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  • 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 20,345
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,063

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

The one where Joe upsets cosmic karma once too often

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

The continuing story (is it a saga yet?) of Joe Bishop and the Merry Band if Pirates facing impossible odds with the help of their shiny (but not quite all there) beer can, Skippy.

I throughly enjoyed the narration and the narrative. If only Alexa, Cortana, Siri, and/or Bixby had as much personality as Skippy.

  • Level Five

  • By: William Ledbetter
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748

In Level Five, the debut near-future thriller by Nebula Award winner William Ledbetter, AIs battle for dominance, and nanotechnology is on the loose. And all that stands in the way of the coming apocalypse is a starry-eyed inventor who dreams of building a revolutionary new spacecraft and an intelligence agency desk jockey faced with the impossible choice of saving her daughter - or saving the world. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A firm 4 stars.

  • By Tony on 07-20-18

Great Sci-Fi!

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

As someone who works in this field, I’ve been frustrated by the lack of good AI sci-fi, but this novel does a terrific job of describing a world where our reliance on tech and desire to anthropomorphize our digital assistants has become second nature. When the digital assistants themselves become ‘aware and available’, the conflict and trust (or lack of it) that has been bubbling below the surface rises to the top. Great book and excellent narration!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Night Dahlia

  • Nightwise, Book 2
  • By: R. S. Belcher
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460

Laytham Ballard once protected humanity as part of the Nightwise, a secret order of modern-day mages dedicating to holding hellish supernatural forces at bay, but that was before a string of sadistic ritual murders shook everything he believed in - and sent him down a much darker path. One that has already cost him most of his soul as well as everything he once held dear.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gratuitously Explicit Imagery, but Good Story

  • By Joe Chad on 04-12-18

Can a loser make it when he’s a target I’m not only this world but other dimensions?

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

I really have enjoyed Mr Belcher’s other work. Brotherhood of the Wheel is one of my favorites. This one tells the story of a once-almost godly human who’s is so down on life that he has literally traded away his soul. A simple missing persons case with a promised—but elusive payoff to remove a past debt gets our almost-protagonist and his past collection of people that he’s wronged into a collection of misfits, monsters, and cultists in Los Angeles.

The self-disgust was a bit much for me, but I recognized that it was necessary for the ending to have any resonance. That said—and in the final words of the end the author notes how difficult it is to write for this character—it got a little old about half-way through the action. Nevertheless, I trust the author to know his characters, and I hope that this one will have better days in the future.

  • Extinct

  • Extracted, Book 3
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 778
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724

The end of the world has been avoided - for now. With Miri and her team of extracted heroes still on the run, Mother, the disgraced former head of the British Secret Service, has other ideas.... While Mother retreats to her bunker to plot her next move, Miri, Ben, Safa and Harry travel far into the future to ensure that they have prevented the apocalypse. But what they find just doesn't make sense. London in 2111 is on the brink of annihilation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Time-Travel Story

  • By Mike Pluta on 05-19-18

Simply the best

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

After books 1 and 2, I knew these characters well. This book showcased those characters that I’ve come to know, introduces some new ones, and puts them in the middle of a war with the goal of saving the human race from the destruction of itself due to the petty egos and greed of those with ultimate power—the power to change the world by traveling through time.

If this series ever gets made into film, I’m there for it—but it damn well better be a collection of films as no one work could encompass the width and breath of this story and this cast of characters.

Also—great narration. Now I can add a new fav to my short list of narrators for whom I’m ready to buy the book without hesitation.

Cheers!

  • Carter & Lovecraft

  • By: Jonathan L. Howard
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,498
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,498

Daniel Carter used to be a homicide detective, but his last case - the hunt for a serial killer - went wrong in strange ways and soured the job for him. Now he's a private investigator trying to live a quiet life. Strangeness, however, has not finished with him. First, he inherits a bookstore in Providence from someone he's never heard of, along with an indignant bookseller who doesn't want a new boss.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A mistakes that worked out in my favor.

  • By Frae on 03-06-17

Terrific Start to a Unique Partnership

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I've enjoyed lots of contemporary mysteries, and this one is a great one that I'm happy to have added to my collection. I wont get into the plot lines here--many others have done that and you can get a good description elsewhere. Instead, I'll just mention that the two main characters (Carter and Lovecraft, obviously) have just enough development and point of view to make the partnership unique and something to discover as the stories proceed. There's no doubt that I'll be checking ou more by Mr Howard, and looking out for narrations by Mr Fliakos (good narrators are not as easy to find as you might think).

  • James Moriarty, Consulting Criminal

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 857
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 807

His razor-sharp intellect, uncanny powers of deduction, and knowledge of the criminal underground are legendary throughout London. He solves cases with the able assistance of his close friend and confidant. And, one day, he will become the arch enemy of Sherlock Holmes. Meet Professor James Moriarty - consulting criminal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfectly written and narrated

  • By Burns Waggener on 09-18-17

Meh?

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

Very short. Just seemed exactly like the normal Sherlock stories. Not incredibly original. I finished it in under an hour and a half.

  • Joe Ledger

  • Unstoppable
  • By: Jonathan Maberry - editor, Bryan Thomas Schmidt - editor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,005

Everyone's favorite snarky, dangerous, idealistic, relentless covert operative is back, and this time he's brought friends. Joe Ledger: Unstoppable presents original short stories about Joe Ledger and the Department of Military Sciences by some of New York Times best seller Jonathan Maberry's "friends in the industry".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 18 freaking outstanding stories, 2 meh stories

  • By Thomas Allen on 11-05-17

Thanks for this in more ways than one!

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

Reviewed: 01-13-18

First, thanks to Mr Porter, whom the author acknowledges IS the voice of Joe Ledger.

Secondly, thanks to Mr Maberry, whom I know likes anthologies, for putting together this collection of terrific authors to tell more tales of the adventures of the DMS and the people that they protect. I have always been suspect of these types of editions, but damn this is a good one!

Finally, thanks more than you can imagine for the Ghost story. I am a dog person, and for reasons that I’m not aware of (yet), that story brought me to tears.

5 stars to all—and now I have a new collection of authors and audiobooks to investigate.

  • Executed

  • Extracted, Book 2
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,000
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,859
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,855

The team of heroes extracted from their timelines to stop the impending apocalypse didn't think they needed a leader. But they've got one anyway. With their mission in tatters, Miri has been called in to steady the ship. And to focus them on their assignment: preventing the end of the world. The problem is, the world doesn't know it's in danger. With governments pursuing them relentlessly, attempting to steal the time-travel device to use for their own ends, the heroes are on the run.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If I could give it a higher rating, I would

  • By Reena on 06-11-17

Absolutely Fabulous

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

Reviewed: 09-26-17

The adventures of Safer, Ben, Emily, Harry, and Miri continue. I could not stop listening to this novel or this narrator. The author’s internal monologue for each character was rich, the pace was perfect, and the sense of mystery kept me looking out for the next chance to press ‘Play’ and hear the next chapter. When #3 comes out, I’m first in line.

Thank you Msrs Haywood and Prekopp! A job well done!

  • Earthcore

  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,916

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

Great characters and a great narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-25-17

Who will learn the truth? Who will survive the answer? What has been hidden near the Earth's mantle for so long and how did it get there--but more importantly, what does it mean for humanity?

My thanks to a great author and a terrific narrator!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Atrocity Archives

  • A Laundry Files Novel
  • By: Charles Stross
  • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,882
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,882

Bob Howard is a computer-hacker desk jockey, who has more than enough trouble keeping up with the endless paperwork he has to do on a daily basis. He should never be called on to do anything remotely heroic. But for some reason, he is.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen for IT People

  • By Raymond on 06-16-13

What if Aurors were real?

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

Reviewed: 07-25-17

But came with all the office politics and bureaucracy of the modern nation state.

Mix in a lot of British subculture and a good mystery with a very interesting, unique cast of characters, and you have the Atrocity Archives.