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  • Waste of Space

  • By: Gina Damico
  • Narrated by: Dara Rosenberg, Maxwell Glick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Cram 10 hormonal teens into a spaceship and blast off: that's the premise for the ill-conceived reality show Waste of Space. The kids who are cast know everything about drama - and nothing about the fact that the production is fake. Hidden in a desert warehouse, their spaceship replica is equipped with state-of-the-art special effects dreamed up by the scientists partnering with the shady cable network airing the show.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • #CatchPhraseForever

  • By Diane S. on 07-28-17

Ok to pass the time

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

This was not Ms. Damico's best work, but it was not her worse. There were some stretches that got a little dull. She desperately needs technical advice if she ever attempts to write about television production again.

However, she nailed the personality of the show runner. I've worked with people just like she described. They probably would act exactly as Ms. Damico described were they not afraid of jail. That or figured out some way to make someone else take the fall.

The premise of the story was ok. I like the concept of telling the tale through a whistleblower diary. She pushed the edges of believability and the laws of physics a bit far for my taste. I think she could have done more with the story.

  • The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Adam Baldwin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,866
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,272
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,261

Have you ever seen a planet invaded by rampaging space mutants from another dimension or Nazi dinosaurs from the future? Don't let this happen to you! Rifts happen, so you should be ready when universes collide. A policy with Stranger & Stranger can cover all of your interdimensional insurance needs. Rated "Number One in Customer Satisfaction" for three years running, no claim is too big or too weird for Tom Stranger to handle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Someone owes me a new keyboard

  • By Aimee M on 05-24-16

My insurance agent should be so good

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

This quick little tale is a good mix of science fiction, legal fiction and corporate fiction. Competing "insurance agents" engaging in a full contact interstellar legal match is very entertaining. The twists and turns kept the listener guessing all the way through it.

It made me laugh in a few places. It will hold your interest all the way through. I recommend it.

  • Family Law

  • Family Law Series, Book 1
  • By: Mackey Chandler
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31

People love easily. Look at most of your relatives or coworkers. How lovable are they? Really? Yet most have mates and children. The vast majority are still invited to family gatherings and their relatives will speak to them. Many have pets to which they are devoted. Some even call them their fur-babies. Is your dog or cat or parakeet property or family? Not in law but in your heart? Can a pet really love you back? Or is it a different affection? Are you not kind to those who feed and shelter you? But what if your dog could talk back? Would your cat speak to you kindly?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By GJH on 06-02-18

Excellent story and very probable

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

Mackey Chandler is an author I will be looking for. All four (so far) books in the series were very entertaining for me. Chandler's style perfectly blends detail, action and technical things for me. His Heinlein like observations on people, and in particular Earth based bureaucracies is refreshing.

This book will keep the listener interested and entertained all the way through. It really made the miles go by fast. It is family friendly and I highly recommend it for everyone.

  • Scythe

  • By: Neal Shusterman
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,093
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,092

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: Humanity has conquered all those things and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life - and they are commanded to do so in order to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe - a role that neither wants. These teens must master the "art" of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immortal until you're Gleaned

  • By G. Grimsley on 06-27-17

Good story, but not for mellow listeners

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

This was not what I thought it was going to be. The story really is good. It keeps the listener interested. There are more than a few graphic scenes. After all, this is a story about institutionalized population control through killing. But those scenes are not carried out to the point of overdone.

Scythe is not exactly my cup of tea. It is very well written and well told. This is through no fault of the author or narrator. My only complaint is strictly personal taste.

However, as odd as this sounds,especially in light of the last paragraph, I will probably get the next one in the series sometime when I am at a loss for anything else. I want to see what happens to Citra, Rowan and Faraday next.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53,857
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,266
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50,128

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The opposite of the Martian...

  • By Ruth Nielsen on 11-27-17

Excellent tale from the moon

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

Reviewed: 12-16-17

Andy Weir's latest offering is really worth the time. This tale of a small time smuggler living, working and plying her trade on the moon takes on some twists and turns that really keeps the reader engaged. Anything beyond that would be a spoiler.

As in The Martian, there is a lot of "MacGyver" like problem solving. Weir really thinks his character's actions through, keeping the action believable. This makes the story even more interesting and keeps the listener engaged.

This book will keep you interested and make the miles fly by fast.

  • Resistance

  • The Invasion Series, Book 1
  • By: J.F. Holmes
  • Narrated by: Talon Beeson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

In space, when you lose the high ground, you lose the war. Eleven years before, General David Warren was the best and brightest, in charge of defending the Earth from an attacking fleet. Overmatched in battle, the Earth forces were devastated, and the enemy moved into the high ground and proceeded with orbital bombardment. Civilization fell, and then two years later, the enemy landed and the occupation began.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • back to the 50's

  • By bookouri on 06-02-18

Excellent Post Alien Invasion Resistance

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

Reviewed: 08-16-17

John Holmes spins us a tale of multiple alien species overseeing earth after a devastating invasion. The superior alien technology and vastly superior firepower made short of the combined forces of the planet.

Now we are 11 years into the alien invasion. Life pretty much stinks if you are human. While the aliens believe the military is quashed, there are still organized armed forces running missions under their noses. Sometimes these forces even get away with it. This is the story of those forces and their effort to take the planet back from the aliens.

This is a great story. The author keeps your attention all the way through. The characters and dialog are believable and authentic.

This story and narration makes the miles go by fast. It gets my highest recommendation.

  • Devil's Homecoming

  • The Blackout Series, Book 6
  • By: Bobby Akart
  • Narrated by: John David Farrell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293

The dawn of human existence has proven we are warlike creatures. After destruction, will you have the tenacity to overcome obstacles and rebuild? In the final installment of The Blackout Series, Devil's Homecoming, an unexpected turn of events deals the rebuilding effort a near deadly blow as the United States Government, in the form of a FEMA occupying force, descends upon Savannah. The FEMA battalion's leader is hell-bent on revenge and he is proof that in a post-apocalyptic world, hell is empty and all the devils are here.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • End of an era.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 06-24-17

Good story, could have used another chapter

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

In this last installment of the Blackout series the good guys find themselves up to their earlobes in trouble with old enemies. Only this time those old enemies returned with some military backup. It doesn't look good for our heros.

The story is entertaining all the way through. The action is good and well paced. My only complaint was the end fell a little flat. There were a couple of large dangling threads left hanging. As if a number of pages were left out of the right before the final chapter.

Alas, to say more would spoil the story.

That aside, the story held my attention and kept me awake. It gets my recomendation as a good one to drive to.

  • Reamde

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 38 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,888
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,930

Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not perfect, but worth a listen.

  • By ShySusan on 10-01-11

What a ride!

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

Reviewed: 06-30-17

This story is like a long freight train. It started out really slow, but once it got rolling there is no stopping it. This story combines online gaming, hackers, Russian mobsters, and international terrorists. What more can one ask?

The twists and turns are frequent and unexpected, which keeps the story interesting all the way through it. There is plenty of action and suspense to keep anyone entertained. When it was over, I wanted more.

Reamde is a great way to make the miles go by. I highly recommend it.

  • Shattered

  • Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign
  • By: Jonathan Allen, Amie Parnes
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,044
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,851
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,847

It was never supposed to be this close. And of course she was supposed to win. How Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump is the tragic story of a sure thing gone off the rails. For every Comey revelation or hindsight acknowledgment about the electorate, no explanation of defeat can begin with anything other than the core problem of Hillary's campaign - the candidate herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • disappointing reading

  • By Jonathan Burg on 04-23-17

A scathing review of Hillary's campaign and Hillar

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

Reviewed: 06-03-17

The authors state in the introduction they thought they were going to be writing about Hillary's triumphant ascension to power. It is also clear that neither author has any love for President Trump.

However, this is a remarkably frank and honest evaluation of both Hillary and her campaign. The authors take us through a guided tour of Hillary's dysfunctional campaign organization and all the errors that lead to Hillary's eventual loss.

This history runs in chronological order from the formation of her team to the days after her loss. There are many details most of us never heard about until this book came out.

Thought a little slow in the beginning, this book held my interest. Not bad for a nonfiction piece.

  • Even Zombie Killers Get the Blues

  • Zombie Killer Blues, Book 1
  • By: John Holmes
  • Narrated by: F. C. McAllister
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Sometime in the near future, a few years after the Zombie Apocalypse has devastated the world, a small group of soldiers (sort of) is covering the United States Army's advance back into Upstate New York and the Hudson River Valley. The team is what this book is about. How men and women work together to overcome obstacles, deal with loss, and form an efficient fighting unit.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the action

  • By Tiffany on 04-12-17

Written by someone that's been there!

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

Reviewed: 05-16-17

I'm not one for zombie tales, but this one really hit the mark. The story and characters were great. There are several laugh out loud moments to go with it.

The author clearly tapped his military experience for this book. It adds authenticity to the story that most of these stories lack.

This one is a great was to pass the miles. It gets my fullest recommendation.