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  • Star Force: Origin Series, Books 1-4 (Volume 1)

  • By: Aer-ki Jyr
  • Narrated by: Joelle Green-Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 161

The discovery of an ancient alien pyramid buried under the ice in Antarctica changes Earth forever. We learn that we are the forgotten slaves of a galaxy spanning empire called the V'kit'no'sat who abandoned our planet 100,000 years ago during a massive rebellion. Our ancestors, the Zen'zat, were given special genetic powers and ordered never to reproduce under pain of death...for themselves and their offspring. That means Earth's entire population is illegal and if the V'kit'no'sat return to reclaim their lost border colony they'll wipe out every last one of us.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome story but the narration needs work.

  • By Tekii on 05-22-18

Interesting Series

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-19

Story is definitely built for the long term, there are numerous short story arcs centering on the trials the main characters are going through, but the larger story arcs are barely touched. The larger story arcs will take many more volumes to resolve and explore. This set of four volumes sets the stage for a well developed world with a huge potential for expansion and developement. Where most authors focus on the negative side of human nature and inter actions, this story so far focuses on the more idealized drives of human nature. Over all a very good series with huge potential for development. Only negative is the audio narration, it's straight out of the 1970s the voice narration simply reads the text making no discernable effort to add emotion of tone to the voices, the kindle text to voice application would be just as effective for the narration, in fact it would be better. The audio recording has an annoying feed back and at time reverb that is very noticable, sort of like the back ground noise at a mall food court. At times the back ground noise and feed back makes some sections hard to understand, at least the kindle text to speech reader does not add in a constant back ground noise and whisle. Not sure if Audible narration could be salvaged, probably should be redone to professional narration standards. Best comparison of the narration is a short wave radio conversation with all the reverb, ghosting, occasional echoing, near channel cross over that existed before the invention of digital communication. Understandable but not enjoyable.

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  • Valhalla Online

  • Publisher's Pack, Books 1 & 2
  • By: Kevin O. McLaughlin
  • Narrated by: Jennifer O'Donnell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

Get the first two books together in this special Publisher's Pack edition! More than just a game, Valhalla Online was designed as a permanent repository for the uploaded minds of mortals afraid of death. An artificial afterlife. Samantha's world is turned upside-down when she arrives in Valhalla - because as far as she knows, she isn't like the other people uploaded there. She isn't dead. At least...she hopes she isn't. Now Sam must solve the mystery of her own abduction - or murder! - while trapped inside a virtual world, cut off from communication with the outside.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good start to a great world

  • By Terry Mixon on 05-25-18

Excellent Series Very Happy with It

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-19

Very nice series, with a LitRPG core, the book goes through a good progression, adding layers as it goes. The voice artist does a good job with female voices and a better then average effort for most of the male voices. Story has a strong female character that developed well, but starts off with a lot of glarring weaknesses for someone who has made it through West Point and is serving in the military before entering the story. If you want a piece of good literature they will keep you engaged and entertained for a weekend, this is a good canidate. Only regret is the next two books in the series are not available on Audial at this time. The series should keep the same voice artist if possible. Hoping the next two entries in the series are done just as well. Interestingness view on the LitRPG concept, and the gaming concepts are explained reasonably well so readers who are not familiar with the terms do not get lost in jargon. The story pacing is good and moves along at a good rate, the author only has to do a couple of time compressions to jump over the required grinding for the main character. Nice and entertaining piece that ask several interesting questions that will become more and more important as the future technology described becomes a possibility. I.e. What really is life and what makes it importent, will people always fall back to stereo types when in a community (for good or bad). Overall a good series so far, Published pack includes books one and two as does the audio package, very entertaining so far, I would recommend it to friends.

  • Wild Wastes: Southern Storm

  • By: Randi Darren
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,498
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,423

Before World War II could reach its conclusion, the world suffered what could only be defined as a cataclysm. Now, Yosemite city stands as the gateway between two worlds and an equal power in the continent. Unfortunately, it’s surrounded on all sides by those who would love to see them fail. Standing at the top of Yosemite is the warrior king Vince, a ranger turned city state ruler. Supporting him in his endeavors is his inner circle. With a firm grasp on Yosemite, Vince has solidified his borders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Out of the Park!

  • By Jason Ross on 08-30-18

Excellent Addition to the series

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-26-19

Another excellent addition to the world of Yosemite, with plenty of room to expand . The author is increasing his story telling skills with each addition, wonderful new story lines are opened and explored. Only draw back is the explicit harem porn the series seems to have sprinkled through out it. This would easily have been a five star book if the explicit episodes had not been sprinkled every other chapter. The scenes seem to add nothing to the story and detract from what would be an otherwise five star presentafion. The voice artist for this volume is competent and does an exceptionally good job with The various female characfers, male character are tolerable but Sound like comic characterchers of men's voices. Good job with troll and orc male characters but the voice of Vincent (the main male character) could have been done much better and more effectively. Good addition to the series ,seems to bring in the other two series well (The Selfless Hero Trilogy and Super Sales on Super Heroes) the other two series fill in gaps and provide different points of view for a set of interlacing events of a very rich and broad world. This is the most explicit series of the three, definitely not for young people or people that are put off by descriptions of graphic sex acts, but a good story for those that can ignore or tolerate such descriptions.

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  • Wild Wastes: Eastern Expansion

  • By: Randi Darren
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,781
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,778

Before World War II could reach its conclusion, the world suffered what could only be defined as a cataclysm. Now, Yosemite City stands as the gateway between two worlds. The empire of humanity to the west, and the wild wastes to the east. Standing at the helm for Yosemite is Vince, a ranger turned city-state ruler. Vince has begun to maneuver through the intricacies of ruling. At the same time he must balance his expanding foundation and fend off external threats.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I liked it. I am not proud of that fact.

  • By Matrin Zachs on 10-31-17

Good addition to series . Needs to lighten up on explicit sex

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-19

Series ties in well to other series and answers many questions. Story is enguaging and well done. But keeps throwing in overly explicit sex descriptions that simple detract from the story. Just be aware this series is more in line with the Harem Jondra of stories and very explicit from time to time for no apparent reason. The other two series that join this world are Harem Jondra but not explicit, which makes them much more enjoyable because the author focuses on the story not the shock of Teenage day dreams. Story would have recieved 5 stars if it had maintained the same tone as the other two series "The selfless Hero Trilogy"and "Super Sales on Super Heroes". Over all good story, narration is done well for female voices, but main male character voice could have been done better, Vince sounds like he has been smoking one to many decades. Narration would have been better with a male and female narrator, that would have played to their voice strengths.

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  • Emergence

  • By: Ken Lozito
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396

As the colony grapples with the realization that New Earth is not as uninhabited as they’d once thought, tensions between the colonial settlements rise to new heights, and the Colonial Defense Force finds itself caught in the middle. When Connor uncovers evidence of a militant colonial faction secretly exploiting the NEIIS, he has to investigate. Connor learns that some of the colonial settlements have been holding back discoveries of their own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book so far

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-20-19

A Good continuation of the series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-19

The series really needs to be read from the start. This series seems to have A Good balance of military, suspense, drama, and well developed characters to keep the reader engaged and looking for more.
The voice actor does a good job with male voices, but the presentation would be better if a female voice actor read the female portions, unfortunately they don't come across well with just one male voice actor.
This was a very interesting expansion of the series, that could open the door to many more installments in the series. The story premise in this installment is one rarely explored by other authors, it will be interesting to see where the author takes it in future installments in the series. It was interesting to see where the author took the internal politics of the colony in this installment, it made it clear that the colony has more then the dozen characters that have been carried forward from previous installments of the series. Other characters in the colony have agendas of their own, and some of the dark motives of big politics might be coming into the idealized society of the colony. It will be interesting to see if the author emphasizes the "you can't trust anyone concept" or sticks with the "we can make it if we just stick together" thread of the earlier books.
BOTTOM LINE: I feel this installment was good and worth the purchase, others that have read or listened to the series should enjoy it, but it would be very hard to drop into the series with this installment without reading the earlier books.

  • Teeth

  • The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America
  • By: Mary Otto
  • Narrated by: Suehyla El'Attar
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 174

Teeth takes listeners on a disturbing journey into America's silent epidemic of oral disease, exposing the hidden connections between tooth decay and stunted job prospects, low educational achievement, social mobility, and the troubling state of our public health.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Mouth--The Body, The Wallet, The Class Lines

  • By Gillian on 07-10-18

Very good read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-18

Book covers a lot of history of why dentistry in the US works the way it does, book provides many facts, and uses several stories of real examples to show the impact of decisions in the past. Very hard to read and not come to the conclusion that some dentist may be carrying and well intentioned but the association of dentistry is focused on only one thing "making money at any cost". Some of the statements quoted sound like the worst type of self serving villians. Considering the pain and suffering described by people, especially children it's hard to understand how this situation has gone on this long. If you want to get familiar with an important social problem affecting millions of people in the U.S. This book is a Very good start. I could never understand why dentistry did not progress as fast as other types of medicine. If you break a bone, Doctors don't just cut out the bone or replace it with a metal rod. But the first thing a dentist does is determine teeth can't be healed the only options are drill or pull, but if you have the money we have this lovely implant that will only require follow up visits for the rest of your life. The book makes it clear healing is not the goal but follow up visits with a very nice loan program to pay for expensive artificial replacements does make a lot of money.

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  • The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins

  • By: Anne Curzan, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Anne Curzan
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 877
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 785

From new words such as "bling" and "email" to the role of text messaging and other electronic communications, English is changing all around us. Discover the secrets behind the words in our everyday lexicon with this delightful, informative survey of English, from its Germanic origins to the rise of globalization and cyber-communications. Professor Curzan approaches words like an archaeologist, digging below the surface to uncover the story of words, from the humble "she" to such SAT words as "conflagration" and "pedimanous."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Whole Nine Yards

  • By Dubi on 05-15-17

A good over view of language study and development

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-30-18

Well paced set of lectures on the history and development of the English language over time. From its earliest Germanic, French, and Latin origins to the English dialects spreading around the world and sprinting from regional communities. This set of lectures brough to light many new terms specific to the study of a languages development and growth. Lectures provide many examples of the different aspects of language, specifically English to help the listener follow the lectures. The series is a fine eye opening set of lectures that could be listened to multiple times and each time providing a little more enlightenment on the history of the English language and it's development over the last millennium.

  • Vinium

  • The Silver Ships, Book 10
  • By: S. H. Jucha
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284

After the passage of two decades, the Omnians discovered a second, critical clue about the Nua'll, humankind's enemy, while investigating Celus-4, the home world of the intelligent, canine-like aliens, the Dischnya. This striking discovery, combined with the final broadcast of the Nua'll sphere at Libre, prior to its detonation, gave Alex Racine and company the means to narrow the search for the Nua'll home world. Alex has a consuming desire to locate the point of origin of the Nua'll before another gigantic sphere arrives to destroy more human colonies.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Fun Read

  • By Jean on 03-03-18

Another excellent addition to a great series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-20-18

Series

This episode starts with a new alien species and after an initial encounter emphasizing the strangeness of the aliens, and the efforts to contact them, the story line leaves them and returns to the core theam of the series. The main story line of the series is the growth of the characters as they persue the goal of defending all the races of humanity and the cooperative races encountered against a dangerous alien force with over whelming power, basicly a David vs Goliath story. Throughout the series the main chacters by living and demonstrating high principles over come those who make expedient, self serving, political or bias choices. The story pacing is enguaging and keeps the interest of the reader. Highly recommend starting the series in order, by this book the back story is complex and the characters have grown to such a degree it would be tough to understand what is occurring and why the characters are taking the actions they do. A very good read when taken as another episode in the larger story line, not really a stand alone story. Does a very good job of setting up the next book in the series, by ending on a cliff hanger.

  • The Ringworld Engineers

  • The Ringworld Series, Book 2
  • By: Larry Niven
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,617
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,457
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,460

It’s been 20 years since the quixotic and worldsweary Louis Wu discovered the Ringworld. Now he and SpeakertoAnimals are going back, captives of the Hindmost, a deposed puppeteer leader.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story, Wrong Narrator. Way Wrong.

  • By Kevin der Kinderen on 04-16-13

Excellent Addition to the series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-18

Another excellent addition to the series. This volume could stand alone but does much better when read in sequence in the series. The author does a good job of continuing the development of the characters introduced in the original book. As well as introducing a few new characters. The author does a good job conveying a sense of mystery and wonder of the Ring World environment. The scale of the canvas is so extreme that it is hard to grasp in any detail, think about an environment a thousand times the scale of all the episodes and books ever written in an environment like Star Trek. The potential to encounter and explore almost any thing that can be imagined. This addition to the series provides a huge stage for further action.

  • The Ringworld Throne

  • The Ringworld Series, Book 3
  • By: Larry Niven
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 671

Come back to the Ringworld - the most astonishing feat of engineering ever encountered. A place of untold technological wonders, home to myriad humanoid races, and world of some of the most beloved science fiction stories ever written.

The human Louis Wu; the puppeteer known as the Hindmost; Acolyte, son of the Kzin called Chmeee: legendary beings brought together once again in the defense of the Ringworld. Something is going on with the protectors.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Should have stopped at the second book.

  • By Aerindel on 09-06-12

Excellent Series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-18

This is another excellent book in the series and continues the concepts and characters introduced in the earlier books. The author tries to develops the characters and story lines developed in the earlier books. It is not fast paced, but slowly adds more details to the Ring World Universe. The only problem is the reader needs to read the earlier books in the series, this is not a stand alone book. If the reader is not familiar with the Ring World Universe this book will probably loose them and leave them confused. But as a continuation of of the series it is an excellent addition to the series.