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  • Merkiaari Wars Series

  • Books 1-3
  • By: Mark E. Cooper
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 41 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 926

Humanity has been ravaged by alien war. Will the next encounter spell the end of mankind? Sixteen billion people died in the last alien invasion of the Alliance's colony worlds. When survey ship Captain Jeff Colgan discovers a new alien race, he's required to investigate. But what if the life form is as deadly as the Merkiaari? As the aliens discover Colgan's ship and begin to hunt him down, the captain's mission changes from one of study to one of survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Second Merkiaari War

  • By Michael Oberhardt on 09-29-15

predictable, but enjoyable. touches on AI

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

Reviewed: 04-28-16

Interesting plot, though the setting and circumstance are hardly original. Recollection of the Koban series comes to mind. That is to say, a super-intelligent, ancient, alien race, that is weak militarily, breeds an enforcer race that ultimately rebels, takes over, and starts a campaign to conquer the galaxy by exterminating or enslaving all those encountered including the populace of what is known as human space. The story doesn't deal with technological questions in any great detail. So, I wouldn't call it hard SciFi. However, it will definitely appeal to those interested in military SciFi, especially those interested in augmented bodies, for combat enhancement. This third book in the series is all about salvaging a copy of an artificial intelligence from a bombed-out world. The book ends by touching on some interesting philosophical questions regarding artificial intelligence. I would listen to the next book to see how this plays out.

  • Freehold

  • Freehold, Book 1
  • By: Michael Z. Williamson
  • Narrated by: Molly Elston
  • Length: 21 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 371

Sergeant Kendra Pacelli is innocent, but that doesn't matter to the repressive government pursuing her. Mistakes might be made, but they are never acknowledged, especially when billions of embezzled dollars earned from illegal weapons sales are at stake. But where does one run when all Earth and most settled planets are under the aegis of one government? Answer: The Freehold of Grainne.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow ! great story and homage to Heinlein

  • By Jon on 04-09-15

wow ! great story and homage to Heinlein

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

Reviewed: 04-09-15

This was overtly political, which usually turns me off. However, I found the open and intelligent portrayal to be so persuasive on both an economical and a moral basis, that my own viewpoint must forever be altered. I felt as though the essence of Heinlien was animating the story. The book has brought forth much thought as it challenged me to remember myself. Very pursuasive with strong emtional triggers!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Many-Colored Land

  • Volume 1 of the Saga of Pliocene Exile
  • By: Julian May
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255

This is a spellbinding tale woven of equal parts epic and myth - with a liberal dash of hard science fiction. When a one-way time tunnel to Earth’s distant past, specifically six million B.C., was discovered by folks on the Galactic Milieu, every misfit for light-years around hurried to pass through it. Each sought his own brand of happiness. But none could have guessed what awaited them. Not even in a million years....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • About time - I hope we get the rest of Julian May

  • By Jon on 12-12-10

About time - I hope we get the rest of Julian May

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-10

This is the first time I have heard this narrator and I like her! She does a good job bringing the dialogue to life. This first book of the series is necessarily a slow starter as it establishes that back-story for the caste of characters that will embody the ensuing story for several books that follow. Despite this, I found it interesting, largely thanks to the narrator.

This has been one of my favorite Sci-Fi series since I was a teenager. I have been wondering when it would be converted to audio and I hope Audible converts the rest of The Saga of The Pliocene Exile series, along with the prequels: The Surveillance, Intervention, and The Galactic Milieu series. Very cool look into man's possible evolution.

29 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • The Sword of the Lady

  • A Novel of the Change
  • By: S. M. Stirling
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 865
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591

Rudi Mackenzie has journeyed far across the land that was once the United States of America, hoping to find the source of the world-altering event that has come to be known as the Change. His final destination is Nantucket, an island overrun with forest, inhabited by a mere two hundred people who claim to have been transported there from out of time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Frustrating Narration

  • By Danaldi on 05-22-12

Food will do - story is good recipe!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-09

I must say all the criticism of the food descriptions from other reviewers is too bad. Just think what it would be like to be in this post Change world without a grocery store to provide your meals. I think the food descriptions, vivid portrayals of the landscapes, and details of the craft goods bring reality to the story and educate us to the scenario. This story is long, but imagine riding a horse or walking across the continent! A criticism is the dualistic nature and standard formula of the story, which is so clear it is somewhat childish, along with the religions being so accommodating of each other. I do appreciate the reach for balance provided by the end scene on Nantucket. I am a little unclear how Marion appears in the end, though. The narrator is still mispronouncing "Gervais", which irks me as I live in this town! He also mispronounces "Chehalis". Should be "jur-vas" and "shay-hay-less". Funny that I hear him mispronounce "valkyrie" early on, but he gets it right towards the end. Otherwise, I have nothing but praise for the reading as the narrator brings the story to life. I look forward to the rest, even though it is predictable.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful