Tag Archives: Blackstone Audiobooks

Flag in Exile, David Weber (Baen Books, 1995 {Brilliance Audio, Narrator: Allysson Johnson)

Flag in Exile is David Weber’s fifth book in the Honor Harrington series and focuses on the ramifications of her actions at the end of the last book, while simultaneously building more into the political and social background of the ‘Honorverse.’ It is an enjoyable read to anyone who likes the Honor Harrington series, but would likely prove unsatisfying to anyone who was not already a fan. Continue reading

Posted in audio book, Cycle, Far Future, gender, Military Science Fiction, Political Drama, Ripping Yarn, Science Fiction, Series, Space Opera | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Happy 3rd Birthday to the Archaeologist’s Guide to the Galaxy!

Today I celebrate the third Anniversary of this blog![1]  This year saw a continued increase in readership, and as with last year, I thought I’d do a quick breakdown of the most popular posts. First, however, I thought it only … Continue reading

Posted in Alien Object, Alternate History, Anthology/Collection, audio book, Chronicle, Classic Literature, Classic Sci Fi, Comedy, Conspiracy, Conspiracy Novel, Crime Thriller, Cultural Contact, Cyberpunk, Cycle, Dystopian, Espionage, Far Future, Future History, Generation Ship, Hard SciFi, Identity, Military Science Fiction, Music, Mystery, Near Future fic, New Space Opera, Non-Fiction, Opinion Piece, Original Fiction, Part of A Series but can be Read without reading previous volumes, Place-Out-Of-Time, Planetary Romance, Political Drama, Post Colonial, Post Modern, Post-Apocolyptic, Present Day Sci Fi, Ripping Yarn, Romance, Saga, Science Fantasy, Science Fantasy, Science Fiction, Serial, Series, Space Exploration, Space Opera, Spy Thriller, Stand Alone Novel, Steampunk, Strong Characters, Supernatural, Thoughtful Espionage Tale, Thriller, Time Travel Story, Title, Titles, Trilogy, Ultratech, Uncategorized, Unique or Imaginative World, Urban Fantasy, World, YA | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Empire of the East, Fred Saberhagen (Ace, 1979 { Blackstone Audio, Inc, Narrator: Raymond Todd)

Empire of the East by Fred Saberhagen is the omnibus collection of this classic science fantasy novel. It is a rip-roaring speculative adventure whose best parts are hard to describe without giving spoilers. A great fun read for fans of sci-fi and fantasy. Continue reading

Posted in Anthology/Collection, audio book, Chronicle, Classic Sci Fi, Cycle, Fantasy, Military Science Fiction, Part of A Series but can be Read without reading previous volumes, Post-Apocolyptic, Ripping Yarn, Saga, Science Fantasy, Science Fantasy, Science Fiction, Series, Stand Alone Novel, Uncategorized, Unique or Imaginative World, World | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Odalisque: The Baroque Cycle #3, Neal Stephenson (HarperTorch, 2004 {Brilliance Audio, Narrators: Simon Prebble, Katherine Kellgren, Kevin Pariseau, with forward by Neal Stephenson})

Odalisque is a solid, enjoyable addition to Neal Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle, but as third in the series, requires the reader to already be invested in the tale. Additionally, while I liked it in some senses, the tale is getting a bit long in the tooth by this stage. Continue reading

Posted in Alternate History, Anthology/Collection, audio book, Chronicle, Conspiracy Novel, Cycle, Identity, Political Drama, Saga, Serial, Series, Strong Characters, Thoughtful, Unique or Imaginative World | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press, 2008{Scholastic Audio, Narrator: Carolyn McCormick)

Tom finally gets around to reviewing The Hunger Games and is surprised by how good it really is. For a full review go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

Posted in audio book, Conspiracy Novel, Identity, Near Future fic, Part of A Series but can be Read without reading previous volumes, Political Drama, Ripping Yarn, Romance, Saga, Science Fiction, Series, Stand Alone Novel, Thoughtful, Thriller, Trilogy, Uncategorized, World | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Downward to the Earth, Robert Silverberg (Signet Books, 1971 {Blackstone Audio, 2011 Narrator: Bronson Pinchot})

Downward to the Earth by Robert Silverberg may have been innovative in 1971, but comes across as cliché forty years later. It is a self-described homage to Heart of Darkness, yet contains little that is new and its only twist is not only blatantly obvious from get go and undermines the value of Conrad’s tale. For more go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

Posted in audio book, Classic Sci Fi, Cultural Contact, Identity, Post Colonial, Post Modern, Science Fiction, Space Exploration, Spiritual, Stand Alone Novel, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein, (Ace 1987, original published in serial form in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, 1959 {Blackstone Audio, 2006, Narrator: Lloyd James)

Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein is the classic of the Military Science Fiction genre. Great descriptions of technology and action filled combat dominate the book, though this is admittedly slowed down by a series of political thought experiment info-dumps. Even so, it is a great action tale and a fun read. For a more in depth description go to: http://www.sophyanempire.com Continue reading

Posted in audio book, Classic Sci Fi, Hard SciFi, Identity, Military Science Fiction, Political Drama, Ripping Yarn, Science Fiction, Stand Alone Novel, Strong Characters, Thoughtful, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments