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  • The Empire of Bones Saga, Volume 1

  • By: Terry Mixon
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 26 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

Looking for military science fiction and grand adventure on a galaxy-spanning scale? If dead empires, galactic exploration, civilization-threatening war, and the battle for the future of humanity sounds interesting, this is the series for you! This box set omnibus edition includes the first three books in The Empire of Bones Saga plus a bonus story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cannot wait to read the rest of this epic saga!

  • By Steven L. Lindauer on 06-21-18

Real potential

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

Enjoyable read. In the vein of Webber’s darak series. It could use a good editor and a rewrite, but worth the read.

Pity about the narrator

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ascendant: Book 1

  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,663
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,331

The Wizard's Council of Tarador was supposed to tell young Koren Bladewell that he is a wizard. They were supposed to tell everyone that he is not a jinx, that all the bad things that happen around him are because he can't control the power inside him, power he doesn't know about. The people of his village, even his parents, are afraid of him, afraid he is cursed. That he is a dangerous, evil jinx.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A skeptic entertained

  • By David M on 11-22-17

Needs development but interesting

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

Very vague with many undefined plot points that are repeatedly underdeveloped. A protagonist that is simply defined as ‘the enemy’. The story needs a solid editor and perhaps a revision. Having said that there is enough in the story to encourage me to willingly read the next book.

  • The Heavenly Host

  • Demons of Astlan Series, Book 2
  • By: J. L. Langland
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 27 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 793
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 793

Tom Perkinje, the reluctant Greater Demon and recent transplant from Harding, New Jersey, to the Abyss, has defeated and captured the not-so-valiant Sir Talarius, Knight Rampant of Tiernon, and has humiliated and demoralized the army known as the Rod of Tiernon. Unfortunately, to do so, he had to hack the mana streams between the god Tiernon and his High Priests, and now his buddies are telling him that Tiernon is going to send a Host to investigate this unprecedented event.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • we need book 3!

  • By Pierre on 06-14-17

More Please

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

Second book is even better than the 1st.

Well worth a book credit.

I cant wait for next months credit for the next book in the series.

There had better be a book 4,5,6,7,8,9, etc!

  • Into the Abyss

  • Demons of Astlan Series, Book 1
  • By: J. L. Langland
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 24 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,066
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 998

It turns out, the "Demon Weed" actually is a gateway drug! Who knew? Tom Perkinje certainly didn't. He had never smoked anything in his life, but as the new kid in town trying to make friends, he foolishly let his new buddy Reggie talk him into trying a joint that he'd picked up from a new dealer. Before he knew it, Tom was having a seriously bad trip; a total out-of-body experience where the world had dissolved around him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I didn't like it at first...

  • By Sean on 06-08-17

Great Fun

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

Traditional D&D campaign in a completely different perspective. LOADS of fund.

I highly recommend it.

  • To Honor You Call Us

  • Man of War, Book 1
  • By: H. Paul Honsinger
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,609
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,606

The Terran Union is engaged in a vast interstellar war against the Krag Ruthless aliens intent on exterminating humankind. In 2315, the wily Max Robichaux is given command of the USS Cumberland, a destroyer with state-of-the-art capabilities but a combat record so bad, she’s known as the “Cumberland Gap.” Capt. Robichaux’s first mission: to take his warship to the Free Corridor, where the Krag have secretly been buying strategic materials, and to seize or destroy any ships carrying enemy cargo.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyed the story

  • By Stephanie Pitts on 03-19-14

Starts out a little rocky but really improves.,

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

Reviewed: 01-22-17

Both the story and the narrator start out a little rocky and confused. After they settle in the audio book definitely gets better. I had no hesitation in buying the next two books in t he series immediately after finishing the 1st book.

  • Lucifer: Soldiers, Serpents, and Sin, Book 1: A Clash of Lightning & Thunder

  • By: David Taylor II
  • Narrated by: Chris Wakefield
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 4

During his first 1,000 years of life in The Realm, Lucifer becomes an authentic superstar. All of his fellow brethren adore him and the passionate way he leads worship. His best friend Michael has been cheering him on since literally lifting him out of his Creation Cocoon. And then it happens. An unexpected rift between Lucifer and Michael inaugurates Lucifer onto the path of rebellion. While smiling at his best friend every day, Lucifer begins to amass custom-designed weapons. His rebellion will everything.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Its a mess.

  • By Joel on 01-09-17

Its a mess.

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

Reviewed: 01-09-17

This book is a mess. In complete need of a rewrite and an editor.

Interesting idea but simply not ready to be published.

  • Fire with Fire

  • Caine Riordan, Book 1
  • By: Charles E. Gannon
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 456

2105, September: Intelligence Analyst Caine Riordan uncovers a conspiracy on Earth's Moon - a history-making clandestine project - and ends up involuntarily cryocelled for his troubles. Twelve years later, Riordan awakens to a changed world. Humanity has achieved faster-than-light travel and is pioneering nearby star systems. And now, Riordan is compelled to become an inadvertent agent of conspiracy himself. Riordan's mission: travel to a newly settled world and investigate whether a primitive local species was once sentient - enough so to have built a lost civilization.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Would have been good as 1950s SF

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-13-15

Not mil fi

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

Reviewed: 08-25-14

Story written by a left wing public servant. Military is paper cut outs whom are perfectly obedient to smarter bureaucratic masters. Hero is super smart and condescending.

This rubbish is definitely NOT milfi. It's just a poor effort. How it ever got published I don't know.

15 of 49 people found this review helpful

  • Capital in the Twenty-First Century

  • By: Thomas Piketty, Arthur Goldhammer (translator)
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 24 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,220
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,206

What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Audio format still useful to get the gist of it

  • By Kazuhiko on 06-14-14

Self serving propaganda for the stupid

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

Reviewed: 07-21-14

Typical socialist self serving propaganda for the stupid. The guy can't add up, ignores countervailing evidence, and has the academic standards of a teenager. How in the hell this guy even got published raises serious concerns. Do not kid yourself that this is a serious book. It belongs in the fiction section, If not the bin.

12 of 47 people found this review helpful

  • Cauldron of Ghosts

  • Honorverse Wages of Sin, Book 3
  • By: David Weber, Eric Flint
  • Narrated by: Peter Larkin
  • Length: 22 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540

The Mesan Alignment: a centuries-old cabal that seeks to impose its vision of a society dominated by genetic rank onto the human race. Now the conspiracy stands exposed by spies Anton Zilwicki and Victor Cachat - one an agent of Honor Harrington’s Star Kingdom of Manticore, the other a Havenite operative. The outing of the Alignment has turned the galaxy’s political framework topsy-turvy. Old coalitions have disintegrated. New alliances have been born.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Spies in Mesa

  • By Jean on 05-07-14

I'm sorry but this is an insult to honor

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

Reviewed: 05-14-14

I've tried three times to listen to this one. I love webers books. The honor Harrington series is one of my all time favourites. But this one is just BAD. Maybe it's the narrator, or maybe because the narrator in the real series is just so good by comparison. Do not waste your time or effort on this one, it's an insult to Honor.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Emperor of Thorns

  • The Broken Empire, Book 3
  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

Lawrence brings the Broken Empire series to its devastating conclusion. The path to the throne is broken - only the broken can walk it. The world is cracked and time has run through, leaving us clutching at the end days. These are the days that have waited for us all our lives. These are my days. I will stand before the Hundred and they will listen. I will take the throne no matter who stands against me, living or dead, and if I must be the last emperor then I will make of it such an ending. This is where the wise man turns away. This is where the holy kneel and call on God.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Verry good

  • By Anonymous User on 05-29-17

Surprisingly good

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

Reviewed: 10-10-13

Series started poorly. The book overly and uncomfortably and too realistically focused on the brutality and misery of defenceless children and random murder. However by the end of the series it all made a point. This series is definitely above average and worth the read. Perhaps this author will be worth future consideration in any new series.