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  • Dark World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 9
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,971
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,782
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,772

Two expanding interstellar powers are about to meet in battle. After the collapse of the Cephalopod Kingdom, Humanity claimed the 300 rebellious worlds it left behind. But light years away on the far side of a disputed region, a rival power has begun to move. They're stealing our planets, one at a time. Earth Command decides to invade the center of the frontier to set up an advanced base. The mission to DARK WORLD is highly classified and deadly. Legion Varus spearheads the effort, and James McGill journeys to the stars again. How many ships do they have? How advanced is their tech? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The “Juice Box” Gambit

  • By Don Gilbert on 07-02-18

Dark World

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

Great entry in the series. Action packed and hysterical. Narration is spot on and the story is the usual roller coaster ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

  • Conquest: Star Force, Book 4

  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,287

Conquest is the next chapter in the great interstellar war between all living creatures and the machines. Star Force must stop the machine invaders once again - but how?

In the fourth book of the Star Force series, Kyle Riggs has freed Earth from the chains of the Macros - but at what cost? The Macros no longer trust him. He is a mad dog that must be put down - and all Star Force must be stamped out with him. The war expands in this story, and mankind is once again faced with annihilation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Holy Crapper! Where do I even start!

  • By John Pierce on 03-25-12

Riggs

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

Reviewed: 03-19-17

What made the experience of listening to Conquest: Star Force, Book 4 the most enjoyable?

Non stop action.

What did you like best about this story?

Book 4 moves the story along and sets things up for the next book very cleverly. If you have read the first 3 you will not be disappointed. The more things change the more they stay the same. Its Riggs against the universe. This might be one of the best series on Audible.

Have you listened to any of Mark Boyett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes he always does a good job. His work with Larson is great. I loved him in Undying Mercenaries and he is up the task here as well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No but these books have a way of getting into the fabric of your day when you get hooked on them. Good entertainment does that.

Any additional comments?

This is not Shakespeare and doesn't pretend to be. It's action ad more action with little time for introspection or motive. The plot moves along and we move with it to figure things out with Riggs. Good stuff.

  • Hard Luck Hank: Robot Farts

  • By: Steven Campbell
  • Narrated by: Liam Owen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,291
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,217

Sometimes it's not easy being a mutant thug. The space station Belvaille, once the center of civilization, is nearly deserted because of the new government's policies. Hank makes do by working odd jobs, but he isn't sure how long those, or the city, can last.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fun as hell

  • By Jeremy on 03-08-17

Hank Does it Again and Again and Again

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

Reviewed: 03-19-17

Would you listen to Hard Luck Hank: Robot Farts again? Why?

I seriously may listen to the entire serious again. Funny and entertaining and there is just nothing else like it on Audible.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It would be easy to say Hank but II find Cliston hysterical. For a violent but lovable thug like Hank to have a butler that he cannot live without, the way they interact is a big part of the novels. A close second would be Delovo. The explanation of how he rebuilds himself early in the novel is side splitting.

What does Liam Owen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is Hank. Just a great, great job.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It's less about the plot and more about how Hank just careens from situation to situation. His approach, maneuvering and mannerisms are the show here. I find myself laughing more with these books than just about any other I have read with the exception of Kurt Vonnegut.

Any additional comments?

Campbell plays off familiar tropes in these books in a very clever way. The traditional hero is turned on its head, violence is cartoonish, Sci Fi deus ex machines is mercilessly lampooned. This is clever writing on many levels and great fun overall. Maybe not as strong as other books in the series but great none the less.

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  • Battle Station

  • Star Force, Book 5
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,124

In Battle Station, Kyle Riggs faces new challenges, new alien fleets, and learns the secrets behind the war he has been fighting for years. In the fifth book of the Star Force Series, the Eden system is in humanity's grasp, but can they keep it? Star Force is weak after a long war, and many yearn to go home. Knowing the machines will return with a new armada eventually, Riggs seeks a more permanent solution. Along the way, worlds are won and lost, millions perish, and great truths are revealed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Non-stop Sci-Fi Action

  • By William on 11-05-12

Best in the Series So Far

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

Reviewed: 03-08-17

Where does Battle Station rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top[ 25

What did you like best about this story?

We get right into the action, little or no recap of what came before and its a roller coaster ride to the very end.

What does Mark Boyett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great voices, he does almost all of Larson's books and he is excellent.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Goats With Lasers Crazy Glued to Their Heads

Any additional comments?

Great series. If you have come this far you will NOT be disappointed..

  • Rebellion

  • Star Force, Book 3
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,820
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,498
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,505

Rebellion is the turning point in the great interstellar war between all living creatures and the machines. Star Force is on the side of the machines...but for how long? In the third book of the Star Force series, Kyle Riggs learns just what kind of war Earth is caught up in. At the mercy of the Macros, his marines fight against new alien races, big and small. They battle the innocent and the vile alike, until their situation becomes grim. Rebellion is a military science-fiction novel by best-selling author B. V. Larson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rebellion brings it together.

  • By James on 01-27-12

Rigs Pigs

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

Reviewed: 03-08-17

What did you love best about Rebellion?

This is a great series, and Rebellion is a solid continuation to the story line and characters. Non stop action, a story that always moves forward and characters that are still being developed.This is military sci fi at its best. It you want deep meaning look elsewhere but if you want kick ass entertainment Larson is the top of the class. I liked Undying Mercenaries a little bit more but this is good stuff. I intend to finish the entire series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Rebellion?

Any of the interactions between Riggs and Qwan are classic. Funny and revealing.

Which character – as performed by Mark Boyett – was your favorite?

Slayton, great accent.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Riggs Pigs

Any additional comments?

I typically read other books in between this series, you almost need to take a breather. Its non stop action and its awesome.

  • Extinction

  • Star Force, Book 2
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,988
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,994

In the second book of the Star Force series, Kyle Riggs has another bad year. The Nano ships have a new mission--one that sentences their pilots to death. Meanwhile, the governments of Earth want to steal Star Force's Nano technology for their own. Worst of all, Earth has made a promise to the Macros, and the machines are coming to collect.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Kyle Rigs Show

  • By Andrew on 11-16-12

Series FInds it's Footing

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

Reviewed: 02-13-17

Where does Extinction rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Ranks alongside Undying Mercenaries as the best Larson series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Extinction?

The ending sequence in all of Larson's books is epic. In this book the ending is terrific and links directly to the next book in the series. In many ways there is no break in the action between books

What does Mark Boyett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Boyett narrates all of Larson's book and I cannot imagine anyone else doing them. He is Kyle Riggs.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The character development of his girlfriend gradually begins to take shape in this book. She becomes a more dimensional character, adding to the storyline instead of providing window dressing. Larson is a good writer and over the course of these books the characters change and grow.

Any additional comments?

For my money Larson is the best military, sci fi writer. This is non stop action, that doesn't pretend to be something that it is not. Solid entry into a series that gets better book by book.

  • Swarm

  • Star Force, Book 1
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,173
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,190

Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally some ORIGINAL scifi action.

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-25-11

Good If Not Great Start to a Great Series

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

Reviewed: 02-13-17

What did you love best about Swarm?

Larson always gets the action going quickly. This is an advantage in this type of writing but readers expecting more motivation and backstory to the acton will need to adjust. The first 100 pages are far fetched but it is needed to get Riggs into the action so the series can get going. I appreciate Larson's approach but it can be a little unsettling. But that is his style in other series and he is consistent here.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I am writing this after finishing book 3 and I Rigg's character progresses, so I would have to include him as my favorite.However the supporting characters make these books for me. They add humor and a human element to what could be one dimensional sometimes.

Which scene was your favorite?

Whenever Riggs kicks a little ass. These books are based on action and when it occurs its always fun.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Riggs is a computer programmer and it adds an interesting element to the story. I work in IT and found this to be something not only relate able but an interesting twist on the story line. In some ways We Are Legion - We are Bob has similar elements. This is a future vision of warfare that is fun and entertaining.

Any additional comments?

Readers wanting deep meaning or moment of epiphany should steer clear of this series. However if you want to suspend your disbelief and are entertaining by kick ass, non stop action Larson is your man. This is a slow start to a great series but it is worth the time to get into a really terrific series.

  • Rebel Fleet

  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,680
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,454
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,451

They hunt us. They bomb our worlds for target practice. A star cluster in the constellation of Orion rotates once every 1,000 years. Those who rule there have an ancient tradition: When each cycle ends, they train their fleets by spilling the blood of lesser beings. The enemy fleets are coming again. In response, the Rebel Worlds gather their starships to face the terrifying threat, and this time humanity is asked to stand with them. The last time they considered Earth, Vikings in longboats were raiding English coastlines. Today, we're less primitive. Today, we're a target.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Formulaic but entertaining

  • By B. on 02-08-17

Solid BV

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

Reviewed: 02-01-17

If you could sum up Rebel Fleet in three words, what would they be?

Humans are Tricky

Who was your favorite character and why?

Our hero has got to be everyone's favorite. A stereotype (in a good way) of the American every man. Calculating, tough and ready to fight. I thought he shared a lot of the same qualities as the Undying Mercenaries protagonist. If you liked that series I think you will like this one.

What does Mark Boyett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

There are several narrators that seem to fit authors well. Liam Owen in the Hard Luck Hank series is one that comes to mind. Mark does a great job here.Snarky, sarcastic, funny and ready for action.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I went through this one pretty quick. One thing about BV Larson .... its not really the plot that pulls you in. It s a combination of the humor, action adn interesting characters that keep you engaged. This isn't Hemingway but that is the point. If you are looking for a diversion, for entertainment and you want fast faced, action oriented Sci Fi. BV is your man. Well done, cannot way for next book

Any additional comments?

A lot of authors take tim eto set up the story, not Larson. WIthi one chapter or so the action takes off. This is sometimes unnerving as a reader adn takes some suspension of disbelief. But if you hang on you are immersed pretty quickly. Another thing .. there is a somewhat uh compromising relationship with a member of another. This is not as weird as you might think once the story gets rolling. Just think Julie Newmar and Catwoman.

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  • Resilience

  • Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life
  • By: Eric Greitens
  • Narrated by: Eric Greitens
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,214

You cannot bounce back from hardship. You can only move through it. There is a path through pain to wisdom, through suffering to strength, and through fear to courage if we have the virtue of resilience. In 2012, Eric Greitens unexpectedly heard from a former SEAL comrade, a brother-in-arms he hadn’t seen in a decade. Zach Walker had been one of the toughest of the tough. But ever since he returned home from war to his young family in a small logging town, he’d been struggling. Without a sense of purpose, plagued by PTSD, and masking his pain with heavy drinking, he needed help. Zach and Eric started writing and talking nearly every day, as Eric set down his thoughts on what it takes to build resilience in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice Story, but a lot of Repetition in all 3 books

  • By Robert on 06-01-17

Letters to Heroes

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

Reviewed: 01-27-17

If you could sum up Resilience in three words, what would they be?

Don't Give Up

What did you like best about this story?

Not really a story. These are letters written by a former Navy Seal to Seals who are experiencing PTSD or other difficulties as a result of their war time experiences. The author has a background that he leverages in helping military personnel cope with their issues in his role as a counselor. This is the basic setup of the book and it is an excellent vehicle for laying out the strength and mindset needed to overcome difficulties. The lessons here can be used by military and non-military personnel. As a civilian I cam away with respect for the men to whom these letters were written and a resolve to face my own challenges with renewed vigor.

Which scene was your favorite?

There are no real scenes in this book, but my favorites are when the author relates tales from BUDS training. I have seen some other reviews critical of the narrative style of the author. He is not a professional narrative but does a good job, it does not detract from the story at all. In many ways it enhances it.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from Resilience?

Tough people need help too. It's inevitable given the circumstances these men have gone through. What I have learned is that the same lessons regarding recovery and growth can be applied to those of us who have not experienced this level of trauma. I cannot list all of them here but they are simple, honest and applicable.

Any additional comments?

There have been a series of books written by former Navy Seals. I would say this is one of the best because it is less of a recap and more of a backdrop to a new set of information that a variety of people can leverage. I have tremendous respect for the military but as a civilian I am careful not to think I can truly relate to stories about their experience. This book is different in that regard. If you are human you have experienced difficulty. This book can give you tips on how to deal with difficulty. Highly recommend.

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  • Not Alone

  • By: Craig A. Falconer
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 22 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,395
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,383

When Dan McCarthy stumbles upon a folder containing evidence of the conspiracy to end all conspiracies - a top-level alien cover-up - he leaks the files without a second thought. The incredible truth revealed by Dan's leak immediately captures the public's imagination, but Dan's relentless commitment to exposing the cover-up and forcing disclosure quickly earns him some enemies in high places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive Book About Aliens & the Hype Industry

  • By Russell on 12-21-16

A Different Kind of Sci Fi Book

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

Reviewed: 01-27-17

Would you listen to Not Alone again? Why?

I rarely listen to books a second time, but that does not diminish this book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Not Alone?

Hard to say. This book is driven by its characters. They are interesting, engaging and either likeable or unlikable. I think the best fiction is when you are invested in the characters. Not Alone is built on your kinship with the characters, it makes you want to know what comes next and how everything will turn out.

What about James Patrick Cronin’s performance did you like?

At first I thought he was deadpan and laconic. But as the story developed his low key approach was a great offset to a story that was essentially about hype. Well done.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were several but I wouldnt want to give it away to someone who may not have read it yet. There are many scenes where the characters get into situations where you honestly are rooting for them, you want things to work out. The author does a good job of having enough twists and turns where this does not become cliche. A well written novel.

Any additional comments?

I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. I love Sci Fi adn all its sub-genres. The sub genres I enjoy are military (BV Larson), Epic Sci Fi (Simmons, etc.), classic (Heinlein, Clarke) and space opera (Reynolds, Hamilton, etc.). This book fit into none of those genres. Instead it is a story driven by how alien contact would be consumed and reacted to by the hype machine of consumer news. Interesting premise that will resonate if you watch news regularly or are self aware that there is some level of manipulation going on in its delivery. I found this book non-political. Some readers hoping for gadgets or violence will not find it in this boo. This is a fast paced, character driven story that is at times a thriller, a caper, and a hint of X files for the Internet Age. I really enjoyed it and recommend it highly.

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