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  • The Consuming Fire

  • The Interdependency, Book 2
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,249
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,094

The Interdependency, humanity’s interstellar empire, is on the verge of collapse. The Flow, the extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel between the stars possible, is disappearing, leaving entire star systems stranded. When it goes, human civilization may go with it - unless desperate measures can be taken. Emperox Grayland II, the leader of the Interdependency, is ready to take those measures to help ensure the survival of billions. But nothing is ever that easy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Building upon a collapse, this follow-up exceeds!

  • By C. White on 10-16-18

Could’ve Been Much Better

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

Overall, the story is very entertaining. Unfortunately, it has one major drawback, in my opinion. I deplore the fact that practically every other word (or so it seems) is an in-your-face bit of vulgar profanity! I found that distracting, disgusting, and unnecessary, given the fact that John Scalzi is a talented writer.

As for the narration, Will Wheaton does a great job!

  • Shattered Spear

  • The Lost Stars, Book 4
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,463

The Syndicate Worlds continue to splinter as more star systems pledge allegiance to President Gwen Iceni, General Artur Drakon, and the new government they're establishing at Midway. But the toxic legacy of Syndicate rule continues to undermine their efforts as the rebels encounter difficulty trusting one another and believing their new leaders' promises of freedom from tyranny. Before Iceni and Drakon can put their house in order, they must deal with an even greater threat.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Jean on 06-16-16

Thank You, Jack Campbell!

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

“The Lost Stars” series was a good way to tie up loose ends left hanging after Admiral John “Black Jack” Geary departed Midway Star System. I was disappointed that the author “disposed of” one of my favorite characters, but he did not let down the die-hard romantics among his readers, who hoped to hear the Midway version of wedding bells after the clamor of space warfare abated.

Kudos, too, for a very fine performance in bringing the characters and action alive!

  • From a Changeling Star

  • Starstream, Book 1
  • By: Jeffrey A. Carver
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Beneath the roiling surface of Betelgeuse, scientists anxiously await the one man essential to the success of Starmuse, the greatest engineering project in human history. But on Kantano’s World, Willard Ruskin battles invisible agents for control of his life, his physical form, and even his memories. Drawn into a conflict from which not even death will free him, Ruskin must find a way to reach Betelgeuse before his enemies sabotage Starmuse—and humanity’s future among the stars. A harrowing journey from inside the human cell... to the mind of a dying star.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Laura G. on 09-08-18

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

There were several things about this book that really disappointed and irritated me. I had expected something better from Mr. Carver.

I almost didn’t read past the first couple of chapters. The story just didn’t pull me in right from the start. I thought it was slow and boring. But I decided to see if it would pick up the pace and pique my interest further into the story.

The thing that irritated me the most was the author’s use of the fabricated genderless pronouns. He just HAD to promote the LBGT agenda, I guess.

Lastly, I hated the way he ended the story! He really missed the opportunity to make the most of the gateway concept and chose instead to give us some nonsense about a star’s “consciousness.” Very disappointing!

The narrator did a great job, however.

  • Genesis

  • By: Ken Lozito
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,080
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,074

Escaping wrongful imprisonment wasn't something Connor had in mind, but being put into stasis aboard Earth's first interstellar colony ship was something he couldn't have prepared for. For 300,000 colonists, the new colony brings the promise of a fresh start...a second chance. Connor might be the wrong man for the colony, but he's the right man to see that it survives what's coming.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed bag

  • By Tyson S Sukeforth on 05-31-18

Leaves You Wanting More!

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

I simply HAVE to keep listening to the other books in this series! Mysteries to be solved; questions to be answered. . . .! Being a native Texan, one might think that my heroes have always been cowboys, but I was once a Navy wife and am the mother of Navy veterans. I have to admit that I love the military, and I find characters like Connor Gates very appealing. Can he help save what might be the last remaining human beings in the universe?!

Mr. Aiello does a fine job of narrating the story, too!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Call to Vengeance

  • Book III of Manticore Ascendant
  • By: David Weber, Timothy Zahn, Thomas Pope
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492

After the disastrous attack on the Manticoran home system by forces unknown, the Royal Manticoran Navy stands on the brink of collapse. A shadowy enemy with the resources to hurl warships across hundreds of light years seeks to conquer the Star Kingdom for reasons unknown, while forces from within Manticore's own government seek to discredit and weaken the Navy for reasons very much known: their own political gain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finding it's stride.

  • By @tone0189 on 03-07-18

Go (RM) Navy!

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

I certainly hope there’s going to be another book in the “Manticore Ascendant” series soon! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed following the space battles, political machinations, and the careers and relationships of the major characters! The stories are very well written and superbly narrated.

I can’t help but see similarities between the fortunes and misfortunes of the Manticoran Navy and that of the Navy of the USA. And in my opinion, it’s a stupid and treasonous government that doesn’t keep its navy (and other branches of the military) in top condition, because you never know when the very survival of your nation is going to depend on it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Roar of the Storm

  • By: Adam Burch
  • Narrated by: Adam Burch
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

When he rebelled against his father, Edmon Leontes lost everything, but a lot has happened in the twelve years since he left his remote home planet of Tao. He has made a new life for himself as the medic aboard a starship with a misfit crew. Edmon thinks he has left his tumultuous past behind him, yet all that changes when his father dies. Phaestion, the man he once called brother, has inherited Edmon's birthright. But Phaestion's ambitions of domination are not limited to Tao, and he is not inclined to let a rival - even one in exile - continue living.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the sequel I thought it'd be

  • By Kindle Customer on 02-08-18

Not Nearly As Good As “Song of Edmon”

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

I was so disappointed in Adam Burch’s Book 2 of the Fracture Worlds! The narration is excellent; I’ll give him that. But unfortunately, the author used this book to play up the theory of evolution, and in fact, the whole story is an atheistic approach to creation, life, death, and religion in general. It is more fantasy than hard sci-fi, and I much prefer the latter.

  • Song of Edmon

  • The Fracture Worlds, Book 1
  • By: Adam Burch
  • Narrated by: Adam Burch
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 123

The isolated planet of Tao is a house divided: the peaceful Daysiders live in harmony while the pale Nightsiders pursue power and racial purity through the violent ritual of the Combat. Edmon Leontes, the gentle son of a ruthless warrior noble and a proud Daysider, embodies Tao's split nature. The product of diametrically opposed races, Edmon hopes to live a quiet life pursuing the music of his mother's people, but his Nightsider father cruelly forces him to continue in his bloody footsteps to ensure his legacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very impelling

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-29-17

Good story, but. . . .

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

Too much gratuitous sex. Did the author think it would make the book more sellable? I don’t know. I just know I probably won’t bother reading anything else he wrote. I’m not really into pornography.

  • Odysseus Ascendant

  • Odyssey One, Book 7
  • By: Evan Currie
  • Narrated by: David de Vries
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744

The Empire has set its sights on its next target: human Terrans. As effective allies of the Priminae, the denizens of Earth have proven themselves enemies to the Empire, and now the Imperial forces know more about the Terran home world than ever before.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Turning Sci-go to fantasy

  • By Ray on 05-11-18

If I Wanted Fantasy....

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

I was really enjoying Evan Currie’s Odyssey series - that is, until his “science fiction” morphed into “fantasy,” starting with “Odysseus Awakening” and becoming even more glaringly fantastic in “Odysseus Ascendant”. I’m not quite half way through the book and I’m thinking, “Give me a BREAK!” I’ve been HOPING that the new fantasy characters would turn out to be a mortal alien species, but naming one “Gaia” and implying that she and the others similar to her were possibly immortal, well, that has really put me off.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Blackhawk

  • Far Stars Legends Series, Book 1
  • By: Jay Allan
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 173

Blackhawk: a wanderer, a man running from a dark and sinister past. A genetically-engineered warrior, a capable and accomplished killer, he is also a lost soul, a man who has fled to the deepest reaches of space seeking his true identity. The Far Stars: the farthest extent of human habitation in the galaxy, a sector of a hundred inhabited worlds, it is a dangerous expanse full of pirates, mercenaries, and cutthroats.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story but Too much

  • By george Lickley on 05-11-17

Awesome Military Sci-fi!

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18

Jay Allan treats us to fierce battles with evil villains, honorable heroes with flaws as well as virtues, and a couple of characters that fall somewhere in between who earn redemption in the end. He takes us into the noise, pain, fear, and valor in the midst of battle. He shows war for what it is: a dirty, horrifying, mind- and body-scaring clash, in which the combatants fight for varying reasons and often with inner conflicts dogging their steps.

In short, the author shows man both at his best and his worst. It’ll make you think about what our own soldiers go through and bring home with them. Hopefully, the reader will come away with a feeling of compassion for what war does to those who fight in it.

As for THIS reader, I look forward to Jay Allan’s next book and Blackhawk’s further adventures as he will no doubt continue to strive to become the man he wants to be.

  • Omega Rising

  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,390

Jason Burke was a man hiding from himself in a small cabin high in the American Rocky Mountains when his simple, quiet life was shattered one night by what he first assumed was an aviation mishap. But when he investigates the crash, what he finds will yank him out of his self-imposed exile and thrust him into a world he could have never imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Old-Fashioned Sci-Fi -- For a Change

  • By James on 12-21-14

What A Fun Read!

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

This was my first book by Joshua Dalzelle, and I am adding him to my short list of favorite sci-fi authors. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, from start to finish! The main character was especially well developed, but I also got a kick out of the alien named “Crusher.” “Lucky 777” was another interesting character.

Can’t hardly wait to read the author’s next book!