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I have always loved reading, helping people to find a passion for these amazing books lead me to work in a local bookstore.

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  • Earth Afire

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, Stefan Rudnicki, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1531)
    Performance
    (1400)
    Story
    (1405)

    One hundred years before Ender's Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston is the story of the First Formic War. Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but just barely. Not soon enough to convince skeptical governments that there was a threat. They didn’t believe that until space stations and ships and colonies went up in sudden flame. And when that happened, only Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police could move fast enough to meet the threat.

    DocJim says: "This is a GREAT adventure Sci-Fi Book. Masterful!"
    "Wow, that was disapointing."
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    This book did not work for me, it feels like one of those books written years later by the talentless sons of a great author, similar to the Dune books being put out by Brian Hubert.
    Some of the plot points simply feel like a check list bring drawn from a list titles "Things that must happen for Ender's Game to make sense."
    Instead of making a great book Card has made a book that simply "Fits" in the Ender's Universe.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Purgatory

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1222)
    Performance
    (1150)
    Story
    (1151)

    When he’s awake, George Bailey is just an ordinary man. Five days a week he coaxes his old Hyundai to life, curses the Los Angeles traffic, and clocks in at his job as a handyman at the local college. But when he sleeps, George dreams of something more. George dreams of flying. He dreams of fighting monsters. He dreams of a man made of pure lightning, an armored robot, a giant in an army uniform, a beautiful woman who moves like a ninja.

    Shams says: "Awesome story, but loss of voice actors jarring"
    "Totally out of left field"
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    Having listened to this previous books in this series I was hesitant to pick this one up as the setting and tone were completely out of left field and amnesia/redux stories tend to make me think the author simply wants to reintroduce the same setting and character without having to go to the trouble of creating a new story. This book completely surprised me both with how interesting Clines made the reintroduction of characters and the fun to be had in a semi normal world with these characters.
    It is not a perfect book, it breaks from the Superheros fighting zombies silliness that made me pick up the series but it is totally worth the credit if you are a fan of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Dies at the End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1970)
    Performance
    (1795)
    Story
    (1813)

    STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

    Amazon Customer says: "Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win."
    "Odd? Strange? Filled with Farts."
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    I am not the type of person to pick up a second book in a series first; however, I did so with this series. I purchased the follow up book "This Book is Filled with Spiders; Dude Seriously Don't Open It." without even realizing it was the follow up to "John Dies at the End"
    This series is very fun to listen to, the story is a bit odd and hard to follow compaired to its sequel but the oddball humor and deliver make it a great light read, the heroes of the book come off as just incompetent enough to make you feel like they could really be two drunken stupid friends who stumbled into super powers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Country

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1022)
    Performance
    (925)
    Story
    (921)

    They burned her home. They stole her brother and sister. But vengeance is following. Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she'll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she's not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old step father Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb's buried a bloody past of his own. And out in the lawless Far Country the past never stays buried.

    Kristina says: "Freakin' Awesome!"
    "You Will Come to A Dark End"
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    Authors like Joe Abercrombie and George RR Martin write the kind of books that force you to keep reading, while the ups and downs of morally complex and interesting characters slowly leach away your faith in humanity.
    While not every character in his books dies or necessarily comes to a bad end, Joe Abercrombie knows that his characters exist in a world without the ease and comfort we see in our own world. His characters exist in a world where redemption is not the end of every story and hope, love, and faith are not the answers to all of life's problems.
    If Mr. Abercrombie wrote "Winnie the Pooh" Christopher Robin would be an orphan seeking revenge for the burning of the 100 Acre Wood, only to discover once he had his revenge he has become worse than the men he killed, blood would soak his hands and drench his dreams, and we would love him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (4277)
    Performance
    (3196)
    Story
    (3208)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Steven says: "Steven Pacey is magnificient."
    "Joe Abercrombie Will Kill Everything You Love"
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    Authors like Joe Abercrombie and George RR Martin write the kind of books that force you to keep reading, while the ups and downs of morally complex and interesting characters slowly leach away your faith in humanity.
    While not every character in his books dies or necessarily comes to a bad end, Joe Abercrombie knows that his characters exist in a world without the ease and comfort we see in our own world. His characters exist in a world where redemption is not the end of every story and hope, love, and faith are not the answers to all of life's problems.
    If Mr. Abercrombie wrote "Winnie the Pooh" Christopher Robin would be an orphan seeking revenge for the burning of the 100 Acre Wood, only to discover once he had his revenge he has become worse than the men he killed, blood would soak his hands and drench his dreams, and we would love him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10365)
    Performance
    (9864)
    Story
    (9883)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Mars and Bust"
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    This book was exciting and informative, there is a lot of great science filling in the cracks of this novel. Much like Kim Stanley Robinson's "Red Mars" this novel tells a story while working within the bounds of science while not sacrificing narrative.
    The main character is engaging and the audio log format works exceptionally well, his attitude and some of his mannerisms seem odd for a genius astronaut but don't detract from the fun of this novel.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7319)
    Performance
    (6828)
    Story
    (6857)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Sanderson's Mythmaking"
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    Brandon Sanderson builds worlds, his career has been built on creating vibrant world populated by fully realized characters with unique takes on magic and power. Steelheart is his answer to the superhero genre, starkly different than the traditional super power creations of other authors.
    If you enjoy superhero fiction and character driven Scifi/fantasy this is the book for you.
    I also suggest, "Soon I Will Be Invincible" and "Confessions of a D List Supervillan"

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3622)
    Performance
    (3137)
    Story
    (3140)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Always Interesting"
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    John Scalzi tells stories you simply would not expect to hear, the premise of an alien race enlisting an agent to smooth their image before introducing themselves to earthlings simply is not your normal science fiction tale.
    If you are a fan of Terry Pratchett or other Scalzi books I strongly recommend giving this a read.
    Do be aware that Wil Wheaton was the kid from Star-trek Next Gen, if you cannot handle hearing him as a reader you may want to skip.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Devil Said Bang: Sandman Slim, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (740)
    Performance
    (677)
    Story
    (683)

    What do you do after you’ve escaped Hell, gone back, uncovered the true nature of God, and then managed to become the new Lucifer? Well, if you’re James Stark, you have to figure out how to run Hell while also trying to get back out of it... again. Plus there’s the small matter of surviving. Because everyone in Heaven, Hell, and in between wants to be the fastest gun in the universe, and the best way to do so is to take down Lucifer, a.k.a. James Stark.

    Steven says: "Not the best Sandman Slim book, but it was ok."
    "Pretty Weak"
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    I assume by the time most people make it to the 4th installment of a series they are invested and are going to give it a 4-5 star rating, for myself this is also true; however, this book was just not good enough to bring me back. A good series should be like a chain, each link needs to be strong enough to draw me further into an ever expanding story and world.
    The characters in this series never made me feel anything more then "meh", bland tough guy nonsense and little else.

    Skip it and read something by Dresden Files or Iron Druid instead.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Grimoire of the Lamb: An Iron Druid Chronicles Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1854)
    Performance
    (1728)
    Story
    (1719)

    When he’s not vanquishing villainous gods or dodging demons, 2,000-year-old Druid Atticus O’Sullivan can be found behind the counter of Third Eye Books and Herbs in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, literally minding his own business. But when an evil sorcerer - and amateur shoplifter - snatches an ancient Egyptian tome of black magic, The Grimoire of the Lamb, Atticus is not sheepish about pursuing him to the ends of the earth...or at least to the Land of the Pharaohs.

    breckoz says: "Novella, Side Adventures Before Book 1"
    "Not quite what it advertised"
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    When I ordered this book I thought "Hey 3 hours of Iron Druid is better than 10 hours of something less fun." What I got was closer to two hours of Iron Druid and an hour of a random chapter of an upcoming Iron Druid I will buy when it comes out.
    If two hours of a book are worth a credit to you go for it and enjoy!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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