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  • Expeditionary Force, Book 6
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,220
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,684
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,656

The remnants of the Expeditionary Force stranded on the alien-controlled planet "Paradise" get a chance to prove themselves, in a simple off-world training mission with a ship full of teenage alien cadets. When the mission goes horribly wrong and the survival of everyone on Paradise is at risk, the Merry Band of Pirates may have to come to the rescue. Unless they get killed first.... 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Trouble on Paradise pt. II

  • By Kurtis Karr on 09-27-18

Best of the series!

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

There are a lot of stories in this universe to tell. I can’t wait for the next!

  • Lightning Fall

  • A Novel of Disaster
  • By: Bill Quick
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 134

Three terrorist attacks are launched from freighters against the United States. Only one fully succeeds, but in the blink of an eye all of the country west of the Rocky Mountains is transformed into the technological equivalent of the 18th century - no electricity, no computers, no electronics of anykind, or any of the amenities of modern life that depend on them. This is the story of ordinary and extraordinary people, high and low, who struggle to survive in a mortally wounded nation, as America's enemies within and without circle for the kill.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An Equal Opportunity Political Disaster

  • By Jan on 07-01-14

I Liked It Mostly

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

Would you listen to Lightning Fall again? Why?

Not likely, but if there were a few follow up titles I might.

Would you recommend Lightning Fall to your friends? Why or why not?

Before I say I'll preface with my opinion. The story is more or less believable. There are a few issues I had with the way the US Armed forces weren't deployed to the West coast as soon as possible. And why was California the only West Coast state that mattered, besides theUtah segiment? Of course, it's possible that Mr. Quick had more of a story here and it got edited too much. Hard to say. There were other things that he had done some excellent research with such as the survival training and supplies. And the political stuff was... interesting? I'll leave it at that because it depends on what you think is best in terms of government. It could be either liberal or conservative and that's a matter of personal opinion. Nevertheless, I liked the political back stage infighting scenes. They were mostly believable. The Carter to Clinton part was a bit much, but I got it. I'd have preferred a different pair of characters in this fiction work but that's just me. Last, I did like the reader. I think it was the 1st of his efforts. I thought he did fine. He has a relaxing timber to his voice and I thought the imperative voice he used was good. The character voices were okay, not great but passing grades for them too. All that being said? I give my recommendation but keeping the afore mentioned issues in mind.

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

None.

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

Here comes the Rock! Just when you need him the most!!!

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  • Drive to the East

  • Settling Accounts, Book 2
  • By: Harry Turtledove
  • Narrated by: Paul Costanzo
  • Length: 25 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

In 1914, the First World War ignited a brutal conflict in North America, with the United States finally defeating the Confederate States. In 1917, the Great War ended and an era of simmering hatred began, fueled by the despotism of a few and the sacrifice of many. Now it's 1942. The USA and CSA are locked in a tangle of jagged, blood-soaked battle lines, modern weaponry, desperate strategies, and the kind of violence that only the damned could conjure up for their enemies and themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great offering from Turtledove.

  • By brian on 07-23-16

Current events in the USA make this scenario seem possible...

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

Reviewed: 12-27-16

While I'm in the middle of this series; not yet finished with book 2, I felt compelled to comment about how real this could be. Change a few dates. Advance the technology base and? Listening to this book is like watching a train wreck. I can't look away. And Mr. Turtledove spins excellent stories that will cause much thought afterwards.

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  • Koban, Volume 1

  • By: Stephen W. Bennett
  • Narrated by: Patrick Freeman
  • Length: 25 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,854
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,727

We colonized 700 planets. Humankind enjoyed the benefits of expansion room and the end of wars. We even disbanded our military. Then the Krall found us. The Krall have used thousands of years of combat to select the genes of the strongest and fastest warriors. They are a species determined to dominate the entire galaxy, through destruction and annihilation of every opponent.

Koban is an uninhabited high-gravity planet with impossibly fast savage animals, which employ organic superconducting nerves. This deadly world is where the Krall tested humans for war capability.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story, dreadful narration.

  • By Nate on 05-14-15

The Best Book I've Listened To This Year!

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

Reviewed: 11-23-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Koban, Book 1 to be better than the print version?

I did not read it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Koban, Book 1?

While the entire book was entertaining, I liked the way the humans were able to overcome the various hazards set before them at the landing on Koban.

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

This was the best alien voices and character portrayal I've ever heard. The sound effects are not what I normally like to hear in the background, however in this case I really came to like those occasional beeps and background humming. I'd like to have a little more of that in the future.

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

It was just a really great story with very likable and detestable characters.

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for the next one!

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  • Lucifer's Hammer

  • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 24 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,003
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,417
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,436

The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story from front to back

  • By DJM on 07-30-09

Still Great After All These Years

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

Reviewed: 12-28-12

Would you listen to Lucifer's Hammer again? Why?

I probably will give this another listen someday. It was great when I read it back in the 70's. I expect it will be in 30 more years.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lucifer's Hammer?

The scenes in the Hammer Lab. I found the line about seeing the earth's shadow through the gassy haze in the tail of Hamner-Brown very visual.

What about Marc Vietor’s performance did you like?

He did a great job with the dialog. It's a bit cheesy sometimes, but then it was written in the early 70's.

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

No. I listened while I was traveling so it was great in the fact that I was able to ignore the discomforts of travel.

Any additional comments?

As I mentioned earlier, it is a bit cheesy at times. I was interested to see the slang and cultural differences of the past. So easy to forget how it was. The race and female equality issues are less an issue than they were then, but still remain nevertheless. Well, we have a 2 term black president so something changed. Then there is the whole getting struck by a comet thing. That would be the end life as we know it, if not a complete ending of the human rule on our planet. I suppose It would be interesting to read a sequel. I'd love to learn what type of government would be set up by survivors. Something along the lines of what Allen Steele's Coyote people came up with perhaps? And that struggle for survival would certainly be compelling to learn about. I always find myself asking the question of how would I do in that situation.

  • Galaxy Blues

  • By: Allen Steele
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

Expelled from the Union Astronautica space fleet and facing charges of grand theft, Jules Truffant agrees to sign up as shuttle pilot aboard the freighter Pride of Cucamonga in exchange for amnesty. After botching Pride's mission to RhoCorenae and upsetting an alien culture in the process, Jules must take part in a voyage across the galaxy to place a probe squarely in the path of a black hole as it plows through an inhabited star system.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yep!

  • By Lady Pamela on 04-18-15

A fun listen!

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

Reviewed: 10-29-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Galaxy Blues to be better than the print version?

N/A

What was one of the most memorable moments of Galaxy Blues?

I enjoyed the entire story.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene where the pot cookies were consumed.

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

It would be a great listen for a long distance road trip.

Any additional comments?

As always, Allen Steele has produced a great story. Great if you have read or listened to one story in the series, or all of them. I 'Highly' (hee hee) recommend this book.

  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • Outlander, Book 6
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 57 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,184
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,838
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11,802

A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the saga of 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century, time-traveling wife, Claire. The year is 1772, and the rift between Britain and its American colonies has put a frightening word into the minds of all concerned: revolution. In the backwoods of North Carolina, violence has already reared its ugly head, as cabins have been burned to the ground. To preserve the colony for King George III, the governor pleads with Jamie to bring the people together and restore peace. But Jamie has the burden of knowing that war cannot be avoided.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unabridged!

  • By JerryT on 05-20-11

It's about time!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-31-11

A great read to be sure! I read this when it was first released. And I was so disappointed when I found it was not offered as unabridged. Davina Porter's voice has certainly become Clair's so no other will suffice. When I saw that it is now available it took me about 5 seconds to click the download button. It's so easy to slip back to the 17th century when listening.

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