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  • Cast Under an Alien Sun

  • Destiny's Crucible, Book 1
  • By: Olan Thorensen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,838
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,840

Joe Colsco boarded a flight from San Francisco to Chicago to attend a national chemistry meeting. He would never set foot on Earth again. On planet Anyar, Joe is found unconscious on a beach of a large island inhabited by humans where the level of technology is similar to Earth circa 1700. He awakes amid strangers speaking an unintelligible language and struggles to accept losing his previous life and finding a place in a society with different customs, needing a way to support himself and not knowing a single soul.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slowly we turn, step by step, inch by inch...

  • By Ron on 09-18-17

Wonderful 'Yankee In Camalot' romp

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

What made the experience of listening to Cast Under an Alien Sun the most enjoyable?

Jonathan Davis is one of my favorite narrators and he his amazing talents bring the book to life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cast Under an Alien Sun?

There is a scene where our Joe is talking with the abbot and he's mentally trying to work through what he can share in terms of technology that won't land him being branded a witch.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Agent Garbo

  • The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler & Saved D-Day
  • By: Stephan Talty
  • Narrated by: Clinton Wade
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

Before he remade himself as the master spy known as Garbo, Juan Pujol was nothing more than a Barcelona poultry farmer. But as Garbo, he turned in a masterpiece of deception that changed the course of World War II. Posing as the Nazis’ only reliable spy inside England, he created an imaginary million-man army, invented armadas out of thin air, and brought a vast network of fictional subagents to life. The scheme culminated on June 6, 1944, when Garbo convinced the Germans that the Allied forces approaching Normandy were just a feint - the real invasion would come at Calais.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, writing overly dramatic

  • By Matthew on 08-13-13

Heroism stranger than fiction!

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

Would you listen to Agent Garbo again? Why?

Yes. It's so over the top that you it's like something out of Hollywood but it's completely real. It makes you believe that extraordinary selflessness still exists.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Garbo because he's larger than life and yet is someone you would walk by on the street and never notice hi,.

Which scene was your favorite?

All of them?

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

Get Garbo: The Greatest Spy

  • Cowboys and Gangsters

  • Stories of an Untamed Southwest
  • By: Samuel K. Dolan
  • Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Even after WWI had ended, the region of Arizona, New Mexico, and West Texas stubbornly refused to be tamed. It was still a place where frontier gunfights broke out at an alarming rate. Utilizing official records, newspaper accounts, and oral histories, Cowboys and Gangsters tells the story of the untamed "Wild West" of the Prohibition era of the 1920s and early 1930s and introduces a rogues' gallery of six-gun-packing Western gunfighters and lawmen.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A fun listen to a exciting corner of history

  • By William on 07-03-17

A fun listen to a exciting corner of history

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

Would you try another book from Samuel K. Dolan and/or Pete Bradbury?

I would.

What other book might you compare Cowboys and Gangsters to and why?

Earp and Fisher's "US Marshals" and Calvin's "Dodge City". Both are books about the history of law enforcement that are fun and exciting like this one.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Pete Bradbury?

Maybe. If it was non-fiction I would. I'm not sure he could pull off a fiction story.

Was Cowboys and Gangsters worth the listening time?

Yes. I loved it so much I bought dead tree versions for family members.

  • Paths Not Taken

  • Nightside, Book 5
  • By: Simon R. Green
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447

"I'm John Taylor. I was born in the Nightside, that square mile in the hidden center of London where it is always the hour of the wolf, where gods and monsters walk side by side and where every dark question ever asked can be answered - for a price. I left for a while, but I did come back, to make my living doing what I do better than anyone else: Finding things - lost or stolen, real or imaginary. Recently, I found the most dangerous thing of all: the true identity of my long-gone mother."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Green Man Review's Review

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-23-10

Formulaic Plot, Amazing World and Characters

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

Reviewed: 05-05-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Paths Not Taken to be better than the print version?

I have never read the print versions so I couldn't say.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The most interesting aspect I think was the exploration how the Nightside looked various points in time.

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

I'm not sure. As I've never read the books I can't truthfully say.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. I generally listen to books as my time allows. Sometimes only for a chapter, sometimes for three hours straight.

  • Just Another Judgement Day

  • Nightside, Book 9
  • By: Simon R. Green
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393

There's a new sheriff in town, and he's got the Nightside's rich and powerful quaking in their boots. He's The Walking Man, and it's his mission to exorcise sinners - with extreme prejudice. Problem is, the Nightside was built on sin and corruption, and The Walking Man makes no distinction between evildoers and those simply indulging themselves. He'll leave the place a wasteland unless someone stops him, and P.I. John Taylor has been handed the job.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's alright.

  • By Lauffeuer on 09-14-09

Formulaic Plot, Amazing World and Characters

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

Reviewed: 05-05-16

What made the experience of listening to Just Another Judgement Day the most enjoyable?

Marc Vietor is a great narrator. He really knows how to capture and convey a scene to the listern.

If you’ve listened to books by Simon R. Green before, how does this one compare?

This one is middle of the road in terms of the Nightside series. After a while you can spot the where the plot is going by and large but the world and characters are so captivating, you can't help but love it.

Which character – as performed by Marc Vietor – was your favorite?

John Taylor

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When made their way through Precious Memories. I'd go into more detail but..spoilers.

Any additional comments?

The series is rather formulaic but the world is so alive that each time you start a new book you're hoping that old characters will pop in for a scene or two.

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  • The Plantagenets

  • The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England
  • By: Dan Jones
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
  • Length: 20 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,933
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,760
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,749

The first Plantagenet king inherited a blood-soaked kingdom from the Normans and transformed it into an empire that stretched at its peak from Scotland to Jerusalem. In this epic history, Dan Jones vividly resurrects this fierce and seductive royal dynasty and its mythic world. We meet the captivating Eleanor of Aquitaine, twice queen and the most famous woman in Christendom; her son, Richard the Lionheart, who fought Saladin in the Third Crusade; and King John, a tyrant who was forced to sign Magna Carta, which formed the basis of our own Bill of Rights.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Narrative History

  • By Troy on 08-07-13

Wonderful Story of an English Dynasty

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

Reviewed: 12-14-15

If you could sum up The Plantagenets in three words, what would they be?

Greed Glory Blood

Would you recommend The Plantagenets to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes. The author was quite through and the narrator does a wonderful job in his delivery.

Which scene was your favorite?

N/A

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The point when King John's wife turns on him and leads a revolution against him with his son.

  • Aftermath: Star Wars

  • Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • By: Chuck Wendig
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,526
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10,503

The second Death Star has been destroyed, the emperor killed, and Darth Vader struck down. Devastating blows against the Empire and major victories for the Rebel Alliance. But the battle for freedom is far from over. As the Empire reels from its critical defeats at the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance - now a fledgling New Republic - presses its advantage by hunting down the enemy's scattered forces before they can regroup and retaliate. But above the remote planet Akiva, an ominous show of the enemy's strength is unfolding.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing and Frustrating

  • By Jason on 09-08-15

A fun new chapter to Star Wars

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

Reviewed: 09-15-15

What did you love best about Aftermath: Star Wars?

I liked that it touches on the chaotic nature of the civil war. The fighting doesn't end at Endor. It continues on and not just in space but on the ground in cities as the Rebels have the numbers to meet Imperial ground forces head on. You see families divided, towns turned into broken ruins, slaves rising up and people gaining the hope to stand and fight.

What did you like best about this story?

That there are two more books on the way.

Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson – was your favorite?

I like Antilles and Norra Wexley as well.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There is a moment toward the beginning of the book where Norra Wexley is described as having developed PTSD from participating in the space battle above Endor. The description was very moving but I can't think of a previous novel that touches all that much on the trauma people suffer in war. I found it a grounding moment, connecting the real world and the world of Star Wars.

Any additional comments?

I found the number of times Norra almost died a bit annoying. You can only play that card so many times before your audience is rolling their eyes and not buying into the suspense.

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  • Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth

  • Nightside, Book 6
  • By: Simon R. Green
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407

"The name's John Taylor. I'm a PI for hire in the Nightside, the dark and corrupt city within the city of London. Where the sun never shines and where pleasure and horror are always on sale - for the right price. Not a nice place to visit or a nice place to live. So you wouldn't think I would care that it was about to be destroyed, but none other than my very own long-missing, not-quite-human mind. But I do. I was born here, I live here, and I got friends here."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A thrill ride

  • By William on 08-15-15

A thrill ride

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

Reviewed: 08-15-15

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

I would but I would say since its part of the series they need to start with book one. Without the previous five it wouldn't make a lot of sense.

If you’ve listened to books by Simon R. Green before, how does this one compare?

The world he creates is as vivid, deep and alive as always. This book though I feel relies too much on unexpected twists and convienent turns of luck.

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

The accents of the characters I think. That's something I seldom hear when I read or if I do the ones I cook up are over the top.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Probably who John meets in the ruins of the library. Spoilers :p

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,788
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,294

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours in, restarted so husband could listen too!

  • By Pikay on 12-13-14

Thrilling and Ivocative

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

Reviewed: 07-08-15

Would you listen to The Girl with All the Gifts again? Why?

Most definitely. It's nice spin on the zombie apocalypse and the characterization and narration are wonderful. While there are plenty of zombie apoc books out there, this one is different with a radically different narrative that makes it stand out in the crowd, much like World War Z.

What did you like best about this story?

Melanie. She's a wonderful character and the arc she travels is amazing.

Which scene was your favorite?

Hard to pick one particular scene. I would say any scene where Melony is analyzing something new she's learned and trying to peace it together into her existing framework of the world.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Extreme enjoyment! Coldwell (as the evil scientist) made me grumbling out loud "Why don't they just shoot her already?"

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  • Lords of the Sith: Star Wars

  • By: Paul S. Kemp
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,953
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,354

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.... When the Emperor and his notorious apprentice Darth Vader find themselves stranded in the middle of insurgent action on an inhospitable planet, they must rely on each other, the Force, and their own ruthlessness to prevail.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not enough Sith

  • By Will Jadick on 07-30-15

Interesting look in the Dark Times

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

Reviewed: 06-22-15

If you could sum up Lords of the Sith: Star Wars in three words, what would they be?

Rich character development

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lords of the Sith: Star Wars?

Not to spoil too much, there is a moment were Palpatine rubs a horrid act in Vader's face because the act has to happen because of a choice Vader's make (one that is could be seen as partially merciful).

Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

Hard to say. I'll have to say Palpatine and Vader were both very good.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Without spoiling there are events that mirror some of the darker moments of Episode 3 and they leave you wanted to scream at Vader "NO! Damn it! Don't do it!"

1 of 1 people found this review helpful