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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 1,301
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,249
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,245

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

You are NOT gonna like this!

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

Reviewed: 17-04-19

I love this series of books, the next ExForce is the release I look forward to most and I abandon what I am listening to the day it comes out and I’ve never been disappointed. I still really liked this latest instalment but this time I did have criticisms, hopefully constructive ones.

Firstly the change of crew with leaving major characters out that we’ve grown to love, I could have lived with it except for the fact that the new characters barely got a look in and we barely even got to learn more about the returning lesser known characters.

Secondly the story felt very rushed, like we were racing through one scene just to get to the next, especially the battle with the two “strongest ships in the galaxy” which zipped by in the blink of an eye, it just didn’t feel right. In fact it felt a little like this whole book was just getting the Maxolhx threat out of the way so the story can move on to the next thing, presumably discovering what happened with the ancients.

I don’t know, I still enjoyed listening but something just felt “off” with it. Sorry Craig, still love all your books and will buy the new Mavericks book and the next ExForce on release day but this one hit just a little off the mark for me.

  • Mavericks

  • 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 1,834
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,752
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,748

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

Unexpectedly good

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

Reviewed: 21-01-19

I love this series but was a little worried when I realised the bulk of the story isn’t about the main crew, I shouldn’t have been concerned though because it is an excellent addition to the ExForce series.

  • Redshirts

  • A Novel with Three Codas
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 878
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 876

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book But Annoying Over Use of The Word "said

  • By Michael on 18-07-12

He said, she said

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

Reviewed: 21-01-19

I’m sure this would be fine to read because you’d just skip over it but like others have said the “she said” and “he said” at the end of each line is just infuriating in an audiobook. In the end I wasn’t even listening to the story because all I could hear was the “said”s!

I didn’t get past the first chapter which is a shame because I really like the concept of the story, maybe I’ll pick up the paper version.