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H. Miller

Pittsburgh, PA USA
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  • The Girls from Alcyone

  • By: Cary Caffrey
  • Narrated by: Kristin James
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295

Sigrid and Suko are two girls from the impoverished and crime-infested streets of 24th century Earth. Sold into slavery to save their families from financial ruin, the girls are forced to live out their lives in service to the Kimura Corporation, a prestigious mercenary clan with a lineage stretching back long before the formation of the Federated Corporations.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a lot of twists and turns to the story

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 07-25-16

A Little Cyberpunk, A Lot Space Opera

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

Reviewed: 11-23-16

THE GIRLS FROM ALCYONE has wonderful elements of both cyberpunk and space opera all wrapped up in a sweet little package named Sigrid Novak.

On Sigrid's journey from the little girl who was sold by her parents to a genetically enhanced woman who is as much cybernetic weapon as human, I was right there with her. As she faced hazing and bullying, as she found her strength and confidence, as she fell in love, as she became the most skilled mercenary the universe has ever seen.

Author Cary Caffrey was careful with the feminist overtones, keeping them delicate and natural to the story. Caffrey's penchant for action scenes is matched only by his world-building, which includes vivid fashion and incredible settings.

As entertaining and engaging as an audiobook as it was in print--highly recommended!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Aristeia

  • Revolutionary Right
  • By: Wayne Basta
  • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

A former naval starfighter pilot, Maarkean Ocaitchi once fought to protect the Alliance and its principles of freedom and democracy, but his sister's rebellious past forced them both into a life of smuggling. He nevertheless refuses to believe her assertions that the whole system is corrupt...until she is arrested and condemned to death as a traitor. Now, Maarkean must decide where his loyalty lies, and will either spark a rebellion or help crush the spirit of democracy once and for all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect

  • By Jake on 03-05-14

Second Time Through

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

Reviewed: 11-20-15

Since I had read a hardcover copy of the book, it was fascinating to hear the pronunciation of the names within this incredible world the way the author had intended. I'm quite enamored of Wayne Basta's universe because it is all-consuming and escapist, just like I think Science Fiction should be. The concept and execution of the prison break was brilliant, as are Wayne's large scaled world and its diverse inhabitants and their varying degrees of technology. I've already read and enjoyed book two, A little Rebellion, and have the third book in my TBR list.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Only Human

  • By: Mike Mehalek
  • Narrated by: DJ Donnelley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 25

Dragons do not cry. They control their emotions. This is what all dragons were taught, but I am now the only one alive to remember this lesson... Meet Vincent, a most unusual dragon. For thousands of years he’s been trapped - forced to spend what’s left of his existence among us in the form of a human for a crime in which he was unjustly convicted. When a new love arrives unexpectedly, Vincent discovers that the only way to find happiness is to revisit his violent past and to confront his uncertain future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Think Interview with a Vampire, but with Dragons

  • By H. Miller on 04-18-15

Think Interview with a Vampire, but with Dragons

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

Reviewed: 04-18-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Only Human to be better than the print version?

I enjoyed both versions

What was one of the most memorable moments of Only Human?

Mehalek's ONLY HUMAN takes you on a journey through Vincent's past lives and loves as he navigates his present incarnation and the darkness that follows him throughout the ages.

What about DJ Donnelley’s performance did you like?

He used many believable voices in order to make each character unique.

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

Like many of the episodes within Vincent's life, the ending of Only Human made me cry and stayed with me long after I finished.

Any additional comments?

The theme of love as redeemer permeates the book, It is a refreshing mix of fantasy, romance, and horror.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Solar Lullaby

  • By: T.W. Fendley
  • Narrated by: Tiffany Williams
  • Length: 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Dr. Flare Haich offers the only hope for diverting a solar flare that will dwarf the 2012 Mayan Event, which killed her parents and a half-billion others. She must overcome the betrayal of one she trusted and launch Empress III to keep the Sun's fiery message from scorching the Earth as One Imix-the time of new beginnings-arrives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very entertaining short story!

  • By DabOfDarkness on 06-17-15

Perfect Title

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

Reviewed: 10-13-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Solar Lullaby to be better than the print version?

My first and only experience with Solar Baby was as an audio book.

What other book might you compare Solar Lullaby to and why?

Solar Lullaby is reminiscent of Liz Coley's Out of Xibalba in the way that Fendley deftly worked in her love of Meso-American cultures to cement her unique mythos within the Science Fiction community.

What does Tiffany Williams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator's feminine tone was suitable for the story.

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

I was left reflective and contemplative upon the story's end.

Any additional comments?

The idea of sentient communication through solar flares is an incredible idea, one I've not run into before in SF. Great concept, engaging characterization!