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  • Star Peregrine

  • Green Zone War, Book 2
  • By: Jake Elwood
  • Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

The frigate Kestrel has been shot to pieces. She’s out of fuel, stranded deep behind enemy lines. It looks hopeless. But Tom Thrush, junior lieutenant and acting captain, has sworn he’ll get his people home. Escape means fuel, and that means taking it from the enemy. A daring raid gives the Kestrel a fighting chance - but a rescued prisoner has some disturbing news. A ragtag local militia has put together a fleet. The fleet is gathering - and it’s about to blunder into a trap.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very Disappointed

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-14-18

Very Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

Having liked the first book I was disappointed in the 2nd. The book does little to advance the plot, it seems to constantly spin its wheels on the same topics and some characters, including Tom, show no growth. The science is also terrible. I don’t expect perfect science in a Space Opera but its pretty bad. As an example. There is a planet located in deep space with an atmosphere. No planet would have such as it would have frozen and been locked up in the planets surface. It is also highly unlikely such a planet would have a molten core for that reason and the lack of gravitational tidal forces acting on the planet. This is all basic stuff. Hard Pass.

  • Extinction Countdown

  • By: James D. Prescott
  • Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292

Dr. Jack Greer's startling discovery beneath the Gulf of Mexico proved to the world we were not alone in the universe. But when images from the Voyager One space probe reveal an alien doomsday ship hurtling toward the Earth, the human race seems marked for extinction. As news of the approaching ship spreads panic around the globe, signs of a sinister plot begin to emerge - one that threatens to unravel the already fragile fabric of society and everything Jack and Dr. Mia Ward have fought for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review book 2 Extension Countdown: Ancient Origins series book 2

  • By Stephen Bergquist on 08-15-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

I read the first of the series and while not great it was passable and at least had a ending of sorts. This book was a mess. The science was beyond bad, seemed to assume the reader was completly ignorant and consistently got even basic concepts wrong. It is important that authors do their due diligence in researching when creating a book in science fiction. The characters were completly flat and motivations were either not there or transparent. The aspects dealing with politics seemed to have a Donald Trump level understanding of how our government works. Beyond that the book simply just ended. There was no wrapping up of anything. It just stopped.

I strongly discourage spelling money or a credit on this one.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blue Hope

  • An Adventure Thriller, Book 2
  • By: John Dreese
  • Narrated by: Bob Reed
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 132

Four astronauts left home to be the first humans on Mars. What didn't come back will haunt life on Earth forever. Follow the adventure as disaster triggers the greatest treasure hunt in history - spanning the globe and beyond. The prize is nothing short of humanity's very survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Well Thought Out Thriller

  • By Brian on 05-05-18

Not a good book

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

I read the first in this series and while not great it was not really bad either. This second book just really falls flat. There is a lot of stereo-typing, some really insulting. The promise falls apart and the author just seems to lose his way. To be honest this book has nothing to do with science and is so fanciful that it is impossible to suspend disbelief. I am not really sure what the author was thinking.

It's like "The Martian" on Acid with Earth falling part in some completly ridiculous side plot. I would not bother.

The Narrator is good though and his delivery is spot on despite how bad the story is.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Quantum Space

  • Quantum Series, Book 1
  • By: Douglas Phillips
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

High above the windswept plains of Kazakhstan, three astronauts on board a Russian Soyuz capsule begin their reentry. A strange shimmer in the atmosphere, a blinding flash of light, and the capsule vanishes in a blink as though it never existed. Daniel Rice is a government science investigator. Marie Kendrick is a NASA operations analyst. Together, they must track down the cause of the most bizarre event in the history of human spaceflight. They draw on scientific strengths as they plunge into the strange world of quantum physics.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • starts like a thriller, goes to wacky land

  • By Ocean State Prime on 04-23-18

One of the best in a good while

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

The very beginning is a bit slow. It will make sense and I understand what the author is doing. There is a bit if discovery and confusion projected on the reader. I believe thus is to put you in sync with the characters. You do not start with a God’s Eye view. However if you have an even passing interest in the potential of Quantum Sciences you will quickly be absorbed.

It’s a great book full of great ideas. I found the descriptions of dimensional space we cannot have any sensory concept of very interesting. Nicely done.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Writing Deep Point of View

  • Professional Techniques for Fiction Authors (Writer's Craft, Book 13)
  • By: Rayne Hall
  • Narrated by: Cat Lookabaugh
  • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

In this book, I'll reveal the powerful techniques employed by best-selling authors, and I'll show you how to apply them to rivet your readers. I'll start with the basics of Point of View - if you're already familiar with the concept, you can treat them as a refresher - and then guide you to advanced strategies for taking your reader deep.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slipping into someone else's skin

  • By Michael on 09-05-16

A well done explaination

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

Worth the time when coupled with the ideas of other writers with regard to DPV. It can be a writing rabbit hole if you do not implement it in a way that fits your style.

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,058
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,736

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

Great Narrator and a good if flawed story

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

Reviewed: 05-18-17

What made the experience of listening to Children of Time the most enjoyable?

The narrator is excellent. I really enjoyed listening. The story is at times excellent but at other times it is very flawed where its motivations and portrayals of HUman nature are concerned.

Any additional comments?

The story is an excellent and compelling idea with one huge flaw that appears right at the beginning. The author seems to have a very black, almost cliche view of what motivates humanity, its response to the strange and unknown and does not even allow them the ability to understand blindingly obvious observations. The lead character of the book is timid, essentially contributes nothing aside from internal dialogue and in the end is unable to even suggest what he has already figured out as a result of a combination of cowardice and insecurity.

It was frustrating to have listened to 14 hours only to have the book end with the humans still unable to comprehend the most basic of things. They are supposed to have lifted themselves up from tragedy yet do not in any way reflect the necessary growth in perspective nor driving curiosity that had to be present for them to have restored so much of their lost civilization. The reasons and methods of humanity's initial collapse are very thin. To the point of contrivance.

I can see why so many consider this a great book. It smacks of the kind of great sci-fi you would find in the 60's and 70's. The problem is that where other great authors recognized the breath of Human emotion, experience and capacity with in their characters, or at least had a counter-balance, this book from beginning to end seems to exist on the premise that all humans do is attack what they do not know and will always destroy vs investigate or explore other possibilities.

It seems not to far a leep to think the author views HUmanity in a very narrow way and does not recognize our ability to deduct or take seriously any potential reaction than to attack all that is strange before ever trying to understand it. At the very least I find it unlikely in the extreme that people who lifted themselves out of near extinction as a result of a turning on each other, would so easily always turn to violence to solve problems. I really think that if the author had shown more balance in the scope of human emotion, motivations and capacity for curiosity this book would truly shine. Instead, almost as if the author simply thinks Mankind is nothing but a bunch of monkey destroyers, Humans have to be genetically modified to accept the strange and unusual.

If you do not mind having a lot of essentially, "Human bad all else good" you will like this book to the end. As for others, if they are honest with themselves, they will see how almost from the beginning every human is frankly a violent idiot. It is largely because of the last two hours that I found the story to be broken where motivation.

I don't know how to present this book to others. One is the dystopian view of humanity, One is the uplifting view but everything seems to come down to problems with the very poor dialogue and a poor understanding of the breath of HUman potential. It is almost written as if the author lives a very sheltered existence and thus does not any potential potential for Humans.

Be prepared to dislike the last two hours after spending 14+ hours listening to the book.

53 of 74 people found this review helpful

  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45,236
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,222

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Denis E.Taylor Sets A New Standard For Sci-Fi

  • By Devin on 04-18-17

One if the best Sci-Fi series in years!!!

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

Reviewed: 04-24-17

It is impossible not to love these books. They are brilliantly, conceived, written, plotted, developed, funny, serious and so full of reference culturally and otherwise that they will be classics for as long as Sci-Fi is created. The narrator is also off the hook wonderful. Get these books before you get anything else and join the rest of us in anticipation of the next installment.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Mercury's Bane

  • Book One of the Earth Dawning Series
  • By: Nick Webb
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 185

They're all gone. We remember them like yesterday: pieces of our stolen heritage. Things like NASA. Football. Parades and pies. Good things, comfortable things. We remember a time when we were alone in the universe, safe and oblivious. But it's all gone now. We called them the Telestines, and in the face of their ruthless invasion we were powerless. By 2040, all the world's governments and militaries had fallen, and the remnants of humanity exiled to the solar system. We looked down on our blue planet, so close to our birthplace, so close to our home.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A shockingly bad book.

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-12-17

A shockingly bad book.

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

What disappointed you about Mercury's Bane?

FIRST, as an author myself I have maybe given 3 bad reviews ever. Generally I can find good in any book within the genre's I enjoy. Other than the outstanding narration, among the best to be honest, there is nothing redeeming about this book except as an example for other authors. This book was so bad that I had to force my way through it for the lessons in bad universe and storyline development it taught me. The story was so full of plot holes, dropped story lines, bad science...on and on and on and on....I simply cannot spell it out....Other than the narration it simply has no redeeming qualities. It actually made me angry to listen to this book. I found it horrifying that a professional writer allowed this to be sold to their customers/fans.What really gets me is that Nick Webb is a seasoned author in this genre. It is like he did not write this book. I have read and listened to all his other offerings and while they are not always a thesis on space flight tech and military culture they are generally enjoyable and I look forward to them. This book would not even make a good first attempt by a novice author with limited editing skills. In fact I cannot imagine an editor anywhere who would allow this anywhere near publication.

Would you ever listen to anything by Nick Webb again?

I don't know. I have his other books and have generally enjoyed them for what they are. However, I will think long and hard before giving him another chance after this.

Have you listened to any of Greg Tremblay’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have heard him on other Nick Webb books. He is always great and should be narrating far more prominent books. He is able to smoothly move between characterizations which many narrators struggle with. He can also pronounce words correctly. Something I am noticing an increasing problem concerning other narrators.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The Narrator is fantastic. He is the ONLY good thing about this book.

Any additional comments?

DO not waste a credit on this book. It is a creat example of how badly books going straight to press without professional editorial oversight can go horribly wrong. Even for an experienced author. I find it highly unlikely Nick Webb did not know this book was really bad and so full of holes it would make only good sandwich cheese.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Espero

  • A Silver Ships Novel
  • By: S. H. Jucha
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410

Trouble infiltrated the Harakens' capital city of Espero, in the form of New Terra criminal gangs who grew wealthy and powerful on the moons of Ganymede, hiding behind the cover of an ill-conceived mining charter. The gangs brought stims and addictive hallucinogenic drugs to Espero, distributing them to the young on the planet.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gangs and Drugs

  • By Jean on 10-02-17

One if the best series

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

Reviewed: 04-10-17

I cannot recommend these books enough. It has really well developed and interesting characters. Get them.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fields of Fire

  • Frontlines, Book 5
  • By: Marko Kloos
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,712
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,463
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,463

Mars has been under Lanky control for more than a year. Since then, the depleted forces of Earth's alliances have rebuilt their fleets, staffing old warships with freshly trained troops. Torn between the need to beat the Lankies to the punch and taking enough time to put together an effective fighting force, command has decided to strike now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great continuation of the series!

  • By Mgarneau on 03-02-17

Continues to be a great series

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

While the story line follows many traditional tropes Marko Kloos has manages to create something different, well considered and enjoyable to read and listen to. No one should be disappointed it is an excellent and vibrant universe that is relevant to the world today.