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R. Maines

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  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,734
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,349

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected gem

  • By Andrew on 29-01-17

It’s not Shakespeare..

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

Reviewed: 20-10-18

...but then what is? What you have here is a fun old school like sci-fi. It’s a sausage fest, has no compelling women characters, but the different AI variations on the original BOB are good for a laugh.

Narration was nicely done.

  • Worth Dying For

  • The Power and Politics of Flags
  • By: Tim Marshall
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 147

When you see your nation's flag fluttering in the breeze, what do you feel? For thousands of years flags have represented our hopes and dreams. We wave them. Burn them. March under their colours. And still, in the 21st century, we die for them. Flags fly at the UN, on the Arab street, from front porches in Texas. They represent the politics of high power as well as the politics of the mob.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • meh!

  • By mr r d eggels on 18-05-18

You’ll learn something new..probably

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

Reviewed: 16-10-18

Not an in depth analysis of flag usage but a potted history of how different countries flags came to be. But it’s an interesting journey and well worth a purchase.

  • Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby, Luke Daniels, Peter Berkrot, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

Though perhaps most famous as a novelist, Philip K. Dick wrote more than one hundred short stories over the course of his career, each as mind-bending and genre-defining as his longer works. Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams collects ten of the best.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic PKD but avoid the introductions for spoile

  • By Max on 11-01-18

Hmmm!

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

The only story in this collection I had encountered before was Autofac, so I was coming to most of these stories fresh (still haven’t watched the TV series).

The stories are dated, women don’t really get a look in and there is so much smoking going on. However PKD excelled at being concise in his world building, cramming a lot in a small amount of txt and his ideas shine through the baggage of time.

Well worth a read.

  • Mecha Samurai Empire

  • A United States of Japan Novel, Book 2
  • By: Peter Tieryas
  • Narrated by: Joel de la Fuente
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

After Germany and Japan won WWII, the US fell under their control. Growing up in this world, Mac plays portical games, haphazardly studies for the Imperial Exam, and dreams of becoming a mecha pilot. Only problem: Mac's grades are terrible. His only hope is to pass the military exam and get into the prestigious mecha pilot training program at Berkeley Military Academy. When his friend Hideki's plan to game the test goes horribly wrong, Mac washes out of the military exam, too. Perhaps he can achieve his dream by becoming a civilian pilot.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Giant robots smash!

  • By R. Maines on 10-10-18

Giant robots smash!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

Although I loved the world building in United States of Japan I was not a fan of the ending, but this book set in the same alternate universe is fantastic.

A coming of age story with giant robots battling Nazi biobots, what’s not to like.

Great narration by Joel de la Fuerite is the icing on the cake.

  • European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman

  • By: Theodora Goss
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Mary Jekyll’s life has been peaceful since she helped Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson solve the Whitechapel Murders. Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherine Moreau, Justine Frankenstein, and Mary’s sister, Diana Hyde, have settled into the Jekyll household in London, and although they sometimes quarrel, the members of the Athena Club get along as well as any five young women with very different personalities. At least they can always rely on Mrs. Poole.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A lot of travelling

  • By R. Maines on 05-10-18

A lot of travelling

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

An enjoyable sequel to the Alchemist’s Daughter. It’s not as tightly plotted as the first book, but it’s an enjoyable romp as the Athena club travel across Europe to rescue Lucinda Van Helsing.

Looking forward to book 3.

  • Deep Roots

  • Innsmouth Legacy, Book 2
  • By: Ruthanna Emrys
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Ruthanna Emrys’ Innsmouth Legacy, which began with Winter Tide and continues with Deep Roots, confronts H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos head-on, boldly upturning his fear of the unknown with a heart-warming story of found family, acceptance, and perseverance in the face of human cruelty and the cosmic apathy of the universe. Emrys brings together a family of outsiders, bridging the gaps between the many people marginalized by the homogenizing pressure of 1940s America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow burn

  • By R. Maines on 18-08-18

Slow burn

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

Reviewed: 18-08-18

I really enjoyed Winter Tide and this sequel was not disappointing.

More of the Lovecraft mythos is introduced as Aphra and her friends have to confront entities that only want to help humanity survive but rather do it by manipulation and deceit.

More of Aphra’s world is revealed at the plot unfurls in leisurely manner and the ending is bittersweet, laced with hope and the acceptance that things have not worked as well as what was expected.

Another excellent narration by Gabra Zackman.

  • The Tiger's Daughter

  • By: K Arsenault Rivera
  • Narrated by: Caroline McLaughlin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

The Hokkaran Empire has conquered every land within their bold reach - but failed to notice a lurking darkness festering within the people. Now their border walls begin to crumble, and villages fall to demons swarming out of the forests. Away on the silver steppes, the remaining tribes of nomadic Qorin retreat and protect their own, having bartered a treaty with the empire, exchanging inheritance through the dynasties. It is up to two young warriors, raised together across borders since their prophesied birth, to save the world from the encroaching demons.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great!

  • By R. Maines on 02-08-18

Great!

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

A great debut novel that tells a f/f love story across a background of China/ Mongolia where demons exist and their blood is infectious.

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  • The Bear and the Nightingale

  • Winternight, Book 1
  • By: Katherine Arden
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

In a village at the edge of the wilderness of Northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift - a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, the father hides the gift away, and his daughter, Vasya, grows up a wild, willful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Shades of good and bored

  • By S on 19-03-17

Marvellous

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

A coming of age story set in medieval Russia with magic.

This novel had passed under my radar, but I picked it up when it was on sale. Boy am I glad I did, it’s a wonderfully written fairy tale..just go and buy it.

  • Caraval

  • By: Stephanie Garber
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 151

Welcome to Caraval, where nothing is quite what it seems. Scarlett has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year weeklong performance where the audience participates in the show. Caraval is magic. Mystery. Adventure. And for Scarlett and her beloved sister, Tella, it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father. When the sisters' long-awaited invitations to Caraval finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don’t Waste Your Time

  • By graham on 01-11-17

Hmmm.

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

Reviewed: 22-05-18

I almost ditched this book as for 2/3rds of the book I found Scarlet a terribly annoying character. Thankfully the last third of the book, the plot picked up and Lordy me looking forward to book 2.

Narration was good.

  • Raven Stratagem

  • Machineries of Empire, Book 2
  • By: Yoon Ha Lee
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

When the hexarchate's gifted young captain, Kel Cheris, summoned the ghost of the long-dead General Shuos Jedao to help her put down a rebellion, she didn't reckon on his breaking free of centuries of imprisonment - and possessing her. Even worse, the enemy Hafn are invading, and Jedao takes over General Kel Khiruev's fleet, which was tasked with stopping them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • There is an elephant in the room

  • By R. Maines on 14-05-18

There is an elephant in the room

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

Reviewed: 14-05-18

The books suffers from middle book syndrome, too much talking and not much action. Still it does let the author reveal more how the world they created works.

The only problem for audio book fans is that there is no world on whether there will be an audio release for book 3. So if you don’t want to be left in limbo, don’t even start this series, you will just be wasting credits.