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  • Blood of Heroes

  • The Ember War, Book 3
  • By: Richard Fox
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

The Xaros, a galaxy-wide scourge of murderous drones, have their sights set on the planet Takeni. Captain Isaac Valdar volunteers his ship to defend the innocent civilians and evacuate everyone he can. Pressed by an alien fleet in space and a horrifying foe on the surface, the Breitenfeld must risk everything to save the doomed populace.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Still painful to listen to

  • By Anonymous User on 11-03-2019

Still painful to listen to

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

Reviewed: 11-03-2019

Don't get your hopes up, none of the characters with the truly appalling voices die in this one. Other than that the story is much the same as before. Some development is nice, and things are moving on at an acceptable rate unlike some series. I will be continuing to listen. On the other hand, the voices by Luke Daniels are just so bad. I actively cringe at times and am still hoping that certain characters die, not because of their impact on the story, but solely because I don't want to hear their voices ever again.

And a note for the listeners, Australians do not sound anything like that monstrosity in this book. You should go to New Zealand if you want to hear that sort of sound.

  • The Ember War

  • Publisher's Pack, Books 1-2
  • By: Richard Fox
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

The Ember War, book 1: The Earth is doomed. Humanity has a chance. In the near future, an alien probe arrives on Earth with a pivotal mission: to determine if humanity has what it takes to survive the impending invasion by a merciless armada. The probe discovers Marc Ibarra, a young inventor who holds the key to a daring gambit that could save a fraction of Earth's population. Humanity's only chance lies with Ibarra's ability to keep a terrible secret and engineer the planet down the narrow path to survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent story with plausible tech...

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-07-2016

Cringe inducing narration

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

Reviewed: 17-02-2019

This is a book of middling writing and acceptable concept ruined by what I believe to be the worst narration I have ever had the misfortune to suffer through. At more than a dozen key points across the story so far I have been hoping that characters die, not for story reasons, but so that I no longer need to hear the appalling attempts at creating voices for them.

I will continue the series. However this will be painful, uncomfortable, and something I do, not out of enjoyment, but more a pathological need to know what happens after the cliffhangers.

Gott mitt uns.

  • 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 740
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 696
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691

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

Variety is good but...

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

Reviewed: 13-01-2019

... I'm sick of the boring banter with skippy. Move the damn story forwards. Spending time with the Mavericks was a breath of fresh air and a flashback to the roots of this series. Introducing skippy was a net negative to the whole story and the way it has evolved has been downwards. 'Evolved' is a very generous usage of the word here, there has been no change for 4 books, a dozen teased storylines and nothing has happened. We all know the ai's killed the elders, it's reasonably obvious there is another active ai that designed the virus in this book and we know skippy will need to fight it one day. Get to the damn point!

  • Zero Hour

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 5
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 984
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 926
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924

United Nations Special Operations Command sent an elite expeditionary force of soldiers and pilots out on a simple recon mission, and somehow along the way they sparked an alien civil war. Now the not-at-all-merry band of pirates is in desperate trouble, again. Their stolen alien starship is falling apart, thousands of light years from home. The ancient alien AI they nicknamed Skippy is apparently dead, and even if they can by some miracle revive him, he might never be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scared of it getting stale..

  • By Jan on 22-02-2018

Beginning to Drag

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

Reviewed: 16-12-2018

The narrator RC Bray is still fantastic. The author needs to stop dragging his feet.

  • Paradise

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 3
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,121

While the crew of the starship Flying Dutchman have been trying to assure people that hostile aliens do not have access to Earth, the UN Expeditionary Force has been stranded on the planet they nicknamed "Paradise". The Flying Dutchman is headed back out on another mission, and the UN wants the ship to find out the status of the humans on Paradise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is one of the best books I've read/listened to for a long time

  • By Kaz on 29-07-2017

Still pretty good despite the magical macguffin

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

Reviewed: 05-10-2018

Was never a fan of the abrupt switch halfway through book 1 from excellent tale of the trials and tribulations of humanity to suddenly segue into a comedy starring an omnipotent macguffin that can do anything. Despite that, the series continues to continue along with gusto amd RC Bray is just a phenomenal narrator. I no longer search audible by author or genre, I search for RC Bray - he is just that good.