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  • Ethan: Cyborg of Honor

  • Knights of the Future
  • By: T.J. Quinn
  • Narrated by: Craig Bowles
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26

In a devastated postwar planet Earth, a group of cyborg warriors gathered to search the universe for the best place for people to relocate. The Dreshanians had built several colonies they sold to those people in need who were willing to accept their rules. Apparently, everything looked perfect, but once Ethan started to dig deeper, he found out things weren’t ideal as they seemed. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A solid start to this series.

  • By KJ on 03-25-19

A solid start to this series.

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

(Drawback to reviewing an audiobook, have no idea how to spell many of the names and locations, so I apologize for misspellngs.)

Ethan is the leader of such a band of cyborgs, along with some like-minded humans and humanoid aliens. The story begins when he is approached by a client willing to pay a vast amount of money for Ethan’s business to find a new planet for his group to call home. The search must start immediately and involve all of Ethan’s ships. This will be enough money for the cyborgs to find their own home. It doesn’t take long to reach the fourth quadrant, where, after a few attempts at exploring different planets, Ethan’s group reaches the planet Dreshian, which seems perfect with it’s atmosphere and Earth-like environment. There are already some colonies there, but they are welcoming and there is enough space available to support new colonies.

Ethan and some of his group meet with the planet’s ruling council, who themselves are colonists from another world. Ethan also encounters a group of more primitive people known as the Athians, who are native to the planet. The Dreshanians discuss how welcoming the Athians have been and mostly accepting of the advanced technology that the Dreshanians introduced to the planet, although some Athians have chosen to follow their own primitive lifestyle.

I don’t want to give away too much of the story but from that point Ethan discovers all if not what is seems, as he finds himself drawn ever closer to a particular Athian and gets drawn into political, cultural, physical and emotional situations that he wasn’t expecting.

In general, I liked the idea of post-war cyborgs tired of war and wanting to find a home of their own off a devastated Earth. The idea of these cyborg funding their search by providing assistance to other groups wanting to move off Earth is also appealing.

I felt the opening was too fast and a little too incredible. Really, ALL ships are available to leave today? No calling in ships from other pursuits? No time necessary to stock supplies? No recalling crew from shore leave with families? And the time to reach a little-explored quadrant was only a couple of weeks – so close why wasn’t this area previously explored? (I can think of a few explanations, but none were given.) The story itself is a fun ‘read’ but I think aspects could have been expanded – more time for the hero and heroine to grow attached to each other for starters. As it is, the relationship was a bit rushed and a little too easy.

Finally, I found the narrator difficult to get used to. I listen to a lot of audiobooks, and a number of British narrators, so I don’t think it’s the accent but not sure why.

Bottomline: I know this author is capable of more, so I expect further books in this series to be better. Had to do a lot of origin and world-building starting a new series, so it's not uncommon for the first book to leave me expecting more. Definitely worth giving more of the series a chance.

  • Time's Convert

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,952
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,939

On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life, free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Distracting and disappointing narration

  • By LKF on 09-19-18

Excellent! Worth every cent (or credit).

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

Skimming the other reviews, I expected a so-so audioboook experience. That was so wrong! I thoroughly loved every minute! I suspect a lot of listeners expected the same narrator used in previous books and were reacting to the change. Having recently listened to the previous 3 books back-to-back, I was quite familiar with the character voices, but didn't have any issues adapting to the new narrator. Sure, the voices for each character are different, but in every way equal to the previous narration. I think Saskia has an excellent range of voices, far better than a lot of narrators I've listened to (and I've listened to many, as I'm an audio-addict). As for the story itself, as always, Deborah Harkness has spun a fabulous tale. I didn't find it as action-packed as the original AST trilogy, but the writing is wonderful. Getting to know Marcus' backstory, learning how to be a vampire along with Phoebe, and watching Diana and Mathew develop as parents to fascinating twins that are having their own magical adventures is captivating. I was hooked before the end of chapter 1. I really appreciate that Saskia' narration doesn't get in the way of the story, but instead adds to the immersive experience. I found myself forgetting I was listening to an audiobook, instead feeling as if there's an actual movie playing in my mind. The combination of writing and narration was really that good. Equal to the previous audiobooks in the series.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

Leviathan Wakes
    
    
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    Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
    14,829 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • Leviathan Wakes

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,829
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,631

James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun hard SF action with a blue collar bent

  • By A reader on 05-11-12

One of the best stories I've ever listened to!

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

Reviewed: 04-01-17

Would you listen to Leviathan Wakes again? Why?

Yes. And listen many times more.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Leviathan Wakes?

How to pick from so many? I don't want to give spoilers, so I'll just say 'the end'.

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

No, this the first.

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

Makes me wide awake and looking for the next one.

Any additional comments?

I got this after seeing Season 1 of The Expanse series on SyFy. Amazes me how well the show follows the book, although naturally the book has more detail. I feel that I really understand the characters, their relationships, and motivations a LOT better.

  • Bound Together

  • Sea Haven, Book 6
  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Lily Bask
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585

For five years Viktor Prakenskii has put his life on hold to take down the world's most feared motorcycle club from the inside. But carrying out the insane violence and seeing their exploitation of the innocent has brought his traumatic past roaring back. And there's only one cure: to see the wife he left behind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Final story Sisters of the Heart

  • By IreneMBBT on 03-22-17

Not another...

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

Reviewed: 03-27-17

What is going on with this author? I LOVE the Drake Sisters series, loved the first two Sisters of the Heart books, but the writing has continued to go downhill for the rest of the series. Seriously disappointing since this story - featuring Blythe -- was the one I have been waiting for since this series was introduced. Maybe my expectations were too high? But both the hero and heroine spend way too much time being whining and Blythe is uncharacteristicly not her usual intelligence. I don't want to give spoilers, but too much of the "history" of these two is way too off to logically fit into the series overall story. Too much repetition -- and a lot of it whining. At one point I fell asleep during the audiobook, woke up, listened a few minutes, rewound to hear what I missed, and realized that in nearly 20 minutes I had missed nothing -- the her and heroine were still in the same "I don't know how I feel about you but I can't forgive you" and "I left you but my world revolves around you" argument -- and one that had been repeated several times by that part. I was so tempted to not finish this one, or even to return it, but I held out because I hate to leave a book much less a series unfinished and not intact. Unfortunately, the ending was completely predictable from the first chapter.

As for the narrator, she's ok -- nothing special, I've heard better, I've heard worse. I do wish she had more range with voices, but not everyone can do that.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Feversong

  • By: Karen Marie Moning
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione, Amanda Leigh Cobb
  • Length: 16 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,805
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,649

MacKayla Lane and Jericho Barrons return in the epic conclusion to the pulse-pounding Fever series, where a world thrown into chaos grows more treacherous at every turn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great way to end the series!

  • By S. Williams on 01-23-17

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 01-30-17

Awesome, amazing story! Moning brings Mac's journey to an end and Dani moved a step further on her own journey. The story is a fast paced emotional rollercoaster, and in typical Moning style not everything comes to a clear cut, precise resolution. Some questions will be answered, more will be raised. Deep thoughts will be experienced! Tissues will be needed! I was skeptical about these two narrators as they are both known to me from other works. I won't say Jim's narration was outstanding, but it was solid, very much as I expected from him. I had some difficulty getting into his narration because I kept hearing the voices of characters from his other works and thinking that's "character Z" instead of Barrons for example. Amanda's narration, however, was amazing! She did so much better than I'd expected, especially with her Dani voice. So overall the narration balanced out very favourably. And Moning's writing is so awesome that it is easy to get caught up in the story and forget everything else!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Star Nomad

  • Fallen Empire, Book 1
  • By: Lindsay Buroker
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351

The Alliance has toppled the tyrannical empire. It should be a time for celebration, but not for fighter pilot Captain Alisa Marchenko. After barely surviving a crash in the final battle for freedom, she's stranded on a dustball of a planet, billions of miles from her young daughter. She has no money or resources, and there are no transports heading to Perun, her former home and the last imperial stronghold. But she has a plan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Is it cake or biscuits?

  • By Nvr2old on 11-01-16

Love it!

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

Reviewed: 11-16-16

I'm happy to see this series is making its way to audiobook! I picked up Star Nomad, book 1 of this series, a few months ago first as an ebook. It sat in my digital to-be-read pile until I finally opened it up. OMG, by chapter 2 I was hooked! I love the characters in this series. It's definitely SF and not SFR, but there is some romance along the way, although it mostly appears in the background because there is so much action going on that there isn't time for it. Well, eventually... Honestly, this is space opera at its best. I raced through this series as fast as I could get the ebooks and I'm doing the same with the audibooks -- my credits are being saved so I can get these the minute each book in the series becomes available. This proved to be one of my favourite reads of 2016. Just said to know that book 8 will be the last.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Fire Bound

  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Carol Monda
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563

Flame-haired Lissa Piner is a skilled glassblower whose delicate gift conceals a burning inner strength that can destroy as exquisitely as it can create. Commissioned to design chandeliers for a string of luxury hotels, her remarkable skills have taken her to Italy. But Lissa's real mission there is a secret. For her entire life has been a lie, leading to a chance to avenge a terrible wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator was wrong choice

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-27-16

Was this supposed to be in the Sea Haven series?

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

Reviewed: 04-29-16

Didn't feel much like it, other than a few of the character names. Missing too many elements that I always liked about the earlier Sea Haven books. I found myself zoning out or skipping through most of the book because of so many sex scenes that went on too long, repeated the same phrases over and over, and made the heroine seem too submissive and the hero too controlling -- not interesting. Very little interaction with the sisters which I always look forward to. And where's the special bond between hero and heroine? (This seemed particularly inconsistent, I think some bond abilities were used once or twice, early on, but afterward I kept wondering why they didn't use it.) For that matter, where was the elemental abilities? OK, yeah, it was mentioned a few times and shown a bit (particularly by the hero, the heroine seemed very ineffective here and might as well have had no special abilities at all). I was disappointed with the previous book, too, but hate to stop a series when there's one more to go... and the preview of the hero to come in the next was one of the most interesting elements in this one. The narrator was ok -- nothing special, not one of the worst I've heard either.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Armada

  • A Novel
  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,038
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33,978

It's just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom - if he can make it that long without getting suspended again. Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great unless you are expecting Ready Player One

  • By Tyler J. on 02-11-18

Another fun adventure by Cline!

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

Reviewed: 04-24-16

Plot reminded me of The Last Starfighter, but there is a lot different so it didn't feel like the same story. I love how Cline brings video games, tv shows, movies, and other cultural references into his stories -- and a lot are subtle and I find myself saying things like,"he tied that obscure reference in perfectly!" And "oh wow, I can't believe anyone other than me remembers that one!" This is the sort of geeky romp I'll happily recommend to people who read/listen across a number of genres, it's just plain fun! And Wil Wheaton is excellent as a narrator, his voice(s) is(are) perfect for Cline's stories.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 212,494
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 198,411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197,998

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Total geekfest! And I loved every minute!

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

Reviewed: 04-03-16

This is one of the best audiobooks I've ever heard -- and I'm going to but s hard copy of the book, too, not only for my keeper shelf but also because my husband and daughter want to read it after hearing me rave over it! Not sure how to describe the story -- part a fun virtual reality story, part social commentary, and part ode to multiple geeky fandoms -- especially ones that will touch the heart of anyone who grew up during the 70s-90s! Oh and Wil Wheaton was awesome as the narrator! First audiobook I listened to by him and I will not shy away from others. Can't say enough good about this one.

  • Feverborn

  • Fever Series, Book 8
  • By: Karen Marie Moning
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, Jill Redfield
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,986
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,797
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,790

When the immortal Fae destroyed the ancient wall dividing the worlds of Man and Faery, the very fabric of the universe was damaged, and now Earth is vanishing bit by bit. Only the long-lost Song of Making - a haunting, dangerous melody that is the source of life itself - can save the planet.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lots and lots of words but no real movement

  • By Elizabeth M. OMalley on 01-22-16

Excellent as always!

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

Reviewed: 01-24-16

Moning hits another out of the park! I can never find a fault with her stories even when I really don't like her hero, lol -- although he wasn't as much of an arrogant jerk as in the previous 2... Anyway, great story with the usual cliffhanger ending that makes me want to scream and demand the next book immediately! But yeah, have to wait another year!

As for the narration, I thought Luke and Jill did an EXCELLENT job! Sure, they are not the beloved voices of previous narrators, but it isn't fair to compare, and the last ones were tops and a hard act to follow. Some people complain of Jill's southern accent -- being from the South, I thought it was much better than many I've heard and a lot more tolerable that the accent used in Darkfever. After a few chapters, I don't think it even registered on me any more. And I thought Luke's differing voices made it easy to follow change of characters. True, his voice may not be as 'sexy' as the previous narrator, but I thought it was pretty nice on its own! Plus, it did not distract me from the story.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful