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  • Ex-Isle

  • Ex-Heroes, Book 5
  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Mark Boyett, Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,255

The heroes are overjoyed when they discover another group of survivors living on a manmade island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. But there's something very, very wrong with this isolated community and its mysterious leader - a secret that could put every survivor in the world at risk.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The superheroes head out to sea.

  • By Lore on 04-09-16

A Worthy Addition

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

Reviewed: 05-14-16

New and old villians, new and old heroes, and still a whole lot of zombies.

We get some glimpses of the early days of the settlement. All in all it is good to be reminded not only of what everyone is trying to do, but also how far they've come.

Most folks probably focus on the superhero aspect of this series, and rightly so. But I'm always struck at how the environment, I.E. the zombies, is the real, constant threat.

I'm noticing some narrative drift. It's minor, but I'm not feeling a sense of progress within the mount yet. They are making progress, but I'm feeling a sense of stagnation within the mount itself. Civilizations usually go through such things, so I don't think it's major. However I'm hoping for a breakthrough by the society itself. I feel like it is a payoff that we've been waiting on the story to deliver. I don't think the author is unaware of it, and I may be getting impatient.

It feels like the characters are still largely reacting to their circumstances. This installment tries to address this with a sense of philanthropy toward other survivors. I'm still left wanting more of...something. Safety? Rebuilding? I'm not sure. Something that feels like they're heading toward a permanent resolution to their circumstances. An Ex-virus vaccine would fit the bill, but that may just be wish fulfillment.

I have faith in Clines to deliver, though. He has every single time so far. :)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Oncoming Storm

  • Angel in the Whirlwind, Book 1
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,133
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,034
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036

In the year 2420, war looms between the galaxy's two most powerful empires: the tyrannical Theocracy and the protectionist Commonwealth. Caught in the middle sits the occupied outpost system Cadiz, where young officer and aristocrat Katherine "Kat" Falcone finds herself prematurely promoted at the behest of her powerful father. Against her own wishes, Kat is sent to command the Commonwealth navy's newest warship, Lightning.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator's voices are terrible, story very good

  • By DH950 on 03-22-16

Fun story and Great Series Start

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

Reviewed: 10-06-15

First: Lauren Ezzo did a fantastic job. Her delivery strong and I felt she added to the overall experience. She has a tendency to pronounce everything exactly which I got used to very quickly.

Nuttall delivers with his novels, which is what originally drew me into his stories with Ark Royal. We've got a far future corporate aristocracy vs. a "theocracy" or religious oligarchy at a high state of tension and ideological conflict.

I liked the main character. She's intelligent, brave, dutiful, and humble. Nuttall didn't fall into the same trap as some other novels where he made here a tactical or strategic genius as well. She's resourceful and interesting to follow.

This is solid and entertaining military sci fi and I think it's worth a read. :)

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Natural Consequences

  • By: Elliott Kay
  • Narrated by: Tess Irondale
  • Length: 22 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,122
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,008
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,009

The exciting sequel to Good Intentions! Alex Carlisle has enough to deal with even on quiet days. Living with an angel and a succubus is no easy feat. One has divine responsibilities she can't explain, and the other tempts him toward a decadent lifestyle he's not sure he can manage. Add to that the stresses of college and trying to hold down a job, and it's lucky Alex can even keep his head on straight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I would like to listen to more

  • By Pathrusim Keaffaber on 10-27-15

Fun story and Good Balance

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

Reviewed: 09-22-15

First, Tess Irondale nails it again. Fantastic narration.

The first book in this series was very entertaining but I think there were about 3 too many sex scenes. In Natural Consequences things are still plenty steamy, and we have a few key hookups here, but Kay seems to have dialed things back in favor of a more story.

This strange love story pushes forward and it's the core triad is really sweet in this novel. More exploration of the relationship between Rachel and Lorelei is quite welcome and I think the main love story this time is between them.

The overarching story here is cohesive and compelling. There's more of a sense that we're "going somewhere" then there was in the first book. And I'll tell you it's a hell of a ride. Really fun stuff and Rachel is particularly awesome this time around. There's some great moral ambiguity in the villains, we get to see hints of a changing world, and some revelations about exactly how his magic system works.

If you liked the first book I think this one is better and certainly worth your time.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Thief's Magic

  • By: Trudi Canavan
  • Narrated by: Grant Cartwright, Hannah Norris
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 890

In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, unearths a sentient book called Vella. Once a young sorcerer-bookbinder, Vella was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been collecting information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen’s world faces.Elsewhere, in an land ruled by priests, Rielle the dyer’s daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!

  • By MissRed on 06-14-14

Couldn't Finish It

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

Reviewed: 09-22-15

Grant Cartwright and Hannah Norris are fantastic narrators. I thoroughly enjoyed their performance. I think I hung on longer to this story because these two are so compelling.

This book has two heroes.

The first is a kickass sorcerer/artificer/archaeologist who finds a truly fantastic artifact, survives and suffers great hardships which he overcomes with his wit and bravery.

The second is a girl who can paint, but not as good as the men in her life, who's wealthy, but not as wealthy as the other people in her life, who could learn sorcery, but won't as she's in a repressed society, and her superpower is she can't get pregnant...oh wait now she can...but she's not...and I just kind of lost interest in her.

I gave Rielle a chance. I really, really did. Even after I'd completely lost interest in her story I gave her two more PoV sections just to give her the chance to become more interesting and she never did. I feel like the author might have been trying to make a statement with her, maybe something about how in the medieval period, the primary power a woman had was centered around her virginity and womb. I felt like the character was intelligent and she was trying to use her only resource to gain the life she wanted. I think I see where Canavan was trying to go, but it just fell apart.

Anyway, in my mind this one was a dud. Fell flat and I'll probably avoid Canavan's work in the future.

  • The Lost Starship

  • By: Vaughn Heppner
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,562
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,285
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,286

Ten thousand years ago, a single alien super-ship survived a desperate battle. The vessel's dying crew set the AI on automatic to defend the smashed rubble of their planet. Legend has it the faithful ship continues to patrol the empty battlefield, obeying its last order throughout the lonely centuries.In the here and now, Earth needs a miracle. Out of the Beyond invade the New Men, stronger, faster and smarter than the old. Their superior warships and advanced technology destroy every fleet sent to stop them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Old school-style scifi with dreary narration

  • By dtamayob on 03-18-16

Worlds okayest Sci Fi

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

Reviewed: 09-22-15

First, I want to say I enjoyed David Stifel's performance. I'd listen to him again and I felt he added to the overall experience.

So this book is sci fi adventure novel ala Star Trek the original series. It has a strong 1950's sci fi feel, and the characters could have easily fit within that universe.

In 1950's television we were okay if the characters weren't exactly lifelike, and if they were a bit more likely to act before thinking. If Kirk was less Hornblower and more Greek hero it was okay because it was sci fi and, by nature, a little silly.

Now, the characters grow and develop, the plot is interesting, the science is pretty good, and the politics are deadly. It has all the elements of a good sci fi story and they are more or less strung together cohesively.

So if you are into that kind of thing then you'll love this book. Personally, I'm not buying any more in the series.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Good Intentions

  • By: Elliott Kay
  • Narrated by: Tess Irondale
  • Length: 22 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,936
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,938

He knew it was a dumb stunt from the start. A midnight run through a cemetery to impress a couple of girls is hardly the stuff of legend, but Alex Carlisle longs to escape the crushing mediocrity of life after high school. Then he stumbles upon the ritual, and the cultists, and two bound and bloodied women. Alex intervenes and the ritual blows up in his face, leaving him bound to them both: Rachel and Lorelei, an angel and a succubus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done with a side of porn?

  • By Sean O'Meara on 09-15-15

Great, steamy Fantasy story

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

Reviewed: 09-22-15

First, I wanna say that Tess Irondale, who seems to have emerged solely for Kay's books, or has adopted a new moniker, has given a fantastic delivery. Easily one of my favorite narrators now. If she did adopt a moniker for these books, I wish I knew what other name she goes by to track down more titles. I hope to see more of her here.

This is really fun urban fantasy. I had a great time reading this and I purchased the remaining Kay novels in this universe. It is a story of urban sorcerers, vampires, werewolves, witches, demons, angels, and their relationship to each other and the world at large. He has some great villains, and they take on many forms. There is some great juxtaposition between Lorelei and another succubus to show how she is different from the others, and how much she has changed through here experiences.

It is certainly a guilty pleasure. The main characters become magically "bonded" which is common in fantasy stories these days, but this one has a sexual element. It is a polyamorous love story between 3 people and the ubiquitous love scenes described in explicit detail are very much meant to be part of the fun. These relationships are well handled by Kay, but they are extremely complicated by their very nature, so be prepared read through many discussions about how the characters feel about sex and shared experience.

I saw someone compare it to "Weird Science," the 80's movie where two guys create a sexy woman ala Frankenstein in their bedroom. It certainly has some of that feel to it, and it felt very much like a well executed, male fantasy. But I don't want you to think it's a shallow, puerile story. He takes it on seriously and that takes some effort to explain. It's about as close to a real "Weird Science" scenario as we could get.

For me, that part of the story sort of washed over me. Soon you'll find yourself entangled in the really fantastic plot, the characters' growth and discovery, and the complicated nature of their relationships. In most stories the sex is used as a narrative tool to convey plot and character development...that is not always the case here. Some of it is most definitely gratuitous, but, again, it's a guilty pleasure.

That said it was the plot and characters that drove me to the 2nd book in the series. :)

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Days of High Adventure

  • By: Elliott Kay
  • Narrated by: Tess Irondale
  • Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459

Gaming with friends offered what Amanda missed in her dreary college life: friendship and excitement, the thrill of combat for a good cause, and the chance to be a hero. Neither Amanda nor her friend, Eric, ever expected to face the suddenly real world of their fantasy adventures. But when a careless joke draws the ire of a dark wizard, both must rise to the challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very fun read.

  • By Allens on 09-22-15

Very fun read.

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

Reviewed: 09-22-15

First, I wanna say that Tess Irondale, who seems to have emerged solely for Kay's books, or has adopted a new moniker, has given a fantastic delivery. Easily one of my favorite narrators now. If she did adopt a moniker for these books, I wish I knew what other name she goes by to track down more titles. I hope to see more of her here.

This is a really fun story. It has much of the whole "transported into fantasy world" trope, but the characters are good and the story fun and interesting.

Others have said the story is too short, and I think that's because we like the characters at the end. They're fun and interesting, they grow and become more powerful, they make friends and lovers, and, generally, make us eager to spend more time with them.

I disagree that it's too short because it's a complete story, and it's satisfying when you're done. Kay could have pushed longer but he'd have had to introduce a handful of subplots and I think the whole thing would have gotten convoluted fast.

As it stands, you'll have a really fun 4 hours, and those in the DnD know will catch a few references.

Every DM on the planet wants to do something like this, but I think Kay nailed it here. :)

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Savage War of Peace

  • Ark Royal, Book 5
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 930

On her maiden voyage, HMS Warspite discovered Vesy, a world populated by primitive aliens, aliens whose culture had already been twisted and warped by human refugees from the First Interstellar War. Now Captain John Naiser and his crew spearhead a diplomat mission to the alien homeworld, hoping to ease them into the galactic mainstream.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • India on the Move

  • By Jean on 10-03-15

Don't expect a satisfying ending

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

Reviewed: 08-23-15

This is a great 2/3 of a story. I recommend waiting until the next novel comes out to buy this one because things aren't exactly "resolved" in the end.

It is a great book that doesn't stand alone, unless you're looking to read a tragedy.

I'm trying to think about the story and....yup, not one thing resolved unless you're one of the opponents ( not really bad guys.) Moral ambiguity is fine, but the people I was rooting for...well they're not happy. Which is great going into act 3 of a book, where the good guys are in trouble and act 3 is where they overcome adversity. Ending in act 2 where the good guys are stuck up a tree until you shell out the price of the next installment...well if nuttall was't so damn entertaining I'd be much more upset.

Buy it, and the sequel...in 2016.

  • Antares Dawn

  • Antares, Book 1
  • By: Michael McCollum
  • Narrated by: Gavin Hammon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199

When the supergiant star Antares exploded in 2512, the human colony on Alta found their pathway to the stars gone, isolating them from the rest of human space for more than a century. Then one day, a powerful warship materialized in the system without warning. Alarmed by the sudden appearance of such behemoth, the commanders of the Altan Space Navy dispatched one of their most powerful ships to investigate. What ASNS Discovery finds when they finally catch the intruder is a battered hulk manned by a dead crew. That is disturbing news for the Altans....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoyed it, but it was terribly out of date.

  • By Marc Phillips on 07-22-13

liked

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

Reviewed: 05-25-15

great sci fi. the women get a bit wonky at times but nothing too weird. the premise and execution are fantastic. really fun ride.

  • 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 5,843
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,430

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

Fun story but left me irritated

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

Reviewed: 12-01-14

Performance. Mark Boyett did a fantastic job and I enjoyed his narration.

Story: This is an extension of the series, which I have enjoyed so far. Throughout the series McGill has done some crazy stuff. He is a troublemaker, a virtual slave to his passions, and a generally heart-of-gold type guy.

This installment was just as good as the previous two, and the first 2/3 of the book was great.

The last 1/3 really illustrates how much a slave to his passions McGill is. He follows his personal code and emotional state without looking back.

Without spoilers I'll just say that, in the previous books, he puts his own welfare on the line to help others, and convinces his friends to help when needed. In this installment he begins putting the lives and welfare of others on the line without their consent. It turned me off to his character. I don't know that it's inconsistent with the previous McGill, but I think it's certainly illustrative of a protagonist I'm no longer interested in.

I doubt I'll be buying the next installment.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful