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  • Deep Time

  • Star Carrier: Book Six
  • By: Ian Douglas
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389

Once rebels find themselves facing off against the Earth Confederation, the United States of North America is now the dominant force in negotiations with the interstellar Sh'daar Collective. But just as the marines root out the last violent dissenters, an alien ship of unknown origin suddenly flees Earth's orbit. Is it mere coincidence...or a terrifying omen?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No more repeats!

  • By W. M. Barber on 06-08-15

another splendid listen

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

Reviewed: 06-13-15

I've become invested in this universe and its characters. I look forward to the next adventure.

  • Symposium

  • By: Plato
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

The Greek word sumposion means a drinking party (a fact shamefully ignored by the organizers of modern symposia), and the party described in Plato's Symposium is one supposedly given in the year 416 BC by the playwright Agathon to celebrate his victory in the dramatic festival of the Lenaea. He has already given one party, the previous evening; this second party is for a select group of friends, and host and guests alike are feeling a little frail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect introduction to Plato

  • By B. Leddy on 02-19-12

A stellar performance. Great production value.

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

Reviewed: 07-22-14

Would you listen to Symposium again? Why?

Probably. If you listen at 2x, it sounds like monty python.

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

I hate greek Philosophy, but was going to a forum on this particular topic. The listen was so much better then to slog through the text.

Have you listened to any of Full Cast’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to a full cast before. That being said, this one was terrific.

  • Dark Matter

  • Star Carrier, Book Five
  • By: Ian Douglas
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480

The United States of North America is now engaged in a civil war with the Earth Confederation, which wants to yield to the demands of the alien Sh'daar, limit human technology, and become a part of the Sh'daar Galactic Collective. USNA President Koenig believes that surrendering to the Sh'daar will ultimately doom humankind. But when highly advanced, seemingly godlike aliens appear through an artificial wormhole in the Omega Centauri Cluster 16,000 light years from Earth, President Koenig is faced with a tremendous choice.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 5x Same Formula

  • By Kevin der Kinderen on 06-14-14

Another good installment

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

Reviewed: 07-03-14

Any additional comments?

I've enjoyed every installment of this series. I am more interested in the roset aliens than the grodoche (or however you spell either of those).

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 153,044
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 141,227
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 141,077

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Detailed, humorous, and believable.

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

Reviewed: 05-31-14

If you could sum up The Martian in three words, what would they be?

I empathized with the protagonist the whole time.

What did you like best about this story?

The honesty in the face of adversity.

What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

Well voiced.

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

There are too many to count. I was chewing my nails and laughing hysterically (I'm sure many a passerby, while I rode my bike and started laughing, wondered what I found so funny about them).

Any additional comments?

He's on my list of authors to watch.

  • Forging Zero

  • The Legend of ZERO
  • By: Sara King
  • Narrated by: Liam Owen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,098
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,102

The oldest of the children drafted from humanity's devastated planet, Joe is impressed into service by the alien Congressional Ground Force - and becomes the unwitting centerpiece in a millennia-long alien struggle for independence. Once his training begins, one of the elusive and prophetic Trith appears to give Joe a spine chilling prophecy that the universe has been anticipating for millions of years: Joe will be the one to finally shatter the vast alien government known as Congress. And the Trith cannot lie...but first Joe has to make it through bootcamp.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • That Chime…

  • By Robert A Dean Jr on 05-21-15

It was a slow starter.

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

Reviewed: 12-30-13

Any additional comments?

I almost gave up on it. The beginning was a bit trite. I got interested as the characters became more developed. It seems to be enders game, mixed with lord of the flies and just a touch of the hunger games thrown in. I will likely get the next one.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Fortune's Pawn

  • Paradox Series, Book 1
  • By: Rachel Bach
  • Narrated by: Emily Durante
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 290
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 266

Devi Morris isn't your average mercenary. She has plans. Big ones. And a ton of ambition. It's a combination that's going to get her killed one day - but not just yet. That is, until she gets a job on a tiny trade ship with a nasty reputation for surprises. The Glorious Fool isn't misnamed; it likes to get into trouble, so much so that one year of security work under its captain is equal to five years everywhere else. With odds like that, Devi knows she's found the perfect way to get the jump on the next part of her plan.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Easily the worst narration I've heard in 90 books

  • By Matthew on 11-05-14

Interesting read

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

Reviewed: 12-30-13

Any additional comments?

The narrator was OK, but couldn't really do authoritative mail voices well. I look forward to the next in the series, though I could have done without the Monarchy drivel. Fortunately it wasn't key to the book.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Three

  • Legends of the Duskwalker, Book 1
  • By: Jay Posey
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,146
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,148

The world has collapsed, and there are no heroes any more.His name is Three, a travelling gun for hire in a dying world. He has no allegiances, no family, no ties.Against his better judgment, he accepts the mantle of protector to a sick woman on the run, and her young son. Together they set out across the plains in search of a mythic oasis, attempting to survive the forces that pursue them, and the creatures of the dark.In these dark times, a hero may yet arise.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I like this book. Never boring.

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-19-14

Characters well crafted.

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

Reviewed: 11-14-13

Who was your favorite character and why?

Three, of course. He evolved subtly over the book.

What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

Masterful and distinctive voices. His evil characters tended to sound like meth-heads from KY, but I can deal with that.

Any additional comments?

I though I may have been tricked into a Zombie novel. The universe in question wasn't well explained, I suspect it will be in later books. There are zombie like things in there, but I bought the method they become zombies, and that wasn't really the focus.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Thirteen

  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 22 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 791
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 798

Marsalis is one of a new breed...literally. Genetically engineered by the U.S. government to embody the naked aggression and primal survival skills that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens were intended to be the ultimate military fighting force. The project was scuttled, however, when a fearful public branded the supersoldiers dangerous mutants, dooming the Thirteens to forced exile on Earth's distant, desolate Mars colony. But Marsalis found a way to slip back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW, Morgan Does it again!

  • By L. on 07-10-07

I enjoyed this on so many levels.

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

Reviewed: 10-22-13

What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Simon did an excellent job of creating distinct voices for each character.

Any additional comments?

This is a very violent, foul mouthed but utterly believable book. If you are particularly offended by a disparaging look at religion, are prudish or offended by foul language, this probably isn't the book for you (if you are familiar with his work in any way, this won't come as as shock). In my view, these do not distract from the narrative, but make it more believable.

  • Iron Sunrise

  • By: Charles Stross
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 178

Planet Moscow is vaporized by an unnatural star explosion, prompting those who escaped to counterattack the likely culprit - planet New Dresden of the neighboring system. But New Dresden wasn't to blame, and as worlds go to war, an unseen enemy labors to destroy the universe itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great follow-up novel

  • By Daniel O. Buchholz on 05-10-12

Meh. Not bad, but not good.

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

Reviewed: 09-27-13

Any additional comments?

I only got this book because of the narrator, the summary didn't really appeal to me. Once the plot devices were explained, I bought in. The book started out good. It was a bit disconcerting though as it felt like the maturity level and the intelligence of the characters shifted as the point of view of the narrator changed. Not sure if that was intentional or not, but I didn't care for it. It wasn't just a "blind spot" change, it was more dramatic.

The character Wednesday started out being voiced as a highly intelligent if defiant teenage girl. When the point of view shifted to another character, she sounded like a whimpering, somewhat slow brat.

Also the motivation, at least what one could glean of it, of the bad guys seemed, to me, to be a bit shallow. The book appears to have been written with a next volume in mind. Haven't made up my mind if I'll continue the series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Homeworld

  • Odyssey One, Book 3
  • By: Evan Currie
  • Narrated by: Benjamin L. Darcie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,946
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,952

War comes home to the Sol system when the Drasin track a human ship back to Earth, with devastating consequences. Facing massive force of invading alien ships wielding terrible power, the crew of the NAC spacecraft, their allies, and the people of Earth must mount a desperate effort to stop them. Doomed from the start, but with nowhere to retreat, Captain Eric Weston commits his ship to the defense of the human race even as the human outposts in Sol system fall one by one before the unrelenting Drasin onslaught.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! This is a Great Series. It sucks you in!

  • By Teresa on 01-24-14

Another compelling entry in the saga

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

Reviewed: 09-27-13

Any additional comments?

I stopped listening to another book when I saw this was out. As I've noted on the other books, it's fairly non-stop action. This one was a bit more of a cliff hanger than the other two though.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful