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  • 1634: The Baltic War

  • By: Eric Flint, David Weber
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614

The Baltic War which began in the novel 1633 is still raging, and the time-lost Americans of Grantville - the West Virginia town hurled back into the seventeenth century by a mysterious cosmic accident - are caught in the middle of it. Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden and Emperor of the United States of Europe, prepares a counter-attack on the combined forces of France, Spain, England, and Denmark - former enemies which have allied in the League of Ostend to destroy the American threat to their power.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • DAVID WEBER TO THE RESCUE

  • By Randall on 01-06-19

DAVID WEBER TO THE RESCUE

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

David Weber makes a major improvement to this series.
His writing is more mature and logical than the far left
leaning eric flint. The improvement is like night and day.
We still have some of the lefty pandering views.
I hope the next book includes Weber.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Monster Hunter Files

  • By: Larry Correia, Jonathan Maberry, Faith Hunter, and others
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Bailey Carr, Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,052
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,043

For well over a century, Monster Hunter International has kept the world safe from supernatural threats small and large - and, in some cases, very, very large. Now, join us as MHI opens their archives for the first time. From experienced hunters on their toughest cases, to total newbies' initial encounters with the supernatural, The Monster Hunter Files reveals the secret history of the world's most elite monster fighting force.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I LIKE THESE COLLECTIONS

  • By Randall on 01-01-19

I LIKE THESE COLLECTIONS

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

This collection of Monster Hunter short
storys was a fun and fine addition to the
Monster hunter series. I actually enjoy
the short stories better than the full length
versions. Some of the long version, get
bogged down. Not all of these shorties are
great, but if you don't like one it's over in a
little while.
This is a fine collection of short stories.






21 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • FREE: The Jester (A Riyria Chronicles Tale)

  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,754
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,686
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,699

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. A thief, a candlemaker, an ex-mercenary, and a pig farmer walk into a trap…and what happens to them is no joke. When Riyria is hired to retrieve a jester’s treasure, Royce and Hadrian must match wits with a dwarf who proves to be anything but a fool. Difficult choices will need to be made, and in the end those who laugh last do so because they are the only ones to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THANKS AGAIN FOR ANOTHER FREE SHORTY

  • By Randall on 12-30-18

THANKS AGAIN FOR ANOTHER FREE SHORTY

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

Once again Michael J Sullivan gives us a free short
story. This shorty is another Riyria tale, and is an
excellent introduction to some of Sullivans best works.

If you haven't tried this author, I suggest try the 2 freebies,
while they are still available .

26 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • FREE: Professional Integrity (A Riyria Chronicles Tale)

  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,796
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,781

One of the genre's favorite pairs returns in a classic fantasy short for both Riyria veterans and first-time readers. Several years have passed since the war-weary mercenary Hadrian and cynical ex-assassin Royce joined forces to start their thieves-for-hire organization better known as Riyria. Things have gone well enough for the team as they do "jobs" for various nobles throughout Elan. Usually that means stealing something, but when a young heiress asks them to steal her…well, that's a first for the pair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THANKS FOR THE FREE SHORTY

  • By Randall on 12-30-18

THANKS FOR THE FREE SHORTY

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

This free short story by Michael J Sullivan is a wonderful addition to the
Riyria collection. This is a short and complete Riyria story, and is a good
introduction to the collection .

24 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • Heir of Novron

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 3
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 31 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,052
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,896
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,902

On the holiday of Wintertide, the New Empire plans to burn the Witch of Melengar and force the Empress into a marriage of their own design. But they didn’t account for Royce and Hadrian finally locating the Heir of Novron—or the pair’s desire to wreak havoc on the New Empire’s carefully crafted scheme.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AN EXCELLENT TRILOGY

  • By Randall on 12-24-18

AN EXCELLENT TRILOGY

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

Reviewed: 12-24-18

This was the third book in The Riyria Revelations trilogy. I thoroughly enjoyed this series.
All three books in this series are very long books, so if you are not into that....

Book 1 The Theft of Swords
Is 22 hours and deals with Royce and Hadrian mistakenly getting involved into this adventure

Book 2 Rise of Empire
Is 26 hours and the continuation of the story. I think it was an excellent book, but not as exciting as the first and third.

Book 3 This book, Heir of Novron
Is a long 31 hours, and brings the adventure all together

Sullivan has another series with some of the same characters, but so far I haven't listened.

34 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • Theft of Swords

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 1
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,834
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,363

Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A GOOD START TO A SERIES

  • By Randall on 12-24-18

A GOOD START TO A SERIES

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

Reviewed: 12-24-18

I got this book as an on sale item, and sometimes these are disappointing. This was a easy to listen , fun book.This book follows Royce and Hadrian as they mistakenly enter an epic adventure. Royce and Hadrian are Michael Sullivans reoccurring characters. This is the first of three books in this tale.

35 of 35 people found this review helpful

  • Unfettered

  • Tales By Masters of Fantasy
  • By: Terry Brooks, Patrick Rothfuss, Robert Jordan, and others
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim, Marc Vietor, Bronson Pinchot, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 990
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 888
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 898

You define life or it defines you. In Shawn Speakman’s case, it was both. Lacking health insurance and diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2011, Shawn quickly accrued a massive medical debt that he did not have the ability to pay. That’s when New York Times best-selling author Terry Brooks offered to donate a short story that Shawn could sell to help alleviate those bills—and suggested he ask the same of his other writer friends. Unfettered is the result: An anthology built in order to relieve that debt, featuring short stories by some of the best fantasy writers in the genre.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A TRULY BAD COLLECTION OF DOGS

  • By Randall on 12-21-18

A TRULY BAD COLLECTION OF DOGS

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

After reading a review of this book I expected the stories to be a " hit and miss collection " of short stories. This collection of dogs is abysmal. Only two of the stories worth listening to (The Jester by Michael J Sullivan and Unfettered Knight by Shawn Speakman). The rest seemed to be a bunch of leftover crap by various authors .

I would have returned this book, except it was on sale (therefore cheap) and I was warned it was a hit and miss collection. I guess sometimes you lose in a gamble.

34 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • 1632

  • Ring of Fire, Book 1
  • By: Eric Flint
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,662
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,672

New York Times best-selling author Eric Flint has received glowing critical praise for his Ring of Fire alternate history series. In this first installment, a West Virginia town is transported from the year 2000 to 1631 Germany at the height of the Thirty Years’ War. Thrust into conflict, the town residents must also contend with moral issues such as who should be considered a citizen.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • NOT ALL THAT BAD

  • By Randall on 11-26-18

NOT ALL THAT BAD

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

Good idea for a story! An entire town is somehow transported back in time, over 400 years. The town and the surrounding land is also moved to medieval Germany. They are immediately drawn into a battle, which is part of a larger war.

While the idea is good, the actual writing is not. It seems puerile and weak. They are taken back in time , but have all sorts of illegal weapons and plenty of ammo. I'm all for lots of guns and good action in books, but where does all this stuff come from and how do the never run out of it?

The author has heavy left leaning background, so you get an unrealistic cast of heroes and characters. I can certainly overlook his lefty drivel and enjoy the book. I just keep in mind that the author is a bit simple .

I am looking forward to the next in this series.

46 of 48 people found this review helpful

  • Heechee Rendezvous

  • By: Frederik Pohl
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 399

After millennia had passed, Mankind discovered the Heechee legacy (an alien culture that fled to the relative safety of a black hole) - in particular an asteroid stocked with autonavigating spacecraft. Robinette Broadhead, who had led the expedition that unlocked the many secrets of Heechee technology, is now forced once more to make a perilous voyage into space - where the Heechee are waiting. And this time the future of Man is at stake....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the first two

  • By Randall on 11-10-18

Not as good as the first two

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

I thoroughly enjoyed the first two in this series (The Heechee Saga), but this title seemed a little forced. The book dragged on a little then the end seemed to be a bit of, jump the shark, and over to quickly.

But having said this I will continue with the fourth book in this series. I do love Frederik Pohl's works.

55 of 58 people found this review helpful

  • Mornings on Horseback

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 19 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678

Winner of the 1982 National Book Award for Biography, Mornings on Horseback is the brilliant biography of the young Theodore Roosevelt. Hailed as a masterpiece by Newsday, it is the story of a remarkable little boy -- seriously handicapped by recurrent and nearly fatal attacks of asthma -- and his struggle to manhood.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Did not like this one

  • By Randall on 11-05-18

Did not like this one

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

I am in the process of listening all of McCullough's titles. Now I only have Truman left, and I am wondering if I want to take a chance.
This book seemed so incomplete , and left me wanting. The author is usually so detailed that you feel you know every detail possible on the biography . It seems like that McCullough just got board with his subject, and skipped two thirds of Roosevelt's important achievements . I don't know what happened or why this is so incomplete.

I was aware that the description of the book said it covered the years between 1869 to 1886, and I am hoping that McCullough does a follow up bio of the rest of the Roosevelt life. I will purchase the second volume if it ever comes out, but will feel a bit ill used by needing to purchase the second volume.

Another major complaint in this book is the reader (Nelson Runger), reads soooooooo slowly that I listened at 1.5 speed.

65 of 66 people found this review helpful