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  • I'm From the Sun

  • The Gustafer Yellowgold Story
  • By: Morgan Taylor
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,678
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,541
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,542

Ride along with 9-year old “sunling” Gustafer, in this otherworldly, melancholy musical comedy that takes place entirely on our closest star - The Sun! As if the stress of the annual Tiger Face holiday season wasn’t enough, the young sun-dweller Gustafer must face the nasty neighborhood bullies and overcome his fear of telling his father the awful truth: he doesn’t want to inherit the family raisin-butchering business. Despite help from his best friend Ellen and over-achieving big brother, Ben, Gustafer faces the ultimate crossroad when he sees a darker opportunity to control his own destiny on the Sun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this! Beatles meet Queen on the SUN.

  • By Andrew Vladeck on 10-08-18

Cutsie

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-19

When my grandson is a little older, he may enjoy this. It's a cute story with song breaks.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The X-Files: Cold Cases

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,793
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15,562
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15,482

Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - and adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs ( The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), Cold Cases marks yet another thrilling addition to the pantheon of X-Files stories. Featuring a mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo's investigations like never before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-30-17

Just can't get into it

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

I'm a big X-Files fan, but I am not enjoying it as acted out audio presentation. It's interesting, but just not my thing.

  • Defeat's Victory

  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,644
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,569
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,562

In this explosive conclusion to the Indian Hill series we find Mike, Tracy, Drababan, BT and the entire crew of the now destroyed USS Guardian hurtling through space, head on into their destiny. But will it be the one they seek or the destruction of all they know and have ever known.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome... as always!

  • By Jordan Imhoff on 03-14-18

Awesome is the norm

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

Reviewed: 03-13-19

I'm hoping this is not the end as I find this series and Tufo's other series to be endlessly entertaining. The characters are interesting and I find myself caring about what happens to them. The action is always fast paced to such a level that I find myself often falling asleep while listening and have to figure out where I left off in the morning.

  • Rise Again

  • A Zombie Thriller
  • By: Ben Tripp
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 638
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 579
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 577

Filled with adventurous human drama-and shocking inhuman horror - Rise Again is a vivid and powerful debut novel of the zombie apocalypse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kind of different

  • By DeeDee on 01-17-14

It's a 4.5-star, so I rounded up

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

I would have given this book 5-stars across the board, but it was such a slow and soft start to the book that I though I was gonna be bored during the whole book. After I got past the beginning, it picked up. I was very vested in Dani as a character. Like most of us, her mind wondered when it shouldn't, she made stupid mistakes, but she is an excellent heroine. I found myself loathing the villains and engrossed by the main characters. The action eventually became well paced and the story kept my attention. If you asked me after the first 40 minutes or so of listening, I would have told you that there is no way I'd buy the second book, but by the end, there was no way I wouldn't buy the second book. If like me, you find the beginning to be monotonous, don't give up on the book, it's worth listening to the whole thing.

  • Zombie Fallout: Zero

  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,060
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,003
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 998

Those who would seek a new world order have unleashed the most devastating virus onto mankind, and even they do not know the secrets hidden in their weapon. Follow along as Harry, a CDC scientist, races to figure out what exactly the virus is and how to stop it. It will be up to him and a group of marines led by Major Sanders to stop the zombie fallout before it ravages an unsuspecting world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As usual Mark Tufo does not disappoint

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 01-09-17

I'm tempted to return it and I never return books

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

I hate when authors do these shorts!!! I love Mark's books, but I was excited to see a new Zombie Fallout book from Mark Tufo and didn't notice a 2+ hour play time. From the tiny little bit you can get from less than 3 hours of reading time, it seemed very much like his standard stuff. Normally a good formula for an entertaining book, but in this case, just an annoying waste of my time and money. The least they could have done is labeled it with a .5 to let you know it was a short like the 3.5 book that I never bought.

  • Good Intentions

  • By: Elliott Kay
  • Narrated by: Tess Irondale
  • Length: 22 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,982
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,984

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

Is it sci-fi/fantasy or smut? Both maybe? ;-)

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

Alex just started going to college only to have a succubus and sexy angel intertwined in his life. His simple life is no more, but who wants a boring old life? This book graphically outlines his sexual escapades with a good dose of tongue in cheek humor to go along with the rest of the story. I got this book in one of the sales as I do many of my new series. A lot of them are meh, but sometimes you find a gem like this. I have fairly eclectic tastes in my sci-fi and fantasy readings, but this is the first time I've run across a smutty fantasy novel. Now my recommendations have shown me that there is a whole sub-genre of smutty fantasy/sci-fi. Who knew? :) The vivid sexual parts neither made this book or broke it, but it's definitely something to listen too with a headset. The story was engaging, the characters were well developed throughout the story, the action was well paced, and it was a very good listen. I've got some other series to catch up on, but the next book in this series is definitely on my "listen to" list.

  • Super Sales on Super Heroes

  • Super Sales on Super Heroes, Book 2
  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,540
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,185

In a world full of super powers, Felix had a pretty crappy one. After learning to harness his ability to modify any item he owns, he now runs a corporation that is rapidly expanding - Legion. After tangling with the local Heroes guild they’ve finally settled into a semblance of stability. Sounds great on paper. Run your company, make money, be your own boss, settle down. Except that with running a business, comes an inordinate amount of responsibilities. Like making sure everything keeps running and your people are paid.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Got better

  • By leaf on 05-08-18

I'm glad I bought book 1 on sale

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

The characters are still a bit flat, but growing on me. The action is still very fast paced. Arand seems to be a very creative writer with some unique ideas. He doesn't believe in the slow and steady approach as this book branched out with half a dozen new directions: portals, new worlds, gods, and much more all at once. This with a complete shift away from being a "company" to being a superpower, but it feels like the elements have been laid down to bring the next book into this world where Legion is one of the powers of consequence. This is not the direction I thought the book would take, but I'm fascinated with the story. I'm a bit sad that book 3 isn't available yet. I will watch for it.

  • Super Sales on Super Heroes

  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,740
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,296

In a world full of super powers, Felix has a pretty crappy one. He has the ability to modify any item he owns. To upgrade anything. Sounds great on paper. Almost like a video game. Except that the amount of power it takes to actually change, modify, or upgrade anything worthwhile is beyond his abilities. With that in mind, Felix settled into a normal life. A normal job. His entire world changes when the city he lives in is taken over by a super villain. Becoming a country of one city. A city state.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lot better than I thought it would be

  • By Phillip hinch on 07-08-17

Listened to it twice

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

When I was done listening the first time, I was sure I liked this book and would get the next in the series, but I wasn't sure why. The characters are a bit two-dimensional, the plot is a bit cliche, and the action is simplistic. The problem was I found myself staying up listening until I fell asleep and had to rewind the book to figure out where I'd fallen asleep. When I listed to the book a second time, I tried to figure out why it was so engaging.

I found that the simple nature of the characters was supplemented by slow character growth. When you are only a soul-sucking daemon temptress or an immature dizzy girl, it gives you a lot of room to build the character. This kept them understandable while giving them more depth as the book advanced. As I read the next books, it will probably become obvious if this was by design or accident.

As some character's kept repeating cliches are cliches for a reason. They work. The socially retarded guy who doesn't know how to deal with women is cliche because that is what it is. While the some of the plot is very formula driven with common components, there is enough new and unique ideas to keep it interesting. The cliches mixed with the more unique elements provide a balance so you have some parts that are expected followed by the unexpected.

The action is simplistic in that I read a lot of military scifi and this DEFINITELY wasn't that. This is more of a guy on the street perspective of what is going on during battles, mixed with a magic wish list of weapons. Crash your super battle-suit through walls, use your magic shield to stop the killing blow, and tell what happens and not the tactics behind it. Some of the magic and super-tech advancements leave the story a bit lopsided, but I'm assuming that the enemies will provide more challenges as the story moves along.

Overall, I think it was a balance of things I would normally criticize mixed with some good writing and creativity that made the book a page turner. It was also FAST PACED. There was no time to recover from the last "bad" thing that happened before the next "badder" thing happened. This was a pleasant surprise that I bought on sale in May and didn't listen to until September because I figured it just didn't sound that good. I'll get to book number two a bit quicker.

  • Orion Fleet

  • Rebel Fleet, Book 2
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,988
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,800
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,794

A year ago the Kher Empire was forced to retreat, but they were not beaten. In Orion Fleet, they return with a new weapon. A huge ship driven by AI begins methodically grinding inhabited worlds to dust. This unstoppable enemy is without fear or remorse, and the Rebels begin a desperate battle just to slow its advance. Leo Blake takes Earth's first warship into space to find a counter to this deadly new attack. The Imperial Fleets take notice of Earth's interference, and they're intent upon revenge. Even if he wins, Blake might have doomed our homeworld.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally B.V. Larson is back!

  • By Anders on 03-03-17

Character Template?

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

Larson seems to have a pretty standard template for his hero. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. I always enjoy his books, they're always well-paced, interesting, and fun to listen to. This book was no exception. His Ladies Man Rogue hero who uses common sense and tactics over Doctrine and Brute Force was present and accounted for. I enjoyed this book and we'll be looking for the next one.

  • Dungeon Born

  • Divine Dungeon Series, Book 1
  • By: Dakota Krout
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,816
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,785

For eons, conquering dungeons has been the most efficient way to become a strong adventurer. Although not everything is as straightforward as it seems. Several questions have always plagued the minds of those who enter these mythical places of power: why are there so many monsters? Where do the amazing weaponry and heavy gold coins come from? Why does the very air fill with life-giving energies? Cal has all of the answers to these age-old questions, for a very simple reason. He is a Dungeon Heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gem in the RPG/Fantasy Genre

  • By SirMehr on 04-01-17

Didn't think I was gonna like it at first

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

The book started off slowly in a direction I completely didn't expect. Once the book moved on a bit and the author got over the minutiae, the story started becoming interesting. I'm looking forward to the second book, but will have to wait until I catch up on my existing backlog of books.

What I didn't like: The author sunk into every little detail of his dungeon concepts. For those who are interested in that, it might be interesting, but those parts made me lose focus and I had to rewind several times as my mind started wondering and I was afraid I'd missed something. Luckily, after the story starts rolling, there is less of that.

What I did like: The story developed at a good pace, providing interesting characters, and compelling situations. As with any good book, I found myself vested in the characters and their exploits.