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  • TFS Guardian

  • The Terran Fleet Command Saga, Book 5
  • By: Tori L. Harris
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

The enigmatic Greys have returned, bearing a host of stunning revelations regarding their role in Earth’s history, the Pelarans, and humanity’s place in the cosmos. Griffin, openly declaring his allegiance to both Terran Fleet Command and the world he has helped to build, agrees to accompany the Grey ship Ethereal on a high-risk recruiting operation spanning thousands of light years. Their mission: enlist the help of enough Guardian spacecraft to put an end to the out-of-control, tyrannical AI before its forces can reach Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can’t wait for the next one

  • By Stan Kersch on 07-28-18

Could have been better.

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

The composition could have used more work/polish.
I have never been enamoured of Jeffrey Kafer as a narrator, I can get thru listening to books he narrates but that's about it.
On the whole I found this book to be a disappointment when compared to the authors earlier works.

It's okay.. = It felt lackluster.

Sorry to say so but that's about all I have to say about it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • River of Bones

  • Destroyermen Series, Book 13
  • By: Taylor Anderson
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 17 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417

Commander Matt Reddy and his crew are afraid it may finally be the end of the USS Walker. Ever since their ship was transported to another world, and they became embroiled in a deadly conflict between the Lemurians and the vicious Grik, the Walker has been taking a pounding. With Walker out of commission for repairs, Reddy takes command of a different ship and joins a desperate battle to block the Grik swarm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I find this series incredible !

  • By Nelson A Hill on 07-13-18

Not put together very well.

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

I think this book could have used some more work by the author it felt unbalanced if that even makes any sense.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge

  • By: John Ringo, Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,941
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,619
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,606

When marine private Oliver Chadwick Gardenier is killed in the marine barrack bombing in Beirut, somebody who might be Saint Peter gives him a choice: Go to heaven, which, while nice, might be a little boring, or return to earth. The Boss has a mission for him, and he's to look for a sign. He's a marine: He'll choose the mission. Unfortunately, the sign he's to look for is "57". Which, given the food services contract in Bethesda Hospital, creates some difficulty. Eventually it appears that God's will is for Chad to join a group called Monster Hunters International.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Poor writing

  • By jacquie on 01-22-17

Awesome Sauce

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

I really enjoyed this book and as a first book and a collaboration at that I found it to be excellent.

0 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Monster Hunter Memoirs: Saints

  • By: Larry Correia, John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,011
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,900
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,891

A larval Great Old One is growing day by day in power and just about ready to pop. If Chad Gadenier can't convince "the powers that be" to get involved, not only New Orleans, but the entire world, is going to fall under the power of the nastiest of nasties. Now on the outs with the US government and in exile from his usual job of saving the world, Chad must rally the forces of light against the coming darkness. The problem is one guy with a sword and a sub-gun isn't going to solve this one. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It was good.. until it wasn't

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-12-18

Enjoyable!!

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

Sadly in the latter part of this book anyone who's listened/read the prior two books will either start to think that something is wrong with the recording or that they started listening to a previous book. As far as I can tell from memory, the part where Chad is in England gets copied more or less verbatim from the earlier story. I got a "LashUp" kind of feeling from this third book. I do not know if its just due to the editing or something else but its present and the repeat of the European Gnole story didn't help this in the slightest.. On the whole thou I must say that I love these books and find myself saddened that its only a trilogy collaboration.

9 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Hunt You Down

  • John Smith, Book 2
  • By: Christopher Farnsworth
  • Narrated by: Robert Slade
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

The anticipated follow-up to Killfile. John Smith is no ordinary gun for hire. Smith is a man of rare gifts, and he knows your every thought.... Hired to track down a shooter targeting the rich and famous, Smith must complete his mission before another attack takes place. But when a website on the dark net is found to have connections to the murders, Smith realises that taking down a shadowy figure who has weaponised the Internet will prove more difficult than he first thought.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Major Pet Peeve..

  • By Munte on 05-02-18

Major Pet Peeve..

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

I just loose all immersion when authors of this type of action, thriller, military, spy etc book refers to weapon magazines as "clips". For one its basically a hold over from world war 2 and earlier, at which time several weapons/systems made use of an actual ammunition clip to simplify/speed up the reloading of both internal and external magazines.
So literally only antiques or rather odd firearms actually still make use of any clips.
Due to this transitional issue there was certain slang usage where magazines at times where referred to as clips by US troops like around the WW2 period..

Anyway what I am trying to say is that clips are not magazines and if one is going to write books in certain genres it imo behoves authors to get things right. Especially simple things like this.. Especially if its a word that's gonna get rapeated over and over again shoved deep into the listeners brain again and again.. CLIP CLIP CLIP CLIP

I sure as I take a dump in my toilet aprox once or so every day hope the author refrains from writing about anything else small arms related for the next 10/11ths of this book.. that's about 10+ hours .. ugh


Other then above described issue.. well its not a bad book at all. So I hope my jumping up and down on my pet Peevee didn't come of as to harsh.


PS. The narration is topnotch!!

  • Though Hell Should Bar the Way

  • RCN Series, Book 12
  • By: David Drake
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

Roy Olfetrie planned to be an officer in the Republic of Cinnabar Navy, but when his father was unmasked as a white-collar criminal he had to take whatever he was offered. What is offered turns out to be a chance to accompany Captain Daniel Leary and Lady Adele Mundy as they go off to start a war that will put Roy at the sharp end.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshing take on a long Series

  • By Peter J. on 04-05-18

Introduction To A Future Crew Member!?

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

While being a book written from the perspective of a new character I did not find it detracted any from the story or enjoyment as compared to any of the other books in the series. Now having said that much I am sure not everyone will agree. There will probably even be people who disagree to the extent that they will not read the whole book. This will be their loss since being shortsighted blind fools they will be missing out. -performance I wish I could say that Victor Bevine did a great jobb as usual, but in my opinion he did not do as well this time around. I found myself having to re-listen to certain passages at times to make sure I grasped what was going on and who was saying what. Now I figure Victor is not fully to blame as David has a tendency to so ;) "Curtail" his sentences as to be somewhat.. -story Most of this book is focused on us getting to know Roy Olfetrie while also touching on piracy and slavery somewhat, along with some space action and daring do. Mostly tho as I said its about us getting a glance at Roy's background, personality, motivations and so forth so as to in my opinion integrate him into Leary & Mundy's "little" circle of friends. This was my guess even before I got to the ending of this book where my first suspicions about what would happen and where Roy would end up was confirmed. -future Leary now having reached the lower echelons of Flag Rank being a Senior Captain in charge of a Destroyer Flotilla, having acquired the requisite dogs body along with Adele Mundy being.. herself, well things are looking decidedly interesting.. Now what kind of epic adventure action will they get up to next!?

  • Fireheart

  • By: John G. Hartness
  • Narrated by: Darla Middlebrook
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Rachel doesn't know what's weirder - that there's a dragon in the woods by her school, or that Scott Morrison actually thinks she's beautiful. Or maybe it's the elves. Yeah, it's totally the elves. It was an ordinary weekday for Rachel Hampton. You know, like every day - you wreck your bike on the way to school because the gorgeous queen snot of the universe slams on the brakes of her spanky little convertible right in front of you, so you swerve to miss her and get run over by Scott "Oh My God" Morrison who is so nice and so cute and so out of your league.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not a Young Adult book.

  • By Munte on 11-16-17

Not a Young Adult book.

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

A children's book(pre-teen) with a certain background message, made all the worse by its narrator..

Not really what I was expecting from John at all.. Will be refunding it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Heavier Than a Mountain

  • Destiny's Crucible, Book 3
  • By: Olan Thorensen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 21 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,725
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,522
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,516

A freak accident casts Joe Colsco naked onto another planet inhabited by humans with technology circa 1700. In time, Joe, now known as Yozef Kolsko, makes the difficult acceptance of a new life. But he has become embroiled in a struggle beyond any dream he could have had. The Narthani are a militant society intent on subjugating the Caedelli, the people he's come to identify with. Unwittingly, the Narthani themselves are creating an opponent unlike any they have ever faced, an enemy beyond their conceptions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • And Even Heavier to Read

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 10-15-17

Overrating this book..

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

Reviewed: 10-01-17

This story/series had great promise like other books of this sort.
Sadly the author just never makes it work.

Imagine the listening to of this story as: You consistently spooning up mush of a totally bland and tasteless sort into your mouth over a long period of time. Add to that a rare hint of barely detectable particles of tasty mush added to a spoon of the regular bland sort..(hinting of something nice). Then add the possibility of you "enjoying" a spoonful of vile tasting gag inducing mush more often then is really sustainable.

I still have not found the fantom vanilla stick in this porridge and I really doubt that I would ever have done so if I where to have finished listening to this book or purchased any follow-ons.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Carnifex

  • Carrera, Book 2
  • By: Tom Kratman
  • Narrated by: James Fouhey
  • Length: 25 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

Patricio Carrera has been waging what amounts to a private world war to bring to justice the murderers of his family; He's raised an army and air force and used them. He's raised a fleet and he's about to use that. He's suborned one republic and is about to undermine another. He's tracked his enemies across half a world, breaking, in the process, any notion of international law that stood in his way. Now he's deployed his legions to Pashtia, penultimate hideout of the Salafi Ikhwan who have made him what he has become.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I would not complain..

  • By Munte on 02-18-17

I would not complain..

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

Reviewed: 02-18-17

if James Fouhey was treated to a couple of hours on a cross for many parts of this performance.

My 2 out of 5 rating for his performance is maybe somewhat harsh but I can not with good conscience rate it as 3/5.
There are several reasons for this. I will mention the main ones.
He totally butchers every inner monolog by dint of a whispering mumble that gets intensely irritating.
Many times throughout this series Tom Kratman injects certain military lectures on certain pet peeves that the main character has. They come across as probably being hard to follow if one where to read them oneself. Sadly James Fouhey just makes it X times worse. Fluctuating tone, sounds unsure etc.. When one ends up skipping forward and ignoring such to keep from loosing ones cool, well that's not good.
Dialects.. James is apparently just incapable of any coherent use of dialects. The attempts at dialects are also just on the whole terrible.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • When the Gods Aren't Gods

  • The Theogony, Book 2
  • By: Chris Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Craig Good
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

Lieutenant Commander Shawn 'Calvin' Hobbs and his special forces platoon just returned from a three-month mission to the stars. The technology they brought back will help with the Earth's defense, but it won't be enough to hold off the alien menace headed their way. Although they made it back alive, they returned without any new allies or help in building the fleet necessary to ensure the Earth's survival. They've got to go back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bad Assery on Full Display

  • By Amazonian God on 05-21-17

Just plain bad.

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

Reviewed: 10-19-16

1. This book is full of mistakes!! It is in real need of a re-write. Mistakes on par with black is white night is day.
As if the author took long pauses between writing and forgot what was what in the storyline when he started up again, not even caring to catch up on what the heck he had written prior.

2. The audio volume shifts(LOUDLY) markedly whenever the "characters" converse using their suit communications or "implants".

3. The narration is suboptimal, possibly worse at times then that of the first book.

4. The story is at times silly and irrational and contrived for reasons that makes no sense other then to make up words.
Composing this review is giving me a headache, this due to my mind attempting to dredge up the many (1) this book suffers from and that it was forced to repress for so as to be able to finish listening to it.
I wish that my aversion to spoilers was less of an issue for me. I could then have supplied a multitude of examples of issue 1.

I am going to return this book for a refund credit and try the third book in this series. If that is equally bad it will be the last book by Chris Kennedy that I ever read/listen to.

PS. Heading for my medicin supplies now to attempt medicating myself to get rid of the migraine brought on by listening to this..