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  • The Wrong Unit

  • A Novel
  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,240

I don't know what the humans are so cranky about. Their enclosures are large, they ingest over 1,000 calories per day, and they're allowed to mate. Plus, they have me: an Autonomous Servile Unit, housed in a mobile/bipedal chassis. I do my job well: keep the humans healthy and happy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Futuristic journey without a single misstep

  • By Julie W. Capell on 10-03-16

Great new author, fun story

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

Listens to this and his other Tesla stories - great storytelling and he’s also a really good narrator - take a chance on this author, you won’t be disappointed

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Where the Hell is Tesla?

  • A Novel
  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,762
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,754

I found the journal at work. Well, I don't know if you'd call it work, but that's where I found it. It's the lost journal of Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest inventors and visionaries ever. Before he died in 1943, he kept a notebook filled with spectacular claims and outrageous plans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had A Blast Listening To This One!

  • By Cheri on 08-11-16

Tesla!? Time travel? = Terrific

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18

I took a chance on this book and was thoroughly entertained the whole ride. It has some parts where you’ll laugh, maybe snicker at a subtle joke, yet always feel like you’re along for the wild ride. I’ll definitely keep this author on my radar! You won’t be disappointed one bit.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hell Divers II: Ghosts

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 2
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,077
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,523

Ten years ago, Hell Diver Xavier "X" Rodriguez fell to Earth. Those he left behind went on without him aboard the airship he once called home. Michael Everheart - the boy once known as Tin - has grown into a man and the commander of Hell Diver Raptor Team. While Michael dives to help keep the Hive in the air, Captain Leon Jordan rules with an iron fist at the helm of the ship. But unrest stirs under his strict leadership as a prophecy of hope sweeps the lower decks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for the next book!

  • By Todd (Toad) Vogel on 07-31-17

Most exciting, nerve wracking, scary yet thrilling sci do book series I've ever stumbled across!

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

Reviewed: 10-02-17

The story is a great new take on post nuclear generic war aftermath, with a tiny dash of steampunk. The story rolls forward like a freight train. Great characters, motivations, circumstances. Hang on for the ride. Can't wait for the next installment.

  • Death's End

  • By: Cixin Liu, Ken Liu - translator
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 28 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,983
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,977

Half a century after the Doomsday Battle, the uneasy balance of Dark Forest Deterrence keeps the Trisolaran invaders at bay. Earth enjoys unprecedented prosperity due to the infusion of Trisolaran knowledge. With human science advancing daily and the Trisolarans adopting Earth culture, it seems that the two civilizations will soon be able to coexist peacefully as equals, without the terrible threat of mutually assured annihilation. But the peace has also made humanity complacent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fermi paradox meets first contact.

  • By John S. Robinson on 10-01-16

Extraordinary tale and thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 03-29-17

This whole series has actually altered how I view my place in the universe. A fascinating story, and I anticipate a next installment!?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Savage Homecoming

  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,436

Ever since he joined Omega Force, Captain Jason Burke has lived with the underlying fear that one day Earth would be discovered. His desire to keep Earth's existence and location a secret has driven him to extremes, and kept him far away from his homeworld for a long time. But now Jason's greatest fear is realized, and a fleet of alien ships has attacked his planet. Omega Force rushes to Earth's defense, but the ships are like none they've ever encountered, and employ weapons they have no defense for.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bummer!

  • By Dennis on 02-27-17

Well done - a very fun adventure thus far.

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

Reviewed: 04-07-16

What made the experience of listening to Savage Homecoming the most enjoyable?

Hearing the dialogue between all the characters. Dry humor - reminds me of how I talk to my friends.

What other book might you compare Savage Homecoming to and why?

The Riyria Chronicles series, Author: Michael J. Sullivan - the banter and character interactions are just as entertaining.

Have you listened to any of Paul Heitsch’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Paul seems to be hitting his stride with the characterizations - they come alive.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really, but the story does 'move' along quite nicely. Paced very well with no slow spots.

Any additional comments?

Another commenter mentioned how they thought the 'relationship' portion of the story was a distraction. It's not - I actually found myself thinking that it was nice to see, since things like that are often ignored or glossed over in stories like this. It was done very well and actually added to the plot dynamics. I've really grown fond of this story and this 3rd book does a great job of setting the stage for the next phase of this series. Well done - a very fun adventure thus far. I just bought the next book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Endeavour

  • Sleeping Gods, Book 1
  • By: Ralph Kern
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,057
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 993
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 992

In 2118 the first daring mission to another star, Tau Ceti - 12 light-years away - is launched. Tom Hites and Harry Cosgrove command the starship Endeavour on an epic journey to solve the Fermi paradox. From the first nearly disastrous steps on a distant world, their quest takes them further than they ever imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A nicely written journey through the galaxy

  • By Jason on 04-25-15

A tedious endeavor

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

Reviewed: 02-01-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the plot were sorted out. The WTF. Roanoke 1500's side excursion was baffling. So many interesting plot opportunities abruptly stop, and the plot goes dark. I'm at a loss to understand how so many absolutely love this book.

Has Endeavour turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, but it made me wonder if I listened to the same book as those who loved this story.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes, the narration marched the plodding storyline

What character would you cut from Endeavour?

Tom - what a crybaby

Any additional comments?

It was very difficult to persevere thru this book. Every time the crew got to something interesting, they hightailed it back to earth. The 'we're all dreaming a dream within a dream' ending was a big letdown. And don't even get me started on the story bizarrely shifting to 1500's Roanoke- wtf? That said, I did briefly enjoyed parts of this book, but overall, it was an annoying experience and I'm glad it's over. It annoys me in a way that William Gibson's (idoru) more recent works annoy me, if that's any help. I won't be getting book 2. I'm sure many more will buy this because of all the glowing reviews, but this sci fi fan ain't one of em.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Still Falling (Solstice 31 Saga: Book 1)

  • By: Martin Wilsey
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 200

Barcus is a working stiff looking for a good paycheck. When the Ventura and its crew enter orbit for a scheduled planet survey, the ship activates an automated defense system protecting the planet. Although the Ventura is destroyed in the attack, Barcus alone survives the harrowing fall to the remote planet surface. He struggles to remain alive and sane, and to discover why everyone he knew and loved on the Ventura was deliberately murdered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Space Man Vs. Medieval Planet

  • By sbenrap on 10-15-15

A gradually unfolding onion!

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

Reviewed: 01-29-16

Would you listen to Still Falling (Solstice 31 Saga: Book 1) again? Why?

No - I don't like rereading things

What did you like best about this story?

I liked it's originality. The AI component, the unfolding of all the characters and how their motivations intersect, and the 3rd person commentary, all combine to make for an entertaining and different experience - one that will suck you in and make you keep listening when you should be hitting the sack! Very well written characters, not your ordinary ones either.

Have you listened to any of Andrew Tell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

My first

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not particularly...but I'm not too sentimental

Any additional comments?

At almost 15 hrs, I was afraid I'd get restless, but it never occured. The story just keeps going and going, and you can't stop listening. And, the ending completely surprised me! But, in a good way. Way to leave you wanting more!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Call to Arms

  • Black Fleet Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,624
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,315

From Joshua Dalzelle comes the follow-up to the number-one best seller Warship. Captain Jackson Wolfe survived the initial incursion of a vicious alien species into human space...barely. He had assumed the juggernaut that had devastated three Terran systems was the herald for a full invasion, but for the last few years it has been eerily quiet along the Frontier. Jackson now struggles to convince the Confederate leadership the threat is still imminent and needs to be taken seriously.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed both books thus far.

  • By Mark on 01-23-16

The action continues.....I want more!

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

Reviewed: 01-29-16

Where does Call to Arms rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's one of my top faves. The narration is very dynamic, and gives the books a gritty feel that I really enjoy.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I kinda like the always popping in at odd times character called Pike. Pike-out!

Which character – as performed by Mark Boyett – was your favorite?

The captain, of course

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It's not the kind of book that makes you cry (thank goodness)

Any additional comments?

I like this series, because it has an airtight plot, progresses at a steadily increasing clip of suspense, and doesn't get distracted. This and the preceding book 'Warship', are always moving the plot forward, relentlessly. Never gets bogged down, which is what I like in a story. And it's not overly long, so I never had to wait for the book to get back on plot, unlike some other competing series. Compelling and well written - I really am looking forward to the next installment. Way to go, leaving us wanting more. What more can you ask for!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Damoren

  • Valducan, Book 1
  • By: Seth Skorkowsky
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,054

Matt Hollis is the current wielder of the holy weapon, DÄMOREN. With it, he stalks and destroys demons. A secret society called the VALDUCANS has taken an interest in Matt's activities. They see him as a reckless rogue - little more than a "cowboy" corrupted by a monster - and a potential threat to their ancient order. As knights and their sentient weapons begin dying, Matt teams up with other hunters of his kind such as LUIZA, a woman with a conquistador blade; ALLAN, an Englishman with an Egyptian khopesh; MALCOLM, a voodoo priest with a sanctified machete; and TAKAIRA, a naginata-swinging Samurai.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Expendables meets Monster Squad

  • By Adam on 01-06-15

Skorkowsky is onto something with this series!

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

Reviewed: 09-17-14

Where does Damoren rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's one of the most captivating audio books I've sampled.

Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

R.C. Bray really gets to stretch his legs on this one. His masterful use of pacing really jives well with the plot progression - he's a top notch narrator

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Sure, but I ain't got time for that!

Any additional comments?

When I bought this audiobook, I was a bit worried it'd get into religiosity - which can be a drag, since the book revolves around 'holy weapons', and all that. Skorkowsky avoids the trap and sticks strictly to the action - and is it ever a great ride. The sometimes oblivious and reluctant hero, characters that leap off the page, and spy movie action make for a fun audio book experience. Truly entertaining, and I must say I was bummed that Audible does not have any follow-ups in this series (perhaps they're not out yet?). But, I'll await Vol. 2 eagerly!

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Ravaged

  • The Hunger, Book 3
  • By: Jason Brant
  • Narrated by: Wayne June
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146

Welcome to the mountains of Pennsylvania, one of the last vestiges of the human race. Lance York, a self-described loser in another life, has rediscovered himself in the midst of the apocalypse. Along with a cadre of other survivors, including the hardened, sexy Cass, Lance has taken refuge in a compound, struggling to survive the onslaught of monstrosities descending upon them each night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you haven't heard all 3 books---

  • By The Lone Mopper on 09-09-14

Not your ordinary apocalyptic zombie story!

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

Reviewed: 09-04-14

Would you listen to Ravaged again? Why?

I usually don't listen to anything twice!

What did you like best about this story?

I liked how the main characters are very believable - they behave like real people would. There's lots of books like this out there, but this series stands out because the author really develops the characters you can almost anticipate what they'll do next since they have real personalities - unusual in this genre.

Have you listened to any of Wayne June’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Wayne June's delivery brings forth a certain air of believability and honesty to the character dialogue - I'd have a hard time listening to these stories with another narrator, since he really gets into the characters.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Don't be a dumbass!

Any additional comments?

This book ties up a lot of loose ends, it almost seems like it could be a series finale, but who knows? That said, I'd recommend the entire 3 book series to anyone interested in a great story, believable characters, and pure entertainment. Top notch!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful