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J. T. Carter

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  • Mavericks

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 6
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,249
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,683

The remnants of the Expeditionary Force stranded on the alien-controlled planet "Paradise" get a chance to prove themselves, in a simple off-world training mission with a ship full of teenage alien cadets. When the mission goes horribly wrong and the survival of everyone on Paradise is at risk, the Merry Band of Pirates may have to come to the rescue. Unless they get killed first.... 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Trouble on Paradise pt. II

  • By Kurtis Karr on 09-27-18

MORE! MORE! MORE!

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

I enjoyed this book a lot. I thought the separate but eventually merging stories between the two groups was well done. Please never stop this series!
~ JTC ~

  • The Listener

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,461
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,457

It's 1934. Businesses went under by the hundreds, debt and foreclosures boomed, and breadlines grew in many American cities. In the midst of this misery, some folks explored unscrupulous ways to make money. Angel-faced John Partlow and carnival huckster Ginger LaFrance are among the worst of this lot. Joining together they leave their small-time confidence scams behind to attempt an elaborate kidnapping-for-ransom scheme in New Orleans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Southern Fried Horror Done Right

  • By Ila in Maine on 03-05-18

: - ( Sad This Book Ended!

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

Few stories touch the soul as deep as this one did me. It is now in my top ten all time favorites.

Great characters - you will care for them and wish you could step into the story to encourage Curtis.

Great story - you will cancel appointments, call in sick, sacrifice sleep and avoid horizontal nude activities in order to remain in the rhythm of the story.

Great narration - you will form a mental picture that will accompany the book's characters descriptions based on the unique (but NOT over the top) accent and tone of this master narrator.

You will enjoy this work of art immensely! I sure did!

~JTC~

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson, Norman Doidge MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,767
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,657
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,408

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Average 'Self Help' Book

  • By LadyReadsAlot on 06-04-18

~ Should Be Required Reading!

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

I suspect some reviewers quit listening when the author bumped up against a topic too close to home. Not all topics were comfortable for me to hear either. *BUT* I found that the author revisited those difficult statements later in the book, revealing that he is indeed understanding and not without his own hardships to draw from as experience. His words are like that of an extremely wise mentor who is not afraid to speak truth.

He quite thoroughly shreds the justification for most excuses, while still displaying understanding for the hardship or circumstances that may have lead to the addressed feeling, result, etc.

I found the book refreshing! I will be listening to it multiple times.

When you hear a part that is all too real, don't stop listening. The book needs to be taken in full context. ~JTC~

  • Swan Song

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 34 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,501

Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply an Amazing Story

  • By Amanda H. on 06-21-12

Amazing Story!

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

This is now one of my favorite books. Reminded me of Stephen King's "The Stand" in many ways, but is still completely original.

I loved this book and even after 35 hours I didn't want it to end. The narrator did an amazing job. He is now one of my favorite narrators.

The characters became like friends and you really care about their plight. GET THIS BOOK!!! You will not regret it! ~JTC~

  • A Gift of Time

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,204
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,864
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,848

When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart and original

  • By J. OBrennan on 12-29-17

DID NOT WANT THE BOOK TO END!

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

I can hardly think of the right words to properly describe how enjoyable this book was. It is one of those books that stays with you. I loved the characters, the story, the scifi, and the concepts that were described to satisfy the 'mechanisms' of the story. Never boring, in fact I lost sleep finishing it because it was so good, I could not hit the pause button.

The narrator was top notch!

Worth at least a credit! I am only disappointed it is over.

If you are trying to decide, stop and just purchase and listen now!
~JTC~

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 19,798
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,560

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

"You're a regular Crocodile DumDum" ~Skippy to Joe

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

Reviewed: 03-17-18

This is my favorite book of the series. Heck, this is my favorite SciFi series! I like the books in the series, but Skippy the Magnificent and Joe's dialogue had me spewing soda all over my steering wheel at one point after a particular sarcastic beer can insulted Joe - again. I am about 45 minutes from the end, but hope it is not the last book.

Awesome characters!
Awesome story!
Awesome narrator! R. C. Bray is the ultimate SciFi/Action narrator.

Thank-you, Craig Alanson for such a wonderful series. ~ JTC

  • Commune

  • Commune, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,791
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,593
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,582

For dinosaurs, it was a big rock. For humans: Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). When the Earth is hit by the greatest CME in recorded history (several times larger than the Carrington Event of 1859), the combined societies of the planet's most developed nations struggle to adapt to a life thrust back into the Dark Ages. In the United States, the military scrambles to speed the nation's recovery on multiple fronts including putting down riots, establishing relief camps, delivering medical aid, and bringing communication and travel back on line. Just as a real foothold is established in retaking the skies (utilizing existing commercial aircraft supplemented by military resources and ground control systems), a mysterious virus takes hold of the population, spreading globally over the very flight routes that the survivors fought so hard to rebuild.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want to adopt the characters into my family

  • By yarginator on 11-27-17

My new #1 Favorite post-apocalyptic book/series

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

Don't even waste time on my review. JUST GET IT AND LISTEN!

I enjoy almost anything read by R.C. Bray, but this particular book was something special. The author told an interesting tale and really made me care about the main characters and their struggles. I was close to tears a few times. the narrator's voice was made to breath life into this genre of characters. ~JTC~

Billy grabbed Jake's shirt and said "Promise me you'll read "The Illiad!""

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Interference

  • By: Amélie Antoine, Maren Baudet-Lackner - translator
  • Narrated by: Will Damron, Carly Robins, Amy McFadden, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 110

Young married couple Gabriel and Chloé have a picture-perfect life. But when athletic Chloé suddenly drowns, Gabriel is left to grapple with the mysterious circumstances of her death. Brokenhearted, he pours out his grief in a bereavement group and is consoled by photographer Emma. While the two grow closer, Gabriel can't help but feel Chloé's presence everywhere he goes. And as revelations about Chloé slowly emerge, he begins to wonder, is Emma really that different?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short rollercoaster ride

  • By JK907 on 04-23-17

Talk about twists!

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

Reviewed: 04-25-17

I listened to this in a day. It was just complex and twisty enough to keep it interesting. ~JTC~

  • Solitude

  • Dimension Space, Book 1
  • By: Dean M. Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray, Julia Whelan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,134

A mysterious wave of light wipes humanity from the planet, leaving only one person in its wake. After months of desperate isolation, Earth’s last man discovers he’s not alone. The last woman is stranded alone aboard the International Space Station. Can Vaughn find a path to space and back? Can Angela - the only person with clues to the mystery behind humanity's disappearance - survive until he does? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What. A. Story.

  • By Brian on 06-16-17

What can 'Brown' do for you?! : - )

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

Reviewed: 04-16-17

I wish this book was longer! The characters had some good banter, which is something I enjoy in a book. The story was interesting and different enough from some loosely similar books that it felt fresh enough.

The narration by both narrators was superb. The male voice, R.C. Bray, is the best and does science fiction especially well. The female voice, Julie Whelan, is also one of my favorites. They were a great team.

I am anxiously waiting the next installment in this series. ~JTC~

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Matter

  • A Novel
  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,268

"Are you happy with your life?" Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason's never met smiles down at him and says, "Welcome back, my friend."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Believable Multiverse

  • By Michael L. Moore on 02-18-17

Pretty Good Yarn - Not Crouch's Best

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

Reviewed: 04-01-17

I simply enjoyed listening. I did not enjoy as much as other Crouch books but even his worst books are better than many other writers.

This story has some complexity to it but not enough to cause confusion. Prepare to suspend any strong critique of the science-ish parts and just go with it and enjoy the story. ~JTC~