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  • Homefront

  • An Expeditionary Force Audio Drama Special
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto, R.C. Bray, Kate Mulgrew, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248

After the latest mission of the starship Flying Dutchman, Earth is safe not just for a year but for hundreds of years. The ship’s weary crew wonders what they will do with their lives in peacetime, but the enemy has other plans, and there is danger on the Homefront. Starring Zachary Quinto, R. C. Bray, Kate Mulgrew, Robert Picardo, and everyone's favorite AI, Skippy the Magnificent, alongside a full cast. Includes plenty of pew-pew-pew, original sound composition, and maybe some singing by R. C. Bray.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It grew on me.

  • By Jay on 18-06-2019

Great fun!

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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: 16-07-2019

A fun little audio drama from Skippy himself. Well worth a listen for any fan of the series!!!

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,277
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beer cans are all the rage

  • By Jotham on 04-03-2017

Story was great but........(spoilers)

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

Reviewed: 18-05-2019

I felt it lacked a few elements that could have added to the characters development. Things like when Joe left earth, we only briefly hear about his reuniting with his parents after all this time away in space.

Skippy steals the show though and his friendship with Joe is funny and entertaining.

Well worth a listen, even if it seems a little unfinished.

Oh and R.C Bday delivers in his gravelly American drawl another great reading. Great work mate. 👍

  • Galaxy's Edge

  • By: Jason Anspach, Nick Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 590
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587

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 bounty hunter lies in wait.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Star Wars Meets Halo!

  • By Stuart J Barton on 27-03-2018

K.....T.....F.....

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

Reviewed: 20-03-2019

I was instantly hooked on this story and the world. Loved it!! Highly recommended book.

  • Alpha God: The Psychology of Religious Violence and Oppression

  • By: Hector A. Garcia
  • Narrated by: Seth Andrews
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

This book uses evolutionary psychology as a lens to explain religious violence and oppression. The author, a clinical psychologist, examines religious scriptures, rituals, and canon law, highlighting the many ways in which our evolutionary legacy has shaped the development of religion and continues to profoundly influence its expression. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By luke on 08-03-2019

Fascinating

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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: 08-03-2019

Dr Garcia gives a fascinating perspective of the origins of the human mind and the correlation of religious violence and evolution. A great listen and thoroughly enjoyable.

  • Cibola Burn

  • Book 4 of the Expanse
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 20 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491

The gates have opened the way to a thousand new worlds, and the rush to colonise has begun. Settlers looking for a new life stream out from humanity's home planets. Illus, the first human colony on this vast new frontier, is being born in blood and fire. Independent settlers stand against the overwhelming power of a corporate colony ship with only their determination, courage, and the skills learned in the long wars of home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Jefferson Mays nails another amazing Expanse Novel

  • By Tias on 16-05-2017

Another great chapter in The Expanse series.

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

Reviewed: 17-12-2018

Loving this series. Great story, Great characters and Jefferson May's is fantastic as the narrator.

  • Nineteen Eighty-Four

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 875
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 802
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 801

Big Brother is watching you.... 1984 is the year in which it happens. The world is divided into three superstates. In Oceania, the Party’s power is absolute. Every action, word, gesture and thought is monitored under the watchful eye of Big Brother and the Thought Police. In the Ministry of Truth, the Party’s department for propaganda, Winston Smith’s job is to edit the past. Over time, the impulse to escape the machine and live independently takes hold of him and he embarks on a secret and forbidden love affair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Relevant to this day

  • By Nathan on 01-02-2017

A alarming view into a dystopian future.

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

Reviewed: 03-12-2018

This masterpiece had me listening avidly to a possible future that would scare the crap out of anyone. Narration was excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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  • Abaddon's Gate

  • The Expanse, Book 3
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 57

For generations, the solar system - Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt - was humanity's great frontier. Until now. The alien artifact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has appeared in Uranus's orbit, where it has built a massive gate that leads to a starless dark. Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artifact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This series is so good!!!

  • By luke on 01-12-2018

This series is so good!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-12-2018

I love these books. Great series written brilliantly by the author. Well narrated too. Keep them coming guys!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

  • How to Know What's Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake
  • By: Steven Novella
  • Narrated by: Steven Novella
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 67

The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe is your guide through this maze of modern life. It covers essential critical thinking skills as well as giving insight into how your brain works and how to avoid common pitfalls in thinking. They discuss the difference between science and pseudoscience, how to recognise common science news tropes, how to discuss conspiracy theories with that crazy colleague of yours and how to apply all of this to everyday life. As fascinating as it is entertaining, this enthralling audiobook is your essential guide to seeing through the fake news and media manipulation in our increasingly confusing world. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoughtful

  • By John Trimble on 28-01-2019

Great skeptical guide by the SGU!

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

Reviewed: 16-11-2018

This book written by the SGU is an in depth look at skeptisim and the many pseudoscience, alternative therapy's and conspiracy theories that skeptics come up against on a daily basis. Full of facts and entertaining anecdotes, this book is a fun read from start to finish. I especially enjoyed the psychology of why we believe weird things, and all the different fallacies we can fall into.
I highly recommend it.

  • Time Shards

  • By: Dana Fredsti, David Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Aaron Shedlock
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

It's called "the event", an unimaginable cataclysm that shatters 600 million years of the Earth's timeline. Our world is gone, instantly replaced by a new one made of scattered remnants of the past, present, and future, dropped alongside one another in a patchwork of "shards". Monsters from Jurassic prehistory, ancient armies, and high-tech robots all coexist in this deadly post-apocalyptic landscape. A desperate group of survivors sets out to locate the source of the disaster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Sci fi time shattering story.

  • By luke on 28-09-2018

Great Sci fi time shattering story.

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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: 28-09-2018

This fast paced time story was heaps of fun. I Can't wait for book two!!

  • Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

  • By: Steven Novella, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Steven Novella
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280

No skill is more important in today's world than being able to think about, understand, and act on information in an effective and responsible way. What's more, at no point in human history have we had access to so much information, with such relative ease, as we do in the 21st century. But because misinformation out there has increased as well, critical thinking is more important than ever. These 24 rewarding lectures equip you with the knowledge and techniques you need to become a savvier, sharper critical thinker in your professional and personal life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By George Broadfoot on 18-01-2015

Excellent

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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: 21-05-2018

A great entry into learning critical thinking and realizing how easily manipulated our brains really are.