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Kreg K.

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  • Viking Tomorrow

  • The Berserker Saga, Book 1
  • By: Kane Gilmour, Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 119

The world is barely holding on. A century after a series of apocalyptic events, humanity is struggling to survive. In the frigid north of Scandinavia, people have returned to farming, fishing, and fighting amongst themselves, living as their ancient Viking ancestors once did.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vikings!!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 01-19-18

Pacing Problems

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

The story rushes itself from fight to fight at a dizzying speed. But, each fight is written with far too complexity of detail, breaking down individual character movements all the way to what muscles flex in order to make every movement. Though it is a lot of detail, it actually becomes hard to follow due to how long each quick movement takes to read. This occurs in every fight scene for long stretches of time. By fight number twenty, I just wanted the author to get on with it.

Your sense of time will be strained listening to this as the authors glaze over long stretches of time without fights when something interesting could possibly be built and spend so much time on each fight.

Very few characters are believable. They too often take on superhero qualities in a casual manner. Right off the bat, a five year old holds her breath in freezing waters for over five minutes as if that is a normal thing that could happen. This and many other casual feats of superhuman physicality left me with the impression that the authors actually tried to base this story in reality, but missed terribly. I was never convinced to suspend my disbelief, something I normally do quite easily and willingly.

All in all, this story needed another couple years of incubation.

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  • God of Vengeance

  • The Rise of Sigurd 1
  • By: Giles Kristian
  • Narrated by: Philip Stevens
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 837
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 783
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 779

Norway, AD 785. It began with the betrayal of a lord by a king.... King Gorm puts Jarl Harald's family to the sword but makes one fatal mistake - he fails to kill Harald's youngest son, Sigurd. His kin slain, his village seized and its people taken as slaves, Sigurd wonders if the gods have forsaken him. Hunted by powerful men, he is unsure who to trust, and yet he has a small band of loyal followers at his side.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fine adventure tale

  • By Brother Adrian on 03-04-17

The. Best. Audio book.

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

Reviewed: 01-31-18

Best audio book I've ever listened to. Kristian delivers an engaging story, which is well paced and satisfying for anyone looking for a great viking saga. Fantastic voice performance by Stevens. His character voices are completely commited and he is a true joy to listen to. Could not recommend any more highly. I bought the next book immediately after finishing.

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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 163,114
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150,545
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 150,383

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Thorough Enjoyment

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

Does 10 hours of complicated science ever become dull? No. Not in this audiobook. Five srars.