planet Yellowstone, forming a near-perfect democratic human paradise. But even utopia needs a police force. For the citizens of the Glitter Band that organization is Panoply, and the prefects are its operatives. Prefect Tom Dreyfus has a new emergency on his hands. Across the habitats and their hundred million citizens, people are dying suddenly and randomly, victims of a bizarre and unprecedented malfunction of their neural implants.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Reynolds fan left cold

  • By Zach on 01-25-18

Classic Alastair Reynolds

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

There he is. The Alastair Reynolds I love and have missed. If you liked any of the Prefect / Chasam City novels, you won’t be disappointed in this one.

John Lee could read the dictionary to me and listen with wrapped bliss.

What are you waiting for, an invitation?

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Best Served Cold

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 26 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,582
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,318

There have been 19 years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll and cities burn, and behind the scenes bankers, priests, and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • as good as the main trilogy

  • By mohamed on 02-25-16

Who Cares?

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

Joe Abercrombie is not an author to listen to if you like kittens and milkshakes with two straws. I've listened to many of his books and liked "most" of them. First, he is a GOOD writer. You can take that to the bank. But he is dark and morose and most of his books are going to be NC-17 for one reason or another.

All that said, I was hoping for another Logan Ninefinger's type story, but there's just no one to like in this book. For any reason. By the end of the book, with a mostly so-so story, you could care less if anyone survives.

There's no Glokta in this story. No Logan. No one to care about, and I think that is why by the end it's like dining on a loaf of moldy white bread.

15 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • The Sword of Light: The Complete Trilogy

  • By: Aaron Hodges
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 29 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,088
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,022
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,021

For 500 years, the Gods have united the Three Nations in harmony. Now, that balance has been shattered, and chaos threatens. A town burns, and flames light the night sky. Hunted and alone, 17-year-old Eric flees through the wreckage. The mob grows closer, baying for the blood of their tormentor. Guilt weighs on his soul, but he cannot stop, cannot turn back. If he stops, they die. For two years, he has carried this curse, bringing death and destruction wherever he goes. But now, there is another searching for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A cutting trilogy

  • By Ray Johnson on 02-13-18

This should be YA

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

This story hits all the tropes. Spoiler alert: Magic is magic, you get the history of magic in the first few chapters, along with the troubled user who quickly masters his power thanks the ubiquitous avuncular mentor that quickly befriends the troubled youth. Basically this is Star Wars. And a painful listen.

18 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • Super Sales on Super Heroes

  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,038
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,703
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,688

In a world full of super powers, Felix has a pretty crappy one. He has the ability to modify any item he owns. To upgrade anything. Sounds great on paper. Almost like a video game. Except that the amount of power it takes to actually change, modify, or upgrade anything worthwhile is beyond his abilities. With that in mind, Felix settled into a normal life. A normal job. His entire world changes when the city he lives in is taken over by a super villain. Becoming a country of one city. A city state.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lot better than I thought it would be

  • By Phillip hinch on 07-08-17

Pancakes!

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

Reviewed: 11-22-17

This story is like a food you like that never fills you up.

There is very little plot here, it is mostly a progression of events that ends abruptly and without developing into much of a story. That said, I enjoyed listening to it, but if you're looking for a meaningful story you'll have to look somewhere else.

The spreadsheets were a bit much for a narrative medium, but probably okay in written form.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Paradox Bound

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,755
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,125

Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for God's sake. So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave? Not that he'd ever admit it, but maybe he's been waiting - waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who's roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires. The one who's a walking anachronism, with her tricorne hat, flintlock rifle, and steampunked Model A Ford.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Standard Clines. Fun and forgettable

  • By Debra on 10-07-17

Huge Fan, Except This Time...

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

Sorry, Peter, this book was just not up to what I've come to expect from you. The story was sophomoric, the characters shallow, and over all was a plain snooze-fest. I finished it, hoping for some strange bugs, but alias, another disappointment. But don't let this latest release get you down, we know you can do better. Come back strong.

Ray Porter was the one saving grace of this read. I could listen to him read the dictionary.

57 of 67 people found this review helpful