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  • The Forever

  • The Forever, Book 1
  • By: Craig Robertson
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338

Jupiter, thrown off orbit, will destroy Earth in less than a century. Jon Ryan volunteers for the most ambitious, desperate mission ever conceived: His consciousness must be transferred into an experimental android host, where he'll live an immortal - and lonely - life. Jon's only companion on his 50-year voyage is his ship's irritable AI. The US president wants Jon dead and is willing to sacrifice his own people to eliminate Jon. An alien species has vowed a holy war to eliminate all humans, either on Earth or wherever they might run. Only Jon can protect humans from their enemies.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Pass if you want smart sci-fi

  • By Ian McCurdy on 09-04-18

Has its entertaining moments

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

Lots of snarkiness just for snarkiness sake. The story itself could have been more interesting but the author decided to design it to be 90 percent tongue-in-cheek which was moderately tolerable but then the author decided to go full left wing bananas on the novel. Without betraying any spoilers the best I can describe it is that it attempts to pull off a liberal version of a B. V. Larson novel but lacking much substance. The science aspects mainy evolve around flying through several known astrological locations in search of a second Earth-like planet. The other SciFi elements like human mind-to-android transference is explained on very superficial terms.

Gave up halfway in after the author decided to depict a futuristic President Clinton descendant in benevolent terms but then describe the present uber-Hitlerian megalomaniac and homicidal president to the centuries past President Trump.

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  • The Severed Realm

  • The Riven Gates, Book 2
  • By: Michael G. Manning
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 101

Mordecai’s shattered family is in chaos, but the world won’t wait for them to recover. Trapped by a fiendish plot he didn’t foresee, Mordecai finds himself powerless to redeem himself or defend his family. Alone and surrounded by enemies, Lady Rose has only her wits to protect those she loves. Though every hand turns against her, Rose Thornbear refuses to give up, and she will sacrifice whatever is necessary to save Penny’s family, whether the price is her rank, dignity, or even her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Fantastic Book By Manning!

  • By FullMetal on 10-06-18

Another entertaining episode in the Illeniel Saga

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

I haven't taken the time to count them but I'm fairly certain that Mordecai has surpassed in both quantity and difficulty that of even Heracles' adventures. Michael G. Manning doesn't disappoint in this novel to find finds ways to add newer and unexplored phenomenon and travels to keep the story both interesting and compelling.

I will also add that he also finds a way to tastefully create several moments of literary soft porn from a budding involvement of a heretofore unrequited love interest, whose breadcrumb had been dropped many books back and seemingly left to obscurity. These types of revival of past fleeting moments seem undeniable that, while it may not have been fleshed out back several years ago, they were intentionally placed there with full expectation of using them to broaden the saga's story arc in the future.

Alex Wyndham continues to provide a stellar performance in narrating these novels.

  • The Spear of Stars

  • The Cycle of Galand, Book 5
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 20 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 455
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426

The White Lich has conquered Tanar Atain. Soon, he means to take the entire world. Dante suspects his next target will be Bressel, where the Tanarians have established their court in exile. The only chance to stop the lich will be to forge a fragile alliance between the bitter enemies of three different lands: Tanar Atain, Mallon, and Narashtovik. The city stands on the brink of rebellion. Yet even if Dante, Blays, and Gladdic can unite it, they still might not have the strength to stand against the army of the lich.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected progression with twists, mystery, humor

  • By Small Mountain on 10-15-18

Another entertaining episode in the series

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

Edward W. Robertson continues to demonstrate why he remains one of my top-tier writers and Tim Gerard Reynolds performance is always a treat to listen to. Robertson gifted ability to vividly create newer and different environs with his powerful use of wonderful metaphors is simply amazing.

While I enjoyed this novel, Dante and Blaise's battles are becoming a bit repetitive. Still, I look forward to the next book in this series.

  • The Others

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 735
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732

Dan Delgado is a private investigator. He’s unenthusiastic, and unmatched. As a former San Francisco detective, he misses more meaningful work, but he hasn’t had the heart for it since his wife’s death five years prior. That is, until a phone call from a distraught mother, an illegal immigrant who can’t go to the police, puts him on the hunt for a missing little girl. By the time he reaches the mother’s small home, she’s missing, too. Then a team of heavily armed mercenaries arrive. Delgado and crew are plunged into a dangerous world of corporate competition, UFO lore, and government cover-ups.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action packed humor

  • By Bree Salyer on 07-31-18

An interesting take on the UFO phenomenon

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

I enjoyed listening to a well written and unique variation to the UFO sightings, not the least of which having to do with R. C. Bray's superb performance. The science portions were a bit on the light side the most significant being superficial explanation of nannites. Still, the story was interesting and I mostly enjoyed it.

  • Mavericks

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 6
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,221
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,826

The remnants of the Expeditionary Force stranded on the alien-controlled planet "Paradise" get a chance to prove themselves, in a simple off-world training mission with a ship full of teenage alien cadets. When the mission goes horribly wrong and the survival of everyone on Paradise is at risk, the Merry Band of Pirates may have to come to the rescue. Unless they get killed first.... 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Trouble on Paradise pt. II

  • By Kurtis Karr on 09-27-18

Moves the story along well

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

The story arc is clearly broken into two parallel activities; one with Skippy and Merry Band of Pirates and the other with Capt. Perkins and her squad on Paradise. Both activities are crucial to the survival of humans on Paradise and, possibly, humankind altogether. The two activities, while tangentially related could be self-contained novels having me wonder if the author plans to create a new series based on Capt. Perkins adventures.

Craig Alanson's writing contains lots of detailed scientific endeavors along with an ample amount of humor to keep ears in the reading for the next zinger to hit and R. C. Bray delivers an excellent performance, as expected.

  • Mordecai

  • The Riven Gates, Book 1
  • By: Michael G. Manning
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

Years have passed since the last of the Dark Gods was defeated, and Lothion has entered an age of peace and prosperity. Mordecai’s oldest children have already begun to make a place for themselves, and his youngest are on the cusp of adulthood. By every outward measure, his life has been a success; he has earned his reward. However, Tyrion, the first wizard and brutal liberator of mankind, has returned with an agenda of his own, and dark things continue to stir at the edges of civilization, threatening to undo Mordecai’s accomplishments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Manning does it again

  • By billy on 08-22-18

Felt like an anime re-cap interlude

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

Michael G. Manning writing style is still very well written and Alex Wyndham makes it more lively with his excellent narration performance. Even so, much of this novel seemed like a re-hash of his previous Mageborn and Illeniel novels rather than a full new addition to the series. There were certainly new adventures, disasters and heart-wrenching surprises so I did very much enjoy those parts.

  • Reign of Iron

  • By: Angus Watson
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350

Caesar's soldiers have murdered, massacred, and pillaged their way through Gaul and loom on the far side of the sea, ready to descend upon Britain - with them are an unstoppable legion of men twisted by dark magic. Somehow Queen Lowa must repel the invasion, although her best general is dead and her young druid powerless. She faces impossible odds, but when the alternative is death or slavery, a warrior queen will do whatever it takes to save her people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I don't know if it can get better than this

  • By Marlene on 10-04-15

Caesar meets his match

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

Right off, the whole concept that 55BC Britain was tribal and to quote Hobbs, "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short" is entirely believable; as is the possibility that most tribes were run by brutal and avarice leaders. However, the parts where a beneficent matriarchal leader, Queen Lowa, could unite all these tribes within a few years is on the fever dream side of fantasy; let alone the meta-powerful druids bits. The ending, while wrapping up most of the loose ends was a bit unsatisfying in that it seemed rushed and not fully developed.

With that said, it's not uncommon for more recent fantasy novels to portray these types of events occurring, Game of Thrones being the most obvious. Where I take issue with it in the story is that its design to imagine it existing in pre-literate British society. Mostly because it then begs the question of why weren't there other notable matriarchal British rulers following that era; especially, considering how enlightened Lowa had been.

Still, it was a self-acclaimed fantasy and I enjoyed the entire series and would recommend it for anyone who enjoys a lot of battle bloodlust and seeing Caesar getting his butt kicked by a couple of women.

  • Age of Iron

  • By: Angus Watson
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 864
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 863

Dug Sealskinner is a down-on-his-luck mercenary traveling south to join up with King Zadar's army. But he keeps rescuing the wrong people. First Spring, a child he finds scavenging on the battlefield, and then Lowa, one of Zadar's most fearsome warriors, who has vowed revenge on the king for her sister's execution. Now Dug's on the wrong side of the thousands-strong army he hoped to join - and worse, Zadar has bloodthirsty druid magic on his side.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joe Ambercrombie style

  • By Stephen on 09-19-14

A Riveting Book 1

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

I first rated this, as well as book 2 straight 5s back in 2014/2015 but neglected to provide reviews. I recall wanting to finish the trilogy but book 3 had yet to be released. In considering a newer novel by this author I noticed that book 3 had been released later that year and I had been unawares* so I purchased it but decided to re-listen from the start and provide reviews after each.

Angus Watson is an exceptional author as is Sean Barrett as a narrator. The set of primary characters are diverse and each have well-crafted character arcs along with many of the secondary characters. The story itself is an imagined telling of Rome's first failed attempt to conquer Britain back in the Iron Age and includes both good and evil mages in the form of druids.

Without getting too much into the story I will add that this and the other books fall very much into the adult category. There is an excess of brutality, torture, mindless killing and lots of foul language with the language mostly falling into the crude baser usage.

Even so, for those who enjoy large amounts of hilarious sarcasm and lots of surprise twists and turns along with some charming sections and an entertaining love story, you will not be disappointed with this novel. It delivers!

* Since most of Audible's selections are book series, they really should implement a system that informs listeners of when a new book within a previously purchased series becomes available.

  • The Circuit

  • By: Rhett C. Bruno
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 28 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 346

Earth is a dying planet. To survive, humanity founds the Circuit, a string of colonies across the solar system, dedicated to mining resources vital to preserving what remains of mankind. Here there are no heroes or villains, only those willing to do what's necessary to survive. The New Earth Tribunal, a powerful religious faction, has risen to rule the Circuit. They believe a Spirit within the Earth will one day appear and welcome humanity back home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An author who understands science fiction and true story telling!

  • By Alan McDonald on 07-03-18

Epic Space Opera

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

Rhett C. Bruno showed himself as being a top tier author and a person who knew how to create a story that was so addictive that my weary mind was at constant battle with my unsated curiosity over what came next. Jefferson Mays excellent narration made it even more so difficult to put it down.

The characters were both interesting and multi-faceted. Even the main antagonist, while an epic-level sociopath, was written in such a way to fairly portray his position against the current theocratic galactic empire. He did take quite a bit of authorial license with respect to some of the physics involved; especially with respect to Sage's cyberarm and ADIM's meta-super-abilities. The love-at-first sight aspect between Sage and Talon was hard to believe but the final scene between those two was quite poignant.

All-in-all, a fine novel for those who enjoy epic space opera.

  • First and Only

  • By: Peter Flannery
  • Narrated by: RD Watson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Do you believe in psychics? What if there really was someone who could see into the future, read people's thoughts, and move things with their mind? What kind of person would they be, and how would they reveal themselves to the world? Psimon is just such a man, a real and genuine psychic. But Psimon has a problem. In five days' time he is going to die at the hands of a serial killer known only as Lucifer. His only hope is to enlist the services of former SAS soldier Steve Brennus, a man whose family life and business have just collapsed in ruins.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow developing, but the story comes around

  • By Allen Anthony on 04-12-16

Mutant Singularity

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

The story is a dark murder mystery that spans almost 20 years all centering around stopping a serial murderer. The story held together fairly well until the author decided to have the protagonist, Simon, inflate the importance of additional characters to include UK and US admirals and generals to play crucial roles in the hunt for the murderer who had, while still heinous, killed less than a dozen people over the many years.

Still, it was a good read and the narrator was quite good.