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Fantastic start to a new trilogy.

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

Reviewed: 08-04-20

Really enjoyed the first book, so much I have purchased book two before I even finished this book. I will be buying book 3 as soon as my credits come in.
Ray Porter does a really good job at giving each character their own voice.
The book has chapter names. I have listened to books by Devon C Ford, but haven’t, before this book, listened to any of Nathan’s, now after this book I am will have to have a listen to Nathan Hystad.

3 books

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

Reviewed: 05-04-20

I apologise as I had an issue with this book that is more of a “me” problem, I suspect that most people wouldn’t find any problems with. If it’s a story that you like the sound of I suggest you give it a go.

Honestly I find it difficult to keep up with stories that have quite a few characters in unless I can remember them by something distinctive about them. I could only and can only remember one person from this book well 2 maybe. That’s because one of the is female. I kept getting confused. It’s not any fault of the author or the great R.C. Bray. I have listened to a previous book by Craig and I didn’t have any issue with that book, and I have listened to many books narrated by Bray and this is the first that I struggled with. I don’t blame either of them (or the other authors) like I said before it a “me” problem. I have a terrible memory for names and faces (the face part is not normally an issue in audiobooks)

The villains in this book are an awesome concept. I loved them. I would love to try a audio book maybe from a first person only perspective? With these enemies in.

R.C Bray brings his amazing voice to the book. Honestly give it a go, please don’t let my issue stop you from trying this story.

Wow, first Joe Ledger book. Not disappointed.

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

Reviewed: 30-03-20

I haven’t had the pleasure of hearing the previous stories of Joe Ledger, I remember when Patient Zero came out I wanted to listen to it and I couldn’t find an audio version on the platforms I use. I still can’t. So I am listening to this series (hopefully it’s a series) as a new listener. I’m not totally lost, there is a nice little introduction to every character, and little bits of back story here and there. I don’t however have the feelings a person would have if they have had listened to all of the previous books, but the Narrator does manage to make me feel how I should.

Ray Porter is very good at narration, he makes sure that each character has their own voice. I really enjoyed listening to him. Jonathan Maberry tells a good story, can’t wait for the next book!

My only gripe is the name of the chapters could of been edited.
I think the full names of the chapters would be too much, but maybe use interlude and make sure that chapter one is chapter one. By the end of the book the chapter on the app was saying: 155, however the audio was telling me it was chapter: 137 ( not including epilogue)

More please!

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

Reviewed: 22-03-20

This is the third book in this series and a little different to the previous two, there are a few more characters.

I really enjoyed this audiobook, I loved the story I was able to remember the characters and not get lost with their names, this was helped by R. C. Bray & Julia Whelan but also by having some characters have some sayings that reminded me of who they were. I felt each of them had their own personalitys and I grew to care about them, if liked them or not is another point!
A really cool book which took me on a wild ride!

There was a slight issue with Chapter 3, which has been fixed before I even finished the audiobook, however the author informed us via email and gave us chapter 3 to listen to via other methods. I only mention this in case someone has left a negative review because that, but I believe it was fixed very quickly.

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Enjoyable.

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

Reviewed: 19-02-20

Starting to feel sorry for the kids that have odd names today for their unfortunate nicknames they will get in their future!

This book started to share a possible story line as another book I started at around the same time, and the two books could of blurred, thankfully they didn’t. I did struggle a little with the amount of characters, that’s a me problem because I have a terrible memory for names, and I figured there would be only a few main characters as only 3 names are mentioned in the books blurb. Obviously there are always more, but for some reason I struggled more than I normally do.

I carried on with the story and I enjoyed it, even if I found it a little hard at times to figure out where a certain character was.

I have listened to a few books that have been narrated by Ray Porter and he is very proficient, he is able to make different characters sound unique which helps me.

The chapters are quite short so I ended up listening to a few and sometimes my timer would end in the middle of a chapter, I like to listen to about 30 mins at night before I go to sleep.

It’s a very interesting story that I really enjoyed
I would probably buy another book by Brian Andrews again, that’s always a good point for me to say whether I liked the book or not

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Multiple actors and sound effects

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

Reviewed: 19-02-20

The sound effects aren’t needed, they are more notification sounds and jingles, I suppose they might add to the story a little, but for me they were a little distracting. I do enjoy audio dramas as well as audiobooks. I like sound effects that improve the story such as foley. So car sounds key board clicks etc. Multiple actors in my opinion only works when one actor does one character. And sticks to that character no matter who is speaking, it gets a little confusing otherwise. This story reminds me how there are always 3 sides to every story. You need to hear both sides then work out the third side to get to the truth. I didn’t have a problem with any of the narrators, I just prefer it when one person does one voice, this only happened a few times. This wasn’t a book I could listen to at bed time, with the jingles it was too distracting. I enjoyed the storyline.

Oh skippy what have you done?

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

Reviewed: 10-02-20

Over the past 4 ish years I have learned to trust the awesomeness. Now I feel lost.

Craig Alanson what have you created? When is the next book due? How could you leave it like that? I thought the last book was a cruel cliffhanger!

R.C Bray amazing work again, absolutely loved the extra 1 min 30 mins it’s just what I needed!

I’m not sure how to review this book without telling you about any spoilers, and by this point at book 9 I’m guessing you’re going to know if you like this story or not. I can honestly say I love this story, I have listened to the previous books more than once, and I will be listening to them and this one again. R.C Bray does an amazing job as always. He always brings the characters to life.

A different book for me.

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

Reviewed: 26-01-20

I have had one of Craig’s other books in my wish list for awhile, never actually gotten around to getting it, then I saw this one become available I recognised his name, and I thought I’d give it a go. my normal books are either zombie/apocalypse or set in space.
A submarine isn’t too far of a stretch from a space ship, you can’t just walkout side of a sub when it’s underwater. I don’t know a lot about WWII, and I’m pretty terrible with dates, this book does say it’s mainly fiction, I imagine the people are, but I’m sure there will be one or two facts in there. I thought we would start with Charlie being a low rank, but he is an officer, a low officer, he has his issues. He deals with them well. I love the captain’s accent in book 3, I’m a bit of a sucker for a southern accent, thank you R. C. Bray! I’m glad I got the complete series as I wouldn’t of coped with the ending of book 5 without being able to go straight into book 6. Book 6 was a little different and I liked it.

Basically I took a chance with this book, not a huge one because I do enjoy R. C. Bray’s voice, the books he narrates are very fun to listen to, he does an amazing job of brining a book to life. I can’t say if the book is accurate. But I did enjoy the story, and that’s what I wanted, a story. The thought of being in a cramped space, smelling of unwashed men, Diesel engines and smoke was really brought up often, and does not sound enjoyable.
There are battles, fear and friendships.
There is a pretty good review by S. Morris, London, UK They are more knowledgable on submarines and WWII read over their review to get a feel on what’s correct and what’s not. The only improvement I could suggest is that the chapters get their titles. The books are named so it is easy to see when a new one starts.

John Braddock was my favourite character.

After listening to this book I will be getting Craig’s other book that has been sitting in my wish list.

Surprised!

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

Reviewed: 15-12-19

R C Bray works his magic to bring this story to life. It wouldn’t be a story I would normally listen to, the subject/storyline isn’t what I normally listen to. However as it was written by Jeremy Robinson and voice acted by R. C. Bray, I kinda guessed I would enjoy it. I did!

I had a pleasant surprise near the end, don’t want to spoil it too much. A guest appearance. Some people might not know him but R. C. Bray does his voice in another book, by another author. That’s all I will say.

I love how the two main characters are written, how they interact with each other.

There is a tiny bit of repetitive at the start, with Henry and his condition, I think it’s needed to get the point across, as it isn’t normal.

I am curious, what did the old lady say when she was helped up by Sarah? I know we aren’t supposed to know, but it was a shock to hear a different language.

So I had questions going into this boo:

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

Reviewed: 11-11-19


Would the Dutchman survive?
Would the Merry Band of Pirates get a new ship?
Would Joe get the girl?
How many of my questions got answers.... your going to have to listen or read the book to find out.
A simple mission sets the Merry Band of Pirates off into space, however when do these guys have a simple mission? How will Joe and skippy fix this issue? Will everyone survive? A lot of questions some answers later and I’m very happy with this instalment. Bring on book 9! As always R C Bray does an awesome job, brings the characters to life. I will be listening to this book again and again, as I do with all of this series.