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  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,265
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,886
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,823

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci Fi I didn't know I wanted

  • By Gary Glenn on 06-27-17

Not just another space alien war book, trust me.

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

I have been avoiding this book for some time now because I did not want another space alien war novel. In my experience, they are usually sickeningly formulaic: 1) Human's doing day to day things, 2) scientists see something weird, 3) big reveal with force and awe, 4) humans cower. 5) humans win through some weak sometimes silly trick or over site by the aliens (Like being water soluble and here to eat 70% water beings! durp!). I am happy to report that Columbus Day was like a breath of fresh air in the SciFi genre.

Yes there is a war between aliens as in almost every Sci Fi I have read, but everything else was so unique and fun I couldn't put this one down. Good fun!

  • The Singularity Trap

  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,832
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,751
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,719

When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent.

  • By Amy Snider on 06-13-18

Almost

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

I feel like even Dennis Taylor was bored with this concept by the time he was about 3/4 through this book; which is a shame because it started so strong. I would not recommend it. Weak finish.

  • The Land: Founding: A LitRPG Saga

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 1
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,290
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,187

Tricked into a world of banished gods, demons, goblins, sprites and magic, Richter must learn to meet the perils of The Land and begin to forge his own kingdom. Actions have consequences across The Land, with powerful creatures and factions now hell-bent on Richter's destruction. Can Richter forge allegiances to survive this harsh and unforgiving world or will he fall to the dark denizens of this ancient and unforgiving realm? A tale to shake "The Land" itself, measuring 10/10 on the Richter scale, how will Richter's choices shape the future of The Land and all who reside in it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The BEST Audible Series Available!

  • By Anonymous User on 09-14-18

Something New

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

These books are entirely different from anything you've experienced yet. Aleron Kong has created something new he calls LitRPG, which, if you enjoy video games, fantasy, or role playing you will love. I'm not sure if everyone will enjoy them, but as of now there are 7 books out which I flew threw without much thought to which book I was on at any given point. By the time I reached the end of book 7 I was surprised and disappointed to see there was not another ready for me to continue on. This is how smooth and fun these books are. Highly recommended for fellow video game, fantasy, or role play game enjoying readers.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,976
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,545
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36,432

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

Why won't it stop?

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

Reviewed: 10-31-17

Geraldo Rivera couldn't control the fact there was nothing in Al Capone's vault, but Dan Brown has full power over his own vaults.

I couldn't wait for this one to end. The final few minutes were so Cliché I should have rather reread Space Odessey.

  • The Obesity Code

  • Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss
  • By: Dr. Jason Fung
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,880
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,781

In this highly listenable and provocative book, Dr. Jason Fung sets out an original, robust theory of obesity that provides startling insights into proper nutrition. In addition to his five basic steps - a set of lifelong habits that will improve your health and control your insulin levels - Dr. Fung explains how to use intermittent fasting to break the cycle of insulin resistance and reach a healthy weight - for good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There is a PDF, Folks

  • By Cynthia on 06-27-17

Entertaining!

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

Reviewed: 09-26-17

What did you like best about this story?

Dr. Jason Fung describes in a fun way why your body always returns to its familiar set weight, then will show you how to set a new lower body weight.

The idea of reading another diet book was tedious to me and so I nearly moved on and didn’t invest in this. I’m so glad I got this book and you will be to. This book doesn’t contain a diet that you will starve yourself out of and forget in a couple of months. Instead it gives you a surprisingly do-able framework on how to eat the rest of your life. You know from experience that endless hours at the gym, counting calories, and avoiding fats doesn’t work. This book lays out what always has.

  • The Atrocity Archives

  • A Laundry Files Novel
  • By: Charles Stross
  • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,921
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,921

Bob Howard is a computer-hacker desk jockey, who has more than enough trouble keeping up with the endless paperwork he has to do on a daily basis. He should never be called on to do anything remotely heroic. But for some reason, he is.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen for IT People

  • By Raymond on 06-16-13

Lovecraft meets 007

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

Any additional comments?

This book offers a cool counter explanation to WWII history. It is especially enjoyable if you know anything about Information Tech or government workings. Enjoyable and unique

  • Island of the Lost

  • Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World
  • By: Joan Druett
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,035
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,026

Auckland Island is a godforsaken place in the middle of the Southern Ocean, 285 miles south of New Zealand. With year-round freezing rain and howling winds, it is one of the most forbidding places in the world. To be shipwrecked there means almost certain death. In 1864, Captain Thomas Musgrave and his crew of four aboard the schooner Grafton wreck on the southern end of the island. Utterly alone in a dense coastal forest, plagued by stinging blowflies and relentless rain, Captain Musgrave inspires his men to take action.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Best Stories Ever Told!

  • By Tiffany on 04-10-16

An experience not a history

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

Reviewed: 06-22-17

Any additional comments?

When I close my eyes I can still imagine what my experience was like on that island! Joan Druett and David Colacci put me there. Even though this is a history, it does not read like that. You can't help but make friends with the crew so resist looking up what happens to them and allow the story to get you there.

  • The Burning World

  • Warm Bodies, Book 2
  • By: Isaac Marion
  • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

Being alive is hard. Being human is harder. But since his recent recovery from death, R is making progress. He's learning how to read, how to speak, maybe even how to love, and the city's undead population is showing signs of life. R can almost imagine a future with Julie, this girl who restarted his heart - building a new world from the ashes of the old one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New Narrator Breathes New Life

  • By Marcus on 02-07-17

Angry?

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

Reviewed: 03-23-17

Any additional comments?

My guess is the author is so angry about the movie made after his first book that he felt the need to have the characters step WAY outside themselves to become something less Disney, In my opinion this revenge was taken too far and against characters I enjoyed immensely in book form and the result is unrecognizable and now based in anger not love.

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  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66,210
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 62,142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,012

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Uniquely believable/fun SciFi

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

Reviewed: 01-25-17

Any additional comments?

Bob is just an average guy. But this book doesn't waste anytime in making Bob a one of a kind guy in a frighteningly realistic feeling way! The setup and progression of this story are like nothing you have ever experienced and yet Dennis Taylor will make you believe it could happen, even to you. If you enjoy the idea of space exploration or have ever wondered how different technology could make our lives, then you must get this book. Beyond Star Trek and yet somehow simple and less convoluted then I thought possible. Fun fun fun!

  • Dawn of Wonder

  • The Wakening, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,480
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,331

When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instant Favorite

  • By Joe on 03-21-16

Can't wait for the next one

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

Reviewed: 11-13-16

Any additional comments?

Tim Gerard Reynolds is one of my favorite narrators so this book already has that going for it. But besides that, the story is excellent. I've waded through a lot of crappy fantasy lately. I'm so glad I gave this one a try because there are many unique elements here like the very realistic family drama. Give it a try!