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  • Fire with Fire

  • Caine Riordan, Book 1
  • By: Charles E. Gannon
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 457

2105, September: Intelligence Analyst Caine Riordan uncovers a conspiracy on Earth's Moon - a history-making clandestine project - and ends up involuntarily cryocelled for his troubles. Twelve years later, Riordan awakens to a changed world. Humanity has achieved faster-than-light travel and is pioneering nearby star systems. And now, Riordan is compelled to become an inadvertent agent of conspiracy himself. Riordan's mission: travel to a newly settled world and investigate whether a primitive local species was once sentient - enough so to have built a lost civilization.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Would have been good as 1950s SF

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-13-15

Misleading Cover

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

Reviewed: 09-06-14

So the cover of this book is really misleading. It is not a military scifi with lots of action where Caine Riordan rains fire down upon his enemies from his combat drop ship. It is a thriller and a spy novel more than anything else. Think journalist Jack Ryan in space. It is a bit slow at times and Caine is almost always the smartest person in whatever room he happens to step into, but I liked it regardless.

The characters, even the ones I happened to strongly dislike, were believable, with real motivation and the story was intriguing enough that by the end of book two I found myself quickly searching for when book three would come out.

17 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Atlas

  • Atlas Series
  • By: Isaac Hooke
  • Narrated by: Rhett Samuel Price
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 331
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 328

Rade Galaal enrolls in the hardest military training known to man to become a member of the MOTHs, the most elite fighting unit in the galaxy. MOTHs are tacticians, corpsmen, snipers, astronauts, and commandos rolled into one. They also happen to pilot the atomic-powered ATLAS mechs, specialized military hardware that brings new meaning to the phrase "one-man-army".

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Promising!

  • By Trip Williams on 08-23-14

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 09-06-14

So, I didn't like this audiobook at all. I found myself pacing back and forth in frustration while listening to it; I was so poorly invested in the characters that I was bored out of my mind during moments that should have been the most engaging. Combat, romance or whatever, I just wanted to get it done and over with.

In addition I thought the narration was terrible. I am not actually sure if it even is the narrator or if they did something strange to the audio during the editing. I have nothing against a gruff whiskey voice, but this seemed like a parody of one to me.

Small plus for taking genuine Navy SEAL training and using that as an inspiration for a scifi novel, I think that’s a great idea. I just don’t feel like the book holds up regardless. I would instead recommend Old Man’s War, Armor, Fire with Fire, The Warrior’s Apprentice, Altered Carbon just to name a couple of different Scifi books off of the top of my head.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Undead Chaos

  • By: Joshua Roots
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

The job was simple: decapitate the zombie, get paid, get out. Warlock Marcus Shifter followed the plan perfectly. The corpse, however, did not. Now there's a body on the loose, accusations of illegal necromancy are flying, and the answers are waiting in the perilous alleys between the mortal and paranormal worlds. They're no place for someone who mostly gave up magic after a childhood accident. And given his tendency to shoot off his mouth and his Glock, Marcus is having a hell of a time digging up more than just bodies. When an apocalypse-minded megalomaniac threatens Marcus's family, things get personal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good "beach" book

  • By David on 12-04-13

Dresden Lite

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

Reviewed: 11-11-13

If you enjoyed the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher you might enjoy this book too. It has its flaws; I didn’t much care for the badguy and I found myself cursing Marcus’s stupidity at the end, but all in all it was thoroughly enjoyable listen with an excellent narrator (apart from some horrible sound effects in the end.) I look forward to more from this author and will make sure look him up on Goodreads.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The B-Team

  • The Human Division, Episode 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,053
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,061

Colonial Union Ambassador Ode Abumwe and her team are used to life on the lower end of the diplomatic ladder. But when a high-profile diplomat goes missing, Abumwe and her team are last minute replacements on a mission critical to the Colonial Union’s future. As the team works to pull off their task, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson discovers there’s more to the story of the missing diplomats than anyone expected... a secret that could spell war for humanity.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Whole Series – Just OK

  • By Michael on 05-19-13

Bite-sized

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

Reviewed: 03-18-13

So I don't bother with anthologies. They are always filled with maybe one story I would like to read and 4 or 5 I do not care about at all, or even worse a couple of stories I have already read for free on the authors website. Anthologies have always seemed to me like something a publisher would do for the sole purpose of making monies and not really something authors would do to release their scribblings (and make money).

But this, this I can get behind. 50 cents for 2 hours of Scalzi. Sign me up
Just make sure you do NOT spend a credit on this, that would be a terrible idea.

Oh yeah, the story is ok too. It is more than ok for 50 cents anyway.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Officer-Cadet

  • Dirigent Mercenary Corps, Book 1
  • By: Rick Shelley
  • Narrated by: Mark Delgado
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

Best-selling author Rick Shelley brings listeners an explosive new series of future warfare. Lon Nolan, a young soldier expelled from Earth's prestigious North American Military Academy on trumped-up charges, is seeking to prove his worthiness in the Dirigent Mercenary Corps, where the bloody craft of battle has been refined into an art.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Soldiering in SciFi

  • By Eivind on 03-16-13

Soldiering in SciFi

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

Reviewed: 03-16-13

So reading the Publisher’s summary you could be excused for thinking this would be some sort of Gary Stu coming-of-age military story that we all know from before. Well, it is not. And really it is very light on the whole science part of the fiction too. I mean there are space ships, but just as a means of travel and there are planets, but just so that the story can have a location to take place. That is it.
And the “trumped-up charges” part, yeah that’s 5 sentences in this book, maximum. So what is this book then? Well, it is the story of a young man who goes off to war where he experiences combat for the very first time. We don’t really know a lot about him, but we know he is afraid. That is all that this book does, it describes the journey of a young man from his home base into combat and through it. And there is quite a lot of combat, which was exciting enough, and I really did enjoy the fact that our hero is not in fact extraordinary. The downside to this is that not being extraordinary and without much of a backstory to him, our hero is rather bland. I was hoping for “Armor” and I think I got the somewhat honest descriptions of a soldier set in a science fiction universe. Fair enough.

The narration was decent, but one or two of the voices he did was, in my opinion, absolutely dreadful.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,726
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,568

Captain Ivan Vorpatril is happy with his relatively uneventful bachelor's life as a staff officer to a Barrayaran admiral. Cousin to imperial troubleshooter Miles Vorkosigan, Ivan is not far down the hereditary list for the emperorship. Thankfully, new heirs have directed that headache elsewhere, leaving Ivan to enjoy his life on Komarr, far from the Byzantine court politics of his home system. But when an old friend in Barrayaran intelligence asks Ivan to protect an attractive young woman who may be on the hit list of a criminal syndicate, his chivalrous nature takes over. It seems danger and adventure have once more found Captain Vorpatril.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We are finally allowed to see Ivan without Miles.

  • By Barbara on 11-06-12

Ivan you Idiot!

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

Reviewed: 11-07-12

“Ivan you idiot!” is a phrase that we have come to love over the years. But Ivan is not really an idiot, he is no Miles for sure, but what he really lacks is not intelligence but rather the driving ambition that keeps Miles going like a deranged Duracell bunny. Instead Ivan has something else, an acute sense of the political ramifications that would fall on his head if he just happened to not be an idiot. He has in a sense a vast driving anti-ambition. Ivan is the second in line to the imperial throne, he is the son-in-law to the almighty Simon Illyan and not to mention his connections to all kinds of powerful people including an immensely political, protective and meddling mother. Something other powerful people would exploit in a heartbeat if they could and if Ivan would only let them. So Ivan the Idiot has over the years developed his own unique way of dealing with all these issues when really all he wants to do is live a quiet ordinary life. In the rooms and on the bridges of the starships where the Big Decisions are handled Ivan has made standing around (with selective amnesia and attention disorder) like the wall-hangings or a part of the décor into an art form. Either that, or solve the whole problem by doing his best to oversleep that day.

This is the story of how Ivan, without Miles’s help I might add, gets into trouble, falls in love and much more when his allergy to intrigue clashes with the old Vor-honor. After all, what can a Vor Lord do when there are damsels in distress about, gorgeous ones at that, with unfortunately a whole lot of familial and familiar baggage themselves?

39 of 40 people found this review helpful

  • Centaur of the Crime: Book One of Fantasy and Forensics

  • By: Michael Angel
  • Narrated by: Katrina Carmony
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

Dayna Chrissie, the leading Crime Scene Analyst for the LAPD, enjoys nothing more than finding the one clue that can solve a crime. The day she finds a golden medallion on a body that's been dumped at a downtown construction site, she doesn't think much about it. Until that medallion transports her to the magical kingdom of Andeluvia. Dayna discovers that she's been summoned to solve the murder of the realm's king, before war breaks out between Andeluvia and the Centaur Kingdoms.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great alternative crime story!

  • By Douglas on 09-11-12

Narrator did not do it for me

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

Reviewed: 09-01-12

As David mentioned the narrator makes this, which is a pretty thin story to begin with, hard to continue to listen to for longer periods of time. I find myself pausing and switching over to music on my ipod just to not get overly frustrated.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Confessions of a D-List Supervillain

  • By: Jim Bernheimer
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer, Talmadge Ragan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,472
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,477

Exploding from the pages of Horror, Humor, and Heroes, Volume One - it’s the full length adventures of the one and only Mechani-Cal! So grab your battlesuit and prepare to get a little nasty.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Quite The Avengers, But Just As Much Fun...

  • By Michael on 10-08-12

Surprisingly entertaining

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

Reviewed: 09-01-12

As the title says, this book was surprisingly entertaining. I mean it is only about 5+ hours long and it you expect a literary masterpiece you are in for a disappointment. That being said it delivers exactly what the description says; a witty and humorous glimpse into the life of a “super” villain stuck on the right (or should that be wrong) side of the fence.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Prince of Thorns: Broken Empire 1

  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 332

Prince of Thorns is the first volume in a powerful new epic fantasy trilogy, original, absorbing and challenging. Before the thorns taught me their sharp lessons and bled weakness from me I had but one brother, and I loved him well. But those days are gone and what is left of them lies in my mother's tomb. Now I have many brothers, quick with knife and sword, and as evil as you please. We ride this broken empire and loot its corpse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark, violent, sarcastic and unapologetic about it

  • By lum on 08-21-12

Humerous kid anti-hero

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

Reviewed: 08-27-12

Young prince travels with a gang of cutthroat mercenaries raping and pillaging through a war-torn world divided into a hundred tiny kingdoms all run by kings whose brutality is only surpassed by their cruelty and greed. So our hero is not really a likeable fellow, he is a little evil vengeful brat to be quite honest. But he is also at times a quite funny and not to mention a clever fellow. That and the fact that we are early on introduced to the event that made him such a monster helps us understand him somewhat, combined with the fact that everyone else seems like such complete bastards and we end up cheering for him anyway.
He is clearly traumatized, ensorcelled even, but he keep going. Brutally so. Now there isn’t really that much violence in this novel. Oh, they speak of violence all the time as they threaten each other or reminisce, but it is more a book about trauma and vengeful thoughts than and a true action novel. It is dark though, there is no hiding that. Dark and at times quite humorous:

“Most men have at least one redeeming feature. Finding one for Brother Rike requires a stretch. Is 'big' a redeeming feature?”

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Redshirts

  • A Novel with Three Codas
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,877
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,855

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing, but somehow still worth a listen.

  • By Bradford on 03-06-13

He said, she said

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

Reviewed: 08-06-12

It starts out decently and the concept is quite clever and funny, but the dialogue is doing my head in. The book has these pockets of time where the main characters stand around discussing events in an effort for us and them to understand them. Fair enough really, but the way it is presented is driving me spare.

Blabla – X said
Blala – Y said
Blalabla – Z said

I just can’t take it. Especially not in audio format.

119 of 141 people found this review helpful