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  • Zero Hour

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 5
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,796
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,421

United Nations Special Operations Command sent an elite expeditionary force of soldiers and pilots out on a simple recon mission, and somehow along the way they sparked an alien civil war. Now the not-at-all-merry band of pirates is in desperate trouble, again. Their stolen alien starship is falling apart, thousands of light years from home. The ancient alien AI they nicknamed Skippy is apparently dead, and even if they can by some miracle revive him, he might never be the same.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Monkeys kick A**, but......

  • By Beachcombers on 02-14-18

Too drawn out

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

Getting bored with the over abundance of problems and how long it takes to come up with the usual fixes, Skippy says no Joe says what about……

  • The Last Colony

  • Old Man's War, Book 3
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,884
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,891

Retired from his fighting days, John Perry is now village ombudsman for a human colony on distant Huckleberry. With his wife, former Special Forces warrior Jane Sagan, he farms several acres, adjudicates local disputes, and enjoys watching his adopted daughter grow up. That is, until his and Jane's past reaches out to bring them back into the game.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and Thought Provoking

  • By thomas on 02-10-14

Felt like a lecture

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

I kept waiting for something interesting to happen. Didn’t get my full attention till the very end.

  • Earth Valor

  • Earthrise, Book 6
  • By: Daniel Arenson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

The marauders, vicious alien predators, brought us to our knees. They destroyed our fleets. They burned our cities. They butchered millions. But now we fight back. Across the ruins of Earth, we rise in rebellion. In the depths of space, we seek allies. And our last warship prepares for one final battle. It's a time for heroes. A time to show our human pride. Because Earth is our home. Earth is our birthright. Earth is eternal. We will save it. Or we will die on our feet.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • up against the odds

  • By Mark on 11-13-17

Should be the end....

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

Reviewed: 09-22-17

This should have been the last book so the characters could rest.... too much bad luck.

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,271
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,891
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,828

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci Fi I didn't know I wanted

  • By Gary Glenn on 06-27-17

Very Entertaining!

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Constantly chuckling - Joe and Skippy are too much at times.

Any additional comments?

One of the most entertaining I've listened to recently! I hope the second book is as good as the first.

  • Earth Lost

  • Earthrise, Book 2
  • By: Daniel Arenson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 606

Earth burns. We call them the scum. They came from deep space. Creatures of claws and endless malice, they ravage the world. As the war flares, as cities crumble, Private Marco Emery and his platoon blast into space. They won one battle on Earth. Their next battle must be fought in the darkness. The scum will not rest until the last human is dead. Marco and his friends must defeat them. They must win. Or Earth will fall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another good book

  • By S E S on 11-26-16

Some scenes went on too long

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

Reviewed: 01-18-17

Any additional comments?

Had me saying out loud "all right already, lets move on!" But otherwise an OK book. I like them to be closer to 10 hours to feel like I'm getting my credit's worth.... This series is a bit too short per "book". Reminds me a little of Aliens........

  • Libre

  • A Silver Ships Novel
  • By: S. H. Jucha
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 929

The surviving Méridiens have returned to Confederation space, aided by their recently discovered cousins, the New Terrans. They expect a celebration after their 71-year absence. Instead, they're shocked to find the silver ships have destroyed half the Confederation. The Méridiens are fleeing in advance of the horde of alien ships. But Alex Racine and his crew didn't come this far to run away from humanity's enemy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An entire book about logistics!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-31-16

Not sure.....

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

Reviewed: 12-03-16

What made the experience of listening to Libre the most enjoyable?

It's nice to have a good story where the hero(s) aren't constantly looking for trouble. Sometime though, just a little too sappie. It's good that people are getting along better than real life but, a bit unbelievable. Overall a good listen so far.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Sad leaving so few folks on Libre

  • The Lost Fleet

  • Genesis
  • By: Raymond L. Weil
  • Narrated by: Liam Owen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

Fleet Admiral Jeremy Strong is determined to preserve the planet Gaia as the new home of the lost fleets. Unfortunately, a new and frightening danger from the destroyed Dyson Sphere threatens to undo everything he has fought for. Kazak, the AI on the Originator ship, has his own agenda. The Humans and Altons will either do as he demands or he will destroy them. Can Fleet Admiral Strong outsmart the two-million-year-old AI or is he doomed to failure?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An incredible and absorbing book and series

  • By Myles on 09-06-16

Very boring

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

Reviewed: 11-16-16

Presentation, story, everything, just made this very hard to even try to listen to. I will request a refund on this one.

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  • Van Halen Rising

  • How a Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal
  • By: Greg Renoff
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526

After years of gigging everywhere from suburban backyards to dive bars, Van Halen - led by frontman extraordinaire David Lee Roth and guitar virtuoso Edward Van Halen - had the songs, the swagger, and the talent to turn the rock world on its ear. The quartet's classic 1978 debut, Van Halen, sold more than a million copies within months of release and rocketed the band to the stratosphere of rock success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly Outstanding!!!

  • By Edgar F. Whitaker on 08-14-16

Made me hear them in a whole different light.

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

Reviewed: 09-16-16

I hope this story was based on facts. And based on thinking they are facts, it made me think of Van Halen in a whole new light. Listening to their music both live and recorded and hearing what the book talked about, it was great! If you like Van Halen, this is well worth the "read"!

  • Ultima

  • Proxima, Book 2
  • By: Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 21 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 233

On the planet of Per Ardua, alien artifacts were discovered - hatches that allowed humans to step across light-years of space as if they were stepping into another room. But this newfound freedom has consequences. As humanity discovers the real nature of the universe, a terrifying truth comes to light: We all have countless pasts converging in this present - and our future is terrifyingly finite. There are minds in the universe that are billions of years old, and now we are vulnerable to their plans for us.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Book 2 delivers the goods.

  • By Angus on 02-01-16

Fairly boring

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

Reviewed: 05-02-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I'm not a writer so I don't know what could change

Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen Baxter? Why or why not?

Yes

Would you listen to another book narrated by Kyle McCarley?

Yes

Could you see Ultima being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Not this book - but perhaps the first in the series

Any additional comments?

I kept waiting for something to get going. We were all over the place it seemed. And, nothing of real interest ever happened.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Proxima: Book 1

  • By: Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 433
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 395

The very far future: The galaxy is a drifting wreck of black holes, neutron stars, and chill white dwarfs. The age of star formation is long past. Yet there is life here, feeding off the energies of the stellar remnants, and there is mind, a tremendous galaxy-spanning intelligence each of whose thoughts lasts a hundred thousand years. And this mind cradles memories of a long-gone age when a more compact universe was full of light... The 27th century: Proxima Centauri, an undistinguished red dwarf star, is the nearest star to our sun. How would it be to live on such a world?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No Sense of Conclusion

  • By Lisa Davidson on 04-24-16

Very good first in a series

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

Reviewed: 03-18-16

Any additional comments?

I liked the story though it did seem to skip an explanation or two. Hope the second book is at least as good. I had a very hard time remembering that is was daylight ALL the time. I can't imagine that....

1 of 1 people found this review helpful