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  • The Sea Peoples

  • By: S. M. Stirling
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 192

The spirit of Prince John, the brother of Crown Princess Orlaith, has fallen captive to the power of the Yelolow Raja and his servant, the Pallid Mask. Prince John's motley band of friends and followers, led by Captain Pip of Townsville and Deor Godulfson, the bard and master of magic, must lead a quest through realms of shadow and dream to rescue Prince John from a threat far worse than death. Meanwhile, Reiko and Orlaith muster their kingdoms for war, making common cause with the reborn Kingdom of Hawaii.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It is becoming Soooo painful - - -

  • By Lyle on 11-24-17

way to much navel gazing

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

the performance is amazingly well done.
the story consists of way to much navel gazing, is overly filled with symbology that feels like the author patting himself on the back fir his cleverness.

I skipped every dream sequence and missed nothing. so this book is only about 1/3rd the length advertised. anyone that says the dreak sequences were nuanced is just someone who enjoys echo chambers way to much.

  • Morning Star

  • Book III of the Red Rising Trilogy
  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 21 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29,549
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27,541
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 27,485

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society's mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It doesn't get much better than this!

  • By Audre on 03-24-16

does not live up to the promise of the first book

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

Reviewed: 09-14-17

disappoints from the get go. the author lingers on unnecessary details while not developing the story.

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  • Soldier of the Legion

  • By: Marshall S. Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bill Sebastian
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

A rough truce divides the known galaxy between the System, the despotic slave empire that rules the inner systems, and the Confederation of Free Worlds. The ConFree is defended by the Legion. Beta Three, call sign Thinker, like so many young fools before him, joined the Legion after the love of his life walked out. Fresh from the boot camp called Planet Hell, Thinker's unit is called to defend a remote ConFree world from a mysterious System incursion.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • adolescent enhanced narration, not audiodrama

  • By James on 01-12-04

Bad audio quality, poorly written story

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

Reviewed: 04-26-17

What would have made Soldier of the Legion better?

The character obsesses over the female characters in a childish way and never seems able to confront either of his love interests. If you want to break up with a woman and date another one, fine, that is life. But PLEASE have the intestinal fortitude to let the one woman know and not just hope your problem will resolve it's self. Also, the women (and most of the other side characters) are cardboard cutout's with little to no personality or other redeeming traits.

Would you ever listen to anything by Marshall S. Thomas again?

possibly? I don't know where this book fits in his writing career, but if it is one of his first then maybe he will get better with time?

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator was flat, deadpan, monotone, and lacked any kind of excitement or inflection. The ocasional quotes from the side characters sounded more looney-toons than they did like space-marine style soldiers. I swear the woman who voiced Priestess also does some of the voices from My Little Pony.

Additionally, the sound effects and background noise overwhelmed the narrators voice. It got so bad that there were whole sections of dialog and narration that I was completely unable to hear. Quite often the background noises don't fit what the narration is saying; "Shouted orders rang out through the cavern" and yet I am listening as the director ramps up the sounds of people crying and rocks falling? Where are the indistinct shouted orders? Also, cut it out witht he Wilhelm screams! Once is funny, twice is silly, three times in as many paragraphs deserves an evisceration of that audio engineer.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

If this was done in a traditional style, rather than this heavy handed and poorly done 'audio drama' style it might be a fun sci-fi military romp. But I probably still wouldn't enjoy it. B.V. Larson does better "overly masculine and casually misogynistic" pulp sci-fi. Ill just go back to one of his next.

Any additional comments?

Save your money, there are much better books out there.

  • 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 2,733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,521
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,528

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

better than the sum of its parts

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

Reviewed: 12-17-14

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. a fun romp in a superhero universe that I now really want to hear more about. the villain was a little one dimensional but the three main hero's were complex enough to be interesting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Freedom (TM)

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,955

Daemon is firmly in control, using an expanded network of real-world, dispossessed darknet operatives to tear apart civilization and rebuild it anew. Soon civil war breaks out in the American Midwest, in a brutal wave of violence that becomes known as the Corn Rebellion. Former detective Pete Sebeck, now the Daemon's most powerful - though reluctant - operative, must lead a small band of enlightened humans toward a populist movement designed to protect the new world order. But the private armies of global business are preparing to crush the Daemon once and for all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow - a must read

  • By James on 07-11-10

Standard sci-fi that is still enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 12-11-12

What made the experience of listening to Freedom (TM) the most enjoyable?

The voice acting made what could have been one-dimensional characters come to life.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The exploration of the effects of a true communal state in our modern technological world was intriguing. I am not sure that I agree with the authors inherent belief in the goodness of people to work together, but as an intellectual exercise it was entertaining.

What about Jeff Gurner’s performance did you like?

Jeff Gurners ability to take standard trope characters and add depth to them was excellent and saved what could have been nothing more than a sci-fi fluff book.

  • Towers of Midnight

  • Wheel of Time, Book 13
  • By: Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 38 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,807
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,535
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14,549

The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight. The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age. Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!

  • By Corey on 11-09-10

Great story, poor voice acting

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

Reviewed: 08-26-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Towers of Midnight to be better than the print version?

No, I always prefer a print version. I only listen to audio books because of a 1.5 hour each way commute.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Towers of Midnight?

Perrin's battle with the trollocs was pretty good. The reading gave it gravitas, and the writing was very descriptive.

Did Michael Kramer and Kate Reading do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Michael Kramer needs to give up on trying to do female voices. He comes across as really bad and slightly creepy. When he would start trying to do Faile's voice it would really jar me and break me out of the scene. Kate Reading does great women characters. Her male voices are less great, but not as bad as Michael trying to do women. Also, Kate's British accent she gave some characters was pretty awful and would come and go, sometimes from scene to scene, sometimes in a single sentence.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The death of a great supporting character was handled well and the fallout for the main character was handled very well. I don't want to give any spoilers, but it was one of my favorite points in the book. It doesn't come as a surprise, there is plenty of foreshadowing and build-up, but it seemed to fit the story and the timing was well done.

Any additional comments?

This would have been a much better book with better voice actors or if those actors had made better choices with their voice selection.