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  • Nemesis Games

  • Written by: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 297

A thousand worlds have opened, and the greatest land rush in human history has begun. As wave after wave of colonists leave, the power structures of the old solar system begin to buckle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best book in the series

  • By Doug Ross on 2019-07-10

Not the best book in the series

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

Reviewed: 2019-07-10

This book is good but feels like a bit of a series filler, I feel the author could have fit this story in the previous book and next book, not have this story as a stand-alone book. All that being said there is some good and interesting plot and back story in this book and it’s definitely worth reading/listening to. I would give details about the plot and back stories but if you’ve made it this far in the expanse series then you get the jest of what’s going on. The narrator is on point as usual.

  • Cibola Burn

  • The Expanse, Book 4
  • Written by: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 20 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317

An empty apartment, a missing family, that's creepy. But this is like finding a military base with no one on it. Fighters and tanks idling on the runway with no drivers. This is bad juju. Something wrong happened here. What you should do is tell everyone to leave. The gates have opened the way to a thousand new worlds, and the rush to colonize has begun. Settlers looking for a new life stream out from humanity's home planets. Ilus, the first human colony on this vast new frontier, is being born in blood and fire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series

  • By Elaine Phinney on 2018-09-18

Great series so far

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

Reviewed: 2019-07-04

So far this series is turning out to be in my top 5 list. Tbh I didn’t like the first book very much but decided to continue on with the second book and so on. I will say there is very little page filler in all the books ive listened to so far, every book seems to be paced quite well. I will definitely complete this entire series and I will definitely watch the entire tv series once I finish these books. This current book is centred around being on one planet, its sounds mundane and lacking in content until you complete the entire book, you will find out this planet is a great opener to understanding the race who built the proto-molecule.

  • Death March

  • Written by: Phil Tucker
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Pro-gamer and eighth grade teacher Chris is preoccupied by thoughts of how to save his brother when he gets an invitation he can't resist: Want to play Euphoria for free? The free pass brings him to a portal for the newest and most awesome game in the universe. Chris agrees to play Euphoria Online in Death March mode, a secret and deadly level of the game. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 30minutes in and im almost in tears

  • By Alva on 2018-10-30

Honestly good

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-16

I got this book on a deal and I’m happy to say its a surprisingly a good read. This book seems to be underrated but don’t let that fool you, so far its a great series, in fact ive purchased the other two books. I don’t do spoilers so you’ll have to give it a go but. One thing I can say that will not spoil the book is, the entire real world in this book is completely under the control of an AI, so there is some pretty interesting story arcs both in game and in the real world. Dystopian? You be the judge

  • The Two Week Curse

  • Ten Realms, Book 1
  • Written by: Michael Chatfield
  • Narrated by: Todd Menesses
  • Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

Thrust into an unknown, unwanted situation, most would feel panic, fear anger, and fall into chaos. Erik and Rugrat are not immune to those feelings, but they have stepped into chaos so many times, it is simply a different challenge. Two weeks ago, Erik lost his legs and his arm. Today he got a message. "You have been randomly selected to join the Ten Realms. One may choose to ascend the Ten Realms, thereupon making a request to the Gods of the Realms. Only those who are Level 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, and 90 may ascend to the next realm. Fortune favors the strong!”  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Weak start...but wait theres more!

  • By Doug Ross on 2019-05-03

Weak start...but wait theres more!

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-03

I almost returned this book, the beginning of this book was terrible, it did not hook me at all, I found the characters irritating. But based on the good reviews I kept listening and im glad I did, this book is great and the two main characters are great. This would have been a 5 star review except for the terrible start to this book. I also did not like the narrator at first, he possibly sucked due to a weak start to the book? Idk. But he gets much better and ends up being great to listen to. Now piss off and go listen to a book

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  • Fear the Sky

  • The Fear Saga, Book 1
  • Written by: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

From the Audie-nominated narrator of The Martian. In eleven years' time, a million members of an alien race will arrive at Earth. Years before they enter orbit, their approach will be announced by the flare of a thousand flames in the sky, their ships' huge engines burning hard to slow them from the vast speeds needed to cross interstellar space. These foreboding lights will shine in our night sky like new stars, getting ever brighter until they outshine even the sun, casting ominous shadows and banishing the night until they suddenly blink out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story, took a little while to get interesting

  • By Doug Ross on 2019-04-02

Good Story, took a little while to get interesting

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-02

Not a bad start to what seems to be an interesting series, it started out slow for me but got interesting enough for me to write this review and buy the next book in the series. Im going to be lazy here and not state any other reasons why I like this book except for the reason I have stated, give it a go, im sure you will like it.

  • The Windup Girl

  • Written by: Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, great narration, highly recommend

  • By Stephen Leamon on 2018-09-18

Not the norm for me but a Good Story

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-02

This is not the typical type of book I would read, I'm mostly into Science Fiction and magic based books but I must say I'm glad I gave this book a try, it was a pretty good story. You will read reviews about rape in this book and in fact there are some rape themed scenes, but this is a book about a dystopian future, I will also point out that the windup girl whom is abused was engineered to be a sex companion, its up to you how you want to think of the sexual assaults. I for one understood it as her being misused from her original intended purpose of being a sexual companion. The windup girl was only every raped by another female, The male companions had to pay for there pleasure.

  • Court Wizard

  • Spellmonger, Book 8
  • Written by: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 35 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

With the south in full rebellion, the goblins stirring on the northern frontier, and the summer capital being run by a corrupt baron and a gang of thugs, things could be better. But those aren’t the worst of her problems: Pentandra is learning how to live with her new husband, Arborn, while the town is driven to distraction by an incarnate sex goddess who is organizing all of the whores, a mopey spellmonger, a nun addicted to gambling, a prude sent by the queen, undead skulking through the shadows, and a mysterious blind girl shows up in her office claiming to be her new apprentice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The majesty continues to build

  • By Peter Cowie on 2019-06-20

Not happy with Terry!

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-24

Well this book is a serious letdown for me, I thought I was getting the next book in the Spellmonger series, well I was sorely mistaken.

This is by far one of my most favourite book series on Audible, but this book will not be included, I doubt I will even finish this book. In fact im more than likely going to have my credit refunded.

If you want a book that basically goes nowhere and focuses on Pentandra and the Eeshey God of love or lust or whatever then this book is for you. For the first few hours of this book I was asking myself is the whole book going to be about this crap, then I got curious and jumped to a few later chapters and realized yes.....yes indeed its about Pentandra and Eeshey. Whats worse is there seems to be 35 hours focusing on one bloody festival including Characters I don’t and will never care about. Are you serious Terry??? 35+ hours of shite content that adds no substance to the spellmonger series??? This book should be a standalone side story, or possibly 2-3 hours in a proper Spellmonger book, you know like some basic tying backstorys together, but an entire book dedicated to a crapy and I mean Crapy story. Wow im so disappointed that an Author like Terry would release this.

Maybe you the reader of this review will like this book, good luck.

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  • The Event

  • Written by: Nathan Hystad
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 73

Cities all around the world reported strange alien vessels descending. Some saw them as the heralds of a new age; others fired everything they had at them. All were taken as the beams lashed down and drew them into the sky. Dean was left behind, seemingly the last man on Earth. A trail of clues left by his dead wife guides Dean on a perilous journey across America and beyond to learn the truth behind the mysterious ships and save humanity from its doom.   

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Kinda cool premise...poorly executed

  • By Langer on 2019-02-23

I wasn’t sure, but the description swayed me

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-15

So here I was furiously looking for one of the ‘next’ books from one of my favourite authors and of course noooone of them have released new books, so I decided I would try something new, you know just because I have nothing better to do, the usual story. Anyways I decided on this book as the description arose my curiosity, and I must say I was very happy with this book, so much so I completely forgot about the aforementioned authors with no new books to release. Now that im done this one I will be moving onto the next and if all goes good with the next book I will be adding this author to my family of core writing people I enjoy.

Go ahead and pick this hidden gem up, or I guess put your ear buds in or head phones on, because lets face it, who on gods green earth has the time to actually sit down and read a book these days, since were all in a hurry to do nothing you may as well do something while doing nothing and give this book a try.

Regards,

From an amateur who thinks he’s a amateur

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • Written by: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, engaging and speckles of hilarity!

  • By SenojP on 2018-06-16

Terrible

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-14

Started out great, then jumped off the stupid tree and hit every branch on the way down, once down, preceded to fall the stupid tree on ones self. If that sounds like your idea of a good book then enjoy.

My review matches the stupidity of this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Kingdoms and Chaos

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 4
  • Written by: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 201

The future of the Ashaiian haven, the newly founded Kingdom of Cael, is anything but secured. Rezkin must seek recognition from the King of Gendishen if his people are to maintain possession of their island home and the enchanted secret it contains. In an unexpected twist, events overtake Rezkin, and he is thrust into a frustrating adventure to seek a worthless prize. He finds that his carefully constructed reputation as an indomitable foe has consequences as others seek to use his strengths for their own gain. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hoped for better

  • By Hannah on 2019-02-22

Its okay. Hopefully the next book is better

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

Reviewed: 2019-01-07

Well, The Frisha character has gone from okay to cringe worthy, I was never really a fan of how she was written and now the direction the author has taken her is very much cringe worthy, to the point where I had to skip past the parts with her in it. There is a lot going on in this series and unfortunately Frisha is a big part of whats going on, I do hope the author can move past her onto better characters or write her out all together. If not I will be cutting this series from my list.

Overall this book and the others in the series are a good read “listen” but the Frisha character may start to ruin the series as she has for me. Good luck

The narrator is a rockstar as usual