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  • Mavericks

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 6
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 739
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 695
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690

The remnants of the Expeditionary Force stranded on the alien-controlled planet "Paradise" get a chance to prove themselves, in a simple off-world training mission with a ship full of teenage alien cadets. When the mission goes horribly wrong and the survival of everyone on Paradise is at risk, the Merry Band of Pirates may have to come to the rescue. Unless they get killed first.... 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A solid B

  • By Christopher Edwards on 08-10-2018

Regrounding the Series

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

Reviewed: 15-10-2018

After all the shenanigans, the merry band of pirates had become a sort of untouchable clown crew that lost touch with the origin of the series. All the same chemistry is around, and a lot of the older events are tied back in.

It's all stale though. Everyone is locked to their assigned roles, plodding along small scale issues. You catch glimpses of the bigger galactic community, but not much to matter.

It's in the same place Animorphs was in back in 2001. Series needs a kick up the ass, like Joe dying.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Out of Spite, Out of Mind

  • Magic 2.0, Book 5
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 147

When you discover the world is a computer program, and you figure out that by altering the code you can time travel and perform acts that seem like magic, what can possibly go wrong? Pretty much everything. Just ask Brit, who has jumped around in time with such abandon that she has to coexist with multiple versions of herself. Now, Brit the Elder finds that her memories don't match Brit the Younger's.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It was OK...

  • By Daniel on 24-08-2018

Unsatisfying but fun

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

Reviewed: 05-08-2018

The story alluded to the purpose of the simulation, and to how it works. Ultimately it was just another pointless lark using already defined events, lore and characters.

Its a shame the series has stagnated like this. A new wizard would have been nice. Even better would be access to another simulation, or solutions to the lead church paradox.

Meh.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Well Fed

  • Mountain Man, Book 4
  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

After nearly four years, the zombie epidemic has almost burnt itself out. Gus' new life on a communal farm is peaceful. The daily routine of policing the fields is rarely disrupted by straying undead. His drinking binges are over. Long days have thrown time over the memories of Annapolis. But this will all change.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't listen while you're eating!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 18-04-2015

Disappointing American trash

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

Reviewed: 09-12-2017

Americans love stories about blowing everything up. Beauty, order and function just make the destruction all the more tantalising. This book, this piece of worthless garbage is that idea taken to the extreme. The author has wasted RC Bray's time in a meandering waft that serves only to undo what little progress the earlier books made. From lone wolf to viable settlement is the natural progression of this story. But the author keeps killing everyone, resetting the story back to lone wolf. Life is worthless and infinite. There are always more survivors, and more road warriors. The world is a video game, with procedurally generated content where nothing matters except the game loop of combat and looting. Characters are well written, but all inevitably die. There is no point. There is no progression. Just entropy without hope. I hate this book with every fiber of my being.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Villains Rule

  • The Shadow Master, Book 1
  • By: M. K. Gibson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Hi, how are you? Yes, I am talking to you, the reader of this book's description. Okay, I get it, fourth-wall breaking is overdone. Get over it. This book, Villains Rule, is a fantasy action-comedy which you have to hear. Not because it redefines the genre, far from it. But rather for what it contains. A villain's tale. How often do you get to listen to a story where the villain is the protagonist? No, not an anti-hero, or a brooding monster, nor a hero thinly disguised as a villain. And not evil. If you want evil, take that nonsense to therapy.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't finish it - tried to like it.

  • By Patricia on 13-09-2018

Fun

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

Reviewed: 15-10-2017

Like magic 2.0, and don't split the party, this book locks in "meta fantasy" as it's own distinct genre. Simple, clear and fun. It makes for a great weekend read. Characters are few, and clearly defined. No overlapping descriptions or names. Places are distinct, and well described. It will serve as great inspiration for my dungeons and dragons campaign.

  • Fight and Flight

  • Magic 2.0, Book 4
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 237

Martin and his friends discovered that their world is computer generated and that by altering the code they could alter reality. They traveled back in time to Medieval England to live as wizards. Almost everything they've done since then has, in one way or another, blown up in their faces. So of course they decide to make dragons. It does not go well.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • So much potential unrealised

  • By Isaac Lee on 11-05-2017

A waste of a words.

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

Reviewed: 13-10-2017

Absolutely wonderful characters, with an excellent narrator in an interesting world full of quirks and mystery.

But the primary story is literally rounding up some animals. It could have had this as act 1 of the book, and things get out of hand leading to another pointless task and that would have been fun.

But it's been 9 hours of the same boring quest.

Why can't people go to the start of the simulation? Who is the most from the future, and why aren't there more wizards after them? What happens if a wizard duplicates their own entry? Can a wizard leave earth?

No, lets turn a plot point from book 3 into a whole pointless book. What a disappointing waste. I'm not going to bother finishing it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • All These Worlds

  • Bobiverse, Book 3
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,011
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 942

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome!

  • By Anonymous User on 11-01-2018

Well done Dennis, at least you finished it.

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

Reviewed: 30-09-2017

Dennis E Taylor has grown tired of writing these books.

Old characters were destroyed and never replaced, new locations and events seldom developed and all rushed towards the conclusion of this series.

Dude has a strong work ethic, and must use SCRUM or something. I've never read a book that felt like labour, devoid of passion like this.

What a rotten way to end a wonderful, fresh series. Typical American BS too, just blow everything up and then pop some Champaign to celebrate.

F this book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

  • A History of Nazi Germany
  • By: William L. Shirer
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 57 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 284

Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!

  • By Tigershark on 05-07-2014

They applied racism to chemistry. Wot.

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

Reviewed: 30-09-2017

Synthetic oil and rubber production plummeted because they got rid of all the qualified scientists and workers due to some racist ideal and replaced them with fresh out of school kids with little experience. The extent of racism is truly amazing in terms of it's depth.

Using illegal homosexuality to imprison political opponents, attacking valuable allies and in general, being Hitler all beggars belief. This is an incredible story, that's often dry and hard to read. But stick with it, this is an amazing account of history that's worth knowing.

They never taught this at my high school. The corruption of a modern western nation into a depraved dictatorship could happen again. A powerful lesson.

I'll be using this to add some lessons into the video games I make, and dungeons and dragons campaigns I run.

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,518
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,407

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So much better than I expected

  • By Rob on 13-09-2017

Fun, thought provoking, fresh

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

Reviewed: 06-09-2017

The protagonist is smart, and cautious with a great sense of humour.

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  • Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 71 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,507
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,440
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,424

Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction, Fry has narrated the complete works of Sherlock Holmes - four novels and five collections of short stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I can't believe I've never read this before!

  • By Yogi on 05-09-2017

SO MUCH HOLMES. So good.

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

Reviewed: 03-09-2017

Any additional comments?

Beautiful narration from a man passionate about Holmes. The stories themselves move from the Victorian era, to the start of the modern. A wonderful slice of time where in one lifetime a man can travel by horse to the city center and leave it by car.

This was exceptional value for my one little credit. If I could give one 6 star rating, this would be the series to get it.

  • Rip-Off!

  • By: John Scalzi, Jack Campbell, Mike Resnick, and others
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton, Scott Brick, Christian Rummel, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

In Rip-Off!, 13 of today’s best and most honored writers of speculative fiction face a challenge even they would be hard-pressed to conceive: Pick your favorite opening line from a classic piece of fiction (or even non-fiction) - then use it as the first sentence of an entirely original short story.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Meh 2.0

  • By sharon on 19-06-2018

Meh.

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

Reviewed: 03-09-2017

What a boring short story collection. Same quality of writing as the Peter Capaldi season of Dr who.

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