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  • The Terran Privateer

  • The Duchy of Terra, Book 1
  • By: Glynn Stewart
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,129

Earth is conquered. Sol is lost. One ship is tasked to free them. One Captain to save them all. When an alien armada destroys the United Earth Space Force and takes control of the human homeworld, newly reinstated Captain Annette Bond must take her experimental hyperspace cruiser Tornado into exile as Terra's only interstellar privateer. She has inferior technology, crude maps, and no concept of her enemy, but the seedy underbelly of galactic society welcomes her so long as she has prizes to sell and money to spend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!

  • By Jason on 12-05-16

pretty damn good book<br />

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

I almost didnt get due to cpl negative reviews but glad that I went ahead and grabbed it. pleasantly suprised. Great story line and awesome performance. First book for for the series for definitely getting the others.

  • Freehold

  • Freehold, Book 1
  • By: Michael Z. Williamson
  • Narrated by: Molly Elston
  • Length: 21 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 352

Sergeant Kendra Pacelli is innocent, but that doesn't matter to the repressive government pursuing her. Mistakes might be made, but they are never acknowledged, especially when billions of embezzled dollars earned from illegal weapons sales are at stake. But where does one run when all Earth and most settled planets are under the aegis of one government? Answer: The Freehold of Grainne.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow ! great story and homage to Heinlein

  • By Jon on 04-09-15

great book

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

great book and series. his book about time travelling marines good too. read them all

  • Ascend Online

  • Ascend Online, Book 1
  • By: Luke Chmilenko
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,742
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,339

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 248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 227

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 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

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 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,527
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,125

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 1,060
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 998
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 998

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 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,289

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
  • A Guilty pleasure

  • By Daniel on 12-18-16

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 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319

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 10,795
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,828
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,818

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