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  • Sovereign

  • By: Jeff Hirsch
  • Narrated by: Jesse Einstein
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,291
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10,435
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,433

Micah Cole has been in deep space for three years while his parents chase their obsession with finding intelligence to the far corners of the universe, but Micah dreams of the friends he left behind and counts the days until they return home. When a devastating meteor shower nearly destroys their ship, Micah is separated from his family and stranded on Sovereign, a vast planet of raging rivers, towering forests, and deadly creatures. If Micah ever wants to see his family or his home again, he’ll have to learn to how to survive on a hostile alien world, all alone.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • NOT like the Martian

  • By TrustedReviewer on 02-21-19

Needs work

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19

The storyline just wasn’t there. This book reminds me of the first steps by a novice writer. There was way too much attention given to long descriptions of things. It made me feel like the author was just trying to fill up space to meet a requisite length. I thought “come on, let’s get on with the story”. I also thought that the ending was week. It sort of reminds me of the weak endings of some of Michael Crichton books or “Dorothy clicking her slippers together “ in Wizard of Oz. The alien of this book could have been used for so much more story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,401
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37,294

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

New to me

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

I gave the book 5 stars. Possibly this is because this is the first book I have listened to of his. Regardless, I found the book engrossing. The story twisted and turned which intriguing. The narrator was very fluid with pronunciation of the various places. Overall I enjoyed it.

  • The Lost Artifact

  • By: Vaughn Heppner
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 773
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 716
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712

Star Watch defeated the Swarm Invasion Fleet, but at a terrible cost in destroyed star systems, smashed battleships and billions of dead. In the aftermath of the costly victory, chaos threatens as worlds leave the Commonwealth of Planets, face mass starvation or succumb to increased piracy. The war against the Swarm Imperium has just begun. Humanity needs unity or each planet will fall alone. Brigadier O'Hara of Star Watch Intelligence stumbles onto a secret conspiracy. Someone is trying to destroy the Commonwealth from within, and they have an alien artifact of incredible power. O'Hara summons Captain Maddox. Although she fears to lose him, she knows that Maddox and his crew have the best chance of finding the hidden enemy. If the captain fails, the Commonwealth will be powerless to stop its destruction.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • an unlikable hero

  • By J. Duesterhoeft on 07-26-18

Starting to get old

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

Thinking its about time to wrap this series up. The story is getting old. Very repetitious formula. If another comes out I doubt that I will spend the time to listen. If you had just listened to 2-3 of them it is pretty good storyline. However, I have listened to the entire series and ready to move on to something else with different characters and a different storyline formula.

  • Dark World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 9
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,904
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,631

Two expanding interstellar powers are about to meet in battle. After the collapse of the Cephalopod Kingdom, Humanity claimed the 300 rebellious worlds it left behind. But light years away on the far side of a disputed region, a rival power has begun to move. They're stealing our planets, one at a time. Earth Command decides to invade the center of the frontier to set up an advanced base. The mission to DARK WORLD is highly classified and deadly. Legion Varus spearheads the effort, and James McGill journeys to the stars again. How many ships do they have? How advanced is their tech? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The “Juice Box” Gambit

  • By Don Gilbert on 07-02-18

Another great book in the series.

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

Really loved this book and the entire series. Missed reading them in between publishing. Lots of fun and following the exploits of "The McGill". LOL

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  • Invaders

  • By: Vaughn Heppner
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 712
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 660
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 661

They came from the brightest star in the southern constellation of Carina. First they studied us. Now they're among us, threatening human existence as they search for the Starcore, the greatest device of the lost Polarions. Logan is captured in the Nevada desert but escapes in Greenland. There he finds an extraterrestrial stealth ship, giving him the means to take the battle to the enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By AL on 03-11-17

Less than stellar

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

I found the over all story and action something akin to a junior high or high school level sci-fi book. The hero goes from one major threatening disaster to another (way too many) and then suddenly and miraculously finding some way out. Way too many situations like this. It really started getting monotonous and nauseous. As for the story, giving it 3 stars is being generous. Actually after thinking about this I am going to go back and change it to 2 stars.

The narrator was good as always. Good range of voice altho this book didn’t stretch his abilities since so few characters.

Overall, I give this book 3 stars. If there is a sequel, I certainly hope the author adds much more depth to the story and characters and “grows up” both. If not, I will quit the story and go read something with more depth.

  • Expedition

  • By: Ralph Kern
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Expedition, the explosive second novel in the Locus series.

The sins of the distant past echo far into the future.

An uneasy peace settles over the strange new world into which the M/S Atlantica has been thrust by the Locus. The cruise ship leads her war-weary fleet on its first, tentative steps beyond simple survival. But an expedition to the mainland changes everything, sparking a chain of events leading to a devastating new conflict.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top Shelf series

  • By DobieChuck on 11-06-17

Better

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

This 2nd book is better. The story is stronger and the intrigue is building. The narration is just ok. A stronger narrator would probably lead to an improvement... one with wider vocal range and stronger emotional projection. Regardless, ok but book is better than first. After almost ditching the series after the first book, I am glad I hung in there. Now looking forward to 3rd in series. Thumbs up.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unfathomed

  • By: Ralph Kern
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

After months recuperating in hospital, US Marine Jack Cohen hoped a Caribbean cruise would help him recover from the horrific injuries he sustained fighting in the Middle East. Instead, when the ship is attacked, he is once again thrust into battle to protect Atlantica against the ruthless enemy hunting her, and the insidious threat already aboard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bring me home...

  • By R. J. Thorne on 07-15-17

Hmm. So so

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

Reminds me of the movie Final Countdown. Anyway, mildly entertaining. The narrator did not have a very imaginative and wide range of voices for the characters. As a result, I found it was more than average difficulty remembering who the was and with what group. Character development was lacking which added to that difficulty. Anyway, was torn whether I was willing to listen to next book in series. Finally decided I would give the series another chance hoping it will have its sea legs.

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  • Fear the Survivors

  • The Fear Saga, Book 2
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,033
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,548

The Earth lies shaken in the aftermath of a conspiracy. Some of the smartest minds on the planet have striven for and died in an effort to scour the skies of four vast alien satellites, but their success has brought a terrible vengeance down upon us. While alien agents stalk the Earth, a team of exhausted scientists and military outcasts struggle to fight them among a planet on the brink - the brink of plague, the brink of war, and the brink of an invasion larger than they can possibly imagine. But they have allies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent scifi series, look forward to anything else this author does!

  • By Thomas Gingery on 02-26-16

Refreshing Detail & Story

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

Would you consider the audio edition of Fear the Survivors to be better than the print version?

The character voices add some additional "flavor" to the story yet the printed version also has some strenghts. I have enjoyed both. The audio however, allows me to listen for my 70 minute drive back and forth to work.

What other book might you compare Fear the Survivors to and why?

hmmm. Hard to say. This story is a refreshing topic and approach which is why I like it. To me it is different. A clock is ticking yet the detail is there as to how mankind gets ready for it. Reminds me some of the John Ringo stories.

Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes and this one is right up there. His voice characterizations are not overly done yet enough of a difference you can tell who the character is.

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

Excited that ii was different than the run of the mill Earth in danger stories.

Any additional comments?

Excellent book and highly recommend because it is different.

  • Paradise

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 3
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,080
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,238

While the crew of the starship Flying Dutchman have been trying to assure people that hostile aliens do not have access to Earth, the UN Expeditionary Force has been stranded on the planet they nicknamed "Paradise". The Flying Dutchman is headed back out on another mission, and the UN wants the ship to find out the status of the humans on Paradise.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • R C Bray never disappoints.

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-11-17

Skippy Steals the Show

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

Reviewed: 09-22-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I highly recommend this book to any of my friends. Great stroyline, characters and hilariously funny. There are parts where I laughed so hard tears ran down my cheeks. Fantastic all around good book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Skippy by far is my favorite character with of course Col. Joe right behind. The back and forth banter is hilarious. There inter-relationship has continued to grow thoughout these books.

What about R.C. Bray’s performance did you like?

Bray is excellent. His character voices make the book and add tremendously to the comedy.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

By far and away, my favorite spot is when the enemy was going to take the 3 ships and have fun hunting and killing the humans. Skippy proceeds to manipulate the "accidental" destruction of the 3 ships and the entire base. Skippy's narrative of the on-going events were absolutely hilarious. This is no doubt my favorite moment of all 3 books. This is the point where I am laughing so hard driving, that I had to pull onto the shoulder with tears running down my cheeks. I went back and replayed the scene 3 times.

Any additional comments?

This series has been great and I can't wait until the 4th book comes out. Action plus plenty of comedy.

  • SpecOps

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 2
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,360
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,165

Colonel Joe Bishop made a promise, and he's going to keep it: taking the captured alien starship Flying Dutchman back out. He doesn't agree when the UN decides to send almost 70 elite Special Operations troops, hotshot pilots, and scientists with him; the mission is a fool's errand he doesn't expect to ever return from. At least this time, the Earth is safe, right? Not so much.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Repetitive and watered-down

  • By Daniel on 04-26-17

Skippy still steals the show

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

Reviewed: 09-20-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Absolutely time well spent. Good story line although this book was not quite up to the 1st book. Still getting lots of laughs from Skippy.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

A little more character development on some of the other characters

What about R.C. Bray’s performance did you like?

Superb.He captures to different voices very good and he puts the intonation in the voices to maje it enjoyable and easy to visualize the characters.

Could you see SpecOps being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes I could although Hollywood would prabably screw it up. Of course the stars would be Col. Joe and Skippy. Great thought would have to be given into the appearance of Skippy. Can't be too sophisticated yet not so campy it looks corny. The other characters would be steady supporting cast. Show would have to hve believable action and suspense yet have those few special moments of hilarious comic relief. Would be a hard balance to strike.

Any additional comments?

I have never read any SciFi book or non-scifi book that has given me so many laughs. I listen to these books driving back and forth from my office (75 min. one way). I have actually had to pull over because I was laughing so hard my ribs hurt and tears were streaming down my cheek.As I write this review I have already listend to 3/4 of the 3rd book which is even better. Alanson has great imaginiation and creativity. Very wll don by he and Bray. Great combo.