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  • Earthcore

  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,791
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,295

EarthCore is the company with the technology, the resources, and the guts to go after the mother lode. Young executive Connell Kirkland is the company's driving force, pushing himself and those around him to uncover the massive treasure. But at three miles below the surface, where the rocks are so hot they burn bare skin, something has been waiting for centuries. Waiting...and guarding. Kirkland and EarthCore are about to find out first-hand why this treasure has never been unearthed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start, but it gained momentum quick

  • By Jan on 12-15-17

Not bad...

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

Have to admit it, it was darn good. Sure, there were nods to Lovecraft, heck the whole thing is a homage to him, but yes, not bad, not bad indeed. Looking forward to the sequel.

  • Commune: Book Three

  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,463
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,332

Having been bolstered with the supplies sufficient to carry them through the winter, the survivors of the Jackson commune must now hunker down and endure the bitter Wyoming snows, while to the south, factions are beginning to form, coalescing from the ashes of the dead world. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best series in sci-fi for great characters.

  • By TK2.0 on 11-19-18

Primarily Filler...

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

...unfortunately, this entry in the series smacks of cash grab. The introduction lends the reader to believe "this novel" is the real start and meat of the series. Bovine Scat..! The first two were infinitely better than this one. Why? This was only half a novel. Oh, sure it's long. Too long, in fact but that is part of the scam. It's not a complete story. It doesn't have a bad ending or a cliff hanger, it just stops. Abruptly. That stated, it managed to be overly long with ponderous sections filled with details that do nothing to advance the story but rather, pad the length. That's not to say there aren't brilliant parts. The section of the novel where "Jake" deals with the pyromaniac forces one to hold their breath. This, however, was far too short and such sections far too infrequent. There where a lot of details about making dinner, finding chairs, digging ditches (for a greenhouse - actually not the worst one as there was a psychological element) still, it didn't need to be chapters long. In fact, the whole thing could have been one chapter, a short one. Alas, it was not to be. I'll get the next one to finish the story out but after that, I'm probably done.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Hive War

  • Galactic Liberation, Book 4
  • By: B. V. Larson, David VanDyke
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602

The Republic, the Opters, and a strange Crystalline race of unknown origin all meet in a series of titanic battles. Commodore Straker summons thousands of ships, but he soon learns he’s technologically outclassed by the enemy. With traditional victory impossible, the race is on for each side to destroy the key worlds of the other. Billions die, entire planets are destroyed. Even while the war rages, dark suspicions grow. There are traitors in the midst of the chaos. Straker realizes the worst enemy is the one you believed to be your ally....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best one yet!

  • By Bryan Ball on 11-27-18

A perfect ending?

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

Some stories don't know when to quit. The business model seems to be: (write a book, find it's successful and then milk that bitch for as long as one can); and they do. This is a double edged sword as it obviously finds an audience but then it abuses it until almost the point of utter exhaustion. This series did not. It delivered four powerful novels that actually delivered what could be interpreted as a conclusive end. It was a wonderful story with action, passion, massive battles, early struggles, a strong male hero, female hero, a squid hero ... Artificial Intelligence, Evil Bugs (then good), Evil Crystals ... sword fights, extra martial affairs (of necessity - a stallion must roam) it was great...and instead of using psycho VIC as the foil, for another novel, in another never ending series...they destroyed him utterly. Bravo.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Target: Earth

  • Extinction Wars, Book 5
  • By: Vaughn Heppner
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

Billions died before humanity clawed its way up from the brink of extinction, defeating the aliens that treated us like mere beasts. After years of agonizing toil and hardship, we have finally built a first-rate fleet, forcing our hostile neighbors to accept our freedom. But in the center of the galaxy, a bitterly vengeful woman discovers the secret of the Plutonians. She is going to awaken them so the extraterrestrials can attack us with the deadliest ships in existence. If the Plutonians destroy our fleet, the others will surely swarm in like locusts and kill us.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An ending that is stupid beyond measure...

  • By Foxdrake on 10-03-18

An ending that is stupid beyond measure...

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

This is science fiction. It's, however, light on the science. This is military science fiction that is light on "the military." This is a science based fantasy series that has some decent "fantasy." That stated, let's be honest. The author must have played Master of Orion 2, Battle at Antares because this novel, heck the whole series is based on it. What sets this story apart are the pseudo-religious elements. Satan? Demons? Devils? Abaddon, Jelk-gargoyles, ancients forerunner artifacts (touch of Halo), heck he has an A.I. stand-in for GOD in a "fortress of light." It's not suppose to be reality but it IS suppose to be authentic. Here's what I mean. The hero goes through some impossible situation and realizes he can't win, so what does he do? He makes a hard difficult choice, he leaves his girlfriend. He leaves his friend to die. He surrenders and takes the punishment. He doesn't "sprinkle fairy dust" and magically everything's better. No. That doesn't happen. Except at the end of this novel. Hocus Pocus, flim-flam, a mind machine, some tea and toast and Satan's girlfriend is back to being Sandra Dee. Oh, there's tears, there's hugs, there's total bovine scat. It had me right up until this junk. How should it have ended? Jennifer should have KILLED Creed, and the trauma/ecstasy of killing the man she love/hated (love not the opposite of hate, but rather indifference) returned her to sanity as a cathartic release; releasing Abaddon's mental hold on her while simultaneously breaking her heart. Now, something along those lines would have been a powerful ending. Creed had to sacrifice himself (the ultimate act of love) to save her. Instead what we got was something along the lines of "fake" love. She's was brain washed into forgiveness, re-programmed. That's not love. Who wants to love a doll or a robot with no free will? Not me. Oh, there'll be sequel, Creed & Jennifer sitting in a tree, another Abaddon clone and a prissy forerunner artifact to hunt down but do I care? Oh, I was entertained so I'll probably read it but I can suspend a lot of disbelief except with real human interactions because we know how those work, those don't need ex-deus warp drive.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Assault Troopers

  • Extinction Wars, Book 1
  • By: Vaughn Heppner
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 955
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 884
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 884

The Earth died when aliens rained thermonuclear warheads on her cities and sprayed the surface with a bio-terminator. A deadly poison drifted to every corner of the planet, threatening the last survivors with annihilation. For a soldier like Creed, there is only one way to keep breathing untainted air. He must bury his hatred of the extraterrestrials and join the Jelk Corporation as an assault trooper, leaving the planet for outer space. In return for his and other people's services, the corporation will house the last humans for as long as the assault troopers keep winning.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Angry, Poor action, No reality, A lot of Yelling

  • By Edward on 10-26-13

Great

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

Well I'm off to get the second book. Don't really want to write so many words.

  • Star Carrier

  • Lost Colonies, Book 3
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,072
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,058

Earth builds her first war fleet! The greatest warships ever constructed in known space rise up one by one, soon dominating our skies. They strike fear into the hearts of every citizen and rebel colonist alike. Captain William Sparhawk, the very man who convinced the secretive Council to build this terrifying fleet, now has doubts about the project. What is their exact mission? How could anyone have built these huge ships so quickly? And, most puzzling of all, what's happening out at the isolated laboratory complex on Phobos, Mars' lopsided moon?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super ending rather than bogging down!

  • By Trudy Owens on 09-27-17

mediocre

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

very very very very very mediocre. almost boring. irritating at times, preachy? first bv Larson story I almost didn't make it through. stuck up captain, robotic crew obnoxious aliens are they aliens, total circle jerk bad guys the old folks home, yea pretty bad this one.

  • Mech 3: The Empress

  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mirron Willis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 264

Ignis Glace is a war-torn world of fire and ice. Tidally-locked to its tiny red sun, one side of the planet bakes while the other side is forever frozen. Known as Sunside and Nightside, these two wastelands are bordered by a narrow inhabitable region known as Twilight. Humans and mechs battle for control of their world, even while a third player approaches the game: the Skaintz Imperium. Once the aliens strike, no world is ever the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Man! Epic book 3.

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-13-13

Great story...all three but, where's the 4th?

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

I hate to admit it but this series might actually be superior to his later ones. It was while waiting for the sequel to Dark World, another good series, that I discovered this one. Can you you believe my surprise that I found this one ever better. A more serous story, that is both complex and entertaining; imagine a cross between the Aliens franchise and Star Trek with a bit of civilization for good measure. The enemy is implacable, the characters well developed and the action tense. I think the only issue is the title. "MECH" was the error as mechs play more of a supporting role. The main character here are the aliens, Lucas Droid and parasitic Toulk. I hope he doesn't abandon the series but continues it.

  • The Last Wish

  • By: Andrzej Sapkowski
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,761
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,734

Geralt of Rivia is a witcher. A cunning sorcerer. A merciless assassin. And a cold-blooded killer. His sole purpose: to destroy the monsters that plague the world. But not everything monstrous-looking is evil, and not everything fair is good...and in every fairy tale there is a grain of truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic! I feel lucky to have found this book.

  • By KS on 02-14-16

it was ok, I liked it. I'd buy the next one

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

Reviewed: 05-16-18

bit disjointed but otherwise ok so I would say it was worth buying two more words

  • Alpha Fleet

  • Rebel Fleet, Book 3
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,080
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,946
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,941

The Imperials have devised a cunning new method of destroying Rebel worlds. Captain Leo Blake is largely responsible for both our survival and our current predicament. He and his crew are infamous among the stars. As a result, when ships of an unknown configuration begin flowing out of swirling rifts above Earth, Blake is called upon again to deal with the problem. But the approaching fleet isn't what it seems. They're employing an entirely new way to exterminate Rebels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of the Rebel Fleet series

  • By Jason on 10-17-17

The weakest series.

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

I don't know where this series is going but if you do please tell the author. This one is borderline bad, with simple plots and two dimensional characters. That was ok for book one but not by book three.

  • Zero Hour

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 5
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,678
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,315

United Nations Special Operations Command sent an elite expeditionary force of soldiers and pilots out on a simple recon mission, and somehow along the way they sparked an alien civil war. Now the not-at-all-merry band of pirates is in desperate trouble, again. Their stolen alien starship is falling apart, thousands of light years from home. The ancient alien AI they nicknamed Skippy is apparently dead, and even if they can by some miracle revive him, he might never be the same.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Monkeys kick A**, but......

  • By Beachcombers on 02-14-18

Getting tiresome...

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

I'm down for another book. That said, only one more. Why? it's the same story over and over, five times now over again. There is no real progression. Yea it's funny, until it's annoying and it's becoming annoying. This series is becoming stupid situations explained ad nauseum coupled with dialog that's quickly becoming old hat and tiresome. "Stupid monkeys" is beginning to make me cringe. Tell me about the ancients, tell me Earth progresses tell me something that grows and develops the situation and gets me off this gerbil wheel where you milk every dollar from this series. It's painfully obvious. Look I understand, it's funding your bohemian lifestyle and retirement but get to the freaken point already. Even this story is somewhat pointless. What about the missing planet? You just dropped it in the middle of the story. WTF? Next book rescue the girl. Ugh. Earth "still" in trouble. Get to the MEAT of the story, there is MEAT right? I'll give you another shot. Maybe.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful