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  • Solitude

  • Dimension Space, Book 1
  • By: Dean M. Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray, Julia Whelan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,083
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,083

A mysterious wave of light wipes humanity from the planet, leaving only one person in its wake. After months of desperate isolation, Earth’s last man discovers he’s not alone. The last woman is stranded alone aboard the International Space Station. Can Vaughn find a path to space and back? Can Angela - the only person with clues to the mystery behind humanity's disappearance - survive until he does? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What. A. Story.

  • By Brian on 06-16-17

Pretty good brain candy

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

Total bullshit but a fun listen nonetheless. I don't think I won't give anything away when I say that this is a PA tale with only 2 people remaining after a cataclysmic event. What I mean by bullshit is the type of event and the insufficiently explained disappearance of all living things. I guess the author was looking for something other than a virus, nukes, aliens or EMP. There are other things that will make fans of the likes of Peter F. Hamilton roll their eyes and sigh, however this book is undeniably fun and fast paced not requiring much, if any, effort and attention. Although I am not a big fan of multiple narrators the combo of R.C. Bray and Julia Whelan works here.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Singularity Trap

  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,038
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,111

When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent.

  • By Amy Snider on 06-13-18

What a treat

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

Wonderful. Best since Bobiverse. Not much else to add. Get this and you will be entertained and very possibly loose a night or 2 of sleep.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52,875
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52,728

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Finished it on the second try

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

Oh how I loved the Martian... Unfortunately this isn't in the same league. It just didn't grab me at all. I was ready to return it after the first hour but gave it a second chance and eventually finished it. A few good parts but overall meh...

  • A Column of Fire

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,310
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,560

In 1558 the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty, and love. Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious divide sweeping across the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Follett is a Master Storyteller

  • By Charles Atkinson on 10-11-17

Very Good! The story of religious hatred

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

The wave of protestantism sweeping through Europe since the middle ages has gained purchase in the new era and this "revolution" becomes unstoppable as catholicism grows more corrupt and determined to hang onto the old ways by means of terror and brutality. As protestantism gains the upper hand in England and other areas, it too becomes divided into preachers of tolerance and hardliners who once persecuted become the persecutors.
All is nicely laid out in this fictional epic tale of a fictional town of Kingsbridge. The religious hatred is real and unbelievably cruel. If you are not one already, this book may may you an atheist. Highly entertaining story with functional characters masterfully inserted into actual historical events. This is one of those books that will for two weeks transport you into the 1600s and the characters will at least for a short time become your second family.

John Lee is simply brilliant performing Follett. It could be because my first exposure to John Lee was in the Pillars of the Earth and I have since listened to many of his other performances. Still, I truly believe that Lee is at his absolute best doing Follett.

Highly recommended!

  • Commune

  • Commune, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,573
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,381

For dinosaurs, it was a big rock. For humans: Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). When the Earth is hit by the greatest CME in recorded history (several times larger than the Carrington Event of 1859), the combined societies of the planet's most developed nations struggle to adapt to a life thrust back into the Dark Ages. In the United States, the military scrambles to speed the nation's recovery on multiple fronts including putting down riots, establishing relief camps, delivering medical aid, and bringing communication and travel back on line. Just as a real foothold is established in retaking the skies (utilizing existing commercial aircraft supplemented by military resources and ground control systems), a mysterious virus takes hold of the population, spreading globally over the very flight routes that the survivors fought so hard to rebuild.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Endless Descriptions

  • By Paul T on 01-05-18

The Walking Dead without the Dead...

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

Reviewed: 01-23-18

Wow. Nice! Finally a PA my wife can also enjoy. Good story and top notch performance. R.C. Bray is just so well suited for this genre. As the headline suggests it reminded me of the Walking Dead a bit (from the first few seasons when it was still good) minus the zombies which is sooo refreshing.
This is an easy listen not requiring any brain activity, just pure fun.
Looking forward to the next installment.

  • Oathbringer

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 55 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27,449
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,863
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25,809

Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strong Storytelling, will upset Kaladin fans

  • By Deana on 11-16-17

Somewhat disappointed

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

Reviewed: 12-28-17

Perhaps my expectations were far to high but I loved books 1 & 2 so much I listened to both for the second time prior to starting book 3 and even the second time around I enjoyed them immensely.

Without giving anything away, and in my humble opinion, "Oathbringer" is overloaded with unnecessary detail (needs more editing?) and with far too much emphasis on Shellan (personally my least favorite character) and her other personas/subplots (as she was to suppose to be the focus of book 2?) Focus on Dalinar and his flashback nerrative was good and I enjoyed that but I really felt like strangling someone when focus shifted to Shellan again and again and again and I just could not wait for her parts to be done...

I thought there were many superbly executed build ups and subsequent climaxes in books 1 and 2 spaced out by well crafted parts filled with interesting details and even though interludes were my least favourite some were great and I begun to like their use and appreciate their importance. Not so much in Othbringer where interludes felt like fillers in an already fragmented book that struggles to deliver flow and built momentum.

I kind of thought Oathbringer was the conclusion of the chronicles but the story did't reach its conclusion and many interludes remain unanswered so i looked it up and there will be at least 6 books with book 4 aiming to be completed by 2020. Hopefully the extra heavy detail in Oathbringer was necessary for the pace to pick up again in book 4.

As for narration, Michael Kramer was a 5 stars hands down but personally I would only rate Kate Reading at 2.5 stars so I rated the overall performance at 3.

  • Hell Divers

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,314
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,275

More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers - men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I usually don't read my SciFi however....!!

  • By Michalena on 10-06-17

meh

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

Reviewed: 09-20-17

3 stars overall because i finished it. I wasn't able to connect with the characters and the whole helium premise is just too implausible.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Cast Under an Alien Sun

  • Destiny's Crucible, Book 1
  • By: Olan Thorensen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,784
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,786

Joe Colsco boarded a flight from San Francisco to Chicago to attend a national chemistry meeting. He would never set foot on Earth again. On planet Anyar, Joe is found unconscious on a beach of a large island inhabited by humans where the level of technology is similar to Earth circa 1700. He awakes amid strangers speaking an unintelligible language and struggles to accept losing his previous life and finding a place in a society with different customs, needing a way to support himself and not knowing a single soul.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slowly we turn, step by step, inch by inch...

  • By Ron on 09-18-17

Nope

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

Reviewed: 09-09-17

Before I return this book I need to say than I simply cannot believe all the positive reviews here. Whaaaaat?

Premise is good as other negative reviews have hinted, execution is not. (both writing and performance are poor)

The pain I had to endure listening to this was probably compounded by the fact that i just finished the Bobiverse and the Entire Commonwealth Saga by Peter F. Hamilton both brilliant.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • SpecOps

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 2
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,790
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,788
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,723

Colonel Joe Bishop made a promise, and he's going to keep it: taking the captured alien starship Flying Dutchman back out. He doesn't agree when the UN decides to send almost 70 elite Special Operations troops, hotshot pilots, and scientists with him; the mission is a fool's errand he doesn't expect to ever return from. At least this time, the Earth is safe, right? Not so much.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY by NO PATIENCE MAN

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 03-18-17

Surprisingly bad; A 'filler' instalment?

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

Reviewed: 04-17-17

I may still get the 3rd one because the 1st book was quite good. I was disappointed in both the story and the narration. Skippy walked a fine line in the first instalment and its character was well crafted to stay on that line not venturing into being annoying. Quite enjoyed that character in the first book. In fact, i though the story kind a sucked until it got to Skippy.

In this second book which is basically about nothing when compared with the first book, Skippy is especially annoying. What does not help is that this book seemed to have been published in haste and it needs at least 2 more rounds of edits. Lot's of repetition! R.C.Bray who is usually quite good managed to make Skippy sounds especially annoying. With the lack of editing, the previously witty and ballsy charakter become a stupid one.

Too bad; I was pretty excited for this one. Like I said, I will still listen to the next one but hopefully editing and narration will improve.

A book I recently finished would like to recommend:
Renegade: Spiral Wars, Book 1
Written by: Joel Shepherd
Narrated by: John Lee

http://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Renegade-Audiobook/B014GCH4I8

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Renegade

  • Spiral Wars, Book 1
  • By: Joel Shepherd
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,445

One thousand years after Earth was destroyed in an unprovoked attack, humanity has emerged victorious from a series of terrible wars to assure its place in the galaxy. But during celebrations on humanity’s new homeworld, the legendary Captain Pantillo of the battle carrier Phoenix is court-martialed then killed, and his deputy, Lieutenant Commander Erik Debogande, the heir to humanity’s most powerful industrial family, is framed for his murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Politics?

  • By ochoavida102 on 06-18-17

Finished the first and bought the next. Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 04-17-17

It's bee a while wince i've listened to such a rich and captivating epic Sci-fi. I was a little hesitant because I am not a huge John Lee fan although I listened to many books he narrated. I enjoy some of Peter F. Hamilton work most of which is also narrated by John Lee but the sound editing and direction is very poor. Both the narration and the sound in this book are good!
Very much enjoyed this story. It turned out to be so much more than what i expected from the synopsis.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful