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  • Frontlines, Book 6
  • By: Marko Kloos
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,129
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,008
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,002

Earth's armed forces have stopped the Lanky advance and chased their ships out of the solar system, but for CDC officer Andrew Grayson, the war feels anything but won. On Mars, the grinding duty of flushing out the twenty-meter-tall alien invaders from their burrows underground is wearing down troops and equipment at an alarming rate. And for the remaining extrasolar colonies, the threat of a Lanky attack is ever present.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Meeting up with old friends that you actually miss

  • By Mgarneau on 01-10-18

More slow evolution of a good universe.

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

Reviewed: 01-27-18

If you are reading this review, I am assuming you've read the earlier books in the series.

If not do that.. Don't jump in on book 6.. Are you crazy?

For every other faithful reader you have undoubtedly been saying to yourself for the last 5 novels:

"Ok .... build some Mecha."

"Nukes? did you ever see Godzilla?"

"Have you considered Mecha?"

"Really heavy caliber rifles for your infantry seem like bad strategy in a Godzilla fight....: Maybe something more giant-ish robot-ish?"

You will of course continue to be disappointed. But keep the faith brothers and sisters.

Keep the faith.


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  • Shadow of Victory

  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 37 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 584
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 542
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 538

Sometimes things don't work out exactly as planned. The Mesan Alignment has a plan - one it's been working on for centuries. A plan to remake the galaxy and genetically improve the human race - its way. Until recently things have gone pretty much as scheduled, but then the Alignment hit a minor bump in the road called the Star Empire of Manticore. So the Alignment engineered a war between the Solarian League, the biggest and most formidable interstellar power in human history.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • this is a rehash of other books

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-06-16

Hard to like.

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

Reviewed: 02-26-17

David Weber's books have generally now become "20+ hours of dialogue between rotating pairs of characters."

Which is fine because usually he's moving a BIG story along, This whole shadow series has been about looking at the same events through different sets of dialogue.

The reader knows EXACTLY whats going to happen. There are no surprises. NOTHING is added that wasn't in previous books.

The whole exercise seems wildly unnecessary.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Maestro

  • Legend of Drizzt: Homecoming, Book II
  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,087
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,896
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,899

Something terrible, unspeakable, immense has come to Menzoberranzan and is leaving death and destruction in its wake. The primordial of Gauntlgrym stirs, sending Cattie-brie and Gromph to Luskan and the ruins of the only power that can keep the beast in check. The damage of the Darkening, of war, and of a demon-ravaged Underdark has sent cracks out across the North. Some of this damage may never be repaired.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AWESOME !!!

  • By George on 04-13-16

Good moments buried in piles of blah

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

Reviewed: 05-04-16

I don't know if RA Salvatore is a writer who has jumped the proverbial shark or just that my expectations have gotten higher as I got older. Its possibly a bit of both. There were some highlights in the book, glimpses of quality writing and plot, but they were sandwiched between long bouts of endlessly repetitive "Drow Infighting." which has been interesting in the past but is now so repetitive that it has just became stone dull. This book is a big step down from the previous book Archmage which had many of the same problems, but which had a significantly better cool/blah ratio.

So if you Archmage was a borderline book for you, stop there.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Life in Shadows

  • By: Elliott Kay
  • Narrated by: Tess Irondale
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 713
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668

All it takes is a single brush with the supernatural to change a life forever. Some choose the path of magic and shadow willingly. Others never see the hand of magic as it shapes their fortunes. They face the extraordinary with nothing but courage and wits to guide them. Some mortals become trapped in the conflict between angels and demons and find themselves forever changed. For all too many, the shadows lead only to untimely ends.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tess made this one.

  • By Avid reader on 03-31-16

More of the same from Elliot Kay, and that's great

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

Reviewed: 03-21-16

If you are even looking at this book it is assumed you've listened to Good Intentions and Natural Consequences. If not.... Listen to Good Intentions and Natural Comsequences...

But assuming you have. It's more of the same, and that's pretty good. Elliot Kay doesn't have nearly the following his work deserves and Tess Irondale once again knocks it completely out of the park as one of the best and perhaps most under employed narrators on Audible.

(seriously Tess... if you're reading this.. anyone who isn't using you to narrate their female protagonist is making a noteable career mistake.)

Once again my only criticism is too much sexual content; a crutch Elliot Kay really doesn't need and is perhaps keeping his work from a wider audience. It is at least extraordinarily well written sexual content so if you're back for that you won't be disapointed.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ex-Isle

  • Ex-Heroes, Book 5
  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Mark Boyett, Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,065
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,053

The heroes are overjoyed when they discover another group of survivors living on a manmade island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. But there's something very, very wrong with this isolated community and its mysterious leader - a secret that could put every survivor in the world at risk.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The superheroes head out to sea.

  • By Lore on 04-09-16

Seems Bad Clines, Like Bad Pizza, Is still Good!

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

Reviewed: 02-27-16

The two key ingredients in good zombie stories are that its fear and panic that are the real threats, not the zombies, and that nobody is ever safe.

The two Key Ingredients in a Superhero story is that the good guys win, and that that heroes faced with a moral dilemma make the right choices.

Peter Cline's Ex series started out with its feet firmly planted in both genres, but has been slowly shifting away from being a zombie story to a pure superhero story. He's trying... but you can see his heart isn't in it. Clines likes these characters too much.

Its still a very good listen. Peter Clines, at his worst is still a MUST use of a credit. However, this is probably his weakest work to date. Not that I'm saying not to buy it, its just that I'm looking forward to his next 14 Book rather than his next Ex-Heroes book. (I'll buy both).

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Natural Consequences

  • By: Elliott Kay
  • Narrated by: Tess Irondale
  • Length: 22 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,752
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,654
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,658

The exciting sequel to Good Intentions! Alex Carlisle has enough to deal with even on quiet days. Living with an angel and a succubus is no easy feat. One has divine responsibilities she can't explain, and the other tempts him toward a decadent lifestyle he's not sure he can manage. Add to that the stresses of college and trying to hold down a job, and it's lucky Alex can even keep his head on straight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I would like to listen to more

  • By Pathrusim Keaffaber on 10-27-15

2/3rd Very Well Written Urban Fantasy 1/3rd Porn.

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

Reviewed: 01-31-16

First thing you need to know going in that 1/3rd to 1/4 of the run-time of this audio-book is intensively graphic sex scenes.

The rest of the time is spent on a really well written Urban Fantasy story. Seriously? An edited down version of this; a 14 hour cut that removed the erotica, would make this a top entry in the urban fantasy genre.

I don't buy erotica on Audible so I have nothing to compare it to but I'm going to venture that a 7 hour edit of all the erotica would be a top tier entry in that genre.

The two together? I found it distracting,

Elliot Kay is a damn good writer, and Tess Irondale does a phenomenal job with her narration. I look forward to more great content from either/both of them.


6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Destroyermen: Straits of Hell

  • Destroyermen, Book 10
  • By: Taylor Anderson
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 17 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,139
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,053
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,053

Matt Reddy's old Asiatic Fleet destroyer USS Walker has been mysteriously transported to an alternate version of earth. Here, WWII is no longer raging, and Reddy and his crew have been trying to find a new place for themselves in this strange new world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More of the Same - And That's a Good Thing!

  • By Daryl on 07-11-15

Sad slow decline of a once fun series.

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

Reviewed: 05-27-15

If you're reading a review for Destroyermen Book 10 it stands likely that you've read 1-9, so I will assume you have read and enjoyed them. And if you're the type thats going to buy this book regardless, don't let me stop you.

However if you're on the edge, if the decline in the coherency of the story over the last 2 or 3 books has soured you and you're on the fence about giving the series another credit or perhaps buying something else...

Buy something else.

Taylor Anderson has milked this series just a bit to far. His world have become hopelessly bloated with both characters and nations. The once energetic storytelling is now disjointed as Anderson tries to cover too many people doing too little.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Freehold

  • Freehold, Book 1
  • By: Michael Z. Williamson
  • Narrated by: Molly Elston
  • Length: 21 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 340

Sergeant Kendra Pacelli is innocent, but that doesn't matter to the repressive government pursuing her. Mistakes might be made, but they are never acknowledged, especially when billions of embezzled dollars earned from illegal weapons sales are at stake. But where does one run when all Earth and most settled planets are under the aegis of one government? Answer: The Freehold of Grainne.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow ! great story and homage to Heinlein

  • By Jon on 04-09-15

A fun addition to the Conserve-a-porn genre

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

Reviewed: 02-27-15

Freehold is a fun addition to the niche Conserve-a-porn sub-genre. For those unfamiliar, Conserve-a-porn is sci-fi stories where the heroes use libertarian, conservative values to overcome alien and/or liberal overlords, usually while engaging in a great deal of sex. "Liberlas" are universally presented as cartoonishly stupid. To those who this growing sub-genre might appeal are suggested to explore the works of John Ringo, the master of the art.

You don't necessarily need to be conservative to enjoy conserve-a-porn, although I imagine it helps. If your poilitcal leanings lie elsewhere the book presents an interesting perspective into the conservative mindset, and to that extent is socially relevant.

Politics aside, Freehold is rather well written. If the the feasibility of the Libertarian Utopia requires some suspension of disbelief and refusal to apply common sense I would point out that this is science-fiction, and that you the listener have already signed on to do that.

Once you accept the premise of the story the characters are interesting and the evil liberals buffoonish enough that their inevitable demise is enjoyable. The narration by Molly Elston is truly excellent, and clocking in at 21 hours its not a bad use of a credit, especially if you listen to audiobooks as part of a long commute.

21 of 35 people found this review helpful

  • Skin Game

  • A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,178
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,915
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,843

Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back.

  • By Don Gilbert on 05-29-14

Jim Butcher and James Marsters Bring Their A game.

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

Reviewed: 06-03-14

Is you're read Dresden Files 1-14 this review is irrelevant, you know what quality to expect. If you haven't read 1-14 you owe it to yourself to read them, and really owe it to your friends to get them to read them as well. They';ll thank you for it.

This is another BIG book, in that there is major development in a lot of the characters.

If I have any complaint its that the book references a number of short stories butcher has written for various anthologyseries that haven't been collected in one place yet. And I hope that another collection of Dresden short stories will be offered soon.

  • The First Days

  • As the World Dies, Book 1
  • By: Rhiannon Frater
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 880
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 805
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 802

The morning that the world ends, Katie is getting ready for court and housewife Jenni is taking care of her family. Less than two hours later, they are fleeing for their lives from a zombie horde. Thrown together by circumstance, Jenni and Katie become a powerful zombie-killing partnership, mowing down zombies as they rescue Jenni's stepson, Jason, from an infected campground.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for my demographic

  • By Garth on 02-08-12

My life is to short to finish this audiobook.

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

Reviewed: 01-19-14

This audio-book started off so strong, the first few hours were great zombie fiction. A bit formulaic but a story well told and well narrated. Then it crashes into a badly written harlequin romance. We're talking about two women, both widowed and 72 hours into the zombie apocalypse who start competing for the favor of a guy. The level of "shark jumping here" is epic. I can envision the author with the novel 1/2 way done showing it to a friend and saying:

"What do you think?"

"Needs Romance...."

"But I don't know how to write romance, and it would make no sense in context..."

"JUST DO IT!"

2 of 3 people found this review helpful