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  • Quantum Space

  • Quantum Series, Book 1
  • By: Douglas Phillips
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

High above the windswept plains of Kazakhstan, three astronauts on board a Russian Soyuz capsule begin their reentry. A strange shimmer in the atmosphere, a blinding flash of light, and the capsule vanishes in a blink as though it never existed. Daniel Rice is a government science investigator. Marie Kendrick is a NASA operations analyst. Together, they must track down the cause of the most bizarre event in the history of human spaceflight. They draw on scientific strengths as they plunge into the strange world of quantum physics.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • starts like a thriller, goes to wacky land

  • By Ocean State Prime on 04-23-18

A story well told

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

I love reading/listening to an author who is much smarter than me. Douglas Phillips has done his homework well. The book is rooted in real science until it departs slightly into fiction. Even better, After the book is over the author explains which is science and which is fiction.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Galaxy's Edge

  • By: Nick Cole, Jason Anspach
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,912
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,598
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,589

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 bounter hunter lies in wait.

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

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-10-18

Blow by blow military action

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

I like this voice actor and thought the written story line was interesting but . . . Blow by blow military action with all its acronyms, nick names, politics, chain of command, etc. Just not of interest to me. I only listened to the first 30-40 minutes, by then I had heard enough. Personally I would have given the story a much lower rating but that's just me. I won't trash a book that others find exciting. You may like it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Gift of Time

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,840
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,501

When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart and original

  • By J. OBrennan on 12-29-17

a refreshing take on time travel

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

creative, well-researched, believable, exciting, and well performed. I thoroughly enjoyed the book from start to finish and hope to read more from this author.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,411

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

Tired plot by todays standard

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

"Spoiler alert" Male-Female role reversal is over done to the point that it simply displays a lack of imagination. The story has some good parts and even interesting directions. Personally I am not that good at predicting where a story will go but I had no trouble figuring out the direction of this story.

  • Invasion

  • Alien Invasion, Book 1
  • By: Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,538
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,529

They are coming. The countdown has begun. First visible only as blips on a telescope image, the discovery of objects approaching from Jupiter's orbit immediately sets humanity on edge. NASA doesn't even bother to deny the alien ships' existence. The popular Astral space app (broadcasting from the far side of the moon and accessible by anyone with Internet) has already shown the populace what is coming.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Even perfect preparations fail...

  • By Elizabeth on 01-01-16

5 books to tell 1 story. Why?

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

Reviewed: 10-10-17

The story is a good one but I am not going to pay for 5 books to get 1 story. I understand the economic incentive for an author to do this. I like long stories but this author reviews and repeats the current situation which slows the momentum and sometimes adds confusion rather than clarity. IMO 2 or 3 books should be more than enough to reach a conclusion - end of the quest - happily ever after.

  • The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard, Shelley Atkinson, Laural Merlington, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,847
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,420
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,405

From best-selling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bureaucratic time travel with an eye for details

  • By Matthew on 07-14-17

Starts out like a good read but . . .

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

I love it when an author is impressively smarter than me. My brain gets challenged and my interest level is high. Unfortunately this is not the case here. The first 8 hours or so tell a good story that quickly gets bogged down in the tiny minutia of an ever growing cast of characters. I set the audio book aside then returned trying to rekindle my interest. The author has changed up the story telling presentation which I would applaud if it hadn't been overdone. The large cast of voice actors was a good choice for presenting this story. Maybe if I had an index and could skip over the boring parts the story would come alive again. As it is I quit listening after 10 hours.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Shadowseeker

  • Royal Institute of Magic, Book 2
  • By: Victor Kloss
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273

Spellswords, Wardens, Traders, Scholars, Diplomats - the five departments of the Royal Institute of Magic an apprentice must master to become a full member. Ben Greenwood has no idea what to expect when he begins his apprenticeship, but he quickly realizes his family history is going to make life difficult. On his very first day, a Shadowseeker - a mysterious and dangerous dark elf - surfaces, and Ben suspects the dark elves might be trying to capture him again in an effort to flush out his parents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love these

  • By Okstatefan on 08-18-17

Written to be a sieres of books, not my preference

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

Book 1 laid out a good story that left the reader hungry for the conclusion (book 2). After hearing this book (#2) it is clear that 5 or more books will be written before this series concludes. I'm not that patient and the story telling is not that stellar. Just my personal opinion.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Extracted

  • Extracted, Book 1
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,705

In 2061 a young scientist invents a time machine to fix a tragedy in his past. But his good intentions turn catastrophic when an early test reveals something unexpected: the end of the world. A desperate plan is formed: recruit three heroes, ordinary humans capable of extraordinary things, and change the future.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fast-Food Science Fiction

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 04-07-17

A bit slow to start but worth it.

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

Reviewed: 07-27-17

3 individual back stories build the initial characters in this story. After that the adventure begins. The performance is fabulous. The author has a great insight into each character and the interaction of each is filled with growth and understanding. It's fun and thought provoking. The next book is even better. I recommend reading both.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Witness [Brilliance Audio Edition]

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,812
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,583
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,544

Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • JUST SIMPLY FANTASTIC LISTENING ! !

  • By Gary on 04-24-12

I'm a guy and this is Nora Roberts

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

Reviewed: 06-16-17

So I was pleasantly surprised at just how much she got right . . .from a guys perspective. The characters were well developed. The location was depicted so well I could imagine being there. I am still not a big fan of female voice actors speaking the man's part but Julia did a fine job of it and I would listen to her again. While it is a chicks book, its Not just a chick book. The story line had plenty of action and it held my interest. I hate blood bath or senseless killings. So I was pleased that the one short part of the story involving both was handled quickly and without the gore.

  • Awaken Online: Catharsis

  • By: Travis Bagwell
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,299

Jason logs into Awaken Online fed-up with reality. He's in desperate need of an escape, and this game is his ticket to finally feeling the type of power and freedom that are so sorely lacking in his real life. Awaken Online is a brand new virtual reality game that just hit the market, promising an unprecedented level of immersion. Yet Jason quickly finds himself pushed down a path he didn't expect. In this game, he isn't the hero. There are no damsels to save. There are no bad guys to vanquish.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gravely entertaining!

  • By Bryce Bilbo on 04-21-17

Found it boring and bloody

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

Reviewed: 04-30-17

About half way through I couldn't take it anymore. You might like it if watching (listening to) someone else playing a video game is something you enjoy. Like so many mindless video games killing others seems to be the objective. This is not the reality (nor fantasy) I care to have in my life. Use your own judgement.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful