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  • Sins of Her Father

  • Her Brother's Keeper, Book 2
  • By: Mike Kupari
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 54

The Exiled Leader: He was known as the Butcher of Jonasport. Zander Krycek made a choice that saved his world of Ithaca, but doomed his reputation and banished him to a planet far, far away. The Evil Empire: The Orlov Combine intends to swallow Ithaca in the same way they have devoured so many worlds, creating a "company planet" where the residents are litle beter than slaves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent sequel

  • By James Robertson on 03-09-18

Excellent Story

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

Fun science fiction book. Good heroes. Neat plot. Very well read. I really enjoyed it.

  • The Lost Earth

  • By: Vaughn Heppner
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 941
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 880
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 875

It finally happened. Commander Thrax Ti Ix created a hyper-spatial tube for the Swarm Imperium. Across thousands of light-years, a vast armada of warships is heading for Earth to burn the homeworld down to its bedrock as the Swarm begins its genocidal campaign against the human race. No one - not the New Men, the Spacers, the Wahhabi Caliphate, or Star Watch - has faced such staggering odds. Alone or united, it makes no difference.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW!!

  • By Christina Philips on 05-07-18

another excellent story

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

This series keeps getting better. Heppner tells a fun, exciting story that leaves me wanting more.

  • 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 3,014
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,821
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,811

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

Fun!

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

Reviewed: 11-10-17

This was a fun collection of short stories set in the Monster Hunters universe. Each story individually was fun, but as a collection, they were awesome. I also liked that I could listen to the book for an hour (the typical length of a story) and then turn the book off without feeling driven to keep listening. Each time Larry Correia comes out with a new book, I loose several days of life, just because I can't stop!

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  • The Show That Never Ends

  • The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock
  • By: David Weigel
  • Narrated by: Rudy Sanda
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

The Show That Never Ends is the behind-the-scenes story of the extraordinary rise and fall of progressive ("prog") rock, epitomized by such classic, chart-topping bands as Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, and Emerson Lake & Palmer, and their successors Rush, Styx, and Asia. With inside access to all the key figures, Washington Post national reporter David Weigel tells the story with the gusto and insight prog rock's fans (and its haters) will relish.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • "Reminiscence has gone astray." So disappointed.

  • By Chris Henson on 06-21-17

I learned a lot, but wish there was more

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

I enjoyed this book, and learned a lot. This is especially true of the central prog bands such as Yes and ELP. If there is a flaw to the book, it is simply that the author focuses so heavily on a few bands during the late 60s and 1970s that some of the history that would most interest me is given limited consideration. For example, Styx is mentioned a few times, but not really discussed. Albums like Yes's 90125 are given limited coverage relative to Yes's earlier work. As a child of the 80s, I would have liked more information on subjects such as these. However, and in fairness to the author, these are not central events/bands in the history of Prog rock, so I guess I can't really complain. Overall, this is an excellent, informative, well-written book.

  • Unwanted Advances

  • Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus
  • By: Laura Kipnis
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

From a highly regarded feminist cultural critic and professor comes a polemic arguing that the stifling sense of sexual danger sweeping American campuses doesn't empower women, it impedes the fight for gender equality. Feminism is broken, argues Laura Kipnis, if anyone thinks the sexual hysteria overtaking American campuses is a sign of gender progress.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Important contribution to Title IX discussion

  • By Sparky McGhee on 04-09-17

Wonderful, thoughtful book

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

Reviewed: 08-16-17

Laura Kipnis provides an informative and well-reasoned discussion of the Title IX process and it's pitfalls at many institutions. This book is topical and well worth your time and money. It is also very well presented by a gifted reader.

  • Vanguard

  • The Genesis Fleet, Book 1
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,795

Earth is no longer the center of the universe. After the invention of the faster-than-light jump drive, humanity is rapidly establishing new colonies. But the vast distances of space mean that the old order of protection and interstellar law offered by Earth has ceased to exist. When a nearby world attacks, the new colony of Glenlyon turns to Robert Geary, a young former junior fleet officer, and Mele Darcy, a onetime enlisted marine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great begining of a new series

  • By Duncan R Campbell on 05-17-17

Another outstanding book from Jack Campbell

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

Reviewed: 08-05-17

Jack Campbell has written another excellent installment in his "Lost Fleet" universe. This book starts a new series that predates the other books, but reflects the same strong writing and interesting characters characteristic of Mr. Campbell's previous books. I strongly recommend this book, whether it is your first Jack Campbell book, or you have previously listened to his previous books. I look forward to the next installment!

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  • Caine's Mutiny

  • Caine Riordan, Book 4
  • By: Charles E. Gannon
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 32 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

Caine Riordan, fresh from serving as envoy to the aliens known as the Slaasriithi, has been given yet another daunting task: apprehend raiders that are terrorizing a distant planet. As difficulties mount, Caine becomes aware that the mission his superiors sent him to perform may not be the one they actually hope he will achieve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A good, but not great entry in the series.

  • By VariableQ on 07-14-18

Another good book

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

Reviewed: 06-22-17

Charles Gannon has written another excellent installment to the Caine Riordan series. You will need to read the previous books to understand the plot, given that it builds directly from Book 3 of the series with almost no catch-up for anyone picking up this book first, but it is a fun, good story.

  • Into the Wild

  • Book Two of The Malcontents
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,498
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,400

Now under the leadership of the reluctant Lieutenant Kelvan Cleasby, the Sixth Platoon of Storm Knights has been ordered to accompany an archeological expedition from the Royal Cygnaran University deep into the Wyrmwall Mountains to investigate an ancient site of potentially great historical value. But what seems a simple enough assignment will rapidly turn into a test of the platoon's survival skills - an abandoned fort, the lone survivor of a horrifying attack, and a ferociously territorial tribe may be more than even the Malcontents can handle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Correia Continuation Magic Continues

  • By Sailfish on 05-05-16

excellent story

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

Reviewed: 03-14-17

This book is a lot of fun. Great characters, non-stop action, well written. It's a winner all the way around!

  • The Lost Patrol

  • Lost Starship Series, Book 5
  • By: Vaughn Heppner
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,319
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,226

Maddox and the crew are on their own, facing perils inside the ship and terrifying alien dangers outside in one of the remotest regions of the Orion Arm. Then they stumble upon the darkest secret of all. Unless the A.I. Galyan, Meta, Sergeant Riker and the others can help their beleaguered captain, Victory is doomed and Earth will never learn of the terrible threat gathering in the stellar darkness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this

  • By sean on 12-31-16

Keeps getting better!

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

Reviewed: 01-01-17

This is an excellent addition to an already outstanding series. The characters continue to grow, interesting new characters are introduced, and the plot continues to develop in interesting and unpredictable ways. An outstanding book, and I can't wait for the next one!

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  • Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners

  • By: Larry Correia, John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,782
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,527

With New Orleans out of control, Chad Oliver Gardenier, one of Monster Hunter International's premier hunters, has been dispatched from Seattle to reinforce the beleaguered members of MHI'S Hoodoo Squad in their fight against the darkness.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Leftovers

  • By Barry on 07-28-17

another home run!

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

Reviewed: 12-16-16

John Ringo and Larry Correia make an excellent team, and this is an excellent book! I enjoyed it thoroughly. Well worth your time and money.

1 of 10 people found this review helpful