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  • A Pillar of Fire by Night

  • Carrera, Book 7
  • By: Tom Kratman
  • Narrated by: James Fouhey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Carrera's held off his enemies coming by sea from the north, in the process dealing the naval and amphibious forces of the Zhong Empire a stinging defeat. The Zhong won't soon forget the blood-stained waters and the heaped-up bodies on the shores of Balboa's Isla Real. Now, though, his adopted country of Balboa is under assault from the east, from the south, from the west, from the air, and from space. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Only 14h 55m.. Why Oh Why!? ;)

  • By Munte on 10-24-18

Only 14h 55m.. Why Oh Why!? ;)

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

So yeah I was hoping for more having waited so long for another dose.
I really truly enjoy this story. Tickled pink is the expression that comes to mind..
Not much more to say really other then that its the continuation of the ongoing war from the previous books.
If those where your thing you will like this one to.

Only sad thing about this the audioversion is the narrators inability to pronounce certain words correctly, along with as far as I can figure his misreading of a few others. I have on the whole not been impressed with James Fouhey's prior narrative performance of this series, his narration of this book does not see him improve any.


Oh yeah @ T. Kratman,

I hope to see another book by you soon.

I have decided to take the fact that this book is only 15 hours long to indicate that another book is soon to follow.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Man Dreaming

  • The Fixer, Book 5
  • By: Andrew Vaillencourt
  • Narrated by: Jay Ben Markson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

A killer stalks the streets of Dockside, and he has a bone to pick with Roland Tankowicz. Old friends, former clients, and even rivals find themselves in the sights of a murderer who loves his work a little too much and seems custom-built to take on New Boston’s most famous Army-surplus cyborg. Roland and his team will have to play detective to piece together the identity of this strange assassin before all his associates end up face down in the street.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to be nice about this one..

  • By Munte on 10-16-18

Hard to be nice about this one..

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

To much of characters doing things that are rather daft because the narrative requires so and so to happen to progress the story.
Felt like the author purposefully gimped the MC and friends over and over causing the progression of the story from book 1 2 and 3 to just go off course/being stymied, hints of this showed up in book 3 it was fairly regular in book 4. Here in book 5 it was so prevalent that I considered returning the book due to disappointment, having hoped that the series would improve and not devolve like it has to my mind done over the last 2 books.
Feels like the author is a bit tired with the story, there is very little character progression and nearly no tech progression more like regression. Roland only put on his helmet once in this book and I don't think he actually used Durandal at all.

So when all is said and done I found so much wrong with this one that I wont be buying the next few books by this author, if he actually does publish any more that is.
Instead I will check any future works out of whichever "online library" if any ;) uploads them. This to see if said future works are worth the credit / have improved any.

PS.
The narrator does a fairly good job, few if any mistakes none that stuck in my mind anyway. So a solid 4 stars for that.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Aphrodite's Tears

  • The Fixer
  • By: Andrew Vaillencourt
  • Narrated by: Jay Ben Markson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Roland Tankowicz hates Venus. The last time he went there, he died. So, no one could really blame him if he never went back. Nevertheless, when a squad of assassins ruins date night, everybody's least-favorite Army-surplus cyborg decides to take a trip to Earth's sister planet and have a sit-down with an infamous group of terrorists. Perhaps it's because he really likes date night. Maybe he just wants to keep the promise he made to a troubled young man. It is even conceivable that he might still have a heap of unresolved issues with the separatists who blew his body apart years ago.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fly ball..

  • By Munte on 10-12-18

Fly ball..

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

Not as good as the prior 3 books, rather uninspired. Wish the author had taken a step back and considered this book some more. Some inconsistencies along with some repetitions that hurts the immersion and flow of the story for the listener/reader.

  • The Adventures of Lazarus Gray

  • By: Barry Reese
  • Narrated by: JR Nelson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

New pulp author Barry Reese, creator of the well-known Rook series, brings yet another creation to life! The Adventures of Lazarus Gray is Reese's entry into Pro Se's The Sovereign City Project, showcasing a hero whose own life is a mystery to himself. On the road to discovering his own secrets Gray and his Assistance Unlimited team encounter weirdness, madness, and over-the-top badness with every step! Come along for the ride for this new Barry Reese adventure.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Thoughts

  • By Munte on 10-06-18

Thoughts

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

Oki so first of all I like to mention that I think people over rate most books here on Audible.

3 Stars = Pretty Good.
Now Pretty Good is Pretty Good so that's the rating I am giving for this story. Of course there are some deviations into It's okay and probably a few into It's great sadly at times it also dips into what I would like to call "Rather bad" ;) aka Not for me.

The World building part of the story is what merits 3 stars and the poor writing the 2 stars.

Now to the performance.. it is at best barely "It's okay" ;) to clarify:
1. It's hard to differentiate between characters.
2. JR Nelson doesn't refer to himself as a Narrator but a reader. <-- this makes sense to me.
(I could read books out loud to myself if I wanted to)
3. The pace of the reading seems wrong to me along with it being monotone at times and sometimes obviously emotionally false. I do not know if it is because of the writing or the self confessed reader all I know is that it feels off.
Technical Issue:
1. Listening to this book on my SanDisk Mp3 player with my Sennheiser HD 599 headphones, sound would only come from the left earphone.. - This is probably some issue having to do with Audible's software since if I listen to it straight from my stationary PC sound is piped to both earphones.

I will add to this review when finished listening, if I manage to do so that is.

*EDIT*
Yeah so 1h 15m into this book and I find it hard to keep listening to this book for all the above mentioned reasons. Adding to those is another reason that I hadn't mentioned before thinking it would be a one of thing. Sadly it seems as if that's not the case. The author seems to blithely skip over the most amazing things barely giving them a passing mention, doing so just turns the story from somewhat implausible into the realm of the absurd.-- Maybe this is what is meant by pulp?

Pulp not or What? meh I am refunding this.



  • Legends Never Die

  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486

Jason Burke is a broken man. The loss of his friend and crewmate on an ill-fated mission to a Pillar World has left him in a downward spiral of rage and self-destruction. But what if Lucky hadn’t actually died on that planet? While Omega Force tries to pull itself together for the sake of their friend, they also learn that a ruthless new faction has seized control of the ConFed Council and now threatens the stability of the entire quadrant. To make matters worse, the rise of this new regime might be their fault.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted more

  • By Anders on 09-29-18

Harumpf

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

I really hope the bungled chapters of this book are not indicative of the quality of the rest of it..

One really starts to wonder when upon starting a book, the timer reads as follows:

00:-20:-21 Chapter 3.

I can say with candor that it did not evoke any fuzzy feelings in me. Furthermore having after deleting the original download and trying it a second time, gained the same result I find myself.. displeased.

I am just going to give this book an overall 3star rating which I may change after I am done listening.
I Wish there was a fourth rating One to Five star's for technical issues such as faulty/missing chaptering, sound and so on..

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 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 274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyed the 1st 5 book series-looking for more

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-01-18

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 2 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 553
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512

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 2 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 5,105
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,755

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.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This Abomination Broke My Heart

  • By Tracie on 10-02-16

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 2,426
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,296
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,286

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
  • Pleasantly Surprised

  • By MarkNJP on 10-25-18

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 15 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!!