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  • The Merrimack Event

  • Shieldclads Series, Book 1
  • By: David A. Tatum
  • Narrated by: Troy Duran
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269

Once every four years, the Earth Alliance Naval Academy is included in a war game...or rather, the Wargame: On a distant frontier colony, cadets must repair, recommission, and crew a fleet of old, mothballed warships for a simulated fleet action against a group of seasoned veterans using top-of-the-line warships. After some meddling on the part of the Admiralty, many of the Academy's best are assigned to the oldest, smallest hulk in the Wargame, the unfortunately named corvette, Chihuahua.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ok, ready for book two already.

  • By Lou on 05-25-18

Overall, a good listen

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

Its a fun story. It keeps you listening. Most of the characters feel real.


Worth a credit, have fun.

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  • Prison Planet

  • Green Zone War, Book 3
  • By: Jake Elwood
  • Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Camp One has one brutal rule: If you attempt to escape, you die - and three random prisoners die with you. Tom Thrush has resigned himself to dying by degrees, doing forced labor while he slowly starves. When he learns that a distant mesa holds a slim chance at freedom, he does nothing. The price of escape is too high. Then fever sweeps through the camp. Surrounded by armed guards and an unforgiving jungle, paralyzed by the threat of reprisals, Tom watches as the men he’s sworn to protect die one by one. If anyone is to survive, Tom will have to do the unthinkable. Escape.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It drags...but the story continues

  • By Greg on 11-28-18

It drags...but the story continues

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

I found myself ignoring large portions of this story. I felt this story could have been 2 hours long and still contained the depth and impact necessary for the series. The MC is still interesting, but this book made me tired of him....the whimpering, the self reflect....inserted to extend the length of the book, detracts from his character. The ending of the book doesn't seem to reflect on the events of the previous books...where it seemed like it should. The ending felt rushed.

In the general, this book felt out of touch with the first two in the series. Honestly, I think you could skip this book in the series easily....just assume they were rescued from the prison.

  • The Lost Temple of Ssis'sythyss

  • The Dungeoneers Series, Book 3
  • By: Jeffery Russell
  • Narrated by: Faust Kells
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Cursed gems, snake gods, lost temples, dark jungles, and volcanoes. It could serve as a laundry list of things Ruby wanted nothing to do with. Yet now she's on her way, in search of a missing friend and with only a journal of cryptic clues and a notorious band of dungeoneering dwarves to guide her. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Two thumbs and a snake tail up!

  • By Matthew on 08-02-18

Back in time

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

So this book goes back before the last book ended. It’s still a light bit of fun.

  • The Tempest Guild (The Talam Chronicles)

  • By: David Mullin
  • Narrated by: Scott Senff, Andrea Senff
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

The fragile peace in Talam is disintegrating. The northern ice pack is melting, and the king of Sinistra plots to take advantage of the calamity to start a conflict. Oblivious to the looming natural disaster and a coming war, street urchin Phaedra lives in the underbelly of the capital city. She has a unique and powerful ability, but she is too frightened to use it. Shunned by society, she longs to fit in. When two factions in the underworld clash, Phaedra is caught in the middle. Forced to defend her life, she finally unleashes her power, with deadly consequences.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Needs rework

  • By Greg on 11-11-18

Needs rework

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

The base storyline...if you can get through the poor quality of the audiobook...might be ok. I say might, because the audio editing and stitching was very poorly done, I never quite got into the book. I also felt a little cheated on the storyline, since its a lot more adult than I was expecting from the synopsis. I also felt cheated because its a 4 hour book that ends on a cliff hanger.


Save your credit.

  • Killing Gravity

  • By: Corey J. White
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Before she escaped in a bloody coup, Mephisto transformed Mariam Xi into a deadly voidwitch. Their training left her with terrifying capabilities, a fierce sense of independence, a deficit of trust, and an experimental pet named Seven. She’s spent her life on the run, but the boogeymen from her past are catching up with her. An encounter with a bounty hunter has left her hanging helpless in a dying spaceship, dependent on the mercy of strangers. Penned in on all sides, Mariam chases rumors to find the one who sold her out. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Quick pace, a bit of fun

  • By Greg on 11-08-18

Quick pace, a bit of fun

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

First, its a bit short. Would have been nice if the first three books were combined into one. Its a good story though. I didn't have too many complaints, but because of the length of the book and the speed in which it moves....you feel like you are missing something.

If it goes on sale, or is combined, its worth the credit....its a little weak considering the price otherwise.

  • Have Sword, Will Travel

  • By: Garth Nix, Sean Williams
  • Narrated by: Marisa Calin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

It is strange enough that Odo and Eleanor have stumbled upon a sword in a dried-up river outside their village. It is even stranger that Odo is able to remove it from where it's buried. And it's remarkably strange when the sword starts to talk. Odo and Eleanor have unearthed Biter, a famous fighter from earlier times. By finding Biter, Odo instantly becomes a knight - a role he is exquisitely unsuited for. Eleanor, however, would make a perfect knight - but she's not the one with the sword.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another solid title

  • By Anonymous User on 08-24-18

Eh, depressing

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

I made it through half the book and just had to turn it off. It's depressing. The constant negative self reflection is not worth my time.

  • Facing the Sun

  • Sun-Blessed Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Carol Beth Anderson
  • Narrated by: Carol Beth Anderson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Tavi Malin is born facing the sun, filled with greater magic than any other sun-blessed child. At age 14, her magic awakens, but her uncontrolled power nearly destroys her school, leaving her confidence as shaken as her surroundings. Tavi and her friends train to use their gifts, unaware of the threat developing in a distant city. Dissidents have banded together, and they’re killing to attain gray magic, an ominous new force that breaks the rules of ordinary magic. But to seize true power, the Grays must grow their ranks - and Tavi is a prize worth pursuing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected new favorite series

  • By Padraik on 10-26-18

Eh, ok

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

I am not sure if its the performance or the story, but I became very bored. The general plot line is ok, but it feels slow and colorless. The writing is ok.

Is it worth a credit? Not for me, but I will acknowledge that others may find it appealing.

  • Blades of Magic: Crown Service, Book 1

  • By: Terah Edun
  • Narrated by: Sylvia Roldn Dohi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

It is not a peaceful time in the Algardis Empire. War is raging between the mages and seventeen-year-old Sara Fairchild will be right in the middle of it. She just doesn't know it yet. Sara is the daughter of a disgraced imperial commander, executed for desertion. Sara is also the best duelist and hand-to-hand combatant in Sandrin. She lives quietly with her family's shame but when challenged about her family's honor, her opponent inevitably loses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An imaginative read.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 06-25-15

Fast paced, maybe a little too much magic

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

This is a light book to listen to. The pacing is fast and furious. Don't expect a lot of depth. There is definitely intrigue, but very little is resolved by the end of the book...so, you just have to deal with it.

Although it wasn't blatant with this book, I can definitely see a let down in the second book. There is a lot of magic...all powerful....and it doesn't feel very balanced. I could be wrong, but you can feel it.

Is it worth a credit. Sure, its quick, light, and fun...could do worse. Not sure I can recommend the series as of yet.

  • The Silver Sorceress

  • The Raveling, Book 2
  • By: Alec Hutson
  • Narrated by: Guy Williams
  • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Following the deadly assault on the Scholia by the kith’ketan, Keilan and Nel pursue the paladin Senacus south, hoping to catch him before he can vanish into the Gilded Cities. Nel desires vengeance for the death of her lover, while Keilan hopes to find answers about the immortal sorcerers who sought to challenge the Crimson Queen. In the Empire of Swords and Flowers, a young woman is called upon to avenge her father’s death and return honor to her family. And after a millennia-long imprisonment, the monstrous Chosen are again free to work their dark will upon the world of man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loving it

  • By c m kirkpatrick on 11-10-18

Better than most, less than a few

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

So, I enjoyed the first book. The second book, however, was a mixed bag. There are serious logic breaks that just make you cringe for long periods of time. Later in the book, you realize that the author needed a way to make groups travel together and this was it. Time and distance are not really relevant. They are commented on, but somehow, they never really matter. The stories are becoming overly complicated and convoluted....and not because of character growth.

I still enjoyed the world, and some of the interactions...but it was tainted.

So is it worth a credit? I did enjoy the story, but no where near the first book. If you like that kind of thing...go ahead. If you have a credit to waste...ok, I suppose you could do worse.

  • The Shadow Ryana

  • The Shadow Sisters Series, Book 1
  • By: C. R. Daems
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Ryana, a worthless girl-child, is sold to a mysterious woman who takes her to the home of the Shadow Sisters who are prized for their abilities as spies and assassins. She survives years of training in spite of being unconventional: adopting poisonous bats as familiars - something no one else would dare to do; choosing the blow dart as her weapon of choice - a weapon the Sisters don't teach; and relying on intuition rather than logic. As she completes her training, the Shadow Sisters are under attack and send Ryana out to find out who is killing Sisters and why.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun story

  • By Greg on 10-06-18

Fun story

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

This was a fun story. I found myself staying up late just to finish the book...which is usually a good sign. However, as fun as this story was, its not epic. It could have been. There is magic in this book. Its not that important. By the end of the book, I realized that magic was handled as more seasoning and not the entire meal. I liked that. The fight scenes were average to poor. I didn't find that appealing. The MC was a strong female lead that felt far more developed and 3D, than the remaining 2D supporting cast.(seriously 2D evil dudes) There are some rape/violence scenes...as opposed to some books where you feel the author is getting off on it, or the marketing manager added the scenes....these felt part of the storyline. The ending is rushed. Several elements of the sisterhood and their interaction with the MC were not fleshed out as well as they could have been.(its one of those stories where you felt the author knew something you didn't...and when you got to the end expecting the finer points to be revealed...they weren't. If fact, the final events made me think I was expecting too much from the storyline) SPOILER: Why send Ryana at all?...there are several others that could have gone... her "uniqueness" never felt that unique...until after she killed 30 or more people....but no one could have predicted that....maybe if the sisterhood "home" was attacked and everyone killed but her....maybe, I could buy into her going. ....probably would have made a better book.

So, ok, enough bashing. It was a fun listen. I liked that the MC wasn't a whining little kid for the entire book. I liked the inner turmoil. The story moves. Is it worth a credit? If you have nothing better lined up, its a nice waste of time...fun...so yeah it was worth the credit for me.

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