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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 18,869
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,779
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,700

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

Klooj of a great story.

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

Kludge is pronounced klooj. Otherwise perfect performance. I love how the comparisons to Skippy and the TV show, Frazier, were worked in. I’m not sure why RC Brey has stage fright when it comes to at least attempting to sing commonly known tunes.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 198,716
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 185,538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185,141

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Awesome VR sci-fi

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

Reviewed: 08-26-17

I kept wondering throughout the novel if Ernest Cline was a Nom-de-plume for John Scalzi. The post collapse descriptions reminded me of Metatropolis and Wil Wheaton often narrates for Scalzi. Wil has become a powerful voice talent I hope to hear much more from him in the future. Excellent story with perfect narration.

  • Hell Divers

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,307
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,267

More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers - men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I usually don't read my SciFi however....!!

  • By Michalena on 10-06-17

Awesome Gripping Series

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

Post apocalyptic airships carry the last remnants of humanity on a monster mutant dominated world. Great action. Gripping story telling talent with excellent use of a single voice to narrate the lines of scores of characters and give them Oscar winning performances. This would make a great movie series with grizzled old action heroes like those in the Expendables playing the Hell Divers... an elite team of hardened badasses who parachute into a radioactive monster ridden hell over and over to salvage parts for their ancient airship that's been keeping hundreds alive for generations. I've listened to both books in this series and it just gets better and better.

  • Paradise

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 3
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24,213
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,730
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,644

While the crew of the starship Flying Dutchman have been trying to assure people that hostile aliens do not have access to Earth, the UN Expeditionary Force has been stranded on the planet they nicknamed "Paradise". The Flying Dutchman is headed back out on another mission, and the UN wants the ship to find out the status of the humans on Paradise.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slowing down but still great

  • By Christopher Steele on 06-02-17

You'll never see a beer can the same way!

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

Reviewed: 06-14-17

I have never listened to an audiobook series as entertaining, well narrated and gripping as this series and I've been an Audie Award Judge for 9 years now. Bray kicked it out of the park with "The Martian" but he kicks it out of orbit with this series. His Frazier Crane - like voice for the AI is not only spot on but side splittingly hilarious at times - to the point where if this is ever made into a movie, Kelsey Grammer is going to have to be in the cast as the AI voice against a Ben Afleck type Army Sergeant. What a blast and what a great ride this series is!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Djinn

  • By: J. Kent Holloway
  • Narrated by: Wayne Farrell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 109

In the final years of the first Kingdom of Jerusalem, in a vault, hidden deep beneath the Temple Mount, Baron Gregory De L'Ombre has made an astonishing discovery. Imprisoned within the vault are twelve monstrous abominations, created by one of King Solomon's wives as a final act of revenge. The secrets of the vault will ensure Gregory's absolute power and forever enslave the Outremer-the Holy Land. No man dares stand against him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening.

  • By Readers Together on 05-10-14

The Scarlett Pimpernel of Palestine

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

Reviewed: 06-11-14

Wayne is a friend of mine and I promised him an honest review here. Let me honestly say that if this is one of his first works, we can only expect stellar performances from here on out. He has a very easy to listen to voice. If you like the narration of the award winning narrator, Anne Flosnik, then you will like the pace, elocution and voice quality of Wayne Farrell. They are almost a male/female match set. The Djinn is about the Crusades. Baron Gregory De L Ombre has uncovered a mysterious secret that could enable him to rule the Holy Land. However, the Djinn knows his plans and works to thwart the Baron. It's very much in the style of "Zorro" or "The Scarlett Pimpernel", so the story is a little predictable, but none the less entertaining. One error on the writers part (as I am a geologist). Stalagmites don't hang from the ceiling of caves... they grow from the cave floor. Stalagtites hang from ceilings of caves. It's minor and hardly worth mentioning. Other character side stories involve a knight named Horatio who is friends with the Baron's brother who is stricken with leprocy and his comedic side-kick, idiot cousin and squire Sebastian... You see obvious parallels in the story to Sgt. Pedro Gonzales or perhaps Fray Filipe and Bernardo, from Zorro... The ending is not what you expect. No spoilers. Good story. Great narration. Enjoy! On the narration, Wayne needs a few more voices to his repertoire. He sometimes used the same voice for two different characters, which usually isn't a problem, but the cast of characters is diverse enough to where you'd get a little lost if you resumed the story in the middle of a conversation a few hours later. Not an annoyance or a detraction from enjoyment in the slightest. Good work Wayne!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Remaining

  • By: D. J. Molles
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,764
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,458
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,456

In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Die Hard Meets 28 Days Later

  • By G Wallace on 01-10-14

Awesome Red Neck Gun Nut Sci-Fi...

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

Reviewed: 05-03-14

Its got zombies, but the zombies are not paranormal. They are living. A virus has infected humanity, eating away the front lobe and turning humans into fast, mean, agressive pack animals. Captain Lee Harden is one of an elite team of soldiers across the country who, during national crisis, move to a bunker to await armageddon or whatever may befall humanity to rise from their bunkers and rebuild the nation with cashes of suplies all over the US. Only Captain Harden comes out early when his main for instructions contact goes dark. For the first book, you are wondering how this plays into the story, but trust me you'll find out. Lots of zombie like action. Lots of post appocalyptic gangs. Great story. Looking forward to the next audiobook in the series.

  • Hellhole

  • By: Brian Herbert, Kevin J Anderson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 19 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 437

Only the most desperate colonists dare to make a new home on Hellhole. Reeling from a recent asteroid impact, tortured with horrific storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and churning volcanic eruptions, the planet is a dumping ground for undesirables, misfits, and charlatans…but also a haven for dreamers and independent pioneers. Against all odds, an exiled general named Adolphus has turned Hellhole into a place of real opportunity for the desperate colonists who call the planet their home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good Series Intro

  • By Dan on 03-30-11

Yet another great Hellhole story.

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

Reviewed: 06-08-13

A futuristic Napoleon fights to defeat a tyrannical monarchy. Great story with lots of intrigue, plots and schemes. This is a book series that both men and women will like. Scotts wonderful voice is like a perfectly paired wine to this meal of a book. Women's voices are believable and not overmodulated. Character voices are well done without going overboard. I highly recommend this series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hellhole: Awakening

  • The Hellhole Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 19 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 338

After declaring his independence from the corrupt Constellation, rebel General Adolphus knows the crackdown is coming. Now he needs to pull together the struggling Hellhole colony, the ever-expanding shadow-Xayan settlement, and his connections with the other Deep Zone worlds. Even then, he doubts his desperate measures will be enough. Diadem Michella Duchenet has collected a huge space fleet led by Commodore Escobar Hallholme, son of the hero who originally defeated Adolphus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I really enjoy this series

  • By William on 04-04-13

Scott Brick outdoes himself

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

Reviewed: 06-08-13

This is a great new series of books. The narration is superb. The story is captivating. (spoiler alert) - I only wish the writers had not killed off the comedic relief of Vincent and Fernando. They would have been a great pair to spin off in a whole new adventure. However, the writer does an excellent job at presenting technology in small enough amounts so as to not completely lose the reader.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,585
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35,590

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Jumps The Shark ... Too Late

  • By JayDub 1000 on 05-29-18

LOST and in LOVECRAFT...

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

Reviewed: 04-19-13

When you listen to this book the title of this review will make sense. I was captivated from one end of this book to the other. Every chapter left you hanging... I almost expected that end scene music from Lost after each chapter. Only this book is what Lost SHOULD have been. The narrator did a great job except for the accent of Veek. He sounded like a male Indian when she was very much a female. Female Indian accents are different from male. Great story. Get this book if you want to be late for work because you're stuck in your car listening to the next chapter on your car stereo.

2 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Leadership and Self-Deception

  • Getting Out of the Box
  • By: The Arbinger Institute
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 689
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321

Most personal and organizational problems are the result of a little-known problem called "self-deception". We deceive ourselves into thinking we're doing the right thing for the right reason, but people won't follow a leader whose motives are selfish. The tricky thing is, we don't know that our motivation is flawed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite "out of the box"

  • By Gryphon on 05-16-08

No... I'm Wrong...

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

Reviewed: 02-20-13

A great lecture told in story fashion about a guy who pins his problems on everyone around him and blows up at people, including his own wife and kids. It is a story on how to own up to your own actions and how to view things from multiple fascets BEFORE opening your fat mouth. Quite often someone else's mistakes are the result of your own. It's about thinking "outside the box", where the box is your selfish point of view. William Dufris presents this story in a fashion that has you feeling like you're being given a very important life lession by your grandfather. The book is designed for managers, and I've actually used it with some fellow employees who seem to refuse to see things from less selfish angles. Some things said in this little story will really hit home.