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  • 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 1,815
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,734
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,730

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

Decidingly Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 29-04-19

This is the culmination of a few worrying trends within the series:
1. Increasingly 2D "action girls" who can fight / outperform and overwhelm men. Apart from the rank sexism and slavish conformity to feminism this brings down the book's credibility. No, women aren't in the special forces (until recently having been shunned through for political reasons. Even an omnipotent AI is scared of Sergeant Margaret. Many more aspects such as these. Author probably prompted to feminism his plot by publisher.
2. Plodding plot. The author describes technical matters and irrelevant scenes in great detail. Adds to boredom.

Overall the best bits about this series of Slippy and Joe. Less of that here. More following a made up PC brigade of 2D charecters. I'd skip to next.

Speaker is good as usual though.

  • The Blood of Rome

  • Eagles of the Empire, Book 17
  • By: Simon Scarrow
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240

It is AD 55. As trouble brews on the eastern fringes of the Roman Empire, Tribune Cato and Centurion Macro must prepare for war.... The wily Parthian Empire has invaded Armenia, a frontier territory claimed by Rome, ousting King Rhadamistus. The king is ambitious and ruthless, but he is vital to Rome's strategic interests. General Corbulo must restore him to power while also readying the troops for war with the powerful Parthian Empire. Corbulo orders new arrivals Cato and Macro, and their elite cohort of Praetorian Guards, to carry out the task.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scarrow's Masterchef Moment!

  • By Simon on 22-11-18

Great

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

Reviewed: 16-04-19

Much darker than other books and less formulaic. Actually quite testing listening in some places, but more realistic as a result. The author has left behind plot pieces and writers aids to jump into the ambiguity and blurred lines of real life. Can't wait till the next and more Corvulo!

  • Company of One

  • Why Staying Small Is the Next Big Thing for Business
  • By: Paul Jarvis
  • Narrated by: Sam Woolf
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Company of One by Paul Jarvis, read by Sam Woolf. What if the real key to a richer and more fulfilling career was not to create and scale up a new business but rather to be able to work for yourself, determine your own hours and become a (highly profitable) and sustainable company of one? Suppose the better - and smarter - solution is simply to remain small? Company of One is a refreshing new approach centred on staying small and avoiding growth for any size business. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good introduction to lifestyle business

  • By Chris on 26-02-19

Great but cultural intrusions

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

Overall a very tight & interesting piece of writing in a sea of ra-ra self help books.

One piece that personally annoyed me is the author would, now and again, use the feminist trope of muh-white-men bad; which the narrator would translate into the most annoying "oh my god these annoying white men" voice.
It's basic sexism and relies on the worn out and disproved notion that men are somehow repressing women in a sea of big businesses instilling quotas, events, groups and policies against them. God forbid there are biological differences between the two groups.

I think this was unnecessary of an author who either believes academic feminist research or is trying to score brownie points for them - either should be pointed out.

Other than that, a good book, easily listenable - some points are obvious and laboured but you really can't fault that as the author makes clear each aspect of the concept. A lot more interesting than a lot of business / self improvement books out there! Overall, big value add.

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  • Death of Empires

  • Arisen, Book 7
  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs, Glynn James
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446

With nearly a quarter of a million copies sold, the world's most thrilling and best-loved military zombie-apocalypse series returns, powering toward its epic and cataclysmic conclusion.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Being to drag the story out

  • By MichaelN on 27-01-16

Great ride

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

Reviewed: 15-08-18

Great story, compelling, the use of female characters in unlikely situations ie socially engineered feminist influence which is pushed down authors throats, is disconcerting. But a powerful and compelling read!

  • Exodus

  • Arisen, Book 5
  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs, Glynn James
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518

The world's last floating nuclear supercarrier looks into the face of oblivion as her thinned, exhausted, and beleaguered crew face the largest herd of dead ever recorded. Soon, the ship's five-acre flight deck will become the scene of a furious and desperate set-piece battle - like no combat any modern army has seen since Stalingrad. The ranks of the dead are infinite, and those of the living are tiny, depleted, and running out of time... and of hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Genuine High Quality Series

  • By Simon on 26-08-15

Fairly good but feminist narrative gets on nerves

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

Reviewed: 29-07-18

Like I said amazing story line but the fact that this author believes men and women are the same and has gone out of his way to make sure his characters score virtue signalling points gets on my nerves.

  • Arisen Omnibus Edition: Books 1-3

  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs, Glynn James
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,168

When the Zombie Apocalypse came, one country had shut down its borders in response to a major terrorist attack. Now Fortress Britain is the last bastion of the living - with 50 million beleaguered survivors facing down a world of seven billion animated corpses. And one international team of elite special operators - supremely trained and armed, always the most skilled, resolved, and unstoppable amongst us - are humanity's last best hope for survival....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good quality books really enjoyed

  • By Trevor on 25-01-15

Pretty good......

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

Reviewed: 18-07-18

The one thing I don't like about these books is the authors make a deliberate attempt to make women look masculine... For example ones in the special forces.... In real life that would never happen... Alongsiee it, predictably the authors makes a few guys look weak... That could happen.. Men and women are different get over it. Anyway. All in all a good book.

  • 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 2,551
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,416

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

Love the series

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

Reviewed: 27-06-18

Apart from my one gripe which is in the real world pilots and special forces would be almost exclusively male and this equality of outcome thing is annoying liberal nonsense... But genuinely had some amazing moments and can't wait for next one to come out. Narrator also amazing.

  • 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 2,827
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,716
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,701

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

Great escapism, somewhat let down by politics

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

Great story, took a while to get going. The author erred too much into political correctness for my liking, which somewhat compromised the credibility. Initially admitting only 15% of the military were women; every second character the protagonist encountered was female. That said, the author didn't compromise male characters, to his credit.

The characterisation of Skippy was brilliant though and makes up for it.

If the author acknowledged the differences between the sexes instead of portraying the military & spec ops as female as well as male,, this would get 5 star from me. Instead the book has a slightly 2D / artificial feel because of it. He clearly thought Clinton would win as well!

That said, i can't wait for next one. The author's onto something with Skippy & Joe loose in space and his slapstick humour has charm.

  • The Imperial Banner

  • Agent of Rome, Book 2
  • By: Nick Brown
  • Narrated by: Nigel Peever
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

AD 272 - the Roman emperor Aurelian has defeated Queen Zenobia and crushed the Palmyran revolt. Faridun's Banner, hallowed battle standard of the Persian Empire, has fallen into Roman hands and is to be returned to the Persians as part of a historic peace treaty. But on the eve of the signing, the banner goes missing. Recalled to Syria, imperial agent Cassius Corbulo is charged with recovering the flag.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book

  • By James on 18-07-16

Good book

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

Reviewed: 18-07-16

Quite a nice quiet read to get lost into the world of ancient Antioch and the rest. Quite long, a bit like a midsummer murders in Syria?

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  • Hunting the Eagles

  • By: Ben Kane
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

Five long years have passed since the annihilation of three Roman legions in the wilds of Germania. Varus, the general who led the ill-fated army, is long dead, and the bones of his 15,000 legionaries moulder in the forests. But not all the Romans were slain in the ambush. Centurion Tullus, a seasoned veteran, survived, and now he lives for revenge upon the tribal chieftain Arminius, who masterminded the ambush. Tullus will stop at nothing to kill his bitterest enemy or to recover his legion's lost Eagle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart thumping

  • By James on 25-04-16

Heart thumping

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-04-16

Cannot predict each twist and turn! A very good book which built on the last!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful