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  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20553)
    Performance
    (18467)
    Story
    (18628)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Jennifer says: "Rated for 1st book, reviewed for trilogy"
    "Not bad, but too many cheap teenage sexual moments"
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    Where does Divergent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty compelling story


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's an interesting world created


    Any additional comments?

    My only big complaint is all the annoying parts of the book where it's just a cheap shot at trying to rev up teenage hormones. I'm not against some romance, but it's quite obvious many moments are solely there for the aforementioned reason.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Awakens: The First Formic War, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, and others
    Overall
    (1146)
    Performance
    (1040)
    Story
    (1044)

    Nearly 100 years before the events of Orson Scott Card’s best-selling novel Ender’s Game, humans were just beginning to step off Earth and out into the Solar System. A thin web of ships in both asteroid belts; a few stations; a corporate settlement on Luna. No one had seen any sign of other space-faring races; everyone expected that First Contact, if it came, would happen in the future, in the empty reaches between the stars. Then a young navigator on a distant mining ship saw something moving too fast, heading directly for our sun.

    Charles Rohrig says: "Sets the Stage for Ender's Game"
    "This whole series should been book 1"
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    I liked the characters. I like card's writing. This series though should have been one book and felt like a cash grab. No doubt there will be three more drawn out books about the second formic war. this should have been book 1 of that series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Visitors: Pathfinder Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Emily Rankin, Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (493)
    Story
    (494)

    Rigg’s journey comes to an epic and explosive conclusion as everything that has been building up finally comes to pass, and Rigg is forced to put his powers to the test in order to save his world and end the war once and for all.

    Joshua says: "Satisfying Conclusion to the Acclaimed Series"
    "Good, but not as satisfying as I hoped"
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    Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and/or the narrators?

    yes, and I have.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Love the universe and characters. Very intriguing.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    They are all top notch.


    Do you think Visitors needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, but I would love another book set in the same universe about alternate versions of the characters. Or more of a prologue


    Any additional comments?

    This final book of the series feels a bit lost to me. I liked it, but it feels kind of thrown together quickly and less purposeful than the others. The ending didn't seem that planned. This probably my favorite series I've read by Card or anyone, I think my expectations were just ridiculously high because I love the other two books so much. It's well worth getting!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall of Five: Lorien Legacies, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Pittacus Lore
    • Narrated By Neil Kaplan, Marisol Ramirez, Liam Aiken
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (576)
    Performance
    (525)
    Story
    (530)

    "I thought things would change when I found the others. We would stop running. We would fight the Mogadorians. And we would win. But I was wrong. Even though we have come together, we barely escaped from the Mogadorians with our lives. And now we're in hiding, trying to figure out our next move. The six of us are powerful - but we're not yet strong enough to take on their entire army. We haven't discovered the full extent of our Legacies. We haven't learned to work together. And there's still so much that we don't know about the Elders or their plan for us."

    Adedayo Makinde says: "Pretty horrible development"
    "Cash Grab Series"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe, if they don't care about their money


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The story is interesting, they just need to get on with it. The title made it too predictable.


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Some yes, some no. None of them were terrible, but there a little sub-par to many of the other audiobooks I have.


    Was The Fall of Five worth the listening time?

    Yes, just not the money. The last two books should have been combined as one book as they are short and fluffy.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the story - but the books are way too short for full price. I think Pitacus Lores legacy is the ability to string along a concise series into as many books as they can get away with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise of Nine

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Pittacus Lore
    • Narrated By Neil Kaplan, Devon Sorvari, Marisol Ramirez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (793)
    Performance
    (715)
    Story
    (727)

    Until the day I met John Smith, Number Four, I'd been on the run alone, hiding and fighting to stay alive. Together, we are much more powerful. But it could only last so long before we had to separate to find the others.... I went to Spain to find Seven, and I found even more, including a tenth member of the Garde who escaped from Lorien alive. Ella is younger than the rest of us, but just as brave. Now we're looking for the others - including John. But so are they....

    Christopher says: "Entertaining Story"
    "Rise of yet another book in the series"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Combine it with the previous book and next book so and condense them


    If you’ve listened to books by Pittacus Lore before, how does this one compare?

    Meh


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    The main character


    Do you think The Rise of Nine needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, and it does, several most likely because the series is a bit of a cash grab


    Any additional comments?

    Decent clean book (some mild exclatives at times), but really short and the series is looking like it's going to be a big cash grab.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Shane Johnson
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    February 1975. Apollo 19, the last of the manned lunar modules, has successfully landed. Exhilarated and confident, Commander Gary Lucas and Pilot Charlie Shepherd set out to explore a vast, mysterious depression in the surface of the lunar South Pole

    W says: "ICE"
    "Clever, Interesting book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it's quite different and has a cool ending.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ice?

    How it ties into the book of Genesis


    If you could rename Ice, what would you call it?

    Back to the future


    Any additional comments?

    Nice clean book with some biblical angles

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3467)
    Performance
    (3070)
    Story
    (3069)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    James says: "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"
    "Fun unique story with some clever moments"
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    If you could sum up The Android's Dream in three words, what would they be?

    Unique Clever Lewd


    Would you be willing to try another book from John Scalzi? Why or why not?

    I have, and they are hit and miss for me. When his characters are less lewd and foul and sexual I tend to like his stuff better.


    What does Wil Wheaton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His great comedic timing and excellent reading abilities


    Any additional comments?

    If it bothers you, you should know that this book is quite lewd, contains plenty of foul language, and has some quite perverse parts (a number of references to sex with animals). I found quite distasteful. It has a very well thought out story and plot and was quite exciting and comical.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6621)
    Performance
    (6161)
    Story
    (6163)

    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.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "Fun start, weak final third"
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    Was Redshirts worth the listening time?

    Yes, but it felt like the author was struggling with how to end the book. I was loosing interest fast about 2/3rds of the way through. Ending was strange and awkward but a little sweet I suppose.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has lots of foul and sexual language if that bothers you. I found to be a little on the excessive side (just a part of peoples casual talk and doesn't benefit the story most of the time beyond showing that it's how all the people talk).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13834)
    Performance
    (12851)
    Story
    (12853)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Fun"
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    What did you love best about Ready Player One?

    It was enjoyable through and through (with only a couple exceptions). Great adventure.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, great narration. Only issue is there is pointless section about masturbation that really adds nothing to the story and some language that would make this book not suitable for some.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eyes Wide Open

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By Philip Hodges
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (97)

    Who am I? My name is Christy Snow. I'm 17 and I'm about to die. I'm buried in a coffin under tons of concrete. No one knows where I am. My heart sounds like a monster with clobber feet, running straight toward me. I'm lying on my back, soaked with sweat from the hair on my head to the soles of my feet. My hands and feet won't stop shaking. Some will say that I'm not really here. Some will say I'm delusional. Some will say that I don t even exist. But who are they? I'm the one buried in a grave.

    Ronda Snyder says: "Horrendous story - makes me angry I wasted money"
    "Intriguing"
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    Would you listen to Eyes Wide Open again? Why?

    I think so, because it's a bit of mind bender and sometimes they are fun to read/listen to again


    What did you like best about this story?

    The real or not real aspect.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    who's the crazy one


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, decent climax, kinda fun how the ending ties into another (several other) series of Ted Dekker - though if you've never read Showdown it probably makes little sense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shades of Earth: An Across the Universe Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Beth Revis
    • Narrated By Tara Carrozza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (142)

    Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceship Godspeed behind. They're ready to start life afresh - to build a home - on Centauri-Earth, the planet that Amy has traveled 25 trillion miles across the universe to experience. But this new Earth isn't the paradise that Amy had been hoping for. Amy and Elder must race to uncover who - or what - else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together. But as each new discovery brings more danger, Amy and Elder will have to look inward to the very fabric of what makes them human on this, their most harrowing journey yet.

    Brian says: "Male reader in mid 40's"
    "Better than the second one"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Characters that weren't stupid.


    What could Beth Revis have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Take the sex out. Make the main characters at least average intelligence.


    What character would you cut from Shades of Earth?

    All of them


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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