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  • 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 3,152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,971
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,973

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

As well written as anything in the genre.

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

Reviewed: 09-03-17

What did you love best about Cast Under an Alien Sun?

The details of bootstrapping a technological revolution are VERY well thought out.

What other book might you compare Cast Under an Alien Sun to and why?

"Island in the Sea of Time" comes close in some ways.

What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Brilliant at different voices for different characters

Any additional comments?

This review applies to all three books. Which I listened too pretty much as fast as humanly possible.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Warmage

  • Spellmonger, Book 2
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 27 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,702
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,071

After facing a hopeless siege, an implacable foe and an impossible escape, you would think that Minalan the Spellmonger would be able to rest - but the armies of the undead goblin shaman Shereul (known as the Dead God to his human victims) are rolling over the western reaches of the rustic Duchy of Alshar and is headed toward the heart of the Duchy of Castal. Thousands are fleeing for their lives as hordes of goblins pour out of Boval Vale and devastate the rugged fiefs of the Alshari Wilderlands.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing story, written in a frustrating format

  • By Jared on 07-11-17

Swords and sorcery done as well as CAN be done!

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

Reviewed: 06-14-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Warmage to be better than the print version?

I didn't read the print version.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Warmage?

Lets just say fire was involved

Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

The spellmonger of course.

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

This is just really good writing. His battle scenes hold together, his magic system makes sense, and I am eagerly awaiting the next one to come out in audio.

  • The Ember War

  • Publisher's Pack, Books 1-2
  • By: Richard Fox
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,800
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,794

The Ember War, book 1: The Earth is doomed. Humanity has a chance. In the near future, an alien probe arrives on Earth with a pivotal mission: to determine if humanity has what it takes to survive the impending invasion by a merciless armada. The probe discovers Marc Ibarra, a young inventor who holds the key to a daring gambit that could save a fraction of Earth's population. Humanity's only chance lies with Ibarra's ability to keep a terrible secret and engineer the planet down the narrow path to survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want to be ARMOUR

  • By bhagat on 04-30-17

The physics are just awful

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

Reviewed: 11-17-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Some hint the author ever took a physics course

What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The reader is simply excellent

Any additional comments?

In an otherwise decent story the author constantly disregards basic physics in a completely incoherent fashion. A lot of scifi posits some change in the rules, but this book randomly disregards them to the point I find it jarring. And it will violate them in opposite ways in consecutive paragraphs, much less chapters.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Shadow Throne

  • Book Two of the Shadow Campaigns
  • By: Django Wexler
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 21 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414

Anyone can plot a coup or fire an assassin's bullet. But in a world of muskets and magic, it takes considerably more to seize the throne. The ailing King of the Vordan lies on his deathbed. When he dies, his daughter, Raesinia Orboan, will become the first Queen Regnant in centuries - and a ripe target for the ambitious men who seek to control her. The most dangerous of these is Duke Orlanko, Minister of Information and master of the secret police.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great book!

  • By Bob-o on 08-01-14

in no way as good as the first book.

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

Reviewed: 08-31-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The vast increase in magical elements from the first book

What about Richard Poe’s performance did you like?

He is a good reader, but this material is needlessly diificult.

Any additional comments?

The first book in this series was well plotted, well paced, and generally a very good listen. Unfortunately the second book has none of those traits.

  • Under a Graveyard Sky

  • Black Tide Rising, Book 1
  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Tristan Morris
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,421
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,425

Zombies are real. And we made them. Are you prepared for the zombie apocalypse? The Smith family is, with the help of a few marines. When an airborne "zombie" plague is released, bringing civilization to a grinding halt, the Smith family, Steven, Stacey, Sophia, and Faith, take to the Atlantic to avoid the chaos. The plan is to find a safe haven from the anarchy of infected humanity. What they discover, instead, is a sea composed of the tears of survivors and a passion for bringing hope.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • John Ringo is gross

  • By Michael on 11-07-18

Fantastic, and I don't even LIKE zombie books!

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

Reviewed: 05-20-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Under a Graveyard Sky to be better than the print version?

Haven't read the print version. But if they don't get the rest of out in audio pretty soon I will probably start.

What did you like best about this story?

Its coherent. The pacing is excellent. I got total, couldn't stop listening, wife is mad at me, immersion!

What does Tristan Morris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

All f the characters just ring absolutely true. I will look for other books by this narrator. The book is far better than the sample by the way.

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

Yes, I more or less tried. Did I mention my wife was mad at me?

Any additional comments?

All comments apply to both books in the series.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Italian Renaissance

  • By: Kenneth R. Bartlett, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth R. Bartlett
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286

The effects of the Italian Renaissance are still with us today, from the incomparable paintings of Leonardo da Vinci to the immortal writings of Petrarch and Machiavelli. But why was there such an artistic, cultural, and intellectual explosion in Italy at the start of the 14th century? Why did it occur in Italy? And why in certain Italian city-states such as Florence? Professor Bartlett probes these questions and more in 36 dynamic lectures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Course but need written text

  • By Listen on 07-04-14

A little too academic for me....

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

Reviewed: 03-26-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Italian Renaissance to be better than the print version?

Don't know

What did you like best about this story?

Its overall approach is very interesting

Which character – as performed by Professor Kenneth R. Bartlett – was your favorite?

Not relevant

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

The very beginning

Any additional comments?

It just reads to much like a very dry academic text book. I have not felt this way about a number of other great course that I have listened to.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful