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  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,916
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,803
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,788

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic start to what I hope is a great series

  • By GiffRock on 02-01-17

My new favourite author

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

Reviewed: 23-02-19

This book just kept getting better. Cannot wait to see what the next in the series brings. It took me a while to adjust to RC Bray narration but when you do he is a great narrator. The book itself reveals a complex galaxy wide world in which the Humans are on the bottom rung of the ladder. (I love 'Skippy'.)

A fast paced story that does not feel rushed. Some of the criticisms in previous reviews nearly made me skip this book. Glad I did not listen to them. Yes it is a military space opera but it has tons of aliens, AI beings and a bag load of great moments framed in a perfectly reasonable and possible view of what intelligent life in the universe might be.

So excited about this series. A thoroughly enjoyable book you simply must listen to. Highly recommend.

  • Horus Rising

  • The Horus Heresy, Book 1
  • By: Dan Abnett
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,261
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,110

It is the 31st millennium. Under the benevolent leadership of the Immortal Emperor, the Imperium of Man hasstretched out across the galaxy. It is a golden age of discovery and conquest. But now, on the eve of victory, the Emperor leaves the front lines, entrusting the great crusade to his favourite son, Horus. Promoted to Warmaster, can the idealistic Horus carry out the Emperor's grand plan, or will this promotion sow the seeds of heresy amongst his brothers?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly Amazing!

  • By David C. on 13-01-18

Very different, suprisingly enjoyable.

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

Reviewed: 17-11-18

A strange pace, an unusual tone of voice, but thoroughly enjoyable. I did at times get a bit lost with the characters names but each chapter was a joy. Incredibly well written with mature characters that developed naturally throughout the book. I just hope the second book is as good as I am downloading it now.

  • Blood World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 8
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390

A dirty deal was struck. Humanity was allowed to keep 300 rebellious worlds. In return, we declared war on a powerful enemy from beyond the frontier. A frantic build-up of forces has begun, but the task is hopeless. Seeking allies, Earth's legions are sent to Blood World. A planet on the fringe of known space, where the people only respect masters of combat. Earth's Legions must impress them, but other alien powers have been invited to join the contest. The prize consists of billions of loyal troops - Earth must win.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivated

  • By Anonymous User on 28-06-18

A great series, sadly no more for me to listen to.

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

Reviewed: 24-03-18

I have really enjoyed this series. Some criticisms I read in reviews could be said to be true, but they are trivial. The revival machines are 'alien' technology and criticism that "the idea is silly" is entirely inappropriate. The main character does sometimes rankle with his womanising, but that is his character, and it is consistent throughout the series. In fact it leads to lots of plot twists. The story is fast paced, self consistent, full of twists and turns and entirely enjoyable. Perhaps not the most sophisticated of reads but I do not think that was ever the authors intention. In summary, ignore the criticism. This is a great series although I admit that I am upset I have no more to download. Come on Mr Larson, get those fingers typing and churn out some more please. I really want to know what happens with the Galactics faltering power structures.

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  • Rebellion

  • Star Force, Book 3
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314

Rebellion is the turning point in the great interstellar war between all living creatures and the machines. Star Force is on the side of the machines...but for how long? In the third book of the Star Force series, Kyle Riggs learns just what kind of war Earth is caught up in. At the mercy of the Macros, his marines fight against new alien races, big and small. They battle the innocent and the vile alike, until their situation becomes grim. Rebellion is a military science-fiction novel by best-selling author B. V. Larson.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another great entry.

  • By Neil on 07-04-13

For any Sci-Fi fan this is a must have series....

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

Reviewed: 29-11-17

I did not write a review for book 2 as I was unsure. Book 1 was an excellent romp. Book 2 was possibly that difficult second book, very good, but somehow left me unsure about where this series was going to go next - had it exhausted itself? Had the story worn out as happens to so many other series' that I had listened to. I jumped straight into book 3, Rebellion, as I just had to know....

The answer was no. This is a fantastic book, just about the best so far. Keeps up an astonishing pace, new elements and original ideas pounding out as if, after a breather, the author had got to a place where he could let loose. The entire series so far holds together into a logical story that develops into the best series I have listened to so far. Completely entertaining and surprisingly exciting.

To sum up, a fantastic series and I am leaping straight into book 4 now. I just need to know what happens next.

If you are in any way considering this series, buy it now, you will not be disappointed.

Paul.


  • Exiled Fleet

  • Publisher's Pack (Books 1-2)
  • By: Richard Fox
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

Book 1: Albion Lost: For centuries, the Daegon waited. They plotted. And now they are ready to strike. The core worlds of settled space enjoy a tenuous peace, unaware and ill prepared for the threat building beyond the furthest reaches of humanity. The star kingdom of Albion stands as a shining light of justice and mercy in a harsh galaxy, and they will be the first to suffer the Daegon's fury. Book 2: The Long March: Commodore Thomas Gage and his fleet, safeguarding the last of the Albion Royal Family, are on the run.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ok story

  • By J. Wilshaw on 06-10-18

Has all the ingredients, just not baked very well

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

Reviewed: 19-11-17

This story had some great pieces to it. Some great characters and an interesting if not slightly convoluted story line. But with all the potential, it missed the mark in my opinion.

The enemies are classic stupid enemies falling for every device imaginable, and the hero is a typical hero with little originality to the twist and turns. Apart from one nice scene when a fighter crashes into the side of the enemy ship, the battles felt formulaic and run of the mill in the extreme. No excitement or emotional involvement for the reader at all.

It is like a lovely looking cake that is dry and flavourless with every disappointing mouthful. On a few occasions I was actually bored listening to this, and only persevered because of the previous good reviews and a great narrator.

It is a shame because there are elements which were great, like the AI armour, which I wish had been explored more. A really interesting concept that I wanted to know more about.

The narrator was brilliant. The voices and pacing were excellent and without such good narration I probably would have abandoned this book. Mark Boyett is a star!

  • Warship

  • Black Fleet Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,108

In the 25th century, humans have conquered space. The advent of faster-than-light travel has opened up hundreds of habitable planets for colonization, and humans have exploited the virtually limitless space and resources for hundreds of years with impunity. So complacent have they become with the overabundance that armed conflict is a thing of the past, and their machines of war are obsolete and decrepit. What would happen if they were suddenly threatened by a terrifying new enemy?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent classic space opera.

  • By Russell Ridley on 26-07-15

A stand out sci-fi spectacular

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

A sci-fi delight with war, action, back-story, aliens, gadgets, science, characters and pace. A cant-put-down delight that really captivates and keeps you hooked.

With so many great reviews, I often worry that I will be disappointed. I was not, and have moved on to book two immediately. Love the ending, the epilogue, the narration, the arc of the story, the protagonists and even the aliens. Everything about this book is wonderful. Just my cup of tea!

The narrator is brilliant. Will be listening to a lot more of him hopefully. Could listen to his patient tones with perfect timing all day. This book could have been ruined with the wrong narrator, but Mark Boyett brings it to life and was a great choice for this book.

  • Operation Breakout

  • Merkiaari Wars, Volume 4
  • By: Mark E. Cooper
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

Kate Richmond, former army ranger and ISS operative, has seen a lot in her life. Sabotage, espionage, cyber theft, and assassination missions have all played their parts in her journey to becoming a viper. Nothing surprises her much any more, not even a full scale incursion of an alien race by the Merkiaari!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is the End!

  • By Poppey on 14-05-16

With some trepedation I jumped in, glad I did.

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

Reviewed: 24-10-17

Some reviews say this is a filler book. Not so. It is full of great character development, sub plots, personal moments, space opera grand treatments, action, sensitivity, new ideas, I could go on. I particularly loved the exploration of the alien enemies culture and motivations. Some of the best parts of the book.

No spoilers, but this book does not take off quite where book 3 left me hanging. It does not go in the direction I expected and it does not explore the AI character introduced at the end of book 3. Although I was bitterly disappointed by that, the book does still stand as a valid continuation of the story, and it has treats, surprises and food for thought throughout.

I am really enjoying this series, but am about to read the last in the series so far, book V, so come on Mr Cooper, I hope the next one is on it's way soon.

Paul.

  • Merkiaari Wars Series

  • Books 1-3
  • By: Mark E. Cooper
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 41 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

Sixteen billion dead. In humanity's last brush with the Merkiaari, it was nearly wiped out in a war that spanned decades. When survey ship captain Jeff Colgan discovers a new alien race, he's required to investigate. But what if the life form is as deadly as the Merkiaari? As the aliens discover Colgan's ship and begin to hunt him down, the captain's mission changes from one of study to one of survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good and Gripping Series

  • By Rogeraee on 08-12-16

Truly impressive - very entertaining

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

Reviewed: 17-10-17

I must admit that I bought this with some trepidation. I had read some reviews that were not all that flattering and to be honest, the description did not really impress me. It started as you might expect, with a space battle and some action, but then it just kept growing, exploring paths that were unexpected. Just as an interesting aside came up it blossomed into the main thread. At no point did I predict correctly what was going to happen next. Yet it all ties together in an epic vision of a possible future that is all too real in many ways. These three books together make a fantastic introduction, one I would not hesitate to recommend. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  • TFS Fugitive

  • The Terran Fleet Command Saga, Book 4
  • By: Tori L. Harris
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 66

Having successfully repelled the Resistance incursion into the Sol system, Terran Fleet Command must now deal with the far-flung worlds of the Sajeth Collective, which sponsored the attack. Task forces are dispatched to Damara and Lesheera to begin the first human blockades of entire planets. With the only ships fast enough to quickly bring the fight to the enemy's doorstep, TFC must do so alone, leaving only minimal forces behind to safeguard the Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • c'mon Mr Harris, we need the next book ASAP

  • By PaulD on 19-09-17

c'mon Mr Harris, we need the next book ASAP

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

Reviewed: 19-09-17

Would you listen to TFS Fugitive again? Why?

Yes. It was highly entertaining

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

A sense of pace only someone reading with foreknowledge of the story can bring.

Any additional comments?

This series is both infuriating and brilliant. Infuriating because every time a book ends you think "oh no, surely not yet....". Cannot wait for the next instalment, I hope it comes very soon.

  • TFS Ingenuity

  • The Terran Fleet Command Saga, Book 1
  • By: Tori L. Harris
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

It's the year 2277. For 50 years, Earth has received mysterious data transmissions from random locations in deep space. The streams include advanced technology, allowing humans to achieve faster-than-light travel virtually overnight. As we prepare to take our first tentative steps into interstellar space, we know almost nothing about our alien benefactors, and their motivations remain unexplained.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really enjoyable

  • By joe harris on 28-04-16

A rollercoaster of a story, magnificent.

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

Reviewed: 06-09-17

What did you like best about this story?

This story does not hang around, it is a fast paced roller coaster of an adventure. However, even though it has a fast pace feel to it, two chapters were dedicated to landing the ship! Your imagination just flies though, almost a perfect introduction to a series I am very much looking forward to the next book.

Have you listened to any of Jeffrey Kafer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

A good narrator, but for some reason I cannot have this in the background. You really had to listen. Is that the narrator? I am not sure. It might be the pace of the book. However I have no hesitation in getting the next one.

Any additional comments?

The only thing I did not like was the way the book ended leaving me literally aghast. "No, surely not already." I suppose when a book leaves you gagging for more you cannot really complain.