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  • Lodestone, Book One: The Sea of Storms

  • By: Mark Whiteway
  • Narrated by: Nathan William Heller
  • Length: 15 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32

On the planet Kelanni, life is cheap. With the aid of the fearsome "Keltar" enforcers in their flying cloaks, a ruthless invader is forcing the native people to mine the colloquially named "lodestone" - a substance from another universe with infinitely destructive power. The only ones who can stop him are a tiny girl with a fiery disposition, a former Keltar, a failed revolutionary, a musician and the mysterious creature, Boxx, who seems to speak only in riddles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable!

  • By The Bohemian Housewife on 05-23-16

good story with some weak points

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

Reviewed: 06-30-13

PROS:
interesting perspective of an alien world
fun mix of sci-fi and fantasy
makes you guess and come back for more


CONS :
poor world building with few details
simplistic relationships between characters
a recurrent abruptness between events

narrator is monotone and slow...I had to play it at 2x speed

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Gate Thief

  • Mithermages, Book 2
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Rankin
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,781
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,370

Here on Earth, Danny North is still in high school, yet he holds in his heart and mind all the stolen outselves of 13 centuries of gatemages. The Families still want to kill him if they can’t control him - and they can’t control him; he is far too powerful. On Westil, Wad is now nearly powerless - he lost everything to Danny in their struggle. Even if he can survive the revenge of his enemies, he must still somehow make peace with the Gatemage Daniel North, for when Danny took that power from Loki, he also took responsibility for the Great Gates.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Flashes of Great, Ok, and Bad. Overall: Meh.

  • By Benjamin on 04-04-13

great stuff, too short !

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

Reviewed: 03-28-13

As many of OSC's books, its too short (12hrs) we want more !
this book is very well written, although it is not an epic series, it's more casual.
all the threads tie in well together...AND YES I know he explained some things twice.
In general, it flows well.. could you really ask for more ?

the only things that make me stop listening to a book are :
-illogism of action, not on par with actions from a real human being
-the absence of an early hook or generalized boredom
that wasn't the case here.
Imo, your criticism is overplayed..you hold OSC in higher esteem than other authors and therefore, you are harsher with him than you normally would be.

now, as for teenage pregnancy,...hahaha wow that hit a cord.
I didn't see that as a problem while listening...but I can see why that would bother mothers. Honestly tho, think about it. I know a real 16yrs old couple DON'T think about babies, but with a godling ?? I think you underestimate the dictators that are our genes.

here's the basics of Human nature :
Men want women with solid hips to carry the baby and large breast to feed it.
(marilyn monroe)
Women want strong men to protect and provide
(james bond)
Power is the greatest aphrodisiac of all
(Bill clinton)

this is a fantasy book where godlings exist...how could these young women do anything but want their genes to join that deep and powerful pool.

Anyway this is a great book, although too short and I for one enjoyed it !

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Cast in Shadow

  • Chronicles of Elantra, Book 1
  • By: Michelle Sagara
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,923
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,917

Seven years ago Kaylin fled the crime-riddled streets of Nightshade, knowing that something was after her. Children were being murdered— and all had the same odd markings that mysteriously appeared on her own skin….Since then, she's learned to read, she's learned to fight and she's become one of the vaunted Hawks who patrol and police the City of Elantra. Alongside the winged Aerians and the immortal Barrani, she's made a place for herself, far from the mean streets of her birth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Addicted to the series, but leaves you hanging...

  • By Amanda on 04-11-12

frustrating

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

Reviewed: 05-09-12

author is illogical and irrational. the caracters are often OOC (out of caracter) from one chapter to the next. it's hard to read on, even though the story isnt bad.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Laddertop

  • By: Orson Scott Card, Emily Janice Card
  • Narrated by: Emily Janice Card, Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 73

Twenty five years ago, the alien Givers came to Earth and bestowed upon the human race the greatest technology ever seen—four giant towers known as Ladders that rise 36,000 miles and culminate in space stations that power the entire planet. Then, for reasons unknown, the Givers disappeared.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • For immature readers (no offense intended).

  • By Brad on 04-27-12

good start

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

Reviewed: 11-23-11

I will buy the real book once it comes out
good beginning to a story
buy it only if u like orson scott card since its not a whole book yet

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Catch Me If You Can

  • By: Frank W. Abagnale, Stan Redding
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,469

Frank W. Abagnale was one of the most daring con men, forgers, imposters, and escape artists in history. In his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot's uniform and copiloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was 21. His story is now a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • uhm where is the ending?

  • By Steve on 03-29-17

superb story

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

Reviewed: 11-23-11

I recommend it
very captivating
i liked every single minute of it
the end. bye bye bye bye

  • Divergent

  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,082
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,281

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's not for me. Loved it anyway.

  • By Grant on 05-24-12

pretty interesting

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

Reviewed: 11-23-11

good story, nice but weird society
good plot
similar to hunger games series
good for a simple listen

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Jenny

  • The Eddie LaCrosse Mysteries, Book 3
  • By: Alex Bledsoe
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

Alex Bledsoe’s fantasy novels have drawn rave reviews for their ingenious blend of classic fantasy and hard-boiled detective fiction. Now Bledsoe returns with an all-new tale of intrigue and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very different from the first two in the series

  • By Bonnie on 10-06-11

good

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

Reviewed: 11-23-11

it was like the others, pretty good story
excellent narrator
nice dectective stuff in a fantasy world

  • Burn Me Deadly

  • An Eddie LaCrosse Novel
  • By: Alex Bledsoe
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

Eddie's on his way back from a routine investigation when his horse almost runs down a half-naked blonde in serious trouble. Against his better judgment, he promises to protect the frightened young woman, only to find himself waylaid by unknown assailants and left for dead beside her mutilated body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Winner for Bledsoe!

  • By Paul on 12-27-11

as good as the first

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

Reviewed: 09-12-11

its all good. enternaining and enjoyable steph. rud. is the best. gonna read the third book too

  • The Sword-Edged Blonde

  • By: Alex Bledsoe
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

It should have been a case like any other: a missing princess, a king willing to pay in gold for her return. But before he realizes it, private investigator Eddie LaCrosse, a slightly shopworn sword jockey with a talent for discretion and detection, is swept up in a web of mystery and deceit involving a brutally murdered royal heir, a queen accused of an unspeakable crime, and the tragic past he thought he'd left behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a surprise, enjoyed dark age detective

  • By Bonnie on 10-03-11

excellent mystery/fantasy story

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

Reviewed: 09-09-11

first of all, best narrator in the world.
2nd, very good story, even tho its short..8hrs..i mean wtf
good plot and twists, enjoyable and entertaining

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Up Against It

  • By: M. J. Locke
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

Geoff and his friends live in Phocaea, a distant asteroid colony on the Solar System's frontier. They're your basic high-spirited young adults, enjoying such pastimes as hacking matter compilers to produce dancing skeletons that prance through the low-gee communal areas, using their rocket-bikes to salvage methane ice shrapnel that flies away when the colony brings in a big (and vital) rock of the stuff, and figuring out how to avoid the ubiquitous surveillance motes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Splendid Baroque Space-Opera

  • By Alex Levine on 09-09-11

very good hard Sci-Fi book

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

Reviewed: 09-07-11

nice high tech stuff, great AI, great plot in general. quite entertaining.
no details on the spaceships tho.
as good as Ben Bova or K.J. Anderson

2 of 2 people found this review helpful