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  • Legacy

  • Fractured Era Legacy, Book 1
  • By: Autumn Kalquist
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

Three hundred years ago, Earth suffered a mass extinction event. The last humans fled to the stars in search of a new home. In the darkness, they fought to survive. Now the fleet decays, and their hope of finding a better world is fading. Era Corinth works to preserve the archives, but viewing them herself would be treason. When she's faced with the possibility that her unborn child may be aborted due to a genetic defect, her fascination with ancient secrets escalates to obsession.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Review of legacy

  • By Stephen Bergquist on 03-20-17

This was a terrible book.

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

Reviewed: 01-12-17

It took everything to finish this book. The story does not get better. The characters don't grow. Overall there is no point to the story. It is all the worst and most boring parts of any Sci-fi book. There is no way I would ever waste the time to read another book in this series. I'm a little irritated that I wasted my time waiting for this story to get better... but it never did.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Monster Hunter Nemesis

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,760
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,209

Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Winner

  • By Sez on 07-12-14

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 10-14-16

Great book. Can't wait for the next! The only issue I have, is that Franks has to weight at least 425! ;)

  • Second Star

  • Star Svensdotter, Book 1
  • By: Dana Stabenow
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 105

"When the Betelgeuse message was detected, it changed a lot of things on Earth. We began to look seriously outward, not with the heady optimism of the early days, but with deliberate calculation. We knew that Someone was out there, and that eventually, they’d be coming. If Earth didn’t occupy the High Frontier, it could be ours to lose."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Space Opera

  • By Lindsay Jeffers on 04-02-12

Too slow even at 1.5 speed

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

Reviewed: 06-19-16

Just too slow, was just plodding could not get past the 5th chapter. I just didn't care about the day-to-day activities of somebody living on a space station I wanted the science fiction story not just a play by play of stuff that happens anywhere.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Thunderbird

  • By: Jack McDevitt
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61

A working stargate dating back more than 10,000 years has been discovered in North Dakota, on a Sioux reservation near Devils Lake. Travel through the gate currently leads to three equally mysterious destinations: (1) an apparently empty garden world, quickly dubbed Eden; (2) a strange maze of underground passageways; and (3) a space station with a view of a galaxy that appears to be the Milky Way.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Frustrating Story, Ill-suited Narrator

  • By Buzz Park on 12-20-15

Just frustrating and not thought out.

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

Reviewed: 01-14-16

What disappointed you about Thunderbird?

Everything. The plot was ridiculous, from the characters, to how a find like this would be handled, to the simplistic character generation. It was like the author had no realistic grasp of what would really happen. It's science fiction, so there are some things that you have to take as creative. This was not based on any research as to what behavior would take place, what government sanctions would be... nothing. It was frustrating because it had potential, there was just no follow thru,

What do you think your next listen will be?

Listening to Kobani - Federation Forged In Fire. While there are still some creative license taken with the tech, the character generation is sound and the interactions seem more real.

Did Kevin R. Free do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

No, they were all 2 dimensional and nothing stood out.

What character would you cut from Thunderbird?

The Tribal council leader, the president, the list is too long.

Any additional comments?

Weak writing with a poorly developed world.

  • Stone of Fire

  • An ARKANE Thriller, Book 1
  • By: J. F. Penn
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 90

A power kept secret for 2000 years. When a nun is burned alive on the sacred ghats of Varanasi, and the stone she carried is stolen, an international hunt is triggered for the relics of the early church. Forged in the fire and blood of martyrs, the Pentecost stones have been handed down through generations of Keepers who kept their power and locations secret. Until now. The Keepers are being murdered, the stones stolen by those who would use them for evil in a world transformed by religious fundamentalism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By The Lone Mopper on 01-20-14

Dissapointing and predictable.

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

Reviewed: 03-30-15

This is like a Dan Brown novel without the thought. It is a predictable story that always has convenient ways for the characters to get what they want. I listened to the last 2 hours on 3x speed just to get through it.

  • Inherit the Stars

  • By: James P. Hogan
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 494
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 445
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 444

The man on the moon was dead. They called him Charlie. He had big eyes, abundant body hair, and fairly long nostrils. His skeletal body was found clad in a bright red spacesuit, hidden in a rocky grave. They didn’t know who he was, how he got there, or what had killed him. All they knew was that his corpse was 50 thousand years old - and that meant this man had somehow lived long before he ever could have existed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Science, Logic make good scifi

  • By Gary on 10-06-16

It Has Aged Surprisingly Well

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

Reviewed: 02-11-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Written in the mid 70s, this book stands up surprisingly well. almost 20 years before Alcubierre theory was known, and Quantum physics was still relatively unknown, this story still managed to travel pretty well. Where it fails is the lack of DNA and it's views on women. Apparently even the 60K year old astronauts were a little unenlightened when it came to gender stereotypes.

Would you be willing to try another book from James P. Hogan? Why or why not?

Probably not. This one was interesting, yet I crave the more current science and extrapolation. This was cutting edge Sci-fi at the time, I'm just looking for the current edge.

What didn’t you like about John Pruden’s performance?

It was really slow. I had to listen to it at 2X speed or I would not have been able to bear it.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

If it was made into a movie today, I probably would.

Any additional comments?

If you're looking for something to listen to, and are not offended my a mad-men era mentality towards women, give it a go.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Out of the Black

  • Odyssey One, Book 4
  • By: Evan Currie
  • Narrated by: David deVries
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,969
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,801
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,798

The wreckage of the starship Odyssey, once Earth's greatest guardian, lies strewn across New York City. Abandoned by all but its captain, Odyssey's sacrifice covered the withdrawal of countless troops as the Drasin assault ravaged the planet. When Captain Eric Weston finally emerges from the rubble, impossibly alive thanks to the mysterious "Gaia", he knows with the Drasin it's kill or be killed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I was expecting!

  • By Marcus A on 07-15-14

Different narrator and worse writing.

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

Reviewed: 01-28-15

What disappointed you about Out of the Black?

The narration was terrible, and I don't know that it was all the narrator's fault. The other three books were much better. While there were holes in the tech, it was still an enjoyable ride. That ride has now ended. It's seriously like someone else wrote this book. The characters are all Last Action Hero cardboard cut-outs and as been mentioned in many of the previous reviews, the main character went from Starbuck to Batman.

What could Evan Currie have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Thought through the storyline better. Not allowed them to change narrators. Switched to decaf. Take your pick.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator could have listened to at least one of the previous books. Even an hour would have helped him continue the pronunciations and cadence of the main character. He puts it so over the top, that combined with the shift in writing, I feel like I'm listening to a pro wrestling match. YOU WANNA SNAP INTO A DRASIN?

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Few. If was a poor finish to was was a promising series. It was like getting a C paper from an A student. you know that they could do better, and you wonder why they just seemed to place no effort in the creation.

Any additional comments?

I would really love to know what happened between book 3 and 4. And I would love to know if Evan Currie really wrote this one, or just farmed it out to a ghostwriter with a checklist and rough character sketches.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Words of Radiance

  • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 48 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 44,970
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,065
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42,049

In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radiance" shines

  • By Don Gilbert on 03-08-14

Don't END!!! What am I supposed to listen to next?

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

Reviewed: 03-27-14

Brandon Sanderson has created a rich world full of interesting people and intriguing artifacts. The character development is well done and carries very well from the first book. While is does drag a bit in places, be sure to pay attention, because it all comes around and is relevant. I did not want this one to end, and it is one of the few books that I would continue to make excuses to listen to, even when I should have been paying attention to something else!
For the love of the Stormfather!!! Please don't make me wait too long for the next book.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Undead Pool

  • The Hollows, Book 12
  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,139
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,873
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,878

Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan knows magic - earth, ley line, even the forbidden demon magic - and that knowledge has saved her life more than once. But now something - or someone - is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong while living vampires attack humans and Inderlanders alike. The pressures build when the city is quarantined to contain the unreliable magic, and Rachel must stop the attacks before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievably Satisfying!

  • By Kindle Customer on 02-28-14

What happened to the Rachel that used to be great?

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

Reviewed: 03-07-14

This series has gone drastically downhill. Perhaps because it used to be 75% action and 25% romance, now it's flipped around.

Rachel used to be this strong woman that would go out and kick ass and take names. Now she second guesses everything she does and looks like she can get beaten down by anyone.

She's an ex runner that used to do her prep-work. Now that she has access to demon magic, and SHOULD be able to store spells like her mentor Al, she just falls apart. She's scared all the time instead of resolved.

Kim Harrison has managed to regress her main character into a state of adolescence, not grow her into the demon she has earned. This will be the last book I buy in this series. It's too bad, because it started out good, got really good, then just took a dive into maudlin weak romance.

  • Swan Song

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 34 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,494

Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply an Amazing Story

  • By Amanda H. on 06-21-12

I Feel Like I've Heard This Before

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

Reviewed: 02-07-14

I read The Stand in high school. This is a LOT like The Stand. It could have been told in half the time. I'm currently listening to it at 3X speed just to get through it. The characters are thin and predictable and there are just too many gaps in reasoning for it to be a good book for me. If you loved The Stand, then you might like this book, if you did not like it, then you won't like this either.