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  • Galaxy Outlaws: The Complete Black Ocean Mobius Missions, 1-16.5

  • By: J. S. Morin
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 85 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,686
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,329

Meet the galaxy's unluckiest outlaws. Carl Ramsey is an ex-Earth Navy fighter pilot turned con man. His ship, the Mobius, is home to a ragtag crew of misfits and refugees looking to score a big payday but more often just scratching to pay for fuel. The crew consists of his ex-wife (and pilot), a drunkard, four-handed mechanic, a xeno-predator with the disposition of a 120kg housecat, and the galaxy's most-wanted wizard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Firefly cranked up on Meth plus a Space Wizard!

  • By Ray Johnson on 04-27-18

Horrible...unless you are a Y.A.

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

Reviewed: 04-18-19

I picked this book because of the great reviews from other listeners. Never again. I am convinced they are either all made up by Audible to sell books or they are all written by young teens.

This book was horrible. The story was bland, the characters are all direct rip offs from Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy and Firefly and the narration reminds me of Japanese Anime cartoons.

I tried, i really tried... I suffered through several hours. I just could not care about our 'hero' not his boring crew of 'misfits'.
Maybe if i was marooned on a deserted island or stuck in my car in a snowdrift overnight i would finish this book, but in real life i gave up three hours in.

Do not waste your money or credits.

  • Exile

  • Legend of Drizzt: Dark Elf Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,885
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,363

Hostile in ways that a surface-dweller could never know, the tunnel-mazes of the Underdark challenge all who tread there. Among these souls are Drizzt Do'Urden and his magical cat, Guenhwyvar. Exiled from his drow homeland, Drizzt must fight for a new home in the boundless labyrinth. Meanwhile, he must watch for signs of pursuit - for the dark elves are not a forgiving race.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent as Always

  • By Syndane on 04-10-13

Excellent as usual

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

Reviewed: 04-18-19

Loved this second in the Drizzt Trilogy back story.
Not much to add. Any one who read the first will love the second. Great plot line, interesting new characters & wonderful narration.

if i had to pick out one gripe it would be that Mr. Salvatore obviously wants us to absolutely hate Drizzt's mother and sisters but i think he over does it with the constant punishing and torture of every male associated with the family... it gets a little tiring.

Other than that I strongly recommend getting this book. I am ready for the third!

  • A Long Time Until Now

  • By: Michael Z. Williamson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
  • Length: 22 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,113
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,983
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,986

A military unit is thrust back into Paleolithic times with only their guns and portable hardware. Ten soldiers on convoy in Afghanistan suddenly find themselves lost in time. Somehow they arrived in Earth's Paleolithic Asia. With no idea how they arrived or how to get back, the shock of the event is severe. They discover groups of the similarly displaced: imperial Romans, Neolithic Europeans, and a small cadre of East Indian peasants.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Different Than Expected--But an Excellent Listen !

  • By C. Hartmann on 06-11-15

This book is horrible...unless maybe you are a Y/A

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

As another review said, to keep it simple: do not waste your money/credits or time with this nonsense.

The premise seemed interesting but the book is anything but. The characters are bland and lifeless, the narrator sounds like he's reading a children's story to a kindergarten and the author's leaps from event to conclusion are ridiculous.

To start with, these characters are the furthest thing possible for real soldiers; not to sound too jingoistic but the US Armed services are some of the best soldiers in the world and if we turned our wimpy, insubordinate misfits like these in the book we would be in a lot of trouble. in the first 40 minutes of the book the author must have said that each soldier was shivering or trembling with fear a dozen times! Then at one point he has them all sobbing over their plight! By the way, they also figure out exactly where and WHEN they are within hours because the spot a hairy rhino and one of the crew is into astronomy and is able to pinpoint their location and eon by looking at the sky...

As if this isn't bad enough, they then spot a village of natives...when they mention that these indigenous people (from 15,000 years ago) all much taller than they are I had to quit and give up!

Do not bother with this book, well... unless you are a young teen and then you may not care how bad it is.

  • Camouflage

  • By: Joe Haldeman
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 813
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 526
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 535

The artifact is found seven miles below the surface of the sea and beneath 40 more feet of sand. The Navy's efforts to raise a wrecked submarine uncover it - and set in motion a scientific race to retrieve it, to discover just what it is and where it came from. Denser than any substance known to man, it has broken every drill bit they've tried on it and will not budge an inch. It resists every effort to breach it - or communicate with it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Grows on you

  • By TucsonBaby on 01-23-09

Other reviews from 2009??

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

Reviewed: 03-05-19

This book was horrible!
There is no way this book averages 4 Stars. I went back to look and noticed all of the reviews are from 2009 and 2010!

The story has some merit so I stuck with it a while hoping the plot would hold my attention but every character -- including the alien-- is boring and not likeable. Most of the peripheral characters are clichés and you forget them immediately.

But, in the end, it was the narration that made me stop listening. It is boring and monotoned...where he does try to add inflection in is as though he has no idea of normal speech patterns. At one point he is describing an accident where a cable snaps and a workers arm is ripped off at the shoulder... Summerer sound like he is reading instructions on how to assemble a grill!

No wonder this book was on sale in an Audible 2-for deal...do not waste you credits.

  • Mountain Man: Prequel

  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,508
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,330
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,311

After a long day of prepping a house for painting, all Gus Berry wanted was the night off to spend some time with his girlfriend and relax before having to return to work the next morning. But that isn’t going to happen. Because Gus’s co-worker Benny has found a one-night job at the local Mollymart East, a job that has to be done by morning. If Gus and his paint crew can complete the work by then, it could mean huge business with a respected, established grocery store chain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gus... Redefining the ‘Everyman!'

  • By Tracy P. on 10-24-18

Mountain Yawn

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

Reviewed: 02-27-19

I don't get it. I admit I can be a literary snob but I just do not understand all of the 5 star reviews this book received.
I found nothing likeable about our hero -- as a matter of fact, I found him annoying and irritating. I get it, he represents the "every man" character but there was little to like about him.

The story had promise but it was ruined but bad dialog and worse plot choices. I mean that attempt at male banter in the first chapter was so bad I almost returned it before I was an hour into the book.

I'll give it a little credit, there were a few suspenseful moments, but overall the characters were so blah and the plot so predictable that I would not recommend this to anyone over the age of 13.

I also have to admit I am not a fan of RC Bray... his snarky, chummy tone tends to turn me off and as a result I find my mind wandering.

Don't waste your credits.

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  • Murder on the Orient Express

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,421
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,731
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,705

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer. Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My first Christie

  • By Michael Andrew Kinkead on 08-06-17

SImply Magnifique!

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

Not much needs to be said here: Agatha Christie is simple the best mystery writer ever...her ability to write dialog is unsurpassed and even though we all know the story it is still wonderful to listen.
Dan Stevens' narration is fantastic!

I could not recommend a better book to spend your credits on.

  • Eisenhower in War and Peace

  • By: Jean Edward Smith
  • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
  • Length: 28 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,415
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,272

Author of the best-seller FDR, Jean Edward Smith is a master of the presidential biography. Setting his sights on Dwight D. Eisenhower, Smith delivers a rich account of Eisenhower’s life using previously untapped primary sources. From the military service in WWII that launched his career to the shrewd political decisions that kept America out of wars with the Soviet Union and China, Smith reveals a man who never faltered in his dedication to serving America, whether in times of war or peace.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book to get to know Ike

  • By Keith Storrs on 09-25-12

Well done and fair to everyone

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

I will recommend this book to anyone interested in biographies and modern history.
I knew very little about Ike and I am glad I took the time to listen to this book about him.
This is no love letter by a biographer who is enamored by his subject... it is a fair, even biography highlighting Ike's strong points but also enlightening us about his failures and weaknesses.
It drags a bit here and there and gets a bit repetitive but overall it was worth it.

Paul Hecht's narration is a bit uninspired but that is what one expects in a bio... the thing that has me taking away a couple of stars is the fact that he mispronounces some pretty basic words & that drives me crazy. still, this is easy to overlook and the book is well worth the credits.

  • Earthcore

  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,525
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,497

EarthCore is the company with the technology, the resources, and the guts to go after the mother lode. Young executive Connell Kirkland is the company's driving force, pushing himself and those around him to uncover the massive treasure. But at three miles below the surface, where the rocks are so hot they burn bare skin, something has been waiting for centuries. Waiting...and guarding. Kirkland and EarthCore are about to find out first-hand why this treasure has never been unearthed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start, but it gained momentum quick

  • By Jan on 12-15-17

Hated every character; wanted them ALL to die!

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

It's pretty clear that either Audible or Amazon hides any poor reviews way down in the scroll because they want to sell books. Or maybe they use reviews from friends of the author or make up the rest. The first 10 I saw were fabulous, but...

There is some slight possibility that without any of the characters in this book that in may have been interesting...but I doubt it.
I disliked each and every one of the characters in this book and didn't care what happened to any of them to the point where I could not get past chapter 10 or 11. I will surely be returning this book to get my credits back.

The story starts with ridiculous male banter between some grad students spelunking in the 1940's. I disliked them all and found the dialog inane and prayed that was only because it was a prologue… alas, the rest of the book is that way too. Cliched characters, unrealistic dialog and every person meaner than the next made for a boring unpleasant ordeal.
Part of the plot is a bit interesting but the rest, plus Ray Porters 'meh' narration can't hold it together. Porter's version of a female voice was just creepy...
Don't waste your money or credits, though I doubt you'll be able to find this review.

  • Galaxy's Edge

  • By: Jason Anspach, Nick Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,303
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,750

On the edge of the galaxy, a diplomatic mission to an alien planet takes a turn when the Legionnaires, an elite special fighting force, find themselves ambushed and stranded behind enemy lines. They struggle to survive under siege, waiting on a rescue that might never come. In the seedy starport of Ackabar, a young girl searches the crime-ridden gutters to avenge her father's murder; not far away, a double-dealing legionniare-turned-smuggler hunts an epic payday; and somewhere along the outer galaxy, a mysterious bounty hunter lies in wait.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • bit of a disconnect between parts

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-10-18

Ugh! Big disappointment. AT least the 2nd book.

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

I liked the first book and really hated the second book.
The first was filled with clichéd characters and several action filled battle scenes. there certainly was a 'disconnect' between the two books but they eventually tried to tie some of the loose ends back together.
One annoying factor was that in the first story the Legionnaires were fearsome warriors who were unmatched. any ten could wipe out any 500 of the enemy...in the second book, most "Leiges" were inept yoyo's who couldn't fight there way out of a paper bag.
There were also way too many "out of the frying pan -- into the fire" scenarios for me... fight scenes and battles just go on & on.
To complicate matters in the 2nd book, there are 2 main characters I like Rex but quite frankly I didn't give a darn what happened to "captain Keel (sp?). They tried to make him a cross between Han Solo & Peter Quill (Guardians of the Galaxy) and it doesn't work. Most of the time I was rooting for his opponents in the hope that he would get killed. The thing that kept me listening were all of the side characters and even they were not developed fully.

There seemed to be a lot of ripping off of Star Wars, right from our Han Solo wannabe to the Furry Cat-man pilot. There are bounty hunters, assassins, even an evil overlord controlling admirals.

All in all, I cannot recommend this book, unless you are able to ignore repetition, shallow characters and lame dialog.

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  • Warbound

  • Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,145
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,682
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,666

Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Started Strong-Finished Strong

  • By Don Gilbert on 08-07-13

I would listen to Bron Pinchot read a dictionary!

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

Jake, Fay & cast are back!
Excellent book!
Fantastic story!
Wonderful characters!
Best narrator EVER!
Don't waste anymore time...Get it today!