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  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,486
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,011
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,969

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, what a performance and what a story

  • By Jared G on 08-27-16

ZOMG. So good.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-19

So complex, so passionate, so amazingly told. Cant wait to read the next book as soon as I get done writing this review

  • Behind the Throne

  • By: K. B. Wagers
  • Narrated by: Angèle Masters
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Hail Bristol has made a name for herself in the galaxy for everything except what she was born to do: rule the Indranan Empire. When she is dragged back to her home planet to take her rightful place as the only remaining heir, she finds that trading her ship for a palace is her most dangerous move yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening.

  • By Patti on 09-01-16

Will keep you up reading way past bed time

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Reviewed: 12-09-18

This book was a blast!

If you like witty banter, strong friendships, and political intrigue -- all set in space -- you will love this book! Plus, sprinkled throughout the book's fun and intrigue are often some seriously beautifully written lines.

More detailed feelings about the book below. (Spoiler-free, of course)

I love how the author used the matriarchal society to point out how stupid the lack of gender equality is in our current society...yet also give female readers something that is sadly absent in sci-fi: a female heroine that isn't hyper sexualized, isn't too perfect, and isn't just a side character set up as a prize for the male hero. Furthermore, it was super cool to me that the heroine wasn't "strong" because she acted like a man. She was strong because she trusts her own intuition.

What a powerful message that is.

I wish I'd read this kind of book when I was younger. It would have seriously inspired and made an impression, because it shows so many different types of women, in so many different kinds of roles -- all with their own agency, being treated with respect by the author. From the villains, to the side characters, to the hero -- it was so cool to see SO MANY female characters, each with their own motivations, flaws, and personalities. We need more of this in fiction. THANK YOU for writing this.

Gender equality gushing aside -- the story was also really well executed; the author does a fantastic job of making the book feel satisfying by the end, but also setting up the underlying, larger plot at play for the next book.

Highly recommend!

  • The Glass Spare

  • By: Lauren DeStefano
  • Narrated by: Billie Fulford-Brown
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Wilhelmina Heidle, the fourth child and only daughter of the king of the world's wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father - whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war - Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance. Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Devine

  • By AB0400 on 01-23-19

SO GOOD OMG.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-18

The narrator was amazing and brought the author's beautiful prose to life perfectly. I NEED THE NEXT ONE ASAP!