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  • Terra Nova Chronicles: Publisher's Pack

  • Terra Nova Chronicles, Book 1-2
  • By: Richard Fox, Josh Hayes
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,164

Chief Katherine “Kit” Carson, of the elite Pathfinder Corps, joins the mission as a last-minute replacement, hoping to put a spotty past behind her and build a new life on a brave new world. The expedition arrives on Terra Nova, expecting to join the first wave of colonists, instead they find abandoned cities and are soon faced with a new, terrifying enemy humanity has never encountered before. This publisher pack includes Terra Nova and Bloodlines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can’t wait for the next book

  • By Daniel on 09-16-18

Not the Same Series - Bad Star Trek Fan Fiction

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

Reviewed: 04-22-19

Okay, I’ll overlook the glaring inconsistencies in the plot like off-handedly throwing in warp drives based on mystical crystal technology. But this is not the same action packed series at all. It’s transformed Richard Fox’s universe into bad Star Trek fan fiction. Our action driven heroine travels to a new galaxy to wait in lines, yes plural, in the dmv to talk to bureaucratic robots. Man-of-action Ken Hale sits through multiple in council meetings complaining the colony can’t get a clue. First contact aliens are summarily tortured for information justified by a here-say claim of alien sex trafficking. And best of all, the governor’s two teenager sons stow way on a shuttle craft and must save the day with their brilliant antics because a trained military crew has been taken hostage by bumbling Ferengi pirates. Blah! I’m returning the book.

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  • Galaxy's Edge, Part IV

  • By: Jason Anspach, Nick Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,463
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,270
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,253

Fight to win. Survive the future. With the galaxy in turmoil, the Legion initiates Article Nineteen, a hard reset designed to halt the corruption and ineptitude that continues to spill forth from the Galactic Core. But when the House of Reason aligns itself with the bloodthirsty zhee extremists, the Legion has no choice but to commit to a savage campaign of Total War. As Legion Commander Keller attempts to coax the Republic and Black Fleet into a winner-take-all battle at the heart of the Galactic Core, Wraith uncovers secrets from Tyrus Rechs’s past. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All time best!

  • By Nick Putzke on 02-06-19

Can’t Support the Message

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

Reviewed: 04-22-19

I was really excited about the first book in the series, but I’ve enjoyed this series less as it developed a jingoistic overtone rather than develop a complex universe. I draw the line at supporting a book and authors that dogmatically glorify a violent military coup of democratic government at the same time calling for genocide of a shallow stereotype of Muslim culture. I’m returning the book because I won’t support the messaging.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Reckoning

  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,165

After escaping from the Progerian Alien vessel, Michael Talbot is now given the opportunity to hide in obscurity with the rest of the human race or rise to the occasion and once again find himself immersed in a battle that he wants nothing to do with.Mike goes home and while reconnecting with a family that believed him dead he decides to join whatever resistance force can be mustered to repel the oncoming invasion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By Finn on 02-12-15

Conflicted and Confused

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

I enjoyed the first book, but the character motivations on this one are too muddled for me. Rather than surprising, the plot development feels like character motivations are contrived to make the plot follow a certain path that felt incongruous.

  • Summit

  • A Novel
  • By: Harry Farthing
  • Narrated by: Harry Farthing
  • Length: 17 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,728
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,557

In the autumn of 1938, Germany's reichsführer, Heinrich Himmler, is growing frustrated at the British using their regional power in India to block the passage of an SS expedition to Tibet. Determined to spite them, he plots to steal something the British hold dear and have failed for the seventh time that spring to achieve: a first summit of Mount Everest. Seventy years later, seasoned mountain guide Neil Quinn's ninth visit to the top of the world's highest mountain, this time in charge of the 16-year-old son of a Long Island billionaire, begins to unravel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Fiction at its Very Best!

  • By Paula on 08-23-16

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 01-04-17

I've read/listened to more than a thousand audiobooks and this is a new favorite. The story was compelling and the characters nuanced and engaging. Don't miss this one!

  • The Golem and the Jinni

  • A Novel
  • By: Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,014
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,994
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,970

Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What does it mean to be human?

  • By Janice on 08-05-13

Great read

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

Reviewed: 01-02-15

Very entertaining. Intriguing plot that kept my interest to the very end. Excellent narration from George Guidall kept all the characters fresh.

  • The Bone Garden

  • A Novel
  • By: Tess Gerritsen
  • Narrated by: Susan Denaker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,993
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,102

Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil � human, female, and, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous story with excellent narration

  • By Rae on 03-02-08

Better as young adult fiction

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

Reviewed: 05-19-13

Would you try another book from Tess Gerritsen and/or Susan Denaker?

Probably not.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The basic story line was enjoyable, if a bit predictable. The dialogue, however, was so melodramatic and full of hyperbole that I expected to hear a corny pipe organ play "duh duh DUH" at the end of almost every paragraph.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Susan Denaker?

I'm not sure.

Was The Bone Garden worth the listening time?

Not really.

  • City of Dark Magic

  • A Novel
  • By: Magnus Flyte
  • Narrated by: Natalie Gold
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 246

Once a city of enormous wealth and culture, Prague was home to emperors, alchemists, astronomers, and, as it’s whispered, hell portals. When music student Sarah Weston lands a summer job at Prague Castle cataloging Beethoven’s manuscripts, she has no idea how dangerous her life is about to become. Prague is a threshold, Sarah is warned, and it is steeped in blood. Soon after Sarah arrives, strange things begin to happen.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • So promising and yet...

  • By Tyler on 01-19-13

So promising and yet...

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

Reviewed: 01-19-13

Would you try another book from Magnus Flyte and/or Natalie Gold?

No.

What do you think your next listen will be?

1632

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator used poor at best, and offensive at worst, accents. Several of her pronuciations were very distracting, especially "muzam" for museum.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from City of Dark Magic?

The gratuitous sex scenes were completely out of place and only distracted from the narrative.

Any additional comments?

The premise was so promising that the poor execution was even more disappointing. The main character is a strange amalgamation of serious academic and 'party-girl' undergraduate with extremely questionable judgement.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful