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The Solar War audiobook cover art

Ugh

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

Reviewed: 09-12-19

I was 'meh' about the first book in the series but decided to try this one too. I shouldn't have bothered. The writing is boring and there are plenty of areas that can be skipped (and were) and you won't miss anything. That's usually telling of a book.
I got about 1/2 way through and it's not keeping me interested enough to care. I'll be returning this one.

Junk audiobook cover art

Very appropriate title

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

Reviewed: 08-19-19

I'm glad this was free, otherwise I would have returned it. The story is all over the place, going off on needless tangents. The narrator is HORRIBLE. You can't tell who's talking in the story, and his accent and slight lisp make this junk. Just because you can act doesn't mean you can narrate a book. John Waters; please do not narrate any more books.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

All Gifts, Bestowed audiobook cover art

Felt like two different books

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

Reviewed: 08-07-19

The first half of the book was amazing. Even the part (minor spoiler) where you first realize the story jumps ahead a number of years. I remember looking at the time remaining to see how much time was left to do what I thought was going to be done based on the first half of the book (sorry for the vagueness...trying to avoid big spoilers) and thinking that the rest of the book should be just as good. WRONG! The second just-under-half of the book is totally different than the first half and really threw me for a loop. The tenor of the whole story changed, and it was 'meh' for that part. The last part of the book, the part that closely tied in with the first, felt rushed and not thoroughly thought out. I think I know what happened, but it's left open to interpretation a bit. I don't know that I would bother with this one unless you really have nothing else to spend your credit on.
RC Bray - A master of his craft, as usual.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Commune: Book Four audiobook cover art

Not as good as the others, but still enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 07-26-19

As others have said, this is the weakest of the series. Gayou gets way too wordy for my taste, and I found I was skipping ahead a lot, especially in the middle third of the book or so. This book could have been quite a bit shorter and it probably would have been more enjoyable. There was just too much filler.
That being said, the 'meat' of the book was very good. It showed how far people would go to protect their own, and there isn't always a 'right' or 'wrong' answer. If someone came to you and tried to force you to figure out a way to feed both of you, and they will just take your resources if you can't figure it out in a week, and you end up removing that person from the equation because you know you would both end up starving if you were to share your resources, who is wrong in that instance? The person forcing themselves upon you to share a resource that you know there isn't enough of, or you for 'removing' that person from the equation? You're both trying to take care or yourselves; what would you do?
This is the overriding theme of this book; who's right? Who's wrong?
There have been several reviews here that complained that the characters weren't acting 'as they should'. I don't see that. The two factions' characters changed some, sure, but they changed based on their circumstances. However, their underlying personality was still there and would come through often. Other reviewers have also complained that the ending is 'open'. Well, of course it is. The characters in the book are still going on with their lives. How would you end it differently? Yes, there are still some unanswered questions, but not nearly what other reviewers are saying if you're astute enough to pick up the subtleties.
So, long and short: No, this isn't as good as the other books, but it is still worth a listen, albeit with some skipping here and there.
Of course.....RC Bray is absolutely brilliant in his performance.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Fall; or, Dodge in Hell audiobook cover art

So slow and boring

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

Reviewed: 07-01-19

It's a great premise, but the author seems like he just wants to use every word in the dictionary in this book. Waaaay too wordy when it doesn't need to be. I can now see why this book is 30+ hours long. I'm guessing it could easily be 75% of that and be a better book. Listened to about 2 hours and the story still hasn't left the gate. Deleting this one.

The Worldship Humility audiobook cover art

Wasn't sure at first, then ended up loving it.

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

Reviewed: 06-17-19

It took a while to get used to the writing style and whatnot, but once I did, I couldn't stop listening. The character interaction is great, and there are so many little humor nuances that you'll miss if you're not paying attention. Looking forward to the next one!

Outland audiobook cover art

Started out pretty good, then went downhill

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

Reviewed: 06-17-19

The idea of the story is good, but it's not executed well. It feels rushed and grossly underdeveloped; both the story and the characters. I wanted to like it and kept listening, but I won't be finishing it. I won't be returning it because I listened to so much of it, but I don't care enough about it to finish. Definitely won't be continuing the series (if there is one).
Ray Porter did a great job as always.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Multitude audiobook cover art

Not as good as the first

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

Reviewed: 05-21-19

The writing didn't seem as good as the first book. This one had a lot of needless 'suspense' built in. For example, Angela has an idea of what may be going on, but keeps stringing Vaughn along because she's not sure if she's correct. Who would do that, especially in a situation like they're in?? You would state your ideas and maybe the other person could help. It was suspense added in that didn't make sense.
The emotions of the two didn't ssem to jive with their situation either. One second their fine, another second their freaking out (over seemingly mundane things), then they're fine again when they're in a dire situation. Didn't make sense...
I'll most likely listen to the third because I want to know how it ends, but that's pretty much the only reason.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Space Force audiobook cover art

Rude, crude, and funny

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

Reviewed: 04-12-19

A fun parody that pokes fun at just about everything. The author makes fun of his own past books, makes fun of writers' tendencies in general, breaks the 'fourth wall' (I think that's what it's called), and just all around has fun w/ the book.
As my title suggests, it is very rude and the language is definitely NOT for the kids. It's a nice change of pace if you need a break from more serious books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Dead Moon audiobook cover art

By far the worst of the series

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

I don't remember all the specifics from the two previous books, but I know I enjoyed them much more than this latest installment. There didn't seem to be as much mystery and suspense with this one. It basically boils down to a book about zombies on the moon. The end changes that up a bit, but it was still very predictable.
I'm not sure that this one is even worth listening to.
Ray Porter was amazing as always. I think the book was as tolerable as it was because of him.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful