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  • Zero Hour

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 5
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,768
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,396

United Nations Special Operations Command sent an elite expeditionary force of soldiers and pilots out on a simple recon mission, and somehow along the way they sparked an alien civil war. Now the not-at-all-merry band of pirates is in desperate trouble, again. Their stolen alien starship is falling apart, thousands of light years from home. The ancient alien AI they nicknamed Skippy is apparently dead, and even if they can by some miracle revive him, he might never be the same.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Monkeys kick A**, but......

  • By Beachcombers on 02-14-18

The story gets better...

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

The story keeps getting better, it would be nice if some of the standard lines varied a little more. How many "raspberries" can Skippy blow.

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,253
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,874
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,812

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci Fi I didn't know I wanted

  • By Gary Glenn on 06-27-17

Slow and boring start, but it gets better

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

The book was good overall to the first half of the book was very slow and very Ground Pounder military first person single voice type of story. It got better at about the halfway mark when Skippy appeared.

  • All These Worlds

  • Bobiverse, Book 3
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 40,752
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38,156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,048

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clean ending to a fantastic series

  • By Lily on 08-08-17

Great story, but very short.

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

Reviewed: 10-31-17

The overall story was great, but the value was poor. This should have been one or maybe two books. Three is robbery. Under a 10 hour read is a very poor value. A Column of fire or any of the Game of Thrones novels are 30+ hours and they only rate a single credit?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132,593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,085
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116,958

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-18

Manipulation

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

Reviewed: 05-13-17

More of a manipulation of the reader than a really good story. The writer wants to control your journey through this book but unlike a great writer she manipulates you through trickery and false impressions. Facts of reality such as dates, times and people's names are their only for the writers pleasure to manipulate you.

  • The Neutronium Alchemist

  • The Night's Dawn Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,596

The ancient menace has finally escaped from Lalonde, shattering the Confederation's peaceful existence. Those who succumbed to it have acquired godlike powers but now follow a far-from-divine gospel as they advance inexorably from world to world. On planets and asteroids, individuals battle for survival against the strange and brutal forces unleashed upon the universe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Editing was bad .... again

  • By Leonard on 09-20-16

skip the first half

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

Reviewed: 05-13-17

Skip the first half, its chapter after chapter of wasted jumping around. This book needed more editing.
The performance was good but the audiobook editing was horrible, one scene switched to another without even a pause in the sentence. One second you are a guy in the middle of a fight, then a girl looking out a window. But not a hint to the reader that the scene had changed.
If you're​ looking for answers to the questions in the first book, don't hold your breath.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Whistler

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 158

Lacy Stoltz is an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. She is a lawyer, not a cop, and it is her job to respond to complaints dealing with judicial misconduct. After nine years with the board, she knows that most problems are caused by incompetence, not corruption. But a corruption case eventually crosses her desk. A previously disbarred lawyer is back in business with a new identity. He now goes by the name Greg Myers, and he claims to know of a Florida judge who has stolen money.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Better

  • By Paul A. on 11-12-16

Okay, but a little predictable.

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

Reviewed: 12-02-16

The over story and narration was good.
But the narrator can't do male voices and shouldn't try, get another narrator for that. Her male voices are distracting.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Misspent Youth

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 355

It's 2040. After decades of research, scientists of the European Union believe that they have at last conquered humankind's most pernicious foe: old age. For the first time, technology holds out the promise of not merely slowing the aging process but actually reversing it. The first subject for treatment is 78-year-old philanthropist Jeff Baker. After 18 months in a rejuvenation tank, Jeff emerges looking like a 20-year-old. And the change is more than skin deep. From his hair cells down to his DNA, Jeff is 20 - with a breadth of life experience.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I can only assume PFH needed a pay check quick.<br />

  • By John Schmidt on 02-25-18

Horrible romance story pretending to be Sci-fi

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

Reviewed: 07-01-16

Horrible romance story pretending to be Sci-fi.
Just an old writers day dream of a second day chance at sex.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Koban: The Mark of Koban, Volume 2

  • By: Stephen W. Bennett
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 22 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,416

Already faster and more powerful than the last 17 species that they have destroyed or subjugated, the Krall have set their sights on humankind. After testing humans on their future home world of Koban and finding them worthy opponents, the Krall start a war of slow extermination with the rest of humanity. The war is intended to last generations as they apply their own version of "natural selection" to cull their weaker warriors in combat, purifying the Krall gene pool with their finest warriors for breeding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best stories in a long time

  • By Douglas E. Noll on 06-07-14

Very Good Space Saga

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

Reviewed: 08-16-14

Any additional comments?

The author needs to work on his characters banter it seems to always degrade into teenage level potty or sexual jokes. Not sure what the authors age is, but this could use a little work. Otherwise the plot and details are original and well constructed.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Koban, Volume 1

  • By: Stephen W. Bennett
  • Narrated by: Patrick Freeman
  • Length: 25 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,870
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,744

We colonized 700 planets. Humankind enjoyed the benefits of expansion room and the end of wars. We even disbanded our military. Then the Krall found us. The Krall have used thousands of years of combat to select the genes of the strongest and fastest warriors. They are a species determined to dominate the entire galaxy, through destruction and annihilation of every opponent.

Koban is an uninhabited high-gravity planet with impossibly fast savage animals, which employ organic superconducting nerves. This deadly world is where the Krall tested humans for war capability.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story, dreadful narration.

  • By Nate on 05-14-15

Interesting Story

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

Reviewed: 02-22-14

Would you be willing to try another one of Patrick Freeman’s performances?

I've done narration and I can't do it well, but even I have more cadence than this guy. His voices are okay and sometimes he gets in the grove. But mostly it's one word at a time, VERY VERY awkward.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Hymn Before Battle

  • Legacy of the Aldenata
  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,086
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,660
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,660

With Earth in the path of the rapacious Posleen, the Galactic Federation offers help to the backward humans - for a price. You can protect yourself from your enemies, but God save you from your allies!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitive Ringo

  • By james on 03-05-09

Too much ground force and no Space anything.

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

Reviewed: 01-09-14

What did you like best about A Hymn Before Battle? What did you like least?

Well written.

Was A Hymn Before Battle worth the listening time?

Not really my thing, all ground force battles. It doesn't make a lot of sense to be a space faring civilization and you take cities by long ground battles. Yes, some ground force stuff makes sense, but they never say why they just don't nuke the enemy or why the enemy doesn't just nuke them.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful