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  • Gate Crashers

  • By: Patrick S. Tomlinson
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

On humanity's first extra-solar mission, the exploration vessel Magellan, or, as she prefers, "Maggie", discovers an alien artifact. Deciding that finding advanced alien life is too important to ignore, Captain Allison Ridgeway chooses to return to Earth while ordering her crew to reverse engineer technology far beyond anything back home. Meanwhile, at mission control, the governments struggle to maintain the existence of aliens a secret while also combating bureaucracy, the military industrial complex, and everyone else who wants a piece of what could skyrocket humanity into a new technological age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully entertaining!

  • By Vicki L. Smith on 09-25-18

Good story

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

I liked the characters. I liked the world building. Some interesting plot twists and I liked the dry humor. Overall 4 stars. This isn’t a shootem up space opera. It’s more of a thinkers space journey. The ending wraps up nicely but leaves room for a sequel. This was a nice change from lasers and running space battles through the galaxy. There is a little bit of that but it’s used sparingly. This might not be everyone’s cup of tea but I liked it and will be watching for a sequel. Nicely done.

  • The Missing Boatman

  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: P.J. Ochlan
  • Length: 20 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 154

Miracles are happening. Pray to God they stop. In the dead of winter, on a highway in Quebec, a man crashes his car and survives. In New York, a homeless person is run over by a bus and lives. In Tokyo, a teenager jumps off a high rise building and fails in taking her own life. All over the world, miracles like these transpire, and people breathe a sigh of relief. But for the next week, some people will begin to suspect a terrible truth. A handful will even search for it. One man will find it. And in seven days, all hell will break loose.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I guess RC Bray was busy...

  • By N.S. on 10-30-18

Much weirder than I thought.

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

This is a tough book to review. I tried to explain to a friend what the book was like. The best I could do was to say it’s like Steven King’s The Stand meets Pulp Fiction then gets punched in the face by Reservoir Dogs. I know that might not make any sense but take a listen and see what you can do.

This isn’t for the squeamish. It’s profane and violent but there are no guns.

The narrator started I but stiff but a few chapters in got rolling. Towards the end I felt he was doing a great job.

All thing considered I would recommend this book but not to everyone. If you like weird getting weirder this is for you, BUT you must hang in there for the whole ride. If you get halfway and quit.... well your loss.

  • Extinction Code

  • By: James D. Prescott
  • Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 679
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 674

Geophysicist Jack Greer believes he may finally have found the resting place of the meteorite that wiped out the dinosaurs sixty-five million years ago. A few miles off the Yucatán coast, Jack and a team of scientists tow an aging drilling platform over the impact crater with the aim of securing a sample. But buried deep beneath the earth lies a shocking discovery that threatens to shatter everything we think we know about the origins of our species.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • the story is solid and entertaining

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 04-04-18

YA sci-fi near future adventure

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

Not a bad story. But has a YA feel. I bought this to fill some time before a book I really wanted became available. This is fairly light reading. There are some interesting plot twists. But not any real surprises. A bit light on the science. Completely PG.

  • Mission One

  • By: Samuel Best
  • Narrated by: Nathan Hawkins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Diamond Aerospace launches a ship with an experimental engine that will get a crew to Titan in five months. Their mission is to lay the groundwork for a permanent orbital research station, one that will be the future base of operations for activity on that distant moon. Shortly after launch, a devastating malfunction forces the crew to make a choice: continue to Titan, or go back home. As the truth about their mission unravels, one thing is clear: someone on Earth knew about the system flaw and covered it up. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • YA sci-fi

  • By Tm on 10-14-18

YA sci-fi

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

I bought this book before any reviews were posted. Always a gamble. This is a descent story but not very deep. I get a made for TV movie vib. I’m not downing the story. It’s just not as sophisticated as my usual choices. Btw it’s completely PG. Nothing graphic.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sanctuary

  • The Frontiers Saga, Part 2 (Rogue Castes Series, Episode 8)
  • By: Ryk Brown
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277

Captain Scott has lost his entire family, save his sister, who needs better medical care than the Aurora can provide. Nathan, his friends, and the crew of the Seiiki must leave the Karuzari fleet to fend for themselves while they try to find a way to save Miri.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Space Opera

  • By Jean on 08-30-18

Should have skipped this one

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

I really have liked the series up till now. I’ve adjusted to the authors propensity to repeat plot themes. But.... this book is pure filler. I not sure if I will continue the series.

  • Planetside

  • By: Michael Mammay
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,320
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,243

War heroes aren't usually called out of semi-retirement and sent to the far reaches of the galaxy for a routine investigation. So when Colonel Carl Butler answers the call from an old and powerful friend, he knows it's something big - and he's not being told the whole story. A high councilor's son has gone MIA out of Cappa Base, the space station orbiting a battle-ravaged planet. The young lieutenant had been wounded and evacuated - but there's no record of him having ever arrived at hospital command. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshing Sci-Fi

  • By Chris Duemig on 08-01-18

4.7599999 stars

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

Nooooooo! I mean yes.... I mean nooooooo! Great story. RC Bray great as always. No spoilers here but man oh man. If there ever was a book that deserves a sequel......demands a sequel it’s this book.
When the story ended I screamed noooooo in my head. There has to be more! I must have more. I don’t know if there is a sequel but I am going to search right now. Great story.

  • The Disappearing Spoon: Young Listeners Edition

  • By: Sam Kean
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

The periodic table is a crowning scientific achievement, but it's also a treasure trove of adventure, greed, betrayal, and obsession. The fascinating tales in The Disappearing Spoon follow elements on the table as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, conflict, the arts, medicine, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nice history stories but....

  • By Tm on 09-25-18

Nice history stories but....

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

Nice history stories but a bit disjointed. The editors brief is a bit vague. I now know why. This collection of stories while interesting I don’t think could keep the interest of a teenager. It could barely hold mine.

  • The Circuit

  • By: Rhett C. Bruno
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 28 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 500

Earth is a dying planet. To survive, humanity founds the Circuit, a string of colonies across the solar system, dedicated to mining resources vital to preserving what remains of mankind. Here there are no heroes or villains, only those willing to do what's necessary to survive. The New Earth Tribunal, a powerful religious faction, has risen to rule the Circuit. They believe a Spirit within the Earth will one day appear and welcome humanity back home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An author who understands science fiction and true story telling!

  • By Alan McDonald on 07-03-18

Arrrrggghhhhh

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

I just can’t continue. How did this book get so many 5 star ratings? The other critical reviews are 100% correct in my opinion. I’m about 4 hours into this book a could not care less what happens next. I am sending this one back. Btw Mays did a fine job. I don’t think he was a good choice for this book. His performance didn’t help or hurt this book it just is.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Forgotten

  • The Forgotten Series, Book 1
  • By: M.R. Forbes
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 179

Sheriff Hayden Duke was born on the Pilgrim, and he expects to die on the Pilgrim, like his father, and his father before him. That's the way things are on a generation starship centuries from home. He's never questioned it. Never thought about it. And why bother? Access points to the ship's controls are sealed, the systems that guide her automated and out of reach. It isn't perfect, but he has all he needs to be content. Until a malfunction forces his engineer wife to the edge of the habitable zone to inspect the damage. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprised

  • By Tm on 07-28-18

Surprised

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

At first I thought it was going to be a police thriller. Then I thought it was going to be a monster story. It turned out to be much more. I have already downloaded the next in the series. Well done.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • A Faded Star, Book 1

  • By: Michael Freeport
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 263

A forgotten colony of humans live on a water world circling a tiny, faded star on the edge of the galaxy. The crew of their newest flagship, the Rampart, encounters an alien scout who is being chased by a dangerous foe. The encounter shakes the beliefs held by the people of Lashmere. With the aid of the mysteries of the origin tablet, they discover the true origins of their colony. These may be the last humans in the universe. Can they survive against their ancient enemy? Their only choice is to embrace an unknown past and fight with everything they have.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Strange Performance

  • By James on 06-03-17

A proper sci-fi story

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

I was very pleased to hear a proper sci-fi story. Hopefully this turns into a long saga. Looking forward to a sequel. Well done.