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Thesle

Wyoming, Australia
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  • Swarm

  • Star Force, Book 1
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good old fashion B grade action

  • By Amazon Customer on 27-02-2014

Larson provides compelling tales

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

Reviewed: 07-03-2016

Larson writes an action story that controls you to keep going. The only problem is that one you start on this book you will have a long wish list as it is not a short trilogy but an active series.

  • Time for the Stars

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Travel to other planets is now a reality, and with overpopulation stretching the resources of Earth, the necessity of finding habitable worlds is growing ever more urgent. There’s a problem though—because the spaceships are slower than light, any communication between the exploring ships and Earth would take years.

Tom and Pat are identical twin teenagers. As twins they’ve always been close, so close that it seemed like they could read each other’s minds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Up there with Heinlein's best

  • By Thesle on 22-02-2016

Up there with Heinlein's best

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

Reviewed: 22-02-2016

This is an enjoyable novel, something you can listen to and enjoy for the characters and the plot, while making allowances for the central premise. for those that enjoy Heinlein's 'juveniles' it's a good listen.

  • Existence

  • By: David Brin
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins, Robin Miles, L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 32 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there’s something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn’t on the decades’ old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth’s infomesh about an "alien artifact".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking

  • By Kim on 01-11-2018

An interesting core with too much to wade through.

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

Reviewed: 16-02-2016

While this books central story might grab your interest Brin goes into so much detail about minutia that the art of story telling is lost. If this book was edited to one third the size it might be great, but as it is you can doze off for twenty minutes while listening and just keep listening, knowing that you won't have missed any key plot points. More bizarre is that the end of the story is rushed, skipping generations, even though the start is so slow.

  • Mockingjay

  • The Final Book of The Hunger Games
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The realistic ending makes this book

  • By Thesle on 08-12-2015

The realistic ending makes this book

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

Reviewed: 08-12-2015

A lot of this third installment is the story line you expect, but a couple of things make the work unique. The first of these in that the protagonist has a realistic reaction to the events, suffering from post traumatic stress rather than taking things in her stride. The second is that the book ends with a focus on this confused protagonist, rather than posting the world as a rosy paradise.

All in all, the third installment makes it worth listening to the second and rounds off the first.

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Tunnel in the Sky
    
    
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        Robert A. Heinlein
    
    


    
    
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        David Baker
    
    


    
    Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
    2 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • Tunnel in the Sky

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: David Baker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

When Rod Walker decides to take the final test for “Deacon” Matson’s interplanetary survival course, he knows he will be facing life-or-death situations on an unsettled planet. What he doesn’t expect is that something will go wrong with the “Tunnel in the Sky” and he and his fellow students will not be able to return to Terra. Stranded on a hostile planet, Rod and his friends are faced wit the challenge of carving a civilization out of the wilderness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another enjoyable listen

  • By Thesle on 25-11-2015

Another enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 25-11-2015

Heinlein's juveniles often have good character development, leaving behind the happily ever after stereo type, making them enjoyable as an easy listen. This novel is no exception, with the ending doing justice to the work ass a whole and leaving you feeling the possibilities that could be. An enjoyable sci-fi classic.

Between Planets
    
    
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        Bruce Coville
    
    


    
    Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
    2 ratings
    Overall 4.0
  • Between Planets

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Bruce Coville
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

When Don Harvey’s parents abruptly summon him from school on Earth to join them on Mars he has no idea he’s about to be plunged into a deadly interplanetary intrigue. But from the moment he begins his journey he finds himself the subject of intense – and possibly deadly – scrutiny.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A decent story, but not Heinlein at his height

  • By Thesle on 16-11-2015

A decent story, but not Heinlein at his height

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

Reviewed: 16-11-2015

This is an enjoyable story, if a little slow the get going, but does not rate as one of the best in Science Fiction. A fan would enjoy it but a new Heinlein reader would be better with a book like Citizen of the Galaxy.

  • The Hunger Games

  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Story: good. Narration style: not so much

  • By RFC on 09-09-2015

A post apocalypse hypothesis

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

Reviewed: 11-11-2015

America today is in decline and this work provides a glimpse into what America could become if their Christian heritage in further eroded in a post war context. In this future the year remain down trodden and their rights eroded, until a new generation seeks change more than they seek life. The story is emotive, allowing the listener the identity with the protagonist and valuing the plot progression.

  • Catching Fire

  • Hunger Games, Book 2
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388

Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent.

  • By Lachlan Peterson on 20-08-2016

Book two of a trilogy

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

Reviewed: 11-11-2015

While the story here maintains interest, you cannot help thinking it is beak two of a trilogy, written just to fill the gap from book one, where a question was raised, and book three, where hopefully the question is answered.

  • Leviathan

  • The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 5
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Two Syndicate World star systems have fallen prey to a mysterious fleet of warships - a fleet controlled entirely by artificial intelligence - that is now targeting Alliance space. The warships are no mystery to Geary. They were developed by his government to ensure security but malfunctioned. If the Syndics learn the truth, the war with the Alliance will resume with a vengeance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story for true science fiction fans

  • By Kindle CustomerMary pyne on 09-09-2018

Jack Campbell's most impressive yet

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

Reviewed: 23-08-2015

When you get into this book, after all that has been written before it, you enjoy the story for the characters interaction but wonder if the plot that awaits you will be a generic combination of what you've already heard.

Nothing could be further from reality, though. This book week keep you interested till the very end. It brings a lot more emotion to the story as well, bringing the characters back from the brink with elements that are unique, while silk being rooted in the science established in previous books.

For those who have continued with this series, this book is a must and won't disappoint. for those who haven't started this series, grab Dauntless and be prepared for quite a ride.

The narration is also superb, contributing to the overall quality of this series.

  • Redemption Ark

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 27 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Late in the 26th century, the human race has advanced enough to accidentally trigger the Inhibitors---alien-killing machines designed to detect intelligent life and destroy it. The only hope for humanity lies in the recovery of a secret cache of doomsday weapons---and a renegade named Clavain who is determined to find them. But other factions want the weapons for their own purposes---and the weapons themselves have another agenda altogether.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reynolds continues a trend

  • By Thesle on 29-05-2015

Reynolds continues a trend

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

Reviewed: 29-05-2015

This third instalment to the Revelation Space series begins to tie together some of the questions of the first to books as well as the story arks of these books. Alistair starts providing some answers, although these may not be as complex as some readers hope for. You can see in this story an inspiration from E E "Doc" Smith.

Unfortunately Lee goes back to his accented narration, with every sentence trailing off. This makes the books hard to listen to for longer periods. Lee's accents also make the mic preamp peak and introduces distortion into the narration, making the sound worse. If not for the difficulty in listening to Lee again, this book would have a five. I hope you are listening, Audible.

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