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  • Stone of Tears

  • Sword of Truth, Book 2
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Jim Bond
  • Length: 38 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,786
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,243

The veil to the underworld has been torn, and Rahl, from beyond the veil, begins to summon a sinister power more dreadful than any he has wielded before. Horrifying creatures escape through the torn veil, wreaking havoc on the unsuspecting world above.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book - Almost ruined by the narrator

  • By Bo Laughlin on 05-12-10

Good story, hate the reader.

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

Reviewed: 11-02-15

It's like the reader is using the spooky ghost voice you use for children whenever there is a threatening character. He's not very believable.

  • The Cycle of Arawn

  • The Complete Trilogy
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 65 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,350

The White Tree (book one): In Mallon the dark magic of the nether has been banned for centuries. Its users have been driven out or killed. Its secrets lost. But the holy book of the nethermancers has just been found by a boy named Dante. As he works to unlock the book's power, he's attacked in the street. The nethermancers aren't gone—and they want their book back. Caught between death cultists and the law, Dante fights for his life, aided by his growing skills and a brash bodyguard named Blays.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In Response to the Criticism from Other Reviewers

  • By Jonah on 06-11-17

Great Value

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

Reviewed: 10-09-15

While I loved the ending, a lot of the story winds around haphazardly with a lot of elements that author didn't try very hard to make believable. Great value, as it's like 65 hours long for one credit, and well worth it.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance

  • Summary & Analysis: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
  • By: Instaread
  • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future is a biography by Ashlee Vance. Musk originally refused to cooperate with Vance's biography. However, he managed to get Musk to listen to his journalistic and personal reasons for not allowing preapproval of the book. To his surprise, Musk agreed to cooperate and allowed free access to his staff, friends, and family. This Instaread Summary & Analysis of Elon Musk includes a summary of the book, an introduction to the important people in the book, and analysis of the themes and author's style....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Choppy speech, dropping first letter of sentences

  • By "sfwriter666" on 09-04-16
  • Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance
  • Summary & Analysis: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
  • By: Instaread
  • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe

Not what I anticipated.

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

Reviewed: 08-21-15

Perhaps this is my own fault, but I was expecting a response to "Musk"; something that loom into why it was either good and accurate or poor, false, and biases. What I got was a good summary, and an extremely brief analysis that basically says "yep, Ashlee did his homework". It was short and did it's just fine. I just thought it was going to be something different.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Armada

  • A Novel
  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,268
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33,204

It's just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom - if he can make it that long without getting suspended again. Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lacked the freshness of Ready Player One

  • By Chad on 01-08-16

Great story, especially if you like homages to pop culture and sci-fi.

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

Reviewed: 08-14-15

Better than ready player one. The story is real, with consequences far more epic than ready player one. Great listen. Great narration.

  • The Alloy of Law

  • A Mistborn Novel
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,344
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,660
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,663

Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shorter, but very entertaining

  • By Robin on 12-14-11

Good, not great, but fun.

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

Reviewed: 04-16-15

This is not an epic story. It's more like a one off set in the future of the mistborn series. It's fun, and more direct, but not nearly as grand as some of his better work. The end though, sets up what could become a great series.
I'm not a fan of the inclusion of firearms, but he mixes it with allomancy well. Worth the listen.

  • The Hero of Ages

  • Mistborn, Book 3
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 27 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 34,875
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30,806
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 30,791

The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave listeners shaking their heads in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well concluded!

  • By Julio Marchini on 01-12-09

Awesome End to the trilogy.

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

Reviewed: 04-09-15

I loved the way this book ended. The story seems so hopeless at times that I thought there was no way he could create a satisfying ending. Boy was I wrong.