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  • Zero G

  • By: Dan Wells
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller, Margaret Ying Drake, Josh Hurley, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,109

Twelve-year-old Zero is traveling with 20,000 people for 105 years to colonize a new planet. Everyone is in stasis, so they'll be safe during the trip, but when Zero's pod malfunctions it wakes him early, like 105 years early. At first he's excited to be the only one awake - he has the entire ship to himself, so he can go anywhere and see and do and eat anything he wants - but when a family of space pirates show up, trying to hijack the ship and kidnap the colonizers, Zero has to think fast and find a way to stop them all on his own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Passengers movie with space pirates

  • By Kingsley on 12-07-18

A wonderful and fun book

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

This is a great book. What a wonderful story, great characters, and a wonderful universe.

  • Skyward

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,375
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,957
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,945

From Brandon Sanderson, the number one New York Times best-selling author of the Reckoners series, Words of Radiance, and the internationally best-selling Mistborn series, comes the first book in an epic new series about a girl who dreams of becoming a pilot in a dangerous world at war for humanity's future.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you like Ender's Game or Sanderson check it out

  • By Kingsley on 11-08-18

Another wonderful story

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

Brandon Sanderson has struck gold again. This is a fantastic story with well developed characters and an engaging storyline. The story explores some wonderful themes about honor, death, and perseverance. The narrator did a great job of bringing the characters to life, providing a immersive experience.

  • A Plague of Giants

  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, Xe Sands
  • Length: 22 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,433

Mother and warrior. Scholar and spy. Rebel and hero. Set in a magical world of terror and wonder, this audiobook is a deeply felt epic of courage and war, in which the fates of these three characters intertwine - and where ordinary people become heroes, and their lives become legend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining but dissapointing

  • By Roland on 11-20-17

Great Book

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

I am a huge fan of Kevin Hearne’s books. This book was a different style. An epic fantasy with a non-earth world, new cultures, and lots of characters. The author used some different techniques to manage all the different POVs. It mostly worked. I thought that the book was a little slow moving at times. At times I thought that the story could have moved the characters further along their story arcs.

I am definitely interested in the next book, I expect it will be better and I am anxious to see where the story will go.

  • Hell's Gate

  • Multiverse, Book 1
  • By: David Weber, Linda Evans
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 37 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 358
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 322

Arcana has never encountered another intelligent species while exploring scores of other worlds. No cities, no vast empires, no civilizations, and no equivalent of their own dragons, gryphons, spells, and wizards. But all of that is about to change. It seems there is intelligent life elsewhere in the multiverse. Other human intelligent life, with terrifying new weapons and powers of the mind...and wizards who go by the strange title of ''scientist''.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • we'll get there...eventually.

  • By Erin Newlin on 04-12-16

Such wasted potential

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

Reviewed: 07-16-17

I am a huge fan of Weber's work. I love the Honorverse and the Safehold stories. I don't know Evans' work, but figured that it had to be good if Weber was associated. But this book fell flat. I liked the universe building. Having two earth-based worlds with different histories and then throw in magic, and there is a great potential. World building was challenging though because the authors were had to work with two different worlds, with multiple countries, and multiple cultures. It made it a bit complicated for an audio book. The info dumps were huge. At times it was hard to follow all the names of the countries and the associated stereotypes.

But what was frustrating was the style of writing. This book definitely needed an editor to tighten up the action. Every single event triggered lengthy and in depth description of every character's emotional response. And the emotions described were just over the top. Everyone was experiencing such intense emotions, that required what felt like 10 minutes of internal dialog to explore. This definitely important for some of the main characters who suffered trauma, but it was so melodramatic that it grew tiresome. It seemed like every character was melodramatic and it became overwhelming. Then about halfway through the book, the action picked up and the melodrama decreased a bit. Emotions are needed, but some of the characters who should have been more detached, weren't.

The odd thing about this book is that I liked the characters, universe, and the basic plot. I just cannot get over the plodding, melodramatic style of writing. I want to know how the series ties up all the loose ends, but I won't be listening to it, it's too painful.

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  • Shadow of Victory

  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 37 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 646
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 596
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 591

Sometimes things don't work out exactly as planned. The Mesan Alignment has a plan - one it's been working on for centuries. A plan to remake the galaxy and genetically improve the human race - its way. Until recently things have gone pretty much as scheduled, but then the Alignment hit a minor bump in the road called the Star Empire of Manticore. So the Alignment engineered a war between the Solarian League, the biggest and most formidable interstellar power in human history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, poor reader

  • By Paul on 12-14-16

Dreadful

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

I am a huge fan of Weber. I've read just about everything Weber has written. I was really looking forward to this book. I figured this would move the main story further, bringing us closer to the climactic ending of the series.

Instead we get another book that rehashes events that have already occurred from still more perspectives. I love the richness of this universe. But, this was too much.

Also, this book needed a better editor. Weber's books are always loaded with info-dumps, but this was over the top. When it seems that he spent 5 minutes talking about a park and it's history, which didn't matter, I wanted to scream. This could have been slashed by a third.

Finally at the beginning of the book his desire to use Chezch and Russian planets where every character's name, every company's name, and every city has name that is impossible to Remember and track the storyline.

  • The Aeronaut's Windlass

  • The Cinder Spires, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 21 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,111

Since time immemorial the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace. Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy's shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Brave New World

  • By Don Gilbert on 10-02-15

A fantastic new series

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

Reviewed: 10-20-15

I am a big fan of Jim Butcher. This new series captures Butcher at his finest. Great characters with life and depth. A great universe with a great magic system, different physics, and interesting creatures. All combined into a fascinating story rich in adventure.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tokyo Raider

  • A Tale of the Grimnoir Chronicles
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,359
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,186

With the Japanese Imperium at war with the Soviet Union, and the United States watching cautiously on the sidelines, Second Lieutenant Joe Sullivan of the U.S. Marines is sent on a dangerous mission to Tokyo. The Russians have Summoned a demon of epic proportions to attack the city, and all that stands in its deadly path is an untested Japanese super-robot. Now, Joe is at the controls, his gravity-spiking Power at the ready. But that is one huge, mean Demon....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Few More Hours

  • By Don Gilbert on 03-01-15

A fantastic short story!

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

Reviewed: 08-13-15

Having read/listened to the entire Grimnoire Chronicles, Tokyo Raider was like the cherry on top of a wonderfully rich dessert. Mr. Correia's writing style is brisk, fluid, and stunning in its ability to capture the reader's attention without losing connection to the story. He captures the intensity of the character's personalities as well as he captures the intensity of the battles they face. Peppering the excitement with humor only adds to the fun.

Mr. Pinchot is the best narrator I have ever heard. He does such a wonderful job of capturing the essence of these stories. Pure pleasure to listen to.

  • The Devil's Only Friend

  • John Cleaver, Book 4
  • By: Dan Wells
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229

John Wayne Cleaver hunts demons. They've killed his neighbors, his family, and the girl he loves, but in the end he's always won. Now he works for a secret government kill team, using his gift to hunt and kill as many monsters as he can...but the monsters have noticed, and the quiet game of cat and mouse is about to erupt into a full-scale supernatural war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Book!

  • By Jeffrey Kline on 06-24-15

Fantastic Book!

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

Reviewed: 06-24-15

Dan Wells does a fantastic job of capturing the human condition, through the eyes of a sociopath, demons, and humans. All the joys and sorrows. All of this buried in a psychological mystery and thriller. Awesome!

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  • Vortex

  • Insignia, Book 2
  • By: S. J. Kincaid
  • Narrated by: Lincoln Hoppe
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

The impossible was just the beginning. Now in their second year as superhuman government weapons-in-training at the Pentagonal Spire, Tom and his friends are midlevel cadets in the elite combat corps known as the Intrasolar Forces. But as training intensifies and a moment arrives that could make or break his entire career, Tom's loyalties are again put to the test. Will his idealism and bravado cost him everything - and everyone - that matters to him?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just as good as the first!

  • By Sash & Em: A Tale of Two Bookies on 07-11-13

Fantastic book

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

Reviewed: 06-16-15

A fantastic story, populated with in depth characters. The underlying themes are well developed and the character's motivations are believable.

  • Steelheart

  • The Reckoners, Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,851
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,892

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his will. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He got the idea from a near traffic accident

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-26-13

A Fantastic Twist on an old Idea

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

Reviewed: 10-13-13

I love Brandon Sanderson's work, and I looked forward to Steelheart. As usual he did not disappoint. Steelheart is fast paced, exciting, and has a tightly woven storyline. The world building is fantastic, creating an underlying set of rules for super powers that drive the story in a logical manner and never bog the story down.

The characters in this story were well developed with depth and soul. His well crafted story line allowed the reader/listener to develop an understanding of the characters as the story progressed in a natural and exciting way.

I am now desperately waiting for the net book in the series and will chomp at the bit until it is released, which cannot be soon enough.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful