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  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6281)
    Performance
    (5851)
    Story
    (5853)

    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"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narration style was engaging and the story entertaining. I wasn't much interested in the 'Coda' and felt the story could've done without it, although I suppose it did tie things up nicely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magicians: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3264)
    Performance
    (2485)
    Story
    (2505)

    Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

    Kyle says: "Not an average book"
    "doesn't really live up to the hype"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Quite a disappointing main character and full of superfluous language. There was nothing dramatically unique about the plot and it dragged a bit in spots. Despite all that, it was interesting enough to keep me reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tricked: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6059)
    Performance
    (5596)
    Story
    (5589)

    Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert. But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shape-shifters called skinwalkers.

    Nicholas says: "Hooked in an Instant"
    "very entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I did find a couple of Granuaile scenes were written oddly, it's like the author can't decide if she's a meek damsel or not. Her reaction to being scolded for not telling about meeting goddesses in the 'Test of Mettle' short story, for example, seemed awkward when compared with the rest of her personality.

    I do quite enjoy Oberon -- he's quite possibly my favorite character in this series. I particularly like how Luke Daniels narrates his voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Gate: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Johnathan McClain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (937)
    Performance
    (801)
    Story
    (798)

    Under the direction of famed explorer Porter Stone, an archaeological team is secretly attempting to locate the tomb of an ancient pharaoh who was unlike any other in history. Stone believes he has found the burial chamber of King Narmer, the near mythical god-king who united upper and lower Egypt in 3200 B.C., and the archaeologist has reason to believe that the greatest prize of all - Narmer's crown - might be buried with him. No crown of an Egyptian king has ever been discovered, and Narmer's is the elusive crown of the two Egypts.

    Amanda says: "Reliable Entertainment for Child Fans"
    "disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story itself was okay, parts were even entertaining.
    Some of the characters were interesting, if predictable, but they were handled so poorly that overall this book became a great disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (80)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    JDB says: "Not as good as I hoped."
    "It's what you'd expect from a Dan Brown book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is exactly what you expect it to be, the same formula we've seen before. A fast-paced race to find modern secrets in ancient things, a pretty girl who isn't what she seems to be and piles of miscommunication and misdirection to lead the way.
    Some of the characterizations are rather trite, but I only rolled my eyes a couple of times.
    What I want to know is why is this still entertaining? Because it is, I just don't get why.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grimspace: Sirantha Jax, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ann Aguirre
    • Narrated By Suzanna Duff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (76)

    As the carrier of a rare gene, Sirantha Jax has the ability to jump ships through grimspace - a talent which makes her a highly prized navigator for the Corp. Then a crash landing kills everyone on board, leaving Jax in a jail cell with no memory of the crash. But her fun's not over. A group of rogue fighters frees her...for a price: her help in overthrowing the established order.

    Suzannah says: "AARGH"
    "Space! Quirky aliens!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    OK, so there are a couple standard plot devices here that I don't care for - a) miscommunication between main characters as source of conflict and b) woman feels an overwhelming sense of 'Guilt' for things that are out of her control. To be fair, she's not the only character that gets a dose of this last one, but since it's her POV it seems more pronounced.

    Despite those small gripes, this is a rather fun book and I really do appreciate the main character being a female protagonist that is in her thirties and the sense of team the book has set up with the crew.

    The adventure is pretty interesting and it didn't feel cut off at the end (sometimes books that are planned series have way too many things open at the end, leaving an unfinished feel -- this didn't do that)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    Overall
    (6913)
    Performance
    (5279)
    Story
    (5361)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "engaging story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Definitely not what I was expecting, but then I've apparently been living under a rock. I enjoyed the first portion of the book a bit more than the later portion, but overall it was still very engaging.
    The reader's style worked so well with the story. His inflection and tone really drew me into the tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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