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  • The Poppy War

  • A Novel
  • By: R. F. Kuang
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 18 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 899
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 902

When Rin aced the Keju - the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies - it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard - the most elite military school in Nikan - was even more surprising.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging, Gruesome, but sometimes misses the mark.

  • By Michael Jennings on 05-17-18

When did heros become such weenies?

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

I have watched the trend and have become evermore dissapointed. The protagonist is just a young girl but she is also the hero. Of course she is learning and hopefully growing but her character arc feels like walking on broken glass. Heroic and brave one moment then cowering on the ground with her eyes closed because she is scared. Jeesh. I know she will come around but I am not sure the journey will be worth. One last thing; If the only way you can drive the plot is by having the charcters make stupidly out-of-character decisions...Well, maybe take more time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Vorpal Blade

  • Looking Glass Series, Book 2
  • By: John Ringo, Travis Taylor
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 788
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600

he alien Dreen are still a terrifying menace across the galaxy, but Earth has a new weapon - the first human warp ship. Aboard the Vorpal Blade, Americaï¿¿ï¿¿ï¿¿s tough-as-nails Force Recon Marines seek the Dreen, hoping to bring the fight directly to them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great but has some quirks.

  • By Liam on 09-01-12

One of my all time favorites...except for..

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

I love this series and have listened to it several times. John Ringo is my favorite military SciFi guy. So I am assuming it was Travis Taylor who decided to invent the slang for this book and the rest of the series. It drives me nuts and takes me out of the story every time some character says, "Mauk this", or "Grap that". It's not even a future SciFi story it's discovered tech so where did all the ridiculous slang come from? The main protag did not use any of the terrible slang in the first book so why is he using it all the time in the later books? He even throws in a few "shiney" which I thought everyone knew it belongs to Firefly and should be off limits. Still well worth the listen.

  • Age of Swords

  • The Legends of the First Empire, Book 2
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,056
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,456

Raithe, the God Killer, may have started the rebellion by killing a Fhrey, but longstanding enmities dividing the Rhune make it all but impossible to unite against the common foe. And even if the clans can join forces, how will they defeat an enemy whose magical prowess renders them indistinguishable from gods? The answer lies across the sea in a faraway land populated by a reclusive and dour race who feel nothing but disdain for both Fhrey and mankind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too slow paced

  • By A. Bunting on 07-28-17

Where have all the heros gone?

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

Whether you call them heroes or protagonist villains or antagonists you have to have them. But not like this. Every hero in the story is either confident untill put under pressure or a guilt ridden, self hating whiner to begin with and the villains are all full of confidence but stupid. Whatever happened to heros who didn't have to be brow beaten into doing what you know their going to do anyway because they don't feel worthy?

  • Earthcore

  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,685
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,656

EarthCore is the company with the technology, the resources, and the guts to go after the mother lode. Young executive Connell Kirkland is the company's driving force, pushing himself and those around him to uncover the massive treasure. But at three miles below the surface, where the rocks are so hot they burn bare skin, something has been waiting for centuries. Waiting...and guarding. Kirkland and EarthCore are about to find out first-hand why this treasure has never been unearthed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start, but it gained momentum quick

  • By Jan on 12-15-17

I Like the Cover Art

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

What ever happened to heros that could be liked, appreciated, respected or that we could even agree with? Very interesting subject matter and even the story would make sense if the characters did. By definition character arcs should not jagged.

  • Through Fiery Trials

  • Safehold, Book 10
  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 32 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 872
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 810
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 804

Those on the side of progressing humanity through advanced technology have finally triumphed over their oppressors. The unholy war between the small but mighty island realm of Charis and the radical, Luddite Church of God's Awaiting has come to an end. However, even though a provisional veil of peace has fallen over human colonies, the quiet will not last. For Safefold is a broken world, and as international alliances shift and Charis charges on with its precarious mission of global industrialization, the shifting plates of the new world order are bound to clash.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I miss Oliver Wyman

  • By Ofer on 01-12-19

What About Contitunity?

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

I am writing this after only listening to the first few chapters and I'm probably not going to listen to the rest. If you haven't listened to the first 9 books then you shouldn't have any issues with the narration. If, however, you have listened to the rest of the series (4 times) you might wonder why the narrator didn't bother to listen to at least book 9. If he had he might not have changed every single character's personality, speech mannerisms, pausing, voice stresses and any other way possible I can think of to disconnect this book from the first 9. Why would the author let him do that? I am, for the first time, extremely disappointed with David Weber. Not for what he wrote but for what he allowed to happen to what he wrote.

I came back and changed the star rating after listening to just another half hour after writing the above. I can't believe, and I really can't believe, how terrible the narration makes this book. I'm returning this one and trying to decide whether or not to read the book rather than listen to it.

I did it again. I went back and listened to 10 more minutes and felt I had to come back and say again...WHY!

31 of 37 people found this review helpful

  • Points of Impact

  • Frontlines, Book 6
  • By: Marko Kloos
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,836
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,651

Earth's armed forces have stopped the Lanky advance and chased their ships out of the solar system, but for CDC officer Andrew Grayson, the war feels anything but won. On Mars, the grinding duty of flushing out the twenty-meter-tall alien invaders from their burrows underground is wearing down troops and equipment at an alarming rate. And for the remaining extrasolar colonies, the threat of a Lanky attack is ever present.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Meeting up with old friends that you actually miss

  • By Mgarneau on 01-10-18

Quit Whinning

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

I like the series and the delivery but I am tired of whiney introspective protagonists. if you constantly feel guilty for what you tell others to do perhaps you should find another occupation.

  • March to the Sea

  • Prince Roger Series, Book 2
  • By: David Weber, John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 19 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,078
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,488

Prince Roger MacClintock, Tertiary Heir to the Throne of Man, was a spoiled rotten, arrogant, whiny, thoroughly useless young pain in the butt. But that was before an assassination attempt marooned the Royal Brat and his bodyguards on the planet Marduk, and before they had to march half way around the entire planet, through 120-degree heat and five-hour rainstorms in jungles full of damnbeasts, capetoads, killerpillars, and atul-grak, not to mention hostile peoples, to make their way back to port.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ringo and Weber Scots again.

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-17-17

IT CAN HAPPEN

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

The narrator is great and the story is, of course, hard to believe but you keep have to keep saying, "It could happen." Altogether a great ride told by a great story teller.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Freehold

  • Freehold, Book 1
  • By: Michael Z. Williamson
  • Narrated by: Molly Elston
  • Length: 21 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 393

Sergeant Kendra Pacelli is innocent, but that doesn't matter to the repressive government pursuing her. Mistakes might be made, but they are never acknowledged, especially when billions of embezzled dollars earned from illegal weapons sales are at stake. But where does one run when all Earth and most settled planets are under the aegis of one government? Answer: The Freehold of Grainne.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow ! great story and homage to Heinlein

  • By Jon on 04-09-15

Uneven To a Fault

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

Reviewed: 07-22-18

"I wish I had better to report", I might have said in my after action report had I still been in service. I really enjoyed the military aspect of this story and listened avidly in that portion of the novel. However, the psychology of living in two completely different societies explained through the artiface of the differing sexual mores got boring in the extreme. it reminded me of Heinlein in his senile period but without any of the underlying introspective humor. (now there's a sentence to make fun of.) Perhaps if I was 16 again I would have a different opinion.

  • The Wise Man's Fear

  • (Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2)
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 42 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 56,318
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 51,367
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 51,399

"My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth your time

  • By Robert on 09-08-11

When you need something to hide time.

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

Reviewed: 06-05-17

Nick Podehl does a great job and never seems to make a mistake. The story is also enjoyable but I believe it only really works if you are somewhere in your early teens and I'm not.. I listen to the book when I need time to go by but don't have the focus available that you need to really listen.

The hero constantly makes the kinds of mistakes that only a kid with no idea how relationships really work or how adults see the world.

  • Steadfast

  • The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 4
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,859
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,848

Geary and the crew of the Dauntless have managed to safely escort important alien representatives to Earth. But before they can make tracks for home, two of Geary’s key lieutenants vanish. The search for his missing men leads Geary on a far-flung chase, ultimately ending at the one spot in space from which all humans have been banned: The moon Europa. Any ship that lands there must stay or be destroyed—leaving Geary to face the most profound moral dilemma of his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great book in the series

  • By Eric on 05-26-14

I don't understand.

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

Reviewed: 04-22-17

I don't understand why the author hasn't yet killed off Tanya Disjani. She's a total bitch and she has Black Jack's balls in a jar hidden away.