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AR Hume

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  • The Grey Bastards

  • The Lot Lands
  • By: Jonathan French
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

Jackal is proud to be a Grey Bastard, member of a sworn brotherhood of half-orcs. Unloved and unwanted in civilized society, the Bastards eke out a hard life in the desolate no-man's-land called the Lots, protecting frail and noble human civilization from invading bands of vicious full-blooded orcs. But as Jackal is soon to learn, his pride may be misplaced. Because a dark secret lies at the heart of the Bastards' existence - one that reveals a horrifying truth behind humanity's tenuous peace with the orcs, and exposes a grave danger on the horizon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hells Angels on Pigs - With Added Style!

  • By Simon on 25-06-18

outcasts with attitudes

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

I loved this book.
Great plot that you think is taking you from a to b only to discover the actual journey was y to z.
social pariahs who embrace what they are and act in the furtherance of there own good.
really believable characters voiced very well. go for it, immerse yourself and enjoy the story.

  • Crimson Tempest

  • Survival Wars, Book 1
  • By: Anthony James
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Captain John Nathan Duggan and his crew are given a mission - find the missing ESS Crimson and bring it home. Little does Duggan realize, this is no ordinary mission. As he struggles against enemies both within and without, he desperately tries to unlock the mystery surrounding the Crimson's disappearance and the unknown weapons it carries. He soon discovers the missing warship might be the only hope for salvation that mankind has left. When everything is veiled in secrecy nothing is easy, as Duggan is about to find out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book

  • By CJSILV on 09-01-19

Great start but....

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

Reviewed: 29-06-18

The book started off well but it became apparent that it contained concepts which just annoyed me and struck me as implausible.
This book May work for you, but I am afraid I won't be getting the next in the series.

  • Though Hell Should Bar the Way

  • RCN Series, Book 12
  • By: David Drake
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Roy Olfetrie planned to be an officer in the Republic of Cinnabar Navy, but when his father was unmasked as a white-collar criminal he had to take whatever he was offered. What is offered turns out to be a chance to accompany Captain Daniel Leary and Lady Adele Mundy as they go off to start a war that will put Roy at the sharp end.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE Great RCN series from a new perspective

  • By AR Hume on 19-05-18

THE Great RCN series from a new perspective

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

Reviewed: 19-05-18

I really enjoyed looking in as it where totheworld of Leary/Mundy and I found the story a real "page turner" metaphorically speaking.
if you like RCN book i think this one, although different, is a really great addition to the series.
Highly Recommended

  • Starship's Mage Omnibus

  • Starship's Mage Series #1
  • By: Glynn Stewart
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

In a galaxy tied together by the magic of the elite Jump Magi, Damien Montgomery is a newly graduated member of their number. With no family or connections to find a ship, he is forced into service on an interstellar freighter known to be hunted by pirates. When he takes drastic action to save the Blue Jay from their pursuers, he sets in motion a sequence of events beyond his control and attracts enemies on both sides of the law.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good, simple yarn.

  • By Jackie Burns on 15-03-16

A really good mixture of sci fi and magic

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

Reviewed: 23-09-16

If you could sum up Starship's Mage Omnibus in three words, what would they be?

Definetly a sci fi romp but with a twist, einstienan physics exist ergo no ftl so instead humanity has developed (through a nasty eugenics programme in the past and only briefly referenced in the book) mages who amongst other things can physically move a starship in space 1light year at a time. The author creates a universe with all good and bad that humanity has to offer and pulls you along at a good pace which left me wanting more....

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  • Hell's Gate

  • Multiverse, Book 1
  • By: David Weber, Linda Evans
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 37 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Arcana has never encountered another intelligent species while exploring scores of other worlds. No cities, no vast empires, no civilizations, and no equivalent of their own dragons, gryphons, spells, and wizards. But all of that is about to change. It seems there is intelligent life elsewhere in the multiverse. Other human intelligent life, with terrifying new weapons and powers of the mind...and wizards who go by the strange title of ''scientist''.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Do not do it !!!

  • By Stephen on 02-12-18

Very interesting meld of Sci-Fi and Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 02-04-16

Where does Hell's Gate rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

As is normal with David Weber books the story is well developed with good character background and Scene setting. If you like a fusion of fantasy, culture shock and good old devious internal politics between to very divergent human cultures then this one is for you.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked the story and whilst pacing can be an issue with David Weber stories no one can say you do not get your money's worth.

Which character – as performed by Mark Boyett – was your favourite?

Mark Boyett has a good range of character voices and he has the ability to keep you metaphorically turning pages. He certainly adds to the work.

Any additional comments?

I am not sure how many books will be in this series , I know of at least one more available now and would be astounded if that concludes the work. However please please give us more Honor Harrington in the near future.

  • Annihilation

  • Love Conquers All
  • By: Saxon Andrew
  • Narrated by: Liam Owen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Tag, an exceptional young human living in Central City on the planet Earth, tries to keep his powerful, one-of-a-kind skills undetected by leading an ordinary life and staying under the radar. But one day, on the way home from school, Tag's compassion leads him to make a decision that alters the course of his life - and history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great start...sadly....

  • By AR Hume on 02-11-15

Great start...sadly....

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

Reviewed: 02-11-15

What did you like best about Annihilation? What did you like least?

A good promising starts properly paced and with interesting characters. the first half of the book was very enjoyable and page turning.
Then wham it was as if the author suddenly realised he only had x no of words left and just rushed everything as if it was just an executive precise of the story. Also for me the conclusion they seemed to be drawing about the basic goodness of humanity and aliens and the overturning of in some cases millennium held beliefs and mores was just a step to far.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Great initial character development.
Very rushed 2nd half.

What does Liam Owen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I actual found this book because of another series narrated by Liam Owen (The Hank series) and enjoyed his delivery and timing. But the story tops this.

Could you see Annihilation being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Possibly but would need more detail and padding.

Any additional comments?

I am not familiar with any of this authors other works but hope he does not "rush" his other works.

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  • Wings of Steele: Destination Unknown, Book 1

  • By: Jeffrey J. Burger
  • Narrated by: Kevin Clay
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Jack Steele is an ex-big-city cop that left the department after losing a friend in the line of duty. Recovering from a tough divorce, he reinvents himself with a love of flying and restructures his life as a pilot for hire. Accompanied by his ever-present German Shepherd, Fritz, Jack will fly almost anything anywhere, shuttling new and used planes for clients all over the world. He had never been a Boy Scout, but he is a man who likes to stay prepared and in control of whatever life throws at him. But nothing could have prepared Jack and his copilot for how life suddenly goes drastically and violently sideways...

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A real Turkey

  • By AR Hume on 08-07-15

A real Turkey

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

Reviewed: 08-07-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I felt I had to write this review to warn people, there is a genesis of a potentially good story but.....

What could Jeffrey J. Burger have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The plot lacks depth, if you have any imagination then you question almost every development as the main characters meander along the path making decisions which do not seem to be based on logic, the existing situation or any other reason comprehensible to the reader. this is science fiction. But there is little science or knowledge of the physical laws in the book or an explanation of why they are not true, e.g. he uses space fighters with reaction engines, fuel is exhausted out the back and propels the ship forward, but when the throttles are shut, the fighter is dead in space, not on a ballistic course and the turn and junk as if they where a atmospheric fighter.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Kevin Clay?

I am British and there are a couple of British characters in the book which are so offensively stereotypical that it annoyed me instead of entertained me. The language employed by these British characters is contextually wrong and I am not sure if this is the author or narrator's decision but the accent used combined with the language is just wrong, I have met and conversed with a large spectrum of people from all backgrounds and have never met anyone like this.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Wings of Steele: Destination Unknown, Book 1?

Definitely needs more details in the plot development, remove the misogynistic elements of the book, make it more believable.

Any additional comments?

This is a very negative review and I know there might be people out there who will enjoy this book, However this is the 1st book in over 20 years that I have abandoned without finishing, and that combined with the comments articulated above compelled me to write this.

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  • To Honor You Call Us

  • Man of War, Book 1
  • By: H. Paul Honsinger
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

The Terran Union is engaged in a vast interstellar war against the Krag Ruthless aliens intent on exterminating humankind. In 2315, the wily Max Robichaux is given command of the USS Cumberland, a destroyer with state-of-the-art capabilities but a combat record so bad, she’s known as the “Cumberland Gap.” Capt. Robichaux’s first mission: to take his warship to the Free Corridor, where the Krag have secretly been buying strategic materials, and to seize or destroy any ships carrying enemy cargo.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Patrick O.Brian Homage

  • By AR Hume on 03-08-14

Patrick O.Brian Homage

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

Reviewed: 03-08-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This series would appear to borrow from Patrick O Birans series around Aubrey Maturin. Good Sci-Fi story with rounded characters. Worth a listen, I am getting the second book.

Would you recommend To Honor You Call Us to your friends? Why or why not?

Would recommend as a an easy read. Characters worth developing. Lets see where it goes.

What does Ray Chase bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

A good range of both British, American and Euro-Asian accents helped to ID the characters easily. Good pacing and pleasant delivery.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I never do, However I did take the opportunity to listen to this as quickly as possible. I.e. taking every opportunity.

Any additional comments?

If you like Military Sci-fi and or Naval Fiction with some character development then give this one a go.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful