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Andrew Michael Schwarz

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  • Of Fire and Night

  • The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 5
  • By: Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 762

The extermination of Earth is at hand. With his increasingly irrational leadership Basil Wenceslas, chairman of the Hansa, has driven humanity into a corner. His punitive treatment of the Hansa colonies and the Roamers, as well as his refusal to aid an embattled Theroc, have made enemies for the people of Earth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wow Finally!

  • By john on 11-17-08

Narrator better suited for Scooby-do cartoons

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

I loved George Guidall on this series. David Collaci is painful to listen to. cliche voices, bad acting, cringe worthy performance all contribute to making a good story seem corny.

  • Scattered Suns

  • The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 4
  • By: Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 20 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,309
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 859
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862

The war between the alien hydrogues and the faeros rages, reducing suns to blackened shells - including one of the fabled seven suns of the Ildiran Empire. Instead of protecting themselves, the Ildirans engage in bloody civil war and the many factions of humanity are bitterly divided. Can mankind and Ildirans overcome their own internal fighting to face a deadly new enemy that is ready to annihilate them?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT Series....Narrator change from Book 4 on

  • By Bowlie on 09-02-11

Please bring back George Guidall!

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

The switch from Guidall to Colacci is jarring and infuriating. The eloquent and mature narration of Guidall is replaced by someone better suited for Scooby do.

The story runs along at its usual fast pace only dropping into melodrama for short periods now and again.

The cringe worthy narration killed it for me. I have to gear up for the next installment of over pronounced H's and cartoon characterization. I might have to buy the ebook.

  • The Andromeda Strain

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: David Morse
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,758
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,769

The United States government is given a warning by the preeminent biophysicists in the country: current sterilization procedures applied to returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated re-entry to the atmosphere.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best science + biology fiction book I have read

  • By Ryan Johnson on 07-31-15

Andromeda Bore

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

Reads like a college dissertation on scientific discovery in 21st century. Characters get lost between historical notations. It felt like a documentary.

  • Revelation Space

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 22 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,695
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,041
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,042

Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just as it was on the verge of discovering space flight. Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself. With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the cyborg crew of the starship Nostalgia for Infinity. But as he closes in on the secret, a killer closes in on him because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Challenging noir space opera bursting with ideas

  • By cmthomas on 02-03-10

It was okay

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

John Lee's character voices wear on one after a while. I felt like so many things were explained through character speeches to each other making the plot feel thin. on the upside there were alot of intriguing ideas and concepts. it possessed a coherence that I find lacking in a Peter Hamilton novel.

  • The Society of Blood

  • Obsidian Heart, Book 2
  • By: Mark Morris
  • Narrated by: Ben Onwukwe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Transported through time to the dank streets of Victorian London, Alex Locke seeks to unravel the mysteries of the Obsidian Heart, the enigmatic object to which his fate is inextricably bound. When a string of grisly murders takes place across the capital, Alex follows a trail that will lead him through the opium dens of Limehouse, into the dark and twisted world of the Society of Blood and ever closer to unlocking the secret of the Heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series

  • By Andrew Michael Schwarz on 09-08-17

Love this series

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

Reviewed: 09-08-17

I know its not for everyone, but the folks who get it really do. I am having a ball hopping through time and space with Alex Locke trying to puzzle outvthe mystery of the obsidian heart. I can't think of a better way to spend a weekend. Its dark, visceral, complicated. Its just the kind of thing I love.

  • Old Man's War

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,525

John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and Witty Military Sci-Fi

  • By M. Spencer on 10-21-12

liked it, didnt love it

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

Reviewed: 07-18-17

This started off as a fun and promisingly unique sf adventure and it was. then, at a certain point it began to lapse into melodrama. Essentially, I could not suspend disbelief enough to take in the love story. it seemed forced. That may not have been much of a problem for me if it were not for the fact that the love story began motivating the plot. It then became an issue of a sequence that didn't ring true determining events that then also did not ring true.

Anyway, I really enjoyed it outside of that. The premise is powerful and the adventure is inviting and unique. I couldnt help but be reminded of Heinlien's Starship Troopers.

  • Broken Monsters

  • By: Lauren Beukes
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin, Terra Deva, Sunil Mohatra, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 701
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 647

Detective Gabriella Versado has seen a lot of bodies. But this one is unique even by Detroit's standards: half boy, half deer, somehow fused together. As stranger and more disturbing bodies are discovered, how can the city hold on to a reality that is already tearing at its seams? If you're Detective Versado's geeky teenage daughter, Layla, you commence a dangerous flirtation with a potential predator online. If you're desperate freelance journalist Jonno, you do whatever it takes to get the exclusive on a horrific story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By S. Yates on 08-10-17

enthralling

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

Reviewed: 12-29-16

this is how you do characters. this is how you present a killer. this is how you capture nuance. i enjoyed this book very much. the only issue i had was how the supernatual element came in: it wasnt there at all, then came all at once at the end, but this was a slight hiccup that does not preclude a 5 star rating. very good readers, great audio experience. loved it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hidden Blade

  • Soul Eater Series, Book 1
  • By: Pippa DaCosta
  • Narrated by: Paul Woodson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

Kicked out of the underworld and cursed to walk this earth for all eternity, Ace Dante finds solace in helping others avoid the wrath of the gods. But when warrior-bitch, Queen of Cats, and Ace's ex-wife, Bastet, hires him to stop whoever is slaughtering her blessed women, Ace is caught between two of the most powerful deities to have ever existed: Isis and Osiris. The once-revered gods aren't dead. They're back, and Ace is in their way.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Egyptian Gods Drama in a Modern World

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-02-16

Started out promising, but quickly devolved

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

Reviewed: 11-26-16

It felt underdeveloped and overly melodramatic, encumbered by descriptions of sex and the main character's feelings of inferiority.

  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame

  • By: Victor Hugo
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214

Quasimodo was born disfigured, hunchbacked and lame, and years spent ringing the bells of the Cathedral of Notre Dame have left him deaf, but also spared him the taunts of the cruel mobs of Paris. Now Quasimodo has fallen in love with the lovely Gypsy girl Esmeralda, the only person who ever showed pity on him - but she faces a death sentence, and only Quasimodo's pure spirit can save her. Or can he?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overwhelmingly sad

  • By Tad Davis on 09-02-13

just amazing

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

Reviewed: 05-26-16

Get past the first 5 or so hours and you wont be able to put it down. The Hunchback of Notre Dame is all that it should be. Tragic love, gothic beauty and horror and the straddling of the knife's edge between dichotomies that Victor Hugo is so well known for.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Real Story: The Gap into Conflict

  • The Gap Cycle, Book 1
  • By: Stephen R. Donaldson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 463
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 423
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 427

Author of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, one of the most acclaimed fantasy series of all time, master storyteller Stephen R. Donaldson returns with this exciting and long-awaited new series that takes us into a stunningly imagined future to tell a timeless story of adventure and the implacable conflict of good and evil within each of us.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Unique concept for sci-fi; but a bit dramatic.

  • By Amazon Custome on 06-14-13

All Tell, No Show

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

Reviewed: 01-19-16

This felt like an essay. The viewpoint of the story is the authors, not the characters. The narrator was over dramatic and annoying.

8 of 12 people found this review helpful