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  • Galaxy's Edge, Part III

  • By: Jason Anspach, Nick Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,004
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,830
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,816

Daring heroics, sacrifice, and courage come together as the Legion attempts to contain the fire sparked at the Battle of Tarrago. But the galaxy is spiraling into all-out war. Captain Chhun's Dark Ops squad is reunited with Wraith. When their mission to deny Goth Sulluss the shipyards he so eagerly desires goes awry, Chhun and Wraith must find a way to stop the Black Fleet's advance - even if it costs them their lives. Meanwhile, an old friend from Nether Ops executes a covert operation that will turn the focus of the Last War of the Republic in a terrible new direction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • only problem I had

  • By kagan w on 08-18-18

Meh. It's all been done before.

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

Seriously. I don't know what these guys were thinking. This whole saga might as well be the Han Solo origin story. It's not even subtle. Hard to criticize specifics without huge spoilers, and most of it isn't terrible, but it "borrows" heavily from Star Wars. Right down to the force (telekinesis and force ghosts anyone?) and Han frickin' Solo. Of course they don't CALL their Han Solo character "Han Solo", but that's who he is.

It was all going ok, despite the blatant SW ripoff, but then they brought in the Cylons.

Not just a nod to Battlestar Gallactica, but actual fracking Cylons in all but name.

One of these guys is a great writer. The other one just drags the story down. Too bad I don't know which is which. I'll just have to avoid both from now on. RC Bray plugs through it as usual. He does a good job for the most part, but bad writing can't be saved by decent narration.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Galaxy's Edge, Part II

  • By: Jason Anspach, Nick Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,552
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,335

Legion Dark Ops calls upon Chhun, Wraith, and the survivors of Victory Company to form an elite Kill Team of legionnaires in the aftermath of the Battle of Kublar. Their mission is clear: find and eliminate those responsible for the Kublar disaster. Standing between them and their objective are a maze of corrupt Republic officials, a spy on the verge of losing himself in deep cover, and the Zhee - a murderous species that will stop at nothing. But the biggest threat of all might be the truth they seek to uncover - a truth that could ignite a revolution. And engulf the galaxy in flames.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good military/sci-fi series

  • By Rusty on 06-06-18

Not sure what happened here.

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

The first book was excellent. It left me really wanting to know what happened next. Well, scratch the first half of this book. It's a good part of the story, and fairly well written for what it is, but it feels misplaced. It fills in some backstory at least. The second half of the book should have been great, but it was a plodding half-hearted let down to say the least. There isn't much to like about the second half of the book. We're introduced to laughably stereotypical new characters (captain Vampa (not sure if I spelled that one right... can't find an external reference and I don't have a print copy) is absolutely cringe-worthy). And even the few bits following Exo, which should be the climax of a major story arc, seem anticlimactic.

I'm still gonna stick with it though.

K.T.F.

  • Death's End

  • By: Cixin Liu, Ken Liu - translator
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 28 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,973
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,967

Half a century after the Doomsday Battle, the uneasy balance of Dark Forest Deterrence keeps the Trisolaran invaders at bay. Earth enjoys unprecedented prosperity due to the infusion of Trisolaran knowledge. With human science advancing daily and the Trisolarans adopting Earth culture, it seems that the two civilizations will soon be able to coexist peacefully as equals, without the terrible threat of mutually assured annihilation. But the peace has also made humanity complacent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fermi paradox meets first contact.

  • By John S. Robinson on 10-01-16

Never trust the fate of humanity to Chinese women,

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

as doing so will definitely cause humanity to suffer and eventually perish. Even given every chance to spare humanity, they will destroy it in the name of love, and will eventually choose to let humanity die rather than see the rebirth of the universe.

The series has a few other issues as well, but they are mostly in the form of otherwise intelligent people making incredibly stupid decisions. While they always have their reasons for being so obtuse, it gets old quickly.

My other big problem with the series is that the author basically describes other dimensions as slightly different versions of the three dimensional universe. It's pretty simple to describe two dimensions in this manner, but when four dimensional space is just more three dimensional, there may be a problem. Although it would be easy to put it off on the translation.

Lots of neat ideas, but I think I would have rather had them come from another author in a different story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Black Ops

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 4
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22,144
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,789
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,706

The elite crew of the pirate ship UNS Flying Dutchman had a simple mission: determining whether the Thuranin are sending another starship to Earth. Along the way, they became sidetracked by securing a future for the UNEF troops on the planet Paradise. When asked whether Earth was now safe, their ancient alien AI responded "Not so much"...now they have to deal with the consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Solid continuation that fizzles at the end

  • By Tyson S Sukeforth on 10-04-17

Best of the series so far

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

Reviewed: 10-17-17

While this series of books is on the somewhat mindless entertainment side, it has been quite fun so far. It works like any buddy story, and the interaction between Joe and the beer can is great. The only thing I don't like is that the aliens are all just like people. Even the lizards. I can get past it though. I used to love Star Trek.

As an audiobook series, it's great for a long commute. I can't wait for the next one.

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,606

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

Refreshing

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

Reviewed: 07-19-17

Books like this one are why I keep reading contemporary science fiction. A rare find.

  • Fallen Dragon

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 26 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,515
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,406

In the distant future, corporations have become sustainable communities with their own militaries, and corporate goals have essentially replaced political ideology. On a youthful, rebellious impulse, Lawrence joined the military of a corporation that he now recognizes to be ruthless and exploitative. His only hope for escape is to earn enough money to buy his place in a better corporation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another awesome book.

  • By Brian M. Jeffries on 11-13-16

Leave the gratuitous child-sex out of sci-fi.

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

Reviewed: 07-07-17

What did you like about this audiobook?

Nothing

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

I'm not interested in anything this book (or now author) has to offer.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

He does nothing like this at all.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

If an old man reading highly descriptive-to-the-point-of-pornography sex scenes between a *very young* couple is your thing, nothing at all.

I found it unnecessary and cringe inducing. Not entirely the fault of the narrator, the subject matter being what it was. We all have to eat.

He (in this case mercifully) does speak in a near monotone for the most part.

Do you have any additional comments?

If we could keep the gratuitous sex scenes read by creepy old men to a minimum, that would be great.

Returned.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Paradise

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 3
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26,860
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,090

While the crew of the starship Flying Dutchman have been trying to assure people that hostile aliens do not have access to Earth, the UN Expeditionary Force has been stranded on the planet they nicknamed "Paradise". The Flying Dutchman is headed back out on another mission, and the UN wants the ship to find out the status of the humans on Paradise.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • running out of ideas...

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-08-17

I thought this was going to be a trilogy.

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

Reviewed: 06-22-17

Where does Paradise rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's somewhere over in the "meh" pile.

Would you be willing to try another book from Craig Alanson? Why or why not?

Yeah. I still want to know whats up with Skippy.

Which character – as performed by R.C. Bray – was your favorite?

Skippy, of course.

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

I laughed once or twice. But I wouldn't call it extreme laughter. It's not like I was skydiving while listening to the book.

Any additional comments?

I was kind of hoping for the big wrap up with this one. It was not delivered. Skippy's story hardly developed at all in this one, which was kind of disappointing.

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,779
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28,731

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Mohannad Ahmed on 03-10-18

No sequels please.

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

Reviewed: 06-13-17

Super smart high school teacher meets unbelievably stupid scientists.

Hilarity ensues.

The narrator was okay​ though.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Calamity

  • The Reckoners, Book 3
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,618
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,042

When Calamity lit up the sky, the Epics were born. David's fate has been tied to their villainy ever since that historic night. Steelheart killed his father. Firefight stole his heart. And now Regalia has turned his closest ally into a dangerous enemy. David knew Prof's secret and kept it even when Prof struggled to control the effects of his Epic powers. But facing Obliteration in Babilar was too much. Once the Reckoners' leader, Prof has now embraced his Epic destiny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Climactic Battles Second Chances? as Calamity Ends

  • By Don Gilbert on 02-18-16

Meh

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

Reviewed: 05-30-17

About what one should expect from the genre... not great, but not terrible. Frequently cringe worthy, but OK for a boring commute.

The whole "stylized s" thing bugs me though. We all know what it refers to... not coming out and saying it feels cheap.

  • The Remaining

  • By: D. J. Molles
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,878
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,567
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,564

In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Die Hard Meets 28 Days Later

  • By G Wallace on 01-10-14

Stupid protagonist is stupid.

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

Reviewed: 10-31-16

This author seems to have a thing for creating incompetent and unlikeable protagonists. The basic premise is massively flawed as well. If the real government operated this way, we wouldn't need a plague to kill us all.