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  • Expeditionary Force, Book 6
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,519
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,449

The remnants of the Expeditionary Force stranded on the alien-controlled planet "Paradise" get a chance to prove themselves, in a simple off-world training mission with a ship full of teenage alien cadets. When the mission goes horribly wrong and the survival of everyone on Paradise is at risk, the Merry Band of Pirates may have to come to the rescue. Unless they get killed first.... 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Skippy Shandy?

  • By Simon on 28-09-18

Plot develops

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

Reviewed: 22-12-18

Really enjoyed the development of the narrative into a broader mission; lining up book 7.

  • Deadly Coast

  • By: R. E. McDermott
  • Narrated by: Todd Haberkorn
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

As Tom Dugan and Alex Kairouz, his partner and best friend, struggle to ransom their ship and crew from murderous Somali pirates, things take a turn for the worse. A US Navy contracted tanker with a full load of jet fuel is also hijacked, not by garden variety pirates, but by terrorists with links to Al Qaeda, changing the playing field completely. With a possible link between piracy and terrorism now in play, the US and British governments order the halt of all negotiations for captive ships, and enraged pirates ratchet up the mistreatment of the captive crews.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just hooks you in!

  • By Paul du Lac on 27-05-18

Just hooks you in!

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

Reviewed: 27-05-18

Second of the series. I like the intelligent structure, informative marine scenarios and particularly the respectful and light-hearted inclusion of the Russian ex-special forces operatives on the side of the good guys for once.
The post novel notes were greatly appreciated to ground us in what was factually and chillingly accurate and what was the subject of artistic licence. A delicate line well trod.
Thank you. Most enjoyable.

  • Deadly Straits

  • By: R. E. McDermott
  • Narrated by: Todd Haberkorn
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

When marine engineer and very part-time spook Tom Dugan becomes collateral damage in the War on Terror, he's not about to take it lying down. Falsely implicated in a hijacking, he's offered a chance to clear himself by helping the CIA snare their real prey, Dugan's best friend, London ship owner Alex Kairouz. Reluctantly, Dugan agrees to go undercover in Alex's company, despite doubts about his friend's guilt. Once undercover, Dugan's steadfast refusal to accept Alex's guilt puts him at odds not only with his CIA superiors, but also with a beautiful British agent with whom he's romantically involved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Some Genuine Strait Talking

  • By Simon on 17-10-16

I’ve discovered a new favourite!

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

A really good read (listen). Plot line strong and coherent making it ideal enjoyment in hectic times as I necessarily moved from one device to another: home to car and back for example.

The shipping scenario was interesting in itself, especially as I am unfamiliar with the international maritime world - another bonus. Look forward to devouring the next in the series.

Always fascinated by the art of matching narrator to theme and story. No disappointment here - a tour de force!

  • Zero Hour

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 5
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,318
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,191

United Nations Special Operations Command sent an elite expeditionary force of soldiers and pilots out on a simple recon mission, and somehow along the way they sparked an alien civil war. Now the not-at-all-merry band of pirates is in desperate trouble, again. Their stolen alien starship is falling apart, thousands of light years from home. The ancient alien AI they nicknamed Skippy is apparently dead, and even if they can by some miracle revive him, he might never be the same.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • There Ain't No Stopping Us Now!

  • By Simon on 08-02-18

Continues to expand the imagination

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

Funny and holds the interest well. Great author paired with exactly the right narrator. Await the next volume eagerly.

  • A Time to Kill

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439

When Carl Lee Hailey guns down the hoodlums who have raped his 10-year-old daughter, the people of Clanton see it as a crime of blood and call for his acquittal. But when extremists outside Clanton hear that a black man has killed two white men, they invade the town, determined to destroy anything and anyone that opposes their sense of justice. Jake Brigance has been hired to defend Hailey. It's the kind of case that can make or break a young lawyer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is Why I Love John Grisham!

  • By Simon on 02-08-18

Of its time but brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

Really enjoyed this classic Grisham in Audible form. The last line of the book would surely have left most listeners in a thoughtful mood... however the "End of Audible book etc..." announcement left less than a second before chiming in. This rather destroyed the impact. Two seconds would have made all the difference. Sure this can easily be remedied. Haven't penalised the superb narrator in my scoring as hardly his fault.

  • Pines

  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 879
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 823
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 827

Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Simmering suspense

  • By Derek on 26-06-14

Compelling

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

Reviewed: 04-11-17

Highly imaginative with moments of true terror. The human story and one man's vision of how it will proceed.

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