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  • Renegades

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 7
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,086
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,779
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,764

The battle-scarred star carrier Flying Dutchman is finally on her way back to Earth, after an exceptionally successful series of missions that have once again saved the world. The ship needs a serious refit, and her exhausted crew just wants a break from constant clandestine warfare against a vicious and superior enemy. Wishes come true, right? Not for the Merry Band of Pirates.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good But I Hoped For More

  • By BeauFLA on 03-27-19

Best Book Ever!

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

Reviewed: 03-31-19

OMG I love this book the best. The characters are completely developed and this series keeps getting better. Please keep it going.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 22,774
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,317

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

Craig Alanson is a Genius

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

This book is superbly written. Skippy is my favorite character and the book is so funny that I cannot put it down!!!!

  • Odysseus Awakening

  • Odyssey One, Book 6
  • By: Evan Currie
  • Narrated by: David deVries
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 968
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 969

Defy the inevitable. Such is the stance of Confederation captain Eric Weston and the crew of the starship Odysseus, patrolling the outer limits of Priminae space, anticipating the Empire's next attacks. Connected with the Terran FTL tech - the transition drive - humanity might stand a chance against the overwhelming forces. Until the entire planetary system goes dark. Outnumbered and outgunned, the Odysseus arrives to find the Empire securing critical intelligence from Priminae ships.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing, boring, and pointless.

  • By dpearson588 on 01-16-18

You can do better!

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

I had high hopes for this book....then I bought and listened to it. This book is too generic and has no substance. I have read and listened to better works from this author. In a word LAZY. The author got LAZY. YOU CAN DO BETTER!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,267
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,766

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci Fi I didn't know I wanted

  • By Gary Glenn on 06-27-17

OH MY GOSH!

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

Reviewed: 01-19-17

This book is awesome! I can't stop listening to it. RC BRAY as ALWAYS brings each character to life. I am very very glad I chose this book. It is MILITARY GRADE! I love the fact this author has a wonderful sense of humor! I LOL for hours on end. This book is not boring it is riddled with clever comments and cliches that I can't stop grinning. This author is TOP NOTCH and I can't wait for his next book. RC BRAY?! Forget about it!!! He is MEGA STAR with reading this and Arisen series. The only Space opera book this funny is by H. Paul Honsinger Man of War series that series is an awesome read and extremely funny with well placed comedic characters. This book right here is the best book I've listened to in a LONG LONG TIME. 5 Stars!

  • Nemesis

  • Arisen, Book 8.5
  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,851
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,761
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,757

Between the fall of man and the arrival of the JFK, the Horn of Africa is a battleground. Salvation. Vengeance. Vanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have to give it to the author

  • By Stan Waddell on 06-14-16

I hate Zombie stories! I LOVE these Authors!

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

Reviewed: 07-17-16

When I first started the series I was thinking what the heck all I do is listen to space operas and James Patterson books. Then I got into this book the sheer military prowess captivated me not only was it realistic science fiction. It was downright hard-core military. These authors got military doctrine down. They even didn't screw up the Navy doctrine. Everything was precise down to the letter. This prequel is no different I cannot wait for them to finish the story however but I appreciate this prequel perfect perfect perfect. I recommend anybody who loves sheer military doctrine along with a good solid storyline to do this series. You will not put it down, you will not stop listening to it. All you will be able to do is bite your nails and wait for the next book to come out because this is the most exciting storyline I have ever listen to in the last three years. Thank you Mr. Fuchs and thank you for all that you do for us military guys! PHOORAH!
SSG, US ARMY
DAV-Retired

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Survivor

  • By: Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,401
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,766
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,726

Top-secret data has been stolen from the CIA, and the only man who knows its hiding place is dead. CIA operative Mitch Rapp must race to find the classified information in this blistering novel that picks up where The Last Man left off in Vince Flynn's New York Times best-selling series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seamless Mitch Rapp truly honors the Vince Flynn l

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-08-15

Kyle Mills is a Steely Eyed Rocketman!

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

Reviewed: 10-23-15

I am so impressed with how much I love this book. I mean for his first go around by himself I think he did great! Vince would be proud! The whole thing garnered nearly 5 stars and I really never right reviews. Keep it up Kyle!

  • The President's Pilot

  • By: Robert Gandt
  • Narrated by: Thomas Block
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 778
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 708
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 697

A year and a half into her first term as President of the United States, Libby Paulsen is in a world of trouble. Her controversial agenda has placed her in a doomsday clash with a right wing cabal led by an enigmatic Air Force general. The conspirators will stop at nothing - including assassination - to remove Libby Paulsen from office. When the cabal targets Air Force One, Libby's Presidency - and her life - rest in the hands of a maverick pilot named Pete Brand, a man with whom the President shares a long-smoldering secret.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Is everyone drunk?

  • By Mike on 02-06-15

Good book! Reader was awful

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

Reviewed: 01-15-15

What did you love best about The President's Pilot?

The story was awesome the reader was just terrible. He needs to be retrained. Please recast the reading role.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He sounds like he is drunk. OMG TERRIBLE

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Fleet: Relentless

  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,751
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,596
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,606

After successfully freeing Alliance POWs, "Black Jack" Geary discovers that the Syndics plan to ambush the fleet with their powerful reserve flotilla in an attempt to annihilate it once and for all. And as Geary has the fleet jump from one star system to the next, hoping to avoid the inevitable confrontation, saboteurs contribute to the chaos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen to the complete series

  • By Chance on 04-30-09

US NAVY WARFARE IN SPACE

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

Reviewed: 11-30-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

YES, I love the entire storyline.

What did you like best about this story?

The proper military doctrine, rules, and customs.

Which scene was your favorite?

The exciting battle scenes.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes the sacrifices that men and women made to save the fleet was amazing.

Any additional comments?

I bought the whole series and am re-listening to it! About 4 weeks of books!