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  • Discovery of the Saiph

  • Saiph, Book 1
  • By: P. P. Corcoran
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 357

The TDF Marco Polo embarks on its maiden voyage outside Earth's solar system, leading to the discovery of an extinct civilization destroyed by orbital bombardment. Deep underground is a mysterious library of alien secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable listening...

  • By Dennis on 08-01-15

Well worth your time and money

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

Reviewed: 06-18-17

If you could sum up Discovery of the Saiph in three words, what would they be?

Well worth reading

What was one of the most memorable moments of Discovery of the Saiph?

discovery of the others

What does Eric Michael Summerer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

not sure

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

just the enjoyment of the book

Any additional comments?

This series has all the things I enjoy in light reading ( listening )

  • Starcraft II: Heaven's Devils

  • By: William C. Dietz
  • Narrated by: Neil Kaplan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552

For the poor, hardworking citizens of the Confederacy's fringe worlds, the Guild Wars have exacted a huge toll. Swayed by the promise of financial rewards, a new batch of recruits joins the fight. Eighteen-year-old Jim Raynor, full of testosterone and eager to make things right at home, ships off to boot camp and finds his footing on the battlefield, but he soon discovers that the official mission is not what he's really fighting for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Starcraft lovers rejoice

  • By Alfredo on 08-20-10

W C Dietz has done a lot better and Mr. Kaplin

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

Reviewed: 09-04-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes i would recommend this book if you are a fan of Mr. Dietz's style. However it is difficult
to get past Mr. Kaplin's narration style. Kaplin gets a little better ( or I get use to him ) as the book goes on. It was difficult for me to get into this one.

Would you be willing to try another book from William C. Dietz? Why or why not?

I usually enjoy Mr. Dietz's books and follow him.

Would you be willing to try another one of Neil Kaplan’s performances?

I will try more of Mr. Kaplans performances just to see if its me this time or if his style.

Did Starcraft II: Heaven's Devils inspire you to do anything?

I listen to these books for enjoyment not for inspiration

Any additional comments?

The voice inflections of the character's was not believable ... Way to harsh for most situations.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Shadow of Saganami

  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 30 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 959
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 796
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795

The Star Kingdom has a new generation of officers! And this elite group hand-picked and trained by Honor Harrington herself is going to be needed immediately, as their first assignment turns out to be more dangerous than anyone expected. What was supposed to be a quiet outpost, far from the blazing conflict between the Star Kingdom of Manticore and the People's Republic of Haven has actually been targeted by an unholy alliance between the slaveholders of Manpower.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor Narration

  • By Farrell on 06-02-13

Really good story line. Some minor flaws.

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

Reviewed: 07-12-14

If you could sum up The Shadow of Saganami in three words, what would they be?

Story line is same as other authors but still a good listen. I question the reason for making the Masons ( Masonic body ) part of the bad guys. Can't help but wonder if he "David Weber " is anti mason minded? I hope not but will watch his future novels to see if this point continues.

What other book might you compare The Shadow of Saganami to and why?

Several Space Military books all run about the same story line. Several use x and xx rated sections which detracts from the story line.

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

He's really good and gives a better than average performance here.

Any additional comments?

This one is easy to follow and does not jump around to much.

  • Burning Chrome

  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Dennis Holland, Kevin Pariseau, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 563
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447

William Gibson's dark visions of computer cowboys, bio-enhanced soldiers of fortune, and hi-tech lowlifes have won unprecedented praise. Included here are some of the most famous short fiction and novellas by the author of Count Zero and Neuromancer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hypnotic dreams of a gleaming, gritty future

  • By Ryan on 03-15-14

Don't waste your money.

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

Reviewed: 12-14-13

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Some one out there might enjoy these shorts but they are not my idea of enjoyable. For me they have no depth. If you enjoy abstract art you may like these stories.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Redshirts

  • A Novel with Three Codas
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17,186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,082

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing, but somehow still worth a listen.

  • By Bradford on 03-06-13

A little out there

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

Reviewed: 02-03-13

This one is rather good. Not liostened to any other of hiswork but plan on listening to more of his work

  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Daniel Oreskes, full cast
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,264
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,956
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,913

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 Years and Still a Fantastic Read

  • By Nightveil on 07-22-11

Not that good.

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

Reviewed: 01-29-12

Did not like this one. My brother selected it for me and i thought it would be a lot better than it is
I hope his other works are better

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

The Gentle Brush of Wings: A Free Short Story from Defining Moments
    
    
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    Length: 41 mins
    654 ratings
    Overall 3.2
  • The Gentle Brush of Wings: A Free Short Story from Defining Moments

  • By: David Niall Wilson
  • Narrated by: Basil Sands
  • Length: 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 654
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 541

Defining Moments is the Bram Stoker Award-nominated collection by author David Niall Wilson. The story "The Gentle Brush of Wings", first published in this collection, won the Bram Stoker Award for short fiction.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy story of interspecies love!

  • By Kristi R. on 01-24-12

Not my cup of coffee

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

Reviewed: 01-29-12

I bought this selection on a whim...and now i regret it . For me its not that interresting. I did not finnish it and feel that i wasted my money. This is a good reason to listen to the samples audible provides with each selection. I skipped this and now regret it. My fault not theirs...

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Ice Dragon

  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Maggi Meg Reed
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 675
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 554

The ice dragon was a creature of legend and fear, for no man had ever tamed one. When it flew overhead, it left in its wake desolate cold and frozen land. But Adara was not afraid. For Adara was a winter child, born during the worst freeze that anyone, even the Old Ones, could remember.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • G. R. R. Martin and Dragon's make a good listen

  • By James on 01-27-12

G. R. R. Martin and Dragon's make a good listen

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

Reviewed: 01-27-12

George R R Martin has alway writen a good story. The Ice Dragon makes another good listen.
I enjoy longer more involed story lines better than short stories. How ever Ice Dragon is a very fine short listen. Give it a try.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Rebellion

  • Star Force, Book 3
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,974
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,640
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,646

Rebellion is the turning point in the great interstellar war between all living creatures and the machines. Star Force is on the side of the machines...but for how long? In the third book of the Star Force series, Kyle Riggs learns just what kind of war Earth is caught up in. At the mercy of the Macros, his marines fight against new alien races, big and small. They battle the innocent and the vile alike, until their situation becomes grim. Rebellion is a military science-fiction novel by best-selling author B. V. Larson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rebellion brings it together.

  • By James on 01-27-12

Rebellion brings it together.

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

Reviewed: 01-27-12

B. V. Larson's Rebellion book 3 in the Star Force Series Pulls the story line from books 1 & 2
together yet leaves you wanting more. Very good ballance of action and Sci-Fi. I plan to buy the rest of the series as they are developed. Best series I've listen to sence i've listened to Fred Saberhagen's Berserker series. Mark Boyett does an exceptional performance in this series.
Hope he stays with it..........

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Extinction

  • Star Force, Book 2
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,159

In the second book of the Star Force series, Kyle Riggs has another bad year. The Nano ships have a new mission--one that sentences their pilots to death. Meanwhile, the governments of Earth want to steal Star Force's Nano technology for their own. Worst of all, Earth has made a promise to the Macros, and the machines are coming to collect.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Much less than it could have been

  • By A. Massey on 07-14-13

Book 2 Just as good as Book 1

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

Reviewed: 01-27-12

B. V. Larson does it again.... Book 2 held my attention just as strongly as book 2. Anyone that is a space Sci-Fi fan will enjoy this series.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful