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  • 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 26,967
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,133
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25,086

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
  • It doesn't get much better than this!

  • By Audre on 03-24-16

The only negative was that it had to end.

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

Reviewed: 02-22-16

This was a great cap to a great series. Being able to keep the momentum and suspense going in a series is tough, but this one ended as well as a trilogy could. Just a fantastic series and wonderful book. It is one of those series where right when it is over, you're a little sad because you can never experience for the first time again.

In general regarding the series, it is a combination of The Hunger Games, epic fantasy and Heinlein (probably most similar to The Moon is a Harsh Mistress). The writing was great. The plot, action and character building were all strong---so it is a technically sound book. You love and hate the characters and become truly invested in their well being. Just extremely impressive all around.

Bravo Mr. Brown. I can't wait for your next series.

And I also will note that Tim Gerard Reynolds was great narrating as well. He's easily one of my top few favorite narrators, and was fantastic here.

  • Killer Instinct

  • By: S. E. Green
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,397
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,393

Lane is a typical teenager - loving family, good grades, after-school job at the local animal hospital, martial arts enthusiast - but her secret obsession is studying serial killers. She understands them, knows what makes them tick. Why? Because she might be one herself. Lane channels her dark impulses by hunting criminals - delivering justice when the law fails. The vigilantism stops shy of murder. But with each visceral rush the line of self-control blurs. And then a young preschool teacher goes missing - only to return in parts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enter the Darkness

  • By Me & My Girls on 05-20-14

Interesting and engaging, but not an original idea

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

Reviewed: 09-10-15

I did enjoy the book. It was engaging throughout and well-read (hence the rating). But it would be impossible to go through it, as someone who has read/listened to the Dexter series, and not think that this was not a partial rip-off.

(Slight spoilers ahead, though no specifics.) And I'm not just talking about kind of the general feel of the book. The plot itself seems eerily similar to "Darkly Dreaminf Dexter". So close that it was more than coincidence.

Again, I really did enjoy the book and will likely get the next in the series. So it didn't really detract from my enjoyment of the book at all. I just found it interesting and slightly distracting. It wasn't just "inspired by" Dexter or similar to it. It was Dexter with a slightly varied plot and a teen girl main character.

That said, can't wait to check out the next one.

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,478
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28,432

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun premise, great performance, weak story

  • By J. Klinghoffer on 08-06-15

Another winner from Peter Clines

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

Reviewed: 06-07-15

I really can't decide if I like the Ex series better or books in the vein of The Fold and 14. Just great, interesting, original writing. And fantastic narration from one of my favorite narrators.

  • Golden Son Part 2

  • Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy
  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

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
  • That ending Ho-lee Sh...well, you get it.

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-30-15

That ending Ho-lee Sh...well, you get it.

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

Reviewed: 01-30-15

There were a few slow parts. A few parts where I wondered about what direction the book was taking. I even wondered what the next one in the series could possibly be about. But the ending. My God, the ending. Brought everything together and set up for a whale of a third book.

I don't want to say anymore than that at risk of spoiling something. You're one clever, ruthless b-stard Mr. Brown

  • Off to Be the Wizard

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,701
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,077
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,077

It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hang in there

  • By Kelly on 03-04-17

Surprisingly good

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

Reviewed: 07-31-14

I don't normally enjoy humor-fantasy. e.g. Try as I might, Terry Pratchett, as much as I appreciate his talent, doesn't do much for me. But I enjoyed this one from beginning to end. Equal parts funny, original and engaging. I look forward to the next one.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ex-Purgatory

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,975
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,696
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,695

When he’s awake, George Bailey is just an ordinary man. Five days a week he coaxes his old Hyundai to life, curses the Los Angeles traffic, and clocks in at his job as a handyman at the local college. But when he sleeps, George dreams of something more. George dreams of flying. He dreams of fighting monsters. He dreams of a man made of pure lightning, an armored robot, a giant in an army uniform, a beautiful woman who moves like a ninja.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I've been spoiled!!!

  • By phil humphries on 08-15-17

Best one so far

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

Reviewed: 01-18-14

I love this series. My favorite zombie series and my favorite super hero series all tied into one. And this was Peter Clines best work in the series yet. I think this one gave the characters a bit more depth. Especially Stealth. Getting under the veil a bit more was cool. Can't wait for the next one.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • A Novel
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,894
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,873

A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gaiman delivers an intimate masterpiece

  • By Talia on 08-07-13

Makes my heart happy

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

Reviewed: 07-03-13

I don't know what else to say beyond the headline. This book makes my heart happy. It was sad and beautiful and compelling and simple. And it leaves you feeling precisely at the narrator feels. It touches you.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 159,873
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 147,528
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 147,369

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Something new and interesting

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

Reviewed: 05-25-13

Really well written. I don't have a technical back ground or any scientific training experience, but I'm sure someone who did would appreciate this novel on a different level. The thing is, even not having that connection doesn't detract from the story or writing at all. Very fast-paced, intriguing and, sometimes, edge-of-your-seat exciting. Can't wait to see more from this author.

  • The Rithmatist

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,373

More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings - merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beware of the chalk!

  • By Brandon on 05-17-13

YA novel for everyone

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

Reviewed: 05-25-13

I don't know why, but I didn't expect great things from this book. The magic system seemed, quite frankly, a little silly. And it was a YA novel. Granted, I really like YA sf, but Brandon Sanderson doing it? It just seemed odd. But he does a phenomenal job with it. Great, quick paced, page-turning story. Michael Kramer narrates beautifully. You can tell it is written for young adults, but that doesn't mean he dumbed down his writing or over-simplified anything. It is still excellent fantasy. I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes sf, or just good writing in general.

29 of 32 people found this review helpful

  • Replay

  • By: Ken Grimwood
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,856
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,877

In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Book for the past 10 years

  • By psnorb on 12-29-08

Great story overall--elite time travel novel

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

Reviewed: 04-17-13

This became my favorite time travel novel. It is, while amazing for the genre, and more generally in sf/fantasy, it is also a great piece of literature in and of itself, regardless of classification. With some philosophy mixed in.