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  • The Extinction Cycle Boxed Set

  • Extinction Horizon, Extinction Edge, and Extinction Age (The Extinction Cycle, Books 1 - 3)
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 25 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,655

The worst of nature and the worst of science will bring the human race to the brink of extinction. Master Sergeant Reed Beckham has led his Delta Force team, code named Ghost, through every kind of hell imaginable and never lost a man. When a top secret medical corps research facility goes dark, Team Ghost is called in to face their deadliest enemy yet - a variant strain of Ebola that turns men into monsters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great twist on the zombie genre - Well worth it!

  • By Melissa and Josh on 04-11-17

A fun series of books full of gun porn.<br />

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

Pinchot is one of my favorite narrators so he's pretty much bulletproof in my opinion.

The first three books in the Extinction Cycle series. A simple fun story with memorable characters and unnerving plague monsters.

Guns, plague monsters, and a good dog thrown into the mix. it's not Joyce, Hemingway, or Salinger but I'm sure that's not why you're looking at this book.

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  • A Call to Vengeance

  • Book III of Manticore Ascendant
  • By: David Weber, Timothy Zahn, Thomas Pope
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553

After the disastrous attack on the Manticoran home system by forces unknown, the Royal Manticoran Navy stands on the brink of collapse. A shadowy enemy with the resources to hurl warships across hundreds of light years seeks to conquer the Star Kingdom for reasons unknown, while forces from within Manticore's own government seek to discredit and weaken the Navy for reasons very much known: their own political gain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finding it's stride.

  • By @tone0189 on 03-07-18

Streamlined Weber is a good thing.

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

The narrator...phenomenal as always.

If you are a fan of Weber, as I have been for decades, by the time you reach this third book in the Manticore Ascendant series you are probably as happy as I am that Zahn and Pope help influence the, entertaining yet rambling consciousness that is Weber. It's nice that the chapters can be paired down from fifty pages to a more entertainingly paced twenty-five pages.

There is noNo longer the data minutia of some story bit that will play out four hundred pages later. Also, the ship battles are no longer mathematical nightmares of KPS proportions leaving the reader drooling as they did in 8th grade algebra, but dynamic visualizations of interstellar battles that allow the reader to reminisce of the sailing ship battles of history. Now, don't get me wrong, I'll read anything Weber writes, but he does suffer from forms of Asimov-isms where authors take forty pages to describe something that can be summed up in ten, or twenty, so that the story can continue without jarring interruptions due to bouts of literary hyperactivity.

Love the Honorverse, and you'll adore these books.

  • Night School

  • A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 21
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,926
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,121
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,089

It's 1996, and Reacher is still in the army. In the morning they give him a medal, and in the afternoon they send him back to school. That night he's off the grid. Out of sight, out of mind. Two other men are in the classroom - an FBI agent and a CIA analyst. Each is a first-rate operator, each is fresh off a big win, and each is wondering what the hell they are doing there. Then they find out: A jihadist sleeper cell in Hamburg, Germany, has received an unexpected visitor - a Saudi courier seeking safe haven while waiting to rendezvous with persons unknown.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Phil on 11-13-16

Formulaic...Yes. Fun...You bet.

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

Entertaining as always. The staccato narration eats up the story in an efficient and structured way as we journey along in another twisting Reacher tale.

Hill's narration is like an old pick-up truck...solid, reliable, and with three speeds.

  • A Call to Arms

  • Book II of Manticore Ascendant
  • By: David Weber, Thomas Pope, Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815

Lieutenant Travis Long of the Royal Manticoran Navy is the sort of person who likes an orderly universe. One where people follow the rules. Unfortunately he lives in the real universe. The good news is that Travis is one of those rare people who may like rules but has a talent for thinking outside them when everything starts coming apart. That talent has stood him - and the Star Kingdom - in good stead in the past, and it's one reason he's now a "mustang" - an ex-enlisted man who's been given a commission.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Space Opera

  • By Jean on 11-03-15

The Honorverse need not worry.

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

A good second book.

It's trying to watch as personality bullshit is rationalized to the detriment of other people's well being, but, it's very entertaining when comeuppance is delivered. Weber created the template for political villainy and it's nice to see Zahn and Post jumping on that bandwagon.

Have no fear, a good edition to the Honorverse.

  • Ice Hunt

  • By: James Rollins
  • Narrated by: John Meagher
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 893
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 662
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665

Carved into a moving island of ice twice the size of the United States, Ice Station Grendel has been abandoned for more than 70 years. The twisted brainchild of the finest minds of the former Soviet Union, it was designed to be inaccessible and virtually invisible. But an American undersea research vessel has inadvertently pulled too close - and something has been sighted moving inside the allegedly deserted facility, something whose survival defies every natural law.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book!

  • By Caron on 06-15-11

Possible blame? Earlier work?

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

Holy Puberty, Batman!!!! The narrator, John Meagher, sounds like a prepubescent eleven year old without a hint of testosterone in his body. So of course you can see the issue when he is trying to imitate the voice of the real men in the story. On top of that, his voice comes across strained as if he is trying to pass stool without popping a blood vessel. It is reminiscent of the female narrators doing male voices.

Oh, and my cat can do better accents then this guy.

Wow, I never realized how craptastic Rollin's books are until one was read to me by an adolescent. 

  • A Call to Duty

  • Book I of Manticore Ascendant
  • By: David Weber, Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,187

Growing up, Travis Uriah Long yearned for order and discipline in his life...he two things his neglectful mother couldn’t or wouldn’t provide. So when Travis enlisted in the Royal Manticoran Navy, he thought he’d finally found the structure he’d always wanted so desperately. But life in the RMN isn’t exactly what he expected. Boot camp is rough and frustrating; his first ship assignment lax and disorderly; and with the Star Kingdom of Manticore still recovering from a devastating plague, the Navy is possibly on the edge of budgetary extinction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Blend of Military Sci-Fi and Space Opera

  • By lykanthrope on 12-03-14

Consummate Weber

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

A fresh new flavor to the established Honorverse, with just a hint of mama's home cooking.

The narrator is diverse, practiced, and skilled.

  • Predator: If It Bleeds

  • By: Bryan Thomas Schmidt - editor, Jonathan Maberry, Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389

An anthology celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Predator franchise, If It Bleeds includes 17 brand new, never-before-seen or heard stories featuring the Predators throughout space and time. Based entirely on the original films, novels, and comics, Predator: If It Bleeds reveals the Predators stalking prey in 12th-century Japan, ninth-century Viking Norway, World War I, Vietnam, the Civil War, Hurricane Katrina, and the modern day, as well as across the far reaches of future space.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Some better than others

  • By Jermain Martinez on 04-03-18

2 stars because I had to round up.

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

Another poor quality anthology with stories feeling like they were phoned in by the contributing authors. It seems that most of the short stories were quick and clunky narratives with very little desire to stick with predator lore. It felt as if the authors changed Yautja lore to fit their story premise,  and as such made the stories feel less viable.

I gave each short story it's own rating of 1-5 stars, along with a personal blurb for each one.

DEVIL DOGS by Tim Lebbon
** Only because of the Colonial Marines. Would have given 3 stars, but the marines came across as pussies.

STONEWALL'S LAST STAND by Jeremy Robinson
** Civil War premise could have been fantastic. Union soldiers fighting a Yautja while Atlanta burned world have been fun. This story...not so much.

REMATCH by Steve Perry
* Not enough background to make the listener care. Everybody, including the Yautja, were two-dimensional.

MAY BLOOD PAVE MY WAY HOME by Weston Ochse
* A story that will make your readers/listeners daydream about what good stories are about.

STORM BLOOD by Peter J. Wacks and David Boop
* meh...who cares. Couldn't keep the narrative straight, and having it take place during Katrina just seemed like low-hanging fruit.

LAST REPORT FROM THE KSS PSYCHOPOMP by Jennifer Brozek
* Couldn't make this story and its characters less interesting if the authors tried.

SKELD'S KEEP by S. D. Perry
*** Had possibilities but lacked in development and understanding of  "Viking" culture. Up to this point was the best story.

INDIGENOUS SPECIES by Kevin J. Anderson
* A pointless story full of glaring Yautja inaccuracies. Plus, Anderson should know how devastating a "plasma" rifle should be to any life form.

BLOOD AND SAND by Mira Grant
* Yautja "beats up meanie mcmeanie aunt and uncle." Such a sub-par story.

TIN WARRIORS by John Shirley
*** Kind of fun in a very basic way.

THREE SPARKS by Larry Correia
**** Best story yet! Would have been 5 stars but the final conversation was pointless and didn't serve to act as a fitting resolution for the story.

THE PILOT by Andrew Mayne
*** Nice little story with a fun twist. The ending suffered a bit, but all in all I liked the tale.

BUFFALO JUMP by Wendy N. Wagner
* DEAR GOD SHOOT ME NOW AND MAKE THE PAIN STOP!!!

DRUG WAR by Bryan Thomas Schmidt and Holly Roberds
* Cheap theatrics using established characters in the Canon to move a silly and uninteresting story along. Couldn't find a care about anything in this story.

RECON by Dayton Ward
*** Of course there had to be a Vietnam story. I did like how the author incorporated the Tet Offensive into the story, but mostly how he brought the Yautja honor code into play.  Rough, but enjoyable.

GAMEWORLD by Jonathan Maberry
**** A truly exciting, fun, developed and predictable story. Loved the ending.

  • Deception Point: A Novel

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 17 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,995
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,009

When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory, a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth checking out!

  • By Jeffrey on 03-06-09

The swishing of saliva...and spoilers.

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

The narrator needed to pull the microphone away from his mouth. Listening to his saliva move about his mouth and down his throat was a bit distracting.

A huge "real world experience" discrepancy was missing from all the characters. The president acted churlish and childish. Brilliant scientists were only brilliant when the author needed them to be and the rest of the time were two-dimensional, retarded, caricatures of themselves. Half a page of backstory doth not make a fleshed out character.

Plus the story was rushed and half-assed. Especially when Brown needed emerging technologies to carry his plotline forward.

Also, it seems Brown has very little military understanding. Delta operators being used as counterinsurgency against U.S. civilians in a faked science conspiracy, and then taking pleasure from murdering in cold blood because they were just following orders? Bitch please! Didn't work at Nuremburg, not working in this story. Brown needs to understand the warrior mindset before trying to pound the round soldier into a square hole. Should have been disgraced/dishonored former soldiers turned SOF. Would have been more believable. Brown's failure here is believing that the modern soldier is a knuckle dragging Neanderthal who can't and won't think for themselves. Also, learn firearm designation (not everything is a machine gun), how a firearm functions, tactical doctrine, combat slings and personal sidearms.  You can tell us about cool scientific tech gizmos, and use scientific phrases like, "anti-cyclonic vorticity spiral", but can't take five minutes to help your readers understand the difference between a M4 carbine assault rifle (a selective fire combat rifle), or a M249 SAW (squad automatic weapon aka a machine gun).

The worst aspect was that the story was confusingly predictable. The foreshadowing, if any existed that would be construed as subtle, was so heavy handed, that it seemed the author used a chainsaw when a scalpel was required. It's an earlier work of Brown, so much can be chalked up to inexperience. A writer's learning curve becomes much more acute as they progress and mature in their endeavors. But, in this audible edition, I cannot forgive the sound of the narrator's saliva swishing back and forth

  • Aliens: Bug Hunt

  • By: Jonathan Maberry, Heather Graham, Scott Sigler, and others
  • Narrated by: James Anderson Foster, Eric G. Dove, R. C. Bray, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 528
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 529

When the Colonial Marines set out after their deadliest prey, the Xenomorphs, it's what Corporal Hicks calls a bug hunt - kill or be killed. Here are fifteen all-new stories of such "close encounters", written by many of today's most extraordinary authors. Set during the events of all four Alien films, sending the Marines to alien worlds, to derelict space settlements, and into the nests of the universe's most dangerous monsters, these adventures are guaranteed to send the blood racing - one way or another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the bug hunt

  • By doug thornton on 06-06-18

Pulp like Burroughs on an eight-ball of coke.

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

Two stars because forty percent of the book was fun and interesting and the other sixty percent caused me to lose my dwindling supply of brain cells. Pulp short stories about Colonial Marines and Xenomorphs so pulpy it was like Bob Howard and Maggie St. Claire had a love-child who then grew up to do a three-way with John Carter and Doc Savage, sexually lathered in violent and gory pulpiness. Which, by all accounts, is good fare if you can get it prepared correctly.

In all pulpy fairness there were a couple fun stories. Larry Correia's "Saga of the M41A Pulse Rifle" was pretty amusing and Mayberry's contribution read like Mickey Spillane channeling Dashiell Hammett channeling R. Lee Ermey channeling Sam Spade. A few others were entertaining, but most felt like they were phoned in during a commercial break of "Agents of Shield." Probably while the Hot Pockets were heating up in the microwave.

*Important Notice*
Please don't pay full price or waste a valuable credit.  Wait till this is on sale in the Wal-Mart bargain bin for the pulpy-licious price of 6 for $1.

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  • A Better World

  • The Brilliance Saga, Book 2
  • By: Marcus Sakey
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,936
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,624

The brilliants changed everything.

Since 1980, 1% of the world has been born with gifts we'd only dreamed of. The ability to sense a person's most intimate secrets, or predict the stock market, or move virtually unseen. For thirty years the world has struggled with a growing divide between the exceptional...and the rest of us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Constant suspense!

  • By Wayne on 12-17-15

A Solid Three Stars for those that enjoy the books

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

Narrator made the protagonist sound like he was constantly constipated, and everybody else sound like the cast of a Woody Allen movie...ala neurotic New York jew (even the heroes ten year old son, which was laughable and painful at the same time.) Oh, and the fact that anyone in uniform was portrayed as having only two brain cells to rub together. I bet the author got wood when he wrote about the military killing each other.

The villains were villainous (evil racist republican warmongers who can somehow bypass coded executive authority and start issuing presidential attack orders), the heroes were heroic (saintly democrats trying to save everybody with social and physical equality) a story written in cliche euphemisms, and a third book I must struggle through to complete this trilogy.