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  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,118
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,854
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,795

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci Fi I didn't know I wanted

  • By Gary Glenn on 06-27-17

Good Action & Humor

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

This SyFy has everything a good book could want...Believable story, believable main character and funny supporting character, good action and some comedy relief. I liked this book so much that I had to stop and download Book 2 a half hour away from home. The best supporting character (skippy) doesn't show up for quite some time and kinda caught me by surprise. You'll love this "beer can" of a guy.

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,637
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35,641

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • good narrator but extremely boring story!

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-08-18

Great Idea

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-18

Spoiler alert: This book had a great idea and I wanted so bad to give it 5 stars until the sqales... Really?? I could have come up with a better story line!

1 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Departure

  • By: A.G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber, Scott Aiello
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,740
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,718

En route to London from New York, Flight 305 suddenly loses power and crash-lands in the English countryside, plunging a group of strangers into a mysterious adventure that will have repercussions for all of humankind. Struggling to stay alive, the survivors soon realize that the world they've crashed in is very different from the one they left. But where are they? Why are they here? And how will they get back home?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Sci-Fi Story With Lots of Twists and Turns

  • By Cheri on 09-01-15

Kept My Interest

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

Reviewed: 06-16-16

This book has a very interesting storyline that definitely kept my interest! My only complaint is that I've always had difficulty following a narrator with an English accent. I found myself turning the volume up when Nicola Barber was reading Harper's part. But I understand why they chose someone with an English accent and the further into the book I got, the easier she was to understand.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fear the Future

  • The Fear Saga, Book 3
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,418
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,838
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,810

Piloted by a six-year-old girl, the godlike Skalm guards the Districts of TASC. Her family is long dead. Her adopted father is a synthetic copy of an alien, her nanny an artificial mind connected via subspace to every part of the globe, feeding the young girl information, finding prey to satiate her growing thirst. But the young girl is an innocent, a victim, one of millions the war has already claimed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An OK end to an otherwise great trilogy.

  • By Okkin on 06-08-16

Loved Book 1 & 2

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

Reviewed: 06-02-16

I loved the whole idea behind this story! Books 1 & 2 had me sitting in my drive not wanting to turn the car off. But frankly, I couldn't wait for Book 3 to end. I'm not sure what it was but I was bored listening and only finished it to see how the whole series ended. Was it the writing style that changed? I don't know. But if there were a Book 4, I wouldn't have purchased it. I'm glad it's over so I can now move on.

  • Blackout

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
  • Length: 18 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,436
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,441

In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Double review - Blackout and All Clear

  • By Monica on 06-03-12

No End In Sight!

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

Reviewed: 11-06-14

I just finished Blackout not realizing that there is absolutely no end in sight. Why did the author choose to end this book here? I have no idea. It makes no sense, except to force the reader to buy the next book. In my mind, the only reason she divided it into 2 books was $$$. There is absolutely no resolution at the end...it just stops! WHAT? Not even a cliff hanger? I'm not sure I want to know what happens that bad and will probably not download the next book at this point. I'm just so disappointed with Willis. Yes, it was interesting but you shouldn't treat your reader this way.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 1632

  • Ring of Fire, Book 1
  • By: Eric Flint
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,595

New York Times best-selling author Eric Flint has received glowing critical praise for his Ring of Fire alternate history series. In this first installment, a West Virginia town is transported from the year 2000 to 1631 Germany at the height of the Thirty Years’ War. Thrust into conflict, the town residents must also contend with moral issues such as who should be considered a citizen.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great idea superficial follow through

  • By Sara on 09-17-13

Interesting, But Come On...!

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

Reviewed: 10-06-14

I found the story line to be interesting with the small town being placed back in time with the ring of fire and really enjoy this type of fiction which places present day common everyday people in history that is known and have them find their way. But what I really had issues with were things that should have been dealt with but never mentioned. That's what was fun with Island in the Sea of Time by S. M. Stirling‎ where these types of problems were discussed and solved.

For example, the small WV town goes back in time and the author has an explanation. Ok, I can accept that. But come on, how many guns does this small town have? It's rather unrealistic that everybody gets a gun and limitless ammo. At least tell us where this is all coming from. It makes the story so predictable. I'm not sure if I'll make it to the next book. I'm taking a break and moving on to something else.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Ruins

  • Pathfinder, Book 2
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Emily Janice Card
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,546
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,570

When Rigg and his friends crossed the Wall between the only world they knew and a world they could not imagine, he hoped he was leading them to safety. But the dangers in this new wallfold are more difficult to see. Rigg, Umbo, and Param know that they cannot trust the expendable, Vadesh - a machine shaped like a human, created to deceive - but they are no longer certain that they can even trust one another. But they will have little choice. Because although Rigg can decipher the paths of the past, he can’t yet see the horror that lies ahead: A destructive force with deadly intentions is hurtling toward Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too much arguing between the characters.

  • By Arthur on 01-13-15

Why a Different Narrator for each Chapter?

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

Reviewed: 08-08-13

I really enjoyed the book and the whole story line. I can't wait for Book 3! My problem with this audiobook is the fact they used different narrators for each chapter. I'd just get use to one reader and hearing the characters, then they'd change to another narrator for the next chapter. For me, this took some getting use to and I question why?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Spin

  • By: Robert Charles Wilson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,786
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,470
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,474

One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • thoughtful, Bradbury-esque SF

  • By Ryan on 09-20-10

Good Idea with Weak Ending

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

Reviewed: 05-19-13

Of course Scott Brick's performance was excellent! With that being said, I wish I could say the same for the book. I wanted so much to enjoy this book. It was a great idea. But the ending didn't leave me wanting to read the next book in the trilogy. So I've moved on to another series with an author I know I can trust, Orson Scott Card.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Inside Delta Force

  • The Story of America’s Elite Counterterrorist Unit
  • By: Command Sergeant Major Eric L. Haney
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,091
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,656
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,659

Delta Force—the US Army’s most elite top-secret strike force. They dominate the modern battlefield, but you won’t hear about their heroics on CNN. No headlines can reveal their top-secret missions, and no book has ever taken readers inside—until now. Here, a founding member of Delta Force takes us behind the veil of secrecy and into the action to reveal the never-before-told story of First Special Forces Operational Detachment-D (Delta Force).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Both a How To book and a bit of history

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-30-11

Great Story - Not So Great Narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-25-13

Eric Haney tells it like it is. His recalling of going through "Selection" was awesome. His stories of missions he went on were enough to make me sit in the car with the engine running for "just a few more minutes". His insight on terrorism made me sit up and listen.

Now for the narrator: I don't care for the style of Mr. Dean. He reminds me so much of the kid in class who reads every word exactly as it is on the page.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80,318
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 80,258

In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

Enjoyable But No End in Sight

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

Reviewed: 04-11-13

I almost gave up on this book within the first hour but grew to enjoy it. I so looked forward to the end that I kept listening. I was highly disappointed the book just stopped at the end and nothing at all was resolved. I can't see listening for another 40 hrs and still nothing. So I'm stopping here. I purchased this book because of the very high ratings it's getting. That's it for me. I'm on to a different story that has an ending and away from the soap operish style this is written in.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful