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  • Frontiers Saga, Part 2: Rogue Castes, Episode 5
  • By: Ryk Brown
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367

An entire sector in turmoil...neighbors who appear unconcerned...a favor asked of an old friend...sacrifices made for the good of humanity.... Before they can challenge the Dusahn and prevent them from expanding their empire further, the Karuzari must first gather much-needed resources. But doing so could be more difficult than anticipated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Space Opera

  • By Jean on 11-05-17

Very little progress

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

Reviewed: 12-23-17

I think the author has decided to stretch this story out. 6 chapters to cover 30 minutes of time... really? Great narrator as always.

  • Rebellion

  • Frontiers Saga Part 2: Rogue Castes, Book 4
  • By: Ryk Brown
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383

An old leader born anew. A legendary ship at his disposal. A desperate crisis born of chaos. Needed allies out of unforeseen events. Nathan Scott has finally returned to lead the new Karuzari in a rebellion against the Dusahn Empire. But first, he will need to secure a ship to accommodate those who have already joined their cause. The question is: How much of him is now Nathan, and how much is still Connor?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing

  • By Jean on 09-22-17

More of an outtake than a continuation

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

Great story but the story could have been summed up in a couple paragraphs in the main story line. Narrator was great as usual.

  • Revolution

  • Omega Force, Book 9
  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 944
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 898
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 896

Rumors have swirled around about the demise of the ConFed for as long as Jason Burke had been in space, a lone human among countless alien species. He largely ignored them...until now. For the first time since any of the members of Omega Force can remember, someone may have figured out how to destroy the ConFed without directly engaging its powerful military. As one crewmember's past seems connected to the current trouble, Jason must decide what side of the fight he's on....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't stop now!

  • By Christopher B Kulig on 12-31-17

Ends on a cliffhanger

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

Reviewed: 09-08-17

As usual the performance is great and the story is solid. Only issue I have is the core of the story ends on a cliffhanger unlike the others in the series. The others may start a new story line and leave you hanging but the main story line is finished nicely unlike in this book.

  • TFS Theseus

  • The Terran Fleet Command Saga, Book 2
  • By: Tori L. Harris
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 651

"Welcome to the Pelaran Alliance...." With those simple words, the Guardian spacecraft openly revealed itself to humanity, heralding a new chapter in its 500-year-long mission to cultivate our world. Earth's population must now make its first planet-wide decision - join the most powerful alliance in our galaxy or chart our own course, deciding for ourselves which civilizations are worthy of our trust. Will we be the first world to decline the Pelarans' invitation, or does their offer come with an implied threat?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great series with good story and action

  • By Bessette family on 07-27-16

Great story and performance but abnormally short

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

Reviewed: 08-30-17

My only complaint is the length of the book. Book 1 and 2 should have been combined. It's the only reason I cut off a star.

  • Earth Alone

  • Earthrise, Book 1
  • By: Daniel Arenson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 963
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 961

They came from deep space. They came to destroy us. Fifty years ago bloodthirsty aliens devastated the Earth. Most of humanity perished. We fell into darkness. But now we rise from the ashes. Now we fight back. Marco Emery was born into the war. After his mother is killed, he joins the Human Defense Force, Earth's ragtag army. Emery must survive basic training, become a soldier, and finally face the aliens in battle. Against the alien onslaught, Earth stands alone. But we will fight. We will rise. We will win.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 50 years of war, death, destruction and despair

  • By Mike Keller on 11-26-16

Starship Troopers style B book

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

Reviewed: 08-13-17

if you loved Starship Troopers you'll probably like this one. A bit too cheesy for my taste.

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  • Alice

  • Alice Series #1
  • By: Charles Lamb
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 940
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 940

Captain Jacob Thomas, USMC, is a divorced combat veteran just trying to get his life back on track. Returning to the marine corps after a failed attempt at reconciliation with his estranged wife, Jake volunteers for a DARPA experiment that catapults him into a future where humanity has been stripped of 200 years of technological advancements and more than half its population. With the help of a faceless benefactor named Alice, he escapes the confines of an abandoned lab facility.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 star sci-fi, 1 star lame romance novel

  • By Trudy Owens on 09-27-15

Good story line, goofy delivery

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

Reviewed: 01-20-16

Any additional comments?

The story line was pretty good but the author uses a lot of goofy come backs and colloquialisms between characters that make the story a little silly. The performer in how he delivers it makes it even worse in my opinion. The story focuses way to much on sexual contact between the main character and his female associates, or harem however you want to look at it. I would be willing to be it consumes 25% of the story line.The engagement between the enemy and Earth forces is borderline ridiculous. Not to give away the story but no galactic empire would or could achieve galactic empire status being defeated so easily, especially using the method Earth uses. Keeping all that in mind it was interesting enough that I'll probably invest another credit to get the next book. If you like these types of books where Earth goes from normal to technological super power type, try the Star Force series by B.V. Larson.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Aurora

  • By: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by: Ali Ahn
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,390
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,219
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,216

A major new novel from one of science fiction's most powerful voices, Aurora tells the incredible story of our first voyage beyond the solar system. Brilliantly imagined and beautifully told, it is the work of a writer at the height of his powers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By ewreirct on 07-14-15

I have no idea what people heard in this book

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

Reviewed: 09-01-15

Any additional comments?

I'm in the 3rd chapter, over 2 hours into it and I'm bored to tears. I simply can't take it anymore. Nothing significant has happened expect a stuck valve, oh yeah, and the phosphorus levels are low on the farms. They've just arrived at their destination after traveling for over a 100 years and there's not even a yippee of excitement from the crew.....OK, whatever. No real character development other than a matter of fact account of a few people and their daily lives. The story so far is told by a AI computer.which is learning how to tell a story. Almost makes me think the author chose this method to have an excuse for lack of emotional attachment to the story. In the first chapter the computer names what seemed like 50+ of the crew before the trainer stops it saying it was not necessary. I was cringing after the first 20..what was the point of that? Must have taken close to an entire page in the physical book.I read the reviews prior to purchasing the book and many had stated it contains a lot of detailed scientific explanations which I thought would be cool...I would now disagree. It came across to me as the author buying a reference book of logic theorems, scientific and programming terms, and attempted to fit every single reference described in to this book. I'm a programmer with over 25 years of experience and the way she tells the computer to analyze information, using those logic terms, was just silly. It was an obvious attempt at trying to sound intelligent. It was akin to telling a AI computer how to use its memory, just pointless page filling nonsense. I guess if you're looking for something to preform literary analysis on to find inner meaning and intent this might be a good book. Perhaps I'm just not refined enough to grasp the true meaning...eyes rolling. Maybe if I'm REALLY desperate I might start this book up again before I go to bed...at least I'll get to fall asleep fairly quick if it's still a fail.

21 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 155,630
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 143,612
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 143,457

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Great book...you won't be wasting a credit.

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

Reviewed: 04-12-15

Any additional comments?

I really liked the book. Narration was great. The story kept you going and wanting to listen to what happens next all the way through. I didn't find any part boring.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Kill Decision

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,965
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,465
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,472

Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Daemon/Freedom, but still good Thriller

  • By T. Menefee on 07-21-12

Started off ok...then it went silly

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

Reviewed: 04-12-15

What about Jeff Gurner’s performance did you like?

He's great...no complaints

Any additional comments?

I liked Daemon and Freedom. This started off good but went into silliness. By the end I only listened because I didn't have anything else to listen to. I like believable stories. Though I have to admit Freedom became a bit unbelievable also. This more so...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Z14

  • Zombie Rules, Book 2
  • By: David Achord
  • Narrated by: Graham Halstead
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 905
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 828

Zach Gunderson and his friends have carved out a life for themselves in a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by zombies. But survival is a daily struggle. In addition to frequent encounters with hostile humans, Zach has discovered something very sinister about the zombies.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Teenaged boys fantasy

  • By Michelle Jones on 02-11-15

One of the better one's

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

Reviewed: 02-13-15

What made the experience of listening to Z14 the most enjoyable?

I really liked the book and the narrator was great. I can't wait until the the next. Good books with a good narrator are pretty hard to find in this genre.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Zack...he kicks butt when he needs to

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I could have I would have

Any additional comments?

Get it you'll like it. Has a quite a few references to sex, he's a horny teenager after all, but not graphic.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful