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  • Ascend Online

  • Ascend Online, Book 1
  • By: Luke Chmilenko
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,590
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,248

Diving into a revolutionary new video game, Marcus and his friends escape a stagnant society, entering into a world that defies their wildest imaginations. But from the moment that he logs in, Marcus finds himself separated from his friends and thrown into a remote village under attack by a horde of goblins. Forced into battle, Marcus rallies the beleaguered villagers and, with their help, manages to drive off the invading creatures. With the village in ruins and their supplies spoiled, the villagers turn to Marcus for help in rebuilding the village.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Luke Daniels and a great LITRPG; enough said

  • By Don Gilbert on 08-07-17

not a bad start

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

not bad start for another RPG series. can't wait for the next book to come out.

  • Robinson Crusoe 2244

  • By: E. J. Robinson
  • Narrated by: Malk Williams
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 222

Two centuries after mankind drove itself to the brink of extinction, a new civilization rises from the ashes of what was once Great Britain. But when deadly strife breaks out among their ranks, the teenage son of one prominent family finds himself fleeing in the dead of night, only to wind up shipwrecked on the forbidden continent of America. Armed with only his wit and the most unexpected of allies, the teenager struggles to survive in a wasteland filled with unspeakable horrors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must read for sci fi junkies.

  • By Mark on 07-15-15

decent book

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

Reviewed: 01-16-18

Not too bad. neat twist on the of books. niv3 to have a sequel soon.

  • Rath's Redemption

  • The Janus Group, Book 6
  • By: Piers Platt
  • Narrated by: James Fouhey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Rath's short-lived rebellion has gone horribly wrong. The Senate lies shattered, devastated by a surprise attack. The Federacy sits at the mercy of General Yo-Tsai, a brutal dictator who now controls a super-weapon. Above the planet Tarkis, Rath drifts helplessly in orbit, watching as the Jokuan invasion fleet descends on his homeworld. His girlfriend has been captured, he's running out of air, and he's just a single man against an entire army. But he's also the galaxy's most dangerous assassin...and he's very, very pissed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another must-read if you are a Rath fan.

  • By Charles on 08-30-16

Great book awesome reader

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

Reviewed: 12-08-17

recommend the entire series. the books are a little short some under 7 hrs but hey still great listen

  • Borders of Infinity

  • Miles Vorkosigan Series
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,075
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082

The popular adventures of Miles Vorkosigan, a clever and outlandish science fiction hero for the modern era, continue in these three tales. In The Mountains of Mourning, Miles is dispatched to a back-country region of Barrayar, where he must act as detective, judge, and executioner in a controversial murder case. In Labyrinth, Miles adopts his alternate persona as Dendarii Mercenary Admiral Naismith for an undercover mission to rescue an important research geneticist from Jackson’s Whole.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book Order is Important!

  • By Alexis on 06-17-12

another great performance of a great book.

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

Reviewed: 09-28-17

Bujold and Grover Gardner are an awesome combination. if you haven't listened to it do so. although don't stray with this one. z start with Baryyar.

  • In Ashes Born

  • A Seeker's Tale from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, Book 1
  • By: Nathan Lowell
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,008
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 948
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 949

An old friend. A new course. A deadly ship with a secret cargo. Ishmael Wang returns to Port Newmar, but ghosts from his past have followed him. His old shipmate, Phillip Carstairs, offers him the opportunity to track down the man who killed his lover. The catch? He must take command of the Chernyakova, a ship that still stinks of death and haunts Ishmael's nightmares. Together Phillip and Ismael begin a journey into unknown reaches of the Deep Dark to bring back the man who killed Greta.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book. Looking forward to more!

  • By Tavis on 12-14-16

Great book.

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

Reviewed: 01-09-17

The rest are available on podiocast and would recommend listening to them first as a lot of references to past events. But otherwise great listen

  • Survival Quest

  • Way of the Shaman Series # 1
  • By: Vasily Mahanenko
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,088
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,086

Barliona: a virtual world jam-packed with monsters, battles - and, predictably, players. Millions of them come to Barliona, looking forward to the things they can't get in real life: elves and magic, dragons and princesses, and unforgettable combat. The game has become so popular that players now choose to spend months online without returning home. In Barliona, anything goes: You can assault fellow players, level up, become a mythical hero, a wizard, or a legendary thief.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Liked it alright, but I'm a forgiving guy

  • By Benjamin on 05-27-17

Old storyline but great job rehashing it

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

Reviewed: 05-05-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Survival Quest to be better than the print version?

Really great book for an old MMO veteran. I can't answer the question as I work so many hourships I can only listen to audio books

What did you like best about this story?

New twist on the "ready player one" style. I actually like this one better. Don't get me wrong, Clines book is great to. This one just had that extra something that put it over the top for me.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Yen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Just theirs series

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

Several laughs, some good dark humor throughout.

Any additional comments?

The only thing I can think of that I didn't care for was the excessive stats and damage reporting the author wrote in

  • The Legacy of Heorot

  • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 352
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

Best-selling science fiction superstars Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle combine their talents with those of Steven Barnes in an extraordinary adventure of humankind’s first outpost in the farthest reaches of space. Light years from Earth, colonists land on a planet they name Avalon. It seems like a paradise - until native creatures savagely attack. It will take every bit of intelligence, courage, and military-style discipline to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read!

  • By Thomas on 12-05-12

Damn Great Book

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

Reviewed: 03-04-13

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

Absolutely, I read this few years ago, and listening to it performed brings an entirely different element to it.

What did you like best about this story?

I love colonization books, and this one is one of the best thought out plots/story I think I have seen.

What about Tom Weiner’s performance did you like?

Awesome!!!!

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

something to do with grendels and their speed I am sure

Any additional comments?

nope

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  • Agent to the Stars

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,074
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,066

The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hollywood Agent Represents Stinky Aliens

  • By Bryan on 04-22-11

Extremely good read, hope to see more of the same

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

Reviewed: 06-19-12

What did you love best about Agent to the Stars?

Just a good, funny, easy listen. Great narration too, but then again IT IS Wil Wheaton.
I couldnt put it down till done, just to see what happened next. Get it.

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

Absolutely, Wil Wheaton and Grover Gardener are just simply the best there is.

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

Invasion, NOT

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fuzzy Nation

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi - introduction
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,400
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,407

In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling.

  • By Samuel Montgomery-Blinn on 05-11-11

I HAD to write this.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-11

I don't normally involve myself in writing reviews, as what I like, isn't necessarily what you like, but in this case I feel compelled to. This book was in a word AWESOME!!!!! No I have not read the 1960's version, and maybe that is good or bad don't know. This book was so well written. I listened to the entire thing today. I laughed the entire way through. He wasn't just a writer confusing himself with a comedian. The way he slid the humor in almost imperceptibly was wild. You didn't know it was funny till you caught yourself laughing. No I am not a literary genius or giant, but I am above average for intelligence, although I am so tired I did have to use spell check twice. Seriously, this is the first book by John Scalzi I have read, but will not be the last. No not an original idea, but how many publishing company give permission for rewrites on a book. Cant be too many. Maybe one day there will be a sequel. If you want a good old fashioned read. GET THIS BOOK!!!! Enough of my rambling. Happy reading all.

59 of 65 people found this review helpful