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G. Ellis

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  • A Long Time Until Now

  • By: Michael Z. Williamson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
  • Length: 22 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,277
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,142
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,144

A military unit is thrust back into Paleolithic times with only their guns and portable hardware. Ten soldiers on convoy in Afghanistan suddenly find themselves lost in time. Somehow they arrived in Earth's Paleolithic Asia. With no idea how they arrived or how to get back, the shock of the event is severe. They discover groups of the similarly displaced: imperial Romans, Neolithic Europeans, and a small cadre of East Indian peasants.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Different Than Expected--But an Excellent Listen !

  • By C. Hartmann on 06-11-15

Truly unique.

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

Reviewed: 06-03-19

Moves well. Original and realistic solutions to the problems that would be encountered by time travel to Neolithic times. A little "miracle" from an ... (Oh, never mind, I don't want to spoil the ending.)

  • Tamer: King of Dinosaurs

  • By: Michael-Scott Earle
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,022
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,019

Victor Shelby ends each day wondering when his life is going to get better. His parents are dead, he struggles to pay rent, and his boss at the animal control shelter has him cleaning cages instead of working in the field. His dream of helping animals seems destined to end in a mop bucket. Then, Victor is abducted by aliens and deposited on a prehistoric world filled with hungry dinosaurs and beautiful alien women. He doesn’t know why he is here or what his purpose is, but he finds himself fighting for survival.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If Destiny's Crucible and Jurassic park had a kid

  • By John on 02-18-18

Narration superb; story original; profanity annoys

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

The F-bombs jar and detract from the flow of the story, like finding a worm in your salad. All the characters except the hero are complex, articulate, and interesting as they grow and change through the plot. The hero just plods predictably.

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  • On Stranger Tides

  • By: Tim Powers
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 478

On Stranger Tides follows the exploits of John Chandagnac, who travels to the new world after the death of his puppeteer father to confront his uncle, who has apparently made off with the family fortune. During the voyage, he befriends Beth Hurwood and her father, Benjamin Hurwood, an Oxford professor. Before they arrive at their destination, their ship is waylaid by Blackbeard and his band of pirates.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Swashbuckler Will Steal Your Heart

  • By Doug D. Eigsti on 04-02-14

Voodoo, demons, ghosts, charms, and magic

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

If you read the publisher's summary, you expect a rollicking good sail adventure. What you get is a tale of voodoo, demons, ghosts, charms, and magic. I quit at chapter three, so there may have been some redeeming factors later on, but this was not a story for me. I enjoy some supernatural (Monster Hunter series, for example), but this story is deceiving. And it's a shame, too. The narrator is very good; the characters could turn out to be complex and interesting; but I didn't care for the first few chapters and decided not to wallow in it any longer. My biggest regret is that I waited too long before reading it, and now it's past the deadline for returning it.

  • In Death Ground

  • Starfire, Book 2
  • By: David Weber, Steve White
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 21 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 662

Five thousand years after Sun Tzu writes The Art of War, his advice is followed during the Fourth Interstellar War between the terrible Bugs and the humans, who are aided by their catlike Orion allies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite all time military sci-fi

  • By T. M on 02-17-16

Could benefit from abridgement

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

Much of the book has to do with minor points and characters that are irrelevant or die. The quantities and sizes of the fleets exceed anything that any realistic economy could support - hundreds of this and thousands of that. The story would be more credible if all the numbers were decreased by a factor of twenty. As it is, you become numbed to the loss of a single vessel or group of warriors.

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70,970
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 66,602
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66,467

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

New, original, well-thought out

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

Narration is superb. Good accents, great voices. Hard to believe it all comes from a single narrator.
The whole concept of starships with an embedded personality is new. I really enjoyed the snarky sense of humor, quick dialogue.
I'm quickly downloading the next of the series.

  • Jacob T. Marley

  • By: R. William Bennett
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,825
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,646
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,628

"Marley was dead to begin with...." These chillingly familiar words begin the classic Christmas tale of remorse and redemption in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Now R. William Bennett rewinds the story and focuses the spotlight on Scrooge’s miserly business partner, Jacob T. Marley, who was allowed to return as a ghost to warn Scrooge away from his ill-fated path. Why was Marley allowed to return? And why hadn’t he been given the same chance as Ebenezer Scrooge? Or had he?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is my favorite book! I listen to it all year

  • By Lyle K Holden on 08-07-17

Beyond Expectations!!

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

Reviewed: 03-26-18

I seldom give all fives in a review, but this deserves it. Simply put, this is the backstory, behind-the-scenes, and epilogue that is missing from The Chrgistmas Carol story about Ebenezer Scrooge. Definitely worth a listen.

  • Reggiecide

  • By: Chris Dolley
  • Narrated by: Kieren Phoenix Chantrey
  • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Guy Fawkes is back, and this time it's a toss up who's going to be blown up first: Parliament or Reginald Worcester, gentleman consulting detective. But Guy might not be the only regicide to have been dug up and reanimated. He might be a mere pawn in a plan of diabolical twistiness. Only a detective with a rare brain - and Reggie's is amongst the rarest - could possibly solve this "five-cocktail problem".

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Fun book ruined by a very bad reading

  • By Scott on 12-19-16

Painfull

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

Reviewed: 07-02-17

Never have I heard voices more out of tune with the characters. Reggie sounds like a dockworker instead of upper-class. Reeves has a cockney accent! And the pronunciations are horrible - unlike anything I've heard in either british or american english. At first it seems like the narrator is intentionally mispronouncing words for comedic effect, but then you begin to believe that he is so poorly educated that he actually does not know how the words should be pronounced. In all, the narration is a distraction from a fairly good story, instead of an enhancement to it.

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  • Foundation

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Jim Gallant
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

After 12,000 years, the once-supreme Galactic Empire was plunging into a future of barbarism and warfare. All knowledge previously created by mankind faced destruction. Only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, foresaw the dark age of ignorance that was to come, and set out to preserve knowledge and mankind itself.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Stop read

  • By /Colin on 10-31-06

Good story ruined by poor audio and over-abridged

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

Reviewed: 06-26-17

Narrator could have been good, but producer included background audio and long, long pauses that detracted from a story that had already been abridged way too much. Sorry, but you can better spend your funds or credits elsewhere. And by the way, this review is from an Asimov fan who enjoyed reading the original story.

  • Luna

  • New Moon
  • By: Ian McDonald
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren, Soneela Nankani, Thom Rivera
  • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 226

As the leader of the moon's newest "dragon", Adriana has wrested control of the moon's helium-3 industry from the Mackenzie Metal Corporation and fought to earn her family's new status. Now, at the twilight of her life, Adriana finds her corporation, Corta Helio, surrounded by the many enemies she made during her meteoric rise. If the Corta family is to survive, Adriana's five children must defend their mother's empire from her many enemies - and each other.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dynasty on the Moon

  • By Lucy on 01-18-16

The Godfather on the moon with gays

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

Reviewed: 06-21-17

Seriously, if gay sex offends you, skip this book. An interesting take on free market enterprise. The moon is controlled by five family cartels. Everything is for sale on the moon, from lives, to environment, to resources. Failure to pay will cost you, and may cost your life.

I will not be buying the sequels. Although well written, it drags through scores of details that could be skipped with no loss to the storyline. Reminds me of a student's paper they hope will be graded not by content but by weight.

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  • Seaflower

  • Thomas Kydd, Book 3
  • By: Julian Stockwin
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

It is two years since Thomas Paine Kydd was spirited away in the night to serve his country aboard the 'Duke William'. Now, with his friend Nicholas Renzi and crew members from the 'Artemis', Tom is a shipwrecked sailor back in the land of his birth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A book about the romantic age of sail

  • By Jean on 01-21-15

Kydd climbs the ladder

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

Reviewed: 05-07-17

(but you already knew that)
Saved again and again by a miracle. It is not so much that he survived - we expect that - it is the sheer number of coincidences strung together that enable him to survive, save those closest to him, and advance socially and in rank. I keep waiting for the alien time-travelling spaceship to suddenly appear and whisk Kydd off to a future where he is crowned King of England. Hey, that's no more improbable than some of the other miracles that have happened.