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  • Storm World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 10
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,142
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,022
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,012

In an unprecedented first, Earth sends a message to Mogwa Prime. Unfortunately, the messenger is not met with enthusiasm. Misunderstandings soon threaten all of Humanity. Forced to prove Earth can serve the Empire better than any rival, McGill does his best. Eager to prove our worth to the Galactics, the frontier war between Rigel and Earth is expanded to Storm World. Circled by six moons, the planet is ravaged by wild storms and tides. Battles are fought in raging hurricanes, and death stalks the soldiers on both sides.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A bit more of the same... but still fantastic

  • By Elliot on 01-31-19

James McGill!

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

I listen to a lot of audio books, many good, some great, a few meh. It's actually embarrassing how much I listen. It's to the point where I wish Audible would remove the stats on lifetime listening totals. Anyway...No matter what though, I have come to love the adventures of James McGill above all others. When a new book becomes available for pre-order I am thrilled. I would spend my last $10 on a new "World" story. James McGill - the REAL Most Interesting Man in the World (still pretend of course).

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Skunk Works

  • A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed
  • By: Ben R. Rich, Leo Janos
  • Narrated by: Pete Larkin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,122

From the development of the U-2 to the Stealth fighter, the never-before-told story behind America's high-stakes quest to dominate the skies. Skunk Works is the true story of America's most secret and successful aerospace operation. As recounted by Ben Rich, the operation's brilliant boss for nearly two decades, the chronicle of Lockheed's legendary Skunk Works is a drama of Cold War confrontations and Gulf War air combat, of extraordinary feats of engineering and human achievement against fantastic odds.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice work for a techie or aero interested

  • By Nar on 09-19-15

Favorite non-fiction of all time

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

I suspect this is one of those titles that will appeal in a meaningful way to some and, for others, not. For me, having a strong and positive opinion of the role of the Skunkworks in the defense of America - and freedoms everywhere - this book was a powerful and even emotional story. It’s the dedication of people like those depicted in this book that built this country and keep it safe. Just an amazing tale, so much so that you wonder if it really could have happened. More than that though, it is my sincere hope that all of the UFO sitings around the world are the result of Skunkworks doing their thing today, launching new aircraft into the sky and space that defy imagination, so far out of known capabilities, that they can ONLY be called UFOs. Long live the Skunkworks. RIP Ben Rich and Kelly Johnson. If I could give them both, this book, and the SR-71 a 7-star rating, I would do so without hesitation.

  • Dark World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 9
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,901
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,628

Two expanding interstellar powers are about to meet in battle. After the collapse of the Cephalopod Kingdom, Humanity claimed the 300 rebellious worlds it left behind. But light years away on the far side of a disputed region, a rival power has begun to move. They're stealing our planets, one at a time. Earth Command decides to invade the center of the frontier to set up an advanced base. The mission to DARK WORLD is highly classified and deadly. Legion Varus spearheads the effort, and James McGill journeys to the stars again. How many ships do they have? How advanced is their tech? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The “Juice Box” Gambit

  • By Don Gilbert on 07-02-18

James McGill

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

Reviewed: 06-16-18

Every time a new book in the series comes out it makes my day. And I say that because it takes me about one day to listen to the book. One of the best authors and definitely one of the best narrators… And for sure one of the best characters in this genre. If there was a book that came out every week on James McGill I would buy it. Please keep them coming!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Siege

  • Arisen, Book 13
  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,263
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,215
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,213

In the north, the collapsed section of the Wall is defended only by the decimated remains of 2 PARA. Even reinforced by Jameson and the exhausted Royal Marines of One Troop, it's a doomed delaying action at best - and the last choke point in the entire ZA faces an incoming tide of dead stretching to the ends of the Earth. Meanwhile, hunkered down at CentCom, the unified ranks of our heroes, led by Ali and Fick, work furiously to fortify and reinforce what will be humanity's final fallback position - forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Frick & Pred

  • By J. Gordon on 03-08-18

Frick & Pred

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

I so look forward to each new book in this series and am always concerned that the next will be the last. The dialogue of the Operators, particularly Frick and Pred, have me bursting out laughing as I walk around my Fortune 50 job listening to the book. So many great lines for the ages. Never thought I'd say this but I hope the Zombie A continues on strong so that we can have another 13 books!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Blood World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 8
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,362
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,063
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,048

A dirty deal was struck. Humanity was allowed to keep 300 rebellious worlds. In return, we declared war on a powerful enemy from beyond the frontier. A frantic build-up of forces has begun, but the task is hopeless. Seeking allies, Earth's legions are sent to Blood World. A planet on the fringe of known space, where the people only respect masters of combat. Earth's Legions must impress them, but other alien powers have been invited to join the contest. The prize consists of billions of loyal troops - Earth must win.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • “McGill’s World”

  • By Don Gilbert on 03-22-18

James McGill

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

If there were 100 audio books featuring James McGill I would listen to every one.

  • Points of Impact

  • Frontlines, Book 6
  • By: Marko Kloos
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,744
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,565

Earth's armed forces have stopped the Lanky advance and chased their ships out of the solar system, but for CDC officer Andrew Grayson, the war feels anything but won. On Mars, the grinding duty of flushing out the twenty-meter-tall alien invaders from their burrows underground is wearing down troops and equipment at an alarming rate. And for the remaining extrasolar colonies, the threat of a Lanky attack is ever present.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Meeting up with old friends that you actually miss

  • By Mgarneau on 01-10-18

Not enough of a story

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

Reviewed: 01-23-18

The whole story of this book revolved around getting a new ship up and running. Then ONE battle. That's kind of a joke for one whole book. Readers deserve more meat. Luke Daniels was, of course, as always, absolutely perfect though. Can't beat Luke.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Ibarra Sanction

  • Terran Armor Corps, Book 2
  • By: Richard Fox
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,375
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,298

Once, the Ibarras saved Earth and all of humanity from utter destruction. Now they are fugitives and traitors hunted by the Terran Union's mightiest warriors. After fleeing with a stolen armada, the Ibarra family have finally emerged from hiding and are scouring the galaxy for an ancient alien legacy, destroying any who get in their way. For armor soldier Roland Shaw, the call to put down the Ibarra mutiny is a bitter task as he and the Iron Dragoons come face to face with the Ibarras in order to discover if they are truly their friends or their most deadly foe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome continuation of the Ember War universe.

  • By Scott Moon on 01-13-18

Luke great as always, story better than book 1....

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

....but a 6 hour book will always, always generate a poor overall review. Luke is an amazing narrator. The overall story from the first series was amazing but this whole Armor Corps was a big disappointment. If book 3 comes out I will of course listen with hopes of a return of an engaging, thoughtful, FULL book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Iron Dragoons

  • Terran Armor Corps, Book 1
  • By: Richard Fox
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,042
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,922

Soldiers of the Terran Armor Corps wage war across the stars. Wired into mechanized battle suits, they fight the terrifying battles which must be won, no matter the cost. Their deeds are legend, their reputation feared by the enemies of Earth and her allies, but how the Corps forges young men and women into mighty warriors is shrouded by mystery. Roland Shaw lost his parents to war, he volunteers for the Armor Corps to honor their memory and discover just how far he can push himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely hands-down favorite

  • By Wes on 11-25-17

I hate submitting a poor review but...

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

Reviewed: 12-23-17

...I do not appreciate having an entire book dedicated to the recruitment, training and early careers of Armor. We get it, not interesting - not interesting for people who are not familiar with the larger story line and definitely a waste of time for those who are. For those of us who are fans of Fox, Daniels and this whole larger story line, we expect more of a story per book than this. Super disappointing. I hope it gets better in the next one.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Every Day a Friday

  • How to Be Happier 7 Days a Week
  • By: Joel Osteen
  • Narrated by: Joel Osteen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,137

Pastor Joel Osteen writes how we can generate Friday's level of contentment and joy every day of the week. Known as a man who maintains a constant positive outlook in spite of circumstances, Osteen has described this message as a core theme of his ministry. Combining his personal experiences with scriptural insights and principles for true happiness, he shows listeners how every day can hold the same promise and opportunities for pure joy that they experience at five o'clock on Friday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life Changer

  • By Hai T Nguyen on 11-23-11

Perfect reminders for life - for religious or not

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

Reviewed: 12-23-17

I do not go to church yet I enjoy listening to Joel. Everything he says, interspersed with reference to God and the Bible, is applicable to all people, all religions and even those who do not believe. I don't know if I believe and, if so, what I believe in - but regardless this book is worth listening to for all - not once but rather once per year.

  • Black Ops

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 4
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23,274
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,744

The elite crew of the pirate ship UNS Flying Dutchman had a simple mission: determining whether the Thuranin are sending another starship to Earth. Along the way, they became sidetracked by securing a future for the UNEF troops on the planet Paradise. When asked whether Earth was now safe, their ancient alien AI responded "Not so much"...now they have to deal with the consequences.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slightly better than books two and three.....

  • By Steve on 01-02-18

Getting old. Earth needs to advance a bit.

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

It's basically the same story line repeating. No advancement. Earth still hoping not to get discovered. It is really, truly getting old. I hate not giving 5 stars to a book read by RC Bray - but of course his narration is still 5 star.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful