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  • Chains of Command

  • Frontlines, Book 4
  • By: Marko Kloos
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,676
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,333

The assault on Earth was thwarted by the destruction of the aliens' seed ship, but with Mars still under Lanky control, survivors work frantically to rebuild fighting capacity and shore up planetary defenses. Platoon sergeant Andrew Grayson must crash-course train new volunteers - all while dulling his searing memories of battle with alcohol and meds.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Becoming a bit too repetitive

  • By Sailfish on 04-25-16

Slow start, only decent payoff.

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

Reviewed: 04-23-16

Kloos has not written one in this series that suffered from, what's more often called "Second Book Syndrome" (where the second book of a trilogy isn't very strong and it's just a transitional book to the next), until now. This book very much is a setup to the next chapter of the series and is probably the weakest of the whole thing. Still an enjoyable read.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Welcome to Night Vale

  • A Novel
  • By: Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor
  • Narrated by: Cecil Baldwin, Dylan Marron, Retta, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,434

Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. It is here that the lives of two women, with two mysteries, will converge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is so good, but

  • By Christopher on 04-30-16

Worst Narration, really weird

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

Reviewed: 11-16-15

I'd only recommend this to someone already a fan of the podcast, you'd then know what you are getting into. It wasn't just weird, it was absurdly weird.

Additionally, as a narrator, Cecil was bad. Terribly bad. People had bad emotions, made people react to events in awkward ways. The only point it felt natural was whereby he was playing "The Voice of Night Vale".

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Prince of Fools

  • The Red Queen's War, Book 1
  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,006
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,008

The Red Queen is old but the kings of the Broken Empire dread her like no other. For all her reign, she has fought the long war, contested in secret, against the powers that stand behind nations, for higher stakes than land or gold. Her greatest weapon is The Silent Sister - unseen by most and unspoken of by all. The Red Queen's grandson, Prince Jalan Kendeth - drinker, gambler, seducer of women - is one who can see The Silent Sister.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A fantasy odd couple caught up in a bigger game

  • By Lore on 04-10-16

Spoiled Rich Kid has problems

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

Reviewed: 05-07-15

Unlike the Thorns series, I never once had any empathy towards Jalan. Jorg was a horrible person, but you often found yourself pulling for the guy. I couldn't ever quite get myself to that point with Jalan.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Firefight

  • The Reckoners, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,177
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,168

Newcago is free. They told David it was impossible, that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart - invincible, immortal, unconquerable - is dead. And he died by David's hand.Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like a cherry on top of a Sundae in the North Pole

  • By Zenpaca on 01-16-15

Adequate Sequel

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

Reviewed: 01-09-15

Quality writing, strong story, but once again simply a transition book...now to wait for Calamity.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Words of Radiance

  • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 48 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 50,448
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 47,189
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 47,166

In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radiance" shines

  • By Don Gilbert on 03-08-14

Great Story Extension

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

Reviewed: 04-17-14

I was concerned that the story was running too fast after the first book and just the first few chapters of this book. I worried Sanderson wouldn't be able to keep me interested at the pace the story was taking, or that things would go in a crazy different direction and disappoint me.

But this was masterfully done. Great characters, great story, great narration. I enjoyed Shalan's story much more than the original book, she's still a frustrating character, but much more enjoyable. I was impressed with the inclusion of new characters and how well they fit in. There's also some serious news about how each character is related to one another, and this makes the next book even more intriguing.

If I had to knock one thing in the book. The interludes are still confusing and provide little to no payoff for the reader. Some of them I can agree they are introducing new characters that we might see in later books, but others are simply confusing and made me question why was my time spent learning about this person. There's no immediate benefit and in some cases nor is there a future with that character.

Overall, great!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

  • By: Scott Lynch
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 21 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,032
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,005

An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stupendous, but be warned.

  • By Luke A. Reynolds on 11-30-09

Good Narrator, Great Plot, Bad Storytelling

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

Reviewed: 04-17-14

I've thought about this for a while and what was so disappointing about this book. The reviews are great, and the story if very intriguing. Honestly, Scott Lynch is an excellent writer when it comes to prose. He's not overly advanced and tedious, but definitely not juvenile. The problem comes with the way the story was constructed.

I liken the style to a speech by a great orator. Imaging you were listening to Martin Luther King, Jr. and his great speech went like this "I have a dream...but wait, I forgot to mention this happened a while back...the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners, oh yeah, there's this story about slaves and slave owners I want to mention...will be able to sit together..."

Flashbacks are hard to get right in books. Movies have the advantage of visual queuing, but in books it's hard to help the reader understand it is a flash back. And this book is full of flashback. Due to the heavy integration of characters, there is never a clear delineation of time save a chapter change. The first 2/3rd of this book is disorienting and difficult to follow. But does get much better after that.

The story it great, you have the appropriate level of empathy for those intended, excellent writing and prose, narration is good (although the children are done in an annoying voice), great characters, and fun twists. Just bad storytelling. And that aspect completely clouds the good in this book.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Theft of Swords

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 1
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,032
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,011

Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A GOOD START TO A SERIES

  • By Randall on 12-24-18

Great start to a trilogy that I feel I will enjoy

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

Reviewed: 01-03-14

Picked this book up on a whim. I was looking for something about thieves for some strange reason. I'm glad I did. Sullivan throws you into a world that will be instantly familiar (humans, elves, and dwarfs) to any fantasy reader and doesn't worry about all the details of why the world is this way. It just setups the world, the rules, and scope and runs off.

I'm happy Sullivan did this because what you get is a great story and you don't have to worry about all the little details that often invade fantasy epics. You get a solid story that is heavy on the events. Paces very well without blowing to quickly through what is happening.

T.G. Reynolds does a wonderful job on the reading and gives you a vivid mental picture of what each character. I'm going to read the rest of this series soon.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Redshirts

  • A Novel with Three Codas
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17,590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,490
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,464

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing, but somehow still worth a listen.

  • By Bradford on 03-06-13

Wil Weaton fits, but is still out of place

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

Reviewed: 01-03-14

This book is good, not great, just good. Scalzi's writing style is a bit out of place in audiobook form, as none of his dialog flows. Scalzi makes a point to add "she said", "he said", etc. after every piece of dialog and therefore translates to audiobook in a very jerky and difficult to follow style. This is why Wil Weaton feels a bit out of place. He's trying to audibly read a book that's not meant to be read aloud.

The story is good, funny, and witty. And whereas the main story is well done, I wish it was more fleshed out. Things move quickly. Honestly, I felt the best portion of the book was the Second Coda. The Second Coda is extremely well written and is perfectly suited for narration. It's a shame the entire book wasn't in the same style.

  • 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 31,030
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,740
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,780

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

Loved Every Second...

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

Reviewed: 01-03-14

Steelheart was an amazing read. Andrews does a superb job with the voices and pacing that I felt he was the characters. Completely engrossing without getting in the way. Sanderson wrote a great book set in a dystopian future where the people with superpower are pretty much all villains.

It's a great spin on the superhero genre, now superheros are bad and enslave the "common" humans, but can the humans rise up and defeat their overlords? Honestly, I think I'm going to listen to this one again and again.

  • Mimus

  • By: Lilli Thal
  • Narrated by: Maxwell Caulfield
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

War has cast its cold shadow over the kingdom of Moltovia, but finally, peace appears to be at hand. Prince Florin races to join his father at the joyous banquet in the court of their former enemy, but is greeted by betrayal. Spared the dungeon that is the fate of his father and his loyal followers, he is enslaved as a lowly apprentice to the spiteful and wily court jester, Mimus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not only for children

  • By Gil Kleinert on 04-18-12

Neatly Packaged Young Reader

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

Reviewed: 01-03-14

Honestly I really didn't care for this book. It's a good story and stars off strong, but things begin to move way too rapidly towards the end of the book and the ending is very..."neat".

Based on the Amazon.com description I was given a bit too much of the plot and kept waiting for a certain event to happen, and when it does I was pretty disappointed. There are complex characters and many are simply ignored at the end and the events unfolding are wrapped up in a nice and orderly fashion, therefore feeling fake.

Couple that will juvenile narration, I cannot recommend this book. The narrator does voices and the producer felt the need not to worry about audio normalizing, so many times Mimus is yelling at you then you have to turn the volume up to hear other characters. Frustrating read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful