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Mike Pluta

Overland Park, KS
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  • The Singularity Trap

  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,808
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,661
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,628

When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent.

  • By Amy Snider on 06-13-18

Five Stars Squared!

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

The team of Dennis E. Taylor and Ray Porter have again delivered audiobook good!

The Singularity Trap , penned by Taylor and voiced by Porter is a new hard sci-fi Audible exclusive release. The story incorperates first contact, nanotechnology, military conspiracies, interstellar conflict and more all wrapped in the warm quilt of Taylor-Porter fun and frivolity.

I've been patiently waiting for this release and have not been disappointed.

I wish I could give this five stars squared!

88 of 113 people found this review helpful

  • Extinct

  • Extracted, Book 3
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 868
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 863

The end of the world has been avoided - for now. With Miri and her team of extracted heroes still on the run, Mother, the disgraced former head of the British Secret Service, has other ideas.... While Mother retreats to her bunker to plot her next move, Miri, Ben, Safa and Harry travel far into the future to ensure that they have prevented the apocalypse. But what they find just doesn't make sense. London in 2111 is on the brink of annihilation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Time-Travel Story

  • By Mike Pluta on 05-19-18

My Favorite Time-Travel Story

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

This is the end of an awesome trilogy and is the wrap-up of the best time travel story I've ever read.

It's not often that I'm unable to accurately predict what's going to happen; Extracted, Executed, and Extinct had me thrilled, guessing, and surprised to the very end. Extracted is full of action and adventure. Executed is a crazy, non-stop, action-packed adrenaline rush! Extinct is a rollercoaster ride full of ups, downs, twists, and turns! To make it even better, the characters are so well developed, I've come to think of them as friends

Extinct is not a stand-alone novel. You will want to read Extracted and Executed before reading this one, but your investment of time is well worth it. If you are a techno-thriller fan or Time-Travel aficionado this is a series not to miss!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Bandwidth

  • By: Eliot Peper
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 206

A rising star at a preeminent political lobbying firm, Dag Calhoun represents the world’s most powerful technology and energy executives. But when a close brush with death reveals that the influence he wields makes him a target, impossible cracks appear in his perfect life. Like everyone else, Dag relies on his digital feed for everything - a feed that is as personal as it is pervasive, and may not be as private as it seems. As he struggles to make sense of the dark forces closing in on him, he discovers that activists are hijacking the feed to manipulate markets and governments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What. A. Ride. Peper’s Best Yet!

  • By Brian on 05-01-18

Decent Premise, Poor Execution

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

This book was worth it only because I got the Kindle version free as an Amazon First Read and paid only $2 for the Audible add-on. The pace of this book was tediously slow and full of sloppy writing (long run-on sentences, overly wordy).

The premise was decent enough, but the execution was poor.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Quantum Space

  • Quantum Series, Book 1
  • By: Douglas Phillips
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326

High above the windswept plains of Kazakhstan, three astronauts on board a Russian Soyuz capsule begin their reentry. A strange shimmer in the atmosphere, a blinding flash of light, and the capsule vanishes in a blink as though it never existed. Daniel Rice is a government science investigator. Marie Kendrick is a NASA operations analyst. Together, they must track down the cause of the most bizarre event in the history of human spaceflight. They draw on scientific strengths as they plunge into the strange world of quantum physics.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • starts like a thriller, goes to wacky land

  • By Ocean State Prime on 04-23-18

Mind-Blowing Hard Sci-Fi

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

Reviewed: 04-21-18

This is the best hard science fiction book I've encountered since Sagan's "Contact"!

Douglas Philips has created an inspiring story of first contact woven together with the exciting potential of discovery in the field of quantum physics.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Light Falls

  • Space, Time, and an Obsession of Einstein
  • By: Brian Greene
  • Narrated by: Brian Greene, Paul Rudd, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,379

Best-selling author, superstar physicist, and cofounder of the World Science Festival Brian Greene (The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos) and an ensemble cast led by award-winning actor Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) perform this dramatic story tracing Albert Einstein's discovery of the general theory of relativity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable deviation from standard Non-Fiction

  • By Heath on 10-25-16

Distracting and Unnecessary Music

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

The content of this audio book was above average, however, the overly dramatic, nonsensical music played throughout was horribly distracting and, for me, ruined the experience.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Super Powereds: Year 1

  • Super Powereds, Book 1
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 26 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,931
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,406

Knowledge is power. That would be the motto of Lander University, had it not been snatched up and used to death by others long before the school was founded. For while Lander offers a full range of courses to nearly all students, it also offers a small number of specialty classes to a very select few. Lander is home to the Hero Certification Program, a curriculum designed to develop students with superhuman capabilities, commonly known as Supers, into official Heroes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Series In Recent Memory

  • By Get Off My Lawn! on 10-08-16

A New Favorite Series

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

WOW! This is an amazing story, done incredibly well. My only disappointment is with the fact that I've had the book in my library for over a year before getting to it. Once I did, I couldn't put it away. Now that I've finished this volume, I'm so taken with the story and the characters that I've bought the rest of the series and am starting in.

If I could give a sixth (or seventh...) star, I would.

This entire series is incredibly good. I'm anxiously waiting for year 4 to be released.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Einstein's Secret

  • By: Irving Belateche
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

It's 1955, and Albert Einstein lies in a hospital bed, deathly ill. He suddenly stirs, asks his assistant for paper and pen, then scribbles something down. Minutes later, he dies. History tells us that Einstein jotted down equations that night. But struggling scholar Jacob Morgan believes that history is wrong. He's convinced that Einstein wrote a deathbed confession that night - a secret that the great scientist didn't want to take to his grave.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Get ready for the ride!!!

  • By Matthew on 03-26-17

Trite and Predictable

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

This was a $2 Audible add-on to my Kindle Unlimited subscription. For $2 and 5 hours it was meh- a trite and predictable time-travel-through-a-wormhole-chasing-Einstein-for an-explanation story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Genome

  • The Extinction Files, Book 2
  • By: A. G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,626

The thrilling conclusion to The Extinction Files is finally here! In 2003, the first human genome was sequenced. But the secrets it held were never revealed. The truth was discovered 30 years ago, almost by accident. Dr. Paul Kraus had spent his entire career searching for what he called humanity's lost tribes - human ancestors who had gone extinct. When Kraus compared the DNA samples of the lost tribes with our own, he found a pattern of changes: a code. At the time, the technology didn't exist to unravel what it meant. Kraus hid his work and disappeared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • interesting

  • By JWagner on 03-07-18

A Disappointment

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

I really wanted to like Genome, but A.G. Riddle has disappointed me again. The first book in the series, Pandemic, set things up well, but the wrap up was implausible at best, contrived at its worst.

The only redeeming factor is that the Kindle version is part of my Amazon Unlimited subscription and the audio book was a $2 add-on. Was it worth $2 and 10 hours? I'm still on the fence there.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pandora's Grave: Shadow Warriors Series

  • By: Stephen M. England
  • Narrated by: Michael C. Gwynne
  • Length: 16 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

An American president who will do anything to win reelection...An Iranian leader who will stop at nothing to bring about apocalypse...An ancient evil, only waiting to be reborn....High in the Alborz Mountains of northwestern Iran, an archaeological team disappears. American citizens are among the missing...With the presidential election only months away, President Roger Hancock authorizes a covert CIA mission into the mountains of Iran. Their objective: rescue the archaeologists and uncover the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 05-12-16

Over-the-top Melodramatic

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

Reviewed: 12-08-17

I gave up at 80%. The story is so over the top melodramatic and the narration so awful, I didn't want to waste more time.

  • Gray

  • The Complete Collection
  • By: Lou Cadle
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,310

Pre-med student Coral is on vacation in Idaho when something terrible happens. The black cloud is followed by a wildfire and searing heat that lasts for days. She survives deep in a cave but emerges days later to find the world transformed, with blackened trees, an ash-filled sky, and no living creatures stirring - except for her. So begins her desperate journey to find water and food and other survivors...and the answer to the mystery of what happened.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story - Superb Value

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 11-05-17

Tough Decisions

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

Reviewed: 11-27-17

This is a post-apocalypse story focused on the breakdown of 'old-world' mores, development of mores for the 'new-world', and the individual decisions of letting go, standing firm, or compromising.

When faced with near certain death, what lines are you willing to cross? Are you willing to cross those lines you swear to never cross when faced with the imminent death of a loved one?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful