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  • Nightlord

  • Sunset
  • By: Garon Whited
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 36 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,977
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,722

Eric didn't ask to be a vampire. In fact he didn't even believe in them. Biting your own tongue with your fangs does a lot of convincing. Even so, being a part-time undead isn't as easy as you might think. It can let you hold down a day job, true, but sometimes the night "life" can be more than a little difficult, what with those bloodthirsty urges and predatory instincts kicking in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vampire/Wizard/Physics Fantasy = Nerd-vana!

  • By bluestategirl on 04-11-17

A truly enjoyable adventure...

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

with bits of humor (though fewer than the Audible Description made it seem) and a run through multiple worlds with variant times, this was a very enjoyable adventure.

it's a long book, but much like in Drew Hayes SuperPowereds fashion, it's an easy distance to travel. The narration is excellent and Sean Runnette should be proud.

  • A River in Darkness

  • One Man's Escape from North Korea
  • By: Masaji Ishikawa, Risa Kobayashi - translator, Martin Brown - translator
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,226

Half-Korean, half-Japanese, Masaji Ishikawa has spent his whole life feeling like a man without a country. This feeling only deepened when his family moved from Japan to North Korea when Ishikawa was just 13 years old. His father, himself a Korean national, was lured to the new Communist country by false promises of abundant work and a higher station in society. In this memoir translated from the original Japanese, Ishikawa candidly recounts his tumultuous upbringing and the brutal 36 years he spent living under a crushing totalitarian regime.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heartbreaking

  • By C. F. Gagnon on 05-31-18

Good, but so hard to imagine

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Masaji Ishikawa does not present a good portrait of himself. But then, given the life he's had, how can he.

I'm intrigued to see if anything has changed for him since the publishing of this book.

the fact that a place like North Korea can exist while it's people exist as Ishikawa does, reminds us in the first world just how truly lucky we are.

  • Super Powereds: Year 4 Part 6

  • Super Powereds, Book 4
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 36

The final year at Lander has finally arrived for the Melbrook students and their peers, and with it comes a whole new set of challenges. Still reeling from the events of their junior year, the remaining students will have to push past their pain - and so much more - if they hope to be one of the 10 to claim the title of Hero upon graduation. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm sorry to see it end

  • By B. Riddick on 07-26-18

I'm sorry to see it end

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

much like with Hayes' 'Fred, the Vampire Accountant' series, I'm sorry to see this one end. But it ends well and for a long, long book, I enjoyed the entire time I spent with it. As well as the entire time I spent with the students of Lander.

thank you Drew

  • Leonardo da Vinci

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,947
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,901

Leonardo da Vinci created the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and engineering. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish the sample was not from the preface!

  • By Kristopher S. on 11-13-17

another great biography

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

Isaacson really is an excellent biographer and this book is half art history lesson and half biography but wholly worth a listen.

  • The Singularity Trap

  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,929
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,967
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,934

When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed fan of Dennis E. Taylor

  • By ryan mckinney on 06-10-18

a far cry from Bob, but just as brilliant

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

this is truly some of the most interesting soft SciFi I've ever read. that's not a criticism but a compliment. I enjoyed the Bobiverse for it's humor, and I enjoyed 'Singularity' for it's ability to provoke thought.

In the end, I'm enjoying Dennis Taylor's entire catalogue and cannot wait to see what's next. If you want a story with excellent pacing, little need to skip ahead and characters that are enjoyable, join Taylor. He'll take you there and back.

Also, he made me have to explain Nash equalibriums to my youngest, without having to use economics. the definition of a net gain scenario.

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  • Galaxy Outlaws: The Complete Black Ocean Mobius Missions, 1-16.5

  • By: J. S. Morin
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 85 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,390
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,142

Meet the galaxy's unluckiest outlaws. Carl Ramsey is an ex-Earth Navy fighter pilot turned con man. His ship, the Mobius, is home to a ragtag crew of misfits and refugees looking to score a big payday but more often just scratching to pay for fuel. The crew consists of his ex-wife (and pilot), a drunkard, four-handed mechanic, a xeno-predator with the disposition of a 120kg housecat, and the galaxy's most-wanted wizard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Firefly cranked up on Meth plus a Space Wizard!

  • By Ray Johnson on 04-27-18

it really is kind of a successor to Firefly

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

though there were a few times when I scrolled the bar ahead by a few minutes, all in all I enjoyed this series. the narration is EXCELLENT with male, female, and xeno (that's aliens to us plebians) characters easily distinguishable and really with their own personalities.

worth the credits and even worth the cash had I not had the credits.

  • Second Hand Curses

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello, Marc Vietor, Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,406
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,304

When your fairy godmother threatens to enslave you with a curse - when a malevolent piper solves your rat problem but steals your children - when you seek revenge on the prince who turned you into a frog - who can you turn to in your hour of need? The band of scoundrels known far and wide as the Bastard Champions - the swashbuckling trio who travel a world of legend, seeking adventure and righting wrongs - as long as there's enough gold to be earned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Second Hand Curses is First Rate Storytelling!

  • By Tony E. on 11-22-17

Drew Hayes does it again....

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

Reviewed: 11-27-17

Much fun and a new team. suspense is lacking but then we all know how these stories end.... or do we?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,785
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,427

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci Fi I didn't know I wanted

  • By Gary Glenn on 06-27-17

fun soft SciFi. All hail Skippy

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

I really enjoyed this book. I shouldn't, I'm a hard SciFi person. I did enjoy it and despite the Deus Ex Skippio, I still enjoyed it enough to try the second book.

I'll continue reading Clarke and Asimov, but Alanson will sit right on my shelf next to Ernst Cline and Drew Hayes as something to read and take my mind off the day.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • It's Superman!

  • By: Tom De Haven
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 745
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 750

Opening with the young Clark Kent on a date, this novel takes an entirely fresh approach to the emergence of his superpowers and the start of his newspaper career, following him from rural 1930s Kansas across America to Hollywood in its golden age and then to New York City. He meets a worldly Lois Lane and conniving political boss Lex Luthor, and begins his battles against criminal masterminds, mad scientists, and super villains inspired by fascists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's Superman!

  • By G. Bledsoe on 12-24-06

it was a struggle and not super at all

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

Reviewed: 07-26-17

just a tough listen and since I can listen to Scott Brick read a phone book, I'm going to put this one on the author.

  • Hard Lessons

  • A Learning Experience, Book 2
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 867
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809

Fifty years after Steve Stuart and his friends captured an alien starship, the Solar Union is a thriving interstellar power while Earth is increasingly backward and falling into barbarism. For two youngsters from Earth, the Solar Union offers the only chance they will ever have to make something of their lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Now we have Space Opera!

  • By E. Atkinson on 08-23-16

Heinlein redux

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

Reviewed: 02-13-17

as much as I like Christopher Nuttall's writing. (I especially enjoy the Ark Royals) This one just seemed like a Mish mash. A little Heinlein, a little Ben Bova and a little Scientificus ex Machina.

I'm going to read the third book because it's still sweet and crunchy brain candy, but I think I prefer the Ark Royals.