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Johannes Debler

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  • The Paths Between Worlds

  • By: Paul Antony Jones
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

For Meredith Gale, ending her life seems like her only choice, and that choice is the reason she’s dangling by her fingertips from a bridge high above the freezing water of the San Francisco Bay. But someone or some thing has other plans for Meredith, and as her fingers slip from the cold steel of the bridge, a disembodied voice asks her a simple question: “Candidate 13: Do you wish to be saved?” Realizing her mistake too late, Meredith screams “Yes!” and instantly finds herself transported to a mysterious island, alongside hundreds of other Candidates like her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HOLY WOW!!

  • By Willis Burns on 03-20-19

Refreshing Sci-Fi Mystery without forced drama

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

We get a short intro to the main characters backstory but then straight away drop into a Sci-Fi mystery the likes of which I haven't come across yet. There are a lot of great elements in here which make the story unique and not just another take on typical Sci-Fi tropes.
I don't want to spoil the story so I cannot get into too much detail unfortunately. Suffice it to say I listened to this in one go and cannot wait for the sequels to come out. The story never gets boring and the author doesn't use stupid tropes to force drama or have the characters do obviously dumb things.
I just hope that the sequels can keep with this one.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Lost Solace

  • By: Karl Drinkwater
  • Narrated by: Marisha Tapera
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Opal is on a mission. She's been seeking something her whole life. Something she is willing to die for. And she thinks it might be on a Lost Ship. Opal has stolen Clarissa, an experimental, AI-controlled spaceship, from the military. Together they have tracked down a Lost Ship in a lonely nebula far from colonized space. The Lost Ship is falling into the gravity well of a neutron star and will soon be truly lost...forever. Legends say the ships harbor death, but there's no time for indecision. Opal gears up to board it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Smart Sci-Fi!

  • By Michael Hicks on 02-09-19

No bullshit solid Sci-fi story.

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and hope that there will be more from within its universe.

Even though it's 'only' 7 hours, those hours are filled with a great Sci-fi story that incorporates a bunch of suspenseful horror elements that work well together. There are no unnecessary parts that are only there to create forced drama or a ham-fisted twist and the author does a great job in keeping the techno babble to a minimum.

The narrator does a great job giving the characters distinct voices which makes the story and characters easy to follow.

All in all a solid sci-fi story with great narration. A great choice for a few hours of space entertainment.

"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Liberty Station

  • The Humanity Unlimited Saga, Book 1
  • By: Terry Mixon
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Deep in the Guatemalan jungle, buried beneath a forgotten Mayan pyramid, an earth-shattering secret sits waiting. Its discovery will rip apart the illusion that humanity is alone in the universe. Engaged in a life-and-death struggle for the future of mankind, Harry Rogers and Jess Cook are forced to protect this secret from the most despicable foes imaginable. They must race across the globe to complete Liberty Station, the first true interplanetary ship. Only then can they search for the shocking truth behind what they've found. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hybrid Science Fiction

  • By cosmitron on 08-04-18

Lots of potential, but too much forced drama

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

The story had a lot of potential but I couldn't get over all the family drama, which just felt like a lazy way to force drama and push the story along.
The actual story behind it was interesting though and I would have preferred the author concentrated more on that instead of creating this unnecessary sense of urgency.
The basic premise is that a wealthy husband and his wife got divorced, both ended up with one of their children which both are well trained soldiers. The ex wife just tries to stick it to her ex husband throughout the story using her super soldier son. It just feels that the book concentrates way too much on that aspect instead of the actual Sci-fi bit.
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  • Still Falling (Solstice 31 Saga: Book 1)

  • By: Martin Wilsey
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 207

Barcus is a working stiff looking for a good paycheck. When the Ventura and its crew enter orbit for a scheduled planet survey, the ship activates an automated defense system protecting the planet. Although the Ventura is destroyed in the attack, Barcus alone survives the harrowing fall to the remote planet surface. He struggles to remain alive and sane, and to discover why everyone he knew and loved on the Ventura was deliberately murdered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Space Man Vs. Medieval Planet

  • By sbenrap on 10-15-15

Great start to a series

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

It took me a bit to get into this story as the narrator sounds a bit like google's text to speech in the beginning, but it gets better along the way. I'm glad I stuck with it because the story is absolutely worth it.
We are following the survivor of a shot down space ship as he tries to figure out what is going on on the planed he crashed. He is accompanied by his worksuit, a personal carrier and a shuttle craft which all contain AI's and therefore become characters in the story. There seems to be something going on behind the scenes which our protagonist is oblivious to, but which makes the story all the more intriguing and I am looking forward to the rest of the series.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Extinction Reversed

  • Robot Geneticists, Book 1
  • By: J. S. Morin
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Charlie7 is the progenitor of a mechanical race he built from the ashes of a dead world - Earth. He is a robot of leisure and idle political meddling - a retirement well-earned. Or he was, until a human girl named Eve was dropped in his lap. Geneticists have restored Earth's biome and have begun repopulation. But primate cloning is in its infancy; human cloning is banned. Far from a failed genetics experiment, Eve is brilliant, curious, and heartbreakingly naïve about her species' history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story but maddening narrator

  • By Aunt K on 09-29-17

Role reversal compared to most other robot stories

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

The story plays 1000 years after an alien invasion killed all life on the planet, but a group of transhumanist scientists managed to copy their consciousnesses into robots.

It is interesting to follow the story evolving like a detective story in the beginning. Someone illegally cloned a human which managed to escape the laboratory where it was held.

Sometimes it feels a little slow, but everything comes together nicely eventually. There is quite a bit of world building the plays out great especially in regard to future books in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Daemon - Die Welt ist nur ein Spiel

  • Daemon 1
  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Matthias Lühn
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Es beobachtet. Es lernt. Und es tötet. Matthew Sobol ist einer der reichsten Männer des Silicon Valley und ein Computergenie. Doch seit langem leidet er an einer unheilbaren Krankheit. Exakt in der Sekunde seines Todes nehmen rund um den Erdball Computerprogramme ihre Arbeit auf - zunächst unbemerkt, aber sehr bald schon wird deutlich, dass ein DAEMON den gesamten ­digitalisierten Planeten infiziert hat. Ein DAEMON, der herrscht, ein DAEMON, der tötet. Und in einer Welt, in der alle vernetzt sind, kann ihm keiner entkommen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Übersetzung von fachfremder Person

  • By Johannes Debler on 03-05-18

Übersetzung von fachfremder Person

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

Leider konnte ich dieses Buch nur in der deutschen Übersetzung anhören, was mich stellenweise ganz schön genervt hat. Hier wird ständig "Logarithmus" mit "Algorithmus" verwechselt, was sowohl auf einen sehr frachfremden Übersetzer, also auch auf nicht besonderes viel IT Hintergrundwissen des Sprechers hinweist. Auch betont er IT Begriffe in einer Weise die jedem der auch nur ein Basisverständins davon hat die Haare zu Berge stehen lassen (Unix wird mit "Uuuu" anstatt mit "Juu" ausgesprochen, Ethernet klingt nach Äthernet....). Auch das Wortspiel der automatisierten Autos (im Original "Auto m8" für "automate") wird durchgehend als "Auto Em Acht" übersetzt....
Glücklicherweise ist die Geschichte die von einem toten Computerspieleetnwickler handelt, welcher eine künstliche Intelligenz auf die Menschheit loslässt so spannend das sie über diese Fehler hinwegblicken lässt.

  • Fight like a Man: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller

  • The SHTF Series, Book 1
  • By: L. L. Akers
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824

As a prepper, Grayson Rowan was prepared for almost anything...anything other than being totally alone when the sh*t hits the fan. While he sat back and watched the US rattle swords with Korea, play chicken with Russia, and strong-arm China, he felt sure if the lights went out that he and his family would be ready and safe. What he wasn't prepared for was his family not being home if it ever happened. Olivia Rowan is with her sisters, Gabby and Emma, on a girls-only trip to Myrtle Beach. Graysie Rowan, a freshman at university, just wants to go home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, suspenseful - a rising author!

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-24-17

Great performance, run off the mill story

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

Reviewed: 10-28-17

The story evolves around a prepper who turns out, when the shit hits the fan, is not all that well prepared as he thought. All his family are away and are trying to make their way back and we follow the individual family members on their journey.
This feels like your typical run off the mill apocalypse story complete with marauding biker gangs and gun praising conservatives.
The whole 'Jenny' plot was very annoying, since it is soooooo glaringly obvious what is going on, but our smart prepper protagonist somehow does not get it...
If you want something to listen to in the background this might be nice, but there is nothing really new and exciting about the story which is why I won't be back for any sequels.

Kevin Pierce's performance on the other hand was once again stellar! He is the perfect narrator for this kind of story, which, I guess, is why he narrates so many of them :-) The book was definitely improved by his narration.

I was provided with a copy of this book by the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dawn of Procyon

  • Distant Suns, Book 1
  • By: Mark R. Healy
  • Narrated by: Travis Baldree
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Seventeen years after it began, the interstellar war has taken its toll: the inhabitants of Earth are desperate to find a way to defeat the Argoni, a merciless and horrifying alien race. Light-years away from the fighting, mechanic Landry Stanton lives a peaceful, mundane life on the desolate planet Procyon One, and that's just the way he likes it. But when an unauthorized trip to the other side of the planet leaves him shipwrecked and stranded alongside a hostile alien that wants him dead, Landry discovers a terrifying secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very satisfactory listen

  • By Lomeraniel on 10-10-17

The Martian light with aliens

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

If you could sum up Dawn of Procyon in three words, what would they be?

I want more!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dawn of Procyon?

Many Sci-fi stories suffer from the problem that people who should know better, because they are supposed to be scientists or engineers, do very stupid things ( I am talking about you Prometheus!). Here however the protagonist is faced with situations where sometimes the only choice is a stupid one, but instead of just doing it he thinks about it and lets the reader be part of the decision making process. He 'tells' you why the desicion is probably stupid and what the potential consequences are, but why he still needs to go on with it. I found this very refreshing.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Landry goes through all the possible consequences of removing his helmet in an alien atmosphere and why he probably should not do it.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me happy because it managed to blend semi hard sci-fi with good storytelling.

Any additional comments?

I am very much looking forward to find out how the story enfolds.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Exploring the Colony Ship: After Recovery

  • Colony Ship Eschaton
  • By: John Thornton
  • Narrated by: Alexander Doddy
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

The Eschaton had been designed to hold numerous and diverse immense biological habitats: flora, fauna, and everything needed to terraform a new world. It also carried thousands of people in suspended animation. The ship was designed to be tended by crews who would live out their lives in the journey between worlds. That journey would only be completed after several generations had lived and died while in transit. That was the plan. But something happened. The people from Dome 17 have reached The Eschaton, but what will they find in those habitats? What systems are still functioning?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Read the first book bfor the second but good book

  • By ldybkpr on 10-03-17

A bit short for a standalone novel

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

Reviewed: 08-24-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not having listened to the first book I found it difficult to figure out who was who and who belonged to what group and where the story actually played. I would recommend listening to the previous book first.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Nothing really spectacular here. I was hoping for a bit more exploration and discovery.

What didn’t you like about Alexander Doddy’s performance?

What threw me off was that he tried to give individual voices to the characters, but then read all the 'said this person' and 'this person replied' in a very robotic voice and with strange pauses between those phrases and the things the protagonists actually said. This interrupted the listening flow and I sometimes didn't know which person did what.

Any additional comments?

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • What's Left of My World

  • A Story of a Family's Survival
  • By: C. A. Rudolph
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,328

Lauren Russell often wondered why her father had been so adamant about teaching her skills that most other fathers wouldn't even consider teaching their daughters. Ever since she was little, she had been taught how to live and survive outdoors, and how to use firearms to protect herself and those around her. Some of the training had been a bit extreme. Or had it been? Many of her questions were answered the day the world as she knew it ended.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lets all hope this NEVER happens.

  • By TinkerMel on 04-18-17

Unrelated stories in a paranoid world

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

Reviewed: 05-02-17

What would have made What's Left of My World better?

A few more chapters bringing all the storylines together.

Has What's Left of My World turned you off from other books in this genre?

The super paranoid anti-government undertone and overly specific gun love (every time a gun is mentioned, it is mentioned by its exact model) turned me off from the actual story.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration is not one of Kevin Pierce's best. Sometimes it felt like he read something for the first time by pronouncing the individual syllables of a word instead of the whole word.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from What's Left of My World?

Since they have no effect on the main story I would cut out the whole detention centre bit. I guess the idea is to bring that storyline together with the main one in a sequel, but in this book they are just a weird standalone that does not at all tie in.

Any additional comments?

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