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  • A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe

  • By: Alex White
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Blacklock
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

A washed-up treasure hunter, a hotshot racer, and a deadly secret society. They're all on a race against time to hunt down the greatest warship ever built. Some think the ship is lost forever, some think it's been destroyed, and some think it's only a legend, but one thing's for certain: whoever finds it will hold the fate of the universe in their hands. And treasure that valuable can never stay hidden for long....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Creative, fun, breathless. Seamless meld of sci-fi and magic.

  • By Sammy on 12-19-18

I LOVE this world!

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

Magic-fueled technology in a science-fiction scavenger setting? What's not to like?!

I loved this story, the plot, the setting, and most importantly, the cast. White has such a strong sense of character that even if characters had similar names, there was no confusing them because they were so different.

But its the setting that really gets me. I cannot get over how amazing the merging of magic and technology are! I will be digging even further into this series very soon!

  • Snowball

  • Chronicles of a Wererabbit, Book 1
  • By: M. Y. Zeman
  • Narrated by: Erin Evans-Walker
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

My name is Snow, and I am a wererabbit. Snow Everly was born a rabbit and believed that her destiny was to die in a cold laboratory. Then one winter night, a vampire breaks in searching for his missing research. When the lab goes up in flames, he goes back and rescues her. When she turns three years old, Snow gains the ability to shift into a girl. Why was she created? Who and what are the mysterious figures following her? Follow Snow on her journey as she searches for the answers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wascally Werewabbit! It's Wabbit Season!

  • By Ray Johnson on 05-01-18

Fun, but it ended abruptly

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

I loved the reality of this book. Kind of an odd statement, considering it's clearly about a wererabbit. When I say reality, I mean the things our main character, Snow, deals with. Yes, she's a wererabbit, but she has to cope with the same kinds of things normal children do. Self-identity, interests, social failures and successes. And being a rabbit, of course.

Okay, maybe that last one isn't normal to deal with, but still.

My only real criticism of this book is that what felt like the real main conflict didn't start until over halfway through the book. Don't get me wrong, I loved the atmosphere and tone of events leading up to it, but when things really started to get really troublesome...the book ended.

I'm glad to know there are more books intended for this series. The sudden ending left me with a sort of brand new plot thread that has only been cast on and not woven in. It's a dangling line that's much looser than I'm accustomed to in books.

Overall, this is a solid and enjoyable read, and I look forward to more!

  • Behind Enemy Lines

  • The Empire of Bones Saga, Book 7
  • By: Terry Mixon
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Cut off from home, Princess Kelsey Bandar needs a place to hide from the vengeful Rebel Empire. The secrets she stole give her people a fighting chance in the war that brought down the original Terran Empire. If she gets them home. If her prisoners cooperate. Should that prove impossible, she must then convince a long-hidden people to help her. After she finds them, of course.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The ever unfolding space opera of the decade!

  • By Dana Pearson on 09-19-18

A little draggy in the last third, but still great

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

Reviewed: 12-29-17

This book was well in keeping with the Empire of Bones series, remaining true to the tension of the world and the current situation. While the conflicts were solid, I feel like the last third of the book or so sort of dragged. I am, as always, eager to continue with the series when book 8 comes out, but the last bit was kind of a slog. To be fair, it wasn't quite as much of a drag as the second half of book 3, but this one was a little weaker than the others of the series.

Still, Mixon has my attention quite strongly in his grasp. I'm ready for the next installment.

  • Reconnaissance in Force

  • Book 6 of The Empire of Bones Saga
  • By: Terry Mixon
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

Know your enemy. Especially those capable of crushing you like a bug. Princess Kelsey Bandar must lead a bold strike deep into enemy space to steal the technology the New Terran Empire needs to survive. Success gives them a fighting chance. Failure dooms them to death and worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the weaker in the series, but still good

  • By August on 12-21-17

One of the weaker in the series, but still good

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

Reviewed: 12-21-17

There is some exciting stuff happening in this book, but that said, it's one of the weaker ones in the series. The ups were decent rather than excellent, and even the lowest points weren't that jarring. It was a middle-of-the-road book. It just didn't seem to reach the emotional highs and lows of Paying the Price or Empire of Bones.

It did, though, introduce yet another character that I'm ready to see get fully slapped in the face. After Wallace Breckenridge and Ethan Bandar, we needed someone else to detest completely.

In this book, we get it. And it's carrying over into book 7!

  • Paying the Price

  • The Empire of Bones Saga, Book 5
  • By: Terry Mixon
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

Admiral Jared Mertz and Princess Kelsey Bandar saved billions of lives and staved off an invasion of the Terran Empire, but not everyone is cheering their success. Their triumphant return sets off a chain of events that threaten not only their lives, but everyone they hold dear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • absolutely fantastic

  • By Jason Kiefer on 10-06-18

YES!

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

Reviewed: 12-14-17

By far my favorite Empire of Bones novel so far! This book paid off some of the things I've been looking forward to from book 1, and it delivered in a big way. I was pleased to see some of the secondary and tertiary characters we've seen come closer to the forefront in this book, and just... wow. The ending was awesome!

I am pumped for book 6!

  • Ghosts of Empire

  • Empire of Bones, Book 4
  • By: Terry Mixon
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

Jared and Kelsey won the battle for Harrison's World, but the enemy holds thousands of Fleet personnel prisoner. They must get their people back without revealing who they really are, or the sentient AIs will eradicate the new Terran Empire. Coordinator Olivia West sees an opportunity to free her people from Harrison's World now that the AI that had crushed them under its heel was no more. To do that, she must outwit the Fleet officers holding the keys to her planet's destruction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing continuation of the story

  • By Jason Kiefer on 06-07-18

Nailed it!

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

Mixon really nailed this one. Some of what happened in book 3 left me feeling stagnant, but I am so in love with the characters and setting that I could not turn down reading book 4. This was a refreshing new situation for our characters, with some new people to interact with, and just a whole plethora of possibilities. I was on the edge of my seat the whole book, and I am pumped for book 5!

  • The Empire of Bones Saga, Volume 1

  • By: Terry Mixon
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 26 hrs and 49 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 153

Looking for military science fiction and grand adventure on a galaxy-spanning scale? If dead empires, galactic exploration, civilization-threatening war, and the battle for the future of humanity sounds interesting, this is the series for you! This box set omnibus edition includes the first three books in The Empire of Bones Saga plus a bonus story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cannot wait to read the rest of this epic saga!

  • By Steven L. Lindauer on 06-21-18

Amazing Series

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

Reviewed: 11-28-17

I have found this series to embody some of the things I most love about space opera. Granted, space marines aren't one of my top choices in sci-fi reading, but Mixon has nailed the genre for me. Book 1 of the series introduces one of the very best character plot twists I have ever come across. Book 2 continues the discovery and weaving of plot cables, and book 3 has the most infuriating antagonist I've come across in Mixon's work.

I can't help but think it's brilliant that he added in a short story after these first three books. And that the short story actually takes place after book 4. He DOES give a spoiler alert to that fact, so if you spoil book 4 for yourself, that's on you. But it's a great incentive to go ahead and get book 4. As if I needed one.

I will be seeing this series to its end. I have to know what happens to Jared and Kelsey!

  • My Bittersweet Summer

  • By: Starla Huchton
  • Narrated by: Lori Prince
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Margaret Walsh worked for six years to overcome the trauma she endured at the hands of bullies as a kid, and graduation promises the chance to start over in college and leave the past behind her for good. What was supposed to be her last summer of fun before moving to Paris turns into a nightmare as her parents announce they're taking over management of a restaurant in the New England beach town where she spent her childhood. For them, it's an amazing possibility. For her, it means confronting memories - and people - she'd rather forget.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bittersweet Romance

  • By Adriana B on 10-05-17

Highly Recommend

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

Reviewed: 10-14-17

This was an excellent book all around. Not only were the characters shockingly realistic, their actions served themselves, not the plot, not anything else. They remained consistent in who they were throughout (with the exception of the gradual growth necessary to their arcs, of course. ) They grew realistically. Nothing felt forced, and I loved that

  • Arkane Thrillers, Books 1 - 3

  • Stone of Fire, Crypt of Bone, Ark of Blood
  • By: J F Penn
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Meet Morgan Sierra. Ex-Israeli military psychologist, specialist in religious cults at Oxford University, Krav Maga expert, and now recruited to work for ARKANE, a secret British government agency investigating supernatural mysteries around the world. From ancient Christian sites in Spain, Italy, and Israel, to the far reaches of Iran and Tunisia, Morgan and Jake must track down the stones through the myths of the early church, before the fires of evil are summoned again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Hit for Penn!

  • By Ann Keeran on 11-25-17

Intriguing

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

While not my usual genre, I enjoyed these books. The concept alone is gripping, though the execution wasn't quite to my liking.

Keep in mind this is all opinion, and these books may be perfect for you.

My real issue was with the pacing. Everything happened a little too quickly, with answers to mystical-type questions being a bit too convenient. While every answer wasn't immediate, and every bit of conjecture wasn't perfect, the mystery solving was still too quick for me to believe. This took a lot more suspension of disbelief than I'm accustomed to, and I usually read fantasy.

That aside, characters are solid, and the adventures are a lot of fun. Giguere's performance is exceptional, bringing an extra layer of life to the narrative.

  • The Casebook of Esho St. Claire

  • The Gibbering Mr. Cravat, The Current Killer
  • By: Scott Roche
  • Narrated by: David Robison
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

"The Gibbering Mr. Cravat": Bearing a hideous curse, Mr. Cravat begs the help of consulting detective Esho St. Claire. The case will take St. Claire from the homes of Manhattan's wealthy to the Undercity, where creatures of legend live. "The Current Killer": Speaking through Nikola Tesla's ether recording machine, a ghost hires St. Claire to prove that Thomas Edison is guilty of his murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mystery and sorcery equals a great read!

  • By Benjamin Delano on 08-09-17

Fun romp, definitely want more

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

Reviewed: 08-17-17

Jumping into this book was a little disorienting, as I had no real foundation of who, when, or where was involved. That said, it was easy to sink into this book. You get two excellent mysteries here, with plenty of mysticism, industry, and colorful characters.

Now that I have the grounding in Esho's life, I want more.