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  • The Pen and the Sword

  • Destiny's Crucible, Book 2
  • By: Olan Thorensen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,125
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,010
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,001

The Narthani, a militant realm who believe their manifest destiny is to rule the entire planet, Anyar, plan to absorb Caedellium into their empire. Yozef Kolsko (a.k.a. Joe Colsco) works to find ways to increase the chances of resistance to the Narthani's planned conquest. The enemy is coming. The odds seem overwhelming, and it will take all Yozef can do, the courage of his new people, and luck, to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Binge Listen

  • By odin on 08-01-17

Excellent Evolution

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

Better than the first in the series, and fills in gaps of society and character development... This one more martial than the first... Tech and industrial advances fitted in seamlessly...

  • Cast Under an Alien Sun

  • Destiny's Crucible, Book 1
  • By: Olan Thorensen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,735
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,736

Joe Colsco boarded a flight from San Francisco to Chicago to attend a national chemistry meeting. He would never set foot on Earth again. On planet Anyar, Joe is found unconscious on a beach of a large island inhabited by humans where the level of technology is similar to Earth circa 1700. He awakes amid strangers speaking an unintelligible language and struggles to accept losing his previous life and finding a place in a society with different customs, needing a way to support himself and not knowing a single soul.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slowly we turn, step by step, inch by inch...

  • By Ron on 09-18-17

Castaway

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

An insinuatingly engaging read, although more in the way of alternative history, kinda sorta, than SF... SF elements are there, but fairly minor in the scheme of things... Is a tad slow at the start while building the foundation of the world we find ourselves exploring... Once that’s accomplished it moves exceptionally well, maybe 3 or so hours in... I’d say the lion’s share of reviews hit it on the head, specifically the good ones;). Comparisons to The Bobiverse are off imo. I didn’t see it w/o squinting fairly significantly, but comps to the Safehold series are on point, particularly towards the end... The difference being the protagonist’s choice in where he wound up finding himself... Clan framework, martial aspects, and introducing of scientific advances was pulled off believably... Character development is a little light excepting a couple three, and found it odd that an island people had such a lack of naval or seagoing presence.... Even w/ those caveats well worth the read/listen, and enhanced by superior narration...

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  • The Eerie Adventures of the Lycanthrope Robinson Crusoe

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 99

Robinson Crusoe is one of the most enduring adventures of the past four centuries and one of the most well-known works in the English language. Or is it? Recently discovered amidst the papers of the 20th-century writer and historian H. P. Lovecraft is what claims to be the true story of Robinson Crusoe. Taken from the castaway's own journals and memoirs, and fact-checked by Lovecraft himself, it is free from many of Defoe's edits and alterations. From Lovecraft's work a much smoother, simpler tale emerges - but also a far more disturbing one.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Robinson Crusoe is always a tough read...

  • By William J Waite on 09-07-18

Lovecraftian Rehash

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Almost word for word of Defoe’s text w/ some hazy Lovecraftian nuance... Imo didn’t really bring all that much new to an already excellent adventure tale... Narration is superior and adds to the reading experience... Not the author’s best effort, but a passable listen...

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Naturalist

  • The Naturalist, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Mayne
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,212
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,204

Professor Theo Cray is trained to see patterns where others see chaos. So when mutilated bodies found deep in the Montana woods leave the cops searching blindly for clues, Theo sees something they missed. Something unnatural. Something only he can stop. As a computational biologist, Theo is more familiar with digital code and microbes than the dark arts of forensic sleuthing. But a field trip to Montana suddenly lands him in the middle of an investigation into the bloody killing of one of his former students.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic! I loved this book!!

  • By shelley on 10-02-17

Nerd Skills

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

Loved it, much more than I thought I would... Great pacing and plotting, and the egghead hero constantly in precarious situations of his own invention gives the action an everyday reality... A unique protagonist often afflicted by Murphy’s Law;). The sciency underpinnings are nice, characters extremely well conceived/drawn, and rich settings... The suspense accelerates to a dandy of a furious finish... A clever and entertaining read... Narration might be a smidge slow for some otherwise very good and fits story...

  • The Fifth to Die

  • By: J. D. Barker
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Graham Winton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334

Detective Porter and the team have been pulled from the hunt for Anson Bishop, the Four Monkey Killer, by the feds. When the body of a young girl is found beneath the frozen waters of Jackson Park Lagoon, she is quickly identified as Ella Reynolds, missing three weeks. But how did she get there? The lagoon froze months earlier. More baffling? She's found wearing the clothes of another girl, missing less than two days. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Taught Fast Paced Thriller- Loved it...

  • By shelley on 07-11-18

More Monkey Business

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

Took me bit longer than usual to finish bc I wanted to savor it, took me a whole 2 days, couldn’t help myself it was so delicious!!! Haven’t been this jazzed about a suspense thriller series since the start of Bill Hodges and Orphan X... Different kinda story lines, but same kind of edge of your seat plotting and thrills... Honestly though, my neck’s a bit sore after a demolition derby like ride;). The 4MK arc goes from a twisted Father Knows Best to the chills of a Mommy Dearest investigation... Hints of Deaver’s Lincoln w/ the procedural side, especially w/ the appreciated recitals of the murder board;). Rich and vivid characters, both main and supporting,and the gotchas and reversals are flooring... The excellence of story is matched by a masterful narration performance... Only quibble is the uber cliffhanger;). I screamed “don’t leave me hangin’ like that!” Please don’t make us wait long for our next fix;). P.s. loved the Thad McAlister throw away...

  • Age of War

  • The Legends of the First Empire, Book 3
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,177
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,947
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,923

The epic battle between humankind and their godlike rulers finally ignites in the masterful follow-up to Age of Myth and Age of Swords. The alliance of humans and renegade Fhrey is fragile - and about to be tested as never before. As the Fhrey overlords marshal their army and sorcerers to crush the rebellion, old loyalties will be challenged while fresh conspiracies will threaten to undo all that Persephone has accomplished. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Raithe the ruined

  • By Daniel on 08-03-18

Yet More Superior Storytelling

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

So much to love in this series, and this book inparticular... As an aside was deliriously happy to see that the series had 3 more coming... Anyhoo... Continues this portion of the histories in superb fashion... Action, emotional reversals and gotchas, and a roller coaster plot... Especially appreciated the concepts of everyone living among heroes, small happenings having ginormous future immpact, and how ppl and their capacity for love have the ability to astound (both postively and negatively)... The character development and inter-relational dynamics are heartwarming, romantic, and gripping... On the surface light fantasy, but as you go along some delightful depth and substance comes to the fore... Gotta admit, the room got a bit dusty at times,and w/o at question towards the end... Set up the next nicely... TGR’s performance is as nonpareil as usual... Series aficionados will love it!!!Read it straight through barring one break for sleep;)

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  • The Anomaly

  • By: Michael Rutger
  • Narrated by: Brandon Williams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 144

If Indiana Jones lived in the X-Files era, he might bear at least a passing resemblance to Nolan Moore - a rogue archaeologist hosting a documentary series derisively dismissed by the "real" experts, but beloved by conspiracy theorists. Nolan sets out to retrace the steps of an explorer from 1909 who claimed to have discovered a mysterious cavern high up in the ancient rock of the Grand Canyon. And, for once, he may have actually found what he seeks. Then the trip takes a nasty turn, and the cave begins turning against them in mysterious ways.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book of 2018

  • By Jeffrey veals on 07-04-18

Careful What You Seek

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18

Nicely done story... Not fast paced, mostly minimalist delivery, but manages to ratchet up tension and suspense w/o seeming effort... Reads a bit like you’re watching a reality show not meant for tv;). Survivor meets Edgar Rice Burroughs if you will... Great character work and interplay, felt grittily real... Narration is satisfactory, but brings nothing extra to the listen which may cause a little delay in getting into the story,

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Us Against You

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,596
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,492
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,491

After everything that the citizens of Beartown have gone through, they are struck yet another blow when they learn that their beloved local hockey team will soon be disbanded. What makes it worse is the obvious satisfaction that all the former Beartown players, who now play for a rival team in Hed, take in that fact. Amidst the mounting tension between the two rivals, a surprising newcomer is handpicked to be Beartown's new hockey coach. Soon a new team starts to take shape around Amat, the fastest player you'll ever see; Benji, the crazed lone wolf; and Vidar, a born-to-be-bad troublemaker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why Did It Have to End?

  • By Lauren on 06-07-18

Everything’s fair and Unfair

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

I remember thinking as I was finishing up Beartown that i’d really like to know what happened w/ these great characters that moved me so, not knowing of the series thing, then coming across this in the new releases... Delighted in the extreme for this Backman fanboy;). Superior storytelling... Shifting perspectives telling their own stories while weaving into the larger tale as a whole... Brilliant use of emotional and situational gotchas, found it getting dusty more than a few times, especially where BoBo was concerned... Self reflections and evolutions... Tugs at the heart, twists you around, and generally keeps you thinking and feeling... This kinda book is why I love books...

  • Lost Boy

  • The True Story of Captain Hook
  • By: Christina Henry
  • Narrated by: Samuel Roukin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,259

On an island lives a boy called Peter and his band of merry lost boys, young forever. That is unless they get sick or killed by pirates or eaten by crocodiles or unless - inexplicably - they grow old. For some of them do grow old, and nobody knows why. One of these boys is called Jamie, and he was the first boy that Peter ever brought to the island. Jamie's lived there for longer than he can remember, and it's not all fun and games.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome! A super retelling of Peter Pan.

  • By Mare Freeborn on 07-30-17

The Story Before The Story

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

Awesome twist on an old tale... Historical fiction about a fairy tale that reads like a suspense thriller... Hook’s origin story, but also of the lost boyss... Peter and Jamie’s revelation tale to setup the future... Loved Jamie and hated Peter, as will most, Peter really is a Richard... Hard not to soften to Hook after this one;). Exceptional listen in all ways

  • The Shimmer

  • By: Carsten Stroud
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

A police pursuit kicks Sergeant Jack Redding of the Florida Highway Patrol and his trainee, Julie Karras, into a shoot-out that ends with one girl dead and another in cuffs, and the driver of the SUV fleeing into the Intracoastal Waterway. Redding stays on the hunt, driven by the trace memory that he knows that running woman - and he does, because his grandfather, a cop in Jacksonville, was hunting the same woman in 1957. In pursuit of a serial killer who can ride The Shimmer across decades, the chase goes from modern-day Jacksonville to Mafia-ruled St. Augustine in 1957, then to New Orleans in 1914.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not Much to Like

  • By DobieChuck on 06-17-18

Not Much to Like

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

The time travel spin is creative and interesting.... Unfortunately that’s the only redeeming quality... For the most part the story is tractionless and vague in direction... It tries for a southern gothic/noir thing, but fails... Bit ham fisted in the dialogue and character interactions, and could use some serious testosterone dilution... Narration is average and found it to be an uninspired listen/read...

4 of 9 people found this review helpful