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  • Rise of the Ranger

  • Echoes of Fate, Book 1
  • By: Philip C. Quaintrell
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 962
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904

Mankind has lorded over the land of Illian for a thousand years, enjoying what was left to them by the elves, as if it were their birthright. A thousand years is a long time for an immortal race to see the error of their ways and realize a truth that has remained unsaid for a millennia - elves are superior! They are faster, stronger, and connected to the magical world in a way that man could never grasp. Illian is their birthright. The six kingdoms of man are fractured, unallied and always clawing at each other's doors for more power.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it

  • By Ali on 03-24-18

Started slow and a bit disjointed but....

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

I really liked this story as I allowed it to grow and form. I struggled with the reader as he did not differentiate between the voices well and sometimes the pacing forced me to spend more time trying to keep the different names straight and if this was the female elf or the male one. The reader has a nice voice but the lack of character distinctions between the many different characters became tedious at times to sort through.

The story follows The Ranger but there are several other characters that are just as significant. I did feel that being as significant to the story as the Ranger was that the author only developed him enough to make you interested but nothing more. It felt like the author simply used him as binding to make you more interested in the other surrounding characters.

I like the tale. It is a neat twist on Elf and Human. A lot went into this book developing the real conflict that apparently will be dealt with more in the 2nd than book, which I am excited to read. So long as you can appreciate this as a book being read to you by a fatherly figure and not a person who is able to separate well the different voices, then you will truly enjoy this book.

  • Rookie Privateer

  • Privateer Tales, Book 1
  • By: Jamie McFarlane
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,085

When you are old enough to finally become an Earth Mars citizen, everything should be perfect. Right? Not for Liam Hoffen. He's stuck on a mining asteroid called Colony 40, helping his father work a claim that is never going to pay out. His best friend, Nick James is set for life in James' Rental business and Liam just discovered that the girl he's known forever thinks he's pretty great and now she's leaving for the Mars Naval Academy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Kenneth on 05-12-16

Great First Book

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

Reviewed: 07-21-18

Really enjoyed this as a first book. It has a great storyline and development of characters. The story introduces us to Liam, Nick, and Tabby. It appears these three are going to be expanded on in the succeeding books. I like the innocence and development into a more "savvy" group. It makes the characters more believable instead of them just being so good at all things that pertain to fighting and gun play. It is a type of "coming of age" and yet it doesn't have a youth feel. These are young adults finding their way in a very different world. There are some substitutes for profanity like "frak" or "shites" so the implication is still there. There are some places where the characters have intimate moments but the description is very PG and not overly graphic. Looking forward to hearing the next in the series.

  • Pushing Brilliance

  • By: Tim Tigner
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,886
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,701
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,692

Framed for murder and on the run, former Olympic biathlete Kyle Achilles is also in the crosshairs of assassins' guns. Why? He has no idea. He's fighting blind against two master strategists and one extraordinary invention - known as Brillyanc. Achilles' only ally is the other prime suspect, a beautiful Russian mathematician who is either the best or worst person to ever enter his life. Katya was engaged to Achilles' brother - before he died.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book of the Year!

  • By Brad on 08-26-16

Fun Read

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

I truly enjoyed the read. The main character was an enjoyable "James Bond" type. Yet, Achilles maintained a measure of humanity. Sure there were elements of stretched imagination at times, but it never put you out of reach of reality.
The premise is based upon our protagonist being framed for a murder he didn't commit and having to use his CIA training and resources to evade capture and incarceration. All the while he is travelling around the globe to discover the true identity of the ones who committed the crime. The supporting characters were great additions and I really look forward the the next book.
The narrator did a fairly decent job and handled the Russian dialect pretty well. He even handled the female characters in good fashion. Overall I do recommend this book and the start at least of what I hope is a good series. I will also say I appreciated the lack of cursing (there were a few words) and it helped to not pervert the story line. There are references to sexual activity and yet it was not gaudy or seeking to get some arousal.

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  • Legends of Ahn

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 3
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,968
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,404

Rezkin is an elite warrior who aims to restore order in Ashai after Caydean's attack on the King's Tournament transformed former allies and trading partners into enemies. With no army and only a ragtag group of refugees, Rezkin must wrest control of the kingdom from the mad and powerful usurper, who seems bent on destruction, and this may not be the biggest challenge. If he fails, the kingdom will be ripped apart, and Rezkin will have violated Rule 1 - to protect and honor his friends.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Are you kidding me?

  • By Kimberly C. on 12-13-17

Still great but...

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

Reviewed: 12-08-17

Still amazing but lacked a bit of the flow and intensity of the previous two. Hard to wait for the next book since it felt like a really long wait for this one.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Tomb of Hercules

  • Nina Wilde - Eddie Chase Series #2
  • By: Andy McDermott
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 151

It's the opportunity of a lifetime---the chance to prove that a tomb containing the remains of the legendary hero Hercules actually exists. If American archaeologist Nina Wilde can locate it, it will be the most important historical find ever unearthed. But as Nina and her ex-SAS bodyguard, Eddie Chase, begin their search, it's clear that others want to find the tomb---and the unimaginable riches within---and will do anything to get there first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love this book lots of action never boaring

  • By Tim Fogle on 04-19-18

I like the story but...

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

I really do like these types of stories and overall the characters and such are fun. I just can't stand all the profanity. It just takes away from the fun and adds such a layer of grime. To even have it that part of your storyline is to somehow make it a part of the storyline is just too much.

  • The Chase

  • By: Clive Cussler
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,848
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,832

A no-nonsense detective is on the trail of the sharpest and deadliest criminal mind he has ever encountered: a serial robber who murders any and all witnesses in cold-blood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Opener to Cussler's Isaac Bell Series

  • By ftmgal on 04-05-15

Fun Read

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

Great book and fun read. The classic chase of a truly horrible criminal was well done and kept you waiting for how it would end. Neat how history was incorporated into the book.

  • Fear the Sky

  • The Fear Saga, Book 1
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,065
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,031
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,990

From the Audie-nominated narrator of The Martian. In eleven years' time, a million members of an alien race will arrive at Earth. Years before they enter orbit, their approach will be announced by the flare of a thousand flames in the sky, their ships' huge engines burning hard to slow them from the vast speeds needed to cross interstellar space. These foreboding lights will shine in our night sky like new stars, getting ever brighter until they outshine even the sun, casting ominous shadows and banishing the night until they suddenly blink out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Enjoyable

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 01-17-16

I liked it all

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

Reviewed: 06-21-17

You have a mix of real espionage and intrigue. The story accounts the expeditionary force that was sent prior to an alien invasion. It accounts the deployment and eventual discovery of that force by some people of Earth.

I liked its passion and believability. The author does a great job keeping the potentially large holes very small and the movement paced well and not jumping beyond attainable limits.

I really like the narrator and he did a great job with the many different voices and accents.

Great read and looking forward to the next book.

  • Artificial Maturity

  • Helping Kids Meet the Challenge of Becoming Authentic Adults
  • By: Tim Elmore
  • Narrated by: Arte Johnson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Today's Generation iY (teens brought up with the Internet) and Homelanders (children born after 9/11) are overexposed to information at an earlier age than ever and paradoxically are underexposed to meaningful relationships and real-life experiences. Artificial Maturity addresses the problem of what to do when parents and teachers mistake children's superficial knowledge for real maturity. The audiobook is filled with practical steps that adults can take to furnish the experiences kids need to balance their abilities with authentic maturity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much to ponder

  • By ALove on 06-14-17

So much to ponder

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

Reviewed: 06-14-17

Truly enjoyed and yet thoroughly hated it. The tension comes as I think about so many opportunities I have lost as now my own children are getting older and wishing I would have started some of these concepts sooner. I also enjoyed the challenge the author posed and as I am a person in position to mentor it has given me so many thoughts and possible ideas. I plan to implement many in my children still at home and lead others who work with me to see the value of these constructs as we seek to put some of them into action.

I liked the balance of identifying the issues and yet remaining optimistic about seeing our next generation still having a valid hope and purpose for their lives. The author sees this generation as leaders and possessing the potential to be great. It is not going to just happen. The parents, mentors, teachers need to see ways to shape that future by not giving in to unmanageable and shifting trends.

Strongly recommend this book if you are a teacher, youth worker, parent or CEO trying to handle the role that leads this next generation.

  • Paradise

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 3
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25,697
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,091
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,998

While the crew of the starship Flying Dutchman have been trying to assure people that hostile aliens do not have access to Earth, the UN Expeditionary Force has been stranded on the planet they nicknamed "Paradise". The Flying Dutchman is headed back out on another mission, and the UN wants the ship to find out the status of the humans on Paradise.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • running out of ideas...

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-08-17

Makes you...react

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

Reviewed: 06-02-17

I love reading books that actually make you LOL or have to look around because you are afraid you did that in front of a crowded coffee shop. The narrator is awesome for this book and there is no way I could imagine Skippy the Magnificent with any other voice or mannerism.

We find a story that again takes the "merry band of pirates" back out on the Flying Dutchman. This time the mission is more focused on whether or not any danger is looming over Earth by another attack from some alien force. A new compliment of characters join with some familiar ones. The story bounces back and forth to Paradise, the planet Joe Bishop escaped from. The storyline then has you dealing with the threat and hardship those on Paradise are facing and how the Flying Dutchman can possibly help.

The end of the book does leave you wondering if the author will continue with this series or if he has left it open ended. Without giving anything away, one is left at the end with no answers for Skippy and his connection with the Elders and of course so are we as the readers.

The story did lag a bit at times but not so much that it made the listen unbearable or "unbelievable" in any way. After all, this is SciFi and we are talking about stuff that doesn't exist except in theory.

The only thing that still bugs me is the amount of profanity that comes up in spurts. I know it is a military type story, so I guess that is endemic of that culture, but it just seemed to be the focus instead of being just in the stream of the story.

  • The Eye of Heaven

  • Fargo Adventure, Book 6
  • By: Clive Cussler, Russell Blake
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,015
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,824
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,808

Baffin Island: Husband-and-wife team Sami and Remi Fargo are on a climate-control expedition in the Arctic, when to their astonishment they discover a Viking ship in the ice, perfectly preserved - and filled with pre-Columbian artifacts from Mexico. How can that be? As they plunge into their research, tantalizing clues about a link between the Vikings and the legendary Toltec feathered serpent god Quetzalcoatl - and a fabled object known as the Eye of Heaven - begin to emerge. But so do many dangerous people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So exciting for the archeologist at heart

  • By Marilyn Kennedy on 02-02-15

Really Goof

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

Reviewed: 05-04-17

This has to be one of the best so far. Fun read and a great treasure hunt.