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  • Halo

  • Battle Born
  • By: Cassandra Rose Clark
  • Narrated by: Thérèse Plummer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Saskia, Dorian, Evie, and Victor aren't exactly friends at their small high school on the middle-of-nowhere colony world of Meridian. Each has their own problems, from absent parents to supporting their family, getting into a good college to making the next hit holo-film. But those problems were nothing next to the threat now facing their world: The alien alliance known as the Covenant is laying siege to Meridian. With their village in flames, the four teens find themselves stuck aboveground, locked out of the town shelter where the rest of the survivors are gathered. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Completely misses the point of the Halo universe

  • By Sam Hepton on 13-04-2019

Completely misses the point of the Halo universe

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

Reviewed: 13-04-2019

Halo: Battle born trades up the ethics and moral dilemmas that I've come to love in the Halo novels and trades it to chase the teen drama trend. Characters are boring and forgettable (as I'm writing this I can't recall a single characters name ...). I was so excited to learn about Meridian but in the end it was a let down.

On the bright side, we finally got rid of Scott Brick as the "narrator". So that's cool.

  • Halo: Silent Storm

  • By: Troy Denning
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 54

It's 2526. It has been almost a year since humanity engaged in its destructive first contact with a theocratic military alliance of alien races known as the Covenant. Now, the hostilities have led to open war, and the United Nations Space Command understands virtually nothing about its new enemy. The UNSC’s only hope lies with the Spartans: enhanced super-soldiers trained from childhood via a clandestine black-ops project to be living weapons. But not everyone wants the Spartans to succeed. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Euan Morton is better

  • By Anonymous User on 14-07-2019

A story that takes Halo back to it's roots!

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

Reviewed: 18-09-2018

Tl, dr: Story = good. Narration = bad

While most of the more recent books focus on the forerunners and prometheans, Silent Storm goes back to what made halo great! The early days of the covinant war! While not quite as "epic" as some of the earlier novels it still manages to present you with a fun and exciting adventure ... That is ultimately held back by the narrator.

Brick's narration comes across as mostly bland and uninterested. He fails to give the characters any form of inflection or tone which makes keeping up with some conversations difficult. This pissed me off so much because there are times in the story where Brick seems to lower his guard and his performance gave me chills! (in the good way). He has the ability to be an epic narrator! Yet for some reason he chooses to give us the same bland narration time after time. I am keen to see if Brick's narration style changes over time however until then I dont think I will be getting any more of his works.

  • The Extinction Cycle Boxed Set

  • Extinction Horizon, Extinction Edge, and Extinction Age (The Extinction Cycle, Books 1 - 3)
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 25 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

The worst of nature and the worst of science will bring the human race to the brink of extinction. Master Sergeant Reed Beckham has led his Delta Force team, code named Ghost, through every kind of hell imaginable and never lost a man. When a top secret medical corps research facility goes dark, Team Ghost is called in to face their deadliest enemy yet - a variant strain of Ebola that turns men into monsters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very satisfying but heart breaking conclusion.

  • By Anonymous User on 03-10-2017

A fun action novel series

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

Reviewed: 28-02-2018

It's nothing profound but does that mean it's bad or not worth a listen? Hell no! Book1 was a tad slow for me and I wasn't sure I wanted to keep listening onto book 2 but I am so glad I did!
Brb getting the next box set.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,895
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,774
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,771

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well it's no "The Martian"

  • By Craig on 18-11-2017

Artemis is a must have!!

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

Reviewed: 17-01-2018

Andy Weird does it again! Just as good, if not better than, The Martian!
Rosario Dawson did an amazing job narrating and I will definetly be looking for more works by her!

Get this book!!

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  • Halo: Mortal Dictata

  • By: Karen Traviss
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

With the Covenant War over, the Office of Naval Intelligence faces old grievances rising again to threaten Earth. The angry, bitter colonies, still with scores to settle from the insurrection put on hold for thirty years, now want justice and so does a man whose life was torn apart by ONI when his daughter was abducted for the SPARTANII program. Black ops squad KiloFive find their loyalties tested beyond breaking point when the father of their Spartan comrade, still searching for the truth about her disappearance, prepares to glass Earth's cities to get an answer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome end to an awesome trilogy

  • By Sam Hepton on 28-11-2017

Awesome end to an awesome trilogy

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

Reviewed: 28-11-2017

Everything wrapped up quite nicely. Would have liked to have heard more about Jul but the story with the Kilo 5 team was perfect. Euan Morton is an awesome reader and I hope he does more in future!

  • Hell Divers II: Ghosts

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 2
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240

Ten years ago, Hell Diver Xavier "X" Rodriguez fell to Earth. Those he left behind went on without him aboard the airship he once called home. Michael Everheart - the boy once known as Tin - has grown into a man and the commander of Hell Diver Raptor Team. While Michael dives to help keep the Hive in the air, Captain Leon Jordan rules with an iron fist at the helm of the ship. But unrest stirs under his strict leadership as a prophecy of hope sweeps the lower decks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grid and Courage, Humanity and Humour

  • By Tilly Hopper on 20-07-2017

Another amazing hit!

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

Reviewed: 11-10-2017

Hell Divers 2 captures the feeling of the first book perfectly and extends the story even more so! Can't wait for the next book!!

  • Hell Divers

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382

More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers - men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great performance, but hole filled plot

  • By Ben Allwood on 17-04-2017

Amazing!!

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

Reviewed: 06-10-2017

I got this book thinking it would be a simple, easy to listen to action novel. I never expected it to be as amazing as it was! It had me hooked from start to finish! The writing, story, world building and characters are all perfect! ... Now if you'll excuse me I'm off to buy the next book.

Oh and as usual R. C. Bray did an amazing job reading.

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