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  • Through Fiery Trials

  • Safehold, Book 10
  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 32 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 740
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 691
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 686

Those on the side of progressing humanity through advanced technology have finally triumphed over their oppressors. The unholy war between the small but mighty island realm of Charis and the radical, Luddite Church of God's Awaiting has come to an end. However, even though a provisional veil of peace has fallen over human colonies, the quiet will not last. For Safefold is a broken world, and as international alliances shift and Charis charges on with its precarious mission of global industrialization, the shifting plates of the new world order are bound to clash.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I miss Oliver Wyman

  • By Ofer on 01-12-19

It was ok...

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

The book was great in the spanning of time, but it really felt incomplete, even with its great length. The book basically seems to have ended where it started, along with the most massive bombshell of the series thus far at the end. This was a disappointment since it seems as if we will have to wait another 2 years to get any clarification.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Crusade

  • The Paladin Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Daniel M Ford
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 29 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544

Old ways have been broken in the blood and smoke of the Battle of Thornhurst by Allystaire Stillbright and followers of the Goddess. Now the Paladin must recover from his ordeal, carve out a hopeful future for the shattered Baronies, and prepare for the next attack upon the Goddess' new and fragile following. But the corrupt deity, Braech, the Sea-Dragon, will not easily let go of the power that has long been his. Braech's minions march on the now-weakened Baronies. The final battle, a crusade against the Mother and all of her followers, is near.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Each book better than the last.

  • By G on 09-15-18

Tears...

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

It is rare to have a book that brings me to as much tears and as much joy as did this book. It was an amazing finish to a great series.

  • The Consuming Fire

  • The Interdependency, Book 2
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,981
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,556

The Interdependency, humanity’s interstellar empire, is on the verge of collapse. The Flow, the extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel between the stars possible, is disappearing, leaving entire star systems stranded. When it goes, human civilization may go with it - unless desperate measures can be taken. Emperox Grayland II, the leader of the Interdependency, is ready to take those measures to help ensure the survival of billions. But nothing is ever that easy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Building upon a collapse, this follow-up exceeds!

  • By C. White on 10-16-18

Thumbs Up!

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

After an excellent first book, the sophomore was a great follow-up. Scalzi isn't long-winded and overall does an excellent job shifting from story perspective to perspective. I really enjoyed the book and I'm looking forward to seeing the next exciting entry in this series.

  • Uncompromising Honor

  • Honor Harrington, Book 14
  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,321
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,223

The Solarian League's navy counts its superdreadnoughts by the thousands. Not even its own government knows how enormous its economy truly is. And for hundreds of years, the League has borne the banner of human civilization, been the ideal to which humanity aspires in its diaspora across the galaxy. But the bureaucrats known as the "Mandarins," who rule today's League, are not the men and women who founded it so long ago. They are corrupt, venal, accountable to no one...and they've decided the upstart Star Kingdom of Manticore must be destroyed.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging

  • By Jean on 01-06-19

Long in the tooth!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

I've read/listen to every Honor Harrington book, and most of other works by Weber. This is by far the worst mainline Honor book imho. It is almost as if the story has reach too far and there is nowhere else to go. It might be better to refresh the Harrington line with a descendant coming through the ranks. I have enjoyed the detail of Weber for years, but this book, and the especially Shadow of Victory were absolutely boring for far too many passages. Weber has gotten so tedious, it's almost like he's pushing a ton of filler to get to a certain page count. I hate comparing my favorite others, but Sanderson has a lot of detail as well, it's just dry in boring to LISTEN to...it is almost better to get the Kindle to able skip past every single detail.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Ascendant

  • The Genesis Fleet, Book 2
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,636
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,539
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,535

In the three years since former fleet officer Rob Geary and former marine Mele Darcy led improvised forces to repel attacks on the newly settled world of Glenlyon, tensions have only gotten worse. When one of Glenlyon's warships is blown apart trying to break the blockade that has isolated the world from the rest of human-colonized space, only the destroyer Saber remains to defend it from another attack. Geary's decision to take Saber to the nearby star Kosatka to safeguard a diplomatic mission is a risky interpretation of his orders, to say the least.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good story while we wait for Blackjack to come back

  • By tekone on 05-28-18

Better 2nd book

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

I enjoyed this story a lot better than the first novel, which wasn’t bad but a bit too cliche with all the typical military tropes. This series has actually sparked my interest in the previous books of this extended universe.

  • Vanguard

  • The Genesis Fleet, Book 1
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,152

Earth is no longer the center of the universe. After the invention of the faster-than-light jump drive, humanity is rapidly establishing new colonies. But the vast distances of space mean that the old order of protection and interstellar law offered by Earth has ceased to exist. When a nearby world attacks, the new colony of Glenlyon turns to Robert Geary, a young former junior fleet officer, and Mele Darcy, a onetime enlisted marine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great begining of a new series

  • By Duncan R Campbell on 05-17-17

Cliche much?!?

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

The story is serviceable but heavily cliche with the old military tropes. People going “west” for wide open spaces, government shirking on military spending, etc. meh.

  • Deceptions

  • Ascendant, Book 3
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,489
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,049

Koren Bladewell now knows he is a wizard, but he is lost in the wilderness, cut off from help, and unable to use his powers. The enemy is poised at the border with an overwhelming invasion force, and it will take wizards, soldiers and a young, untested princess to hold off defeat long enough for Koren to be trained and grow into his power. But he might not wish to help those who deceived him and destroyed his life. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • First two books; really good!

  • By Johan on 04-29-18

Not a bad finish, but...

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

The book left me wanting more at certain points and rolling my eyes at other points. The first sixty percent of the book seem to drone on endlessly with far too many plot devices for my taste of enjoyment. Fortunately, the loose ends were nicely tied up over the final frame for an entertaining story. There seemed to be so many story arcs that just never came to fruition and were dashed at the end. t was an entertaining series, and I really felt for the lead at times, as he struggle to find his way in the world.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Transcendent

  • Ascendant, Book 2
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,301
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,766
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,733

Koren Bladewell's future was stolen from him, by wizards who chose to lie, to conceal the fact that Koren is a wizard. Crown princess Ariana Trehayme must find a way to become queen before her 16th birthday - before her indecisive mother allows all of Tarador to be conquered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for the next one...

  • By Christopher on 01-08-18

Once again...

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

Reviewed: 04-22-18

I enjoyed the book, and I think the character development for the lead was great. I am a little disgusted with the ending of the enemy who "anticipated" the horrible defeat, and had a perfect plan in place to counter it line. I find that to be cheap writing, and the very end of the book was disappointing as well. This is clearly not going to be a trilogy, which is okay for me, but the Korem was starting to get on my nerves at the end. I'm hopefully the next book gets things back on track with the promise of the first book, but with an invincible enemy with unlimited magical and mundane forces, I feel the writers have boxed himself into a corner in reaching a conclusion that won't be eye rolling.

  • The White Tower

  • The Aldoran Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Michael Wisehart
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 25 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,315

Magic is outlawed. Those caught wielding it are taken to the White Tower. They are never heard from again. After the chaos of the Wizard Wars a thousand years ago, the people turned their backs on magic. It was deemed evil. Those born with it will stop at nothing to remain hidden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spend the Credit

  • By Christopher on 09-22-17

The story is mediorce at best...

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

Reviewed: 04-17-18

I give this a 3, for no other reason than the fact that Tim Gerald Reynolds is a masterful narrator. The story seems to be great on paper, but the execution of the story telling is where the wheels fall of this wagon. This story could probably have had 10 hours shaved off the telling of this tale, or perhaps far more content added in. The villains are the worst, as they are completely and utters cliché...if I had to do a drawing of them, I'd have them with bent hunchbacks and crooked nose for crying out loud. They are evil in a comical manner, rather than devious and dangerous. I had problems getting through the novel, and skipped so many or the extremely tedious and boring portions. The torture sequences were some of the most tedious and boring stuff I've listened to in a long time. I will definitely be extremely cautious about going any further in this series for sure.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Valiant Dust

  • By: Richard Baker
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Sikander Singh North has always had it easy - until he joined the crew of the Aquilan Commonwealth starship CSS Hector. As the ship's new gunnery officer and only Kashmiri, he must constantly prove himself better than his Aquilan crewmates, even if he has to use his fists. When the Hector is called to help with a planetary uprising, he'll have to earn his unit's respect, find who's arming the rebels, and deal with the headstrong daughter of the colonial ruler - all while dodging bullets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A decent start to the series

  • By Hiruu on 04-13-18

A decent start to the series

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

Valiant Dust was a worthy entry in the long list of military series with a seemingly strong pedigree. He author has clearly researched military history and as a Navy veteran, has a deep understanding of military culture. This is both the strongest points of the novel, but also the potential trap for the future of the series. From a universe building sense, the opening entry seems to basically set a history template straight out of the Great Game period of the 19th and 20th century. We basically have the British, French and Germany empires of that period, overlaid with Colonial India and an Afghan/Middle Eastern mixture. I was almost waiting for an inference to the Russians, Japan, US, and maybe China. While this is create a decent template, it is a bit cliché imho. As far the characters go, our protagonist is a compelling hero, with that strong independent streak who always seems to end up landing on his feet, even when making the most reckless decisions. This make for interesting storytelling, I guess, but I worry about possible outsized heroics in future novels. I know it can work, as Honor Harrington is one of my favorite military sci-fi characters, and CK is basically Honor Harrington in a male southeast Asian format. I give the book high marks, because the writer created an interesting and compelling world with rich characters and all this while not killing the story with every minute detail.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful