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Esteban Quiles

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  • Frontlines, Book 6
  • By: Marko Kloos
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,740
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,562

Earth's armed forces have stopped the Lanky advance and chased their ships out of the solar system, but for CDC officer Andrew Grayson, the war feels anything but won. On Mars, the grinding duty of flushing out the twenty-meter-tall alien invaders from their burrows underground is wearing down troops and equipment at an alarming rate. And for the remaining extrasolar colonies, the threat of a Lanky attack is ever present.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Meeting up with old friends that you actually miss

  • By Mgarneau on 01-10-18

Not enough combat.

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

Reviewed: 01-13-18

This was the slowest book of his I listened to. I understand the first book being slow to action because you have to introduce the characters but this is book six! I would have like to have the action start before the last 4 chapters of the book. Hopefully the seventh book has more combat action in it.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Flagship

  • A Captain's Crucible, Book 1
  • By: Isaac Hooke
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 162

Captain Jonathan Dallas, Commodore of Battle Unit 72, investigates the disappearance of a military research vessel on the fringes of known space. When the unit is ambushed by a threat that endangers not only the fleet but also all of humanity itself, Jonathan must somehow find the resources to fight back.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellant narration.

  • By llburk on 05-07-16

I need more series.

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

I liked this book very much. Too bad that the rest of the series isn't available. Need to get on that Audible!!!

  • Earthcore

  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,999
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,490

EarthCore is the company with the technology, the resources, and the guts to go after the mother lode. Young executive Connell Kirkland is the company's driving force, pushing himself and those around him to uncover the massive treasure. But at three miles below the surface, where the rocks are so hot they burn bare skin, something has been waiting for centuries. Waiting...and guarding. Kirkland and EarthCore are about to find out first-hand why this treasure has never been unearthed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start, but it gained momentum quick

  • By Jan on 12-15-17

Interesting story with a twist at the end.

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

Reviewed: 07-15-17

If you could sum up Earthcore in three words, what would they be?

Will use three phrases instead:
Earth core is a book about greed fueled ignorance, survival endurance, and lost origins.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

My reaction to the ending was a solid "damn". It seemed a little abrupt, to be honest. There was all this build up, in the middle before they actually went into the mine. The epilogue was disappointing through. It felt like the ending should have been a longer epilogue.

Which scene was your favorite?

Difficult to say, most the book was a little repetitive, with similar situations resurfacing. My favorite part is the when they realize the platinum deposit is something else entirely.

If you could take any character from Earthcore out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Nah, most the characters are kinda lame, and unlikable. I was generally pleased when a number of them died. If anyone Sunny, the old black mine prospector he was the interesting character.

Any additional comments?

This book has the initial feel of horror novel but quickly transforms into a quasi techno thriller. It does have the classic elements of horror survival where one member of the group gets wounded, and the others slow down to keep them alive, and one by one they all perish. The antagonists in this story are the hills have eyes brand creatures, and the reader quickly falls out of interest with them, at least I did. More than anything it was the human characters that had the problems.

Basic theme of this book:

If you like reading stories about how incredibly arrogate people can be, especially if there's a profit involved, and then they all die, then this is your book.

5 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Glory Boy

  • By: Rick Partlow
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307

Caleb Mitchell gave up everything to protect his home. Shunned by friends and family for abandoning the pacifist beliefs of their religion, abandoned by the love of his life, he left his home world of Canaan to go to the Commonwealth Military Academy on Earth and train to fight in the looming war against the implacable alien threat of the Tahni Imperium. When a training mission with a crew of cadets winds up caught in the middle of one of the worst battles of the war, Cal and his fellow students are officially declared dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Miltary Sci Fi with Full Story in One Book

  • By Richard on 06-14-17

Anti climax fan boy Sci-fi, and puerile.

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

What would have made Glory Boy better?

Changing the whole story. Pretty much this book borders more on fantasy than actual Sci-Fi.

General impressions:

No sense of serious conflict in the story, ie alot people are dying. Both factions in the story are evenly matched, (how odd). The antagonist has no voice, and is generally faceless. The main character remains quite static regardless of his experiences or surroundings.

The characters:
Imagine the classic socially awkward under appreciated geek leaves home as a young adult, and six years later he comes back to save his planet as a super augmented commando. Along with the main cast of characters, the primary character is also ostensibly shallow. Although a battle hardened soldier, he still manages to fall back in love with some plain Jane high school sweetheart. The same one that brutally rejected him.

Tech Mombo Jumbo:
It would seem that the writer borrowed popular Sci-Fi power words and combined them to make things that sounded cool. For example in describing the armor the character used the listener is inundated with a litany of phrases like "Super conducting, chameleon, nano enhanced, poly laminate carbide." And the listener is presented with this information almost out of context at the beginning. The question enters your head, "Why does he need all this shit for again?" Its also insinuated that his augmentations are worth the price of a warship.

The aliens:
Oh they're human like, and are governed by some religious theocracy. That's it.................... Oh and they are competing for planets with the humans.............................................................!

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not sure. But a much better book than this, and fans of War Sci-Fi would be "Armor" by John Steakely. The characters are much better and the story is not puerile like this one.

What didn’t you like about Kyle McCarley’s performance?

Nothing, although he was a little monotone.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Well one thing that this story didn't have that made it less puerile, was the lack of cheerleaders. With books like this you often notice this harem of female characters clustering around the main character. This book lacked that so I give it props.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Saturn Run

  • By: John Sandford Ctein
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,750
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,743

The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope - something is approaching Saturn and decelerating. Space objects don't decelerate. Spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: Whatever built that ship is at least one hundred years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best Sci-Fi Book in a While!

  • By Ted on 05-29-17

good but almost to armchair style sci-fi.<br />

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

Reviewed: 04-04-16

starts off strong but writers seem to cut corners and dissapoint you. it's a good book if your into serious no nonsense sci-fi. but it's because of this seriousness that the writers seem to lack imagination and willingness to stretch the boundaries.