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  • Gateway

  • By: Frederik Pohl
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Robert J. Sawyer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,537
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,548

When prospector Bob Broadhead went out to Gateway on the Heechee spacecraft, he decided he would know which was the right mission to make him his fortune. Three missions later, now famous and permanently rich, Robinette Broadhead has to face what happened to him and what he is...in a journey into himself as perilous and even more horrifying than the nightmare trip through the interstellar void that he drove himself to take!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A human-focused SF classic

  • By Ryan on 12-05-13

Still refreshing 40 years later! Brilliant classic SF

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

Reviewed: 02-20-19

Narrator is the best, too. Remarkable in several different ways. Forty years since I first read it, mostly forgotten, & with forty more years of life experience...I think it has to be even a better experience now than in my early 20’s. The progress made in recent technology is basically irrelevant. Just a gorgeous piece of SF story-telling. Review by Rick, late at night on Feb 19, 2019

  • Hive War

  • Galactic Liberation, Book 4
  • By: B. V. Larson, David VanDyke
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632

The Republic, the Opters, and a strange Crystalline race of unknown origin all meet in a series of titanic battles. Commodore Straker summons thousands of ships, but he soon learns he’s technologically outclassed by the enemy. With traditional victory impossible, the race is on for each side to destroy the key worlds of the other. Billions die, entire planets are destroyed. Even while the war rages, dark suspicions grow. There are traitors in the midst of the chaos. Straker realizes the worst enemy is the one you believed to be your ally....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best one yet!

  • By Bryan Ball on 11-27-18

First Four in Series are Great!

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

Reviewed: 02-13-19

Great characters, plot, battles, & aliens for a space opera series. Narration is excellent, too. Each book is worth getting. Review by Rick. February 13, 2019

  • Starship Liberator

  • Galactic Liberation, Book 1
  • By: David VanDyke, B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,814
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,616

The Hundred Worlds have withstood invasion by the relentless Hok for decades. The human worlds are strong, but the Hok have the resources of a thousand planets behind them, and their fleets attack in endless waves. The long war has transformed the Hundred Worlds into heavily fortified star systems. Their economies are geared for military output, and they raise specialized soldiers to save our species. Assault Captain Derek Straker is one such man among many.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A promising introduction to a new sci-fi series

  • By D M on 07-16-17

GREAT SF SERIES. Did #3 first. Still great #1 later

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

Several tech concepts I really liked. Great narration. SF action hardly stopped in both books I’ve heard. Love the alien [Zaxby (?)] & his race after a while. Strong, somewhat stereotypical main characters. The different governments fighting have major secrets which Derrick discovers after a time, & he adapts like a (violent!) Boy Scout hero. Some romance is fine. I SPEND FULL CREDITS ON THESE, which I usually don’t do for the 7-11 hr series. These are more like 16-18 hours & worth it! Review by Rick Feb 1, 2019

  • Flagship Victory

  • Galactic Liberation, Book 3
  • By: B. V. Larson, David VanDyke
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,279
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,189

Commodore Straker faces new enemies as neighboring interstellar empires decide his New Republic is a growing threat. A two-front war develops, and the Liberator must face both the Mutuality and the Hundred Worlds. Even as the fighting rages, the mysterious Opters are on the move. They make a diplomatic effort to reach out to Straker - but can he trust the Hive Masters? Will they help or stab him in the back?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed in this 3rd book

  • By DavidZeb on 04-03-18

I love this SF series.

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

Some future & alien tech ideas are fresh. Great narrator who does distinct types of voices well, for a human. Almost nonstop action. I enjoy the author”s use of great quotes from history—not constant but occasionally. Review by Rick. January 27, 2019

  • Hell Divers III: Deliverance

  • The Hell Divers series, Book 3
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,530
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,094
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,080

Left for dead on the nightmarish surface of the planet, Commander Michael Everhart and his team of Hell Divers barely escape with their lives aboard a new airship called Deliverance. After learning that Xavier "X" Rodriguez may still be alive, they mount a rescue mission for the long-lost hero. In the skies, the Hive is falling apart, but Captain Jordan is more determined than ever to keep humanity in their outdated lifeboat. He will do whatever it takes to keep the ship in the air - even murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another awesome entry in a great series!

  • By Lisa L on 05-15-18

Turned out to be a nice series of its type

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

I loved the helldiver concept & how it is used to resist the death of mankind. This 3rd book introduces some nice changes & surprises. Love the characters of Rodriguez & his dog! Other people are well done also, but a bit confusing to keep straight. Looking forward to the rest, which I will probably get in Audible special sales, since they are around 9-11 hours long. I like to get at least around 20 hours of listening for a credit—-Amazon is making beaucoup bucks off us! We may have spent $4000 plus over the years so far. By Rick Jan 16, 2019

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  • Last Stand: The Complete Box Set

  • By: William Weber
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 24 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,092
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,947

Four audiobooks in one box set: Last Stand: Surviving America's Collapse, Last Stand: Patriots, Last Stand: Warlords, and Last Stand: Turning the Tide. John Mack, a prepper and former soldier, struggles to save his family and community after an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) takes out the country's electrical grid. With most electronics, communications, and transportation destroyed in a matter of seconds, the nation quickly collapses into anarchy. Threats emerge from enemies both foreign and domestic.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed feelings on "The Last Stand" series

  • By filmakr on 11-03-18

Constitutional principles, not party politics, make the books

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

Reviewed: 11-22-18

I’m patriotic, but not a Republican or trumper. This military/survivalist trilogy was encouraging & enjoyable. I served in the military understanding I could die for our country & democratic values, under Reagan. I would not want to be enlisted in 2018 under this showboating dumbass... Although overly simplistic, this was good veteran “fantasy,” & had lots of historical references & prepper tips. Reviewed by Rick, Nov 22,2018.

  • Whistlers

  • A Shrouded World, Book 1
  • By: Mark Tufo, John O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,984
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,858

Jack Walker and Michael Talbot come from two worlds; the same, yet different. They both find themselves transported into an alien one, where things aren’t as they seem. While it appears similar to the ones they come from, there are some terrifying differences. Is it a dream? Or has reality been somehow warped? Jack comes from a world filled with nocturnal creatures that were once human, but now seek to destroy the last vestiges of humanity.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun but lacks direction

  • By Drew (@drewsant) on 07-25-15

Zombie Story, but...plus...plus...plus. Trippy!

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

The authors added some extra zing to make this version better than a typical zombie story. Gets better, stranger, & more complicated as it moves along. One of the main characters annoyed me at first, but really makes it much cooler midway. No spoilers from me. A neat collaboration. Review by Rick October 15, 2018

  • Earthcore

  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,807
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,311

EarthCore is the company with the technology, the resources, and the guts to go after the mother lode. Young executive Connell Kirkland is the company's driving force, pushing himself and those around him to uncover the massive treasure. But at three miles below the surface, where the rocks are so hot they burn bare skin, something has been waiting for centuries. Waiting...and guarding. Kirkland and EarthCore are about to find out first-hand why this treasure has never been unearthed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start, but it gained momentum quick

  • By Jan on 12-15-17

Would be a great SF action-adventure movie

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

Looking forward to the second in series, although this book stands alone very well. Very good, not perfect, narration. Good development of about the top ten characters. Quite violent, and not much sex. Review by Rick, Oct 2, 2018

  • The Raft

  • A Novel
  • By: Fred Strydom
  • Narrated by: Julie McKay, James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

On Day Zero, the collapse of civilization was as instantaneous as it was inevitable. A mysterious and oppressive movement rose to power in the aftermath, forcing people into isolated communes run like regimes. Kayle Jenner finds himself trapped on a remote beach, and all that remains of his life before is the vague and haunting vision of his son. In his relentless search for his son, Kayle will discover more than just his lost past. He will discover the truth behind Day Zero - a truth that makes both fools and gods of men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique Apocalyptic Tale

  • By Bob on 01-25-17

Could not go past a third of it. Did not improve for me

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

Lots & lots of narrations of people’s lives/dreams/memories/hallucinations... no real SF technology, just a dystopian alternate reality. Reminds me of Southern Reach Trilogy, which I mostly HATED waiting for it to get better... review by Rick, Sept 17, 2018.

  • The Air Raid Killer

  • By: Frank Goldammer, Steve Anderson
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

 In the final days of the Third Reich, with the historic city of Dresden on the brink of destruction, terrifying rumors spread about the Fright Man, a demonic killer who exploited the cover of a nighttime air raid siren to mutilate and kill a young nurse. Just as seasoned detective Max Heller begins investigating, the Fright Man kills again... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting thriller!

  • By Mrs Rex on 07-26-18

Brilliant, or close to it. An* historical visit to Dresden

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

Great fictional detective story, with some Germans who tried their best to keep their humanity. Nicely done twists & turns, & surprises. Love the protagonist Detective Heller. Love the narration by Alexander Cendese, especially for the voice of Harold (no spoilers given). Could be interesting sequel from an historical perspective. The unwritten memories of people born before 1935 are quickly being lost. Review by Rick, Sept 2,2018.
* “an” is a proper English usage before “historical.” HA!

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