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  • Space Team

  • By: Barry J Hutchison
  • Narrated by: Phil Thron
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,304

Cal Carver is having a bad day. Imprisoned and forced to share a cell with a cannibalistic serial killer, Cal thinks things can't possibly get any worse. He is wrong. It's not until two-thirds of the human race is wiped out and Cal is abducted by aliens that his day really starts to go downhill. Whisked across the galaxy, Cal is thrown into a team of some of the sector's most notorious villains and scumbags.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fonkin’ Terrific

  • By DobieChuck on 01-15-17

The most solid new work I've heard in ages

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

Reviewed: 07-04-17

A team effort by newer author and narrator alike, Space Team is a light hearted, well paced romp. While many readers will recognize elements familiar to sci-fi here, most are offered up with a literary wink of mutual recognition one would expect from a seasoned pro.

Thron's performance is perfectly paced, well voiced, and pleasantly reminds one of James Marsters or Bronson Pinchot in terms of talent and enthusiasm.

highly recommended.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Swallows and Amazons

  • By: Arthur Ransome
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311

Swallows and Amazons, the book that started it all in 1930, introduces the Walker family, the camp on Wild Cat Island, the able-bodied catboat "Swallow," and the two intrepid Amazons, plucky Nancy and Peggy Blackett.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Idyllic, Funny, Vivid Childhood Adventure-Play

  • By Jefferson on 02-05-11

Simply Delightful

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

Reviewed: 01-13-17

like "the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe" without magic... but plenty of imagination and adventure. For anyone who loves boats, sailing, adventure, camping, and the occasional simplicity of childhood.

Narration by Alison Larkin is beautifully paced and delivered with enthusiasm and skill.

one of the only "5-Star" across the board reviews I've given.

  • Pirate Hunters

  • Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship
  • By: Robert Kurson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,155

Finding and identifying a pirate ship is the hardest thing to do under the sea. But two men - John Chatterton and John Mattera - are willing to risk everything to find the Golden Fleece, the ship of the infamous pirate Joseph Bannister. While he was at large during the Golden Age of Piracy in the 17th century, Bannister's exploits would have been more notorious than Blackbeard's, more daring than Kidd's, but his story and his ship have been lost to time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure Gold

  • By Mel on 06-24-15

Larger than life

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

Reviewed: 01-22-16

While at times, the details of this book... both the historical backdrop for the quest, and the escapades of the subjects... defy belief; the core facts are as true as they are astonishing. Kurson assembles a smoothly-executed narrative of the pursuit of treasure by the fiercely independent, modern, libertarian, roughneck descendents of a pirate's thirst for freedom and adventure. The pursuit being the more important thing than the attainment.

John Chatterton and John Mattera - the central figures of the tale - embark on a quest akin to climbing McKinley or Everest... because it's there, and nobody's done it before. Seeking the lost ship of little known and ABSOLUTELY ASTONISHING 17th century nautical badass Joseph Bannister... who made off with his own ship, took Spanish merchantmen, endured custody, bribed foreign sailors, won over a jury, escaped custody, plundered the islands, fought off a force who outnumbered him more than 3 to 1, and made his escape only to be eventually hung at the edges of legality in the harbor of Port Royal Jamaica.

The pacing is beautiful, the feelings of obsession, passion, frustration, confusion, hopelessness, excitement and on and on are vivid, and easily pull you in. This is very likely a short-term listen, and you'll find yourself making just that ONE MORE PASS on the snow blower, or dusting just a little longer, or sitting in the driveway in a fit of "no... you're kidding me!"

The only things that detract at all from the narrative is the reality that Chatterton and Mattera are difficult and arrogant characters to approach. They are violent, obsessive, angry, modern gunfighters living an undomesticated life in a domestic world. (A characterization I think they would find flattering, and not much care what any of us thought.) It does make their story abrasive at times, which is a testament to Kurson's dedication to the story... nobody in this is perfect, they're all human.

Ray Porter does a brilliant job with the narration... his tempo and pacing are perfectly dry and sardonic, with the air of a quintessential story over a dinner table. This narration is like having coffee with a TED talk.

Absolutely recommend.

  • Mutineer

  • Alexis Carew Book #2
  • By: J A Sutherland
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458

Just as Midshipman Alexis Carew thinks she's found a place in the Royal Navy, she's transferred aboard H.M.S. Hermione. Her captain is a Tartar, liberal with the cat, who thinks girls have no place aboard ship. The other midshipmen in the berth are no better and the only advice she's offered is to keep her head down and mouth shut - things Alexis is rarely able to do.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely brilliant follow up to book 1

  • By Ariana on 07-18-15

I Came back for more

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

Reviewed: 09-15-15

I got the first book as a promotional copy, but it was good enough I came back and paid for more. Plain and simple, it's an excellent series.

Not earth shattering new fiction... it's a bit of school story, a bit of Horatio Hornblower, a bit of Honor Harrington, but it's fun, and clever, and tight. Elizabeth Klett manages a narration that is at once youthful and wide eyed, and sidelong sardonic, with good vocal differentiation and a fine sense of pacing.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Season for Slaughter

  • The War Against the Chtorr, Book 4
  • By: David Gerrold
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 21 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

The story of humanity's courageous struggle for survival against the greatest threat Earth has ever known. As the tenacious invaders remake Earth's violated surface, transforming its flora and fauna into a replica of their own terrifying home world, a handful of scientists, soldiers, and citizens prepare to fight back - hoping it isn't already too late. In Mexico, a dead Chtorr leads to a stunning discovery about the aliens.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Always been my favorite of the series

  • By Gregory on 09-15-15

Always been my favorite of the series

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

Reviewed: 09-15-15

The narrative voice of the C'Torr series changes through the 4 existing books... but this one is the most focused of the 4 so far out. Gerrold has a nice balance of talking about the biology of the world he's imagined, and furthering the plot in that "opera of disaster" milieu.

Pruden continues to deliver a solid, well paced narrative, and works a wider range of voices.


Well worth a listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Under the Amoral Bridge

  • A Cyberpunk Novel: The Bridge Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Gary A. Ballard
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

Artemis Bridge is the know-to, go-to guy: the amoral fixer in 2028 Los Angeles, with the connection for any illicit desire no matter how depraved. He prides himself on remaining above it all. But when an associate dies in his arms, he is burdened with a damaging video of the current mayor he can't sell or trade. With assassins dogging his every step, he has only days before the corrupt mayor is re-elected, handing Chronosoft corporation complete control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Audiobook

  • By zoe on 05-07-15

Sometimes the sum of the parts is better indeed

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

Reviewed: 05-20-15

{copy provided free in exchange for honest review}

I listen to a lot of audiobooks, and read a lot of books in general, and it's not unfair to say there's not a whole lot new under the sun... there are a lot of people who've lived on this world after all, and have told stories, and "Under the Amoral Bridge" is not a whole lot different. Fans of the Noir novel will find a lot of familiar ground here, as will devotees of the 90's crime film world of "Reservoir Dogs," "Snatch" and the like. But, it's a pleasant dalliance regardless.

The main character, self-described "amoral" Artemis Bridge, in the eponymous role is a guy who "knows a guy" no matter what kind of guy you might need. When things turn back on him, he winds up reluctantly doing something that bears a resemblance to the "right thing" out of lack of options. He's quick witted, cares about people (some of them) despite himself and has a sharp tongue and fast feet.

The plot isn't going to bring down the Nebula categories for earth shattering nuance, but it's solidly written and moves along snappily.

Some of the supporting dialog is weak, with a bit of what I think was an attempt to set crude behavior and dialog against a more erudite language in an attempt to showcase both. I think it failed occasionally, and sufficiently to make me cock an eyebrow, but those were outliers, and for the most part Ballard gets the job done and moves on with it.

I wish a tiny bit more time had been spent with the main character's bemusingly incongruous "body guard" because he's a charming rendition of the "intellectual tough guy" character... but as Ballard seems to be geared up to make this a series, I suspect we will see more of Aristotle in the future.

Joe Hempel brings a natural talent to the narration, but not without his stumbling blocks as well. The text seemed occasionally to skip a step ahead of him, or one behind, and some lined were delivered without the proper conclusion, which did interrupt the flow. He had a few dialect and pronunciation issues that were mildly unfortunate. However, Hempel gets right into the main character, and is comfortable with the emotional approach he takes. His acting choices in the piece, while I couldn't necessarily agree with all them, were committed, and he stuck with them to the end.

The awkwardness of the story flow and the narrator could have really led me to turn the book off if they meshed improperly... like badly syncing waves. Instead, however, I found the sum of the quirkiness charming. Somehow they leaned on each other and brought the piece up to a level that I just smiled and went for the ride. I hope they work together on book 2, and I'll certainly make room for it in my queue.

"Under the Amoral Bridge" It's rocky, it's a bit awkward, and It's fun. Give it a go.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Into the Dark

  • Alexis Carew, Book 1
  • By: J.A. Sutherland
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491

At 15, Alexis Carew has to face an age old problem - she's a girl, and only a boy can inherit the family's vast holdings. Her options are few. She must marry and watch a stranger run the lands, or become a penniless tenant and see the lands she so dearly loves sold off. Yet there may be another option, one that involves becoming a midshipman on a shorthanded spaceship with no other females.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming, Enjoyable, Solid, FUN

  • By Gregory on 03-28-15

Charming, Enjoyable, Solid, FUN

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

Reviewed: 03-28-15

I shall say right out front, that I received a promotional copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.

I will further say, that I plan to spend one of my own credits when the talented Ms. Klett and Mr. Sutherland release the next book in audio.

Perhaps I was a lost cause from the start. I adore a good scifi. I adore a new clever take on faster than light travel. I adore a military scifi (especially naval). I adore sailing and tall ships. I adore a smart, tough female protagonist refusing to let patriarchy define her.

And I adore a well intonated British accent.


"Into the Dark" would have had me from the third page... even if it WEREN'T a darn good story.

Horatio Hornblower, Honor Harrington, Sassinak, Kylara Vatta, Keladry of Mindolin, a bit of Nicholas Seafort...

if Mr. Sutherland isn't familiar with all these series, he damn well ought to be, for it's hardly a ground-breaking genre... but why should it be? Sutherland's story is well-paced, plausible, amusing and somber by turns. Alexis Carew is a fine inheritor of the reluctant, or perhaps humble, hero mantle. Her demeanor is charmingly modern, her disinterest in the trappings of expected behavior admirable, and her interaction with others totally credulous.

I was charmed.

The book is also, in many ways, absurd.

The mental gymnastics required to shoehorn Tall Ships into interstellar space are... daunting. BUT, by God, Sutherland managed it, and I was willing to buy the whole line of nonsense... and smile. It IS absurd, but... I found myself shrugging and saying "well, and why not?" Sails and rigging and cannon and broadsides, and 18th century British naval discipline alongside FTL transit, and colony disputes. I laughed, I shook my head in astonishment that I was OK with it.

And I was. Completely.

Elizabeth Klett is charming, well paced, and clearly in tune with the material. Her cultured British accent at times both at odds with the content, and yet perfectly tuned to set the stage. The production is clean, the audio quality top notch, and I applaud her performance. I look forward to more.

Do treat yourself to this one. If you are a lover of Sci Fi, if you are an admirer of strong female characters who simply (to quote a recent meme) "give absolutely zero ^#$(*&" about what the world expects of them. If you love a good naval romp, or if you just want to have a fun time in a fanciful yet gritty world...

Buy this. Buy this immediately, and enjoy.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Strictly Analog

  • By: Richard Levesque
  • Narrated by: Steven Jay Cohen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 606
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 557
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 560

What's a private detective to do in a future where nothing is private? That's Ted Lomax's problem. In the new California, a corporation runs the government, electric cars have drive tones, and a new technology keeps everyone constantly connected to the Internet. Almost everyone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice noir feel for a techno-mystery

  • By Kingsley on 03-14-15

Enjoyable, falls just shy of greatness

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

Reviewed: 03-24-15

A charming story and twist on the classic detective who gets emotionally involved... the main character is an outsider in a world not too hard to imagine as a continuation of our own.. where an offshoot of the Big G's "glasses" are putting a literal barrier between people.

The narration voice and intonation worked for me, but Cohen made some pacing and pause ... choices that seemed off.... to me; and the overall feel came out a touch more soporific than noir.

Worth the listen, not much for re-listen potential.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Lupane Legacy

  • Joshua Denham and Devon Kerr, Book 1
  • By: Darby G. Holladay
  • Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

The Lupane Legacy is a story of tangled family ties, of love, betrayal, and revenge. From the halls of power and intrigue in Washington, DC, to the dark secrets of postcolonial Africa, this international thriller will pull you into a world where nothing is black and white, and everyone has something to hide.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vivid Storytelling

  • By Drew (@drewsant) on 01-26-15

Enjoyable, easy & realistic politics/spy thriller

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

Reviewed: 01-28-15

Darby Holladay has created a pleasant, nicely paced thriller, with characters that feel realistic, fleshed out and approachable. The locations feel well researched, the motivations completely believable, and the resolution satisfying.

I confess, I was a bit lost at times by some assumed ability on the reader/listener's part to associate with elements of upper middle class DC beltway life (honestly, like I know what a specific golf hole on a specific course is sufficiently to get a metaphor?) ... but having a number of friends who work in the same area and with similar kinds of people, I particularly appreciated the more real world feel of people who are, in essence, spies.

CIA conference rooms that haven't been updated since the 80's, office football bets, and small scale practical jokes are far more real to me than descriptions of Jason Bourne esque super computers and high powered spy agencies. When coupled with goals I can understand and very human desires? Even better. As an acquaintance once said "Listen.. 90% of my job (that I can't tell you about) is just boring office crap... and the other 10% is only marginally better"

The core plot did catch me off guard, I was expecting one thing and got another, tho I wouldn't have complained about an additional twist or two. I also liked that Holladay has created a world with military personnel, that does not simply devolve into endless gun porn.

I get it, it's a shotgun. Good. Move on.

I don't care about the details of this particular Mossberg, and how the autoload feature has been updated to work with the new XYZ spec Russian blah blah blah. MOVE ON ALREADY. I would guess Holladay has a similar response, because there were a number of cases where the narrative flipped the metaphorical bird to convention, and still got the details right. "Their guns didn't have silencers" because why the hell would they?

The narration is ably navigated by accomplished voice talent Paul Heitsch, who largely got out of the way of this one and let the story get on with itself. Accents were good, and subtly delivered, his pacing was excellent, and his diction is always rather impeccable. He and I pronounce "foyer" differently... but that is neither here nor there. ;)

The story is solid, and fun... nothing that needed a narrator to go above and beyond just help it get off the ground, and he lets this one use it's own wings... giving the impression that he's standing at our elbow and providing insightful commentary more than leading us with a flourish.

"The Lupane Legacy" gets a solid 4 from me. It wasn't a "HOLY COW!" that I'll listen to over and over, but I can honestly give it my most solid support, and my now comfortable endorsement: "Yep, I'd totally spend money on this one."

{Copy provided free in exchange for a review}

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Apocalypse: The Undead World Novel 1 (Volume 1)

  • By: Peter Meredith
  • Narrated by: Basil Sands
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,607
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,609

Greed, terrorism, and simple bad luck conspire to bring mankind to its knees as a viral infection spreads out of control, reducing those infected to undead horrors that feed upon the rest. It's a time of misery and death for most, however there are some who are lucky, some who are fast, and some who are just too damned tough to go down without a fight. This is their story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Undead: A New Appreciation for Living

  • By Mitch on 05-22-18

Decent story at heart, cluttered by author issues

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

Reviewed: 12-28-14

I had a really hard time coming up with a complete and coherent review to this one. The core story is a decent example of the Zombie genre, more reminiscent of "The Walking Dead" and "28 Days" than some of the more mystical approaches. Nice usage of contemporary political and terrorist elements in the creation of an apocalypse scenario.

But, the story is bogged down by the author's personal issues. The actual narrative is laden with latent sexual frustration, assumptions of gender issues, and a racial sub-plot which could be an effective side-story, if not for the author's decision to include both a forward and afterward note. These notes are so angry and defensive, it colors the entire production, and one has to wade through the chips on the author's shoulders to reach the story. Rather than simply standing by what he's written, or even taking some input for future stories, the author lashes out at readers (listeners) before they've even started the tale.

Basil Sands provides a solid, if somewhat un-nuanced narration of this one. I found him excellently matched to the backstory and general narrative, but stilted and awkward as a love scene narrator. To be fair, I didn't find the love scenes particularly well written, and thought they should have been alluded to, and then skipped past.

I think if the story had a good thorough editing to clean up some of the baggage, it would score a solid 3.5 - 4 stars, as it stands the clutter left me feeling like I heard the entire thing from a literary arm's distance.

70 of 94 people found this review helpful