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  • American Exit Strategy

  • The Economic Collapse Chronicles, Volume 1
  • By: Mark Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,535
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,532

Liberty minded individuals and those who believe in the Constitution will find this near future dystopian novel to be right up their alley. Those who are looking to be more informed about the potential threats to America's financial stability will learn what to watch for and how to prepare themselves for an economic collapse. America is on the cusp of financial annihilation. Matt and Karen Bair face the challenges of Main Street during a full scale financial meltdown. Government borrowing and monetary creation have reached their limits.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • OMG... I wasn't expecting Militia Porn.

  • By alex dees on 07-28-17

Two-Dimensional Characters and Plot

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

I probably agree with Mark Goodwin about most things, from faith to politics to preparedness. I love this genre, agree with 95% of this book's message. However, this book is extremely poor.

Here are the book's sins:

1) The Characters are Shallow

The good guys are pretty much all good, with no real flaws. The bad guys (ie, big government people, liberals, and non-preppers) are irredeemable and shallow. There isn't room for character growth, since all of the main characters are already nearly at their peak.

2) The Plot is Predictable

Yes, the genre makes for a predictable overall plot, but this book is just flat. From the first 10 minutes, you know exactly what'll happen. There are no surprises, no plot twists, and the main characters almost always succeed in anything they try.

3) The Names are Unoriginal

The President: A Democrat named Al Mohammed, who has abused executive power over 8 years and started "Mohammed care." Yep, that's Obama.

The 3rd Party Candidate: A Texas Senator named "Paul Randal" who was a Republican, but didn't win the nomination. Pro-life Libertarian ideology. You guessed it. It's a cross between Ron and Rand Paul.

All of these elements makes for a flat plot line and wooden dialogue.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Fifth Season

  • The Broken Earth, Book 1
  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,165

This is the way the world ends. For the last time. A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great, red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal and long-dormant wounds rising up to fester. This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the Earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ORIGINAL AND MOVING, EXCELLENT!

  • By Fantasy on 12-01-15

Great story, but told in a not great way.

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

What the book has going for it:
1) Unique world building.
2) Unique "magic" system.
3) Really excellent character writing, dialogue, and descriptions.

Overall, it's a really solid book. However, there are a few drawbacks to the way the story is told:

1) Use of 2nd person for the main character (in the present). "You were pregnant." Just.. no. Please no. Please don't let this become a trend.
2) The book is NOT suitable for children or most young adults. It is extremely explicit at certain points, including strong cuss words, explicit body descriptions, explicit sex, themes such as threesomes, gender transformation, homosexuality, etc. Don't give this to your 11 year old to read.
3) The book is told from the main character's perspective 90% of the time, but the way it switches time periods (and occasionally, perspectives) is incredibly jarring.

Due to the three drawbacks, I won't be continuing on in the series. However, if you want a really unique story that is told in a unique way, this book is probably for you.

  • Metro 2033

  • By: Dmitry Glukhovsky
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,078
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,717

The year is 2033. The world has been reduced to rubble. Humanity is nearly extinct and the half-destroyed cities have become uninhabitable through radiation. Beyond their boundaries, they say, lie endless burned-out deserts and the remains of splintered forests. Survivors still remember the past greatness of humankind, but the last remains of civilisation have already become a distant memory. Man has handed over stewardship of the earth to new life-forms. A few score thousand survivors live on, not knowing whether they are the only ones left on Earth....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Almost gave up, glad I finished

  • By Amazon shopper on 05-04-17

Genre-bending novel

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

Suspenseful, philosophical, Russian nihilism, post-apocalyptic science fiction.

This was one of the most suspenseful books I have ever read. At times, it was tough to pu down, and at other times it was tough to pick back up and felt like a marathon.

I felt the supporting characters would get taken away just as they were becoming interesting. Both the translation and narration was solid.

  • The Beginning

  • Dark Paladin Series, Book 1
  • By: Vasily Mahanenko
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kraft
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 504

Is it easy to survive in the game world? You could say yes, if you didn't know what the additional conditions were. They are unusual: it's the real world in which you have lived all your life. The enemy, craving to destroy you. Your own class who couldn't care less about you. Are you still sure that survival is easy? Then welcome to The Game! It will prove you wrong.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Some good parts, but mostly depressing unenjoyable

  • By Chris Vernon on 04-06-17

The only bad Mahanenko book

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

Reviewed: 07-24-17

Unlike the author's other works, this book is exceedingly gritty, graphic, and dull. The narrator isn't nearly as good as his past works, and the mechanics of this LitRPG universe are fairly wonky and technical.

Warning for younger/impressionable readers:
The book contains some extremely graphic incidents of violence right from the beginning. Expect bloody description of people being blown to bits and tearing out someone's throat to drink their blood. Expect explicit sexual references, which are far stronger than the author's other books.

Most, but not all of the curse words have been edited out in translation.

If that wasn't bad enough, the plot really struggles at some moments and the book feels about 5 hours too long.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Karmadont Chess Set

  • Way of the Shaman, Book 5
  • By: Vasily Mahanenko
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,208
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,078
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,073

Mahan's ready for new adventures - just as the gaming world of Barliona thought it was about to reenter its old comfortable rut. The winds of the Dark Forest have finally died down; Altameda has recognized its new owner while Geranika is nursing new schemes of global destruction. Would Mahan be happy with this predictable old life? We think not!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pissed Off!!! (5 stars)

  • By Parker on 05-22-17

Holy Plot Twist, Batman!

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

Reviewed: 06-27-17

Imagine if an author masterfully paints a series, a great main character, and a cadre of interesting supporting characters in a LitRPG setting. Now imagine the author is Russian, and enjoys epic stories of betrayal and dark plot twists, but decides to put a major plot twist at the END of book 5 in a series.

Wow. Incredible, bold, and incredibly frustrating.

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Book 1

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 82,917
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 75,315
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 75,262

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Sad, Sad Confession…

  • By Mike L Lane on 08-08-17

Maybe it's nostalgia?

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

Reviewed: 03-27-16

If you're like me and have lived in a cave, never exposed to the Harry Potter series (whether books or movies) and you read the first book, you'll be surprised.

I was expecting an amazingly well-crafted book, as it is adored by so many, including close friends with similar tastes. I expected the book would be a tad juvenile, but that's alright.

Instead, I got a story which was mediocre and incredibly juvenile (potty and booger humor gets old very quickly), and not performed by the best narrator. I love fantasy, don't get me wrong, but I have to think that so many people love this book just because it reminds them of something special and dear to them. That's fine. But if you've never delved into the Harry Potter Universe, expect the first couple books (and movies) to be pretty rough.

I am told the series gets really good around book 4. Not sure I'll be able to hang in there until then.

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,589

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, what a performance and what a story

  • By Jared G on 08-27-16

Ender's Game + Hunger Games, but not a knock-off

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

Reviewed: 11-23-15

Read Ender's Game or The Hunger Games and enjoyed them? If so, stop right here. Go buy this book. You're welcome.

This is one of the finest books I have had the privilege of listening to this year. The narrator is frankly amazing, and the book itself has an excellent plot with plenty of twists (some obvious, some not obvious at all). Some have labeled this a "young adult" book, but I'm not sure about that at all. It's more mature than Hunger Games, and at about the same level as Ender's Game (which I enjoyed as a young adult and as a 30 year old male).

Buyer beware: if you download this book, you won't want to put it down.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pastwatch

  • The Redemption of Christopher Columbus
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Christopher Cazenove, Gabrielle de Cuir, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 700
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703

In a not-too-distant future that is not quite ours, there has been a major scientific breakthrough. It is a way to open windows into the past, permitting historical researchers to view, but not participate, in the events of the past.

In one of the most powerful and thought-provoking novels of his remarkable career, Orson Scott Card interweaves a compelling portrait of Christopher Columbus with the story of a future scientist who believes she can alter human history from a tragedy of bloodshed and brutality to a world filled with hope and healing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thanks Uncle Orson

  • By Michael on 04-29-08

Like Speaker for the Dead, it makes you think!

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

Reviewed: 10-21-14

Pastwatch is an eclectic mix of science fiction and historical fiction. Set in the future and the past, this novel isn't for everyone. If you read and enjoyed Speaker for the Dead (or Xenocide, or Children of the Mind), this is your kind of book. The redemption of Ender is a bit like the redemption of Christopher Columbus, and this book presents some interesting philosophical arguments like SfD. If you hated those books, pass on this one.

I really enjoyed Pastwatch. There is history to be learned (the author did his research), and a lot of "what if's" to be asked as you listen along. The narration is very solid. I do agree with other reviewers that 85% of the book is about setup, but enjoyed the voyage nevertheless.

  • To Honor You Call Us

  • Man of War, Book 1
  • By: H. Paul Honsinger
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,643
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,640

The Terran Union is engaged in a vast interstellar war against the Krag Ruthless aliens intent on exterminating humankind. In 2315, the wily Max Robichaux is given command of the USS Cumberland, a destroyer with state-of-the-art capabilities but a combat record so bad, she’s known as the “Cumberland Gap.” Capt. Robichaux’s first mission: to take his warship to the Free Corridor, where the Krag have secretly been buying strategic materials, and to seize or destroy any ships carrying enemy cargo.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyed the story

  • By Stephanie Pitts on 03-19-14

The Brits are in Space!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-14

Have you ever read the "Master and Commander" books by Peter O'Brien? Perhaps seen the movie? Imagine the entire Aubrey/Maturin series set in the future... in space! Imagine a futuristic version of the struggles of the British Empire against the French, but in outer-space, with a completely different race (I suppose the French are the rats). Sound crazy? Maybe, but it works, if you are a fan of the genre.

For the reader that has never heard of the above works, this will still be a fun read. Just as in the Aubrey/Maturin series, the two main characters are an unlikely duo: a military genius of a commander who inherits a ship of many problems, and a civilian doctor gone navy who is part physician, philosopher, diplomat, actor, and spy.

Whether it is prize money, or an Earl Grey tea time intermission, or a bit of philosophy, or a daring military conquest, this book will be sure to please, and remind the listener of the battles of yesteryear, set in a tomorrowland not that far away.

  • Spell or High Water

  • Magic 2.0
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,586
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,409
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,392

A month has passed since Martin helped to defeat the evil programmer Jimmy, and things couldn't be going better. Except for his love life, that is. Feeling distant and lost, Gwen has journeyed to Atlantis, a tolerant and benevolent kingdom governed by the Sorceresses, and a place known to be a safe haven to all female time-travelers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator!

  • By D. Murdock on 03-13-17

Nearly as good as the first.

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

Reviewed: 10-10-14

In brief, the 2nd book is very good. Don't hold it to the same standard as the first book. I believe the plot and the story is a little weaker, but there are some nice twists and quite a few fun moments. Excellent narration by Luke Daniels. If you liked the first book, you'll like this one.