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John Herlihy

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Saga was getting predictable & then WHAM!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-2020

I love this series but almost stopped Valkyrie because I thought it was all getting rather same-same (and I was engrossed in a new book series), but DANG! Still not the best in the series, but I now can’t wait for book 10 “Critical Mass”.

Could not put this down

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-2019

I love this series and this one is probably the best yet. It blows me away how the different volumes intertwine even this far along.

Another awesome step in the saga

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-11-2019

Great next step in the saga but began to feel a little predictable.. still looking forward to the next one tho

Great series so far

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-2019

I really liked the storyline however found there were so many characters that I could only get to know a few of them well. The rest of them I felt like “he’s a mage that specialises in... something” and “he’s a mercenary captain or something”. Great narrating and differentiating most characters. Looking forward to the next one.

You had one job Mr Sound Editor Guy.. one job!

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-09-2019

Don’t screw up the Expeditionary Force saga. Well that’s a little too harsh - it’s just a disappointment compared to all the previous audio books... and more of a team effort as well, not just one person’s fault. To be open and honest - I’m a big fan of this series and the biggest issue I’ve had with it to this point is that I look like a weirdo laughing out loud in public places while listening to the previous audio books. R. C. Bray was awesome as per usual, as well as Zachary Quinto and Kate Mulgrew in their limited roles, but most of the rest sounded forced and over-acted (ie all of the STARS team). If anything I feel this audio drama tried too hard. The sound, while not as bad to me as some other reviewers have posted, was pretty annoying. I didn’t get why there had to be schmultzy jazz music on almost every non-fight scene - surely just some background noise would’ve been more appropriate? The sound effects for some parts of it were so overpowering, and the fight scenes so complex, that I just had to roll with it and not fully get what I was listening to. It’s not all bad though - it was actually enjoyable to have supporting sound effects or background music to build the tension and set the scene (when used sparingly). Finally - I felt as if I got much less for my money compared to the full audio books. I felt there should’ve been more meat to it for almost 6 hours-worth. If you want to see a great example of how to do an audio drama well, go visit the Audible Alien series. It was a good experiment and pretty entertaining but I’m bummed I burned a credit on it.. now let’s never speak of it again.

Bobiverse it ain’t

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-06-2019

I liked the Bobiverse series by Dennis E Taylor and thought this might be a good twist on the concept, but it gets a solid “meh” instead. I felt there were a number of plot holes, and it became a tad predictable in the end. It took a while to get going but by the end I was enjoying myself enough to listen to the sample of the next book in the series. I found the narrator very robotic for most of it and hard to engage with, and many a time I had to rewind due to zoning out or falling asleep. Not sure if I’ll go for the next in the series.

If you liked the movie you’ll love this

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-01-2019

I loved the movie of Ready Player One so was hesitant to read the book least it ruin my impression of it. I’m happy that I was worried for nothing. This is my new favourite book and I’m sure I’ll read / listen to this again. Will Wheaton does a great job but I felt there were some places where he was a tad flat. Still a great narration though.