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  • Dark World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 9
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,148
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,946
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,935

Two expanding interstellar powers are about to meet in battle. After the collapse of the Cephalopod Kingdom, Humanity claimed the 300 rebellious worlds it left behind. But light years away on the far side of a disputed region, a rival power has begun to move. They're stealing our planets, one at a time. Earth Command decides to invade the center of the frontier to set up an advanced base. The mission to DARK WORLD is highly classified and deadly. Legion Varus spearheads the effort, and James McGill journeys to the stars again. How many ships do they have? How advanced is their tech? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The “Juice Box” Gambit

  • By Don Gilbert on 07-02-18

The entire series sucks you in!

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

It only takes 3 minutes to completely suck you into the story! Amazing book! I Loved it. It is impossible to tell which is better, the story line or the narration. This entire series are the books I most hate to end!

  • 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 20,323
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,233

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
  • Repetitive and watered-down

  • By Daniel on 04-26-17

GREAT CONCEPT!!!

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

Could not put it down. Well written and a fantistic performance. Extremely entertaining with a different type of plot than normal space opera.

  • Rebel Fleet

  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,764
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,532

They hunt us. They bomb our worlds for target practice. A star cluster in the constellation of Orion rotates once every 1,000 years. Those who rule there have an ancient tradition: When each cycle ends, they train their fleets by spilling the blood of lesser beings. The enemy fleets are coming again. In response, the Rebel Worlds gather their starships to face the terrifying threat, and this time humanity is asked to stand with them. The last time they considered Earth, Vikings in longboats were raiding English coastlines. Today, we're less primitive. Today, we're a target.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Formulaic but entertaining

  • By B. on 02-08-17

Loved It!

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

Mark Boyett is the BEST! It is an interesting story with very good character development.

  • Koban: When Empires Collide

  • Koban, Volume 7
  • By: Stephen W Bennett
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627

Under threat of destruction or servitude to the Empire, facing the fleets of the Ragnar, Finth, and Thack Delos, and the larger force of the Thandol, Mirikami prepares the Federation for all-out war. The Planetary Union, allied with the Federation, receives a squadron of new technology Federation Scouts equipped with gravity controlled weapons. They conduct a preemptive strike on a Thandol base. The emperor blames it on the Federation, unaware of the PU's existence, and orders simultaneous attacks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly one of my favorite series

  • By MPITA on 10-01-17

Fantastic!!!<br /><br />

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

One of the best books of the series! I look forward to the new future story lines.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Koban: Conflict and Empire

  • Koban, Volume 6
  • By: Stephen W Bennett
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 806
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 799

The Galactic Federation is confronted by the vast and implacable Thandol Empire, which has coveted the former Krall region of space for eons, a region of space now occupied and claimed by the upstart Kobani. Outnumbered, they face an opponent who possesses new and deadly weapons. An enemy that had thousands of years to develop the means to take on the Krall Empire, and now present the supermen with a weapon that turns their greatest genetic asset into their greatest weakness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Same Great Kobani -- Different Aliens!

  • By bluestategirl on 12-17-16

Captivating!

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

Reviewed: 03-08-17

I have listened to over 50 books in the last few years; this is the best!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Warship

  • Black Fleet Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,075
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,685
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,655

In the 25th century, humans have conquered space. The advent of faster-than-light travel has opened up hundreds of habitable planets for colonization, and humans have exploited the virtually limitless space and resources for hundreds of years with impunity. So complacent have they become with the overabundance that armed conflict is a thing of the past, and their machines of war are obsolete and decrepit. What would happen if they were suddenly threatened by a terrifying new enemy?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A compelling and satisfying underdog space opera

  • By Elliot on 12-22-15

Excellent Writing & the Best Narration on Audible!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-15

Great character development in a well written story. The narration is simply the best!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Shattered Worlds

  • Koban, Volume 4
  • By: Stephen W Bennett
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 31 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,258

The Kobani continue their offensives against the Krall, attacking production worlds, and destroy or steal ships from the Krall fleet, which the enemy needs to resupply their invasions. The Kobani create a multispecies settlement on Haven, a gentler habitable world near deadly Koban. They gain the trust and technological assistance of freed former Krall slave species, the Torki, Prada, and resurrected Raspani. Their ranks and Mind Tap learned skills are increased by spec ops recruits from Human Space.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Devil Wears Prada... But He Eats Raspani

  • By Amazonymous subPrime on 05-31-15

Totally Captivating!

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

Reviewed: 06-07-15

This book sucks you into another world and refuses to let go until you get to the end. This is one of the most pleasurable books I have listened to on audiobooks. The narration by Summerer is clear, concise and a real asset to the book. As far as the the story and writing by Bennett there are only two words that come to mind - World Class!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • 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

Intriguing Story Line Sucks You In!

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

Reviewed: 01-30-15

Took about an hour to get comfortable with both the narration and story line, but then I was hooked! Even though it is a long book, I still found myself dreading it coming to an end - it was that good in my opinion. The story itself was one of the better pieces for an audio book I have listened to, (I think the story fits the audio or narration style very well) and would recommend it to everyone. It was a very enjoyable listen!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Tech World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 3
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,148

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 spanned the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In the third book in the series, James McGill is deployed on another alien world. His third interstellar tour is different in every way. Rather than meeting up with a primitive society, this time he’s headed to an advanced world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dying isn’t enough this time

  • By Don Gilbert on 12-13-14

Great Listen!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-14

Would you listen to Tech World again? Why?

This is the third book in a series, and in my opinion the best of the three. The first two were very good, however I found myself sitting in my car in the driveway because I was having trouble tearing myself away from the story (I listen to audiobooks while commuting)!

What did you like best about this story?

The development of the James McGill personality, the lead character in the book has been the most interesting aspect of the story. The advantage of a series, if done right, is much more character development than is possible in a single book, and B.V. Larson has certainly done it right. Combined with the excellent narration of Mark Boyett, Tech World has been an excellent book to listen to.

Any additional comments?

Undying Mercenaries is an excellent series, with the only negative that I will probably have to wait a year before book 4 is available, since book 3 has only been out for two weeks. I am sure, however, that book 4 will be well worth the wait!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful