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  • The Singularity Trap

  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,953
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,692

When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a mind $#&@

  • By Kindle Customer on 05-18-19

Very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

Good book by the author

If you enjoyed bobiverse.
You will love this for totally different reasons.

You will not be disappointed

  • Zero Point

  • The Owner, Book 2
  • By: Neal Asher
  • Narrated by: John Mawson, Steve West
  • Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225

On Mars, Var Delex fights for the survival of Antares Base, while the Argus Space Station hurls towards the red planet. And she knows whomever, or whatever, trashed Earth is still aboard. Var must save the base, while also dealing with the first signs of rebellion. And aboard Argus Station, Alan Saul’s mind has expanded into the local computer network. In the process, he uncovers the ghastly experiments of the Humanoid Unit Development.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The meat grinder continues

  • By SciFi Kindle on 09-27-14

Asher at his best

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Neal Asher on top form, a great part 2 of the trilogy.
The story continues at a pace.
The narrator does a wonderful job of this book.
Would recommend to all who have enjoyed Neals previous books.

  • 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 24,679
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,079

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

The series continues Awesome!

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

The saga continues for the merry band of pirates.
The chaos, the monkey brain ideas and Skippy the Awesome.
A worthy episode in the series.
If you liked the other books this will not disappoint

  • Black Ops

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 4
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25,006
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,330

The elite crew of the pirate ship UNS Flying Dutchman had a simple mission: determining whether the Thuranin are sending another starship to Earth. Along the way, they became sidetracked by securing a future for the UNEF troops on the planet Paradise. When asked whether Earth was now safe, their ancient alien AI responded "Not so much"...now they have to deal with the consequences.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slightly better than books two and three.....

  • By Steve on 01-02-18

Carrying on a great band of Pirates....

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

Once again the saga continues and Skippy the magnificent is the there to tell everyone how magnificent he is.
A really enjoyable book, in line with the others in the series, if you enjoyed them then get this one.
You won't be disappointed.

  • Second Activation

  • Activation Series, Book 2
  • By: Darren Wearmouth, Marcus Wearmouth
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

In Second Activation, the two brothers escape from Monroe, Michigan, and head for New York to face down Genesis Alliance, a despotic organization that is implementing the chaos to create a new order. Caught in a race against time, confronted with a local team intent on revenge and expecting the imminent arrival of a larger reinforcement, Harry and Jack must avoid existing dangers, gain allies, and stop the Alliance from launching its next Activation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The activations continue...as does this journey...

  • By Matthew on 12-28-15

Great conclusion hope for a sequel

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

Brilliant book, very well written.
Ends the current chapter, but leaves it open for possibly more books.
Nice to see a different take on the Zombie theme.

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  • Dead Man's Debt

  • By: Elliott Kay
  • Narrated by: Tim Pabon
  • Length: 16 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790

"We require a different battlefield." Nobody expected the war to last three hours, let alone three years. The star system of Archangel holds the line against invading corporate fleets, but a quarter of its territory is already lost. The navy can't hang on much longer. Faced with this grim truth, Archangel's leaders shift their strategy to diplomacy and espionage. For both arenas, they call upon a reluctant weapon: a frontline grunt named Tanner Malone. These days Tanner doesn't aspire to win the war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another fantastic adventure with Tanner Malone

  • By Amarus Cameron on 07-12-16

Good ending

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

A worthy conclusion to the trilogy.
Some of it a bit to convenient but very enjoyable.

  • To Honor You Call Us

  • Man of War, Book 1
  • By: H. Paul Honsinger
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,643
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,640

The Terran Union is engaged in a vast interstellar war against the Krag Ruthless aliens intent on exterminating humankind. In 2315, the wily Max Robichaux is given command of the USS Cumberland, a destroyer with state-of-the-art capabilities but a combat record so bad, she’s known as the “Cumberland Gap.” Capt. Robichaux’s first mission: to take his warship to the Free Corridor, where the Krag have secretly been buying strategic materials, and to seize or destroy any ships carrying enemy cargo.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyed the story

  • By Stephanie Pitts on 03-19-14

Great second book

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

Really enjoyed this
Especially as the hero does not save the day every time great

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  • 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 30,052
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,047

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 AP on 06-08-17

Great series

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

Reviewed: 07-24-17

A great space war opera
With some added humor from the magnificent Skippy.
A great addition to the series.

Long may it continue

  • Poor Man's Fight: Poor Man's Fight, Book 1

  • By: Elliott Kay
  • Narrated by: Timothy Andrés Pabon
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,185

High school senior Tanner Malone has bombed the Test, a high-stakes exam that establishes how much he owes for his corporate-funded education. Burdened by a crushing debt that rules out college, Tanner enlists in the navy of Archangel, a star system with four terraformed worlds. But he hasn't factored in the space pirates.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Drawn out, Good Ending

  • By Daren Berk on 04-20-17

Good stay with it

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

Reviewed: 05-24-17

Starts slow but gets much better.
Stay with the story and you will be rewarded

  • Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection

  • By: Antony Jay, Jonathan Lynn
  • Narrated by: Paul Eddington, full cast, Nigel Hawthorn
  • Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 528
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 526

Between 1980 and 1988 on BBC television and radio, the exploits of the Rt Hon Jim Hacker MP (Paul Eddington) - later Prime Minister - kept the British nation enthralled. Helped - and hampered - by his diligent Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne) and his Principle Private Secretary Bernard Woolley (Derek Fowlds), Hacker and his department became synonymous with government bureaucracy and administrative double dealing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Does this work as an audiobook? Yes, Minister ...

  • By Emily on 08-15-14

Brilliant and still relevant

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

Reviewed: 01-12-17

Wonderful series.
Definitely in the category of they don't make them like this anymore, and more the shame.
Brilliant actors at the top of there game.
The speeches by Sir Humprey still bring a smile to me every time I hear them