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  • Skyward

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,113
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,324
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14,301

From Brandon Sanderson, the number one New York Times best-selling author of the Reckoners series, Words of Radiance, and the internationally best-selling Mistborn series, comes the first book in an epic new series about a girl who dreams of becoming a pilot in a dangerous world at war for humanity's future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Has Sanderson been reading Craig Alanson???

  • By Barry on 11-18-18

Another win, as expected!! Trust me buy it and the hard back; you’ll want this in your collection.

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

I expect nothing less than an epic journey whenever I pick up or listen to a story by master story teller Brandon Sanderson and this book as all others of his, in my opinion, does not disappoint. My only complaint is that I have to wait for the next installment. Trust me, use the credit, buy the book it is worth it! An excellent combination of author and narrator this book is an exciting first installment of an epic that takes us out among the stars. This is a story for all ages and with a strong female lead will be an inspiration to young girls to follow their dreams and listen to the voice inside themselves; to believe in yourself when no one else does.

  • The Poppy War

  • A Novel
  • By: R. F. Kuang
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 18 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 827
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 829

When Rin aced the Keju - the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies - it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard - the most elite military school in Nikan - was even more surprising.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. Just... wow.

  • By superstardrifter on 07-01-18

Powerful story

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

This is a powerful story with multiple messages. Coming of age, being a woman in a mans world, doing as society dictates and the price of winning. It questions the worth of our actions and the power of knowledge. This book is at times hard to listen to and yet you’ll find you are unable to stop listening. It pulls you in so quickly that you fall in love with its characters only to be heartbroken in the end. Regardless of that knowledge I know I will be listening to this book again. Amazing author and narrator combination, I hope to listen to more from these two soon!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,098
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,102

She will become one of the world's greatest heroes: Wonder Woman. But first she is Diana, princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law - risking exile - to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good narration, but flat characters

  • By jeffery on 08-31-17

I hope there are more to come

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

Reviewed: 10-14-17

I am a life long fan and am going to look for more books from this author. This is a story that will hook you from the very beginning and not let you go. It’s everything a super hero story should be.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Black Witch

  • The Black Witch Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Laurie Forest
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,676
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,566

A Great Winged One will soon arise and cast his fearsome shadow upon the land. And just as Night slays Day, and Day slays Night, so also shall another Black Witch rise to meet him, her powers vast beyond imagining. So foretells the greatest prophecy of the Gardnerian mages. Carnissa Gardner, the last prophesied Black Witch, drove back the enemy forces and saved her people during the Realm War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The controversy should make you want to read this book!

  • By Raquel on 10-28-17

Amazing but...

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

Reviewed: 07-26-17

If you are staunch in your religion, political views or sexual orientation this book is not for you (though you need to listen to it more than the rest of the populace.) The book touched on each of these subjects directly but not offensively. It has been a while since I've found a book that I simply couldn't stop listening to and I want more. I sincerely hope with the way this was left that there will be more books to come. The author and narrator are a perfect combination, drawing you in and holding you with a story and characters you can't help but love. I don't think I've been this vested in characters since the Harry Potter series. Simply wonderful.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Contractor

  • The Contractors, Book 1
  • By: Andrew S. Ball
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,423
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,349

The Earth is under siege - and no one knows about it because the invaders erase those whom they consume. A handful of men and women stand on the border between the mundane and the magical. They have a special spark of soul - not quite enough to be naturally gifted in spellcraft but greater than the average person, a tiny flame that can ignite incredible potential. They possess the ability to fight back against the Vorid: the ability to become a Contractor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Where. Is. The. Sequel!!!!

  • By Brina on 07-21-16

Excellent Book!!!

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

Reviewed: 02-01-16

This is an amazing mix of comic book action, aliens and drama. A witty story underlined by right, wrong and sacrifice. I can't wait for the next book! This book falls into many genres but it's story and narration lift it above the commonality of the rest. This is book is a must for any avid enthusiast.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Locke & Key

  • By: Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez
  • Narrated by: Haley Joel Osment, Tatiana Maslany, Kate Mulgrew, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,854
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,404
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,390

Based on the best-selling, award-winning graphic novel series Locke & Key - written by acclaimed suspense novelist Joe Hill ( NOS4A2, Horns) and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez - this multicast, fully dramatized audio production brings the images and words to life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • don't waste your time/money

  • By Kyle Warren on 01-23-19

Amazing, like a blast from the past!

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

Reviewed: 10-14-15

If you enjoy theater and you enjoy listening to radio shows you will love this production! It's a fantastic story that will keep you guessing and surprise you all the way to the end. I am usually not a fan of multiple narrators but this production is completely different from a simple narration of a good story. This was created in the old world radio show style with music scores and drama. What a fantastic way to kick off the Halloween season! Thank you audible for the freebie, but I will gladly invest in another story similarly produced! Please tell me this group is willing to do more productions like this! To those of you who have to invest to own this, I promise you won't regret the money or credit, it is well worth it!

5 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Apothecary's Daughter

  • By: Charlotte Betts
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 338

Susannah Leyton has grown up behind the counter of her father's apothecary shop in bustling Fleet Street. A skilled student, her father has granted her the freedom to pursue her considerable talents. But Susannah is dealt a shocking blow when her widowed father marries again, and her stepmother seems determined to remove her from the apothecary shop. A proposal of marriage from the charming Henry Savage seems to offer Susannah an escape. But as the plague sweeps through London, tragedy strikes, and dark secrets from her husband's past begin to unfold.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable read

  • By Teri on 06-18-12

A delightful surprise

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

Reviewed: 10-03-15

This story has a very Moll Flanders feel. The many trials and tribulation of the main character will keep you on the edge of your seat. This was a wonderful surprise at a time when I was looking for something fresh. If you love history and a bit of romance combined with a story that could have easily been true, look no further. This story will transport you to a unique time in history and you won't regret it.

  • Taming the Elements

  • The Elwin Escari Chronicles, Volume 1
  • By: David Ekrut
  • Narrated by: Chris MacDonnell
  • Length: 19 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299

A young man, Elwin, seeks to become an elementalist. But with war looming and an accident that could cost him his freedom, Elwin finds himself fleeing for his life and evading the Guardians of Life. The Guardians think Elwin guilty of the most grievous of crimes, and as he trains the gifts of his bloodline, he will discover a secret from long in his past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful journey!

  • By leanne on 09-27-15

Wonderful journey!

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

Reviewed: 09-27-15

This is an excellent book full of adventure, misadventure. It is full of hard decisions and heartache and yet there is still hope for the hero. What I enjoy most is it's a great story in a semi fictional world that resembles ours so closely that you aren't confused or lost by it. The magic is simple yet intriguing enough to keep you curious as to what more the hero can do. This is a fantastic start to an epic journey full of friendship, loyalty and the ever present good versus evil though those lines are very thin and crisscrosses, it just adds a deeper element to this tale. I can't wait to get my hands on the next one. If I were reading it id say I couldn't put it down. As it stands, I've listened to it as often as I possibly could! You won't regret adding this to your library.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Fairy Godmother

  • Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, Book 1
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,079
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 966
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 982

Elena Klovis was supposed to be her kingdom's Cinderella - until an accident of fate left her with a completely inappropriate prince! Determined not to remain with her stepfamily, Elena set out to get a new job - and ended up becoming the Fairy Godmother for the land. But "Breaking with Tradition" was no easy matter. True, she didn't have to sleep in the chimney, but she had to deal with arrogant, stuffed-shirt princes who kept trying to rise above their place in the tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent start to a new series

  • By Captain Skurvy on 01-16-13

A unique twist on a wonderful story!

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

Reviewed: 08-04-15

I love this entire series. It's a collection your read or in this case listen to again and again.

  • The Never Hero

  • The Chronicles of Jonathan Tibbs, Book 1
  • By: T. Ellery Hodges
  • Narrated by: Steven Barnett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,197

Reclusive college student Jonathan Tibbs wakes in a pool of blood, not a scratch on him. His life is about to undergo a massive shift. A violent and merciless otherworldly enemy unleashes slaughter in the streets, calling out in a language only he understands. And it is seeking its challenger. In order to defeat the threat, Jonathan must become a temporal weapon...while remaining completely anonymous. Unfortunately, harnessing off-world powers has its own special challenges...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wait for it... wait for it.... Bam!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-21-17

Can't wait for the next installment!

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

Reviewed: 06-14-15

This is a fantastic story! Well written with an unconventional hero who is looking for a reason to care. This book is and at the same time isn't your classics good vs evil. The book gives a very genuine view of reality. What is good and evil to us maybe the exact opposite to our enemies or those we deem evil. This book has an intricate and interesting perspective on that concept. The narration is phenomenal, one of those rare writer-narrator collaborations that harmonize beautifully to really bring the story to life for its listeners. Thank you both for sharing your amazing talents with us. I am truly looking forward to the next book!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful