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  • Space Team: The Wrath of Vajazzle

  • By: Barry J. Hutchison
  • Narrated by: Phil Thron
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 711
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 672
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673

Suicide Squad meets Galaxy Quest, in this fast-paced, laugh-out-loud novel from the author the Independent calls, "the new Terry Pratchett." After saving an alien race and its god from a sentient zombie virus, Cal Carver and the crew of the Dread Ship Shatner are feeling pretty pleased with themselves. Unfortunately, the creator of the zombie virus is out for revenge, and has recruited the galaxy's deadliest - and oldest - assassin, Lady Vajazzle, to hunt Space Team down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much, much, MUCH better than...

  • By singh on 09-19-17

Sci-Fi with an unusual character

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

This is a fast-paced story with a character who seems have a snide remark or a great retort all the time. It is like having the late Robin Williams on the Spaceship "Shatner." I found it great fun, witty, and this part of the story is only the beginning. If you like comedy with your Sci-Fi, you will love this book.

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  • Democracy's Might

  • Democracy's Right, Book 2
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293

The rebels have won a great victory, shattering the Empire's grip on Sector 117. Starships are mutinying, the Empire's power and authority are crumbling, and the rebels are making their way towards Earth. Their victory seems inevitable. But, as news of the rebellion finally reaches Earth, the Thousand Families start preparing for all-out war. The Empire has a war leader, a colossal advantage in firepower, and the determination to do whatever it takes to destroy the rebels before they can win.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Mr. Nuttall's finest work.

  • By Scott Brady on 11-14-17

2nd Half of a Story Well Told!

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

Reviewed: 01-27-18

Wow. I wrote a stellar review of the first book before listening to the second book in just two days. I said the first book was a story well told before moving on to book two. Nuttall finished this book just as well as the first completing a great story. He foreshadowed some ideas that never came into play keeping the reader thinking. At times you could feel for both sides of the battle.

I never write (anymore) reviews that contain spoilers. This story unfolded easily and wonderfully. Both the heroes and antagonists at times could be liked. A few characters could be hated and as a story of revolution, many seemingly changed.

I read one review that said the story was jumbled and told from too many points of view. I completely disagree. The various views provided insight into both sides of the struggle. I believe this will be the last book in the series, although it could go on, I doubt it will or should.

Nuttall did a terrific job between the two books in the series to unfold any background or history the reader needed to know while telling the story. It was a masterful piece of writing in my opinion. I primarily read Science Fiction, with occasional forays into other genres. I said this in my review of the first book, which is really the first half of the story, if a person only occasionally listens to Sci-Fi novels, this would be an excellent choice.

Everything was nearly believable in the way of technology. The one thing that all space-based Science Fiction has to have is a way to travel faster than light. Warp drive for Star Trek and various other ideas in other constructed universes. Since a the massively award-winning book "A Wrinkle in Time" (now celebrating its 50th anniversary and being made into a new movie) Science Fiction has had to depend on some way to get around Einstein's Speed of Light "speed limit" to have any way of going to other solar systems. Beyond that, much of the technology seemed quite believable.

The characters in this story even struggled, unlike many such novels, because they did not have faster-than-light communications. News about what happened on the rim of known space in this created universe would take 9 months to a year to reach Earth. Adds nicely to the plot as the story unfolds.

I highly recommend the story, which means buying two books. If you like military Sci-Fi with a good story well told, this is a book set not to miss.

  • Democracy's Right

  • Democracy's Right, Book 1
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371

A tyranny stretching over thousands of worlds. The grand dreams of the founders are a joke. The Thousand Families, the rulers of the Empire, care nothing for anything save their own power. From the undercity of Earth to the new colonies at the Rim, discontent, anger, and rebellion seethe, but there is no hope of breaking the power of the Empire and freeing the trillions of enslaved humans and aliens.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A highly enjoyable listen that is recommended

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 09-01-17

A Story Well Told!

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

Reviewed: 01-27-18

This is book 1 of 2. I decided to write this review before listening to the second book. Science Fiction, especially military Sci-Fi with a touch of drama is my favorite. I do read in other genres at times, but this type of Sci-Fi is where I spend the majority of my time.

The last time I was so impressed by a story, it was the book "Ready, Player One." I thought that book should be considered to be made into a movie. That movie is now in production. This book by Nuttall fits into that category. Since I have not finished the entire story, I cannot say for certain.

The first half of the story was terrific. I finished the book in two days. Enough space military to make Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, and Star Wars fans happy and enough human stories to couch the story nicely with some characters to love and others to despise. I do not want this to be a spoiler review, so I will not mention the story.

Nuttall jumps right into the story. The background nicely unfolds as the story moves forward. No flashback to 30 years ago or 300 years ago. No history lessons before the story begins. It does very nicely unfold with the story. I found that to be a very nice piece of writing.

I would highly recommend this book to Science Fiction aficionados. For those who only occasionally read something from the Sci-Fi genre, I would recommend this as one of the times to foray into Sci-Fi. This story, so far, has become as interesting Jack Campbell's series with Black Jack Geary. I doubt it will rise to the fandom of David Weber's Honor Harrington Sci-Fi novels, but the first book was a story well told.

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  • A Rose Grows in Weeds

  • Annihilation, Book 3
  • By: Saxon Andrew
  • Narrated by: Liam Owen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208

The Stars Realm has 832 new members, and they are ready to go to the Galaxy of the plant creatures and attempt to stop their destruction of entire planets. It is not going to be easy having to face fleets of more than a million warships with some of the largest being longer than 20 miles. This confrontation is going to be monumental.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe it's just me, BUT.......

  • By Ruben on 05-28-15

Space Opera & Love Story

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

Reviewed: 12-23-17

Rarely do you have a near fairytale ending in a Space Opera. Reviews by others have been very mixed, but mostly positive. It is my opinion that while this has all the elements of a good Space Opera, including a space battle, good guys, bad guys, impossible weapons, etc. But it has a fairytale ending and somewhat of a fairytale telling.

Makes it unique in the Sci-Fi World.

  • The Way of Kings

  • Book One of The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 45 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 56,088
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 50,889
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 50,891

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!

  • By Lore on 03-31-12

92 hours of Intrigue!

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

Reviewed: 12-11-17

This book is 46 hours long. I purchased it back in late 2010, but I remember really liking it and I kept using credits keeping up with the story. November 2017, I could not remember the original story.

I thought by listening to it again for 5 to 10 hours and it would come back to me. Nope, it didn't and then slowly I started to remember bits and pieces. I spent all my free time and I am disabled and listening to books is a good use of my time and what is left of my brain cells.

I have really liked and been intrigued by other series by Bandon Sanderson, so it never occurred to me that I might be wasting credits. It is now the middle of December 2017, and I have been through this book for the second time. I can say it was worth all 92 hours. Now, before I forget the story again, I am going on with the series.

When I first read (listened to?) it, I kept a reminder to buy the next book or books in the series. In seven years I have learned not to start reading a series that "Book 1 of the xxxx Series", but to wait and until at least two or three books have been published -- even if they are one of my all-time favorite authors.

This is great stuff, coming from several angles, and keeps your mind well engaged. I am sure the rest of the series will be good if not great. But I will not wait 7 years ever again!

  • Infinite

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,848
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,834

The Galahad, a faster-than-light spacecraft, carries 50 scientists and engineers on a mission to prepare Kepler 452b, Earth's nearest habitable neighbor at 1400 light years away. With Earth no longer habitable and the Mars colony slowly failing, they are humanity's best hope. After 10 years in a failed cryogenic bed - body asleep, mind awake - William Chanokh's torture comes to an end as the fog clears, the hatch opens, and his friend and fellow hacker, Tom, greets him...by stabbing a screwdriver into his heart. This is the first time William dies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a rather complex science fiction story

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 12-26-17

Infinity ... how do you define it?

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

Reviewed: 12-11-17

I am not sure what I expected. It was different than my usual military sci-fi or space-opera type of science fiction entertainment. It is also much different than my forays into mysteries and romances I take to temporarily leave the sci-fi world. Science and religion have been trying to explain infinity and will continue to do so until our deaths (physically or spiritually). Jeremy Robinson gives us several trips down several possible paths using science fiction as the vehicle. It is a fun trip and I would highly recommend it.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Lilac Bouquet

  • By: Carolyn Brown
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,211

Come hell or high water, Emmy Jo Massey will have a wedding. After three generations of Massey women with children out of wedlock, she wants the whole town of Hickory, Texas, to witness the legitimacy of her union with Logan Grady. But dream weddings aren't cheap. So she accepts a highly lucrative stint as a home health assistant to retired realtor, and town recluse, Seth Thomas - a decision her great-grandmother Tandy is dead-set against.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book!

  • By Mercy Boujarwah on 09-28-17

A fun and Interesting Story - that Develops Slowly

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

The story is an excellent one. But takes time to set up. You might be tempted to give up on it and that would be a mistake! Since finishing the book, I have been trying to think of ways that the author could have moved the first few chapters along more quickly.

To my dismay, I cannot think on anyway and still let the story unfold like it does like an early morning flower. I highly recommend the book, and the patience to wait for the story to blossom. The narration was excellent and very easy to follow.

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  • Murder on the Orient Express

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Tom Conti, Jane Asher, Ruta Gedmintas, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,986

What begins as a routine journey on the luxurious Orient Express soon unfurls into Agatha Christie's most famous murder mystery. This all-star production features lead performances from Tom Conti ( The Dark Knight Rises, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence) as Hercule Poirot, Sophie Okonedo ( After Earth, Hotel Rwanda and Ace Ventura) and Eddie Marsan ( Sherlock Holmes, V for Vendetta and Hancock) plus a full supporting cast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Mystery, dramatized by Audible

  • By Tracy on 11-06-17

A great vocal rendition of Agatha Christie

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

Many have probably read this book sometime in their lives. If not, Agatha Christie may be one of the best mystery writers ever. I read mostly science fiction -- but when I saw this had multiple voices I had to have it.

Because of a severe injury in a car accident, I cannot hold up a book. Audible to the rescue! The "performance" of this book was outstanding! I usually listen to my books before I go to bed at night. There is both English and French in the telling, but even if you do not know French you can follow along just fine.

It is a multi-faceted mystery that boggles the mind if you do not know the story. I recommend everyone listen to this book.

AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Starship Grifters

  • Rex Nihilo, Book 1
  • By: Robert Kroese
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,065
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,934
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,925

A space-faring ne'er-do-well with more bravado than brains, Rex Nihilo plies the known universe in a tireless quest for his own personal gain. But when he fleeces a wealthy weapons dealer in a high-stakes poker game, he ends up winning a worthless planet - and owing an outstanding debt more vast than space itself! The only way for Rex to escape a lifetime of torture on the prison world Gulagatraz is to score a big payday by pulling off his biggest scam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes you just gotta give a book a chance!

  • By Sad Carlos on 07-08-14

Great Narration, But a well-used idea now in space

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

Reviewed: 10-21-17

Kroese wrote this book I think a bit tongue-in-cheek. The grifter is simply lucky - although he thinks he can pull things off with the sophistication of the con in the Entertainer. A robot that must tell the truth (who tells the story) or she reboots. AI protections make reboot if she comes up with an original idea and she cannot fight.

The grifter is a bumbler but quick on his feet. On the positive side, his bumbling is a riot. If you buy this book at a discount like I did, it is worth the fun. Nothing new, the author steals ideas from Star Wars to Star Trek.

I would not pay full price, but it was worth it on a discount. Don't expect anything but bumbling fun. I think Kate Rudd, the narrator, and the robot does a wonderful job.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rebel Fleet

  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,703

They hunt us. They bomb our worlds for target practice. A star cluster in the constellation of Orion rotates once every 1,000 years. Those who rule there have an ancient tradition: When each cycle ends, they train their fleets by spilling the blood of lesser beings. The enemy fleets are coming again. In response, the Rebel Worlds gather their starships to face the terrifying threat, and this time humanity is asked to stand with them. The last time they considered Earth, Vikings in longboats were raiding English coastlines. Today, we're less primitive. Today, we're a target.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Formulaic but entertaining

  • By B. on 02-08-17

A book in a series that could stand on its own!

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

Reviewed: 09-19-17

Often I read books in a series that just stop. Then you wait for the next book and if you are lucky, you will remember the characters and plot from the previous book. B.V. Larson wrote this book and it would stand on its own -- and still leave room for more. I enjoyed the characters and the world created for the story to move through.

It is a fun book as the main character has to learn how to live in several different environments and with different protocols. Warning: This book is PG-13 or a bit higher and may not be the best for kids. But I am no kid and I loved the book. I believe I will buy the next one in the series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful