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  • Tales of Anyar

  • Destiny's Crucible, Book 5
  • By: Olan Thorensen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698

The Destiny’s Crucible series chronicles the incredible adventure of Joseph Colsco, a college student of no particular importance who is thrust into an unimaginable fate by an accident that couldn’t happen - but did. Cast naked on the planet Anyar, he forges a new life for himself and rises to prominence and responsibilities he would otherwise never have imagined. However, much is left undone and uncertain. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Managing Expectations

  • By Bryan on 08-21-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

I love this series. However, this book doesn't feel like part of the series. It is a series of short stories which come across as recycled editorial rejects with a few sidelines and backstories as camouflage. It doesn't add to the series' storyline or provide any sort of continuity.

  • Commune

  • Commune, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,433
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,198

For dinosaurs, it was a big rock. For humans: Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). When the Earth is hit by the greatest CME in recorded history (several times larger than the Carrington Event of 1859), the combined societies of the planet's most developed nations struggle to adapt to a life thrust back into the Dark Ages. In the United States, the military scrambles to speed the nation's recovery on multiple fronts including putting down riots, establishing relief camps, delivering medical aid, and bringing communication and travel back on line. Just as a real foothold is established in retaking the skies (utilizing existing commercial aircraft supplemented by military resources and ground control systems), a mysterious virus takes hold of the population, spreading globally over the very flight routes that the survivors fought so hard to rebuild.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • RC Bray as Hispanic Woman - Just Wow!

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 05-03-18

MORE, MORE, MORE Please!!

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

Reviewed: 03-26-18

What can I say. I love the PA genre. I’ve read/listened to hundreds, and this is among the very best. I can’t wait for the next book to come out.

  • A Plague of Giants

  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, Xe Sands
  • Length: 22 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,630
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,469

Mother and warrior. Scholar and spy. Rebel and hero. Set in a magical world of terror and wonder, this audiobook is a deeply felt epic of courage and war, in which the fates of these three characters intertwine - and where ordinary people become heroes, and their lives become legend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining but dissapointing

  • By Roland on 11-20-17

Really Struggling

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

Reviewed: 10-29-17

LOVE Kevin Hearn! LOVE Luke Daniels! LOVE Iron Druid! I want to love this book, but just can’t. It is too complex, with too many (seemingly) disparate storylines for an audiobook. I’m sure the storylines converge at some point, but you would have to make it that far. The problem is exacerbated by Xe Sands’ narration. Her mumbling, slurred, and oddly accented speech pattern is very difficult to follow. Luke Daniels does female voices perfectly, so why fix what isn’t broken?

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65,988
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 61,938
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61,810

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Awesome

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

Reviewed: 11-15-16

Incredible Book. From the premise to the narrative delivery this book is perfect. I feel like I am in mourning now that I have finished. I actually wish I had "discovered" this after there were a dozen books in the series and I could binge listen to them. Please, for the love of God, do not make the same mistake so many authors do: do not experiment with narrators. Ray Porter delivered. Big. Really Big.

  • Earth Strike

  • Star Carrier, Book One
  • By: Ian Douglas
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,449
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,307
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,317

There is a milestone in the evolution of every sentient race, a Tech Singularity Event, when the species achieves transcendence through its technological advances. Now the creatures known as humans are near this momentous turning point. But an armed threat is approaching from deepest space, determined to prevent humankind from crossing over that boundary - by total annihilation if necessary.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Forget the Characters, Just Bring on the Action!

  • By Joshua on 05-29-13

Zero Personality

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

Reviewed: 04-04-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Possibly a caveman who has never been exposed to good sci-fi.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ian Douglas again?

Maybe. I could not get past the dry-as-dirt narration.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nick Sullivan?

Not a chance.

What character would you cut from Earth Strike?

I couldn't say. I made it less than 40 minutes into the book and could not take another second.

Any additional comments?

I love good sci-fi space drama. This is just bad.

  • Three Slices

  • By: Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson, Chuck Wendig
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, Alex Wyndham, Julia Whelan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,545
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,547

Featuring A Prelude to War, an Iron Druid novella. After an old friend is murdered in retaliation for his mercenary strikes against the oldest vampires in the world, Atticus O'Sullivan must solicit the aid of another old friend in Ethiopia if he's going to have a chance of finishing a war he never wanted. Meanwhile Granuaile MacTiernan starts a private war of her own against Loki, the lord of lies, and if it brings Ragnarok early - so be it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good, but with reservations

  • By Cliff on 05-11-15

buyer beware

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

Reviewed: 07-20-15

Any additional comments?

I'm so sick of novellas. I'm not sure whether they are so popular as a result of writer laziness or greed. Either way I am truly done with them. Either write a real, full length, good value for my money book, or don't expect an obligatory purchase just because I have read past works. By the way, combining three novellas, two of which I don’t care about, into one purchase does not help.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Koban: The Mark of Koban, Volume 2

  • By: Stephen W. Bennett
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 22 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,416

Already faster and more powerful than the last 17 species that they have destroyed or subjugated, the Krall have set their sights on humankind. After testing humans on their future home world of Koban and finding them worthy opponents, the Krall start a war of slow extermination with the rest of humanity. The war is intended to last generations as they apply their own version of "natural selection" to cull their weaker warriors in combat, purifying the Krall gene pool with their finest warriors for breeding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best stories in a long time

  • By Douglas E. Noll on 06-07-14

Great SciFi and a serious improvment over book 1

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

Reviewed: 05-27-15

Any additional comments?

This is absolutely first rate and fun SciFi. I had a hard time with the narration of the first book in this series, but liked the story enough to stick with it. I'm glad I did because the rest of the series really makes up for anything the first book lacks. If I had it all to do over I would go with paper for book 1 then switch to audio because Eric Michael Summerer did a great job.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Skull Throne

  • By: Peter V. Brett
  • Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
  • Length: 25 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,111

The Skull Throne of Krasia stands empty. Built from the skulls of fallen generals and demon princes, it is a seat of honor and ancient, powerful magic, keeping the demon corelings at bay. From atop the throne, Ahmann Jardir was meant to conquer the known world, forging its isolated peoples into a unified army to rise up and end the demon war once and for all. But Arlen Bales, the Warded Man, stood against this course, challenging Jardir to a duel he could not in honor refuse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Does little to move the overall story along

  • By Daniel on 04-06-15

Great overall, but too much religious philosophy.

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

Reviewed: 05-18-15

Any additional comments?

I would really like more story with much less religion. Also..... Please, please, please. Would everyone stop with the damn novellas?

  • Koban, Volume 1

  • By: Stephen W. Bennett
  • Narrated by: Patrick Freeman
  • Length: 25 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,868
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,741
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,742

We colonized 700 planets. Humankind enjoyed the benefits of expansion room and the end of wars. We even disbanded our military. Then the Krall found us. The Krall have used thousands of years of combat to select the genes of the strongest and fastest warriors. They are a species determined to dominate the entire galaxy, through destruction and annihilation of every opponent.

Koban is an uninhabited high-gravity planet with impossibly fast savage animals, which employ organic superconducting nerves. This deadly world is where the Krall tested humans for war capability.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story, dreadful narration.

  • By Nate on 05-14-15

Struggling to finish

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

Reviewed: 05-04-15

Any additional comments?

The narrator is just killing me. I'm 5 hours in and it is a struggle to continue. I have decided to suck it up because I really want to like this series and believe that book two's new narrator will save it for me. Fingers crossed.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful