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  • Scout Force

  • Kelly Blake Series, Book 1
  • By: Rodney L. Smith
  • Narrated by: William "Bill" Word
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 109

Book one in the Kelly Blake series: The future looks bleak for wrongly cashiered, fighter pilot phenomenon, Kelly Blake. His redemption comes as he is recruited into the elite and secretive Scout Force. Follow Kelly's adventures as an officer in the Galactic Republic Fleet's Scout Force, protecting humanity's frontiers from human treachery and the onslaught of the expansive and hostile K'Rang Empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nariation is seriously flawed

  • By Vern on 01-03-16

Nariation is seriously flawed

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

Reviewed: 01-03-16

II don’t know if the playback speed was intentionally slowed down or if that if just the way Mr. Word reads. I found myself constantly waiting for the next word to come out. It was almost as bad as listening to someone read a children’s book except most readers of children’s books have a lot more range of voices for the characters. Increasing the playback speed to the next fastest setting helps a little. The story line is a bit juvenile in places but still good enough that I would listen to the next in the series if Mr. Word is not the narrator. Mr. Word as narrator is a definite “do not purchase” flag for me for any future books.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Paradise

  • By: Chaz Brenchley
  • Narrated by: Sam Devereaux
  • Length: 20 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    1.5 out of 5 stars 3

They call it Paradise - an inner-city danger zone, starved of resources, starved of hope; run-down housing, run-down lives. Then a miracle happens. A dying boy is healed by the touch of a charismatic young man. And that's only the beginning. Richard brings light into the darkest places.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Major Disappointment

  • By Vern on 09-12-15

Major Disappointment

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

Reviewed: 09-12-15

I normally don’t purchase a book unless it has been thoroughly reviewed. I made an exception for this book and was reminded why I insist on reviews. While the characters are well developed that is the only redeeming feature of the book. The whole point of the story seems to be to convince the reader that humans are frail, fallible creatures that live inevitable lives. Half way through the book I considered asking for a refund but kept listening believing that it had to get better. It didn’t.

  • Theft of Swords

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 1
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,702

Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A GOOD START TO A SERIES

  • By Randall on 12-24-18

Solid 5 stars in all areas

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

Reviewed: 03-05-13

I normally go for hard core science fiction but do enjoy an occasional sword and sorcery thrown in for variety. This book was exceptional. The story line is extremely captivating with characters, scenery, and action so well described that it was a true pleasure to listen to. The narration was excellent and added greatly to the story. I enjoyed this book so thoroughly that I immediately ordered the next in the series as soon as I finished this one.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • We Only Need the Heads

  • The Human Division, Episode 3
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 816

CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson has been loaned out to a CDF platoon tasked with secretly removing an unauthorized colony of humans on an alien world. Colonial Ambassador Abumwe has been ordered to participate in final negotiations with an alien race the Union hopes to make allies. Wilson and Abumwe’s missions are fated to cross - and in doing so, place both missions at risk of failure.

We Only Need the Heads is a tale from John Scalzi's The Human Division.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • * said;* said;* said;* said;* said;

  • By Professor on 02-02-13

Too Short

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

Reviewed: 02-06-13

The first two "Episodes" (released together) were interesting and built a good foundation for the characters and their roles. This episode was only slightly over one hr. in length and was more of a very short story with the same characters. I was disappointed in the brevity of the story and how it ended. I'm reminded of the old hamburger chain commercial "where's the beef". This just was not on par with the authors previous work.

If future "episodes" are this short and weak in story line development then I will probably discontinue purchasing them.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Depths of Time

  • Chronicles of Solace, Book 1
  • By: Roger MacBride Allen
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Gage
  • Length: 18 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27

The settled universe is filled with terraformed worlds linked by timeshafts - temporal wormholes in deep space. These timeshafts are the only way to travel the vast distances between the stars. The Chronologic Patrol is charged with guarding the timeshaft wormholes and preventing time paradoxes at all costs. But one critical mission ends in disaster, turning Anton Koffield, captain of the Upholder, into a dark legend....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slow Start

  • By Vern on 02-06-13

Slow Start

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

Reviewed: 02-06-13

This story got off to a very slow start. The characters were for the most part well defined and interesting. I just wish the author had brought the parts of the story together sooner. I was a bit put off with the ending since it seemed to be a race to tie loose ends together and tease you into purchasing the next book..

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 208,419
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 194,582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194,177

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Could not put it down

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

Reviewed: 01-07-13

I grew up with almost all of the gaming consolse metioned in the book so I don't know if that influnenced my love of this book. The characters are well developed (both their on-line and "real life" personas) and the story flowed seamlessly for chalenge to chalenge as the characters grew along the way. I simple could not stop listening to the book during all of my spare time. Highly recommended.

  • Faith

  • By: John Love
  • Narrated by: Andy Paris
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 44

Faith is the name humanity has given to the unknown, seemingly invincible alien ship that has begun to harass the newly emergent Commonwealth. Three hundred years earlier, the same ship destroyed the Sakhran Empire, allowing the Commonwealth to expand its sphere of influence. But now Faith has returned! The ship is as devastating as before, and its attacks leave some Commonwealth solar systems in chaos.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I've heard of introspective but sheesh....

  • By Tirronan on 12-26-12

Endless Battle

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

Reviewed: 01-07-13

Imagine going to a movie that was mostly one long car chase scene. This book is one long battle primarily between just two ships. The character development is excellent and the dozens of unique battle scenarios are very imaginative and well told. However, after hours of listening to the fight between the two main ships, I was almost wishing for the book to end. I actually considered removing the book from my Kindle before I finished it. I did have to put it away for a couple of days until the numbness wore off. I think the length of the final battle (several hours) and the author’s fascination with human feces and masturbation definitely make the book less than it could have been.

Andy Paris has a definite talent for developing characters and making his writing come to life but he needs to temper his enthusiasm for focusing on just a few subjects until the reader become numb to them. Unfortunately this was a negative experience for me and I will not be reading any future Andy Paris books.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful