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  • Star Peregrine

  • Green Zone War, Book 2
  • By: Jake Elwood
  • Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

The frigate Kestrel has been shot to pieces. She’s out of fuel, stranded deep behind enemy lines. It looks hopeless. But Tom Thrush, junior lieutenant and acting captain, has sworn he’ll get his people home. Escape means fuel, and that means taking it from the enemy. A daring raid gives the Kestrel a fighting chance - but a rescued prisoner has some disturbing news. A ragtag local militia has put together a fleet. The fleet is gathering - and it’s about to blunder into a trap.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Series Well thought out

  • By David on 03-12-18

Brilliant Series Well thought out

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

Okay! I saw a rating for the first book that gave only 1 star! Thankfully; I ignored it or I would have missed an excellent and well thought out story. I enjoyed this book so much I WILL be buying the third too.

Please do not be misled by people who rate books as 1's I think it reflects more their character and not the books. There are only a few authors that can tell a good story in science fiction and Jake Elwood is certainly one of them. I have enjoyed all three of his previous books and I am eager to get this review finished so I can start the forth (3rd in this series).

Do yourself a favour, This series is well written and narrated and the story is far from slow. It is in my opinion more than worth either the credit or purchase price.

  • Fall of the Terran Empire: Publisher's Pack (Book 1-2)

  • By: G. P. Hudson
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

This bundle includes two audiobooks from the Fall of the Terran Empire series: War Without End and The Tortuous Path. Danny is a Zeta Corp mercenary who has known nothing but war and service to Zeta Corp in his short life. But when a routine mission ends in disaster, he finds himself questioning everything in which he believed. Pitted against the Terran Empire and Zeta Corp, can he gain freedom for himself, his friends, and the galaxy? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Audiobook I've listened to this year!

  • By David on 02-10-18

Best Audiobook I've listened to this year!

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

I bought this audiobook after dithering. I basically expected it to be a poor or barely adequate story. WOW! How wrong could I be. This book completely surprised me. The story moved quickly and as soon as I thought I knew the direction the book would take, it added even more worrisome stress. (by which I mean I could sense the dangers the characters were facing increasing chapter by chapter) I am certain this series is going to be a winner. I am not going to give spoilers nor outline the story. I'll just summarise my opinion in two words - GET IT

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • After It Happened

  • Publisher's Pack, Books 1 & 2
  • By: Devon C. Ford
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,054
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007

This omnibus edition contains Survival (book 1) and Humanity (book 2) of the After It Happened series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good Story and Very Enjoyable

  • By David on 30-09-17

Very Good Story and Very Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 30-09-17

Okay. First of all, it's narrated by RC Bray, So even if it was a shopping list it would sound spectacular, The story is good as is the character development. The story is realistic, not your usual, unlimited round magazines and indestructible hero's, running on broken legs.

The only thing that concerns me; is the length - 12hrs 38 mins for 2 books and a chapter or two of book 3 is worrisome. I would love to continue to purchase this series but that is reliant upon the author providing the hours of entertainment per buck. Too many authors now think 4 to 6 hours and only half a story is worth the cost of a full story. Hopefully, this author, will realise what most people want and will endeavour to provide value for money, rather than lose customers due to subjective overpricing.

Getting back to the books - The storyline is incredibly believable, the characters too seam realistic portrayals and the story moves at a quick pace without the usual dead spots, that whilst necessary, the listeners hate, as they wait for the next installment of the storyline. Can't wait to get Society when it's released. I'm sure this series will prove to be long-lived and eagerly awaited. I don't see the point of detailing the story as it would be pointless only know that it's definitely a Zompoc fans must have.

As a final point - Well worth the investment and you will not be disappointed with the story or the purchase.

31 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • The Black Sheep

  • A Learning Experience, Book 3
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

In the wake of Earth's collapse into chaos, Captain Hoshiko Stuart made the mistake of speaking her mind - and was exiled six months from Sol to a naval base in an unexplored and uncontacted sector. Placed in command of a single squadron of starships, she expected nothing but boredom. But when she discovers an alien race threatening to exterminate all other races within the sector, Hoshiko and her squadron are drawn into a war to stop them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good, but not brilliant.

  • By Vytautas Liesis on 03-11-16

Brilliant, fast moving series.

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

Reviewed: 30-11-16

Any additional comments?

I've seen some very poor reviews regarding this series from reviewers that obviously do not know the skill and story telling ability of the author. I feel that such negative reviews are clearly designed to do damage - 1 star - get real - In today's cut throat world authors that score that low do not get into production nevermind publish 30+ audiobooks and have such a fan following.

My honest impression of this series was one of delight. Definately a must read series and I am as eager to read book four as I was the second and third installments.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Edge of Hell

  • Gods of the Undead: A Post-Apocalyptic Epic
  • By: Peter Meredith
  • Narrated by: Erik Johnson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

The fall of mankind begins with just one man, a man who sells his soul piece by piece. Perhaps he does it with the purest of intentions or perhaps he does it because he's a greedy, grasping, evil son of a bitch. Either way the results are the same: Hell on Earth. Jack Dreyden, a doctoral candidate in ancient languages, begins his road to Hell when he translates an ancient scroll that was never supposed to see the light of day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original and enthralling twist on the zombie story

  • By Annette Wright on 12-12-16

Was I listening to a different book??

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

Reviewed: 11-09-16

Any additional comments?

Hell yes I would recommend this book to a friend - And have often. I have read or listened to literally 100's of books in this genre most following the traditional "Undead" Hollywood representations, expected of Zombies.

So this one doesn't! I look at the ratings it has received (3 stars atm) and have to wonder: How many people are going to miss out on a fabulous tale, just because some people will not accept an undead book that doesn't involve a virus or some government agenda, Then review books on what they perceive it was going to be about, and not, on the expert writing and imagination of the author.

My advice is - Buy this book, sit back and strap in - The author is about to take your mind for a spin you will be ever grateful for.

  • The Stone Man

  • A Science Fiction Horror Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,977
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,855

Nobody knew where it came from. Nobody knew why it came. When an eight-foot-tall man made of stone appears in the middle of a busy city center one July afternoon, two-bit (and antisocial) reporter Andy Pointer assumes it's just a publicity stunt. Indeed, so does everyone else...until the Stone Man begins to walk, heading silently through the wall of the nearest building, flattening it, and killing several people inside as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original British SF...absolutely loved it!!

  • By Jude on 12-07-15

Wow! What a simply epic story!

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

Reviewed: 03-01-16

Easy choice to give this book 5 stars. I ended up listening to it in a full sitting I simply couldn't stop. The characters jumped out of the page and became friends and you saw the diametrically opposite opinions of right and wrong switch within each character dependent upon the stress they each faced.

Not sure how Paul worked out the diameter of a square. Lol. But I suppose if a 9ft stone man was after me geometry may not be my strong point at the time.

I'm hoping the author does continue his story regarding the stone men but agree with his opinion that for some the story has finished or at least their involvement in it.

Excellent narration and one I wouldn't be surprised to hear my own son finding this in his schools compulsory reads. First book I've read by this author but I very much doubt it will be my last. His storytelling ability is fantastic.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Abyss Beyond Dreams

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 22 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,073
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 993
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 992

When images of a lost civilization are 'dreamed' by a self-proclaimed prophet of the age, Nigel Sheldon, inventor of wormhole technology and creator of the Commonwealth society, is asked to investigate. Especially as the dreams seem to be coming from the Void - a mysterious area of living space monitored and controlled because of its hugely destructive capabilities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immersed in the void.

  • By Martin on 06-11-14

Outstanding in every aspect

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

Reviewed: 07-01-15

The story is gripping and fast moving and the characters come alive beautifully. I'm real glad I purchased this book it brightened up a period of illness. A truly wonderful. Thought provoking tale.

  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

  • By: Scott Lynch
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 21 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,215

They say that the Thorn of Camorr can beat anyone in a fight. They say he steals from the rich and gives to the poor. They say he's part man, part myth, and mostly street-corner rumor. And they are wrong on every count. Only averagely tall, slender, and god-awful with a sword, Locke Lamora is the fabled Thorn, and the greatest weapons at his disposal are his wit and cunning. He steals from the rich - they're the only ones worth stealing from - but the poor can go steal for themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic modern fantasy storytelling

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-05-11

I wish all books could be this good! Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 20-08-14

If you could sum up The Lies of Locke Lamora in three words, what would they be?

Brilliant, Engaging, Superb

What other book might you compare The Lies of Locke Lamora to, and why?

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels set in the dark ages or Michael J Sullivan's 'Theft of Swords - Riyria Revelations'. It has likeable rouges, a believable plot with realistic moments of joy and extreme sadness. Tolkien may have invented Middle Earth and Pratchett may have re-discovered the Discworld but Scot Lynch's world feels solid and real. The interaction between Royalty, Rouges, and Religion mesh wonderfully together adding a unique depth to the book..

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

Micheal Page brings the characters to life with the most colourful language artfully portrayed as jocular. I am not a fan of vulgar language in a book; however, the way Michael Page pronounces the words, makes me laugh, and adds a wonderful realism to the story.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book will make you both laugh and cry and only knowing that it is part of a trilogy makes the end bearable. You simply do not want it to end.