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  • Commune: Book Three

  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,059
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,902
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,892

Having been bolstered with the supplies sufficient to carry them through the winter, the survivors of the Jackson commune must now hunker down and endure the bitter Wyoming snows, while to the south, factions are beginning to form, coalescing from the ashes of the dead world. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best series in sci-fi for great characters.

  • By TK2.0 on 11-19-18

Some Paths You Can Never Return From

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

Reviewed: 04-22-19

Someone needs to tell HBO to make this into a series. I have very rarely seen such an exquisitely crafted story with characters who don't just come alive but walk off the page (or out of the speaker in this case). Without spoiling anything, I wanted to applaud Joshua for subverting my expectations. The story is definitely for mature audiences only and I'm talking more about the hurt that follows the characters around than the vulgarity (not something I'm approving of, but the story is very true to life that way).

  • Commune: Book Two

  • Commune Series 2
  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,128
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,883

The survivors have come to settle in the mountains of Wyoming, fighting day in and day out to establish a home for themselves in a near-empty world. Things are good at first; scavenging is a workable, short-term solution that seems to be providing all they need. But they know that it’s only a matter of time before the food runs out. They need to scramble to find a sustainable solution before the clock stops, and for a little handful of people up in the mountains, the odds don’t seem very favorable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Will Have You Belly Laughing, Crying, and...

  • By Brian on 04-13-18

Vulgar, Authentic, Human

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

Reviewed: 04-22-19

While this is definitely a story meant for Mature Audiences (and I'm not applauding the vulgarity of the book), so is most of real life, sadly. I've rarely encountered such a compelling story in any genre. The closest parallel I can think of is the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, without the sci-fi trappings. Everyone in the story is a broken, vulnerable person. Some make better choices than others about how to survive. No one in the tale is perfect. Through their mistakes, their triumphs, loves and hates, our own lives are reflected to one degree or another. Definitely getting Book 3.

  • Under Darkness

  • By: Jasper T. Scott
  • Narrated by: Ben Jaeger-Thomas
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Bill Steele is in the trenches, trying to survive in the competitive world of luxury vacation resorts on the island of Kauai. Then a dark shadow falls over the island. It’s not a lunar eclipse, because Bill can clearly see the crescent moon shimmering on the water. This is something else. Moments later, the meteors begin to fall. One of them lands in the water just beyond the resort. On the news, the anchorman is fleeing from his hillside vantage point with his cameraman in hot pursuit. Their muffled screams are the last thing anyone hears before the signal is lost....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart-thumping thriller!

  • By Ecualegacy on 04-16-19

Heart-thumping thriller!

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

Reviewed: 04-16-19

This is my first time reading/listening to Jasper T. Scott's work and I am seriously glad I took the recommendation. Under Darkness is a trippy mix of Independence Day vibes (of the good kind) with all the visceral fun of a Scream movie...but with aliens. What surprised me most was how fleshed out the characters were (pun intended): something not seen often enough in the sci-fi/horror genre. To begin with, there is divorcee, Bill Steele, who is struggling to run a five-star hotel while raising his wild-child daughter. Then there are the newlyweds on their possibly last day honeymooning <B.E.G.>. And there is the unfaithful businessman trying to reconnect with his wife and spoiled family. All while running away from terrors brought to them from another world. If you're looking for an enjoyable thrill, Under Darkness delivers.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Order of the Centurion

  • By: Jason Anspach, Nick Cole
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 603

Tired of sitting out the war on Psydon in a mobile office lab, Legion Lieutenant Washam agrees to undertake a covert and unsanctioned mission with a band of Republic Recon Marines. Inserted deep behind enemy lines, the strike force uncovers a surprise key to ending a bitter war. Now they must navigate a hostile jungle teeming with murderous alien rebels, pushing themselves to the limits of their abilities, to get this vital intel to Legion Command - if they can survive that long.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don’t be thrown off by the new narrator

  • By Anonymous User on 03-06-19

Fabulous New Thread Along the Galaxy's Frayed Edge

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

If you want an adventure, action and glory in your book, look no further. I thought the Order of the Centurion was a splendid first in a new series within the Galaxy's Edge universe. From the aging sergeant who is supposed to retire so he can make up lost time with his family to the earnest young lieutenant "point" with something to prove, the characters surprised me with how relatable and endearing I found them. Drop them in a jungle and let the fighting begin! It was hard to catch my breath with this book! Enjoy!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Collector

  • A Children of Titan Prequel Novella
  • By: Rhett C. Bruno
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

After 20 years working for Pervenio Corp chasing bounties and extinguishing rebellions throughout the solar system, he’s on a routine pickup job hunting a wealthy offworlder heir who ran away from home. But when a mad scientist gets his hands on the boy, Malcolm finds himself caught up in a twisted plot to develop working androids.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interplanetary Horror at Its Finest

  • By Ecualegacy on 03-22-19

Interplanetary Horror at Its Finest

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

Dystopian sci-fi master, Rhett C. Bruno, dishes out a solid prequel to Titanborn in this quick little short-story. This time, he treats us to a tender tale of interplanetary bounty-hunter, Malcom Graves, as he totes his 10-year-old daughter about the solar system. This lasts about tens minutes, of course, before Malcom stumbles onto a bevy of horrors dredged out of the darkest hole of plausible sci-fi futures coming soon to a reality near you. The story is chilling as it is provocative, especially when it picks up full steam midway for a plunge straight into a nightmare form hell. Enjoy!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Titan's Son

  • By: Rhett C. Bruno
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273

Kale Drayton knows his place. As a Ringer born on Titan, he's used to keeping his head down and his mouth shut--no matter how much the Earthers abuse him or his own kind berate him. So, when he's caught stealing from a wealthy merchant, he's lucky to be sentenced to low-paying maintenance work on a gas-harvesting ship instead of life in a cell... or worse. But when his mother is quarantined, Kale finds himself backed into a corner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By MJM on 03-24-19

The Darker, Edgier Side of Book 1

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

If you didn't find Book 1's dystopian sci-fi world to be all sugar and rainbows, then Book 2 cranks the angst up to an eleven. From page 1, Rhett vividly paints the bleak world of Titan and the suffering that Ringers endure at the hands of their Earther oppressors. I've seldom seen world-building done as well. The character dev is also top notch. The tragic hero, Kale, is as sympathetic as he is morally wrongheaded: a desperate man who tries to straddle the line between crime and honest work to save his dying mother. He'll soon learn the true cost of his choices. It's not a story for the faint of heart. It certainly sent me on a roller coaster ride of visceral thrills, while making me feel utterly depressed at others--sometimes within the same chapter. It is, put simply, an excellently crafted story designed to drag the unsuspecting reader through the very worst side of humanity that history is built on: a cautionary tale in the grandest tradition of science fiction.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Commune

  • Commune, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,783
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,533

For dinosaurs, it was a big rock. For humans: Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). When the Earth is hit by the greatest CME in recorded history (several times larger than the Carrington Event of 1859), the combined societies of the planet's most developed nations struggle to adapt to a life thrust back into the Dark Ages. In the United States, the military scrambles to speed the nation's recovery on multiple fronts including putting down riots, establishing relief camps, delivering medical aid, and bringing communication and travel back on line. Just as a real foothold is established in retaking the skies (utilizing existing commercial aircraft supplemented by military resources and ground control systems), a mysterious virus takes hold of the population, spreading globally over the very flight routes that the survivors fought so hard to rebuild.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • RC Bray as Hispanic Woman - Just Wow!

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 05-03-18

Unexpectedly awesome!

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

Reviewed: 03-05-19

Didn’t know anything about this one going in except that RC Bray requested to take this on once he read the draft presented. I am glad he did! I am not a big post-apocalyptic fan, but this gritty story got me hooked straight from the first chapter. It has believable, 3D characters, visceral tension, plentiful and well-researched background and it is plain good story that has me ready to reach for Book 2.

  • Titanborn

  • By: Rhett C. Bruno
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 696

After decades hunting wanted offworlders throughout the solar system, Corporate Bounty Hunter Malcolm Graves doesn't bother asking questions. So long as the pay is right, he's the man for the job. And he always works alone. But when a high-profile bombing on Earth has Pervenio Corp clamoring for answers, they force him to team up with a strange, cyber-augmented partner. A young man more interested in statistics than instinct. Their assignment: Track down a suspected group of extremists from Titan who will go to any length to free their moon from the grip of Earth's corporations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Mystery Sci-fi

  • By Bryan on 02-08-19

Gritty Sci-fi Noir

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

Think dystopian stories like Blade Runner and the old gumshoe noir films, oh, and even a touch of James Bond all set in a verse somewhere between Firefly and The Expanse. Did I mention doomsday already came and went? The protagonist, Malcom Graves, is a gritty, strung-out "Collector" hunting bounties on the company dollar. After botching his latest job, fate hands him a second chance at redemption in more than just his employer's eyes. While on vacation, he finds himself at ground zero for a terrorist attack. He must then take on a cyborg partner he doesn't want while they chase the attackers across first the earth and then the solar system. All the while, Malcom feels the past chasing him.

Post-apocalyptic and sci-fi gumshoe fans will love this story. I know I did!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Sword Into Darkness

  • By: Thomas A. Mays
  • Narrated by: Liam Owen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 191

Aerospace tycoon Gordon Elliot Lee cannot stand idly by while a mysterious alien presence from Delta Pavonis bears down upon mankind's only home. Shut out from NASA and military support, Gordon is forced to go it alone, to sow the seeds for an entirely new sort of planetary defense: a space-based naval force.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Audio Rendition of Military Sci-Fi

  • By John R. Monteith on 09-08-14

Fantastic Hard Military Sci-fi/Space Opera

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

One of the best Hard Military Sci-fi/Space Opera novels I've read. It explores an unusual solution to the Fermi Paradox. Aliens are coming, but they aren't signaling their intentions, so one maverick billionaire recruits a battle-blooded US Navy officer to help design and build from the ground up Earth's first space warship. The first half of the book is the ramp up and the second half delivers on the space action, but there is plenty of interesting stuff happening throughout. At no point was the story slow: a challenge few can pull off. If I had anything to compare it to: think a blending of Robert Heilein's "Starship Troopers" and Andy Weir's "The Martian." The characters are well-developed and the plot compelling. And the feeling of realism throughout is very solid. An excellent narrator made for a very fun story. I've gone through this book 3 times (twice on Kindle and once on audible). I just don't re-read many books that often: a testament to its quality. Looking forward to Book 2, which is expected in 2019.

  • Christmas Eve, 1914

  • By: Charles Olivier
  • Narrated by: Cameron Daddo, Xander Berkeley, Cody Fern, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,907
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,775
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,726

In 1914, the war which was to have been wrapped up by Christmas had - in reality - only just begun, as all sides entrenched themselves deeper into the Great War. Christmas Eve, 1914 follows one company of British officers as they rotate forward to spend their Christmas on the front lines, a mere 80 yards from the German guns. Upper- and working-class men and boys are thrown together into one trench and struggle to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully "illustrated"

  • By anonymous on 12-25-14

It was okay

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

The pettiness of the officers in the story dragged the production down. Yes, such behavior happens. It simple didn't make for a good story IMHO. The acting was fine. The part where the audiobook shone was at the end when the truce happened.