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  • Mavericks

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 6
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,965
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,161

The remnants of the Expeditionary Force stranded on the alien-controlled planet "Paradise" get a chance to prove themselves, in a simple off-world training mission with a ship full of teenage alien cadets. When the mission goes horribly wrong and the survival of everyone on Paradise is at risk, the Merry Band of Pirates may have to come to the rescue. Unless they get killed first.... 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Alanson teases, and then pulls a 3.5

  • By Andrew on 09-26-18

Wish I Cared about the Mavericks

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

Alanson is one of the best writers in this genre. R. C. Bray brings his stories to life in a way that few others could. I love the stories of the merry band of pirates, and the off-shoot story of the mavericks is compelling, but I just don't care about them that much. Even so, the story was as good as any in the Expeditionary Force series and now I'm counting the days until the next release.

  • Blood World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 8
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,145
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,860
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,846

A dirty deal was struck. Humanity was allowed to keep 300 rebellious worlds. In return, we declared war on a powerful enemy from beyond the frontier. A frantic build-up of forces has begun, but the task is hopeless. Seeking allies, Earth's legions are sent to Blood World. A planet on the fringe of known space, where the people only respect masters of combat. Earth's Legions must impress them, but other alien powers have been invited to join the contest. The prize consists of billions of loyal troops - Earth must win.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • “McGill’s World”

  • By Don Gilbert on 03-22-18

Getting Stale<br />

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

This character is getting stale. Larson is a good writer, at least, I think he is. maybe he's no great shakes at plotting, so he uses the same plot over and over a la Louis L'amour (sp), but it would just be nice to see the main character grow up a bit.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Shopify

  • How to Create Your Online Empire
  • By: Greg Addison
  • Narrated by: Martin James
  • Length: 2 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

Do you to make an extra 5k to 10k a month? Do you want complete control of your business? Do you want to grow on your own platform? Do you want to make money online? When you listen to Shopify: How to Create Your Online Empire, your skill set of making money online will improve steadily each day! You will discover everything you need to know about Shopify. This comprehensive guide will teach you how make your own store on Shopify and make money online.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good for getting started

  • By Quinn on 02-14-17

Kept Waiting For Real Advice

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

This is nothing more than a sales brochure in book form. Don't waste your credit.

  • One Fell Sweep

  • Innkeeper Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,434
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,260
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,257

Dina DeMille may run the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, but she caters to a very particular kind of guest...the kind that no one on Earth is supposed to know about. Guests like a former intergalactic tyrant with an impressive bounty on her head, the Lord Marshal of a powerful vampire clan, and a displaced-and-superhot werewolf; so don't stand too close, or you may be collateral damage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Took It Right to the Edge and Kept Me Enthralled

  • By Sophia Rose on 04-19-17

How Can They Keep Getting Better?

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

Reviewed: 03-18-17

I don't know how this husband and wife writing team could churn out book after book, and yet each one is better than the next. The writing, the plotting, the twists and turns, the humor, the technology . . . I have listened to each story in the series more than once, and have remained entertained at each listening. One of the best things about this series is that I can listen to it with my husband without him getting bored. Love all the stories. I did subtract a star, not because of the writing, or anything other than I wish there was a little less violence. The entire series is a five star read.

  • Etched in Bone

  • A Novel of the Others
  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,796
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,667
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,658

After a human uprising was brutally put down by the Elders - a primitive and lethal form of the Others - the few cities left under human control are far-flung. And the people within them now know to fear the no man's land beyond their borders - and the darkness.... As some communities struggle to rebuild, Lakeside Courtyard has emerged relatively unscathed, though Simon Wolfgard, its wolf shifter leader, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn must work with the human pack to maintain the fragile peace.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Convinced With This One

  • By Lady on 03-18-17

Not Convinced With This One

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

Reviewed: 03-18-17

There are times that, as a reader, you feel as though an author is exploring a topic for which they do not have a definitive point of view. When that happens, the characters often feel either over-the-top, or not quite resolved. That was the case for me with Jimmy. He was too much. He didn't really fit into Officer Montgomery's family. It was as though Bishop had to go and watch a lot of police procedural dramas to figure out what dysfunction looked like in a black family, but she watched shows written by people who had done the exact same thing. This type of second- and third-level removed characterization takes you so far away from genuine evil, that you lose the very real pain and shame such a character could and should produce in the family members. Twila had too much stoicism. Monty was too naive. The whole thing was very bad police drama. Ah well, such happens all the time with ethnic characters. If you're comfortable with such characters, you accept them. If you're not, if you want a more well-rounded character, you stop reading and start wondering about the author's intentions, and/or cultural perceptions.

That's what Jimmy was for me. I got tired of his plot line - his bad kids, his drug addict wife, who was also a hooker . . . the lack of redeeming qualities, despite his sainted mother's effort at raising him right. Bishop piled on every stereotype, and provided no real motivation for his selfishness, other than hinting at jealousy. Yet, in another of her series, her incubus character is really a good guy, though he preys on others' weaknesses? Okay.

Beyond the Jimmy story line, there are some moments of the story that shine, though it's not as good as I expected. I don't know if my opinion is the result of Bishop's turn toward schlock-style characterization, or if it's really just kind of lackluster because there's not enough focus on Meg and Simon's relationship. They are, after all, the heart, the charm, and the beauty of this story. Their love, despite their disparate backgrounds, is why the series is so successful, in my opinion. Readers certainly don't need a counter attitude that shows Bishop only believes in love overcoming differences if those differences don't show on the surface. In the end, Jimmy was just Asia Crane in male form,shaped with racist overtones.

Whatever the case, there's no doubt that any librarian who recommends this book to a person of color will get an appraising look when it's returned.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Count Zero

  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,542
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,559

A corporate mercenary wakes in a reconstructed body, a beautiful woman by his side. Then Hosaka Corporation reactivates him, for a mission more dangerous than the one he's recovering from: to get a defecting chief of R&D-and the biochip he's perfected-out intact. But this proves to be of supreme interest to certain other parties-some of whom aren't remotely human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Where've you been all my life?

  • By Michael on 01-18-11

Story Killed by Stereotypes

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

Reviewed: 10-03-16

The writing in this story is excellent. The stereotyping . . . ick. I couldn't get through it. I tried twice, but I just can't listen to the stereotypical ghetto drug addict tripe. It's too little knowledge and understanding of the culture, and too much reliance on the talk radio version of black America. Lost any respect I might have had for this author.

6 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Rules of Supervillainy

  • The Supervillainy Saga Volume 1
  • By: C.T. Phipps
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,224
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,216

Gary Karkofsky is an ordinary guy with an ordinary life living in an extraordinary world. Supervillains, heroes, and monsters are a common part of the world he inhabits. Yet, after the death of his hometown's resident superhero, he gains the amazing gift of the late champion's magical cloak. Deciding he prefers to be rich rather than good, Gary embarks on a career as Merciless: The Supervillain Without Mercy. But is he evil enough to be a villain in America's most crime-ridden city?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun!

  • By erobbins33 on 11-29-16

Didn't Want it to End

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

Reviewed: 01-30-16

There are many things to like about this book. It has a multicultural cast, which is always a plus in my eyes. Merciless, the bad good guy, or the good bad guy, is just such a well-drawn, consistent character. The tongue-in-cheek delivery of the story is another huge plus. Phipps takes on many well-loved "hero" archetypes, giving them such irreverent tweaking that the reader is drawn in without even realizing it. Is the story campy? Yes, but it's a send-up that unabashedly snares the reader. As much as you hear about there being no need to consider the demography of a readership, Phipps manages something for everyone. His book is all the better for the effort.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Prime

  • Prepare and Repair Your Body for Spontaneous Weight Loss
  • By: Kulreet Chaudhary
  • Narrated by: Kulreet Chaudhary
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 262

Integrative neurologist Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary discovered a beautiful side effect to the eating and lifestyle tools she gave her brain patients - shedding excess pounds. In this, her first book, she shows listeners that weight gain is a result of the body being in a toxic, inflammatory state. If your body is not prepared, or "primed", for weight loss, you will fight an uphill biochemical battle, and the odds of succeeding are slim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The PDF IS available.

  • By Rhonda on 05-28-17

Fascinating Listen

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

Reviewed: 01-30-16

For anyone looking to detox and to retrain your body for weight loss, this book is a great addition to your library. I say that because, like many eternal dieters, I have numerous books on weight loss. These books run the gamut from real age techniques to sugar elimination to shredding and more. This book takes a different approach. It is a cultural analysis of health and food habits. It is not the only book that assesses the American processed food obsession from a cultural perspective. The new fad in dieting, bone broth soups, which this book references, is based on Asian food traditions. However, Prime highlights the sad truth of what can happen to a culture that loses control of the ingredients in the foods placed on the plate. In America, much of the processing that goes into food manufacture yields results that our bodies do not recognize as food. The reality is that manufacturers are more focused on formulating addictive and long-lasting food equivalents. Chaudhary's approach is about freeing ourselves from the addiction to processed Franken-foods. I loved the book, and appreciate the fact that Chaudhary respects the difficulties inherent in the process of retraining both our bodies, and our brains, to recognize real food again -- after generations (think 1950's tv dinners to present day) of a cultural addiction to processed food stuffs that have no relation to health or nutrition. I only gave 4 stars because Chaudhary is a doctor. I would have, therefore, appreciated case studies with a little more academic rigor. She uses her patients, and herself, as sample populations. I understand that her own experiences led her to have more sympathy for real dieters, but it would have been nice to see additional examples from a variety of demographic groups, and to have a slightly more quantitative analysis as underlying support of her premise. That being said, this is an outstanding and helpful book on 2 important aspects of weight loss -- detoxification and mental priming.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Sweep in Peace

  • Innkeeper Chronicles, Volume 2
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,645

Dina DeMille isn't your typical bed and breakfast owner. Her inn defies laws of physics, her dog is secretly a monster, and the only permanent guest of the inn is a former galactic tyrant with a price on her head. The inn needs guests to thrive and guests have been scarce, so when an arbitrator shows up at Dina's door and asks her to host a peace summit between three warring species, she jumps on the chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved it

  • By The Mays on 12-18-15

Better Than the First

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

Reviewed: 01-13-16

The series got a bit of a re-tooling. Dina is back better than ever. Her broom has amped up powers. Her inn gets important guests. Best of all, George and Jack, the young brothers from the Edge series, join the cast, and they're all grown up. I didn't miss Dina's werewolf love interest Sean from the first Innkeeper Chronicle book -- Clean Sweep. This installment had so much going on, inserting him into the story might have overbalanced the crazy. This book had just the right amount of wild imagination. I hope the series keeps going in the direction of speculative fiction because it just works. Who needs a bodice ripper when you're a broom wielding, magic-flinging innkeeper with attitude? After too short a stay at the Gertrude Hunt, I'd like to make a reservation for the next book in the series because so far every word has been fantastic.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Book 4

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 21 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 44,726
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,058
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 40,968

The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter - but that doesn't stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe'en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, dragons, and dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through - alive!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best of a Brilliant Series

  • By Gretchen SLP on 11-21-15

My Favorite Harry Potter Story

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

Reviewed: 12-28-15

So glad that Audible finally got this series. I have wanted it on audio for a number of years, and seriously considered purchasing it from the publisher's website. Re-listening to the series just recalls the brilliance and creativity of J.K. Rowling. Looking forward to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child more than ever after listening.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful