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  • Fata Morgana

  • By: Steven R. Boyett, Ken Mitchroney
  • Narrated by: Macleod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,829
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,720
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,709

At the height of the air war in Europe, Captain Joe Farley and the baseball-loving, wisecracking crew of the B-17 Flying Fortress Fata Morgana are in the middle of a harrowing bombing mission over East Germany when everything goes sideways. The bombs are still falling, and flak is still exploding all around the 20-ton bomber as it is knocked like a bathtub duck into another world. Suddenly stranded with the final outcasts of a desolated world, Captain Farley navigates a maze of treachery and wonder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book had it all

  • By Magnus on 10-14-17

Remarkable

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

One of the best stories I have read/heard recently. Macleod Andrews read it brilliantly.

  • Ascendant

  • The Genesis Fleet, Book 2
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,272
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197

In the three years since former fleet officer Rob Geary and former marine Mele Darcy led improvised forces to repel attacks on the newly settled world of Glenlyon, tensions have only gotten worse. When one of Glenlyon's warships is blown apart trying to break the blockade that has isolated the world from the rest of human-colonized space, only the destroyer Saber remains to defend it from another attack. Geary's decision to take Saber to the nearby star Kosatka to safeguard a diplomatic mission is a risky interpretation of his orders, to say the least.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good story while we wait for Blackjack to come back

  • By tekone on 05-28-18

Worthy of inclusion in the Lost Fleet universe

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

It seems that many authors feel that their heros have to be “damaged” in some way. They drink, do drugs, abuse their authority, or have some other serious character flaw. The mostly reliable patriot seems to be out of style, but not with me. I admire the simple devotion to duty of many of Campbell’s characters. While definitely influenced by the environment of the times, their fundamental character is often sound. I really enjoy this continuation of the Lost Fleet universe. Ascendant is the second book in this prequel (a planned trilogy). If you are new to the series, then The Genesis Fleet is not a bad place to start. It is the last published, but chronologically, first. You could follow it with The Lost Fleet (six books), then Beyond the Frontier (five books), then The Lost Stars (four books) to stay with the chronology. You won’t find revolutionary SciFi ideas. It’s just good solid writing, in a plausible human future, with interesting characters and situations.Christian Rummel voices Ascendant with his usual competence. You will find him reading most of Audible’s releases in the Lost Fleet universe, with Marc Vietor doing the narration for three of the books.

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  • Island

  • By: Aldous Huxley
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 812
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 734
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 729

In his final novel - which he considered his most important - Aldous Huxley transports us to the remote Pacific island of Pala, where an ideal society has flourished for 120 years. Inevitably, this island of bliss attracts the envy and enmity of the surrounding world. A conspiracy is underway to take over Pala, and events are set in motion when an agent of the conspirators, a newspaperman named Faranby, is shipwrecked there. What Faranby doesn't expect is how his time with the people of Pala will revolutionize all his values and - to his amazement - give him hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great narration for a great book.

  • By AndrewL on 09-21-16

Powerfull message

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

The story of a culture built on practical applied truth, and the exploitation of non-technical cultures and the natural environment in the name of progress. Huxley explores what is really important, and how a society can raise mentally healthy children. Given recent events, I believe it’s a question worth asking.

It’s no surprise that Simon Vance is outstanding.

  • The Gods Themselves

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,110

Only a few know the terrifying truth - an outcast Earth scientist, a rebellious alien inhabitant of a dying planet, a lunar-born human intuitionist who senses the imminent annihilation of the Sun... They know the truth - but who will listen? They have foreseen the cost of abundant energy - but who will believe?These few beings, human and alien, hold the key to the Earth's survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Asimov's Best Stand Alone Novel

  • By thomas on 09-02-14

Reminds me why Asimov is a Grand Master

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

This is one of the few Asimov books that I missed in my youth. Man, did I miss out. This has to be one of his best, and it stands up well to the passage of time. Great concept. Great execution. Scott Brick is, as always, fantastic.

  • Catalyst

  • Breakthrough, Book 3
  • By: Michael C. Grumley
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 533
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532

In 1984 a doomsday vault was constructed on a remote island in the Arctic Ocean. Its purpose was to preserve Earth's genetic history in the event of a global catastrophe. Now, decades later, a second vault has been uncovered. This one resting where no one ever expected. And the problem is, it's not ours. Yet even more curious than the vault itself is what lies inside. Seeds. Millions of seeds. Each with a genetic embryo untouched and perfectly preserved. Waiting. No one knows who built it. Or when. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This series just keeps getting better and better!

  • By Shearyan60 on 04-16-18

Outstanding continuation of ‘Breakthrough’ saga

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

Grumley and Brick continue to impress. I highly recommend this series. This is book three. Start at the beginning. Well worth the credits. I’m eagerly awaiting book four, ‘Ripple’. If you can’t wait for Brick to finish the audiobook, it’s available in other formats, now.

  • Leap

  • Breakthrough, Book 2
  • By: Michael C. Grumley
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 928

It was just one year ago that she and her team of marine biologists had stunned the world with their incredible breakthrough. And now, they were about to do it again. But an ocean away, something strange was unfolding. Along a lonely coast in South America, an experimental Russian submarine, long thought to have been dismantled, has suddenly resurfaced. And the US Navy had taken notice, sending officers John Clay and Steve Caesare to investigate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Breakthrough continues... excellent sequel!

  • By shelley on 09-10-17

Keeps getting better!

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

If you are considering ‘Leap’, start with ‘Breakthrough ‘. Not necessary, but recommended. I haven’t stopped listening to this series since I started. Grumley + Brick = ENTERTAINMENT.

  • Breakthrough

  • By: Michael C. Grumley
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,301

Deep in the Caribbean Sea, a nuclear submarine is forced to suddenly abort its mission under mysterious circumstances. Strange facts begin to emerge that lead naval investigator, John Clay, to a small group of marine biologists who are quietly on the verge of making history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING!!!

  • By FocusedOnTheJourney on 07-22-17

Must read/listen series

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

Grumley and Brick are an awesome team. Great premise. Great prose. Great delivery. Whether you are a SciFi fan, or just love a good story, this series won’t disappoint.

  • Innocence

  • A Novel
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,863
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,459
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,471

He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Among Koontz’s Best Slow Interesting Books

  • By Michael on 01-02-14

Good, but not his best.

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18




Review - Innocence by Dean Koontz

Plot summary: This is the story of two main characters with significant physical and social abnormalities. It discusses their attempts to survive in a society where they don't fit-in, in the extreme. The setting is a world where it becomes increasingly clear that something is going incredibly wrong. Are the main character's issues and the changes in the world related? Read and learn.

On a one to five scale:

Violence: three, for infrequent violence and threat of violence with fairly detailed descriptions. Contains threats of sexual violence and crimes that might be disturbing to many readers.

Gore factor: three, for detailed descriptions of illness and injuries.

Language: three, for infrequent, but fairly graphic, use of language to describe sexual violence.

Adult themes (Sexuality, drugs, etc.): Three, for infrequent references to drug use and threats of sexual violence.

Difficulty level: three. An easy read/listen.

Basic premise: The core idea used in this book revolves around the unusual nature of its central characters, which is eventually revealed. Some readers will not like the idea, for personal reasons, and some will be attracted to it for the same reasons. All readers will find it clever and entertaining.

Word-craft: The prose-style of this work reminds me of the charm of the early Odd Thomas novels. It is entertaining, and often humorous. I usually judge word-craft by how emotionally
impacting it is and by my hesitation to interrupt the reading. This one falls somewhere in the middle. It was entertaining without being compelling. I didn't love the protagonists, or even despise the main "evil villain" in the way that I have in some other works. In other words, good writing, but not great.

Presentation: by MacLeod Andrews.
Voices not very distinguishable, but smoothly presented. We all know, that some readers read, and some perform. This felt somewhere in the middle. Good reading, if you don't expect clearly distinct voices.

  • Starman Jones

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,741
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,749

Max Jones, a practical, hard-working young man, found his escape in his beloved astronomy books. When reality comes crashing in and his troubled home life forces him out on the road, Max finds himself adrift in a downtrodden land - until an unexpected, ultimate adventure carries him away as a stowaway aboard an intergalactic spaceship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A typical Heinlein Juvenile

  • By Got My Book on 08-22-08

Juvenile fiction. Enjoyable for adults.

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

Reviewed: 08-26-17

This is definitely one of Heinlein's "juvenile' stories, but a nice read/listen for anyone. Well voiced by Paul Michael Garcia. Good production value. Strong male and female characters.

On a one to five scale:

Violence: 2 for minimal combat scenes.
Gore factor: 2 for some descriptions of combat injuries.
Language: 1, suitable for all.
Sexuality: 1, suitable for all.
Difficulty level: 2 easy read/listen.

  • Full Dark, No Stars

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,603

"I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eerie, honest, frightening!

  • By 9S on 01-15-11

Didn't finish

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

Reviewed: 03-12-17

No fault of Mr. King, but I've lost my taste for this kind of fiction.