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  • Warship

  • Black Fleet Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,845
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,816

In the 25th century, humans have conquered space. The advent of faster-than-light travel has opened up hundreds of habitable planets for colonization, and humans have exploited the virtually limitless space and resources for hundreds of years with impunity. So complacent have they become with the overabundance that armed conflict is a thing of the past, and their machines of war are obsolete and decrepit. What would happen if they were suddenly threatened by a terrifying new enemy?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A compelling and satisfying underdog space opera

  • By Elliot on 12-22-15

feels like a ww2 submarine story

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

It really feels like authentic naval action in space, rather than 'pew pew' over the top action. Very well done.

  • Space Knight

  • By: Michael-Scott Earle
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,089
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,086

In a universe where technology and magic co-exist, Nicholas Lyons desires one thing: to serve his queen as a Space Knight in the Royal Trident Forces. But when his final mission as an Academy cadet goes horribly wrong, Nicholas discovers he possesses illegal magical abilities that grant him power far beyond that of a normal man, knight, or mage. When a clandestine assignment lands Nicholas on the worst starship in the kingdom’s fleet, he finds a motley crew of warriors hiding their own terrible secret. Death and betrayal lurk around every corner.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • MSE writes another almost, pretty good book.

  • By Christopher on 08-21-18

must be some of author's early work

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

Not as well written as Tamer or the Destroyer series, but entertaining enough. I suspect thIs was an early work of Michael Scott Earle's.The main character is forehead slapping dumb, and the plot is rather predictable, but the narrator does a terrific job, and unlike many sci fi authors these days, at least the characters are each unique. I'm going to try the second book out since for whatever reason the last Destroyer and next Tamer books aren't up on Audible yet, but jury's out on whether I'll stick with this one to the end.

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  • The Ember War

  • Publisher's Pack, Books 1-2
  • By: Richard Fox
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,915
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,908

The Ember War, book 1: The Earth is doomed. Humanity has a chance. In the near future, an alien probe arrives on Earth with a pivotal mission: to determine if humanity has what it takes to survive the impending invasion by a merciless armada. The probe discovers Marc Ibarra, a young inventor who holds the key to a daring gambit that could save a fraction of Earth's population. Humanity's only chance lies with Ibarra's ability to keep a terrible secret and engineer the planet down the narrow path to survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want to be ARMOUR

  • By bhagat on 04-30-17

A little anime in flavor but good.

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

Reviewed: 05-12-17

There's a wide range of character personalities, which is too rare in sci fi. It's a fairly unique story too. The anime component I refer to have to do with these super soldiers who basically live inside giant robots. It's done well enough that it doesn't seem cheesy, and the author pokes fun at it with some anime references in there.

The only major gripe I had was with this odd back story for the U.S. participating in some future crusade after Islam takes over Europe. U.S. troops wear a cross their shoulders and drive the Muslims out since they're basically killing anyone who won't convert. It seemed like a bit of an odd xenophobic tangent for the author to go off on that didn't play into anything else in the overall plot. As a devote agnostic, like I suspect most introspective sci fi readers are, I dislike religious xelotry of any flavor, including Christian, and this odd vision for the future of the U.S. made me feel disconnected from the protagonists. It was just weird. But, again, it was a minor subplot and overall I liked the book.

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  • Calamity

  • The Reckoners, Book 3
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,049
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,442

When Calamity lit up the sky, the Epics were born. David's fate has been tied to their villainy ever since that historic night. Steelheart killed his father. Firefight stole his heart. And now Regalia has turned his closest ally into a dangerous enemy. David knew Prof's secret and kept it even when Prof struggled to control the effects of his Epic powers. But facing Obliteration in Babilar was too much. Once the Reckoners' leader, Prof has now embraced his Epic destiny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Climactic Battles Second Chances? as Calamity Ends

  • By Don Gilbert on 02-18-16

best one yet

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

Reviewed: 04-19-16

This is such a weird series, but it really draws you in. And they just keep getting better.

Zombie Fallout
    Zombie Fallout, Book 1
    
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    Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
    7,746 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • Zombie Fallout

  • Zombie Fallout, Book 1
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,746
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,251

This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome! I didn't think it was slapstick at all!

  • By coreybeth on 04-22-12

well written, but too much religion

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

Reviewed: 10-19-12

My home genre is sci fi, but I do enjoy a good zombie flick. I figured I would see if that translated to books. Overall, I though this was funny, semi-engaging, and well performed. However the crazy religious undertones took away a lot of my enjoyment. Like a lot of sci fi fans, I'm a devote agnostic. All the divine intervention in here and the fact that Tommy character actually receives instructions straight from some divine source really just irritated and distracted me. I feel like it detracted from the story and made it just extra hard to believe. I may give another one of the series a listen because I'm buried in credits at the moment, but if this religious nonsense keeps invading my zombie listening experience, I won't be a happy camper...

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Darkly Dreaming Dexter
    
    
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        Nick Landrum
    
    


    
    Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
    2,878 ratings
    Overall 3.9
  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter

  • By: Jeff Lindsay
  • Narrated by: Nick Landrum
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,878
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,096
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,109

Dexter Morgan appears to be the perfect gentleman. He is handsome and polite, and has been in a relationship for nearly a year and a half. Yet appearances can be deceiving, for Dexter is a serial killer who has slain many people. But in this tale, he's the good guy, for there is one little twist: Dexter only snuffs out other murderers. When another serial killer, with an eerily similar style, starts grabbing headlines, Dexter has a fairly morbid thought. Am I being challenged?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling but unsettling

  • By V. Sharol on 02-11-07

Takes this "Dark Passenger" thing a bit too far

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

Reviewed: 10-17-12

I read these books (lumping in the rest of the series) because I love the TV show. Now, just like most people, I usually think that the TV / movie version never lives up to the book. In this case, however, I lean the other way. The depiction of Dexter's "Dark Passenger" as literally some sort of demon that can in some way communicate with the demons of other killers I think takes away from the complexity of his character. The author's clearly trying to give him some sort of superpower here, but I honestly just think it's a bit ridiculous.

Aside from that, the fact that nearly every line of dialog ends with "he said" becomes like nails on a chalk board.

  • The Forever War

  • By: Joe Haldeman
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,420

William Mandella is a soldier in Earth's elite brigade. As the war against the Taurans sends him from galaxy to galaxy, he learns to use protective body shells and sophisticated weapons. He adapts to the cultures and terrains of distant outposts. But with each month in space, years are passing on Earth. Where will he call home when (and if) the Forever War ends?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic.

  • By John on 09-24-08

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-28-11

Too few sci fi books make such a great story out of time dilation due to special relativity. Most time travel books deal with going to the past instead of the more probable one way ticket we would get if we started traveling lightyears from space. This is probably because it's easier to write about the past than create a whole new futuristic world purely from imagination. Halderman not only does a great job of building believable, if bizarre, cultures out of extreme extrapolations into the future, but he does so with style. You really feel for poor bastard he sends hurtling into the future. Really makes you appreciate what you have.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful