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Nor'easter

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  • 47 reviews
  • 138 ratings
  • 435 titles in library
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  • Doctor Who: Dead Air

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By James Goss
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (1295)
    Performance
    (1114)
    Story
    (1108)

    This is an exclusive, original adventure for the 10th Doctor, read by David Tennant. Featuring additional music and effects, Doctor Who: Dead Air has never been previously published. Hot on the heels of a creature that exists through sound, the Doctor lands on a pirate radio station boat in the late 1960s. The creature has already killed some of the DJs, and the Doctor befriends the survivors. But then the lights go out, and a desperate race for survival begins.

    Paul says: "Brilliant story and well crafted audiobook"
    "Brilliant!"
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    Doctor Who audiobook narrated by David Tennant? Don't mind if I do! If you are a Doctor Who fan and love the tenth doctor, this is a must listen. The episode is perfectly suited to audio format. This is more on the creepy side so may be better suited towards adults and older kids.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: Mitosis: A Reckoners Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (1400)
    Performance
    (1291)
    Story
    (1304)

    Epics still plague Newcago, but David and the Reckoners have vowed to fight back.

    Thomas says: "He is back!"
    "Good trip back"
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    Solid short story letting us revisit the Reckoners and Epics before the second novel comes out this winter. Not my favorite series of his but still a great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11614)
    Performance
    (9011)
    Story
    (9069)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "Great start to a new series"
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    Fantastic characters, well developed story-line, intriguing magic system, and, of course, Sanderson is king of world-building. What is not to love? For some people it will be the pacing. If you pick up this book, be prepared for a very slow beginning as the world is unfolding. I was a bit confused for a good long while but knew things would eventually be explained. The build up was longer than usual as it is the start of a 10 book series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods Themselves

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (97)

    Only a few know the terrifying truth - an outcast Earth scientist, a rebellious alien inhabitant of a dying planet, a lunar-born human intuitionist who senses the imminent annihilation of the Sun... They know the truth - but who will listen? They have foreseen the cost of abundant energy - but who will believe?These few beings, human and alien, hold the key to the Earth's survival.

    thomas says: "Asimov's Best Stand Alone Novel"
    "classic sci-fi"
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    3.5 stars. This is definitely what I would consider "hard sci-fi" and is for the physics minded reader. It is split into 3 parts which were apparently released as novellas. The first part takes place on Earth where scientists discover the possibility of a parallel universe where physics doesn't follow the same rules. The second part takes us into that para-universe. The third part takes place in the near future on the moon where there has been colonization. Liked the first part, loved the second, and got a bit bored with the characters in the third.

    As a classic, it holds its own and doesn't feel too dated. Great science and concept but I was disappointed that the characters seemed a bit one dimensional

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Broken Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (515)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (487)

    Without the protection of his father, Kip Guile will face a master of shadows as his grandfather moves to choose a new Prism and put himself in power. With Teia and Karris, Kip will have to use all his wits to survive a secret war between noble houses, religious factions, rebels, and an ascendant order of hidden assassins called The Broken Eye.

    Galaxie says: "Too much self talk"
    "Can't wait for more!"
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    I love this world. I love these characters. I love this magic system. I hate waiting for another book...

    No idea why, but I thought this was a trilogy which sort of affected my feelings when the book ended. Now knowing there is more, I gave myself a bit of time to sit and think about it before reviewing. The book felt filler-ish for a few characters (Gavin, Zymun, Liv) who had minimal advancement. I expected a little more considering how The Blinding Knife ended. Other characters (Karris, Kip, Teia, The White, Ironfist) got some beautiful depth and layers added to them. This was the meat of the story and did not disappoint.

    It's hard to say much without spoiling. We go further into the history of the Chromeria and chromaturgy. There are a few twists that leave you wondering where loyalties lie. Moments go from witty to heartbreaking to revealing. There is a feeling of something big looming in the background. I HATE cliffhangers... but I can't wait for the next book.

    Definitely recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1567)
    Performance
    (1460)
    Story
    (1467)

    Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

    Alexis says: "Fun! Things you might want to know:"
    "Excellent!"
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    4.5 stars. Quick read with everything I've come to expect from Scalzi - fun, entertaining, snappy dialogue with some laugh out loud moments. Didn't want to put it down.

    Narration by Wil Wheaton, as usual especially when reading Scalzi, is brilliant.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Red Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Pierce Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1223)
    Performance
    (1137)
    Story
    (1146)

    Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

    Charles says: "It Got Better and Left Me Wanting More."
    "Loved it!"
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    This book is catagorized as dystopian, which it is, but it has much more of an epic fantasy feel to it. While the protagonist is 16, I would not call this YA but I"m sure some will market it that way. There is a depth here that should keep anyone from tossing it aside as "YA dystopian."

    It is moving. It is clever. It is funny. It is brutal. Throughout the book I could see many influences - Roman mythology, Ender's Game, Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Lord of the Flies, Brave New World. I think it's because of all these influences that this book doesn't fit neatly into a genre. I love the way Pierce Brown writes and I'm thoroughly impressed as this is his debut novel.

    Fantastic narration by Tim Reynolds

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Free: The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By An All-Star Cast
    Overall
    (1487)
    Performance
    (1386)
    Story
    (1396)

    The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories expands upon the epic legend of the dark elf with 12 tales performed by the all-star cast of Felicia Day, Dan Harmon, Greg Grunberg, Tom Felton, Danny Pudi, Sean Astin, Melissa Rauch, Ice-T, Wil Wheaton, Al Yankovic, Michael Chiklis, and David Duchovny!

    Robert Eric Koch says: "Just Plain Awesome"
    "Amazing Narration"
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    The voice cast is AMAZING. I hope Audible keeps doing special versions like this with all-star casts.

    This collection is based in the Forgotten Realms universe. I haven't read any of the books. Unfortunately, to enjoy these stories, I believe you need to be familiar with them. A couple of them stand alone and you don't feel like you're missing huge chunks of info (Dark Mirror comes to mind.) Overall, it was a lot of talk about places and characters I didn't know nor care about. It reminds me why some people don't like fantasy.

    I do feel that I might be a bit unfair with this rating. I think if you are a fan of and familiar with the work, you will love this. I went back and forth and was just going to leave the rating blank but, in the end, I think good short stories should be able to stand on their own without an extensive background.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Our Future Good

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By T. J. Kirby
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Mary and Joe are young people just graduating from their General Lessons. It is time for them to go to their first Project Day and choose the first Project they will to join. Mary wants desperately to get her boyfriend Joe to join her in the NutriSuit Project, but Joe wants just as desperately to do a Journalist Project because a major event is happening and Joe has an opportunity to play an important role.

    Trish says: "Such an unusual and engaging sci-fi adventure!"
    "Feels Like Classic Sci-Fi"
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    Good YA sci-fi novella. Kept my interest as we walked through sort of a day in the life of Joe and Mary as they get ready to pick their careers and start their future together.

    It felt very much like classic sci-fi in both the good and the not so good. The good in that it has the elements I love about sci-fi: solid concepts, interesting world-building, and fun talk of the future tech. The not so good was that it felt a bit dated. I think the big part of that was in the character names - Joe, Mary, Larry, Sam. At times it just felt as though I was reading a book from the 50s with a look at sci-fi from that perspective instead of from the present.

    The narration by Simon Vance was fabulous as always.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Train Your Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Cressida Cowell
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (240)

    Chronicles the adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III as he tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan, the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, by catching and training a dragon.

    melrailey says: "Terrific Fun!"
    "NOT the movie but fun in its own right."
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    It's a good book but it's _nothing_ like the movie. There's Hiccup, Toothless, Gobber, etc., and the setting is the same, but the story and characters are different. The hardest part for me is that Toothless is not as likable in the book.

    I admit that I bought it because I love David Tennant. He could read the phone book and I'll listen. I was not disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nexus: Nexus, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ramez Naam
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (207)

    In the near future, the nano-drug Nexus can link mind to mind. There are some who want to improve it. There are some who want to eradicate it. And there are others who just want to exploit it. When a young scientist is caught improving Nexus, he’s thrust over his head into a world of danger and international espionage, with far more at stake than anyone realizes.

    Amy says: "The Post-human Future is Now"
    "Fun Concept, Ok Writing, Solid Performance"
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    There was a lot to like in this book. The open source versus authoritarian control debate over a nano-drug brought up some great subplots. Buddhist philosophy in a recreational drug to military philosophy in a mind control weapon. I loved the view on how mankind was evolving along with the drug evolving out on the street.

    My biggest problem was the pacing of this book. There were a lot of parts where I was just waiting for the next chapter. The writing just didn't pull me in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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