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  • Scion of Conquered Earth: A Science Fiction Space Opera Adventure

  • By: Michael J. Allen
  • Narrated by: A W Dickson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Alien fighters bombard Earth's ruins. Cannibalistic aerobics instructors hunt the wastes. The last free survivors struggle against starvation and enslavement. It's become a world where friendship costs too dearly and heroics verge on suicide. One young man can't resist either until a fed-up AI steals him off the planet. Alone with only a sarcastic, broken-down starship, he braves a whole new verse full of strange new enemies and tech he barely understands. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Space opera adventure is the right title

  • By Robert on 12-23-18

Great Concept and Story

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

Reviewed: 02-28-19

I will first say that this ended up being a really good book and the start to what I believe will be a great series. However, you have to get past the beginning of this audiobook before you will be able to enjoy anything... After that, you'll be hooked into a great space adventure story.

The first 3 hours or so of this book might as well be an entirely different story but does give the background for the main character. While the main story is a page-turning space adventure, it starts out on the ground in what is essentially a post-apocalyptic world. In the near future following an alien invasion, the earth has devolved into chaos and society has collapsed under the boot of alien overlords. The main character is struggling to survive and the story follows him as he evades the aliens and their human allies, hunts for food and shelter, and falls in love.

However, the beginning gets truly gruesome... I almost stopped listening thinking the entire book was going to be nothing but visually descriptive torture fantasies better suited for a horror book than anything space sci-fi. It also seems to go on forever (hours) with what seems like no hope in sight.
While I'm VERY glad I continued through this, I really thought the book could have done without some of the more horrific scenes. This part of the book could have been shortened by 1-2 hours and been better off for it because of the rest of the story literally seems like a different book with the same main character.

Once the main character escapes on a sentient alien ship and sets off into space, the book gets quite good. He is determined to trade and earn enough credits to return and free his homeworld from the second-rate space thugs who have subjugated earth. There are space battles, pirates, and great characters. Looking forward to the next book!

I thought the narrator did a great job and was the perfect voice for the main character. Top-notch performance.

I requested and received a free review copy of this audiobook from the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

  • Self Discipline: The Spartan and Special Operations Way to Mastering Yourself

  • By: Ryan Hunt
  • Narrated by: Russell Newton
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

In this book, you will learn lessons in self-discipline from the masters of self-discipline: the Spartans and Special Operations Units. This book will guide you through the most important principles of self-discipline. It will teach you how to take your life and transform yourself into a powerful individual. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spartans vs Athenians!

  • By Dylan Joseph on 02-03-19

Great Life Tips and Easy to Follow

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

This was a pretty good listen for the price and length. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I got some really good tips and advice that I started applying to my daily life right away. It was great for my morning commute and lunch break because it wasn't too in-depth that you couldn't listen to it in short spurts when you have time.

All-in-all I'm quite glad I gave this one a chance. I'm actually looking forward to other books by this author no that I've finished this one.

The narrator was pretty good and I'd look forward to listening to him again.

I requested and received a free review copy of this audiobook from the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

  • Ethical Hacking: A Beginners Guide to Learning the World of Ethical Hacking

  • By: Lakshay Eshan
  • Narrated by: Jason R. Gray
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

This audiobook is written for those people who want to hack systems to test identify the security holes and vulnerabilities of those systems. This audiobook outlines different tricks and techniques that an ethical hacker can use to assess the security of the systems, identify vulnerabilities, and fix those vulnerabilities. This is done to prevent any malicious attacks against the system. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good for Novices Who Want to Expand Knowledge

  • By Striker on 02-19-19

Good for Novices Who Want to Expand Knowledge

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

I have a pretty good operational knowledge of computers since I work on one all day, but no real IT or cyber background. I wanted to review this book to see what I would learn and how I could improve my "cyber safety" at work and at home. I thought It was a decent overview and really got me started with an understanding of the basics and where I need to look to next.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This audiobook actually comes with a downloadable PDF book that you can use as a reference. This alone was quite useful to me.

The narrator for the book was good for this book, but I'd like to hear him narrating something less "instructional" to make a full determination. Solid 4 stars though.

I requested and received a free review copy of this audiobook from the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

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  • The Great Book of Ohio: The Crazy History of Ohio with Amazing Random Facts & Trivia

  • A Trivia Nerds Guide to the History of the United States, Book 6
  • By: Bill O'Neill
  • Narrated by: Scott Miller
  • Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Want to learn more about the state of Ohio? How much do you really know about the Buckeye State? There’s so much to learn about the state that even natives don’t know! In this audiobook, you’ll learn more about Ohio’s history, pop culture, folklore, sports, and so much more! This audiobook is packed with trivia facts about Ohio. Some of the facts are surprising, some of them are strange, and some of them are goosebumps-inducing, but all of them are fascinating.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ohio's Turn

  • By Luke on 03-22-19

Neat Trivia for Someone New to the State

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

I just moved to Ohio and requested a review copy of the book to try and learn a little more about my new state. I thought this was a decent light listen that didn't require a whole lot of avid attention. It was GREAT for my morning commute since it didn't require a whole lot of backstory to just pick up where you left off.
I would say I already knew about 1/3 of the info, but there were a lot of new facts and trivia that I found interesting.

The narrator for this book was good as well. I'd put him at above average, but I'd like to hear him at a different type of title (such as a fiction book) in the future to really make a full determination. He did well with this book, though.

I requested and received a free review copy of this audiobook from the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

  • Treasure of the Dead

  • Dane Maddock Origins, Book 9
  • By: David Wood, Rick Chesler
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Dane Maddock and Bones Bonebrake have left the Navy SEALs and set out on a search for the legendary lost treasure fleet. The search takes them to Haiti, where they encounter the forces of a madman bent on finding the treasure in order to fund his maniacal experiments and help him seize the power he craves. But not all their foes are human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dane & Bones are at it again!

  • By Brian on 01-29-17

Another Great Maddock Story

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

Dane Maddock has become one of my favorite book characters. The books (while fiction) have a dash of history, action, mystery, and likable characters. This book is no exception.

One thing that I like about this series is that you don't really NEED to listen to the books in order. While there is a backstory and value in listening from the beginning, I have bounced around several times to different books with no issues.

Jeffery Kafer narrates several of the book series I've listened to and I look forward to his performances, just like in this book. He's definitely a pro.

I requested and received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

  • Ghosts of Empire

  • Empire of Bones, Book 4
  • By: Terry Mixon
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

Jared and Kelsey won the battle for Harrison's World, but the enemy holds thousands of Fleet personnel prisoner. They must get their people back without revealing who they really are, or the sentient AIs will eradicate the new Terran Empire. Coordinator Olivia West sees an opportunity to free her people from Harrison's World now that the AI that had crushed them under its heel was no more. To do that, she must outwit the Fleet officers holding the keys to her planet's destruction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another 5-Star in the Series

  • By Striker on 01-31-19

Another 5-Star in the Series

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

I've come to really love this series. The story is creative, there's everything from action to good characters, and the writing is good.

I've said before with previous books that I would really start at the beginning of the series if you're looking to start with this one. There is too much backstory to understand to really appreciate this book fully if you start here.

Narrator is excellent just like in previous books in the series.

Another 5-star book!

I requested and received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

  • Command Decisions

  • The Empire of Bones Saga, Book 3
  • By: Terry Mixon
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Between a rock and a hard place! After winning a hard-fought victory, Commander Jared Mertz and Princess Kelsey discover another insidious foe blocking their way home. A remnant of the Old Empire still exists and seems allied with the savage, AI-dominated Pale Ones. With the existence of the Terran Empire at stake, another enemy, this one from Jared's past, threatens everything they've worked so hard to achieve. Jared and Kelsey must fight for survival while the fate of humanity hangs in the balance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Book

  • By Striker on 01-31-19

Another Great Book

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

This was another great book in the Empire of Bones series. The storyline picks up after the last book.

If you haven't already listened to the other books, don't start here! You'll be missing WAY too much of the story. I'd be a little lost without the backstory that precedes this book... But it's still an excellent listen.

Veronica Giuere (the narrator) is excellent as usual.

I requested and received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

  • Salvage Title

  • The Salvage Title Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Kevin Steverson
  • Narrated by: KC Johnston
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Harmon Tomeral wanted nothing more than to go to space. Sent to an orphanage when his parents were killed in a sandstorm, the odds were stacked against him. Despite that, he made it to the academy and graduated in the top 10 percent of his class...only to find out the fleet did what it wanted, regardless of regulations, and he came from the wrong planet. He didn’t give up his dream, though, because where there’s a will, there’s a loophole, and Harmon and his friends found their loophole in the Top Fleet Marine competition - the winner would get 100,000 credits....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast Fun Ride

  • By Unknown on 12-12-18

Simply Excellent

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

This was one of the better books I read this year. Great story, interesting, plot, and great narration... I couldn't stop listening!
My only complaint is that it was too short! I can't wait to read the next book and hope that it will be longer than the first... I couldn't get enough of this one!

The writer created an interesting universe for the book. There were interesting spins on sci-fi ground and space combat. I also really liked the main character and found him very relatable.
The whole concept salvaging a vessel from an ancient and advanced alien race is a concept I've always liked. I have found a few books with this plot element but especially like this one. There was a lot of action, a good backstory, and great writing.
The narrator was quite good as well. He seemed like the perfect pick for this book. I hope to hear him in future books (and hopefully a future book in this series).

I requested and received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Runs in the Family

  • By: Kevin Ikenberry
  • Narrated by: Cici Kay
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

An outcast of the Eden Academy, physically unfit for military duty, and lacking a civil service assignment, Mairin Shields is going nowhere fast. With little hope of leaving the outer rim of the Milky Way, Mairin agrees to participate in a classified experiment offering her genetic perfection and a chance to see the galaxy. Now, armed with her great-grandfather's military knowledge and combat-refined instincts, Mairin is tasked with leading inexperienced troops in a war against a shadowy enemy using hauntingly familiar tactics.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting

  • By Cyn on 10-09-17

Above Average Science Fiction

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

This was a better-than-average science fiction story with some really cool key concepts and technologies. I’m sometimes quite surprised how good the writing is from authors previously unknown (to me at least). You wouldn't know that the author wasn't a best-selling book author straight from the bookstore shelf.
I’d definitely recommend this book for any fans of sci-fi, but I really think that almost anyone will enjoy the listen.

The narration was very good, but there were a couple of places that the narrator threw me off. Overall, it was a 4.5, but I gave a 5 because it was still well above average.

I requested and received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

  • H.A.L.F. Origins

  • H.A.L.F., Book 3
  • By: Natalie Wright
  • Narrated by: Dylan White
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Alien predators attack Europe. A deadly virus spawns an epidemic. And a clandestine organization conspires to profit from chaos and forge a new world order. In this heart-pounding finale of the award-winning H.A.L.F. series, Tex, Erika, and the rest are in a race against time. They fought for their lives. Now they battle to save our species. As both alien and human forces line up against them, the destiny of all mankind is in the hands of these young warriors. And time is running out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ❤️

  • By Nomi on 12-22-17

Another Hit

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

This is the third book in the series and was just as great as the first two. If you haven't listened to those, you really need to go back and start at the beginning.
I am quite impressed at how good this series actually was. I didn't expect it to be bad, but it's always surprising when you get such great writing from an as yet unknown author. Keep it up Natalie!

Dylan White gives another great performance with the narration of this book. He has been great in this series. I hope I get to hear more of him in the future.

I requested and received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.