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  • Marines: Crimson Worlds

  • By: Jay Allan
  • Narrated by: Jeff Bower
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 497

Erik Cain joined the marines to get off death row. The deal was simple; enlist to fight in space and he would be pardoned for all his crimes. In the 23rd Century, assault troops go to war wearing AI-assisted, nuclear-powered armor, but it is still men and blood that win battles. From one brutal campaign to the next, Erik and his comrades fight an increasingly desperate war over the resource rich colony worlds that have become vital to the economies of Earth's exhausted and despotic Superpowers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshing

  • By Jack Brown on 05-30-13

Story is very good! Narrator is very flat.

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

Reviewed: 01-15-16

Would you be willing to try another one of Jeff Bower’s performances?

No. Mr. Bower's performance reminded me of a college lecture hall performance. His narrator's voice sounds forced and very artificial. His character voices are falsetto and sound like they should be part of anime.

Any additional comments?

This book is well written and builds the Crimson World story line very nicely. It has made me desire to listen to the next in the series.

  • Ghost

  • Paladin of Shadows, Book 1
  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Arthur
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 959
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 883
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 888

Former SEAL Michael Harmon, Team Name ''Ghost'', retired for service injuries, is not enjoying college life. But things are about to change, if not for the better. When he sees a kidnapping, a series of, at the time logical, decisions leave him shot to ribbons and battling a battalion of Syrian commandos with only the help of three naked co-eds who answer to the names ''Bambi,'' ''Thumper'' and ''Cotton Tail.'

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • HARD CORP Descriptive Sex Warning!

  • By Trip Williams on 01-15-14

Very sexually graphic, to the point of loosing the story.

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

Reviewed: 11-19-15

Very sexually graphic, to the point of loosing the story.

Story (book) number 2 is more porn than story. I skipped over large portions and did not miss any of the plot. The real story was about 1 - 2 hours at the end.

I expected better from author.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Coyote Rising

  • A Novel of Interstellar Revolution
  • By: Allen Steele
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim, Allen Steele
  • Length: 17 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 415
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 260

The Hugo Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed Coyote returns to the setting of his grand novel of interstellar exploration with the continuing epic of Earth's first space colonists - and a tale of revolution against a repressive government to reclaim their world in the name of freedom...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great, Great Stuff

  • By Michael on 05-20-09

Excellent story, but repetitive.

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

Reviewed: 07-03-15

Any additional comments?

The story is very good. I found some of the story very repetitive. Every character had to reintroduce every other character. It appears the story was written as a series of short stories that have been combined into a single book.

  • Destruction

  • Galactic Empire Wars, Book 1
  • By: Raymond L. Weil
  • Narrated by: David Rheinstrom
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 338

To the Kleese, the Earth is nothing more than a planet full of conscripts to fight in their numerous wars of aggression. The Kleese are one of three large Galactic Empires that control the majority of the galaxy. To them, Earth is an extremely dangerous planet due to the aggressiveness of the humanoid species that inhabits it. The humans that inhabit Earth will make excellent conscripts, but something must be done to prevent them from expanding out into the galaxy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid story with great voices, read too fast.

  • By Philip D. Mann on 03-20-15

Excellent story, poor narration.

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

Reviewed: 04-27-15

Would you listen to Destruction again? Why?

No, not with this narrator. The story line is a very good one. David Rheinstrom reads very fast and this prevents the story from becoming relaxing. I was never able to empathize with the characters because of the frantic pace of the story and narration.

  • Exodus

  • Empires at War, Book 1
  • By: Doug Dandridge
  • Narrated by: Finn Sterling
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 325

When the human race faces extermination at the hands of an expanding species the last survivors travel a thousand years to reestablish the race ten thousands light years away. It is now a thousand years after the birth of the New Terran Empire. The race has aggressively expanded during that time, with a fleet that has never lost a war against an alien species. But the signs are there, the old enemy is back, and the Fleet will face its greatest challenge in a foe fifty times their size.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart, Realistic Military Science Fiction

  • By Richard D. Laudenslager on 07-30-14

Lots of plot building with little action.

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

Reviewed: 03-10-15

Lots of plot building with little action. Many characters have been introduced but none of them have achieved anything. Hoping book two will make some use of storylines.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mission of Honor: Honor Harrington, Book 12

  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 24 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,478
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,137

The Star Kingdom of Manticore and the Republic of Haven have been enemies for Honor Harrington's entire life, and she has paid a price for the victories she's achieved in that conflict. And now the unstoppable juggernaut of the mighty Solarian League is on a collision course with Manticore. The millions who have already died may have been only a foretaste of the billions of casualties just over the horizon, and Honor sees it coming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mission Of Honor

  • By Dan on 08-12-10

More magic than SF

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

Reviewed: 06-12-14

This book is waste. The complete Manpower story line is just magic. By Weber’s own description is they are a small but wealthy system who specialize in biotech. I can buy they are the galaxies leader in biotech. So having 2 super advances in that field makes sense. The genetic upgrades they have done is major and I can believe they can control politics. The bio-virus that controls people is believable if your are that deep into genetics. It stays within their expertise. For me at this point it is still SF.

It starts to become magic when they come up with 3 non-biotech advances that are all undetectable.
1) They made a drive that takes them well into the higher hyper bands.
2) New sub-light drives that are undetectable using a totally new propulsion system.
3) A grazer that keeps its’ power but can fit into a missile.

That becomes unbelievable. It would be hard to believe they came up with one of these technologies. You have two naval empires that can not create these technologies with all their research. Then to add insult, Mr. Weber has them create a navy without anybody noticing. Not even the Ballroom!

If they were capable of all this on top of their biotech everybody in the galaxy would be watching them. This has lost its' SF taste.

He tries to compare it to Japan in WWII. No match. Japan did not have any super weapons. They had advances the US did not have. Great Britain had similar technology. They convinced the US they were not advancing their navy, but everybody knew the Japanese had navy. The surprise was where it was located.

  • Camouflage

  • By: Joe Haldeman
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 695
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 416
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 425

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

A very good story even if it was predictable.

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

Reviewed: 03-05-13

I found the story to be very predictable at times. Other times I had a hard time differentiating between the chameleon and the changeling. Over all this was still an enjoyable listen.

  • War of Honor

  • Honor Harrington, Book 10
  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 35 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,416
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,148

No one wanted another war. Thomas Theisman didn't. Not after risking his life to overthrow the Committee of Public Safety's reign of terror and restore the Republic of Haven's ancient Constitution. Baron High Ridge didn't. The Prime Minister of Manticore was perfectly happy with the war he had. No one was shooting anyone else at the moment, and his government could continue to milk all those "hostilities only" tax measures for their own partisan projects.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Oh my God, it's slow!

  • By Aaron Sher on 03-13-13

Very slow.

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

Reviewed: 08-31-12

This book is a transition book and it is very slow. All the main characters are only side notes to the most boring political dialog I have listened to.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Short Victorious War

  • Honor Harrington, Book 3
  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,794
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,795

The rulers of the People's Republic of Haven are in trouble and revolt is brewing, so it's high time for a short victorious war. But Honor Harrington is going to give them a war that's neither short nor victorious.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Short Victorious War

  • By Jean on 01-16-11

A very good book in the series.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-12

Very nice book. Weber kept the book the story line moving while he introduce new adversaries. Looking forward to listening to the next book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Swarm

  • Star Force, Book 1
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,113
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,130

Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If Micheal Bay Wrote a Sci-Fi Novel...

  • By Lamonica Johnson on 04-25-12

Great book, but skips from time to time.

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

Reviewed: 01-24-12

The story was very good and the narrators performance was great. The datafile had some skips in it.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful