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  • The Magicians

  • A Novel
  • By: Lev Grossman
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,959
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,094
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,114

Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not an average book

  • By Kyle on 04-30-11

A Tainted Tale

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

Yet one more promising story, tainted by debauchery, hedonism, and gratuitous filth.
Never again, Mr. Gross-Man.

  • Starship Troopers

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,277
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,580
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,612

Join the Army and See the Universe. That is the motto of The Third Space War, also known as The First Interstellar War, but most commonly as The Bug War. In one of Robert Heinlein's most controversial best sellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe - and into battle with the Terrain Mobile Infantry against mankind's most alarming enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book ever

  • By Michael on 06-28-06

A Must-read!<br />

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

Here is the master of space military science fiction at his best. Enjoy the ride!

  • Terms of Enlistment

  • Frontlines, Book 1
  • By: Marko Kloos
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,050
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,035

The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you’re restricted to 2,000 calories of badly flavored soy every day. You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service. With the colony lottery a pipe dream, Andrew chooses to enlist in the armed forces for a shot at real food, a retirement bonus, and maybe a ticket off Earth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, not great Military Sci-Fi

  • By Ron T on 11-14-16

More Fantasy than Sci-Fi

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

The story begins well, then tends to bog down with all of the minutiae surrounding Basic Training. Perhaps the Author became too preoccupied with checking off all of the liberal progressive and gender equality boxes? As such, the becomes a ridiculous fantasy.

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,154
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,837
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,782

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci Fi I didn't know I wanted

  • By Gary Glenn on 06-27-17

A Must-read Story!

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

If he'd left off the pro-feminist drivel, this would be s 5 star book. The Writer does have a great sense of humor.

  • Magician: Apprentice

  • Riftwar, Book 1
  • By: Raymond E. Feist
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,172
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,171

To the forest on the shore of the Kingdom of the Isles, the orphan Pug came to study with the master magician Kulgan. But though his courage won him a place at court and the heart of a lovely princess, he was ill at ease with the normal ways of wizardry. Yet Pug's strange sort of magic would one day change forever the fates of two worlds. For dark beings from another world had opened a rift in the fabric of spacetime to being again the age-old battle between the forces of Order and Chaos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic! Just as good as I remember

  • By Sean on 11-15-17

FINALLY!

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

I can't imagine why the Author held back so long in releasing this to audio book format, but I'm glad he finally did!
Now, if we can just get a better narrator. Perhaps one without a British accent? An American maybe?

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Babylon's Ashes

  • The Expanse, Book 6
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 19 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,579
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,909
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,878

The Free Navy - a violent group of Belters in black-market military ships - has crippled the Earth and begun a campaign of piracy and violence among the outer planets. The colony ships heading for the thousand new worlds on the far side of the alien ring gates are easy prey, and no single navy remains strong enough to protect them. James Holden and his crew know the strengths and weaknesses of this new force better than anyone.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • lots of filler

  • By Jesse Stevens II on 12-21-16

Lost plot

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

Reviewed: 08-14-17

With each book in this series, a little more of what made it initially appealing is lost: i. e. the proto molecule threat: Detective Miller, etc.
Now, it seems to be more a series of silly lectures about whst the Authors vision of the future should be, ad nauseum.
Hope the TV shows don't go the ssme route.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Abaddon's Gate

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 18 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,099

The alien artifact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has appeared in Uranus's orbit, where it has built a massive gate that leads to a starless dark. Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artifact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core. As the emissaries of the human race try to find whether the gate is an opportunity or a threat, the greatest danger is the one they brought with them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Is humanity ready for the stars?

  • By Lore on 02-03-14

Good not stellar

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

Reviewed: 07-06-17

In the main, it's a good story. There are however some concepts being pushed ad future norms that are both ludicrous and unacceptable : i. e. - Male spouses being referred to as "wives", and a female Methodist minister being referred to as a "priest"! That's just insane.

  • Spellmonger

  • Spellmonger, Book 1
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,023
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,004

Minalan gave up a promising career as a professional warmage to live the quiet life of a village spellmonger in the remote mountain valley of Boval. It was a peaceful, beautiful little fief, far from the dangerous feudal petty squabbles of the Five Duchies, on the world of Callidore. There were cows. Lots of cows. And cheese. For six months things went well. Then one night Minalan is forced to pick up his mageblade again to defend his adopted home from the vanguard of an army of goblins bent on a genocidal crusade against all mankind. And that was the good news.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific Book! A great adult fantasy series.

  • By Eric on 07-27-17

Simply Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

Can hardly wait to see what comes next in the series. Highly recommended to all but younger folks.

  • Dragons of Winter Night

  • Dragonlance: Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Tracy Hickman, Margaret Weis
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,807
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,672

Now the people know that the dragon minions of Takhisis, Queen of Dragons, have returned. The people of all nations prepare to fight to save their homes, their lives, and their freedom. But the races have long been divided by hatred and prejudice. Elven warriors and human knights fight among themselves. It seems the battle has been lost before it begins. The companions are separated, torn apart by war. A full season will pass before they meet again - if they meet again.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • so....many....dramatic.....pauses

  • By Gabe Shulman on 04-06-16

Okay

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

Reviewed: 10-13-16

It bogs down at times, but it was okay. The female voicings were irritating.

  • Dreadnaught

  • The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell - introduction
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,901
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,102

The first book of best-selling sci-fi author Jack Campbell’s new series Beyond the Frontier returns to find Captain John “Black Jack" Geary, the hero of the Lost Fleet series, awoken from cryogenic sleep to take command of the fleet. Geary’s legendary exploits have earned him the adoration of the people—and the enmity of politicians convinced that a living hero can be a very inconvenient thing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Got me into audio science fiction audio books!

  • By ApplesOverOranges on 07-06-13

What a space odyssey should be...

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

Reviewed: 12-14-14

Would you listen to Dreadnaught again? Why?

Good story line. Good characters. Good baddies. Good narration. Even the pacing was great. 4 stars for brevity and lack of realism in some aspects.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dreadnaught?

The rescue of humans from the Alien prison asteroid.

Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell (Introduction) ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, this is my first.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reactions here.

Any additional comments?

A very worth-while read. Recommended definitely.