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Morning Star 0724

TN USA | Member Since 2011

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  • 13 reviews
  • 14 ratings
  • 260 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2018
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  • Super Powereds: Year 1: Super Powereds, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Drew Hayes
    • Narrated By Kyle McCarley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5931)
    Performance
    (5582)
    Story
    (5571)

    Knowledge is power. That would be the motto of Lander University, had it not been snatched up and used to death by others long before the school was founded. For while Lander offers a full range of courses to nearly all students, it also offers a small number of specialty classes to a very select few. Lander is home to the Hero Certification Program, a curriculum designed to develop students with superhuman capabilities, commonly known as Supers, into official Heroes.

    Get Off My Lawn! says: "Best Series In Recent Memory"
    "Brillant!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I loved this story.

    This story centers around 5 super powered kids, who until an experimental surgery, haven't had control of their powers.

    The narrorator does an excellent job with changing his voice for each character and pulls you into the story.

    To me, the story is more like a season of a TV series, unlike most books which strive to be a movie.

    Love the all the details, and the way it was written. And as an added bonus, I now know which super power I wish I had...

    27 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Knight Avenged: Circle of Seven, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Coreene Callahan
    • Narrated By Heather Wilds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (260)

    Drawn by a destiny he won’t accept, elite assassin Henrik Lazar detests the mystical curse handed down by his mother. But when the sorcery in his blood is activated and past pain comes back to haunt him, his new abilities come into play and he must learn to control them. Rescued by Henrik in the heat of battle, Cosmina must decide whether to trust the assassin who loathes the goddess she serves or face certain death on her own.

    debra Crawford says: "great"
    "Insulting- Didn't make it past first chapter."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The first character, in his inner dialog, is talking about how he is happy someone finally is trying to kill him with his pet viper. In the next few minutes he calls the experience 'mudane'. The two thoughts are in disagreement.

    Then the writer insulted a lot of religions by bringing in Jesus, and insulting him.

    The reader was okay. She did good with different voices, but had no inflection when reading the story. She might sound better with a different writer.

    Only the second book I couldn't finish listening to because of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Torch Against the Night: An Ember in the Ashes, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Sabaa Tahir
    • Narrated By Katharine McEwan, Fiona Hardingham, Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1951)
    Performance
    (1801)
    Story
    (1799)

    Elias and Laia are running for their lives. Following the events of the Fourth Trial, an army led by Masks hunts the two fugitives as they escape the city of Serra and journey across the vast lands of the Martial Empire. Laia is determined to break into Kauf - the empire's most secure and dangerous prison - and save her brother, whose knowledge of Serric steel is the key to the Scholars' future. And Elias is determined to stay by Laia's side, even if it means giving up his own chance at freedom.

    DeeAy says: "Ahhhmazing"
    "Very Good Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I struggled with the first book, all the inner dialog, being told the same thought repeatedly. The story in the first book was good, so I was willing to listen (I bought both kindle and audible version of the first book), not read the second.

    I am happy to say, this book surprised me. It surpassed my expectations, and was thrilling. This is an excellent story! I can't wait till the other two books are released.

    All the readers are incredible! They do an excellent job changing voices and maintaining interest.

    All-in-all, well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Age of Myth: Book One of The Legends of the First Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8855)
    Performance
    (8316)
    Story
    (8286)

    Since time immemorial, humans have worshipped the gods they call Fhrey, truly a race apart: invincible in battle, masters of magic, and seemingly immortal. But when a god falls to a human blade, the balance of power between humans and those they thought were gods changes forever. Now only a few stand between humankind and annihilation: Raithe, reluctant to embrace his destiny as the God Killer. Suri, a young seer burdened by signs of impending doom. And Persephone, who must overcome personal tragedy to lead her people.

    Sterling says: "Stop what you are doing and buy this book."
    "Wonderful!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I loved the story. I think it will become a classic fantasy novel. Michael J. Sullivan weaves a story masterfully!

    Tim Gerard Reynolds paints an amazing scene in your head as you listen. His use of different voices is incredible.

    My only complaint is the next book will be released next year, in 2017.

    I will be recommending this book to others. The book will windup in a few stockens this year.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ransom Riggs
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14302)
    Performance
    (12863)
    Story
    (12874)

    A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets 16-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

    Ariel says: "It might be better to actually read this."
    "Not for me."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I didn't enjoy the story. There were some gaps in logic that might be answered later. It was morbid (deaths and reanimation) and gross (main character kisses grandfather's x-girlfriend). I will not encourage my children to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Super Powereds: Year 3: Super Powereds, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Drew Hayes
    • Narrated By Kyle McCarley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4679)
    Performance
    (4372)
    Story
    (4359)

    Junior year has come for the remaining students of Melbrook Hall, and it promises to be the most difficult one yet. With one of their own gone and another under serious investigation, none of the former Powereds know how many days remain for them in the Hero Certification Program. The time they do have will be filled with more trials and classes, honing their skills as they work toward the increasingly difficult goal of becoming Heroes.

    matt says: "Drew Hayes Has Created An Absolute Masterpiece!"
    "So Enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love the stories. The stories are more like soaps- or comic books than a traditional book.

    The narrorator is incredible. I had the story on in the car, and my son thought there were multiple people reading the book.

    My other son remarked on how much cussing was in the story, and there is a lot.

    My favorite part of the story involves the budding love between bad boy Nick and princess Alice.

    This time I bought both the kindle version and the audio and went between the versions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in Red: A Novel of the Others

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Anne Bishop
    • Narrated By Alexandra Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3940)
    Performance
    (3634)
    Story
    (3637)

    As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut - a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg's Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard - a business district operated by the Others. Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job.

    Mike says: "Original, emotion-driven alternative reality"
    "Pretty Good- Will Listen to Rest"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story was good, enjoyable. Meg comes across as innocent and sweet. 'The others' more like animals. I thought the seperation between human and others was well done. BUT warning, if you have issues with cutting, this is not the book for you.

    Most writers forget to mention small details, such as - where are the keys? did the main character lock the door? etc. Anne Bishop is wonderful with following up with all the details. You will know where the keys are, if the door was locked, etc. I really like that.

    I question some thoughts in the book. Example- If I was hired to capture someone during a snowstorm, I would wear white, not black.

    Narration is good, not great. There were a few conversations were I couldn't tell who was talking. The confusion usually happened in the patrol car. All the police officers sounded the same and acted similar. However, the narrator did a great job with Meg. Meg sounded sweet, innocent, and polite.

    I do plan to listen to the rest of the series, and like 'the others'. I am not going to recommend the book to my 15 year old daughter. I'm afraid the cutting is to dark for her impressionable mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Infinite Sea: The 5th Wave, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Rick Yancey
    • Narrated By Phoebe Strole, Ben Yannette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3853)
    Performance
    (3509)
    Story
    (3515)

    How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity. Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others' ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

    Bookworm says: "Not as good as the first :("
    "Wow! Surprised!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was so-so on the first book, but I really liked this story.
    The book is still in first person, with multiple points-of-view. Other character's back stories are developed. I really enjoyed the back stories, and the extra detail.
    But what I really liked, was the surprise twist near the end. It has left me thinking.
    The readers are wonderful.
    All-in-all, great story well performed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisonwood Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7057)
    Performance
    (5486)
    Story
    (5527)

    The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

    Joe says: "Very Engrossing"
    "White Castle Stopper"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I struggled with the southern. The southern phrases sounded more Appalachian than southern Georgia. But, I kept on. Until, White Castle shake. Georgia has never had a White Castle. At first I thought the author must be northern. Kentucky, that made since with the Appalachian phrases. But an award winning writer, didn't check facts about restaurants. I couldn't finish.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The 5th Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Rick Yancey
    • Narrated By Brandon Espinoza, Phoebe Strole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7493)
    Performance
    (6784)
    Story
    (6812)

    After the first wave, only darkness remains. After the second, only the lucky escape. And after the third, only the unlucky survive. After the fourth wave, only one rule applies: Trust no one. Now, it's the dawn of the fifth wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother - or even saving herself.

    FanB14 says: "Not Your Typical YA Dystopian Fare"
    "Good Story, once you get past the monologue"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really enjoyed the story. However, if I hadn't seen the preview for the movie I would have turned it off in the first 30 minutes.

    The book is first person, so lots of back story, jumping around. Plus, all the technical facts are skewed/not correct. I had to look past that.

    That being said, halfway through picked up and I couldn't stop listening.

    The readers were excellent, very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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