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  • Forged in Fire

  • Destiny's Crucible, Book 4
  • By: Olan Thorensen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 28 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,428
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,272

Joseph Colsco has survived what many would not have - cast naked on an alien planet amidst humans speaking an unknown language and with a different culture and history. Now, known to the people of Caedellium as Yozef Kolsko, he has risen out of despair to prominence and finds himself a central figure in the culmination of a struggle against an imperialist power bent on subjugation. The clans of the Island of Caedellium must gird themselves for what is to come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story & narration.

  • By Joe Ibrahim on 02-09-18

Wow! Engrossing, well crafted story.

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

This is final (I really hope not) book of a four book series about a seemingly average man - Joe (now Yosef) Cosco, who, following a near fatal accident caused by an advanced alien intelligence, is transported from earth to a pre-industrial world populated by humans called Anyar.

He awakens on the shores of a large island on Anyar and is adopted by the islanders, whom are at a critical point in their history. Unfortunately an invading empire has set its sights on conquering the divided multi-clan island nation and the total subjugation of Yosef’s adopted peoples. That just will not do.

This final book of the series focuses on the islanders efforts to become one united nation and to rid the island of this invading empire once and for all.

I have never enjoyed a series of books as much as I have this series. To me it has a small amount of science fiction mixed with a generous amount of historical allegory about how people’s resisted and fought against the expanding British empire century’s ago.

Yosef and the other characters of this series are richly drawn. The main plot lines are well crafted and interesting. And, the narrator of the whole series is a master who uses subtle changes in his voice to make each character entirely unique. The innovations and ideas Yosef introduces to his adopted people to aid in their struggle are realistic and taken directly from our own History.

I highly recommend this whole series.

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  • A Gift of Time

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,048
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,697

When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart and original

  • By J. OBrennan on 12-29-17

A Novel (pun intended) Time Travel Adventure

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

Reviewed: 12-20-17

A lightweight time-Travel adventure with enough twists and turns to keep it interesting. The primary storyline has our protagonist trying to repair his past mistakes when he is given an opportunity to relive his life beginning when he was 10 years old, but possessing his current knowledge of past events. Of course, as readers might expect, it’s never that easy.

About one third into the book the story takes some twists and turns that might dislodge a few readers, as a result of “Wait! What?” plot developments, but if you stick with it, the story does settles down again.

One knock against the book is that characters and storyline could have been more thoroughly developed — even if it took a couple of books, instead of one, to do that. As a result, at times certain elements felt like a synopsis of events, rather than a fully fleshed out telling of the story. Another is that the science seems a little hobbled together, again perhaps because it’s not fully developed.

That said it is readable, it is just a lot more lightweight than it could have been.

Narration is competent with just the right amount of nuance to draw out the characters.

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  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53,055
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52,909

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Inventive and Original (Sci-fi) Thriller

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

Reviewed: 12-20-17

I really enjoyed this story on a couple of levels. Most importantly, as a fast paced and fun action thriller, and then, only secondarily, for its level science fiction elements - all well researched and explained - that serve as a back drop for the story.

The setting, a Moon City called Artemis, was reminiscent of a fledgling town from an old Western tale with a by the book sheriff, good townsfolk, eccentrics, a major crime that could topple the town and an anti-hero working to do the right thing and save the town. It just happens to take place on the Moon.

The anti-hero (or should I say heroine) is clever, resourceful Artemisian named Jazz Bazeer who already operates just a little outside the law, but whose natural skills and talents end up pulling her into some much bigger misadventure. She is an interesting and fun character given life by the outstanding voice talents of Rosario Dawson, who thoroughly brings the entire story to life through her narration.

I highly recommend this book to both Sci Fi fans or just fans of a good action-thriller, or people like myself, who like both. The book operates well on all accounts and will not disappoint.



  • Transmission

  • A Supernatural Thriller
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 369

College students Kenji and Dylan stumble upon a strange recording in the background of an obscure song. It's a woman's voice uttering a string of seemingly random characters. Upon further inspection, the song appears to have been embedded with a hidden message. Attempting to crack the mysterious code and becoming obsessed with the recording, Kenji and Dylan set off in search of answers. With every turn in the road however, the puzzle only seems to grow more complicated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't go into the house alone!

  • By Matthew on 12-05-16

Interesting Supernatural Thriller

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

Reviewed: 11-28-17

An good story of two students, and a retired veteran, who get pulled into a strange mystery when someone or something inexplicably contacts them through old video footage.

At times the story moves a little slowly and characters act a little out of character, but otherwise interesting enough to keep going.

Solid narration that helps tell the story.

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  • The Man of Legends

  • By: Kenneth Johnson
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,214

New York City, New Year's weekend, 2001. Jillian Guthrie, a troubled young journalist, stumbles onto a tantalizing mystery: the same man, unaged, stands alongside Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, and Gandhi in three different photographs spanning eighty-five years of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great concept. Just terrific story telling

  • By Peter on 07-11-17

Well Crafted and Interesting Story

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

Reviewed: 11-28-17

I really liked the premise of the book - a desperately immortal man, who cannot die, by his hand or any other, trying to figure out how or what will help him figure out the purpose of his extraordinarily long life

The slice of his journey we share, as readers, takes place in NYC of a decade or so ago, as we follow his helpful interactions with, and impact on, several characters as told from his and their perspectives.

The book is narrated, to great effect, by several ‘cast’ members - giving the characters’ story’s more weight.

Overall, a very enjoyable listen, with just enough ‘strangeness and mystery’ in the story to keep the reader interested throughout.

  • The Secret Gospel

  • By: Dan Eaton
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 9

In 1958 a young Bible scholar stumbles upon a version of the Gospel of Mark far older than that recorded in the New Testament. Unfortunately, his discovery brings him nothing but vilification and accusations of forgery. Eventually, the secret gospel simply disappears. Fifty-one years later, the scholar is dead, the victim of an apparent heart attack. However, evidence found in his room, coupled with a letter to Cairo-based journalist Alex Fisher, suggests murder.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • B Movie Thriller

  • By adele1970 on 08-02-17

B Movie Thriller

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

Reviewed: 08-02-17

A journalist, Alex, and his diplomat pal, Aubrey, try to figure out the whereabouts of the 'Secret Gospel' in modern day Egypt - an alternate and controversial telling of the life of Jesus by one of his disciples.

All the while they are tailed by an American Christian cult - desperate to validate it, the Mossad who want to exploit it and an inept Middle Eastern based group that also want it for their own purposes. The search intensifies when Alex's girlfriend is apparently killed (or gone missing) in connection with his search.

I found the characters were somewhat cliche, the plot a little bumpy but predictable and some of the asides (explaining the gospels) a little long winded. It felt like an old time B movie thriller that you would likely be fine watching at home on a rainy Saturday if nothing else was on, but would not have wanted to shell out money to see at your local cinema.

The voice narration was competent on this relatively average thriller. Recommended for those who like light thrillers and do not want complicated characters or plots.

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  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 41,724
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39,061
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,949

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Denis E.Taylor Sets A New Standard For Sci-Fi

  • By Devin on 04-18-17

A Great Follow Up to "We Are Legion - Bobiverse Book 1"

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

Reviewed: 05-27-17

This book picks up seamlessly from the first book in the series.

It is a fun and interesting read (listen) that mixes just the right amount of science fiction and science fact, a good plot, as well as well drawn characters (albeit several of them subtly different versions of the "Bob" character.)

II found myself getting drawn in to the various successes and setbacks, large and small, that the "Bobs" face. Everything from trying to relocate the population from a war-ravaged earth, discovering new worlds and life, or trying to stop a predatory race of aliens bent on the destruction of everything and everyone in their path.

The voice performance is and excellent in bringing the characters and story to life.

Although I am not generally a fan of multi- book series, I can hardly wait for the next installment.

I highly recommend this book and series - so far.

  • The Spaceship Next Door

  • By: Gene Doucette
  • Narrated by: Steve Carlson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,936
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,939

When a spaceship landed in an open field in the quiet mill town of Sorrow Falls, Massachusetts, everyone realized humankind was not alone in the universe. With that realization everyone freaked out for a little while. Or almost everyone. The residents of Sorrow Falls took the news pretty well. This could have been due to a certain local quality of unflappability, or it could have been that in three years the ship did exactly nothing other than sit quietly in that field, and nobody understood the full extent of this nothing the ship was doing better than the people who lived right next door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another fun Sci Fi read with an Excellent Reader!

  • By bluestategirl on 12-30-16

Inventive and Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 05-22-17

A light hearted science fiction story about the goings on in a small town when a space ship parks itself in a vacant field near town and "seemingly" does nothing, at least at first. Much of the story is told from the perspective of a 'wise beyond her years' teen who finds herself in the middle of absolutely everything in town.

The story line is engaging, the characters interesting and the voice artist pleasant to listen to (reminded me of those great Disney voice artists that narrated their nature stories).

Overall, highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a good, light science fiction.

  • Mine

  • By: Brett Battles
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,129
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,052

Something happened that night in the woods at Camp Red Hawk. But all Joel and Leah can recall is sneaking out for a late hike with five camp friends and that only the two of them and their friend Mike returned. They have no memory of what happened to the others. No memory of anything after leaving the camp. In the years that follow, they realize something has changed inside of them. They are different from others in ways they never should be. In ways that send their lives down disturbing and terrifying paths.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A thrilling sci-fi adventure

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 11-10-16

Competently Written and Told Sci-Fi Yarn

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

The story follows the three young adult characters as they attempt to understand their own mysterious disappearance and reappearance at a summer camp years prior. Not only do they not remember anything from this time, but each seems to to have been altered in some way. They have some vague notion of several other members of their summer gang that did not return that fateful summer - but that's it. Initially, they can't even really remember each other.

Well narrated story with a young adult 80's sci-fi vibe. Pleasant enough way to pass the time, but for me at least, not an exciting must finish page-turner, that it could have been. Possibly best for folks that like their sci-fi to be somewhat lightweight.

  • Event

  • By: David L. Golemon
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 714
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 709

In the summer of 1947, an unidentified object crashed in Roswell, New Mexico. There were no survivors. Now it's happened again. But this time, two creatures have emerged from the wreckage alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Series.

  • By Frank on 07-29-13

Predictable, enjoyable-enough story to pass the time

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

The story revolves around the Event Group. A covert organization, tasked with safeguarding and protecting some of the greatest myths and mysteries of the world.

This particular storyline deals with what exactly happened at Area 51 all those decades ago and the battle with nefarious elements trying to co-opt what was found back then.

As the story unfolds we are introduced to a cast of characters that were clearly designed to continue in in subsequent Event Group books. A nit, but the characters do seem a bit cliched and their behavior doesn't always appear consistent.

Bottom line, this lightweight yarn is an enjoyable enough read (listen) even with it's well-worn plot, and has an almost 80's made for TV type vibe. It passed the time, but doesn't inspire me to rush out and get the other Event books that follow.

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