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JLBrackett

Claremore, OK, US
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  • The Terra Gambit

  • The Empire of Bones Saga, Book 8
  • By: Terry Mixon
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

Sent on a mission critical to the survival of the New Terran Empire, Jared Mertz must travel deep into the AI-dominated Rebel Empire on an operation of deception. Only there are games afoot that no one could foresee and players at the table that no one could expect. The stakes couldn't be higher. When unexpected enemies deal themselves in, Jared must bet everything on a single hand. Bluffing might get him killed but folding isn't an option. If you love military science fiction and grand adventure on a galaxy-spanning scale, grab The Terra Gambit and the rest of The Empire of Bones Saga today!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Are you in a alternative Universe now ?

  • By cosmitron on 08-16-18

Another fine addition to an excellent series

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

Not sure if I've said this before about the series, but Mixon's EoB series is one of the few that I jump on as soon as there's a new release. Looking forward to seeing what happens to PK... both of them. :)

Veronica Giguere's narration is fantastic. She manages to keep the various characters unique as she gives them life, and her vocal talent seems to get better from one book to the next.

I received this audiobook free in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Evolution: HEX

  • The Evolution Series, Volume 3
  • By: S. A. Huchton
  • Narrated by: Starla Huchton
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

A lie is a prison without bars. A captive of the enemy, Candace is forced to confront mistakes and regrets from both sides of the battlefield, including her own. Nothing is simple, and lines in the sand that were once clear have become blurred and indistinguishable. Even the unlikely love she found teeters on the edge of uncertainty. The truth is not always what it seems, and can be a prison of its own. Alone, she must decide where she stands. Alone, she must decide who to trust. When the smoke clears, what's left might not be much...but it might be enough.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We need more Evolution

  • By JLBrackett on 04-24-18

We need more Evolution

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

This is the third, (and for the moment, last) book in the Evolution series, and I continue to be impressed. The story is well written, and Ms. Huchton voices her characters incredibly well.

Thanks for sharing your world with us.

  • Evolution: SAGE

  • Evolution, Book 2
  • By: Starla Huchton, S A Huchton
  • Narrated by: S.A. Huchton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Devastated by her choices, Candace Bristol is on the brink of losing it all: her mind, her hope, everything she thought she was. But from the ruins rises new purpose. An enemy has emerged and it will take everything to combat this new threat. Broken as she is, picking up the pieces and carrying on might be the hardest battle to win, but it's either fight, or lose what little she has left. Amongst the wreckage, hope still burns. The flicker of a flame kindles something within her she thought was dead. Love can break you. So, too, can it bring you back to life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even better than Book 1

  • By JLBrackett on 04-24-18

Even better than Book 1

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

The author dug deeper into the characters in this second book in the Evolution series. There are some tropes to romance, there's just no getting around that. It's part of the reason I typically don't care for the genre... what many find a comforting storyline, I usually find too predictable.

However, just because I don't usually care for romance doesn't mean I can't appreciate good writing. And these books are VERY well written. I am writing this review after having listened to all three in the series, and I can tell you right now that this book, the second of three, is by far my favorite.

Ironically enough, it's the secondary characters that made the book for me. They are fully fleshed out, and (despite their superhero status) very relatable. There is one point in particular, where the loss of a secondary character was so well written that it literally choked me up.

Well done, Ms. Huchton.

  • Evolution: ANGEL

  • The Evolution Series, Book 1
  • By: Starla Huchton
  • Narrated by: S. A. Huchton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Candace Bristol has always been obsessed with comic books, but in a world where the nightly news often mirrors these inked stories, her dreams of becoming a real superhero could actually come true. After being rescued by members of the government's AdvaNced Genetic EvoLution (ANGEL) Project four years ago, getting recruited for this elite team is all she's wanted. Now 18, she's finally reached her goal after years of study and physical training, but little could have prepared her for life as a genetic experiment.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slow story, great execution.

  • By Justin on 06-30-17

Not what I usually read, but glad I gave it a shot

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

First, know that I hardly EVER leave reviews (long story, but there are reasons). Second, know that I am not usually a follower of super hero fiction. Third, I'm not a big fan of romance, either.

That being said, I'm a big proponent of indie writers, and love audiobooks, so when I won the Evolution audiobooks in a contest, I thought I would give them a try.

I'm so glad I did. This series has made me break my review embargo.

The Evolution story is a mashup of romance and superhero fiction, well written, and well narrated.

Starla Huchton, you've gained a new fan.

  • Starship's Mage Omnibus

  • Starship's Mage Series #1
  • By: Glynn Stewart
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,756
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,640
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,641

In a galaxy tied together by the magic of the elite Jump Magi, Damien Montgomery is a newly graduated member of their number. With no family or connections to find a ship, he is forced into service on an interstellar freighter known to be hunted by pirates. When he takes drastic action to save the Blue Jay from their pursuers, he sets in motion a sequence of events beyond his control and attracts enemies on both sides of the law.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Fun Spacey Adventure

  • By Matthew on 11-29-16

Good start to an excellent series

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

Reviewed: 11-10-17

I've been travelling a lot for work, so I downloaded all five of the currently available "Starship's Mage" books, based on recommendations from some friends. I am so glad that I did. This first novel reads like it was originally written as a series of episodes for a magazine or some such. I assume that's why it was labeled as an omnibus. It was obvious where the "episodes" opened & closed, but this didn't detract too much from the overall enjoyment of the story.

As for the narration, Jeffrey Kafer is excellent, as always. I don't think he could turn in a bad vocal performance if he tried to. :)

  • Veil of Shadows

  • Book 2 of The Empire of Bones Saga
  • By: Terry Mixon
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

As Kelsey struggles to master the combat enhancements the Pale Ones forcibly implanted inside her and Jared works feverishly to resurrect an ancient battlecruiser, they discover the Pale Ones aren't as defeated as they seemed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Truly Great SF Series

  • By The Lone Mopper on 09-12-16

Who doesn't love a kick-ass princess?

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

Reviewed: 06-20-17

What was one of the most memorable moments of Veil of Shadows?

The princess learning to come to grips with the changes that have been forced upon her had just the right mix of determination and humor to make the character sympathetic to the listener/reader.

What about Veronica Giguere’s performance did you like?

As always, V does a great job voicing the whole cast of characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. Where the first book in the series was a good introduction to the world and characters, this was a great launch into the larger picture, with plenty of action, character development, and plot expansion.

Any additional comments?

Now, on to the third title. Yeah, I'm definitely hooked.

  • Empire of Bones

  • Book 1 of The Empire of Bones Saga
  • By: Terry Mixon
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

Commander Jared Mertz, the bastard son of the Emperor, and his half-sister, Princess Kelsey, barely speak to one another. To their dismay, their father seizes an opportunity to change that and sends them on a dangerous quest to explore the fallen Empire. Separated from home by an impassable gulf and struggling to redefine their relationship, they find themselves thrust into a vicious war. Unless they work together to stop the Empire's deadly legacy, billions face a horrific fate.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Empire Of Bones

  • By trixie on 09-14-16

Great start to a wonderful series

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

Reviewed: 06-20-17

Would you listen to Empire of Bones again? Why?

Possibly. I don't often listen to books more than once, but this was a fun story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Empire of Bones?

Great intro to a nasty antagonist in the Pale Ones. I have a feeling there is MUCH more to come with that story.

What about Veronica Giguere’s performance did you like?

Veronica has a fantastic ability with voices. This is definitely not just a straight read. She manages to find a new voice for each character and bring them to life in the story.

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,452
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 59,543
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,429

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you're on the fence about whether to read this, get off and read it!

  • By I Don’t Need No Stinkin Name on 09-15-17

Great story - Great voice performance

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

Reviewed: 11-18-16

What did you love best about We Are Legion (We Are Bob)?

This was a wonderful, inventive story that not only serves as an entertaining sci-fi adventure, but also explores the theme of individuality. In other words, what makes us... us?

What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

Ray Porter, the narrator/voice actor, gave an outstanding performance, especially considering that most of the characters were variations of the original "Bob". So many "Bob"s, yet I never got confused as to who was speaking. Excellent job.

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