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  • The Battle for Lashmere

  • A Faded Star, Book 3
  • By: Michael Freeport
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Admiral Stokes' forces are scattered and beleaguered with no safe haven. The forces of the Woduur have decisively defeated the Lashmere Navy and invaded Lashmere itself. Humans are on the verge of defeat. Their only hope lies in the ancient ship held by an alien race that may want them all dead. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • we need book 4 !!!<br />

  • By mike O on 07-19-18

Very enjoyable series

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

So far I’ve been really enjoying this series! Narrator is great, series has good pacing with very little filler.

  • Galaxy's Edge

  • By: Nick Cole, Jason Anspach
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,336
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,040

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 bounter hunter lies in wait.

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

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-10-18

In a galaxy far, far away

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

This is by far one of the best Star Wars novels since Timothy Zahn kicked off the EU way back when. Seriously, this is good space opera somewhere between Lensman and Star Wars. Darth Sullus is going to be an awesome emperor after he sweeps away the last remnants of the Old Republic. At that point the regional governors will have direct control. I kind of feel bad they killed obiwan and yoda in the same battle but John 117 will get revenge. Princess Leah is pretty much ignored. Mace Windu gets a demotion but he gets his “yes, they deserved to die and I hope they burn in #$&€)” moment. Han Solo, who appears in the second half of the book, really shines. He pretends not to care but we all know the truth. Wait, actually I think that is John 117. The Clone Troopers are much more sympathetic in this version of the universe but we do get to see the first glimpse of Storm Troopers by the end. I guess this will make it more shocking when the Clones activate Order 66. The Force is with this series, always. Yes, this review is tongue in cheek and so is the book. This is clearly a reboot of SW and it is worthy. If you hate the new SW just read this, it’s SW done better.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,073

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By Emily on 05-07-17

YA murder fantasy

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

The writing is excellent to be sure but the main character, is except for one formulaic scene, an unstoppable teen killing machine. If you are into a kid beating up and murdering other kids and adults with zero consequences like Hunger Games on crack, well this is the book for you. Had this book simply been an alternative history of Rome it would be an amazing 5 Star book. Instead it’s just ok.

  • Oathbringer

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 55 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25,572
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,100
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,048

Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Sanderson Masterpiece

  • By 2bizy on 05-24-18

Hero + self doubt = crisis, magic god power at the last second

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

Reviewed: 11-18-17

Sanderson’s stories have a formula and let’s face it. It’s the same formula every book. Is it a good formula? Yes. This is a great story. If it hadn’t already been told in Mistborn and Elantris I’d say this is the best series out there. Just like with E.E. Doc Smith a master storyteller can get away with the same formula this many times.

So here is the formula:
Start with a world where nobody knows the history. Hero + self doubt = crisis. Stretch that crisis out for 25 hours. Create a hidden villain secretly controlling everything. Add a misdirection as a twist. Magic god power at the last second to save everyone. Repeat every book but just up the scale and the stakes.


7 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • The Collapsing Empire

  • The Interdependency, Book 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,542

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best of Scalzi

  • By Gonzalo on 05-11-17

Meh

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

Reviewed: 04-02-17

What happens when you pit immature, possibly sjw, verbally abusive, hip main characters against stodgy parodies of aristocrats in a magnificent sci-fi setting with top notch narration? You get this book. Is it good? Well, it isn't bad but the characters aren't even slightly believable. The setting is amazing though.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Call to Arms

  • Black Fleet Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,421
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,124

From Joshua Dalzelle comes the follow-up to the number-one best seller Warship. Captain Jackson Wolfe survived the initial incursion of a vicious alien species into human space...barely. He had assumed the juggernaut that had devastated three Terran systems was the herald for a full invasion, but for the last few years it has been eerily quiet along the Frontier. Jackson now struggles to convince the Confederate leadership the threat is still imminent and needs to be taken seriously.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed both books thus far.

  • By Mark on 01-23-16

Very good

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

Reviewed: 01-31-16

Possibly the best new military science fiction in recent years. No stories of this kind are purely original but few are this entertaining.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The March of the Ten Thousand

  • By: Xenophon
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

Translated by W. E. D. Rouse, The March of the Ten Thousand is one of the most admired and widely read pieces of ancient literature to come down to us. Xenophon employs a very simple, straightforward style to describe what is probably the most exciting military adventure ever undertaken. It is an epic of courage, faith and democratic principle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An intelligent leader

  • By Benedict on 04-13-04

Great

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

Reviewed: 12-15-15

Great story, well read and well written/translated. It is a classic for a reason! Don't think about just get it and listen.