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Michael G. Potter

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  • Emergence

  • Foreigner Sequence 7, Book 1
  • By: C. J. Cherryh
  • Narrated by: Daniel Thomas May
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

Bren Cameron, acting as the representative of the atevi's political leader, Tabini-aiji, as well as translator between humans and atevi, has undertaken a mission to the human enclave of Mospheira. Both his presence on the island and his absence from the continent have stirred old enemies to realize new opportunities. Old hatreds. Old grudges. Old ambitions. The situation has strengthened the determination of power-seekers on both sides of the strait. Bren knows most of them very well, but not all of them well enough.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, a little slow, didn't like narrator

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-10-18

Not enough happened

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

This easily could have been 2-3 chapters in the prior book, or, if you wanted some additional detail, 1/3 of a new book. Performance was good.

  • Critical Failures IV: The Phantom Pinas

  • Caverns and Creatures, Book 4
  • By: Robert Bevan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Sleep
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,972
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,801

The adventure continues. Tim and the C and C gang face their most difficult challenges yet. Horses die. Eyeballs are eaten. People are urinated on. A god is born.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Horse!

  • By John on 03-09-17

Like the others, rude and funny

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

The story somewhat moves along. Not sure what exactly is going on with Tim in this story, and the penis joke grows old as the narrator pronounces the word the correct way which does not sound like penis even though every character seems to make that error. Hopefully the next book will be a little more on track.

  • 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 18,828
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,741
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,662

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

Not enough progression in the story

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

Too many new questions and not enough answers to older questions. More potential issues with the Elders raised but nothing from the past was closed off. Seemed like just too much padding in the form of madcap adventures that resulted in nothing.

  • Tracker

  • Foreigner Sequence 6, Book 1
  • By: C. J. Cherryh
  • Narrated by: Daniel Thomas May
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353

First in a brand-new Foreigner trilogy by Hugo Award-winning author C. J. Cherryh. Tracker is the 16th installment of C. J. Cherryh's acclaimed Foreigner series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beginning of a New Series in the Foreigner World

  • By Sires on 04-15-15

An entire book to do one personnel change ...

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

Reviewed: 02-22-18

A little too slow, not really much progress in the overall real story. Plus, a lot of explanation of what has gone before which is, in my opinion, over done.

  • Aces

  • Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,155

Children are not supposed to rescue their parents, life is supposed to be the other way around. And rescues aren't supposed to be needed on the trip out to the new colony planet Valhalla. Slow, yes. Boring, yes. Dangerous? No, the trip is not supposed to be dangerous, never has been. When thieves attack the transport ship to steal an ancient alien artifact, and young Kaylee and her brother, Manny, are cut off from their parents, they have to stop the thieves from getting what they want.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book and great performance

  • By chris wessells on 01-02-18

Young Adult, but too cliche and dumbed down

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

Performance was ok, but the characters and dialogue were far too low level. My kids felt that the story was too dumbed down for them.

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  • Critical Failures

  • Caverns and Creatures, Book 1
  • By: Robert Bevan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Sleep
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,850
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,426
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,412

Tim and his friends find out the hard way that you shouldn't question the game master, and you shouldn't make fun of his cape. One minute, they're drinking away the dreariness of their lives, escaping into a fantasy game and laughing their asses off. The next minute, they're in a horse-drawn cart surrounded by soldiers pointing crossbows at them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Studio...More Please!

  • By M. Maryanow on 02-01-15

Crude and juvenile and a fun listen

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

Reviewed: 01-23-18

Lots of crude jokes that maybe a 10-year old would write, but the story is fun and moves well. I laughed quite a few times and am looking forward to the next book. Not perfect but worth the credit I paid.

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  • Voices

  • Annals of the Western Shore, Book Two
  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: Melanie Martinez
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

Voices stars the people of Ansul, a town of scholars and traders conquered by the marauding Alds 17 years ago. When poet Orrec arrives in town, however, the people begin to garner the courage to rebel against their overlords.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A bit disapointed

  • By Mark on 08-19-10

Not sure why so many complaints about the performer

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

I didn’t find the reader the best I have heard, but she got the job done. I thought the story and characters were interesting. The two cultures were a little black and white in the beginning, but considering who is telling the story it makes sense and nuances come out over time as She matures.

Really do not get the relationship to the young Ald which eventually is just dropped.

Almost all the “action”in this story is off screen, but that makes sense considering who the story teller is.

  • Tech World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 3
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,091

The Galactics arrived with their Battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spanned the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In the third book in the series, James McGill is deployed on another alien world. His third interstellar tour is different in every way. Rather than meeting up with a primitive society, this time he’s headed to an advanced world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dying isn’t enough this time

  • By Don Gilbert on 12-13-14

Series gets worse with each book

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

Reviewed: 12-13-17

Main character uses alcohol to sleep with women and acts in a way that no soldier ever would be allowed to. I can’t remember when I have read a book with such an unpleasant main character. I go the first three books via a sale and the reviews were goo, but I hope that this one helps others from avoiding the same purchase I made.

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  • Dust World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 2
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,867
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,858

The Galactics arrived with their Battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spans the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In 2122 a lost colony expedition contacts Earth, surprising our government. Colonization is against Galactic Law, and Legion Varus is dispatched to the system to handle the situation. Earth gave them sealed orders, but Earth is 35 lightyears away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They’re back ready to die; again

  • By Don Gilbert on 07-07-14

Contrived story and flat characters

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

Reviewed: 11-30-17

This one made even less sense than book one. The legion appears to be terrible at fighting and the troops don’t follow orders and the ones that are the most disobedient are the main characters but nothing happens to them.

The ending is silly and hand waving to eliminate a false crisis.

  • The Monster Hunter Files

  • By: Larry Correia, Jonathan Maberry, Faith Hunter, and others
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Bailey Carr, Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,012
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,819
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,809

For well over a century, Monster Hunter International has kept the world safe from supernatural threats small and large - and, in some cases, very, very large. Now, join us as MHI opens their archives for the first time. From experienced hunters on their toughest cases, to total newbies' initial encounters with the supernatural, The Monster Hunter Files reveals the secret history of the world's most elite monster fighting force.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like most short story collections, a mixed bag

  • By Michael G. Potter on 10-27-17

Like most short story collections, a mixed bag

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

Reviewed: 10-27-17

Performances were well done. Most stories were a big intro and a battle and ended, not much more to them than that. They were entertaining, some more than others, but not enough to merit a full 5 stars for story.

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