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  • The Circuit

  • By: Rhett C. Bruno
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 28 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 503

Earth is a dying planet. To survive, humanity founds the Circuit, a string of colonies across the solar system, dedicated to mining resources vital to preserving what remains of mankind. Here there are no heroes or villains, only those willing to do what's necessary to survive. The New Earth Tribunal, a powerful religious faction, has risen to rule the Circuit. They believe a Spirit within the Earth will one day appear and welcome humanity back home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An author who understands science fiction and true story telling!

  • By Alan McDonald on 07-03-18

Vast and Dark, with a glimmer of hope.

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

I loved this trilogy. The world building is thorough and well thought out. It is a little slow to start but picks up quickly. You'll hate the villains and pull for those struggling against them. This is for all three books of the saga so its a good value being over 24hrs long this providing many hours of entertainment. Whole heartedly recommend this performance.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Out of the Soylent Planet: A Rex Nihilo Adventure

  • Starship Grifters, Book 0
  • By: Robert Kroese
  • Narrated by: J.D. Ledford
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156

Interstellar con man Rex Nihilo has a price tag on his head. Railroaded into smuggling a shipment of contraband corn to a planet short on food, Rex finds himself on the run from an insidious corporation named Ubiqorp, which reaps obscene profits by keeping the planet dependent on shipments of synthetic rations. When Rex and his long-suffering robot companion Sasha are sentenced to work as slave labor on a massive Ubiqorp plantation, they learn the terrible secret behind the corporation's products.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most I’ve laughed in a long time

  • By Richard on 04-13-18

Hilarious

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I thoroughly enjoy the Rex Nihilo series. Clever word play and references with a laugh almost every page. This one's the origin story for Rex and it's the best in the series yet.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Truth Is the Soul of the Sun

  • A Biographical Novel of Hatshepsut-Maatkare
  • By: Maria Isabel Pita
  • Narrated by: Maria Isabel Pita
  • Length: 21 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

This is the epic story of Hatshepsut, the ancient Egyptian princess and queen who was crowned king, and for more than 20 years ruled on the Horus-throne of the living as the "Female Falcon". The name Hatshepsut chose for herself as pharaoh can be read as Maat is the Ka of Re, which means "the true and beautiful manifestation of the sun's divine life-force". A more poetic but still accurate translation is "truth is the soul of the sun".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely well researched !

  • By Kyl on 09-13-18

Fun and accurate history.

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

I received a copy from the author inn exchange four an honest review.

This is a rather good bio novel of one of two female pharaohs known to history. The narration isn't perfect but the author more than makes up for it with the excellent story and her attention to detail. I'm a history geek and definitely recommend this book.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Flipside

  • By: Jake Bible
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

The year is 2046, and dinosaurs are real. Time bubbles across the world, many as large as 100 square miles, turn like clockwork, revealing prehistoric landscapes from the Cretaceous Period. They reveal the Flipside. Now, 30 years after the first turn, the clockwork is breaking down, as one of the world's powers has decided to exploit the phenomenon for his own gain. Former head of security for Topside Command Trevon Cash must navigate his way through the chaos of the broken turns and take a team Flipside to try to figure out what is happening. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Creative Time Travel story.

  • By cosmitron on 06-26-18

not bad but...

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

I received a copy in exchange for a review. The narrator is good and the story is entertaining but the science is a bit weak and unexplained. The evil corporate dad thing got tiresome and I just wanted him to be eaten or stop talking. Also "the trailer was rocking, so no one came a knocking", really?!?! Are you kidding me???

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blademage Beastmaster

  • A LitRPG Series, Book 1
  • By: Deck Davis
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 230

Charlie Naylor is a good guy, but he's never been great at multi-tasking. When Larynk, the god of corn, sends Charlie into a fantasy game, he just can't help himself trying. By combining his love of daggers, magic, and animals, he becomes the Blademage Beastmaster. With a dangerous new pet, a deadly selection of daggers, and some awesome spells, he must make allies and kill monsters as he walks his path to glory. If he can do that, then he might just create a legacy for himself. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Grinding away with a beast and a blade

  • By Ray Johnson on 05-31-18

Meh

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

I received a copy in exchange for a review. The performer is quite talented but the story leaves much to be desired. No real motivation for the character other than his dog dies. It has some entertaining bits but I could not get into it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Eye of Strife

  • By: Dave Duncan
  • Narrated by: Anthony Lee
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 15

Sword fights and romance, miracles and mystery, treachery and sly humor.... A god summons a curious assortment of witnesses to his temple to testify on what they know about a jewel that was lost 1,000 years ago. At least one of them is guilty. Others are lying.... Dave Duncan at his devious best.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Everything felt flat

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 03-12-18

Sleep Inducing

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

I received a copy of the book in exchange for a review. The story is good but the narrator nearly put me to sleep half way through.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Uncle Bob's Red Flannel Bible Camp: The Book of Genesis

  • By: Steve Vernon
  • Narrated by: Scott Allen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Here it is. The whole entire story of the Book of Genesis as told to you by the world's oldest storyteller, Uncle Bob. If you think you know the truth behind the Bible Stories you really ought to pick up a copy of this book. If you are one of those folks who thinks that it is bad manners to giggle a little in church - well, you might want to take a good listen to the sample before you go throwing down any of your hard-earned money. This isn't exactly a solemn retelling of the Bible. In fact, I guarantee a giggle or two along the way. The fact is this is the story of the Book of Genesis as retold by a country gentleman who read the Bible a couple of times and is doing his level best to retell it in his own words.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jean Shepherd sensibilities meets the bible

  • By Ray Johnson on 03-21-18

boring.

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

i received a copy from the narrator in exchange for a review.

Honestly it wasn't that funny. The narrator was decent.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of War: AOG Study Edition

  • By: Sun Tzu
  • Narrated by: C. J. McAllister
  • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Sun Tzu's iconic treatise, The Art of War, has been studied by military historians and strategists for centuries. The concepts he recommends remain as effective and his advice as perceptive today as it has ever been. However, The Art of War is certainly not only of use to individuals in the military. The principles he lays out are remarkably applicable to a wide variety of professions and situations, from business to politics to everyday interpersonal relationships.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good principles for everyday life

  • By Spooky Mike on 06-04-18

Often quoted, seldom read. McAllister nails it.

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

I want to hug the AOG folks for doing audio books of the classics. The narrator again does a very good job of bringing to life way is a rather dry read but is one of the seminal texts of warfare. So many want to quote this book without actually reading it but this edition makes it very easy to finish.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gleanings Among the Sheaves

  • AOG Discussion Edition
  • By: Charles Spurgeon
  • Narrated by: C. J. McAllister
  • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Charles Spurgeon may be known as the "Prince of Preachers", and deservedly so; but you will find upon listening to this volume that his gifts were not limited to sweeping orations delivered to extensive crowds. This beautiful text contains dozens of brief passages on a wide variety of topics that relate to the Christian life. Equally useful as a daily devotional or a springboard for additional study and meditation, this edition includes the full, unabridged text of the original, in addition to extensive study and discussion questions to help spark further thought. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Life lessons from the past

  • By J. Warren Benton on 05-05-18

Good introduction to Spurgeon

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

Spurgeon was called the Prince of preachers. With McAllister reading this book it is easy to see why. Thoughtful and profound words from a man who isn't as widely known these days but like Chesterton ought to be. wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone looking to deepen their faith.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Monster Hunter Files

  • By: Larry Correia, Jonathan Maberry, Faith Hunter, and others
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Bailey Carr, Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,944
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,934

For well over a century, Monster Hunter International has kept the world safe from supernatural threats small and large - and, in some cases, very, very large. Now, join us as MHI opens their archives for the first time. From experienced hunters on their toughest cases, to total newbies' initial encounters with the supernatural, The Monster Hunter Files reveals the secret history of the world's most elite monster fighting force.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like most short story collections, a mixed bag

  • By Michael G. Potter on 10-27-17

Completely Engrossing

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

Reviewed: 05-18-18

This was great from beginning to end. I normally don't buy or recommend short story anthologies but I would buy this again if possible. Not a single bad story in the whole book.