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  • Three Hearts and Three Lions

  • By: Poul Anderson
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 196

The gathering forces of the Dark Powers threaten the world of man. The legions of Faery, aided by trolls, demons, and the Wild Hunt itself, are poised to overthrow the Realms of Light. Holger Carlsen, a bemused and puzzled twentieth-century man mysteriously snatched out of time, finds himself the key figure in the conflict. Arrayed against him are the dragons, giants, and elfin warriors of the armies of Chaos and the beautiful sorceress Morgan le Fay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best. Narrator. EVER!

  • By Easy Reader on 07-10-12

amazingly relevant to today

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

Reviewed: 02-20-18

great strong story. relevant to today's internal and external struggles.
reader does a masterful job with characters

  • Zero Hour

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 5
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,949
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,976
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,902

United Nations Special Operations Command sent an elite expeditionary force of soldiers and pilots out on a simple recon mission, and somehow along the way they sparked an alien civil war. Now the not-at-all-merry band of pirates is in desperate trouble, again. Their stolen alien starship is falling apart, thousands of light years from home. The ancient alien AI they nicknamed Skippy is apparently dead, and even if they can by some miracle revive him, he might never be the same.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Monkeys kick A**, but......

  • By Beachcombers on 02-14-18

consistent with the high quality of the series

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

great writer, narrator, audio production. No regrets, and Craig Alanson weaves a thrilling take. you will find moments in your day to fill in with this story because it is so very good!

  • Black Ops

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 4
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,130
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,040
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,974

The elite crew of the pirate ship UNS Flying Dutchman had a simple mission: determining whether the Thuranin are sending another starship to Earth. Along the way, they became sidetracked by securing a future for the UNEF troops on the planet Paradise. When asked whether Earth was now safe, their ancient alien AI responded "Not so much"...now they have to deal with the consequences.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the first three

  • By Anonymous User on 10-16-17

another one hit out of the park

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

Reviewed: 10-14-17

Compelling performance, humourous, gripping narrative, and characters you care about. This book translates well into an audiobook and you will find yourself extending your walks/exercises/commutes to keep listening.

  • 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 22,613
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,147

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
  • running out of ideas...

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-08-17

makes up for the poorer 2nd novel. back on track

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

Reviewed: 06-29-17

1st, the audio performance and production remains excellent! This is masterfully done. what adds to this product is the writing isn't lazy, the jokes are not repested, and the plot advances -and like the mediocre sequel.

if you were, like me, super excited by the 1st novel, and disappointed with the second, I assume you may be tentative on spending a precious credit on this third book -and is worth it. Craig Alanson does a great job and writes an even more thrilling/humourous science fiction novel than the initial Columbus Day. I highly recommend it.

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  • 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 18,671
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,669

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
  • WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY by NO PATIENCE MAN

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 03-18-17

good, but not as great as the first book

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

Reviewed: 06-22-17

still exciting, still really enjoyable, but not necessarily so good as to keep exercising just as an excuse to keep listening.

what changed?

the narration is still excellent. it's the pacing in the writing that is off.

without releasing spoilers, the author will spend a lot of narration time on an overland journey, and then rapidly throw the main two characters into dramatically more dangerous and heightened threats, but rush those elements.

I have purchased the 3rd book, so you know I enjoyed this one, but It wasn't the same "keep you listening" quality story telling as the first, and a majority of it seemed to be reacquainting the listener with what happened in the 1st story. As I just finished it prior to this, I found this a little disappointing.

overall, I'd give the first book an A+ and this one a B+

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,432
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,204

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, Funny, Clever... a Sci Fi must have

  • By Tim on 06-29-17

Lost Fleet lookout here comes a winner!

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

Reviewed: 06-19-17

I knew nothing about the author, had listened to the narrator before so I knew he was good, and I hadn't selected a good sci-fi in some time. This was excellent.

the narration was top notch, and let's face it, if the narrator is bad, it does not matter if the book was the meaning of life or how to score a date with Jennifer Aniston...it wouldn't work. This book works in the "yes I'll keep exercising just so I can keep listening" kind of way.

if you have credits inbound and don't feel like spending them on whatever you put in your wishlist, out one here. you'll. e glad you did. Although your wallet may not like it...soon you'll be torn between waiting and buying the next one.


story was a well paced sci Fi adventure with several twists and a great sense of humor that carries through the great narration.

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  • The Fast Track to Your General Class Ham Radio License

  • Covers All FCC General Class Exam Questions July 1, 2015 Until June 30, 2019
  • By: Michael Burnette
  • Narrated by: Michael Burnette
  • Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 99

If you've made the decision to open up your ham radio world by going for the General Class license, great! General is certainly more challenging than Technician, but The Fast Track to Your General Class Ham Radio License explains the reasoning and technology behind each correct answer on the General Class exam so you'll understand and remember the subject matter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magnificent!!

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-03-17

A new Ham

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

Reviewed: 02-27-17

Michael did another fabulous job with this book and test preparation. It helped me pass.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fast Track to Your Technician Class Ham Radio License

  • By: Michael Burnette
  • Narrated by: Michael Burnette
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354

Everything you need to know to become a licensed ham and get on the air. Memorizing answers is hard. Learning is easy! The Fast Track to Your Technician Ham Radio License explains the reasoning and technology behind each correct answer on the amateur radio exam so you'll understand and remember the subject matter. Created by an experienced ham and adult educator, it's like having your own patient, experienced, good-humored mentor for the exam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic study guide

  • By SB on 09-28-15

great help

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

Reviewed: 02-18-16

goof, informative, entertaining. As I listened I performed better in the ARRL practice exams. worth it, and the narration is enjoyable.

  • The Assassins of Altis

  • The Pillars of Reality, Book 3
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,889
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,884

Trapped within the dead city of Marandur, Master Mechanic Mari and Mage Alain must escape both merciless barbarians and the pitiless Imperial Legion. Beyond those dangers lie the mightiest and most unforgiving powers in the world of Dematr: the Great Guilds that rule the world with iron fists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great addition to a great series

  • By Marcela - The Bookaholic Cat on 08-07-15

super

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

Reviewed: 01-29-16

Great story. interesting twists and really delighful characters. the narration is superb. I found myself wanting to exercise just to complete it.

  • The Ionian Mission

  • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 8
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 959
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730

Shoved into a temporary command in "that rotten old Worcester," Aubrey is off to the Mediterranean to join the Royal Navy's blockade of the French port of Toulon, where he will be dispatched by Admiral Harte (unfortunately the same Admiral Harte he cuckolded years ago) on a secret mission that promises to embroil Aubrey in political conflict. His friend Stephen's help notwithstanding, Aubrey faces some of the choppiest waters of his career.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Ionian Mission

  • By Jonathan on 01-16-08

so so

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

Reviewed: 03-08-15

not as good as the previous stories in the series. very much like a long blockade with few moments of great story, but the narration is ever great and the characters so well loved its passable.