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  • 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 1,905
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,777

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

Worth reading to get to book 2

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

Reviewed: 01-21-15

The story isn't bad, but the narration is so bad it's hard to judge the story on it's own merits. The next books in the series have good narration and are worth getting through book one to get to them if you're a sci-fi fan.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Off Armageddon Reef

  • Safehold Series, Book 1
  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 29 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,703

When Earth herself lay under siege by an enemy humankind could not defeat, mankind undertook one last throw of the dice: Operation Ark. Earth's final colonizing expedition was meant to build a new civilization, on a planet so distant even the Gbaba might never find it, and without the high-tech infrastructure whose emissions might betray its location.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • David Weber always good

  • By Alison on 09-08-07

A little slow at first but worth it in the end

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

Reviewed: 05-10-12

This book has a lot of political talk, but delivers a scifi set in a future time on a human colony planet with a feudal political system and technology to match. The narration was really good. It added to the story without bringing attention to itself; which should be the goal of every narrator. I was really looking forward to reading the rest of the series until I realized that every book in the rest of the series costs 2 credits. The first book is one credit to draw you in; then the rest are 2 credits. Bad form Audible; Bad Form! It's a shame. I was about to cancel my membership because I couldn't find anything to spend my credits on. When I found this I thought I would be around at least long enough to finish the series, but these books aren't really worth 2 credits, and podcasts are free.

  • Mindstar Rising

  • The Greg Mandel Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,454
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,456

It's the 21st century, and global warming is here to stay, so forget the way your country used to look. And get used to the free market, too – the companies possess all the best hardware, and they're calling the shots now. In a world like this, a man open to any offers can make out just fine. A man like Greg Mandel for instance, who's psi-boosted, wired into the latest sensory equipment, carrying state-of-the-art weaponry – and late of the English Army's Mindstar Battalion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Portrait of a SciFi master as a novice

  • By Michael G Kurilla on 01-13-12

Couldn't get into the story

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

Reviewed: 04-30-12

After about 3 hours I just couldn't enjoy this story. I've read several books by Hamilton and loved all the rest, but this one just couldn't get my interest. I may be biased by my dislike for psychic abilities in stories. If you want Hamilton at his greatest try Pandora's Star, but be warned you might get addicted to a series of long books. ( the kind I look for most)

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Shadows in Flight

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card, Scott Brick, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,306

At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children--the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth’s scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgotten - a fading ansible signal speaking of events lost to Earth’s history. But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity in days to come.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Build Up, and then Just Ends

  • By Brittani on 01-21-13

Not Card's best, but worth the read

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

Reviewed: 04-30-12

I am a long time fan of this series and enjoyed the read. If you are new to the series go back and start with Ender's Game first. If you have already read the series up to this point why are you wasting time reading my review? Not the best in the series, but good. If you've read everything so far this one is a must. For me the best narration is the type that becomes a transparent vehicle for the story. My highest praise for narration is that I didn't notice it. I didn't notice it here. If you love the Ender series definitely read this book. If you are new go to the beginning as this story really depends on you having a history with the character Bean. I have loved this series since beginning it in high school. If you've some how missed the series you have to go and read it from the beginning.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful