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  • Renegades

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 7
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,279
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,224

The battle-scarred star carrier Flying Dutchman is finally on her way back to Earth, after an exceptionally successful series of missions that have once again saved the world. The ship needs a serious refit, and her exhausted crew just wants a break from constant clandestine warfare against a vicious and superior enemy. Wishes come true, right? Not for the Merry Band of Pirates.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Skippying Across the Galaxy!

  • By Simon on 27-03-19

Good but a little contrived

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

Reviewed: 05-04-19

I have loved this series from the start and this had some laugh out loud moments.
however the major denouement was just too unbelievable, given more thought may have had a less contrived ending.
listenable but not as good as the others.

  • Out of the Black

  • Odyssey One, Book 4
  • By: Evan Currie
  • Narrated by: David deVries
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

The wreckage of the starship Odyssey, once Earth's greatest guardian, lies strewn across New York City. Abandoned by all but its captain, Odyssey's sacrifice covered the withdrawal of countless troops as the Drasin assault ravaged the planet. When Captain Eric Weston finally emerges from the rubble, impossibly alive thanks to the mysterious "Gaia", he knows with the Drasin it's kill or be killed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Oh dear - where did it all go wrong?

  • By CM on 02-09-14

just dreadful.

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

Reviewed: 09-02-19

jingoistic rubbish, one abnoxious shouting character after another. What's happened to the series? Absolute cr@p

  • Lost Legio IX

  • By: Marc Alan Edelheit
  • Narrated by: Alex Hyde-White
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

One of history's greatest mysteries, the Ninth Imperial Legion guarding Rome's northernmost frontier in Britannia disappeared around the year 122 AD. Badly outnumbered, facing certain destruction, and cut off from supply, the Imperial Roman Ninth Legion Hispana is surrounded by the hostile Celtic army. Then the unthinkable happens. Senior Centurion Karus and the Ninth are transported to a strange place, far away from the Britannia they knew. The legion's deliverance from danger at first appears to be a blessing from the gods, but....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun throughout!

  • By FrankH on 26-04-18

just run with the story, don't read the synopsis

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

Reviewed: 13-01-19

Proper fantasy, unexpected and excellent story line, great battle sequences . I'm looking forward to what follows

  • Hyperion

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,790
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,562

On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspired Sci-fi

  • By Peter on 02-12-09

good in parts

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

Reviewed: 13-01-19

for me this was the second time of reading,/ listening. I gave up the first time. the premise is good but too many of the subset of stories that make up the book, were so disjointed and incomplete becoming irritating. Some are very good, some less so and I gave up caring for some of the protagonists.
may be, it will come together in the next novel. I think I am being generous with 4stars. the story is good but i found the authors chosen method of telling the story annoying.

  • Lines of Departure

  • Frontlines, Book 2
  • By: Marko Kloos
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

Vicious interstellar conflict with an indestructible alien species. Bloody civil war over the last habitable zones of the cosmos. Political unrest, militaristic police forces, dire threats to the solar system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tremendous storyline just good, really good

  • By Graham on 16-05-18

Tremendous storyline just good, really good

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

Reviewed: 16-05-18

I enjoyed this more than the first book as I warmed to the characters, i found myself leaning forward during the action sequences. if the remaining 2 novels keep up this pace, then I'll be a very happy bunny.

it has echoes of the halo series where the action sequences were exciting as well. Again good, really good.

  • Terms of Enlistment

  • Frontlines, Book 1
  • By: Marko Kloos
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249

The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you’re restricted to 2,000 calories of badly flavored soy every day. You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service. With the colony lottery a pipe dream, Andrew chooses to enlist in the armed forces for a shot at real food, a retirement bonus, and maybe a ticket off Earth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Military SciFi in Classic Style

  • By Andrew John Rae on 09-02-14

Starts like Starship troopers

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

Reviewed: 14-05-18

Starts like Starship troopers and it's none the worse for that. Didn't have the hopeless lonely feeling that starship troopers gave, of loved ones left behind long dead due to the long distance travelled. I liked this book and look forward to where it takes me next

  • Sacrilege

  • By: S. J. Parris
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304

Fear haunts the streets of London after the assassination of a protestant Prince, and the recurrence of the plague. Giordano Bruno suspects someone is following him, but on confronting his stalker, he realizes it is the woman he once loved – she is on the run, accused of murder. Bruno travels to Canterbury to help clear her name, instructed by Sir Francis Walsingham to also search for the assassin in the shadow of England’s holiest shrine…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Canterbury Elizabethan Morse

  • By Farniboy on 27-04-15

The great series continues...

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

Reviewed: 28-02-18

Narrator is really good, and his accents work well with the characters. I thoroughly recommend the books

  • Prophecy

  • By: S. J. Parris
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338

The follow-up to the best-selling Heresy sees the return of Giordano Bruno, religious exile and renegade monk…Autumn, 1583. As an astrological phenomenon heralds the dawn of a new age and Mary Stuart’s supporters scheme to usurp Elizabeth, a young maid is murdered, occult symbols carved into her flesh. Giordano Bruno is called on to use his cunning to infiltrate the plotters and find evidence against them. In fear for his life, Bruno discovers that the young woman’s murder could point to an even more sinister truth…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Getting better as a series

  • By Ron on 19-11-15

Getting better and better!

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

Reviewed: 26-02-18

I'm really getting into the series, poor guy he really gets knocked about. I'd you liked the Matthew Shardlake series of Novels by CJ Samson. then you could do worse than give this series a try.

  • A Shattered Empire

  • By: Mitchell Hogan
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 21 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346

In a battle of armies and sorcerers, empires will fall. After young Caldan's parents were slain, a group of monks raised the boy and initiated him into the arcane mysteries of sorcery. But when the Mahruse Empire was attacked and the lives of his friends hung in the balance, he was forced to make a dangerous choice. Now, as two mighty empires face off in a deadly game of supremacy, potent sorcery and creatures from legend have been unleashed. To turn the tide of war and prevent annihilation, Caldan must learn to harness his fearsome and forbidden magic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Shattered Empire Completes A Fine Whole

  • By Simon on 19-09-16

superb narrator and good conclusion to the trilogy

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

Reviewed: 16-02-18

I liked the trilogy, it's not without its faults and I'd put that down to the editing, e.g. we had just had a major battle where everything but the kitchen sink was thrown in, sorcerers collapsing from the strain. then a chase and a few chasing sorcerers apply more sorcery than the land has ever seen before taking out a building! Our hero is weak then incredibly strong then weak then really incredibly strong then weak. I found that and a number of similar instances irritating, not a deal breaker as the overall story line was good. just disapointing as it could of been a great trilogy. it felt rushed as if too little time was left prior to it being published
overall if you are into fantasy it is worth the 3 credits

  • The Dragonbone Chair

  • Memory, Sorrow & Thorn, Book 1
  • By: Tad Williams
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 33 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 656
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 656

Kitchen-boy Simon is bored, restless and 14 years old - a dangerous combination. It seems, however, that his life has just taken a turn for the better when he's apprenticed to his castle's resident wizard. As Simon's learning to read and write under Doctor Morgenes' tutelage, forces greater than he could possible imagine are gathering: forces which will change Simon's life - and his world - forever. Following the death of Good King John, Osten Ard is plunged into civil war as his sons battle for control of the fabled Dragonbone Chair - the country's throne as well as the symbol of its power.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • You'll need a little patience for this one

  • By Robyn on 26-09-16

enjoyable fantasy

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

overall very enjoyable, I'll go for the next one. just one part where there was a war council one of the protagonists talked about the mythology of their race for half an hour it was just too long and rather than adding to the story detracted, x begat y an z begat a who murdered x etc. that part aside, a good story and worth your time.