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  • Trespassers

  • The Chaos Shift Cycle, Book 1
  • By: TR Cameron
  • Narrated by: John Pirhalla
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Anderson Cross knows command is his destiny. But a seemingly victorious engagement turns deadly as his ship catapults through space into alien territory. As it escapes, an errant torpedo destroys a relic sacred to the aliens. A holy war starts with one lit match, then explodes. Now, Cross and his executive officer, Kate Flynn, face the might of an alien invasion bent on the destruction of all Earth’s children. Their solitary ship now bears the hatred of an entire species. Can they survive long enough to save humanity?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Military Sci Fi & Great Perfomance

  • By ChimeraX on 04-05-18

Fun Military Sci Fi & Great Perfomance

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

Would you listen to Trespassers again? Why?

Couldn't help but feeling I was on the bridge of the Enterprise a few times...which is always a good place to be. Excellent characters. Very well written. Amazing performance by narrator. Cross and Kate relationship was a nice touch. This book certainly has good ol' space battles but also has politics, strategy, romance, friendship, back stabbing diplomacy and damn fun aliens. The story moves fast and Cameron gives his characters a realistic humanity. Ready for book 2!

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

The narrator brilliantly switched from accent to accent as the crew is international. American, Russian, Irish, Scottish, English, Asian, male and female. Fantastic performance. The Xroeshyn alien parts were my favorite parts. Was Sean Connery in on the recording? John Pirhalla really gives a sterling performance.

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  • The Reach Between Worlds

  • The Arclight Saga, Book 1
  • By: C. M. Hayden
  • Narrated by: John Pirhalla
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

In a gritty world of lies and treachery, the standard fantasy hero just won't do. Taro lost his right leg years ago, but with a family to support, he doesn't let it slow him down. For years he's worked for a notorious crime lord named Victor Mathan. Mathan deals in stolen magical artifacts and trusts Taro to finish his work with as few questions as possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • well-planned well-paced fantasy book

  • By Itamar on 07-21-17

Fun Story, Amazing Narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-24-17

What made the experience of listening to The Reach Between Worlds the most enjoyable?

The narration was fantastic. With so many characters and voices and accents in the book Pirhalla performed it incredibly well. Real joy to listen to this book. Most importantly Reach was a very good first book by Hayden. Not your normal book of magic. It's full of twists and turns and surprises that are weaved into the story quite well. Hayden gets a crucial element that many writers don't get...make your reader root for and care for your characters. He has accomplished this. Even smaller characters are fleshed out well and it really adds to the entire world created in Reach. This is one you'll want to listen to as opposed to reading. Can't wait to hear book 2.

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  • The Origin of F.O.R.C.E.

  • By: Sam B. Miller II
  • Narrated by: John Pirhalla
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 94

The Chrysallaman Empire made contact in 1947. Their mission was simple: find a suitable planet for colonization. Rich with land, minerals and water, Earth - HG-281- could boast only of a primitive race of defenders known as Humans, bugs who could be easily squashed by the might of a single Chrysallaman's mind. When a Chrysallaman ship is unexpectedly brought down in Roswell, New Mexico, the aliens return to their home planet to regroup, leaving behind a broken ship and a young alien boy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • From Roswell to the Present...ReImagined

  • By Mediocrates on 08-20-16

Very Fun Book - Brilliant Narration

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

Reviewed: 02-08-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book starts in the 1940's and reads like a book written in the 1940s...at first. As you read on, the book grows beautifully with the decades. At times I felt like I was kid again watching a SciFi in the wee hours of the night. Really loved the writer taking real life NASA events and giving them a hidden twist. The narrator was freaking awesome. There must have been over 30 characters and alien voices as well. Truly amazing job by the narrator.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Origin of F.O.R.C.E.?

Bringing in the Dalai Lama as a child to help the agents. That one came out of left field. Enjoyed every minute of it.

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

No, but I will. Hopefully he does the next book in the series.

  • Level Zero

  • The NextWorld Series, Book 1
  • By: Jaron Lee Knuth
  • Narrated by: John Pirhalla
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 114

The never-ending wars, pollution, and overpopulation of the near future have caused the outdoors to become uninhabitable, and the government is forced to create a new world, a virtual existence that allows civilization to continue. Shopping malls, schools, concert venues, and religious gathering places all exist in the infinite confines of this new reality, yet the most popular domain for most teenagers is the one that houses the endless array of digital games.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Different

  • By Deamone on 02-08-17

LitRPG with a Brain - Nice Twist on the Genre

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

Reviewed: 02-08-17

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

This is a smart, beautifully described world set in the not too distant future. It's not all RPG mania. There is something much more deep and intelligent about this book. Don't get me wrong...pure RPGers will enjoy the action, but the more astute listener will clearly understand that the book is about technology warping what it mean to be human. The descriptions of the city, it's politics and culture reminded me of a mix between the movie Brazil and the book 1984. The plot is unique and the story moves at a fast pace. The narrator was outstanding. Creating voices for characters that are basically avatars had to be challenging. One character's voice purposely changes dramatically midway through from a youth to an adult. No spoilers here. I really enjoyed this book. Hope book 2 is just as good.

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  • The Three Corner Rustlers

  • By: K Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Pirhalla
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Inspired by real-life events, author K. Hamilton artfully combines the elements of a Western with the 21st century. Paths intersect and twist from Silicon Valley, to Colorado, to the wide-open spaces of the high desert of the Three Corner country of Oregon, Idaho, and Nevada.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting to the end with more surprising twists

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 02-10-17

Lovely Writing...Especially for Animal Lovers

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

Reviewed: 01-26-17

Where does The Three Corner Rustlers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It wasn't necessarily the best overall story I've ever read but the writing was quite lovely. I love words, so sometimes I get caught up in sentence-craft. This writer is certainly gifted. The characters are interesting and have completely different backgrounds that are described beautifully in the book as they come together. The chapters about horses were particularly beautiful. You can clearly tell the writer is not foreign to the equestrian world. Looks like this is a first book by Hamilton but she is worth the listen. The book often reminded me of Lonesome Dove but in the modern day.

One note of caution for more sensitive ears like mine: One chapter in the book is quite brutal and very raw as it describes a horrendous scene. I could only get half way through that chapter before I skipped to the next chapter.

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

As an avid book listener I get drawn in by a good narrators voice and this book has an amazing narrator who is quite adept at multiple voices and accents. John Pirhalla's voice for Wyker was so appealing I thought this ole gal might like to meet him one day. Wyker that is. :) I have a friend in my audiobook club who has listened to another book by this narrator and she feels the same way.