At 23, Jazen Parker has completed his Legion hitch a hero. But in four months, hell have a price on his head. Worse, hes lost his past, and he cant find his future....
Jason Burke was a man hiding from himself in a small cabin high in the American Rocky Mountains when his simple, quiet life was shattered one night....
Seamus is facing life in prison without parole. While doing his time, he's given an option by the Department of Justice and the biggest virtual game maker around, Mindblown Entertainment....
An extinction-level asteroid, 213 Astraea, is cannonballing toward Earth. Collision, imminent....
Arthur Curie never expected to wind up in Hell. At least, not because he found an ancient sword in a pawnshop....
After being betrayed and cursed by an extremely rare spell, Oren, a powerful player, finds himself as a first-level goblin! Without even a fraction of his previous power, he vows revenge....
Can Richter forge allegiances to survive this harsh and unforgiving world or will he fall to the dark denizens of this ancient and unforgiving realm....
They came from deep space. They came to destroy us. Fifty years ago bloodthirsty aliens devastated the Earth. Most of humanity perished. We fell into darkness. But now we rise....
When Gunnar Long is transported into the first fully-immersive virtual MMORPG, he finds himself in a new world filled with magic, mystery, and adventure....
Barliona: a virtual world jam-packed with monsters, battles - and, predictably, players. Millions of them come to Barliona, looking forward to the things they can't get in real life....
Earth is not alone. There is a towering civilization out in the galaxy, far greater than anything we can imagine. But we are isolated from the galaxy...until now....
Diving into a revolutionary new video game, Marcus and his friends escape a stagnant society, entering into a world that defies their wildest imaginations....
In the 20th century Earth sent probes, transmissions, and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed....
When you are old enough to finally become an Earth Mars citizen, everything should be perfect. Right? Not for Liam Hoffen. He's stuck on a mining asteroid called Colony 40....
Dark secrets surround Lusam's origins, and the dark agents of the Empire will stop at nothing to kill Lusam....
Joe Colsco boarded a flight from San Francisco to Chicago to attend a national chemistry meeting. He would never set foot on Earth again....
In a world full of super powers, Felix has a pretty crappy one....
Captain Mitchell "Ares" Williams is a space marine and the hero of the Battle for Liberty whose shot heard 'round the universe saved the planet from a nearly unstoppable war machine....
Mankind's first alien contact tears into Earth: Projectiles launched from Jupiter's moon, Ganymede, vaporize whole cities. Under siege, humanity gambles on one desperate counterstrike. In a spacecraft scavenged from scraps and armed with Vietnam-era weapons, foot soldiers like 18-year-old Jason Wander-orphans that no one will miss-must dare man's first interplanetary voyage and invade Ganymede.
They have one chance to attack, one ship to attack with. Their failure is our extinction.
This book is just not put together very well. From the writing style to story to character.
What I liked least was the fact that the main character and his friend are in highschool when the story starts. If I make it out right, 6 months later his friend is an internationally known space pilot who cavalierly takes control of Space Shuttles etc.
Mainly, this is a war story. VERY BADLY WRITTEN WAR STORY.
If you want a good book that is totally the opposite of this writing wise, try either Old Man's War or Armour by Steakley.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
The title of this review is really all I wanted to say. This is workmanlike military science ficton. Not exceptional, but well over the minimum "fair average quality which would pass without objection in the trade." Like all military SF, it's really an extended essay on the stuff that matters in life: duty, sacrifice, competition, friendship, the value of life, and the fear of death, all illustrated by stories featuring the things that entertain us all: violence, sex, and good triumphing over evil. Buettner has his own slant on all of the above. Good for him. What more could we ask?
Mostly we could ask for a reader who doesn't sound like an idiot with a sinus infection. It grates. I suspect Adam Epstein is trying too hard to channel the personality of the first-person narrator, who is a fairly emotional high-school drop-out. But that doesn't make him (or any real-life high-school drop-out) an idiot. The POV character certainly doesn't behave like like an idiot, and the other characters don't react to him as if he were one. The effect is dissonant, and becomes more so as the narrator gains in rank and experience.
Still worth listening to. Hence the three stars, but the paper book would be a better choice.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
Fast progressing, near future negative first contact story.
If you want something unobtrusive and easy going, than this story deserves your attention.
I hope book 2 will be available soon
14 of 17 people found this review helpful
Ok.....Everyman screw-up post-teen goes to war in space after evil aliens bombard Earth -- and he (painfully) becomes a man. It sounds familiar, but this book (and the inspired narrator) give this story a series of clever twists. If you like books like Redshirts (or the discussions surrounding Bun-bun -- the massive future tank-like armored vehicle in Ringo's Aldenata series -- not the rabbit) quick-witted, quick-moving with lots of wry asides. . .this is a winner. How did I miss this? And there are 4 more on Audible !!! It deals with serious issues along the way, and the plot actually picks up more of an edge as it goes -- but for a refreshing and smart book, you will like it. One reviewer (who still gave it 4 stars) wrote they had fun but that the story was a bit simplistic. Each time I started to think it was simple I realized the author was playing on themes and almost clichés that I was supposed to recognize and anticipate. Then we veered off in another direction. I am really looking forward to book 2 in the series. (I have not read this in print at all so I can't really compare, but this is so good on audible....the inflections of the reading are great.) In conclusion, I note that I review about one in 10 books I listen to. I reviewed this, hope it is useful.
9 of 11 people found this review helpful
What did you like best about Orphanage? What did you like least?
I loved the stories and the characters; however, I won't buy the series from Audible because the narrator, Adam Epstein.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
It sounded as though he was trying to sound like John Wayne. It was very distracting.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
this story may be an ok story on its own. I may have been able to overlook the shoddy story build up, and forced main character.
But the voice acting... oh god, the voice acting! the narrator sounds like he has been punched in the nose. and he only has two or three whiny or preppy voice. he may do good for young children's novel, but this book tries to be serious, and that's just not this actor!
don't buy. it's a waste as it is.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
The narrator is so bad the half the time you can't understand him.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Orphanage?
Couldn't begin to tell you. The story wasn't bad but the narration sucked.
How could the performance have been better?
the narrator puts the emphasis on the wrong words, adds emphasis where it doesn't belong, and reads in the same tone of voice throughout the book as if every word was the most important in the whole book.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Orphanage?
if I could hear this story read by someone who could actually read I might be able to answer this. Every scene was as unimportant as every other scene.
Any additional comments?
a new narrator might make a difference but this guy makes buying this book a total waste of money, in I addition to making it one of the most irritating books ever. I gave the story three stars because the story was compelling enough to keep me listening for quite a while before I had to give up due to the irritating narrator.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Any additional comments?
I am in full agreement with the other reviews. It's simple, fast paced, sci-fi. Very reminiscent of Starship Troopers in overall plot. The author does take some pains to keep the science plausible (gravity, lightspeed, propulsion, atmosphere.... issues that sometimes get glossed over.)<br/><br/>The narrator is mostly good except for the idiotic voices he comes up with. They're pretty awful.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
The only issue I had with the book is how quickly the relationships formed. There was little character building or build up to them getting together. It just sort of happened.
So this was a bit of popcorn SF. Not deep, and overall it was a book that since I had already read the first 1/4 I wasn't going to stop, but I was pretty sure that I wouldn't read any further in the series. Everything in the story seemed too convenient for the hero, everything from being in the right place to be grabbed for various tasks to the crazy promotion stuff that happened later in the book. Not the worst book I have read but my eye's can only roll so much before I hit my threshold.