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  • Hell Divers V: Captives

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 5
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,528
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,371
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,354

After a long, perilous journey, Hell Divers Xavier Rodriguez and Magnolia Katib discover the Metal Islands, a sunny, habitable zone where thousands of people live by fishing and farming. But this "paradise" is really a violent warrior society ruled by the cannibal King el Pulpo. For the first time in X's life, he is forced to lay down his arms and surrender. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ABSOLUTELY. THE. BEST. SERIES. EVER!!!

  • By Angela Campbell on 05-08-19

Hooollly s&#t

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

Reviewed: 06-25-19

Guys....NSS is a pure literary genius. HD is so well written I can’t even put enough praise into the words. Captives picks up right where Wolves leaves off and brings this arc to an end quite nicely. I can’t wait for books 6 and 7!!!!

  • Hell Divers II: Ghosts

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 2
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,345
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,703

Ten years ago, Hell Diver Xavier "X" Rodriguez fell to Earth. Those he left behind went on without him aboard the airship he once called home. Michael Everheart - the boy once known as Tin - has grown into a man and the commander of Hell Diver Raptor Team. While Michael dives to help keep the Hive in the air, Captain Leon Jordan rules with an iron fist at the helm of the ship. But unrest stirs under his strict leadership as a prophecy of hope sweeps the lower decks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for the next book!

  • By Todd (Toad) Vogel on 07-31-17

Another Amazing Chapter

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

Reviewed: 06-03-19

Picks up 10 years later, but the action doesn’t stop...your dropped in and it doesn’t stop. Bray knocks this out the park with his performance. NSS is truly an artist and combined they have created a masterpiece.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ten Drugs

  • How Plants, Powders, and Pills Have Shaped the History of Medicine
  • By: Thomas Hager
  • Narrated by: Angelo Di Loreto
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335

Beginning with opium, the “joy plant,” which has been used for 10,000 years, Thomas Hager tells a captivating story of medicine. His subjects include the largely forgotten female pioneer who introduced smallpox inoculation to Britain, the infamous knockout drops, the first antibiotic, which saved countless lives, the first antipsychotic, which helped empty public mental hospitals, Viagra, statins, and the new frontier of monoclonal antibodies. This is a deep, wide-ranging, and wildly entertaining book. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing to physicians & lay persons alike

  • By C. White on 03-08-19

Should be required reading.

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

what an excellent balanced approach to the historical context of modern medicine. The love affair America has with medicine is almost comical considering the reality we have always been taking "Grandma:s Rhumatoid" medicine for something.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Legends of Ahn

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 3
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,043
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,382
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,351

Rezkin is an elite warrior who aims to restore order in Ashai after Caydean's attack on the King's Tournament transformed former allies and trading partners into enemies. With no army and only a ragtag group of refugees, Rezkin must wrest control of the kingdom from the mad and powerful usurper, who seems bent on destruction, and this may not be the biggest challenge. If he fails, the kingdom will be ripped apart, and Rezkin will have violated Rule 1 - to protect and honor his friends.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Are you kidding me?

  • By Kimberly C. on 12-13-17

Hesitant going in, but pleased with result (Spoilers)

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

I read the reviews that this was lacking compared to the first two books. People claimed Rezkins paranoia and Frescias aloofness were uncharacteristic. I wholeheartedly disagree. In Rezkins case he is clearly under the influence of something or someone at the citadel. Frescia is battling her emotions based on the info from the end of book 2. Another point of contention was the addition of Illete. Rezkin has proven time and time again, that despite his harsh upbringing and his destined purpose that his is an honorable man and fights to protect innocent people. Yet another complaint was the introduction of magical beasts and demons. I loved it personally and brings another angle into the war and provides a different variety in the story vs the rightful heir against evil usurper. I felt this book was just as good as the previous two and can’t wait for the fourth one.

  • The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,054
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11,734
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,736

[Contains explicit content] Hear the story of what happened when the tech industry gave the world what it wanted: free porn. Lives were mangled. Fortunes were made. All for your pleasure. Follow writer and narrator Jon Ronson as he uncovers our web of desire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than you think.

  • By Luke Wellborn on 09-07-17

I love the big picture

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

unintended consequences can be more impactful than the intended. beautiful trek through the unintended impact.

  • Control Point

  • Shadow Ops
  • By: Myke Cole
  • Narrated by: Corey Jackson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 321

Myke Cole is an expert at ratcheting up suspense and delivering pulse-pounding adventure that leaves audiences breathless. In Shadow Ops: Control Point, the world has seemingly gone mad. People are waking up with magical powers, such as the ability to raise the dead or call forth storms. The only thing staving off a plunge into chaos is the Supernatural Operations Corps, headed by Oscar Britton. But when Oscar exhibits a power of his own, the hunter becomes the hunted.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • get on with it

  • By Eugene on 05-15-12

Great Concept, Cliche Military?

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

Reviewed: 07-27-17

let me begin by saying that I loved the story and I'm getting ready to buy the next book. The main characters are believable and are developing well. Yet, when promoted to write a review, I began to see a few elements that disappointed me.

First, presentation of the title and cover art led me to purchase a potential story of Operators dealing in the new battle paradigm of a world with new magic. Instead, the typical cliches of our warriors either being the maniacal bigot or the Nobel hero, so naive, he cannot see how his orders add to the chaos around him.

However, that is the authors prerogative. And, I plan on following this story to there next journey, because it's a great story, as it is.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Left Hand of Darkness

  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,919
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,671
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,670

A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can change their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter's inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the completely dissimilar culture that he encounters. Embracing the aspects of psychology, society, and human emotion on an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Almost 50 and still amazing

  • By kwdayboise (Kim Day) on 06-07-17

this book hits home

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

Reviewed: 06-12-17

As one who has lived overseas in different cultural contexts, and his felt like the outsider, this book speaks volumes to me. The characters interactions with the lack of trust inherent in every exchange are absolutely experienced by anybody in a cross-cultural situations. Yet in the context of cultural mistrust the bonds of love that begin to develop between you and your cultural or your language helper especially in a context of hyper stress, the deep connection of a person send their cultural guide is a feeling that this book captures.

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  • Caliban's War

  • The Expanse, Book 2
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 19 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,083
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,188

James S.A. Corey’s best-selling hit Leviathan Wakes earned Hugo and Locus Award nominations. In Caliban’s War, the second chapter of Corey’s Expanse series, a desperate Earth politician works tirelessly to prevent war from reigniting. Meanwhile, upheaval takes root on Venus and Ganymede. And amidst this tumult, James Holden and his crew on the Rocinante are charged with the impossible task of saving humanity from a terrifying fate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No sophmore slump as both plot and writing improve

  • By A reader on 09-17-12

Fantastic Story Telling

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-28-17

This series is so well written and has such a majestic flow. I love listening to it. it is such a plausible future in terms of human expansion, I simply love it.

  • The Gay Revolution

  • The Story of the Struggle
  • By: Lillian Faderman
  • Narrated by: Donna Postel
  • Length: 29 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

The Gay Revolution begins in the 1950s, when law classified gays and lesbians as criminals, the psychiatric profession saw them as mentally ill, the churches saw them as sinners, and society victimized them with irrational hatred. Against this dark backdrop, a few brave people began to fight back, paving the way for the revolutionary changes of the 1960s and beyond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely awe inspiring

  • By J. S. Myers on 08-19-16

THANK YOU<br />

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

Reviewed: 04-04-17

Wow, I cannot thank you enough for sharing with me a culture that I have been afraid to approach. I left the Christian Right because the attitude shared in this book. You introduced me to heroes.

  • SpecOps

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 2
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,341
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,066

Colonel Joe Bishop made a promise, and he's going to keep it: taking the captured alien starship Flying Dutchman back out. He doesn't agree when the UN decides to send almost 70 elite Special Operations troops, hotshot pilots, and scientists with him; the mission is a fool's errand he doesn't expect to ever return from. At least this time, the Earth is safe, right? Not so much.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too much Bromance!

  • By B. Phillips on 12-16-17

Skippy and Joe are the Best

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

Reviewed: 03-12-17

After Columbus Day, I eagerly awaited Spec Ops. I was not disappointed. Skippy's whit and Joe's instinctive strategic genius make a pair of heroes that stand out as iconic individuals. What a great story of friendship and courage.