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  • Zero Hour

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 5
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,967
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,876
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,797

United Nations Special Operations Command sent an elite expeditionary force of soldiers and pilots out on a simple recon mission, and somehow along the way they sparked an alien civil war. Now the not-at-all-merry band of pirates is in desperate trouble, again. Their stolen alien starship is falling apart, thousands of light years from home. The ancient alien AI they nicknamed Skippy is apparently dead, and even if they can by some miracle revive him, he might never be the same.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Monkeys kick A**, but......

  • By Beachcombers on 02-14-18

Better than Book 4

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I was worried a little with book 4, it seemed like Skippy was getting a little stale, but the twists given the story in Zero Hour has got my interest back. Cornel Joe doesn't need to slap his head anymore when skippy says something, Delta Force women aren't going to be giggling about his sexual skills after years of familiarity, it's fine Skippy says these things, but by now people would just let it slide or give it back in kind.

  • Master of Formalities

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,895
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,640
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,631

Even when finding oneself engaged in interstellar war, good form must be observed. Our story is set thousands of years after the Terran Exodus, where two powerful, planet-dominating families - the elegant House Jakabitus and the less refined Hahn Empire - have reached a critical point in their generations-long war. Master Hennik, the Hahn ruler's only son, has been captured, and the disposition of his internment may represent a last and welcome chance for peace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Looking forward to the sequel

  • By Nothing really matters on 07-21-16

Had to stick with it...

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I've had a number of books start out not so interesting, so I'm waiting a lot longer to pull the return plug. Master of Formalities turned into a fun little listen. Good, humorous characters came into the story and there was a twist or two to end the story, so I am glad I stuck with it. My only complaint is the narration, please don't do accents unless you really can! Having a character described with Scandinavian characteristics with a jarring Italian accent didn't do it for me. The cover artwork is awful, it should be changed to anything else, it gives no feeling of what the book is about. The book summary should also be changed on Audible.com.

  • The New World: Prequel to the Chaos Walking Trilogy

  • By: Patrick Ness
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 654
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 577

The New World tells of Viola's journey to the New World, brilliantly capturing the hope and fear of settlers in search of a new life. Patrick Ness says that he wrote it "as a huge and deeply-felt thank you to readers. I've had so many questions about Viola and what her life was like before that I couldn't resist the opportunity to reveal just a little bit extra.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting ... contemplative ...

  • By Carrie Fletcher on 09-02-12

Maybe if I was a teenage girl....

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

I don’t see any point to the story. Just a teenage girl reading a tedious diary masquerading as a ScFi story.

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  • Battleship Indomitable

  • Galactic Liberation, Book 2
  • By: B. V. Larson, David VanDyke
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,527
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,428

Commodore Straker's rebellion grows in strength - but his enemies are growing even faster. Faced with a dozen rebel planets in their territory, the Mutuality finally takes notice of the upstart known as the Liberator, and they gather a vast fleet to crush him. Preparing for a titanic interstellar battle, it's clear Straker has no chance. His tiny enclave of free planets can't survive the weight of 1000 worlds. His own officers realize this, and some of them begin to turn against him....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than first book

  • By alan on 07-31-17

Much better than the first book

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

Reviewed: 11-30-17

Storey moves at a good pace, lots of new and interesting things happening, fun battles and perfect queue up for book 3. I’m already!

  • Trekonomics

  • The Economics of Star Trek
  • By: Manu Saadia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 649
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 587

What would the world look like if everybody had everything they wanted or needed? Trekonomics, the premier book in financial journalist Felix Salmon's imprint PiperText, approaches scarcity economics by coming at it backward - through thinking about a universe where scarcity does not exist. Delving deep into the details and intricacies of 24th-century society, Trekonomics explores post-scarcity and whether we, as humans, are equipped for it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Amusing & Practical Analysis of Fictional Ideas

  • By Lost In The Wash on 09-19-16

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 07-15-17

Really articulates and distills what I've learned over my various years of Star Trek watching!

  • The Secrets of Wishtide

  • By: Kate Saunders
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,696
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,685

Mrs. Laetitia Rodd, aged 52, is the widow of an archdeacon who makes her living as a highly discreet private investigator. Her brother, Frederick Tyson, is a criminal barrister living in nearby Highgate with his wife and 10 children. Frederick finds the cases, and Laetitia solves them using her arch intelligence and her immaculate cover as an unsuspecting widow. When a case arises involving the son of the highly connected Sir James Calderstone, Laetitia sets off for Lincolnshire undercover as the family's new governess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical intrigue-

  • By Meema on 04-16-17

Really Well Written

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

Any additional comments?

It's a real gem, I'm so glad I gave it a try. Great interesting story with logical twists and turns. Mrs. Rodd is a great character, totally believable and brilliantly set in the times (1850's). I did not guess the twist that solves the case, which is soooo great! Will listen again.

  • 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 26,051
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,794
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,735

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

Fun Story, High Camp AI

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

Reviewed: 05-21-17

If you could sum up Columbus Day in three words, what would they be?

I really enjoyed the story once the major character Skippy joined the fight with a condescending high camp. I love SF and this was a major change-up from the usual outer space military tale. Overall great fun and good listen.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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 61,579
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57,779
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,671

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

Wow, much more original and better than I thought it would be!

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

Reviewed: 10-19-16

Really entertaining and well reasoned update on some classic science fiction staples like see seed ships and artificial intelligence that goes beyond its original intentions. The story is much more than that: A little humor, a little space exploration, a little space battles, technology G – whizzes and narrow escapes. I couldn't put it down.

I rarely give all five stars. I reserve it to no more than one review a year. It's also great to find good narrator's that are up to the story, Ray Porter did an outstanding job and I'll look for other books narrated by him.

There is a little bit of the Star Trek "I just thought of this groundbreaking technological leap forward and it works!" to it - but you do have to move the story along…

The humor of the Bob's is great and much appreciated. Humor is a welcome addition to the science-fiction genre in the last couple years. It reminds me a little of "SuperEgo" by Frank Fleming.

Book 2 as soon as possible please.

50 of 61 people found this review helpful

  • The Elements of Eloquence

  • Secrets of the Perfect Turn of Phrase
  • By: Mark Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,190

In his inimitably entertaining and wonderfully witty style, he takes apart famous phrases and shows how you too can write like Shakespeare or quip like Oscar Wilde. Whether you’re aiming to achieve literary immortality or just hoping to deliver the perfect one-liner, The Elements of Eloquence proves that you don’t need to have anything important to say - you simply need to say it well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who knew rhetoric could be so much fun?

  • By Philo on 10-30-14

Very good and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 09-07-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, good info and presentation.

What does Don Hagen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He read smoothly and as if he'd actually written it. Very good.

Any additional comments?

I got a laugh every time as the chapters changed and moved to the next chapter, jumping from the last example he was giving in the previous chapter.

  • Leviathans of Jupiter

  • The Grand Tour Series
  • By: Ben Bova
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Gabrielle de Cuir, Samantha Eggar, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 190

In Ben Bova’s novel Jupiter, physicist Grant Archer led an expedition into Jupiter’s planet-wide ocean, attempting to study the unusual and massive creatures that call the planet their home. Unprepared for the hostile environment and crushing pressures, Grant’s team faced certain death as their ship malfunctioned and slowly sank to the planet’s depths. However, one of Jupiter’s native creatures—a city-sized leviathan—saved the doomed ship.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Deeply Flawed

  • By Conker on 07-10-12

Great Story marred by Poor Performance Chorus

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

Reviewed: 09-07-16

Where does Leviathans of Jupiter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the better stories, original and interesting.

What other book might you compare Leviathans of Jupiter to and why?

Reminds me a little of "Stranger in a Strange Land".

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Three or four voices reading, handing off in strange places. The trouble is their accents or reading of the characters are all different. It would throw me off every time. One reader would give a character a strong Australian accent, another one wouldn't. It took me out of the story trying to figure out who the character was. It really hurt the flow of the story. Really a good example of never to do it again in the same way.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Second contact, on Jupiter

Any additional comments?

I also had technical issues with the file, the first time in years. It seemed to jump around backwards. Sometimes a few chapters, sometimes more. It was a little disconcerting, but also surprising how I could listen to the same thing over again and hear more of the story the second time. So, I didn't hate it.

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