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  • Steel World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 1
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,821
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,824

In the 20th century Earth sent probes, transmissions, and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy. As most of the local worlds were too civilized to have a proper army, the only valuable service Earth could provide came in the form of soldiers....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Space Opera

  • By Don Gilbert on 12-05-13

Popcorn

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

Perfectly ok, lowest common denominator, military, Mary Sue fun. It's not deep, and the author barely skims the implications of the tech and civilizations encountered by the protagonist. Those higher up the chain of command are a bit like the adults in Harry Potter, even when you finally find out what was going on, their actions remain internally inconsistent. It's a fun military sci-fi romp. Don't expect any philosophical conundrums or clever solutions. The main character is simple to the point of being annoying, and he wins for the same reason a fantasy hero wins, because they have the right attitude. It's out of place in real sci-fi, where the writing should be smart, even if the character isn't.

  • Super Powereds: Year 4

  • Super Powereds, Book 4
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 60 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,549
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,344
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,328

The final year at Lander has finally arrived for the Melbrook students and their peers, and with it comes a whole new set of challenges. Still reeling from the events of their junior year, the remaining students will have to push past their pain - and so much more - if they hope to be one of the 10 to claim the title of Hero upon graduation. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Its finally over....what do I do with my life now?

  • By Jared on 07-11-18

Disappointing.

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

I really liked the first 4 books and I'm a big fan of his other series. But this one was disappointing. Every scene became a speech. It was mawkish and maudlin and cringeworthy. The one island of fun was intramurals. Fights with new supers reminded me why i liked the preceding books. It's not desirable to keep the drama dialed up to eleven for 60+ hours of story.

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  • The Empire of Ashes

  • The Draconis Memoria, Book 3
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 23 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350

For hundreds of years, the Ironship Trading Syndicate was fueled by drake blood - and protected by the Blood-blessed, those few who could drink it and wield fearsome powers. But now the very thing that sustained the corporate world threatens to destroy it. A drake of unimaginable power has risen, and it commands an army of both beasts and men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Conclusion

  • By Matt on 07-12-18

Less than the first two

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-23-18

Still good, but not up to the first two. Less character development; more battle scenes. Also less serious flow motivation. Too predictable.

  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,452
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,569
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19,482

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than Trump: All Comey's Life/Working Years--

  • By Gillian on 04-17-18

Imperfect perfection

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

Comey was worth the listen. This is not a great book, but it is a very good one; hence my review's title. You can learn a lot from the listen, even while sensing the human self-justifications and imperfect decision making. Another good man trashed by our dear President.

  • The Windup Girl

  • By: Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,398
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,614
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,636

Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner.

  • By Marius on 01-13-10

Wow

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-18

Very densely constructed and written. Immense baring of human motivations. Both horrible and beautiful. Also a carefully crafted performance. Forgive its few minor flaws and enjoy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,761
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,761

Timid, socially awkward, and plagued by self-esteem issues, Fred has never been the adventurous sort. One fateful night - different from the night he died, which was more inconvenient than fateful - Fred reconnects with an old friend at his high school reunion. This rekindled relationship sets off a chain of events thrusting him right into the chaos of the parahuman world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Stories are great, not crazy about the format

  • By Sugarpucker on 08-10-15

fun and nerdy wish fulfilment.

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

another funny one, from the master of the rpg mary sue. like his take on a modern fantasy world .

  • Brothers in Arms

  • A Miles Vorkosigan Novel
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,786
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,196

Led by Admiral Naismith (a.k.a. Lord Miles Vorkosigan), the Dendarii Mercenaries have pulled off the daring interspace rescue of an entire Cetagandan POW camp. But they have made some deadly enemies, and Miles realizes he's in trouble again. First the Mercenaries' payroll doesn't arrive on time; then someone tries to murder him. Now Miles must juggle both his identities to unravel a plot against him, and to reveal an unexpected ally. Just who is trying to assassinate which of his personas, and why?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is the order in which to read this series

  • By L. Lipp on 04-15-08

Cute

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-18

Not sure cuts is completely what was intended; but there it is. Please enjoy the fun.

  • Scourged

  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,113
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,764
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,743

New York Times best-selling author Kevin Hearne returns with the finale to his wildly popular action-adventure series, The Iron Druid Chronicles. Two-thousand-year-old Druid Atticus O'Sullivan travels to Asgard and faces off against the Norse gods to try to prevent Ragnarok in the final battle for the fate of mankind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not a fitting conculsion

  • By will on 04-04-18

Trite, maudlin, and boring.

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

This was a disappointing ending to a once fun series. The vibrant and clever writing of the first books is completely missing from this "novel". The characters are mere caricatures of their former selves. It doesn't even feel like the same author. I am very disappointed.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Defiance

  • The Spiral Wars, Book 4
  • By: Joel Shepherd
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 615
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609

The UFS Phoenix is hunting for the long-lost drysine data-core. Within it lie the secrets to saving humanity from the resurgent deepynine machine-race. To recover it, Captain Erik Debogande must work together with the man who holds his sister hostage - the power-hungry parren leader Aristan. Aristan has sworn he will return Lisbeth Debogande once Phoenix grants him equal access to its prize.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Drifting further from humanity and back in time

  • By Michael G Kurilla on 10-28-17

lovely Space opera

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-18

Excellent depth of characterization. Enjoyable action and adventure. This is a book all space opera buffs should enjoy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blue Moon

  • Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 8
  • By: Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Alexis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,034
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,033

The Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter backlist lights up the night. In her eighth adventure, Anita Blake can't turn her back on a former lover during the full moon. Especially since he's behind bars - and he's a werewolf.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved book - audio is ok

  • By Vicki on 03-20-10

Good but....

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-18

High tension, some unexpected twists; but overall I knew where it was going. Sex is becoming gratuitous.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful