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  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Daniel Oreskes, full cast
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,554
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,319

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 Years and Still a Fantastic Read

  • By Nightveil on 07-22-11

Engrossing

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

Reviewed: 09-08-17

American Gods by Neil Gaman does not need much of a review from me because it has enjoyed huge, decades long success in multiple forms. Here I congratulate the work that is the 10th Anniversary full cast audio version for its quality and selection of cast members. I recommend this version in combination with your imagination while listening to paint your impressions across the screens of your brain. Five plus stars.

  • Koban: Conflict and Empire

  • Koban, Volume 6
  • By: Stephen W Bennett
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 877
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 808

The Galactic Federation is confronted by the vast and implacable Thandol Empire, which has coveted the former Krall region of space for eons, a region of space now occupied and claimed by the upstart Kobani. Outnumbered, they face an opponent who possesses new and deadly weapons. An enemy that had thousands of years to develop the means to take on the Krall Empire, and now present the supermen with a weapon that turns their greatest genetic asset into their greatest weakness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Same Great Kobani -- Different Aliens!

  • By bluestategirl on 12-17-16

Thandol Subjugation

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

Reviewed: 08-06-17

The Krall got their asses beat by the gene-modified humans of Koban while the Thandol Empire kept their heads down. Now the Thandol Empire wants to take on the “Galactic Federation” which is composed of all the old Krall subjugated species. Apparently they hadn’t paid close enough attention. Frankly I found this one installment in the series to be a bit rushed and short changed but I still enjoyed it. Four out of Five Space Opera geek points are thus awarded.

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  • SpecOps

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 2
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,504
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,352

Colonel Joe Bishop made a promise, and he's going to keep it: taking the captured alien starship Flying Dutchman back out. He doesn't agree when the UN decides to send almost 70 elite Special Operations troops, hotshot pilots, and scientists with him; the mission is a fool's errand he doesn't expect to ever return from. At least this time, the Earth is safe, right? Not so much.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Repetitive and watered-down

  • By Daniel on 04-26-17

Looking for the Ancients in all the wrong places

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

Reviewed: 08-05-17

It’s hilarious how the picture of future Earth, post contact, still has us at each other’s throats and ripe for domination. Joe is going to go back out on the Dutchman to fulfill his promise to Skippy but Earth thinks it is sending a team to figure out how to get the ship for Earth. Skippy isn’t having any of that and I think this was the volume where I heard something immensely profound “Hold my beer, watch this!”
Excellent sequel to Columbus Day, five out of five again!

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,166
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,792
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,732

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci Fi I didn't know I wanted

  • By Gary Glenn on 06-27-17

Barney goes Tactical

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

Reviewed: 08-05-17

I enjoyed the hell out of Joe Bishops antics and Skippy the inconceivably ancient and powerful...beer can. Also converting a “Barney” themed ice cream truck into an improvised tactical vehicle is sheer genius. The excellent story crafting and R. C. Brays delivery had me laughing out loud at stop lights and driving to and from work. Five out of five enjoyment factor points are hereby awarded!!

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  • New Frontiers

  • The Expansion Wars Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,500
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,409

The Phage War had been a devastating conflict for the Terran Confederacy. Even with the destruction of their terrifying, implacable foe, humanity is still reeling. Political alliances are crumbling, and their mighty fleet is in tatters. There is nothing to celebrate, even after such a complete victory. They soon learn that there are other stellar neighbors - and they've been watching the conflict with great interest. One species comes with an offer of friendship and alliance, but humanity is weary and distrustful.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An auspcious start to a new trilogy

  • By Sailfish on 04-13-17

Feeling Cramped? Need more Space?

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

Reviewed: 08-05-17

This series follow on the heels of the Blackfleet Series which I will review later on. Captain Wright had been tasked with trying to track down an elusive new enemy to humans that not only have a technological edge but also a vehement hatred of humans.
I found the writing of the characters extremely well done and the action did not lag in building detail. Excellent book and a wonderful start to a new series.

  • Morning Star

  • Book III of the Red Rising Trilogy
  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 21 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27,396
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,540
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25,489

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society's mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The narration and content = outstanding

  • By Gus on 05-30-17

Darrow is the Morning Star

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

Reviewed: 07-23-17

This is definitely the culmination of the story. Darrow is sort of lost here and his friends have rescued him to assist in setting society to rights but there is a persistent problem. The jackal and the Queen are insane. That steerage coupled with the Moon-burning lords forces is going to lead to a lot of collateral damage but it can be done.
Absolutely enjoyed the series and I hope someday it comes to the screen. Five out of five for writing and narration.

  • Mona Lisa Overdrive

  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,088

The award-winning William Gibson goes beyond science fiction to the broader mainstream fiction audience. His unique world features multinational corporations and high-tech outlaws vying for power, traveling the computer-generated universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator is Fantastic

  • By Pantless on 01-15-10

Cyberpunk Nerdy Goodness

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

Reviewed: 05-07-17

Steppin’ Razor is back the final installment of the trilogy. Molly Millions, Sally Shears, Misty Steel...along with a Yakuza Boss, A London mob Boss, an exceptional tech deck cowboy Bobby Newmark are being hunted and extorted by a ghost in the machine Three Jane. As with all of Gibson’s works I am usually three chapters in before I have a clue what’s going on. Excellent writing and the range of the narrator pulls off a stellar performance. Five by five awesome cyberpunk nerdiness points.

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  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45,040
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,041

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Denis E.Taylor Sets A New Standard For Sci-Fi

  • By Devin on 04-18-17

Skygod Bob and his clones continue...

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

Reviewed: 05-07-17

Humans are now spread to 2 systems and several Bob’s are running a shuttle service from Sol to Romulus and Remus. Other Bobs continue to explore and are coming to the realization that Fermi’s paradox has an artificial answer...The Others. This work is rich and humorous at times yet it manages to convey thoughtful entertainment in all of its storylines. I really want more of the Bobiverse.

Five out of five entertainment laughing units for writing and narration. Enjoy!

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  • Golden Son

  • Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy
  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27,440
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,305

Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Modern Classic Which Will Endure

  • By HMW on 01-09-15

The Perils of starting a Solar Civil War

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

Darrow Al Andromedaus, the Red Hell Diver, who was carved into a Gold in Red Rising is trying his damnedest to win the trust of his benefactor Nero Augustus, the Arch Governor of Mars. The goal is to free the Reds and other low colors by breaking the Golds. The ups and downs of Darrow’s fates are enough to give me whiplash in this installment but the action kept me into it. A solar system Civil war is just the thing to...reach the goal? The story and performance were excellent. Five out of five entertainment units awarded and a laurel crown.

  • The Collapsing Empire

  • The Interdependency, Book 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,128

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dumb

  • By clifford on 02-05-18

Another Win for Scalzi and Wheaton

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

Reviewed: 04-24-17

As I have stated before I really enjoy this author-narrator combination and they definitely deliver on this one. Of the many trading houses that make up the Empire, the house of “No-Hama-Peeton” (hope I spelled that right) is I suspect modeled after the Medici’s or Machiavelli. There is no ethical boundary, no goal out of reach and no depth they will not sink to for achieving their ends. You’ll see (or hear in this case) what I mean. There are two main player worlds in the flow. Hub, which is where the Woo Clan set up the Empire because all flow lanes go through Hub; and End which is the farthest reach of humanity and the only breathable air world of the forty seven destinations that mark out the domain of the Empire. All others are populated with huge stations and spin-worlds or domed-under-asteroid colonies. The “No-Hama-Peeton” house think one thing will happen and the Empero another. That’s all you get.

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