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  • Galaxy's Edge

  • By: Jason Anspach, Nick Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,152
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,700
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,683

On the edge of the galaxy, a diplomatic mission to an alien planet takes a turn when the Legionnaires, an elite special fighting force, find themselves ambushed and stranded behind enemy lines. They struggle to survive under siege, waiting on a rescue that might never come. In the seedy starport of Ackabar, a young girl searches the crime-ridden gutters to avenge her father's murder; not far away, a double-dealing legionniare-turned-smuggler hunts an epic payday; and somewhere along the outer galaxy, a mysterious bounty hunter lies in wait.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • bit of a disconnect between parts

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-10-18

RC Bray makes the story...again!

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

RC Bray is a pleasure to listen to, One of the top tier performers on Audible, I have enjoyed every book he has performed for us so far.

The story? Well Bray makes you care about the main characters, and that makes the book well worth it. I have no idea if I had enjoyed READING the story, but listening? It was fun. The writing is well done, and the story itself keeps you listening. The total experience of writing and narration is very satisfying.

I bought the next in the series before the first one ended.

Thanks RC Bray!

  • First Strike

  • A Thriller
  • By: Ben Coes
  • Narrated by: Peter Hermann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,687
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,676

Deep within the Pentagon, a covert multibillion arms-for-influence program was created. The objective was to protect the United States and its allies from terrorist acts by secretly enabling a handpicked man to emerge as the most powerful leader in the Middle East. But the charismatic Tristan Nazir double-crosses America, twisting the program for his own violent ends to create ISIS. Now America is at great risk.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • His best book ever

  • By Sally E. Sasser on 07-08-16

Fun, but improbable number of head shots!

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

Fun book, but trails off into “day saved by supermen” territory. Still a good way to shorten the commute.

  • Game Changer

  • By: Douglas E. Richards
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 820
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 742
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 746

What if it were possible to upload years of knowledge into your mind in hours? To become an expert in multiple scientific fields, become an MD, or learn several languages - in a single day? The benefit to humanity would be immense. But so would the danger.... Rachel Howard is a brilliant neuroscientist trying to make this capability a reality. But when she crosses paths with Kevin Quinn, a Secret Service agent desperately trying to kill the president, she finds herself at the epicenter of an insidious plot.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Richards fills the seat of the late great Crichton

  • By Brian on 09-22-16

Third rate

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

What disappointed you about Game Changer?

The story had plot holes big enough to fly 747s through and characters so unbelievable that puppets could play them. The high marks from others misled me. I thought it was terrible.

What could Douglas E. Richards have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Provided more believable characters.

What about Joe Hempel’s performance did you like?

It was adequate, although hardly Scott Brick.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

  • Dust World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 2
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,141

The Galactics arrived with their Battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spans the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In 2122 a lost colony expedition contacts Earth, surprising our government. Colonization is against Galactic Law, and Legion Varus is dispatched to the system to handle the situation. Earth gave them sealed orders, but Earth is 35 lightyears away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They’re back ready to die; again

  • By Don Gilbert on 07-07-14

Fun!

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

Reviewed: 12-20-16

This is a fun series and worth a listen if you like military science fiction

  • Terms of Enlistment

  • Frontlines, Book 1
  • By: Marko Kloos
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,871
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,232

The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you’re restricted to 2,000 calories of badly flavored soy every day. You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service. With the colony lottery a pipe dream, Andrew chooses to enlist in the armed forces for a shot at real food, a retirement bonus, and maybe a ticket off Earth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • passable, standard scifi tropes... blah

  • By Jayho74 on 09-01-16

Great fun!

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

Reviewed: 02-09-16

A thoroughly enjoyable military science fiction book. Very highly recommended if you like Scalzi or Nuttal.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Leviathan Wakes

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,552
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,546

James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun hard SF action with a blue collar bent

  • By A reader on 05-11-12

Starts slow, but totally worth the wait

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

Reviewed: 05-26-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Leviathan Wakes to be better than the print version?

I almost stopped listening several times in the first few hours of the book. Grip me it did not.

Yet I am thrilled that I stuck it out, because the book got better, and the series is wonderful.

I am captivated by the characters, the story arc, and the storytelling now that I am deep into the world these authors have created.

Bottom line: if you aren't captured quickly, don't worry. It is worth the wait.

  • Semper Fi

  • The Empire's Corps, Book 4
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113

Two years after the empire abandoned them on Avalon, Colonel Edward Stalker and his marines have established the Commonwealth, a union of worlds intended to take the place of the vanished empire. But now contact has been made with a remnant of the empire, a successor state controlled by a ruthless dictator bent on crushing the Commonwealth and expanding her rule over the entire galaxy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Adventures of the Corps Continues!

  • By Philip D. Mann on 02-23-15

Engaging military science fiction

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

Reviewed: 03-02-15

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

Nutall's Empire's Corps series is among the top 25% of the books I have listened to. I am very pleased to see that there are more books in the series coming soon, as I have enjoyed the first 4 very much.

Have you listened to any of Jeffrey Kafer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Kafer has narrated the series, and well.

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

Not really. I thought it was engaging, but hardly profound.

Any additional comments?

Nutall has burst on the scene, at least burst into my awareness of the scene. His works are fun, engaging, and generally thoughtful.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Saving Faith

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,262
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,934
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,918

Not far from Washington, D.C., in a wooded area of Northern Virginia, a small house at the end of a gravel road serves a secret purpose. With its sophisticated security apparatus and hidden miniaturized cameras, it is being used by the FBI to interview one of the most important witnesses the agency has ever had, a young woman with an incredible story to tell. But a few people know about the secret meeting. And for them, a violent drama is about to begin.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed.

  • By B. Yardley on 08-25-16

Baldacci as a young author

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

Reviewed: 02-05-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably not. Baldacci is a a fun author, but this book is hardly in the same league as his later works. The basic plotting is only barely acceptable, and both the plot and the story elements show their age.

Would you be willing to try another book from David Baldacci? Why or why not?

I have listened to many Baldacci books, and will listen to many more. However, if this had been my first, it might have put me off.

What does Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Audiobooks are often more fun than reading the novel, and Kramer does a creditable job. He is not my favorite reader, but I have no complaints.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Not unless it were updated, and even then the plot would make it a B movie.

Any additional comments?

If you chose this book as a typical example of Baldacci, you cheated yourself. Try a King and Maxwell book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Empire's Corps

  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,858

The Galactic Empire is dying and chaos and anarchy are breaking out everywhere. After a disastrous mission against terrorists on Earth itself, Captain Edward Stalker of the Terran Marine Corps makes the mistake of speaking truth to power, telling one of the most powerful men in the Empire a few home truths. As a result, Captain Stalker and his men are unceremoniously exiled to Avalon, a world right on the Rim of the Empire. It should have been an easy posting...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nuttall gets better and better

  • By David Strom on 12-25-14

Nuttall gets better and better

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

Reviewed: 12-25-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I found the Empire's Corps very engaging. Nuttall's first series, Ark Royal, was above average but showed Nuttall's status as a freshman author. It was good, but a bit strained at times. I bought all 3 books with no regrets, but with no illusions that the books would be perfect. The Emprie's Corps exceeded my expectations, and showed the maturation of a true professional author.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters are engaging and believable, and the story is quite good. No sophomore slump here.

Which character – as performed by Jeffrey Kafer – was your favorite?

I enjoyed the protagonist, the Captain.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Alone. Forgotten. Heroes when nobody was looking.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • To Honor You Call Us

  • Man of War, Book 1
  • By: H. Paul Honsinger
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,744
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,617
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,614

The Terran Union is engaged in a vast interstellar war against the Krag Ruthless aliens intent on exterminating humankind. In 2315, the wily Max Robichaux is given command of the USS Cumberland, a destroyer with state-of-the-art capabilities but a combat record so bad, she’s known as the “Cumberland Gap.” Capt. Robichaux’s first mission: to take his warship to the Free Corridor, where the Krag have secretly been buying strategic materials, and to seize or destroy any ships carrying enemy cargo.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyed the story

  • By Stephanie Pitts on 03-19-14

A great series by an up-and-coming author!

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

Reviewed: 05-25-14

Would you listen to To Honor You Call Us again? Why?

I really enjoyed both the books in this series, and look forward to the next one. So yes, I expect that I will listen again, as I often do with my favorites.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Will Robichaux, of course.

Which character – as performed by Ray Chase – was your favorite?

The same.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and I regret that I got through it so quickly!

Any additional comments?

I had never heard of the author before Audible recommended these books to me, but I am glad that I found him. I visited his website, and found that he had originally self-published these books, and that Amazon picked him up through their own publishing house and are helping push his work. As the main character would say: "OUTstanding!"

Honsinger deserves whatever marketing help he can get, because his works are a genuine joy to listen to. They are fun, well-written, swashbuckler stories in space. You like the characters, enjoy the action, and rejoice in his success.

The main character has improbable luck and success, but that is what one should expect from a book in this genre.

I thoroughly enjoyed these books, and am waiting impatiently for the next in the series. That is the mark of a good author.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful