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  • Super Powereds: Year 1

  • Super Powereds, Book 1
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 26 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,561
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,549

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Series In Recent Memory

  • By Get Off My Lawn! on 10-08-16

Enjoyable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-24-18

Overall, a pretty solid read. There was enough action to keep me interested, and the character building was enough without being over done. The plot in the story that makes the 5 main characters different from the rest seemed contrived and not very plausible, which would have been fine if it weren’t a key story line. The narrator isn’t my favorite, but he does the voices well. What bothered me about the narrator was the tone in which he read every single conversation descriptor, ‘Nick said. Vince replied. Sasha commented.’ They all had the same exact inflection, making it hard not to notice in heavy dialogue situations.
Overall, enjoyable and I’ll continue the series.

  • The Night Circus

  • By: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,669
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,686

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The circus of your dreams

  • By Anonymous User on 09-22-11

Nice, but not excellent

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-18

I nice story, and well performed, but not as great as I had hoped. There were some great spots, but lacked the ‘wonder’ it could have had. The ‘challenge’ was confusing and left me wondering why. It just wasn’t a compelling plot point, and more mystery and intrigue for the circus would have been appreciated, not to mention a little bit of action. Still a nice read.

  • Iron Gold

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds, John Curless, Julian Elfer, and others
  • Length: 23 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,879
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,339

Ten years after the events of Morning Star, Darrow and the Rising are battling the remaining Gold loyalist forces and are closer than ever to abolishing the color-coded caste system of Society for good. But new foes will emerge from the shadows to threaten the imperfect victory Darrow and his friends have earned. Pierce Brown expands the size and scope of his impressive Red Rising universe with new characters, enemies, and conflicts among the stars.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Audio needs to be balanced

  • By Anonymous User on 01-21-18

Another great installment

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-18

Fantastic, just like the others. Told from different views, it added a nice element. I enjoyed the different narrators, save one- the guy who read for Lysander. He really needs to work on ‘dramatic pause’. He just continually breezed through his segments, the story often losing drama as he read it all at the same, break-neck speed.

  • The Last Ship

  • A Novel
  • By: William Brinkley
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 29 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 827
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 775
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 778

The unimaginable has happened: the world has been plunged into all-out nuclear war. Sailing near the Arctic Circle, the USS Nathan James is relatively unscathed, but the future is grim and Captain Thomas is facing mutiny from the tattered remnants of his crew. With civilization in ruins, he urges those that remain - 152 men and 26 women - to pull together in search of land. Once they reach safety, however, the men and women on board realize that they are the earth's last remaining survivors.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is a tough listen, for more than one reason.

  • By J on 03-27-17

Wordy

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-17

I really enjoyed this book, even with its lack of any kind of action and the excessive word usage. The writer tends to ramble quite a bit, and is very impressed with his own vocabulary. An intimate knowledge of the Navy is obvious, but also excessive. There’s no action in the book, but the story itself doesn’t feel lacking for that. Worth the slog to get to the end.

  • Daughter of the Empire

  • Riftwar Cycle: The Empire Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Raymond E. Feist, Janny Wurts
  • Narrated by: Tania Rodrigues
  • Length: 19 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 319

Magic and murder engulf the realm of Kelewan. Fierce warlords ignite a bitter blood feud to enslave the empire of Tsuranuanni. While in the opulent Imperial courts, assassins and spy-master plot cunning and devious intrigues against the rightful heir. Now Mara, a young, untested Ruling lady, is called upon to lead her people in a heroic struggle for survival. But first she must rally an army of rebel warriors, form a pact with the alien cho-ja, and marry the son of a hated enemy. Only then can Mara face her most dangerous foe of all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent narration brings an old favorite to life

  • By Allison on 12-05-17

Great series, disappointing narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-19-17

Always loved this series and was so excited to see it finally available on Audible. The narration is a big disappointment however, as this series is very Asian in feel and the narrator is British. Poor voices that all sound the same, as well as slow monotone speech patterns that make the story feel more dull than it is. Still a good listen.

  • Dungeon Born

  • Divine Dungeon Series, Book 1
  • By: Dakota Krout
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,044
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,017

For eons, conquering dungeons has been the most efficient way to become a strong adventurer. Although not everything is as straightforward as it seems. Several questions have always plagued the minds of those who enter these mythical places of power: why are there so many monsters? Where do the amazing weaponry and heavy gold coins come from? Why does the very air fill with life-giving energies? Cal has all of the answers to these age-old questions, for a very simple reason. He is a Dungeon Heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gem in the RPG/Fantasy Genre

  • By SirMehr on 04-01-17

Only mildly interesting

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-27-17

The story itself is a bit boring. The premise is interesting, but it's odd listening to characters talk about themselves like they are in an RPG. Basic writing, not much character development. I found myself not really caring what happened next. Vicas Adams does a decent job, but a bit over dramatic.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Awaken Online: Precipice

  • By: Travis Bagwell
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,330
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,322

A few days have passed since Jason's confrontation with Alfred and he's debating whether to reenter Awaken Online. Alfred has made a proposition that Jason isn't certain he should accept. After the battle with Alexion, Jason has also been appointed the Regent of the Twilight Throne. He must assume the mantle of ruling an undead city - with everything that entails. His first task is to investigate the dark keep that looms over the city's marketplace. This act will lead to a chain of events that might ensure his city's survival or create new enemies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great continuation of the series

  • By Melissa and Josh on 09-02-17

Better than the first, but narration still awful

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-17

The story is entertaining, but the writing and dialogue are amateurish and the narration is horrible. Only picked up the second because I enjoy the plot.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Awaken Online: Catharsis

  • By: Travis Bagwell
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,626
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,617

Jason logs into Awaken Online fed-up with reality. He's in desperate need of an escape, and this game is his ticket to finally feeling the type of power and freedom that are so sorely lacking in his real life. Awaken Online is a brand new virtual reality game that just hit the market, promising an unprecedented level of immersion. Yet Jason quickly finds himself pushed down a path he didn't expect. In this game, he isn't the hero. There are no damsels to save. There are no bad guys to vanquish.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gravely entertaining!

  • By Bryce Bilbo on 04-21-17

Really not sure why I liked it

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-23-16

First off, the narrator is terrible. He has a quirky way of speaking in general- inflections and accents sounding off-beat- but it also doesn't fit with the character by about 20 years. The author holds the reader's hand way too much, considering the audience of this genre. The story also feels very contrived at times, and is just too coincidental. All this being said, I am oddly looking forward to the next one. Can't explain it.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Morning Star

  • Book III of the Red Rising Trilogy
  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 21 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26,082
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,314
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,263

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society's mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The narration and content = outstanding

  • By Gus on 05-30-17

Sad to see it end...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-16

A fantastic finale to an epic trilogy. Brilliant writing, masterful performance. Gripping, exciting, dramatic, and stirring.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Golden Son

  • Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy
  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26,040
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,082
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,011

Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Modern Classic Which Will Endure

  • By HMW on 01-09-15

Phenomenal

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-16

Red Rising was exciting, intriguing, well written, and fantastically performed. Golden Son picked up from there and added even more depth, drama, and intrigue. I can't WAIT to hear Morning Star.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful