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  • The Very First Damned Thing

  • An Author-Read Audio Exclusive
  • Written by: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Jodi Taylor
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Jodi Taylor reads the long-awaited prequel in her Chronicles of St Mary’s series, as Dr Bairstow struggles to set up St Mary’s as we know it in a world still scarred by the ravages of civil war. Ever wondered how it all began? It’s two years since the final victory at the Battersea Barricades. The fighting might be finished, but for Dr Bairstow, just now setting up St Mary's, the struggle is only beginning. How will he assemble his team? From where will his funding come?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good backgrounder on the series

  • By Mr P J Hill on 2019-03-03

A good backgrounder on the series

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-03-03

You should read this book after, at least, reading book one. It's a short story that broadens the background of the main characters of the series. Well worth reading, also explores a kind post-apocalyptic Britain in the near future. Well worth the expense :-)

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • Written by: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • As expected, good enough, but not stellar.

  • By Ben on 2018-01-15

A super book even if you're not a history geek

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-03

A great story idea. Lots of adventure and very well written. I really enjoyed this book and have since started to listen to others in the series. The narrator is pretty good and subtle with the many British accents. Love the copious cups of tea and hard drinking, very brit.

You don't need to be a history geek to enjoy this book or the rest of the series. The dives into historical events are great stories and the thread of the protagonists life is interesting.

  • Storm World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 10
  • Written by: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

In an unprecedented first, Earth sends a message to Mogwa Prime. Unfortunately, the messenger is not met with enthusiasm. Misunderstandings soon threaten all of Humanity. Forced to prove Earth can serve the Empire better than any rival, McGill does his best. Eager to prove our worth to the Galactics, the frontier war between Rigel and Earth is expanded to Storm World. Circled by six moons, the planet is ravaged by wild storms and tides. Battles are fought in raging hurricanes, and death stalks the soldiers on both sides.   

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Audio Issues

  • By Brandon Hachey on 2019-03-31

Another fun episode in the series

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-02-06

Onto book 10 and the series does not disappoint. I feel like the whole series is maturing nicely, McGill is a great protagonist, the characters around him are maturing in their development and a sufficient amount of new characters are being introduced. The new twist on Claver is very unexpected and you can see that developing this story line opens the door for many new possibilities in further books.

This is a series that I just snap up the books as soon as I see them and I've enjoyed them all. Keep em coming B.V.

  • Hell Divers III: Deliverance

  • The Hell Divers series, Book 3
  • Written by: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

Left for dead on the nightmarish surface of the planet, Commander Michael Everhart and his team of Hell Divers barely escape with their lives aboard a new airship called Deliverance. After learning that Xavier "X" Rodriguez may still be alive, they mount a rescue mission for the long-lost hero. In the skies, the Hive is falling apart, but Captain Jordan is more determined than ever to keep humanity in their outdated lifeboat. He will do whatever it takes to keep the ship in the air - even murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining series

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-07-25

Another exciting episode in the series.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-08-30

I've enjoyed all the titles in this series so far. I'm really looking forward to #4 too. Great characters, believable dialogue, exciting, plausible- in a sci-fi sense.

Unlike many book series, this book has a full story, in fact the author could have ended the series with this book. I was very pleased to see #4 was in the works after I finished it. It's a great concept, there is some inevitable character attrition, (it's an apocalypse) the author introduces new characters very well. There's no question, I'll snap up the next episode in this saga as soon as it's available.

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  • Arisen Omnibus Edition: Books 1-3

  • Written by: Michael Stephen Fuchs, Glynn James
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

When the Zombie Apocalypse came, one country had shut down its borders in response to a major terrorist attack. Now Fortress Britain is the last bastion of the living - with 50 million beleaguered survivors facing down a world of seven billion animated corpses. And one international team of elite special operators - supremely trained and armed, always the most skilled, resolved, and unstoppable amongst us - are humanity's last best hope for survival....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable but books are short for the price.

  • By Mr P J Hill on 2018-07-06

Very enjoyable but books are short for the price.

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

Reviewed: 2018-07-06

I've listened to 1-3 Omnibus and 4. I've enjoyed them immensely, I'm interested in what will happen to the characters. I like that plots are unfolding in the UK and North America. I have only one gripe, each book isn't a whole book, there are lots of books in the series but listening to all of them is going cost more than $300CAD it's really adding up.

I've liked the books so far but as a series habit goes it's getting as expensive as crack cocaine. Sure I can bust out a credit for each book but my listening habit is quite a bit more than 9 hours a month. The story is good and captivating though.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • Written by: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easily one of the better books I've read..

  • By jesse cornelious on 2018-10-31

Enjoyable and fun Sci-Fi

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-04-05

It's not really serious, it's not ridiculous either. It's entertaining, fun, light and exciting. I burned through this book fast and bough the next in the series as soon I finished it. I'm currently enjoying SPECOPS just as much.

There a few military jargon bits that are not necessary near the beginning but it's not bad. Also RC Bray does a great job with the accents especially Bishop.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • Written by: Jordan B. Peterson, Norman Doidge MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,768
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,361

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good summary of all his videos.

  • By Hogman on 2018-01-27

As good as I expected it to be - Excellent

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-04-05

This was a great purchase for me. There was advice in there that I've taken to heart and applied as I was listening to it. I will listen again to ensure that I maintain my character improvement schedule. This is like good advice from a friend who genuinely cares.

Even before the pathetic SJW's got him in Ze's (ha ha) sights JBP has lived a real life, had some real knocks and has not been as isolated as others in his field may be. This guy is inspirational, and a real person, not perfect, but trying hard to figure stuff out, real.

I'm not religious, more like the opposite of religious, so be warned, the book has a LOT of references to the bible. JBP is not so dumb as to think that book is literally the word of god, but he does believe in god and christianity. That turned me off, I tried as hard as I could to listen to his bible references as metaphor, to some extent I managed that but there was many times I almost stopped listening. It was hard.

I don't knock anything off on the review because of his religious beliefs, because this book is about his beliefs, it's not an error. For those who are not religious it can be a tough pill to swallow. Given that, to me, Christopher Hitchens was one of the greatest people in human history and worked tirelessly to turn back the misery that religion has cursed the modern human with, I am conflicted.

I respect both men, in their own strengths, nobody is right about everything, not even Einstein. I got a lot out of the book, I think about the rules every day and I try, in my own way, to apply them. For that, this book is worth 100 times what I paid for it, maybe more.



I'm a grown up man, I have lot more to keep tidy than my bedroom. Hearing straight talk from JBP will do you no harm. Follow that straight talk and you can only improve.
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This the new "Iron John".



1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Norse Mythology

  • Written by: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 859
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By Taylor Chafe on 2017-12-11

Great stories

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-03-01

Neil Gaiman has done a great job with his favourite Norse mythologies. You really can see roots of 'American Gods' in this collection. These old stories are quite a hoot. I can just imagine sitting round a fire in Scandinavia, being told these stories by a village elder and being in awe of the gods and their adventures.

I kept the book on my phone for listening to again.

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  • Iron Gold

  • Written by: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds, John Curless, Julian Elfer, and others
  • Length: 23 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

Ten years after the events of Morning Star, Darrow and the Rising are battling the remaining Gold loyalist forces and are closer than ever to abolishing the color-coded caste system of Society for good. But new foes will emerge from the shadows to threaten the imperfect victory Darrow and his friends have earned. Pierce Brown expands the size and scope of his impressive Red Rising universe with new characters, enemies, and conflicts among the stars.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Doesn't live up to the Red Rising trilogy

  • By Leon on 2018-02-01

A slow start but improves later

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

Reviewed: 2018-03-01

I devoured the "red rising" trilogy and thought, well, that's that when it finished. So when I saw this book I picked it up with great excitement. Like many other readers I was initially disappointed, it did not have the pace of previous books with one exciting challenge after another. The story was very retrospective, there was also a lot of "boring" politics and at times I really ground through it.

The last quarter or third of the book picks up to the tempo of the previous trilogy. I started being excited about my next listening session and got into it. The different narrators was a good idea but I did find the perceived changes in volume from different voices a bit jarring.

In conclusion I see this book as good ground work for a new trilogy, I will definitely buy more in this series but my enthusiasm has been dulled a bit.

  • Blood World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 8
  • Written by: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

A dirty deal was struck. Humanity was allowed to keep 300 rebellious worlds. In return, we declared war on a powerful enemy from beyond the frontier. A frantic build-up of forces has begun, but the task is hopeless. Seeking allies, Earth's legions are sent to Blood World. A planet on the fringe of known space, where the people only respect masters of combat. Earth's Legions must impress them, but other alien powers have been invited to join the contest. The prize consists of billions of loyal troops - Earth must win.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • #Audible1 Boyett and Larson - Larson and Boyett

  • By William on 2018-09-19

Eight books in and I'm still loving this series

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

Reviewed: 2018-03-01

B V Larson has done a great job with this series. It continues to be fun, exciting and fairly light hearted. These audio books are a fun listen. I'm certain I'll continue to snap up each book in this series with 2 trillion galaxies in the Universe there should be plenty of xxxx world books to come :-)