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  • The Sam Reilly Collection, Volume 2

  • By: Christopher Cartwright
  • Narrated by: David Gilmore
  • Length: 33 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

The offer - $20 billion split between four leading scientists on alternative energies to purchase and then squash their research lines, which include the recent discovery of a powerful new energy source capable of replacing mankind’s reliance on fossil fuels. There’s no doubt their discovery is worth 10 times that much. But will any one of them live if they refuse?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quickly becoming one of my favorite series

  • By Robert on 01-27-19

I want to sit with Sam and Tom and hear the tales.

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

I had to Google Christopher Cartwright to see if he was a pen name of Clive Cussler.
I listened to these three action stories in one sitting (with sleep breaks) and they flowed from start to end on greased rails.
The science isn't deep and the bad guys are not memorable, but you want to meet Sam and Tom and have a few beers and hear their stories.
David Gilmore gives life to the heroes with just enough shading to distinguish the duo. David performs the dialogue as a trained actor, bring life to the adventures.
This is an enjoyable series I can recommend to all adventure fans.
Good job guys.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Astropithecus

  • By: George Saoulidis
  • Narrated by: Ralph Scott
  • Length: 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

An asteroid parks on Earth's orbit, and Alex Jones is sent to collect samples and figure it out. But the passenger is chatty, and his revelations are mind-blowing. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Astropithecus

  • By Tiffany on 01-23-19

An Uplifting Story

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

This well paced and humorous little story will make you laugh and maybe think a little bit.
As we search for other intelligent beings to share with, perhaps we should start at home.
This is a good read well written.
"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • Until Nothing Remains

  • A Gun Play Novel, Volume 1
  • By: C.A. Rudolph
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

The United States has experienced its share of turmoil over the years. Although not particularly as war-torn or stricken with genocide and violent crime as other nations, over time, gun violence and terror attacks have become commonplace on American soil. Never before has the United States been subjected to widespread coordinated terrorist attacks, devastating enough to bring the entire nation to its knees. Until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent twist!!!

  • By Darlene on 10-26-18

Dead-Man's switch on the Apocalypse is released!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

First, I wasn't sure of this one from the sample. It sounded like a hate novel. Fortunately, that was deceptive. Look for another clip to represent this book.
I agree with the party that found this book over way to soon. Rudolph can tell a compelling story. You will want more, so let's hope he gets the next out quickly.
The story crosses genres, including action thriller, apocalyptic, espionage with a little prepper thrown in and CA Rudolph blends the genres masterfully. The characters are a bit bigger than life but have enough depth to keep your interest and root for them (even the wife-husband assassin team). The plot is not hard to believe given real world events and the results and reactions already witnessed (shiver here).
Kevin Pierce gives a superior performance and drives the action like a Daytona race car. I'm going to look for more of his work.
Other reviewers give a good description of the story so I won't rehash. I will say that I was impressed by my first taste of CA Rudolph's talents.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Last of the Nighthawks

  • By: Greg Dragon
  • Narrated by: Cari Scholtens
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Helga Ate is finally getting her chance. Chosen for a coveted slot in the glorious Nighthawks, Special Forces, she will certainly be able to prove herself as more than a half-alien outcast. But when her team deploys to the moon of Dyn, tragedy strikes, and Helga is put to the ultimate test - survival. Facing insurmountable odds and escaping torture, Helga and her mentor, Cilas Mec, are forced to face a fate worse than death. Battling brain-eating aliens and human pirates, the odds are stacked against them in every way. The rescue should be coming.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't enjoy it.

  • By Jeff M. on 11-14-18

Classic space opera that keeps you wanting more!

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

I just found Greg Dragon and I like his style and story line in the (hoped to be) series.
This is space opera at its best. Although the science is a bit light, the action is good, the pacing is fast and the plotting but for a hiccup when Helga escapes from the Geralos, is smooth.
A coming of age for a young woman, Helga Ata, making her bones but it does not rely on flashbacks for back stories. This smooth progression helps keep your interest up (I did the entire book at one sitting).
The narrator, Cari Scholtens moves the story and successfully portrays the different characters convincingly.
The novel announces itself as first in the Lady Hellgate series, although there was a previous Lady Hellgate novel about 60% the length of this. I really enjoyed the tension between the protagonists over the obvious betrayal they faced. The question was resolved in good order but feeling had been strained and that situation will take longer to clear.
Good job Greg. Polish the next installment and stick with the performer and you will have a series with legs.
A good read.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Gabriel: Zero Point: The FREE Prequel Novella
    Evan Gabriel Trilogy
    
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    Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
    2,002 ratings
    Overall 3.8
  • Gabriel: Zero Point: The FREE Prequel Novella

  • Evan Gabriel Trilogy
  • By: Steve Umstead
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,002
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,772
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,765

Evan Gabriel wasn't always a feared and respected North American Federation Navy Commander. Before dangerous missions to the ice-bound planet of Poliahu, the deadly jungle world of Eden, and politically corrupt Mars, he was a simple recruit, fighting to make his mark in the elite Naval Special Forces…and was part of a top-secret military experiment that would change his life forever. Zero Point tells the tale of a young man faced with difficult choices and dangerous trials.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • 100% Narration Failure

  • By Sean Vikoren on 03-10-17

Super soldiers carry their past too

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

A good, fast paced space opera featuring nanotech soldiers and the burden of their abilities.
This prequel introduces Gabriel Evans before he became a super soldier and carries us through his creation.
The series is enhanced by this addition.
The narrator does an excellent job portraying all the characters. Ray Chase performs the work in a good voice and easily allows you to identify the different characters. He helps the action flow and he gives a bit of humanity to Gabriel Evans.
This performance enhances the desirability of the series. If you like some well rendered military action in a space opera, this is a great choice.

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  • Purgatory of the Werewolf

  • The Wolf of Dorian Gray Series, Book 2
  • By: Brian Ference
  • Narrated by: Alex Hyde-White Punch Audio
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Dorian survived being eaten alive, but time is running out to save himself and his loved ones before the full moon. He flees England and enlists with the Royal Navy hoping to escape the monster. But will his ship carry him to a new life before the full moon or plunge him into the horror of war? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I hadn't pictured this kind of Werewolf

  • By Ray Johnson on 10-04-18

Nouveau gothic at its best!

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

Other reviews here have covered the story probably better than I could, I hope to cover the feel of this work.
This is a fantasy that uses several gothic characters creatively.
Imagine that a portrait of a wolf cub and a man could act as a mechanism to meld fates.
Dorian is the benefactor? of the melding of wolf and man. Now rock out a story or series. Brian has managed this in a very entertaining sequel to "The Wolf Of Dorian Gray".
Brian brings the other classic gothic characters together seamlessly. He gives a backstory to Van Helsing that adds life to that character not evident in Stoker's "Dracula". Well done.
Other authors have been successful in bringing some classic characters such as Theodora Goss in her "Extraordinary Adventures Of The Athena Club" series.
Brian's writing, plotting and characters are every bit as good as Goss's. He paces the story and action well without losing the gothic feel. I hope he gets recognition and is rewarded for his work.
I don't want to slight the narrator. Alex Hyde-White has a voice as compelling as George Guidall. He is a perfect performer for this audiobook. I truly hope to here much more from him. I use Goodreads extensively, and he has not been credited on his efforts. I will begin to correct that with this entry in Goodreads.
For lovers of this genre or anyone who would listen to a compelling performance, this is a don't miss.

  • Liberty Station

  • The Humanity Unlimited Saga, Book 1
  • By: Terry Mixon
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Deep in the Guatemalan jungle, buried beneath a forgotten Mayan pyramid, an earth-shattering secret sits waiting. Its discovery will rip apart the illusion that humanity is alone in the universe. Engaged in a life-and-death struggle for the future of mankind, Harry Rogers and Jess Cook are forced to protect this secret from the most despicable foes imaginable. They must race across the globe to complete Liberty Station, the first true interplanetary ship. Only then can they search for the shocking truth behind what they've found. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hybrid Science Fiction

  • By cosmitron on 08-04-18

Rocket ride thriller with a dysfunctional family

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

This is an action/thriller placed in the near future where the space race has been opened to multinational corporations. The human technology levels are within of near future probability and has the alien artifacts wild card that can give us gee whiz in an ongoing series.

Narrator Veronica Giguere usually gives a superior performance. She uses her voice to bring drama and life to characters.
She differentiates female characters in “Empire of Bones” series very well, so I was surprised how blandly Jess Cook, the female lead in Liberty Station is portrayed. Jess is key because she has a subtle control of Harry Rogers, the male lead, and his father. She needs to take control of the series. Veronica's character development can guide the feel of this trilogy in future.

The action is first rate similar to Jeremy Robinson or Brad Thor. The male characters seem a bit flat, but this may be intentional both to keep the pace of the work up and to leave room for development in this series.

Terry uses the tropes of mother and father issues, and an evil brother to give the action a telenovela feel. All it's missing are opposing identical twins.


  • Restriction

  • The Rise of Magic, Book 1
  • By: CM Raymond, LE Barbant, Michael Anderle
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

She didn't mean to use magic. She didn't even know she had magic. She just wanted to save her brother, who was dying in her arms. Accused of using illegal magic, and sentenced to a cruel death at the hands of the city's guards, Hannah has no choice but to trust in the aid of a strange old man who wields unimaginable power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By Theresa Horton on 09-16-18

Transcendency is Magic!

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

I usually restrict my fantasy to urban fantasy and space operas, but I enjoyed this story.
I found the characters engaging and the action unforced.
The premise of magic developing as an offshoot of technological apocalypse that leaves the survivors with various levels of magic. Most don't realize their gifts. This story concerns a young lady with exceptional undeveloped talents.
The bad guys hunt her and finally use her family to bring her out of hiding.
This is the first of the series, but it is based on a universe deeply explored in the many other Kurtherian Universe novels.

  • Troubleshooters: The Longest Joke Ever Told

  • By: Ian Thomas Healy
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Patrella
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

Live fast, die young, leave a good-looking corpse. Such is the credo of the modern mercenary in the economic downturn of the late 2040s. Three such antiheroes are brought together by a billionaire for a unique search-and-retrieval mission. If they succeed, they'll walk away free and clear with a big fat payday. But if they fail... Well, things will go badly for them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Troubleshooters

  • By MANI on 06-19-18

Healy puts crack in the popcorn with this novel.

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

What did you love best about Troubleshooters: The Longest Joke Ever Told?

Many stories that have an adversarial artificial intelligence would use it as the main story line. The same with corrupt religious leaders, rampaging cyborgs, out of control hackers and drug deals gone bad.
In Troubleshooters, these themes are mere story arcs.
Healy keeps taking you higher.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Angel, the assassin dominates the story and holds your attention at gun point. She focuses the action and characters at just about every part of the novel. Even when others antics are center stage such as Camaro's chase near the beginning, the action lands at Angels feet. Angels energy pushes the story right to the punchline.

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

I can't recall any other works I have heard narrated by Nicholas Patrella, but he did a good job differentiating the characters tonally. His performance helped carry the story along. His energy in the action sequences, especially, riveted your attention.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I could see Troubleshooters as a movie or better yet a miniseries. The international venues and exotic tech would give each episode a different focus. The series has action, gadgets and a bag of chips.

Any additional comments?

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Star Crusader: Dreadnought

  • By: Michael G. Thomas
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

Nate and his video gamer friends are given the chance of a lifetime, a six-month tour aboard the Alliance’s newest battleship, ANS Dreadnought. Two years at the Academy has tested Nate’s flying, combat, and technical skills to the limit. But nothing will come close to his greatest test. Captain Gaunt, one of the Alliance’s most decorated officers plans to use Dreadnought to start a war, one that will engulf the region and cost many lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK

  • By Layla on 03-12-18

Good space opera for a drive.

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

Would you listen to Star Crusader: Dreadnought again? Why?

I'm not sure I would listen to Star Crusader: Dreadnought a second time if I were reading the series. This is the type of series I collect and, when they are complete, I binge read it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Crusader: Dreadnought?

The story flows smoothly from action to action after a slow start. The action subtly builds with out jilting revelations or twists. It is a very smooth read.

What does Andrew B. Wehrlen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Andrew B. Wehrlen does a yeoman’s job reading the book to us. I am a fan of his, and I know he does better. I believe the speed of the audio is a major contributing factor. My impression tis the playback was speeded up. I have never liked the machine gun feel of dialogue and storytelling at even 1.10 X normal. This performance feels like that.

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

The story reminds me of some of R. A. Heinlein’s juvenile works. That’s not to say the themes, war, death and betrayal, are particularly juvenile. The situations that precipitate the young cadets into making life and death decisions are pushing contrived. The characters are two dimensional, but lack of character development is almost a hallmark of YA fiction. The science is almost anachronistic for warships in the interstellar arena with barely a nod to AI.
With the negatives out of the way, the story itself addresses issues of race hatred and bigotry in a manner that does not browbeat the reader.

Any additional comments?

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."