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  • Priestess of the White: Age of Five, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Trudi Canavan
    • Narrated By Sarah Douglas
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (103)

    When Auraya was chosen to become a priestess, she could never have believed that a mere 10 years later she would be one of the White, the gods' most powerful servants. Sadly, Auraya has little time to adapt to the exceptional powers gifted her by the gods. Mysterious black-clad sorcerers from the south plague the land, and rumours reach the White of an army being raised. Auraya and her new colleagues work tirelessly to seal alliances and unite the northern continent under their banner, but time is running out.

    Jacobus says: "Setting the table for more goodness to come"
    "I love Trudi Canavan - but Sarah Douglas?"
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    I love Trudi Canavan's work. I've really tried to get into this story, honestly. I've put 5 hours into it and still, I don't really know what's going on because my mind wanders from it so easily. The problem I'm having is that there is not a lot of differentiation between characters and scenes in Sarah Douglas' narration. It's not exactly monotone, but it certainly is not as dynamic as I'm used to (spoiled by great narration, I suppose) Her diction is great, she has a pleasant voice and I think she'd do a fantastic job narrating a non-fiction/self-help book or something. It's just that Ms. Canavan's characters are multi-dimensional and deserve a more dynamic interpretation. I'm going to keep at it because I think the story is going to be great, it's just going to take a lot of concentration which means getting it on audible is a waste of money for me. I'll purchase the kindle version for the next two books. (I may have to get it for this one if I continue to have difficulty)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Zoe's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1089)
    Performance
    (831)
    Story
    (832)

    "I'm Zoe Boutin Perry: A colonist stranded on a deadly pioneer world. Holy icon to a race of aliens. A player in a interstellar chess match to save humanity. Seventeen years old. Everyone on Earth knows the tale I am part of. But you don't know my tale: I'm going to tell it to you now, the only way I know how: not straight but true, the whole thing, to try make you feel what I felt: the joy and terror and uncertainty, panic and wonder, despair and hope."

    David says: "A fun listen, and some new information, but..."
    "So worth it!"
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    Even though you've heard much of this story already, it is imperative that you listen to zoe's tale. Her perspective is fantastic and the narration is great. She's funny, smart, still a teenager and the way her feelings and fears are presented (both in story and in narration) are fantastic.

    It made me laugh and cry - her stories of childhood and losing her birth parents and her falling in love with a boy her age and her courage and her struggles...just get this and listen to it - it's a very satisfying listen. One you will probably want to hear again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Human Division

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1222)
    Performance
    (1086)
    Story
    (1097)

    The people of Earth now know that the human Colonial Union has kept them ignorant of the dangerous universe around them. For generations the CU had defended humanity against hostile aliens, deliberately keeping Earth an ignorant backwater and a source of military recruits. Now the CU’s secrets are known to all. Other alien races have come on the scene and formed a new alliance - an alliance against the Colonial Union. And they’ve invited the people of Earth to join them. For a shaken and betrayed Earth, the choice isn't obvious or easy.

    linda says: "A Middling Position"
    "I don't like short stories on audible"
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    It's me, I know. I just don't like listening to short stories or anthologies. I was disappointed that this book is a series of short stories within the same universe as "the old man's war". In fact, if you look at the list of books under the series "the human division" you will find each of the sections within this book.

    If you like that kind of thing - go for it. I don't. I wish it had been made clear when I bought the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    Overall
    (1336)
    Performance
    (1225)
    Story
    (1222)

    Gigi is no longer an innocent teen. All grown up and looking for love, her family and friends worry she'll go for the sexy, alluring vampire instead of a nice, safe human. But sexy and alluring, with a penchant for biting, could be just what Gigi wants...

    Rae says: "More Twilight than Half Moon Hollow"
    "Funny and interesting."
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    Because I think all novels should say this up front, I will tell you that there are graphic sex scenes in this novel. I don't think they are necessary and find myself rolling my eyes and fast forwarding through them.

    I do think that the writing is quick witted and sharp! The narrator's delivery only helps deliver the punch lines. All of Molly Harper's work has that dry, quick, intelligent and often self-deprecating kind of humor that makes you laugh out loud even when you are trying to be quiet...like when grocery shopping and listening at the same time :-) I get the weirdest looks - and then people smile when they see the headphones almost as if they have done it too. But I digress.

    Get the book - it's a light fun read. Not an epic tale to keep me up at night and alternately laughing and crying, but quite respectable.

    It's a 3.5 without the unnecessary sex scenes - sorry - I just don't need those images in my head when I'm trying to select a pork loin. The story really doesn't need them either.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Harrison Squared

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Daryl Gregory
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Harrison Harrison - H2 to his mom - is a lonely teenager who's been terrified of the water ever since he was a toddler in California, when a huge sea creature capsized their boat, and his father vanished. One of the "sensitives" who are attuned to the supernatural world, Harrison, along with his mother, has just moved to the worst possible place for a boy like him.

    shirley says: "The premise sounded so interesting..."
    "The premise sounded so interesting..."
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    This is definitely a young adult book - I'm not sure I'd even call it young adult - it's actually geared toward early tweens. The description sounded intriguing and if it had been handled better, it could have been a great mystery. Things were weird from the beginning, though. A slower discovery of the peculiarities of the town and less scooby doo style monsters would have made for a much better book. Look, I like YA scifi/fantasy novels, but this was just to juvenile for my taste. Far more juvenile than the description suggests, so beware.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Search & Recovery: Anniversary Day Saga, Book 4 (Retrieval Artist Universe)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    While survivors search for missing loved ones and the rich and powerful set plans in motion to capitalize on the Moon's misfortune, one ruthless man vows to uncover those responsible for the attacks on the Moon. Luc Deshin, the most feared man in Armstrong, knows all too well the bombings could have killed the wife and son he loves more than life itself. To protect his family, Deshin immerses himself in a criminal network he fought long and hard to leave behind.

    Andrew says: "Not a story"
    "Disappointing"
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    I was hoping to get more information on who is behind the anniversary day bombings - no such luck. I'm not even really sure what the point of this book was, other than to make money.

    The book follows the stories of a few different people who were affected in some way by the bombings. We see a woman break up with a boyfriend and possibly find someone new. We see people trying to find loved ones who can only do so via DNA gathered from very small samples (since many were vaporized when the bombs went off). We follow a man who wants to find the person ultimately responsible but apparently gives up after very little investigation.

    The stories aren't compelling nor did I find the people interesting. It's all just reliving misery in the lives of the people we follow.

    Sorry folks, I like KKR but if you don't get this book, you won't be missing anything crucial to the ongoing mystery. I was truly disappointed that a) I wasted a credit and b) I wasted my time. I've been disappointed with several things she's written lately but only now have I seen that lackluster writing in the retrieval artist "world". I'm not sure if I'll get the next one due out in March or not.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Annihilation: Love Conquers All

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Saxon Andrew
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (235)

    Tag, an exceptional young human living in Central City on the planet Earth, tries to keep his powerful, one-of-a-kind skills undetected by leading an ordinary life and staying under the radar. But one day, on the way home from school, Tag's compassion leads him to make a decision that alters the course of his life - and history.

    Michael says: "Great Scifi Action Audiobook!"
    "Reads like a teenager wrote it..."
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    I had to look the author up to make sure he wasn't a teenager. I'm willing to suspend disbelief to a degree but this is really awful. A kid in high school can defeat anyone in hand to hand combat because he is psychic. He manages to defend himself against 5 killers without breaking a sweat while avoiding all video cameras.

    The society is weird - a child of a broken home is not allowed to marry or have children. Some one is promoted 5 levels and transferred to a new group after 10 minutes in the presence of that new group's commander. Earth is a "bunch of peacemakers" and yet they have thousands of weaponized ships including battleships, cruisers and dreadnoughts.

    Protagonist is a fugitive but suddenly is embraced into a special group and is immediately declared the leader of this group. This group has the ability to command all earth's space ships.

    It reads like a teenager wrote it with all the "cool" stuff he could cram into it.

    The narrator...well, the vocal enhancements (reverb, distortion, etc.) are just annoying and feel like laziness.

    Save your credit...skip this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Firefight: Reckoners, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7664)
    Performance
    (6760)
    Story
    (6738)

    Newcago is free. They told David it was impossible, that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart - invincible, immortal, unconquerable - is dead. And he died by David's hand.Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though.

    G. House Sr. says: "Fabulous -- A Must Read Sequal"
    "SPARKS!"
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    I'm a big fan of Brandon Sanderson. He's a great writer and his world building is paced well and sufficiently complete. By that I mean he tells you details about the world just as you need to know it. He leaves things to be discovered as you progress through the book and/or series.

    I do have one complaint and I'm surprised his editor didn't make at least an attempt at correcting this. There are points in this book where all you hear is "blah blah SPARKS! blah blah SPARKS!" etc. I'm not exaggerating and it got really annoying at times. Fortunately the rest of the book is excellent, so I can get past it.

    This book (and series) is suitable for teens through adults. There is violence, of course, but also some great thoughts/lessons on stereotyping a group of people. The romance is sweet and innocent. The language is only as strong as "SPARKS!"

    Get the book. Find a few hours to listen straight through. Enjoy yourself!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Happy Hour in Hell: Bobby Dollar, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Tad Williams
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (207)

    I've been told to go to Hell more times than I can count. But this time I'm actually going. My name's Bobby Dollar, sometimes known as Doloriel, and of course, Hell isn't a great place for someone like me - I'm an angel. They don't like my kind down there, not even the slightly fallen variety. But they have my girlfriend, who happens to be a beautiful demon named Casimira, Countess of Cold Hands. Why does an angel have a demon girlfriend? Well, certainly not because it helps my career.

    A. Hogue says: "Mixed feelings"
    "Not at all like the first book!!"
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    The first book was great. There was an interesting detective-like story with clues along the way. There was one sex-scene and the rest was story.

    This book - not so much. It is a series of the author's imaginings of what Hell would be like. You go from one tortured description of torture to another. Dollar loses limbs, is subjected to horrific sights, sounds, tastes and experiences. There's no feeling of progression. It's just boring after a while. These scenes were littered with flashbacks to Dollar's sexual encounter with Cas. Now, however, it's really more about the sex. The entire book is torture and sex and sex as torture, in explicit detail.

    I know the author can do better, the first book proves it. This book, however is a huge waste of money and time. Relying on sex scenes to propel the story is just cheap and beneath the author's skill and my respect.

    Skip this one - you won't miss out on anything.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor's Blades: Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brian Staveley
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (2080)
    Performance
    (1919)
    Story
    (1925)

    In The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley, the emperor of Annur is dead, slain by enemies unknown. His daughter and two sons, scattered across the world, do what they must to stay alive and unmask the assassins. But each of them also has a life-path on which their father set them, destinies entangled with both ancient enemies and inscrutable gods.

    GLENNO says: "Doesn't compare with other fantasy books"
    "Depressing"
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    I love scifi and fantasy. I've been reading the genre for over 35 years now. While this book is well written and fairly narrated, it was just depressing. I listened to the entire book and there isn't a single scene that is amusing or light. There are three main characters. One is learning at a monastery where extreme deprivation and even torture are used as teaching methods. An example is being buried standing up so that only your head is exposed and being left there for several days. Another character is learning to be a warrior but is being singled out for ridicule and deliberate belittling by the instructors, is trying to avoid being assassinated while he and his friends are being beaten up by the bullies. The third character is undermined in her political tasks by treachery and dismissal as a woman trying to do a man's job. Even though the three survive to the next novel there is no real feeling of celebration or joy...just constant setbacks and an overwhelming feeling of hopelessness. Don't worry, I've not given away any spoilers - what I've written is what you find in just about every fantasy novel but in the good ones, you are given something to be happy about and hope that the protagonists will do more than just survive, that they will win in the end. That hope is not presented in this book.

    Simon Vance as always does a good job of narration.

    30 of 55 people found this review helpful
  • Adamar: The Hennion Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Scot C. Morgan
    • Narrated By Lee Strayer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Adamar, an alcoholic children’s magician, must reclaim his former glory as he joins his fellow stranded travelers, a bartender with a battleaxe, a kind-hearted construction worker and a lethal night watchman in an adventure across space and time.

    Marshall says: "MAX MIXTURE OF SCIFI/FANTASY"
    "Horrid - seriously needs an editor"
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    Cyborg Dragon Space Ship...that alone should tell you something. This is just a bad book. It is poorly written and poorly narrated. The dialogue is stilted and truly odd. One minute we're listening to characters speaking normally and then it changes drastically. It's as if the author pulled out his thesaurus and went wild. The result is the following sentence: "[,,,] exposing her magnanimous ivory breasts." (see time stamp 4:22:31) I was so startled by this particular sentence I had to go back and see if I had heard it correctly and then I bookmarked it so I could let others hear it.

    I really tried to listen to the flat narration and the confusing and poorly written story. I really did try but after 4.5 hours, I had to stop. I just couldn't take it anymore. Save your credits. I hope someone gives the author a dictionary to go with his thesaurus so he can see the entirety of a word's definition before he uses it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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