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Arlington, VA USA
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  • Arrival

  • By: Ryk Brown
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 18 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 766
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 701
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 702

The Eden Project was a dream. To start the first extra-solar colony.... To avoid the mistakes of our past.... To start anew. Three generations, born and raised on a starship hurtling through space. To never know an open sky.... To never feel the wind on their face…. To never witness the sun rise or set. It is up to the advance team to set foot on each of these worlds, conduct their surveys, and send their findings back to the colony ship. Everything must go as planned, for the welfare of all the colonists depends on them.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • CHILDREN. IN. SPAAAaaaAaAaAACE!!!!

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-30-16

A solid arrival story

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

Interesting story. The whole backstory only really comes out in the latter half, but it didn’t detract from the story. It did have some “believability” issues that were never addressed (how were they able to eat the native life and how did it modify the humans in the story). For people who spent their whole lives in a starship they, except for one person, were quickly adaptable to living in a planet.

  • Good Intentions

  • By: Elliott Kay
  • Narrated by: Tess Irondale
  • Length: 22 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,031
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,890
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,892

He knew it was a dumb stunt from the start. A midnight run through a cemetery to impress a couple of girls is hardly the stuff of legend, but Alex Carlisle longs to escape the crushing mediocrity of life after high school. Then he stumbles upon the ritual, and the cultists, and two bound and bloodied women. Alex intervenes and the ritual blows up in his face, leaving him bound to them both: Rachel and Lorelei, an angel and a succubus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done with a side of porn?

  • By Sean O'Meara on 09-15-15

Good story but....

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

A little porny for my personal tastes. It was a solid story that if you pulled the detailed sex scenes out would stand on its own. I felt a bit dirty walking around listening to this book. Interesting work with all the supernatural in play.

  • Orphanage

  • Jason Wander, Book 1
  • By: Robert Buettner
  • Narrated by: Adam Epstein
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 162

Mankind's first alien contact tears into Earth: Projectiles launched from Jupiter's moon, Ganymede, vaporize whole cities. Under siege, humanity gambles on one desperate counterstrike. In a spacecraft scavenged from scraps and armed with Vietnam-era weapons, foot soldiers like 18-year-old Jason Wander-orphans that no one will miss-must dare man's first interplanetary voyage and invade Ganymede. They have one chance to attack, one ship to attack with. Their failure is our extinction.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good standard Military SF, Terrible Reader

  • By Augustus T. White on 01-25-13

Too convenient

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

Reviewed: 05-24-17

So this was a bit of popcorn SF. Not deep, and overall it was a book that since I had already read the first 1/4 I wasn't going to stop, but I was pretty sure that I wouldn't read any further in the series. Everything in the story seemed too convenient for the hero, everything from being in the right place to be grabbed for various tasks to the crazy promotion stuff that happened later in the book. Not the worst book I have read but my eye's can only roll so much before I hit my threshold.

  • Dawn

  • Xenogenesis, Book 1
  • By: Octavia E. Butler
  • Narrated by: Aldrich Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,928
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,664
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,665

In a world devastated by nuclear war with humanity on the edge of extinction, aliens finally make contact. They rescue those humans they can, keeping most survivors in suspended animation while the aliens begin the slow process of rehabilitating the planet. When Lilith Iyapo is "awakened", she finds that she has been chosen to revive her fellow humans in small groups by first preparing them to meet the utterly terrifying aliens, then training them to survive on the wilderness that the planet has become. But the aliens cannot help humanity without altering it forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I couldn't tell if I loved it or hated it.

  • By Lindsay on 01-31-16

Meh. Too heavy handed.

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

Reviewed: 12-05-16

Meh. This was one of those drag me to the end (since if anything life has proven, I have the ability to power through pretty much anything) type of books, that actually had me reading other books in between before finishing. While it was an interesting concept (aliens abducting survivors of an apocalypse on the Earth with the intent of repatriating them in the far future), the very concept was so grim that I had a hard time keeping up my interest (in particular as you learn the plans of the aliens). The tiresome social commentary also didn't help. I know that even though there are more books that more me this is a one and done.

  • Battle Cruiser

  • Lost Colonies, Book 1
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,056
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,049

One starship will either save Earth or destroy her. A century ago our star erupted, destroying Earth's wormhole network and closing off trade with her colonized planets. After being out of contact with the younger worlds for so many years, humanity is shocked when a huge ship appears at the edge of the solar system. Our outdated navy investigates, both curious and fearful. What they learn from the massive vessel shocks the planet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Unlikely Hero

  • By Don Gilbert on 12-26-15

Entertaining read

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

Reviewed: 12-05-16

A giant solar flare knocks a rapidly expanding Earth back, affecting the technology as well as the transportation system that Earth used to get to its colonies 160 years before the start of this book. The main character, LCDR Sparhawk, is a member of the ruling (this is a hereditary democracy (not that we can comment, Bush family for example), complicated by cloning. They are called *cough* Public Servants *cough* and Sparhawk has rebelled and joined the Space Guard) families and after long isolation the universe is coming to visit the Earth again. As it often happens, a lot of big activities all center around our hero.
Overall a fun read, complicated by... interesting politics and some really odd 180's by some characters, this story kept me entertained for a long day of driving.

  • The Brotherhood of the Wheel

  • By: R. S. Belcher
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,912
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,796
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,793

In AD 1119, a group of nine crusaders became known as the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon - a militant monastic order charged with protecting pilgrims and caravans traveling on the roads to and from the Holy Land. In time, the Knights Templar would grow in power and, ultimately, be laid low. But a small offshoot of the Templars endure and have returned to the order's original mission: to defend the roads of the world and guard those who travel on them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Urban Fantasy at its purest!

  • By kara-karina on 04-11-16

Great urban fantasy

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

Reviewed: 12-05-16

Another good urban fantasy read. What if the Truckers and Motorcycle Clubs are really agents of a secret society (formerly the Knights Templar) that is out there to protect the travelers of the roads? Well in this world they are and we get to learn more about them and how they handle a big bad enemy from effectively destroying reality. The world and situation are slowly revealed through the eyes of the newbie characters, a MC guy and an investigative cop. I definitely would look forward to another book written in this universe.

  • Kill Switch

  • Joe Ledger, Book 8
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,433
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,157

Terrorists have acquired a terrible new weapon that can crash the power grid and plunge America into a new dark age. A coordinated attack is planned to shut out all lights and emergency services to 10 major cities. Planes will fall, hospitals will go dark, no help will come. And in that terrible darkness, a dreadful plague will be released. If the lights go off, nothing can stop the bioweapon from killing millions. At the same time, the intelligence services are being torn apart from within by a plague of betrayal, murder, and suicide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • When the lights go out

  • By Ryan Hooey on 04-26-16

It never seem to get better (except for the story)

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

Reviewed: 05-13-16

Ever read a book that is part of a series that you are so excited about and enjoying so much that you had to push back and take deliberate action to read in smaller bites? Yeah, that was this book (given my druthers I would have zipped through this book but I decided to spread out my entertainment). The book starts slow with some pretty clear foreshadowing that like a lot of the Joe books everything isn't going to be all-right in the end and that the country as well as the main characters aren't going to get out of this un-scarred (happens in a lot of Jonathan Maberry's books). I am proud of my self control to have taken two whole weeks to listen to this book (and really, this is a series where I seriously recommend the audio book. Ray Porter, the narrator is awesome. Even Jonathan has admitted that now he hears his characters as though narrated by him, as he is writing new stuff! His skill at presenting these stories is a significant enhancer).

As to the story? What if the lights went out? What if everything that runs on electricity other than the tiny bit used in brains/hearts stopped working? (side note, this is the basis on a global scale for at least one TV show and one really good book series) What else could you do to make that worse? Well if you read this book you can come up with some idea's. The Ledger series has been delving more into the paranormal (vs the Science gone bad from the first couple) the past book or so, and this keeps it up. I really cannot think of much more to say that doesn't potentially spoil the story.

BTW, there is a great little scene in this book that is a treat if you have read some of Maberry's other series's (beyond the fact that those other story-lines all have similar characters and names in them).

  • Shifting Shadows

  • Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson
  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese, Lorelei King
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,918
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,693
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,693

Mercy Thompson’s world just got a whole lot bigger... A collection of all-new and previously published short stories featuring Mercy Thompson, “one of the best heroines in the urban fantasy genre today” (Fiction Vixen Book Reviews), and the characters she calls friends...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great compilation of stories from the Mercy-verse

  • By Malinda on 11-02-14

Good collection of short stories

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

Reviewed: 05-13-16

Overall the stories stood up well even accounting for the fact that I am effectively unfamiliar with the Mercy Thompson world. It actually may motivate me to try at least first book of the main series.

  • The Dark Between the Stars

  • The Saga of Shadows, Book One
  • By: Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,512
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,514

Twenty years after the elemental conflict that nearly tore apart the cosmos in The Saga of Seven Suns, a new threat emerges from the darkness. The human race must set aside its own inner conflicts to rebuild their alliance with the Ildiran Empire for the survival of the galaxy. In Kevin J. Anderson's The Dark Between the Stars, galactic empires clash, elemental beings devastate whole planetary systems, and factions of humanity are pitted against one another.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Crank It Up Again!

  • By Trip Williams on 08-09-14

The Sag continues

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

Reviewed: 04-29-16

Bringing back most of the surviving cast of the Saga of the Seven Suns, this book jumps 20 years into the future (so now the children of the main characters are involved as well). There is a new bad guy for the hero's to face, as well as some returning bad guys and some new allies. It will be interesting to see how the story continues to develop, as the scope of this story is pretty far reaching (which leads to some significant jumps in perspective). Overall a solid story. (really I would give 3.5 stars)

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  • Joe Ledger: Special Ops

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,488
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,390

Captain Joe Ledger - former cop, former Army Ranger, and currently the top-kick of Echo Team, an elite squad of first-class shooters who roll out to face down the world's most dangerous terrorists. Not fanatics with explosive vests or political hostage takers. Joe and his team square off against terrorists who have the most advanced and exotic weapons of mass destruction, designer bioweapons, cutting-edge transgenics…real mad-scientist stuff.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 9 Joe Ledger short stories

  • By MJ on 01-05-15

A greater sampler set of Joe

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

Reviewed: 04-26-16

A great collection of short stories. The Joe Ledger world combines high tech, investigation, action and, yes, a little of the unexplained (in some ways this is the X-Files from operators perspective as opposed to a more passive special agent perspective). They fill in some of the backstories of specific books and/or characters. This was a excellent way to prepare for the release of the new book in the Joe Ledger series later this month.