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  • Dreadnought

  • Lost Colonies, Book 2
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,831
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,822

Captain William Sparhawk flies Earth's single starship on a voyage of exploration. His crew of veteran spacers begins the mission with high hopes and the best of intentions, but the universe has other plans. Instead of space merchants and potential allies, they discover Earth's impending doom. Sparhawk must decide whether to hunt down enemy scouts to keep Earth's new starship a secret or to head home to warn Star Guard of the danger. Either way, he's ignited an interstellar war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worthy

  • By Timothy Wayne Michalk on 03-18-16

Started strong, ended weak, didn't finish.

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

Reviewed: 04-09-19

Got about 3/4ths of the way through the book... couldn't stand the pathetic and terrible character digression easily avoided and predictable situations, and the horrible interpersonal writing... If i could give this a 0/5 i would. MC is totally unlikable, situations are easy to resolve, but somehow the MC figuring them out is "genius" ... a grade schooler could have figured out most of the issues and yet.... somehow... the 200+ something year old star guard vets couldn't....

  • Battle Cruiser

  • Lost Colonies, Book 1
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,084
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,075

One starship will either save Earth or destroy her. A century ago our star erupted, destroying Earth's wormhole network and closing off trade with her colonized planets. After being out of contact with the younger worlds for so many years, humanity is shocked when a huge ship appears at the edge of the solar system. Our outdated navy investigates, both curious and fearful. What they learn from the massive vessel shocks the planet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Unlikely Hero

  • By Don Gilbert on 12-26-15

Good, but fails predictably...

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

Reviewed: 04-09-19

I really wanted to like this book, like I have wanted to like ALL of B.V. Larson's books. Problem is they all have the same problem... unlikable, moronic, and foolish MC's who SHOULD be better, who have the training, and who have the insight to know better, but who don't act like it. They all... every single one of BV Larson's MC's degrade over the course of his books degenerate into moronic, bitter, angry, and sex crazed fools who keep getting themselves into the most easily avoided and predictable problems....

This first book like all of BV Larsons series, was amazing. Some issues, but was still solid. Second book? The captain MC turns into exactly as I've described above...sad, predictable, and pathetic. Terrible character writing. Characters are suppose to PROGRESS, not DEGRESS.

  • Galaxy's Edge

  • By: Jason Anspach, Nick Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,189
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,660
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,644

On the edge of the galaxy, a diplomatic mission to an alien planet takes a turn when the Legionnaires, an elite special fighting force, find themselves ambushed and stranded behind enemy lines. They struggle to survive under siege, waiting on a rescue that might never come. In the seedy starport of Ackabar, a young girl searches the crime-ridden gutters to avenge her father's murder; not far away, a double-dealing legionniare-turned-smuggler hunts an epic payday; and somewhere along the outer galaxy, a mysterious bounty hunter lies in wait.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • bit of a disconnect between parts

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-10-18

Defiantly get this! But, one thing you should know

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

The first book is shorter then the second book. Also the first book is an actual coherent story line, while the second is a combination of short snippet shorts that are more then likely going to be important context for the next book, but are not a single story. If you approach this book as an anthology of one actual book, and a bunch of short stories in that same universe, you will NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!

The only negative thing I can say about this book is the odd first person present tense style. I really don't enjoy that style but for some reason some of the BEST military sci fi authors choose to write in that style... is annoying, but the story its self is well worth it. The dialogue is ... just... holy hell its amazing. The images that are created in your mind as you listen to them talk, as you experience this shifty, scary, yet extremely hopeful universe filled with monsters in the deep dark and about the brave men and women who go to face them.... gives me tingles just thinking about it. This is Soooooo good!

  • Siege of Talonrend

  • The Goblin Wars, Book 1
  • By: Stuart Thaman
  • Narrated by: Bryson David Hoff
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Lady Scrapple lurks in the depths of Kanebullar Mountain, building her army of mindless slaves and waiting for the perfect moment to strike. As the final pieces are about to fall into place and secure her victory, an anomaly is born. One of her goblins, an incredibly powerful shaman, stands free of Lady Scrapple’s iron-clad hive mind. A few miles west of Kanebullar Mountain, the frontier city of Talonrend perches dangerously on the edge of anarchy. King Lucius Firesbane has disappeared without an heir and left the city leaderless.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but not exceptional

  • By Aaron on 03-08-19

Good, but not exceptional

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

I'm about half way through the book so far. The writing is a bit clunky, and the book doesn't seem to have a primary or main character on the human side of things. There is a main character who is a goblin, but he seems .... well... honestly he feels like a bit of a male marry sue... He just got this uber-mench type goblin power, and im' sitting here like.... two seconds ago he was going to kill a petty rival... what the heck? But the goblin is by far the most sympathetic character so far, though I do like the prince character though from what I understand he is NOT the main human character. Haven't finished of course, but so far thats kinda been the case. There are also a couple of plot points that just don't seem to match up, like the next kingdom over is a total ruin but the main kingdom doesn't know it. and its been like six months... your telling me no one bothered to ride over and visit their friend or relative, or even bother to communicate with the other kingdoms king over anything? Just seems a bit unbelievable.

Over all its an interesting story though, and really interesting concept of a "goblin god" type hive mind thing. it plays on the old school fantasy tropes but in a way that doesn't seem copy pasted, but rather at least somewhat organic. Kinda cool.

In terms of the performance, it was about the same quality as the book. Okay, but not fantastic. The audio editor needs fired though, there are times in the audio when it skips back a few seconds and has a different version of the same voice over, kinda distracting. Also, the over all audio quality is below professional level. If you try to use high quality ear buds you will get a little bit of static as the narrator speaks.

I would recommend as a short distraction but don't expect too much from the book.

  • Darkness of Dragons

  • Wings of Fire, Book 10
  • By: Tui T. Sutherland
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 225

The new prophecy comes to a thrilling conclusion in the New York Times best-selling Wings of Fire series! A young NightWing may have had the first true prophecy in generations... Something is coming to shake the earth. Something is coming to scorch the ground. Jade Mountain will fall beneath thunder and ice. Unless the lost city of night can be found. Will the return of Darkstalker bring a horrible future to Pyrrhia? Or can five young dragons save the world - again?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By scott on 04-10-18

I would suggest... But...

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

Reviewed: 03-06-19

I loved this series. I often go and listen to YA novels as a way to escape and cleanse the palet after reading a lot of heavy fantasy or sci-fi. This series was perfect in almost every way, but there are two things that somewhat bother me.

First, there are several instances where random things happen that are not explained very well. Suddenly there's some kind of ghost thing? When did that happen? oh right, there was one sentence about a book and a half ago.... so... more info plz? Stuff like that. This is a long YA series so you can't really blame the author for trying to wrap up lose ends like that. Its actually admirable that the author would do it, still feels a bit slap dash.

Second, the random inclusion of homosexuality in the last book in a sort of off handed way. While I don't really care, and author can do what the author wants to do. That being said, when you're writing for a young YA audience you have somewhat of a responsibility to ensure that you are not including things that the parents of your audience would perhaps find objectionable. And for those things that are in a bit of a grey area, or who some might be age sensitive too like homosexuality, its important to include that kind of info in the description. Now, in this book its not a big deal its literally like... a three sentence thing in the epilogue. That being said, in the rest of the IP the author does make this more of a focus with 7 primary characters being members of the LGBTQ community.

So just a bit of professional criticism there, but its NOT in any way a focus for the novel. I'm sure the author put it in as a way to show representation for young LGBTQ youth, an admirable goal. Again though, this is a bit of a grey area... if its not going to be important to the plot perhaps just don't include it. Just MO of course.

  • Death World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 5
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,203
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,818

Unknown aliens attack Earth. Their planet is uncharted, mysteriously having avoided detection for centuries. It's a world packed with the most vicious aliens humanity has yet to encounter. James McGill has discovered: Death World.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Plant World

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-06-15

Getting Annoyed With The Main Character

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

As with this authors other series, i'm getting really frustrated with the main character. He is starting to work for the bad guys, the ones that tried to kill him and other horrible things in the first half of the series, and keeps screwing over the people he SHOULD be looking to help.

I'm going to listen to one more, and if it doesn't get better i'm going to find a new series to listen to. Just like I did half way through his Starforce series.

  • Machine World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 4
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,528
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,097

In the fourth book of the series, James McGill is up for promotion. Not everyone is happy about that, and McGill must prove he's worth his stripes. Deployed to a strange alien planet outside the boundaries of the Galactic Empire, he's caught up in warfare and political intrigue. Earth expands, the Cephalopod Kingdom launches ships to stop us, and a grand conspiracy emerges among the upper ranks of the Hegemony military.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • McGill's Way

  • By Don Gilbert on 05-16-15

Great series, but eventually suffers from same...

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This series is amazing up until book 4. That's when it starts suffering from the exact same problem his "Space Force" series. The main character fully realizes that cretin people around him are dangerous and down right evil, yet allows them to live on several occasions despite the fact that they have crossed a line that leads to down right treachery of all of humanity. His foolish decisions with regards to these individuals who have repeatedly in this series proven that they are untrustworthy, gets in the way of any real resolution to any of the plot points. Also, the main characters refusal to actually settle down with a woman after four books and literally around 10ish years of having multiple options, none of these women leave him on a permanent basis, and none of them push him to settle down,and he acts like a moron.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Another Stupid Spell

  • Another Stupid Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Bill Ricardi
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

Sorch is an orc mage in a world where orcs are cursed with stupidity every time they cast a spell. The only spell he can safely cast is Enhance Intelligence, which boosts his IQ for a second before the curse drains it all away again. Normally casting such a spell would be pointless, but Sorch's tribe has found a way to benefit. Magic that is cast near a mysterious artefact called the ‘Voodoo Engine’ causes invisible hands to appear, and these hands get work done for his tribe. Sorch is a slave to the Voodoo Engine, casting a single spell over and over again to avoid being beaten.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • honestly, the narrator killed the story for me.

  • By Travis on 10-26-18

Sigh.... Total Freaking Sigh...

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

I loved this book literally until the exact 1/2 way point when the freaking trans cat shows up and starts strip teasing the main character which makes literally NO FREAKING SENSE! The entire wear cat / wolf race / furry freaks were included solely for the author to explore their furry fantasy's and their transsexual curiosity and political views. Its total bull-crap that RUINED a perfectly fun and interesting book. The entire story gets derailed by the inclusion of the supposed "love interest" which is actually a questionably male/female (it never gets answered at least at the point where i had to through it down in frustration).

Also, why the freak would the publisher be okay with this being supposedly listed as a YA novel?! Literally prostitution, a graphic strip tease, and potentially gay graphic sex scenes...wtf?!

Its like i was reading a perfectly good book, and then someone decided to write a second book that derailed this one. Bullshit and fuck the author for doing this.

11 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Blademage Beastmaster

  • A LitRPG Series, Book 1
  • By: Deck Davis
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 278

Charlie Naylor is a good guy, but he's never been great at multi-tasking. When Larynk, the god of corn, sends Charlie into a fantasy game, he just can't help himself trying. By combining his love of daggers, magic, and animals, he becomes the Blademage Beastmaster. With a dangerous new pet, a deadly selection of daggers, and some awesome spells, he must make allies and kill monsters as he walks his path to glory. If he can do that, then he might just create a legacy for himself. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Grinding away with a beast and a blade

  • By Ray Johnson on 05-31-18

Good Read, Entertaining. Not A Masterpiece Though.

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

Just as the title of this review says, this was a good, solid, and entertaining LIT RPG Story. I really enjoyed the book, though there were parts where it was painfully YA, and other parts where it strayed into more adult tones. The clashing of YA and a more adult tone was at times jarring, but in the ends it only added to the charm of this book.

Would recommend to everyone. Though perhaps not those under say... 12? Maybe 10?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • After It Happened

  • Publisher's Pack 3
  • By: Devon C. Ford
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,611
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,466
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,460

This publisher's pack contains Sanctuary (book 5) and Rebellion (book 6) of the After It Happened series. Set in the UK in the immediate aftermath of a mysterious illness that swept the country and left millions dead, the series follows the trials facing a reluctant hero, Dan, and the group he forms around him. They must battle the elements, find sufficient supplies and equipment to survive, and protect themselves against the most destructive force on the planet: other people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great end

  • By Jordan on 01-31-18

Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

This book series is designed to be listened too, not read. I guarantee that if i had read this book i would have gotten frustrated by all of the "Showing not Telling". However, as an audio book, as a story told by the narrator, this was simply an amazing journey.

9.5/10 for the audio book.