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  • Frontlines, Book 6
  • By: Marko Kloos
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,318
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,177

Earth's armed forces have stopped the Lanky advance and chased their ships out of the solar system, but for CDC officer Andrew Grayson, the war feels anything but won. On Mars, the grinding duty of flushing out the twenty-meter-tall alien invaders from their burrows underground is wearing down troops and equipment at an alarming rate. And for the remaining extrasolar colonies, the threat of a Lanky attack is ever present.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By Allen on 01-19-18

Mostly filler but I still enjoyed it.

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

Reviewed: 10-20-18

This book starts a few years after the last one and despite the jump forward in time the planet Mars remains a stalemate between the human and Lanky forces. Humanity has established control of the skies above Mars but no matter how many Lankies are killed there always seems to be more of them. The human forces on Mars are wearing down every day as both ships and personnel are succumbing to battle fatigue and Andrew Grayson knows that humanity will not win this war of attrition. We continually rush new recruits into service aboard ships that are well past their prime but eventually the Lankies will get reinforcements and the house of cards will come tumbling down. This is unless we find a way to change the game...

So far we have been fighting the Lankies in ships designed to fight other human ships and killing them with weapons designed to kill other humans but that is finally going to change. A new class of ship designed specifically for taking out Lanky siege ships is on the horizon and it may finally be time for us to go on the offensive. Of course the lack of veteran soldiers to man any new ship is still an issue but beggars can't be choosers. Andrew and Haley have both earned the right to be at the forefront of this new endeavor but they are also both carrying a lot of mental baggage that threatens to push them over the edge.

I think if I was binge reading this series I would be disappointed in what Marko Kloos is offering up here but since it has been a while for me since I read the last book I enjoyed getting to spend more time with the main characters. Even so I will admit it just doesn't advance the main storyline enough to be considered one of the better books in the series. So if you are a fan of the series and it has been a while for you as well then pick this one up; however, if you just finished the prior book then I would hold off on this one. Just wait until the next book comes out and then start back up with this one and I bet you will be happier that you did. According to Marko there will be three more books in the series after this and I am still excited to see how it all ends.

Luke Daniels is back at the mic and his excellent narration instantly pulls you right back into the battle just like you never left.

  • Fallen Dragon

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 26 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,423
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,319

In the distant future, corporations have become sustainable communities with their own militaries, and corporate goals have essentially replaced political ideology. On a youthful, rebellious impulse, Lawrence joined the military of a corporation that he now recognizes to be ruthless and exploitative. His only hope for escape is to earn enough money to buy his place in a better corporation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another awesome book.

  • By Brian M. Jeffries on 11-13-16

A unique take on human expansion to other planets.

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

Peter F. Hamilton offers up a different perspective on human colonization of space this time around and instead of unbridled success humanity quickly finds the concept to be financially non-viable after the first wave of colony planets are established. With the companies behind the initial expansion going heavily into debt a new form of corporate terrorism begins to arise. Financially failing colonies are purchased by investors on Earth who then send military forces there to conduct "asset realization" missions where they take by force anything that will have value back on Earth. This is a completely legal thing to do from an Earth based perspective but the colony inhabitants don't take too kindly to these "invading" forces and it is one such asset realization mission that acts as the main backdrop for the story of Fallen Dragon.

The story is told from 3 main point of view characters all with very different backgrounds and perspectives. One being a teenage boy growing up on a colony world who dreams of space exploration in an era where the concept is dying quickly, a second being a clone that hold a key role in one of the asset realization military forces, and the third being a colony inhabitant that is part of a resistance cell fighting back against the asset realization forces. Eventually circumstances lead all 3 of these individuals to the crux of the story when it builds to a resolution in typical Hamilton fashion. I don't want to spoil the plot but the real story doesn't actually surface until you understand why the book is titled Fallen Dragon and by that point it is quickly driving to a conclusion.

This is a typical Hamilton novel with a story that explores what it means to be human as the story traverses multiple detailed worlds with lots of interesting future technologies. If you are a fan of his work then you should not hesitate to pick this one up. As is typical for Hamilton's sci-fi audiobooks, John Lee is the narrator and he does his usual excellent job bringing all the characters to life, making this a worthy listen all around.

  • The Diamond Age

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Wiltsie
  • Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,463
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,482

Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The rock could use a bit more polishing

  • By Tango on 05-19-13

A weird sci-fi fairy tale

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

As he did in Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson once again constructs a bizarre dystopian world composed of an eclectic combination of future technologies and ancient traditions and uses it as the backdrop to tell a unique story. At its core this is a coming of age tale about a young girl named Nell who comes to possess a very special book known as the Young Lady's Illustrated Primer. This book is an engineering marvel that is fully interactive and capable of customizing itself to match its reader in order to prepare them for the challenges they will face on their journey to adulthood. In Nell's case the book ultimately winds up raising her in place of her parents and it enables her to survive amid the chaos that eventually comes her way from the unpredictable society around her.

Despite the wondrous technologies present in this future, like matter compilers capable of creating almost anything and cities with their own nanite based immune systems in the air, it is the Primer that takes center stage in the story.  Stephenson uses it to explore the role that technology could play in raising children in the future and the potential impact that would have on society.  You should know going in that this book ends abruptly and one is left to draw their own conclusions as to the ultimate impact on society caused by the Primer. if you want a nice ending where all the loose ends are tied up then this book is not for you. However, if you like the weird technological societies that come from the mind of Neal Stephenson then I would suggest you pick this one up and draw your own conclusions about the meaning of the ending.

Jennifer Wiltsie does a decent job as the narrator and her voice is an excellent fit for the young female protagonist Nell.

  • 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 24,334
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,844
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,758

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

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

If you are considering picking up book 3 of the Expeditionary Force series then you already know what to expect as the formula doesn't change at all. Facing an impossible situation Colonel Joe will come up with a clever idea that somehow eluded Skippy's vast intellect and then the crew of the Flying Dutchman will execute the plan, which in turn will lead to the next impossible situation. (Lather. Rinse. Repeat.) Of course the entire sequence of events is always laden with the typical banter between Skippy and Joe so the only real hope of this book being something unique is the progression of the larger story arc but is that enough to make it worthy of your time?

I must admit that it was the title of the book, and my desire to know the fate of the Expeditionary Force soldiers who were stranded on the planet Paradise, that convinced me to continue with the series because the repetitive nature of the story telling was fully evident in book 2. Conditions on Paradise are pretty bleak for the humans stranded there who are nothing more than refugees with nowhere to go. As two alien races fight for control of the planet the humans stranded there also fight over which side they want to ally with, and no outcome seems favorable. That is until the Flying Dutchman secretly implements one of Joe's plans to help encourage a more positive outcome for UNEF.

Unfortunately the overall story arc moved forward so little in this book that ultimately I do not feel it was worth it. As always there were some funny moments along the way, but the perfect balance of sci-fi and humor that made this series enjoyable now feels crushed under the weight of the repetitive nature of the story telling. So I would advise you to only pick this one up if you know that the Skippy-Joe interactions will be enough to keep you entertained. I enjoyed my time with this series but as of now do not plan to continue. 

R.C. Bray once again does a great job with the narration and I look forward to hearing him more in the future.

  • SpecOps

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 2
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,844
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,771

Colonel Joe Bishop made a promise, and he's going to keep it: taking the captured alien starship Flying Dutchman back out. He doesn't agree when the UN decides to send almost 70 elite Special Operations troops, hotshot pilots, and scientists with him; the mission is a fool's errand he doesn't expect to ever return from. At least this time, the Earth is safe, right? Not so much.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY by NO PATIENCE MAN

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 03-18-17

More of the same, perhaps too much...

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

If you enjoyed book one of the Expeditionary Force series and wanted more of the same kind of humor then Craig Alanson has you covered here; however, if you were starting to get tired of hearing "stupid monkey" insults being hurled at the human crew of the Flying Dutchman, then you should definitely steer clear of this one. The story heads back into space when Joe Bishop and an elite crew of special forces and scientists attempt to help Skippy find the Elders who created him. A mission that must be carried out in secrecy because if anyone figures out that humanity has a ship capable of traveling through wormholes then Earth will become a target once again. But there is no need to worry because nothing will go wrong with Joe Bishop and Skippy working together to lead the mission, right? lol

The Elders transcended physical form long ago and left behind traces of their vast civilization, but at this point they are more legend than anything else. Is it even possible to make contact with them?  Joe and Skippy do make a great team but their combined intellect may not be enough to solve this mystery, and doing it in a stolen ship may not be possible at all.  Of course, no matter how much sci-fi is served up as the story progresses, the insult laden, military style humor keeps things light even when things get dire. The universe makes for a formidable adversary and no plan survives first contact with the enemy.

Alanson's nice mix of military sci-fi and humor made Columbus Day a real standout in the genre and I appreciate that he didn't want to mess with his formula too much, but there is such a thing as taking it too far. By the time this one was over, I had grown tired of the sameness of both the problem solving and the humorous character interactions.  I was thinking that might be enough for me to walk away from the series; however, the title of the next book is "Paradise" and since I definitely want to find out what happened to the UNEF forces trapped on that planet, I have decided to go for at least one more book in this series. No matter how it turns out, I am glad I got to spend a lot of time with Joe and Skippy and appreciate that they have renewed my interest in the humorous sub genre of Sci-Fi.

R.C. Bray once again knocks it out of the park as the narrator and he makes listening to this series a pleasure.

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  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,073
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,754

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci Fi I didn't know I wanted

  • By Gary Glenn on 06-27-17

Laugh out loud funny.

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

I have a pretty poor track record when it comes to humorous Sci-Fi books. It is not uncommon for me to get my hopes up by reading reviews that claim a book is hilarious only to be disappointed when I discover that the humor just doesn't resonate with me. In fact, I have been disappointed enough times to usually steer clear of this sub genre, so I am glad that I took a chance and decided to give Columbus Day a try.  Perhaps my past experiences kept my expectations low, but this book managed to not only keep me interested but it also had me laughing out loud at times.  Kudos to Craig Alanson for finding a nice balance between serious sci-fi topics and irreverent humor that kept me interested in the story for more than just the laughs.

This one starts the way many a sci-fi book does, with an attack on Earth out of nowhere by an alien race with vastly superior technology. Of course, those aliens may have power armor and advanced weaponry but are they really ready for the likes of Army Specialist Joe Bishop? Probably not and that is where the fun starts. Bishop always finds himself in the right place at the wrong time and it seems the universe always has a way of ensuring that something bizarre is in store for him. Right from the beginning Bishop's sense of humor endeared him to me as a main character and I happily went along for the wild ride that was in store for him the rest of the way.

At times, the story is deeper than one would expect for a book with this kind of humor and that is both a blessing and a curse that keeps you on your toes. Just when you think things have gotten pretty serious and you are starting to consider what it actually means to be human, a new character gets introduced that dials up the nonsense to 11. This is likely the make or break point for every reader and you will either find it funny enough to continue or walk away in disgust for having wasted your time. I did not bounce off this one at all  and I enjoyed it enough to continue on with the series.

As far as the narrator goes, R. C. Bray just knocks this one out of the park. Having listened to other books by Bray I would not have pegged him for having the ability to handle the range required to pull this off but I could not have been more wrong in my thinking. His performance is perfect and I am certain he makes the experience much better than just reading.

  • Hell Divers III: Deliverance

  • The Hell Divers series, Book 3
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,792
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,456

Left for dead on the nightmarish surface of the planet, Commander Michael Everhart and his team of Hell Divers barely escape with their lives aboard a new airship called Deliverance. After learning that Xavier "X" Rodriguez may still be alive, they mount a rescue mission for the long-lost hero. In the skies, the Hive is falling apart, but Captain Jordan is more determined than ever to keep humanity in their outdated lifeboat. He will do whatever it takes to keep the ship in the air - even murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another awesome entry in a great series!

  • By Lisa L on 05-15-18

The true fate of X is finally revealed

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

Commander MIchael Everhart, aka Tin, isn't the first Hell Diver to be betrayed by the leadership aboard The Hive but he is determined to be the first to actually do something about it. His dive team has acquired an airship of their own, Deliverance, and they have also found strong evidence that X actually survived his fall back to Earth 10 years ago. Not only survived the fall, but apparently actually found a way to survive on the toxic surface for an extended period of time. Even if X is no longer alive the truth of what happened to him must be uncovered, so searching for that truth becomes the top priority for Tin and his team. Payback for Captain Jordan's betrayal will need to wait for the moment; however, his time will come...

Once again Nicholas Sansbury Smith keeps the story fresh and exciting by expanding our knowledge about the Earth's destruction, this time by revealing to us what happened to X after he was left behind on the surface ten years ago. Past and present story lines are woven together until they converge as Team Raptor seeks to uncover the truth about the fate of their former leader. The knowledge that X survived on the surface for an extended period of time should provide a nice dose of hope to a people that desperately need some, so Tin is determined to get the facts. Of course there are many surprises along the way as the book builds up to a confrontation that has been a long time coming. I would say that this book was the best of the series so far and despite the fact that many of the existing story lines were wrapped up nicely, a number of new and interesting opportunities also became available to be pursued in future books. If you enjoyed the first two books in this series do not hesitate to pick this one up.

R. C. Bray remains the narrator and his portrayal of X is just perfect. He definitely makes this series better and I can't wait for the next installment.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Hell Divers II: Ghosts

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 2
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,483
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,054
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,027

Ten years ago, Hell Diver Xavier "X" Rodriguez fell to Earth. Those he left behind went on without him aboard the airship he once called home. Michael Everheart - the boy once known as Tin - has grown into a man and the commander of Hell Diver Raptor Team. While Michael dives to help keep the Hive in the air, Captain Leon Jordan rules with an iron fist at the helm of the ship. But unrest stirs under his strict leadership as a prophecy of hope sweeps the lower decks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for the next book!

  • By Todd (Toad) Vogel on 07-31-17

Humanity can't survive without dreams...

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

Ten years have gone by and much has changed for the remnants of humanity that remain aboard The Hive. Leon Jordan is now the Captain and Tin has grown up to become the Commander of team Raptor, following in the footsteps of his father and X, whose loss is still felt to this day. X may be gone, but he is not forgotten, and his final sacrifice has turned him into a role model that still gives people hope, which is in short supply. Captain Jordan has abandoned Captain Ash's belief that humanity would one day return to Earth and he is willing to do whatever it takes to convince the rest of the crew that the surface is forever lost. However, walking away from the dreams of so many people is bound to have consequences...

Nicholas Sansbury Smith extends the scope of the story nicely by providing background on how the Earth became a toxic wasteland and how the creatures that rule it came into existence. All of this is uncovered through the expeditions of the Hell Divers who also start to uncover the truth about what their Captain is hiding from them. By the time things build to a potentially ugly confrontation you are emotionally invested in the outcome and hoping your favorite characters will come out on top. I have been pleasantly surprised by this series and I am honestly surprised this isn't a TV series or a video game as it would be excellent in both forms.

R. C. Bray is back at the mic and does another great job as the narrator. I am eagerly moving forward to book 3 to see what happens next!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Half a King

  • Shattered Sea, Book 1
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,855
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,691
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,690

Yarvi, second son of the feared King Uthrik and the ruthless Queen Laithlin of Gettland, was born with a useless hand, and cannot hold a shield, or do any of the things expected from a man. Left an outcast, he's surrendered his birthright and been given a woman's place as apprentice to Mother Gundring, Gettland's Minister, training to be an adviser, diplomat, healer and translator. But when his father and brother are murdered by Grom-gil-Gorm, King of neighboring Vansterland, Yarvi is forced to take the Black Chair and become king himself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Formula is not the opposite of gritty; it's just..

  • By David on 07-25-14

Half an Abercrombie

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

Reviewed: 06-16-18

Joe Abercrombie is known for his dark, gritty fantasy writing and since I am a big fan of his First Law series I decided to give this YA series a try. Yarvi was born the son of a king, but unfortunately for him, the gods also saw fit to give him a crippled hand. In his father's eyes this means that he will never be more than half a son with a future no better than half a man, so Yarvi finds himself destined for women's work as a minister. This is actually a good fit for Yarvi because he has a sharp mind and he finds that his apprenticeship to Mother Gundring, the Minister of Gettland, goes quite well. Yarvi is eagerly awaiting the upcoming test that will promote him out of apprenticeship when both his father and his brother are unexpectedly killed on a diplomatic mission. Now Yarvi's life course is forever altered and he finds that he must take the throne instead. Upon doing so he is counseled to swear a blood oath to avenge his father and brother and kill the person responsible for their deaths. Now Gettland has half a king and Yarvi must figure out how a cripple who can't even hold a shield is supposed to carry out an oath of vengeance...

This story is written in a much simpler way than the First Law series as it is told entirely from Yarvi's point of view and doesn't jump around between many characters, but it is still Joe Abercrombie so many bad things happen to Yarvi as circumstances go from bad to worse along the way. The world is richly crafted and feels well thought out for such a short book. Yarvi's experiences are also varied and interesting but when it was all said and done it felt like it was written by half an Abercrombie. The humorous moments amid the dark occurrences were much fewer than his other work and the story itself just didn't have the bite it needed to really grip me; however, the ending is really well done and the story came together nicely and ended on a high note.

John Keating is the narrator and although he is a talented narrator I am not certain that he was the best choice for this material. His voices and accents just took away some of the edge from the story so I think ultimately I would recommend reading this one over listening to it.

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  • Hell Divers

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,342
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,303

More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers - men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I usually don't read my SciFi however....!!

  • By Michalena on 10-06-17

"We dive so humanity survives."

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

That is the motto of the Hell Divers, who risk their lives to keep the final remnants of humanity alive. All remaining humans now live aboard massive airships that float above a storm covered, radioactive Earth, which has not been habitable for the last 250 years. These dated airships have only managed to stay in the air by regularly sending Hell Divers down to the planet below to scavenge the parts they need to keep their reactors running. Hell Divers, who have an average life expectancy of only 15 jumps, are composed of brave men and women willing to risk their lives by parachuting down through the storms to a toxic planet where they scavenge for items created in the past by a people they no longer understand.

The Hive is one of only two remaining airships and it is the home of Xavier "X" Rodriguez, a Hell Diver who has successfully completed 95 jumps. X is a deeply flawed human who has lived a hard life, but that is not uncommon aboard The Hive, where cancer runs rampant and living conditions continue to deteriorate. Captain Maria Ash, a cancer survivor who is experiencing a reoccurrence of her disease, finds that she must call on X yet again to retrieve needed fuel cells if she wants to keep the ship in the air. More and more things are breaking regularly, which means more and more risks must be taken, and it is this level of desperation that keeps the story moving at full speed from cover to cover.

I thoroughly enjoyed the post apocalyptic world created by Nicholas Sansbury Smith and I found that I was able to put aside the improbability of it all and just enjoy the thrill ride. The characters were interesting, the scenario was unique, and I thought it had a good mix of grit, heroism, and despair. So if you want something different, but not too deep, then put on your radiation suit get ready to dive - The Hive needs you. 

R. C. Bray does the narration and his gritty, rough voice is perfect for the story, especially when he voices the grizzled veteran Hell Diver, X. This one is definitely worth a listen and I am eagerly moving forward in the series, which is currently 3 books in length.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful