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  • The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 4
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,063
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,741
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,730

Geary and the crew of the Dauntless have managed to safely escort important alien representatives to Earth. But before they can make tracks for home, two of Geary’s key lieutenants vanish. The search for his missing men leads Geary on a far-flung chase, ultimately ending at the one spot in space from which all humans have been banned: The moon Europa. Any ship that lands there must stay or be destroyed—leaving Geary to face the most profound moral dilemma of his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great book in the series

  • By Eric on 05-26-14

Campbell nails it again.

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

Reviewed: 09-12-14

I loathe giving out 5 star ratings because I believe that perfection is hardly ever realized in writing. Dammit though, Campbell has done it again. I nearly gave 4 stars just because of such a cliff-hanger ending, but I really can't fault Campbell for that.

Story & narration are spot on with the rest of the series. Buy with confidence.

  • Rendezvous with Rama

  • By: Sir Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim, Robert J. Sawyer - introduction
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,358
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,211

At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed in the narrator

  • By Brent on 06-01-12

Pathetic narrator.

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

Reviewed: 01-29-14

Story is great and well written. The narrator turns it into a travesty. Every character is read with the same monotone voice with no inflection and one of the worst cadences I've ever listened to outside of a college calculus class. It sounds a little better if you speed it up to 1.25x, but it's still horrible. Would even be willing to re-purchase this with a better narrator - Seriously, he's that bad.

111 of 115 people found this review helpful

  • Doctor Sleep

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,918
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,907

Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The sequel to the book; not the movie

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-28-13

I loathe giving 3 five star ratings in one review.

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

Reviewed: 12-05-13

...But I'll be damned if King & Patton don't deserve it. Fantastic work, on both their parts. Really great story about what happens to the long lost Danny Torrence from the Shining. Not going to ramble on and drop spoilers; just buy it.

  • The Dark

  • By: Jason Brant
  • Narrated by: Robert Martinez
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

Christy Barnett is sleeping when her aging German shepherd Molly growls into the darkness outside her bedroom. She wakes to a dim glow provided by her Kindle's screen, thankful that she had fallen asleep while reading again. The power has gone out, the world outside her window is eerily dark and silent. And Molly is weary of something that waits in the hallway, hiding in the shadows. A dark cloud has fallen over the city of Aberdeen, MD. The population disappears in an instant.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • reminded me of the movie the mist

  • By Mike Naka on 10-14-13

Nothing unique.

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

Reviewed: 10-15-13

Nothing new to see here. It's just a re-hash of Steven McDonald's Event Horizon, just with minimal action and it takes place on the ground. Save your credit.

8 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Shattered Hourglass

  • Day by Day Armageddon, Book 3
  • By: J. L. Bourne
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,923
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,774
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,772

In a desperate bid to take back the continental United States - where hordes of undead now dominate the ravaged human population - a Navy commander leads a global mission to the heart of the pandemic. Task Force Hourglass is humanity’s final hope, and his team’s agonizing decisions could mean living one day more - or surrendering to the eternal hell that exists between life and death.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A bit on the dull side

  • By Amanda H. on 02-11-13

Honest review.

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

Reviewed: 02-02-13

First, the protagonist's handle is not Killjoy, it's Killroy - And yes, that's a name that originated in WWII. Along with this, there is a lot of military jargon - Both old and new. If you know the jargon, it will add to the experience of the book. If you don't, as some of the other reviewers have mentioned, it will probably leave you a bit bewildered. COB for Captain of the Boat, COG for Continuity of Government, BUD/S for Basic Underwater Demolitions/SEAL, as examples, and of course there's a lot of ballistic and firearm jargon as well.

Second, the book has a disjointed timeline. At the beginning, I had assumed that things were happing chronologically or even concurrently. They're not, no warning is given, and it makes the book a bit hard to follow. It would have probably been a little easier if dates and times were given at the beginning of each chapter.

It's a much different book than the previous two, and a lot of detail was left out. China and Deep 6 could have been elaborated on quite a bit more. The overall listening time on this was 9 hours. It probably "should" have been around 14-15, to make it as good as the previous two. It's very fast paced, and many important plot details were just omitted. I'm going to listen to it a second time, because I just could not take in information as quickly as it was being delivered. It was absolutely not the reader's fault, either. That man is a genius with reading. The book read more like a debriefing with just main details listed with minimal environment details, character building, and in some places it would just jump from problem description to resolution, with no story telling. Not what I'm accustomed to from Bourne. I feel like I listened to an abridged version of the book instead of the original.


Overall, still a great book. Still a fan of Bourne. Think he needs to slow it back down and not write books like he has to write his own mission reports.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Rise Again

  • A Zombie Thriller
  • By: Ben Tripp
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 637
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 578
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 576

Filled with adventurous human drama-and shocking inhuman horror - Rise Again is a vivid and powerful debut novel of the zombie apocalypse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kind of different

  • By DeeDee on 01-17-14

Pretty good Z-book.

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

Reviewed: 11-07-12

What about Kirsten Potter’s performance did you like?

It was odd listening to a female read some fairly horrific gory details, but since the hero of the book is a female, it grows on you quickly and "fits". I would not go out of my way to listen to her on other books like I do with Ray Porter, but she still did a good job of keeping character voices straight and is not monotone at all.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Definitely laughed a few times, and the girlfriend got a little queasy at a few parts with the graphic detail of the gore.

Any additional comments?

Good book. Fit into the major stereotypes of the genre but made it unique enough to stand on its own. The makeup of the group was interesting too, a lot different than the usual story. An alcoholic combat vet with severe PTSD, a bum, a vetrenarian, and a couple of interior designers with an alternative sexual orientation. Makes for a pretty funny combination.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Killing Floor

  • The Infection, Book 2
  • By: Craig DiLouie
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 261

The mystery virus struck down millions. Three days later, its victims awoke with a single violent purpose: spread the Infection. As the world lurched toward the apocalypse, some of the Infected continued to change, transforming into horrific monsters. America's far-flung military has returned home to wage a horrific war against its own country, engaged in a fierce battle to retake Washington, DC. Two hundred miles away, Ray Young awakes from a coma to learn he has also survived Infection.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • MUCH better than the first book.

  • By Random on 11-07-12

MUCH better than the first book.

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

Reviewed: 11-07-12

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

This one is much better. In "The Infection", book 1 of this series, he was absolutely dreadful. It's hard to believe this performance is by the same person, it's drastically better.

Any additional comments?

Still has plot holes. Gasoline should probably be degraded by now, car batteries shouldn't still be able to turn a car over on the first try. No mention of where all the ammo is coming from, especially the AT and HE rounds. Small arms firing tracer rounds makes no sense - They completely foul out a barrel in short order, unless that's all they could find, but that wasn't mentioned. 800 RPM machine guns under sustained fire for 30+ minutes would melt the barrels.. Little details that a little more research or an editor should have caught.

Still much better than the first book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Infection

  • By: Craig DiLouie
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 438

Five ordinary people must pay the price of survival at the end of the world. A mysterious virus suddenly strikes down millions. Three days later, its victims awake with a single purpose: spread the Infection. As the world lurches toward the apocalypse, some of the Infected continue to change, transforming into horrific monsters.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Worst Book Yet

  • By Michael on 06-07-12

Ok, but not great.

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

Reviewed: 10-18-12

Would you try another book from Craig DiLouie and/or Peter Ganim?

Some other folks gave book two better ratings, so I'll probably try that one. I'll try it solely on recommendations, though, and not because I thoroughly enjoyed this book. At the Halloween sale price of $6.95, it's fair entertainment.

What didn’t you like about Peter Ganim’s performance?

Bad reading. Very monotone. Quickly fades to background noise unless you're really paying attention.

Any additional comments?

Just little things - You can tell the author has no survival or firearms training. Authors like Jonathan Maberry and J. L. Bourne have either done extensive research or lived it, respectively. Every time someone "flipped the safety off on their Glock", I was truly wishing they were pointing it at me instead of a zombie.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,289
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37,292

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Overrated

  • By David on 04-03-13

Good listen, overall.

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

Reviewed: 09-04-12

What made the experience of listening to 14 the most enjoyable?

Ray Porter, far and above any other element. It's a good book, but the narration puts it into a 'must listen' category. The narration can make it a little confusing at the same time, if you've listened to Ray narrate other books, such as those from Maberry, because the same voices are used in those books for very different characters.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did laugh a few times, some of the characters are pretty funny.

Any additional comments?

Nothing to be said beyond what other reviewers have already stated. It's a great book with fantastic narration. You will definitely not guess the plot or the ending. I was skeptical about that, but I can now confirm it. I also will not throw out any spoilers, because it was just too much fun to listen to.

3 of 14 people found this review helpful