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  • The Others

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,076
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,018

Dan Delgado is a private investigator. He’s unenthusiastic, and unmatched. As a former San Francisco detective, he misses more meaningful work, but he hasn’t had the heart for it since his wife’s death five years prior. That is, until a phone call from a distraught mother, an illegal immigrant who can’t go to the police, puts him on the hunt for a missing little girl. By the time he reaches the mother’s small home, she’s missing, too. Then a team of heavily armed mercenaries arrive. Delgado and crew are plunged into a dangerous world of corporate competition, UFO lore, and government cover-ups.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action packed humor

  • By Bree Salyer on 07-31-18

Anti-Mormon Novel

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

This could have been a fantastic story. But the author's extreme disrespect of the Mormon belief system ruined it. Blatant disregard for the millions of people who hold a particular belief system sacred, lots of false information, with the inability to even pronounce correctly the name of a central figure to those beliefs by the narrator (Moronī, not Moronē) was not necessary to the plot of the story but appears to be the author's attempt to spread anti-Mormon views and ruined what could easily have been a 5 star story.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • 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 15,582
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,575
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,542

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent.

  • By Amy Snider on 06-13-18

Better than Bobiverse

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Started out really good, dipped down to good but a little slow, than accelerated to Better than Bobiverse. And Bobiverse was excellent.
Performance was outstanding. Storyline overall was not fast paced but not slow either. Goldilocks Zone would be an apt description of the storyline.
By the end of the audiobook significant attachment to Ivan was there. I cared about the characters and found myself wanting to both laugh and cry by the end of the last chapter. Admiral Moore was intially a person I loathed & wanted to face justice but there came a point where I found myself caring about him also, and wanting him to come out of everything okay.
Very nice ending.
Well done.

  • The Gospel of Loki

  • By: Joanne M. Harris
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572

This novel is a brilliant first-person narrative of the rise and fall of the Norse gods - retold from the point of view of the world's ultimate trickster, Loki. A number-one best seller in the UK, The Gospel of Loki tells the story of Loki's recruitment from the underworld of Chaos; his many exploits on behalf of his one-eyed master, Odin; through to his eventual betrayal of the gods and the fall of Asgard.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sympathy for the Devil

  • By Will F. on 07-13-17

Walking In Loki's Shoes

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

Reviewed: 10-06-17

Same myths but different perspective. Gives me insight into possible motivations for why Loki behaved as he did and did what he did. Doesn't excuse him, but does give context. It was a refreshing way of telling the stories I've enjoyed my whole life. Highly entertaining. Narration was excellent.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Aye, Robot

  • A Rex Nihilo Adventure - Starship Grifters, Book 2
  • By: Robert Kroese
  • Narrated by: J.D. Ledford
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311

After interstellar con man Rex Nihilo hijacks a cargo freighter on a whim, he decides that he, and his long-suffering robot sidekick Sasha, have found their calling as space pirates. But when the ship's cargo turns out to be a cryogenically frozen religious fanatic who holds the secret to a vast galactic conspiracy, Rex and Sasha find themselves on the run from real pirates - as well as agents of the oppressive Malarchy, crazy space cultists, and the Ursa Minor mafia. If Rex is going to get out of this jam alive, he might just have to save the galaxy - again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story with Bonus Novella, Recording needs review.

  • By Todd Bowman on 08-25-17

Even better than the 1st

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

Very funny. Highly entertaining. If you're looking for some serious hard sci-fi that's certain to become a classic, thought provoking work of art then this is not the book for you. But if you are looking for some light sci-fi that is fairly predictable and makes you laugh out loud often then this is definitely the right choice. The humor is great, the writing solid, the narration is spot on. No complaints whatsoever.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Starship Grifters

  • Rex Nihilo, Book 1
  • By: Robert Kroese
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,031
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,904
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,895

A space-faring ne'er-do-well with more bravado than brains, Rex Nihilo plies the known universe in a tireless quest for his own personal gain. But when he fleeces a wealthy weapons dealer in a high-stakes poker game, he ends up winning a worthless planet - and owing an outstanding debt more vast than space itself! The only way for Rex to escape a lifetime of torture on the prison world Gulagatraz is to score a big payday by pulling off his biggest scam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes you just gotta give a book a chance!

  • By Sad Carlos on 07-08-14

Enjoyed It A Lot

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

Reviewed: 09-29-17

This is not Hard Luck Hank. But I haven't found another series that is equal to HLH. However, it is very funny and well written. Parts are quite hilarious. I enjoyed it so much that I will get the next book in the series.
Rex Nihilo (a play on the Latin phrase ex nihilo, meaning "out of nothing", or in a broader sense creatio ex nihilo, meaning "creation out of nothing". I will not give any spoilers here, but the play on words regarding adding an R to ex nihilo to get Rex's name is very intentional and does relate to the story in a very real way), is unintentionally very funny. So are other characters in the story. Yet they are not dumb funny, meaning they made me laugh and I do not laugh at idiotic humor.
Narrator did a fine job with the material. No complaints.
Strongly recommended.

  • Space Team

  • By: Barry J Hutchison
  • Narrated by: Phil Thron
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,054

Cal Carver is having a bad day. Imprisoned and forced to share a cell with a cannibalistic serial killer, Cal thinks things can't possibly get any worse. He is wrong. It's not until two-thirds of the human race is wiped out and Cal is abducted by aliens that his day really starts to go downhill. Whisked across the galaxy, Cal is thrown into a team of some of the sector's most notorious villains and scumbags.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fonkin’ Terrific

  • By DobieChuck on 01-15-17

Pratchett??? Not Even.

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

Reviewed: 09-23-17

Whoever said the author is the next Terry Pratchett must not have read Terry Pratchett's books. Any of them. At all. None. And labelling this book as hilarious is blatant false advertising. It has a few funny moments. A very few. And the storyline is absolutely predictable and boring. Cal is not funny. He is annoying. So annoying that, were I his crew mate, not only would I not follow his leadership, I would do my absolute best to leave him behind on the most remote and inhospitable planet we landed on. The most surprising thing about the plot is why none of his "friends" have given him a Columbian necktie by the end of the book. And the foul language filter is definetly selective. Can't say damn, but taking the name of God in vain (Jesus, Jesus Christ, Christ and God all used, and often, to express anger, surprise and annoyance is a very foul word- just as using Allah or any other religion's deity as such is foul and offensive). So either make the filter work or don't pretend to have one. I read this book all the way thru. I read the 2nd book, though my teeth were gritted most of the way thru, I hate giving up on a book once started. But I quit half way thru the 3rd book. Between the foul language filter that doesn't work correctly, Cal's increasingly annoying...everything, and the near complete lack of actual humor, I don't see the point. Besides, I already know how it will end anyway. Predictable plot.
Don't be lured in by the false advertising. This author is light years away from Pratchett's level.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Assassin's Fate

  • Book III of the Fitz and the Fool trilogy
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Elliot Hill
  • Length: 39 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,468
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,465

More than 20 years ago, the first epic fantasy novel featuring FitzChivalry Farseer and his mysterious, often maddening friend the Fool struck like a bolt of brilliant lightning. Now New York Times best-selling author Robin Hobb brings to a momentous close the third trilogy featuring these beloved characters in a novel of unsurpassed artistry that is sure to endure as one of the great masterworks of the genre.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart wrenching

  • By Diane on 05-14-17

Fitz & The Fool & A Prozac

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

Reviewed: 08-17-17

Damn. Fitz needed a strong antidepressant & inpatient counselling. I can't blame the Fool: years of mental & physical torture, a broken mind & train wreck of a body. But Fitz was worse than in any of the previous series. Almost every decision he made, from 1st book in this series thru the last, was horribly self destructive & often just stupid. And Fitz was evidently delusional about his past as well. He says, more than once, that he was a successful assassin in his youth, good at it. But in the previous series he makes it plain that he was a terrible assassin, a failure at it. And I don't remember many assassinations that he succeeded at. Guess Hobb forgot about that.
I love the previous trilogies: Farseer & Tawny Man. They are 2 of my favorites of all time. But it was a struggle to get thru The Fitz and the Fool. It was a study in misery and despair and what not to do as a father, friend and person. I had to take long breaks during each book because it was so depressing. In the previous series there were many moments of a serious nature but there were uplifting moments as well. Not so in this series. Only regret, tears, idiocy, regret, death, depression, regret, more tears, destruction, anger, regret, and more tears. I wondered what Hobb was going thru personally that she would write so many hundreds and hundreds of pages of misery. The Fool was not the Fool, but I guess he had a good reason for changing so dramatically. Fitz was...the poster child of Despair. He was never happy go lucky, but he was a good man who tried to do what was right. Now he was just existing and not doing too well at that. The only reason I pushed thru it to the end was because of my love for the real Fitz, who never would have put his great love for the Fool above his love for his daughter Bee. He threw her to the side every time the Fool cried out. I do not understand how a man could love any friend, even one with whom he was so closely bonded, more than his young child. I was extremely disappointed with this series and wish I hadn't read it. It has put a dark cloud over my memories of the younger Fitzchivalry Farseer.
The only part I did like was the ending. I've read many complaints about the end of the 3rd book. I loved it. I thought it was perfect. That's one thing Hobb did well in this series, possibly the only thing.
Narration was excellent. No complaints about that.

  • Monster Hunter Siege

  • Monster Hunter, Book 6
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,315
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,897
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,871

When Monster Hunter International's top hunter, Owen Zastava Pitt, was given a tip about some hunters who had gone missing in action, he didn't realize their rescue mission would snowball into the single biggest operation in MHI's history. Their men are being held prisoner in a horrific nightmare dimension, and the only way to reach them is through the radioactive ruins of a monster-infested war zone. As if that wasn't bad enough, it's also the home base of the powerful creature behind the devastating attacks on the Last Dragon and Copper Lake.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A bit of a disappointment

  • By Alex Sumner on 08-12-17

Author Turned Farmer

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

This installment of the MHI series is okay. It continues the story, further setting up the final showdown between Z & his destiny. Except that it feels more like filler, lacking substance, & rather than adding depth to the central plot, this installment's purpose seems to be similar to that of a wine press. However, rather than squeezing grapes to make juice to make wine to drink, MHI: Siege squeezes bank accounts to make $$$ to make the author richer. Perhaps Correia (according to the author himself it should be pronounced Korea, like the country, & according to me, not Coheeah, as pronounced in the intro & end credit by Audible) is too busy authoring & coauthoring installments for his many other series, & thus fulfilling his seeming goal of becoming a famous, ultra prolific & exceedingly wealthy author, to give this book the attention it deserved.
Correia, of late, seems to be indulging in over-farming the MHI franchise. Both Memoirs books were supersaturated gratuitously with foul language, little substance & read more like fan fiction than anything actually written by the man who had authored the main plot MHI books. Left me wondering how much had been written by Correia & how much by his co-author.
I really hope Larry Correia does not continue to farm out his excellent MHI series, or write the first book or three of a new series & then become a James Patterson hack who puts his name on other books but actually has little to do with.
All previous 5 main story books of MHI were fantastic. However, after reading Nemesis, Siege was a let down.
Typical shoot 'em up excitement, if less frequently, not much new added to the story arc, very little resolution, predictable ending, no Franks except for a few mentions of his name, a Harbinger who does nothing worth mentioning, a wimpy Julie, & cameo appearances by Mosh, Ed, Trip & other main supporting characters, a fairly flat storyline, failure to pronounce the author's name correctly even once, so-so narration due to the limited range of the reader, an anticlimactic showdown featuring a 'Friday the 13th' type ending between what should/could have been the most bad*ss villain in all 6 books thus far & Z, & a "Huh? That's it? Really?!" book ending left me very disappointed with Nemesis. I really hope book 7 is written by the real Larry Correia.

30 of 38 people found this review helpful

  • Hell Divers II: Ghosts

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 2
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,046
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,549

Ten years ago, Hell Diver Xavier "X" Rodriguez fell to Earth. Those he left behind went on without him aboard the airship he once called home. Michael Everheart - the boy once known as Tin - has grown into a man and the commander of Hell Diver Raptor Team. While Michael dives to help keep the Hive in the air, Captain Leon Jordan rules with an iron fist at the helm of the ship. But unrest stirs under his strict leadership as a prophecy of hope sweeps the lower decks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for the next book!

  • By Todd (Toad) Vogel on 07-31-17

Wow!!! You've Got To Get This Book!

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

When I checked and found that 6 hours had already elapsed I couldn't believe it. Then I realized, with sadness, that it was almost over. Book 1 was great. Book 2 is absolutely fantastic. Everything about it improved. Except that X is personally only in the story for a small portion of this book. Not saying if he lives or dies, just that he only appears in the story for a short while. The action is fast paced. The plotline is great. Captain Jordan is a poo rag who spends every day rationalizing and justifying his increasingly Stalin-like rule of The Hive. Tin is a stud. Weaver is every bit equal as a leader to X. Magnolia is actually a pretty decent human being. The Earth bound monsters are just as tough as ever. And narration is spot on. This is perhaps the #1 series I've ever listened to on Audible.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • A Quest of Undoing

  • Tales from the Land of Ononokin, Volume 1
  • By: John P. Logsdon, Christopher P. Young
  • Narrated by: Jus Sargeant
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

A drunk wizard. A lizard starting a nudie magazine. A former apprentice seeking revenge. After hundreds of years of wizardry, Master Whizzfiddle wants nothing more than to sit back and relax for the rest of his cursedly long life. His vindictive ex-apprentice has other plans. With a legal challenge out for his cushy guild membership, Whizzfiddle has 30 days to undertake a near-impossible quest....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Humor satire and Wizards

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-29-16

Lives Up To The Hype

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

Reviewed: 06-30-17

I got this book based upon the reviews that it was comparable to Discworld. And it is. Similar humor performed very well by a gifted narrator. Dry wit. Laugh out loud humor. The plot was thin and predictable, so if you want a nail biter that has you guessing till the end...this is not it. But if you want a light read (listen) performed by one narrator who is able to convincingly voice a number of characters with many very funny moments of dry humor then this is as close to Pratchett as you will find. And that is a high compliment. Very well done. I am immediately starting the 2nd book in this series.