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  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,442
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,416

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

I just don't get the rave reviews

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

The story concept is pretty cool, the narration was difficult to listen to. I had to really concentrate on what she was saying to understand the story line. I guess a lot of people can turn this narrator into a super sci-fi delivery. I personally spent more time trying to translate what she said into something meaningful. The author's choice of words makes this even worse by trying to convey meaning in the most complicated, drawn out, way possible. If I were to use a single word to describe the book it would be "dry".

I'm half way through and don't plan on finishing. There's absolutely nothing drawing me in to listen further.

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  • Genesis

  • By: Ken Lozito
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,401
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,218

Escaping wrongful imprisonment wasn't something Connor had in mind, but being put into stasis aboard Earth's first interstellar colony ship was something he couldn't have prepared for. For 300,000 colonists, the new colony brings the promise of a fresh start...a second chance. Connor might be the wrong man for the colony, but he's the right man to see that it survives what's coming.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed bag

  • By Tyson S Sukeforth on 05-31-18

Very drawn out

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

This book could have been written in about 5 or 6 chapters. It felt very drawn out.

  • The Distance

  • By: Jeremy Robinson, Hilaree Robinson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer, Heather Costa
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 403

The human race has turned to dust. August Morrison faces it after rising from the depths of a dark matter research facility in Arizona. His co-workers. His daughter. All of them: dust. Friends and colleagues around the world don’t answer their phones. The city of Phoenix burns. He is alone. As a world without mankind starts to crumble, August fights not just for survival, but for his very sanity. On the other side of the country, Poe McDowell watches her parents crumble into dust just moments after being shoved inside a coffin-like device that spares her from the same fate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He's done it again!

  • By Sandra on 09-02-18

Story has too many silly parts

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

I think this story could have been great. The performance is OK. The woman character is super naive and an annoying wus. As an example, She faces another person with flecks of red and wet looking red all over their clothes. She asks "have you been painting?" This is days after everyone has died. Another example, she kills a dog that's viciously trying to kill her. Afterwards she feels extreme guilt and wonders what someone else would think of her for doing it. Cars everywhere with gas in them, but a man thinks its better to ride a bike across the entire country. Whatever...I didn't like it.

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  • Balance

  • 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 422
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403

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 431
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409

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 1,013
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 964
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 962

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 729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684

"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 1,092
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 997
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 996

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 1,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 961
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 961

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.

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  • Aurora

  • By: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by: Ali Ahn
  • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,445
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,265
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,262

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