LISTENER

Joakim

  • 12
  • reviews
  • 8
  • helpful votes
  • 197
  • ratings
  • UnArcana Stars

  • A Starship's Mage Story
  • By: Glynn Stewart
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290

It has been over a year since the UnArcana Worlds of the Protectorate of the Mage-King of Mars seceded, shattering the unity of the human race. The new Republic of Faith and Reason has raised new banners in defiance of the power of the Protectorate's Mage aristocracy. Now, Hand Damien Montgomery commands a relief mission to a Republic world ravaged by famine. His humanitarian mission collides with a newborn military beginning to flex its muscles - and a newborn nation prepared to accept no violations of its sovereignty, regardless of their needs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By Joe from New England on 05-23-19

Short but good

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

Reviewed: 04-07-19

Another great book, but a bit short. Still more than worth a listen. Narrator is one of my favoritts.

  • Hidden Enemies

  • The Empire of Bones Saga, Book 9
  • By: Terry Mixon
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Trapped between murderous xenophobes and calculating artificial intelligences, an interstellar war threatens to wash Princess Kelsey Bandar away in a tide of blood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Making friends, enemies and finding key components

  • By MelHay on 06-12-19

Great universe not so great performance or writing

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

Reviewed: 02-25-19

Love the universe.

But the incessant need to over explain everything is hard to swallow.

The narrator has a tenancy to portray everyone as up tight and "snobby".

The universe the books describe is amazing, but it looses a lot due to overwhelming use of unnecessary words.

I still buy the books since I like the genre, and the universe. Perhaps better to read than to listen. Worth the credits if you enjoy the dystopian sci-fi genre and can listen past the shortcomings of the author and/or narrator.

  • The Heirs of Earth

  • Children of Earthrise Series, Book 1
  • By: Daniel Arenson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 110

We hide in shadows. Our planet is lost. We are the last humans, and we must go home. Two thousand years ago, aliens destroyed Earth. Our fleets shattered. Billions died. The last humans fled a burning planet, heading to the stars. Today we are still refugees. Hungry. Afraid. Our enemies hunt us everywhere. So we hide. On distant asteroids. In rundown space stations. In deep caves on frozen worlds. And we dream. Of green hills. Blue skies. Golden fields. We dream of Earth. And for the first time, we have hope. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great new series

  • By tekone on 06-27-18

Entertaining but lacking

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

I like the concept of humans not beeing the Alpha dog in a universe filled with aliens, but the characters feels underdeveloped and lacking.

Also the entire galaxy seems to talk English, and everyone understands everyone else. Only a few references to translators for spices who do not communicate verbally. Nothing wrong with that, just takes away from the immersion.

Even though I love Tolkiens great works, there are just too many references to it.

All this beeing said, book is a good time gap if you look beyond the parts that are just not fully there.

Jeffrey Kafer is brilliant as usual.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Fury of the Bold

  • Privateer Tales, Book 14
  • By: Jamie McFarlane
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

Left for dead on a backwater planet, Liam must crawl through ancient alien ruins in search of an advanced weapon. Piecing it together is the only way to hold the Kroerak forces at bay until reinforcements arrive - if they arrive at all. Marny Bertrand has never left a crew member behind, and she’s not about to start now. When she discovers Liam is still alive, she'll put everything on the line and mount a reckless rescue mission. If she can’t reach her stranded crew before their defenses fall, enemy droves will get their claws on the only weapon capable of saving humanity. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story continues on.

  • By Curtis Wright on 02-15-19

Good story, but short and felt abbreviated

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

Good story, but short and felt abbreviated. Hopefully the next book will be back to the standard of all the others.

  • Duchess of Terra

  • The Duchy of Terra, Book 2
  • By: Glynn Stewart
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 789
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789

When Terra knelt to an alien Imperium, they guaranteed our safety and our future. But now their enemies are coming for us. To preserve humanity's survival and freedom in a hostile galaxy, Annette Bond tied her world to the A!Tol Imperium, taking on the mantle of Duchess of Terra to rule humanity in the Imperium's name. The A!Tol have provided technology, ships, and money to uplift the new Duchy of Terra, but those gifts come with strings attached. The Imperium has their own plan for Terra - but Bond has tricks of her own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the first book.

  • By EJ Salzano on 10-30-17

One of the best books I've listened

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

Reviewed: 07-19-17

One of the best books I've listened to for quite a while, at least among the top ten I've ever listened to.

The author and the narrator have produced such an amazing piece that let's the mind drift into the story of the book, and let's the listener completely forget the world outside of the book.

I've listened to other books by the author and other narrations by the narrator, and I am a big fan of both, but together what they deliver is nothing short of a masterpiece.

The book provokes a full range of emotional responses, and was thrilling and captivating from beginning to end.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Love's Labor's Won

  • Schooled in Magic, Book 6
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 967
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 903
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 901

The Magical Families of Ashworth and Ashfall have been feuding for countless years, ever since something happened to split one family into two. Now, they have been invited to Cockatrice Faire - when no other magician would dare invite them both. And when it becomes clear that the Ashworth Heir and the Ashfall Heir have fallen in love with one another, Emily finds herself caught in the middle between two powerful families, each one capable of destroying her once and for all.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • She claims to know HISTORY!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-03-17

10/10 One of the best series I've listened to.

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

Reviewed: 03-30-17

Narrator compliments the story extremely well, lovely balance between a series of interesting accents and bringing true emotions put for the characters.

I love how the author is able to, almost, seamlessly integrate experience from Earth into the nameless world.

10/10 for all the books so far.

  • Escalation

  • The Frontiers Saga Part 2: Rogue Castes
  • By: Ryk Brown
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 611
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579

A cease-fire that has lasted seven years. Worlds half-destroyed that have been rebuilt anew. Friends and crewmates scattered light-years apart. New leaders that would be kings. The Jung threat has been renewed, in ways not imagined. It will take a new savior to inspire the masses, and once again lead those willing to fight against oppression. But who will the new savior be?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • BOYCOTT - DO NOT PURCHASE

  • By D. F. on 11-08-16

Worst narrator I've heard

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

Reviewed: 01-28-17

It's a shame that this narrator was allowed to destroy such a great book. I binge listened to every book before this and enjoyed them more than I could put into word.

This book I first returned after 5min, then tried it again a couple of days later since I love the author and the series. But had to give up a few hours later.

Would never buy anything this narrator reads again.

Hopefully the next book will be able to fill in the gaps in the story that I will be missing from this one.

  • TFS Theseus

  • The Terran Fleet Command Saga, Book 2
  • By: Tori L. Harris
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721

"Welcome to the Pelaran Alliance...." With those simple words, the Guardian spacecraft openly revealed itself to humanity, heralding a new chapter in its 500-year-long mission to cultivate our world. Earth's population must now make its first planet-wide decision - join the most powerful alliance in our galaxy or chart our own course, deciding for ourselves which civilizations are worthy of our trust. Will we be the first world to decline the Pelarans' invitation, or does their offer come with an implied threat?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great series with good story and action

  • By Bessette family on 07-27-16

Good listen but...

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

Reviewed: 11-07-16

Good listen, but the author has an incessant need to explain everything to death. Sometimes a short travel in the book takes longer to get through in real time due to incessant over explaining everything.

For example in most cases an order is given the author has a need to have the recipients of the orders thank their superior officer which in return usually responds with gratitude of the junior officer thanking him, which ends with the junior officer responding yet another time to tell the superior officer "your welcome". This makes simple orders take "forever".

I assume the book would be a couple of hours shorter if the author would have removed alot of the platitudes. And tbh it would have been a better book, even if the already short book would be even shorter.

But still, if you enjoy the genre it's not a bad book. I would still have bought it again knowing what I know now.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The End of Liberty

  • War Eternal, Book 2
  • By: M. R. Forbes
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553

An ancient starship discovered... An eternal enemy revealed... An impossible mission to save humankind. The Goliath has been discovered, the first of its secrets revealed. Now the race is on for Captain Mitchell Williams and his crew to return to Liberty and recover Origin's lost memories before the enemy can complete their violent conquest. It's a mission with a near-zero chance of success. A mission that only the Riggers would be crazy enough to accept - and skilled enough to survive.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Reliving a million past future FAILS

  • By Sailfish on 05-29-16

Thrilling and exciting 9/10

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

Reviewed: 08-23-16

The writer is very good at writing the books in such a way that you can envision the entire universe the books are set in, and the narrator is able to tell the story with exquisite detail and emotion.

The story jumped a bit to much back and forth without warning in the end, making it slightly hard to follow, but still a very good book, and worth the listen 9/10

  • Space Carrier Avalon

  • By: Glynn Stewart
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 907
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 845
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846

Avalon was the flagship of the Castle Federation in the last war, now 20 years past. The first of the deep space carriers, no other warship in the fleet holds as many honors or has recorded as many kills. No other warship in the fleet is as old. Accepting the inevitable, the Federation Space Navy has decided to refit her and send her on a tour of the frontier, showing the flag to their allies and enemies as a reminder of her glory - and then decommission her for good.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • New CAG Curses Legendary Star Carrier

  • By Sailfish on 01-04-16

Blown away

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

Reviewed: 08-10-16

Amazingly written by the author and told by the narrator. 10/10if you like science fiction.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful