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  • Galaxy's Edge

  • By: Jason Anspach, Nick Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,121
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,670
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,653

On the edge of the galaxy, a diplomatic mission to an alien planet takes a turn when the Legionnaires, an elite special fighting force, find themselves ambushed and stranded behind enemy lines. They struggle to survive under siege, waiting on a rescue that might never come. In the seedy starport of Ackabar, a young girl searches the crime-ridden gutters to avenge her father's murder; not far away, a double-dealing legionniare-turned-smuggler hunts an epic payday; and somewhere along the outer galaxy, a mysterious bounty hunter lies in wait.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • bit of a disconnect between parts

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-10-18

I wanted this to be good

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

Reviewed: 11-23-18

TL;DR: This story has so much potential to be good, but the characters are underwhelming and two dimensional.

I want to like this story so badly. The universe that's laid out has the potential to be incredible. The characters have potential to be loved and understood by the reader. The story itself had the potential to be incredible. However, the word "potential" basically summarizes this book. I would have loved to see character development, longer interactions between characters, moments where characters mature and develop. Nope. You do get constant action and bits of existential crises with meaningless conclusions though. If that's what you're into, I'd recommend this book.

  • Steelheart

  • The Reckoners, Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,488
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,328

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 will. 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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He got the idea from a near traffic accident

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-26-13

Great book! Action packed.

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

The story itself is great. the book is full of action which I find enjoyable. The only issue is that the characters can feel about 90% done. Other than that nitpick, I would highly recommend this.

  • The Sword of Summer

  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book One
  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Christopher Guetig
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,862
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,386

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother's mysterious death, he's lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day he's tracked down by an uncle he barely knows - a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Usual fun Riordan brought down by bad reading

  • By Cody on 10-13-15

Lightning Thief? Not quite

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

This book would be amazing had it not been for the fact that my expectations were set so high by the lightning thief. I liked the story and the way that the character developed, but magnus feels a little too one-dimensional and underdeveloped. The narrator is not my favorite person. He does well with having to pronounced the vocabulary of Norse mythology but there is a lack of passion and the monotone voice is somewhat easy to turn out. Overall, a great book. However, it is no lightning thief

  • Old Man's War

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,485

John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and Witty Military Sci-Fi

  • By M. Spencer on 10-21-12

Great overall

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

This book is not for those who like non-stop action. There is deep emotional development of the main character and the reader builds an emotional attachment to the side characters. The book is thought out and the narration is absolutely superb

  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,757
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37,282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,112

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as it gets without the old texts

  • By William Taylor on 05-10-18

Great intro

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

Not really sure sure of this is an accurate rendition of Norse mythology, but you have to love the way in which the characters are developed and put on display for us. Wonderful

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 109,086
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 101,047
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 100,565

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Expecting something else

  • By Betsy S. on 10-15-17

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

I loved this book and the fact that Trevor is narrating it makes it all that much more spectacular. I came in knowing nothing of Trevor Noah and can't wait to follow his work. Great job.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Dictator's Handbook

  • Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics
  • By: Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Alastair Smith
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,088
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,071

For 18 years, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith have been revolutionizing the study of politics by turning conventional wisdom on its head. They start from a single assertion: Leaders do whatever keeps them in power. They don't care about the "national interest" - or even their subjects - unless they have to. This clever and accessible book shows that the difference between tyrants and democrats is just a convenient fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Think you understand politics, think again!

  • By Michael on 07-01-14

Fantastic and insightful

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

Smith and Bueno de Mesquita do an incredible job taking a complex subject such as game theory and political science and making it easy to understand for an individual with little background in the subject. I believe that the analysis is a decent model of political behavior and offers insights into political governance which we should all consider. Heller also does a fine job with his part of reading .

  • The Invisible Hook

  • The Hidden Economics of Pirates
  • By: Peter T. Leeson
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Gage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

Pack your cutlass and blunderbuss--it's time to go a-pirating! The Invisible Hook takes readers inside the wily world of late 17th- and early 18th-century pirates. With swashbuckling irreverence and devilish wit, Peter Leeson uncovers the hidden economics behind pirates' notorious, entertaining, and sometimes downright shocking behavior.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great read for people who love pirate history.

  • By Dara on 09-21-12

Pirates and Economics: College Dreams Come True

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

Reviewed: 10-23-17

I quite enjoyed Leeson’s rendition of the typical pirate sort and would highly recommend it. The approach that he takes is that of Economic Rules and profit maximization. The book should not be seen as perfectly comprehensive or a detailed account of the time period, but conveys a new way to think about piracy.

Warning: If you are an economist or economics student, you will spend about 15% of the time just relearning some basics from school. Good luck.