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  • Super Powereds: Year 1

  • Super Powereds, Book 1
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 26 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,767
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,356

Knowledge is power. That would be the motto of Lander University, had it not been snatched up and used to death by others long before the school was founded. For while Lander offers a full range of courses to nearly all students, it also offers a small number of specialty classes to a very select few. Lander is home to the Hero Certification Program, a curriculum designed to develop students with superhuman capabilities, commonly known as Supers, into official Heroes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Series In Recent Memory

  • By Get Off My Lawn! on 10-08-16

Wow... One of My Most Engaging Reads Ever

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

Where does Super Powereds: Year 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'm nearing 60 books listened to and in terms of sheer entertainment, this is perhaps the best one. It takes true talent to hold interest like this for hours on end. For me, this is an incredible accomplishment.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Super Powereds: Year 1?

The climax. I don't want to ruin it for everyone but it is very well done.

What about Kyle McCarley’s performance did you like?

The guy is an incredible voice actor. He can handle a huge number of voices, put emotion into all of them and keep them all very distinct. As soon as he opens his mouth, you know exactly who is speaking without him having to tell you.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. You will want to. Due to the length of it, its impossible... but that is a good thing. Many hours of entertainment.

Any additional comments?

The one drawback is the beginning. I picked this up on special and was a little hesitant because this is not my normal genre. He began with Mr. Numbers and Mr. Transport and from the way things started off, I was waiting for the chiches of white knights vs evil bad guys and other non-complex stuff that bores me and I can't connect with. I expected this to turn into a children's book. Thankfully, I pressed on. This is not appropriate for children or young teenagers. Despite the cover art, this is very much a book for adults. It does indeed include the college-age topics of drinking, parties, relationships, ect, which are as much a part of the story as the super powers, training cirriculum and brutal violent tests but if you can look past the college themes, this will draw you in and captivate you for countless hours. I've had to binge listen to all three books. With the exception of Lord of the Rings many years ago as a high school student, I've never in my life been compelled to dive into a book series as much as I have this one.

  • Divergent

  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,945
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,633
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,832

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

Great drama but some aspects I can't stand

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Sure. It made a few days at work go really quick. The drama was good and it held my attention

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The first half of the story was excellent and I was figuring this was going to be one of the best stories I've listened to. The second half started with never-ending romance writing (by itself I can tolerate) but then came the self-righteous moralizing and I wanted to break my phone out of indignation. Every military, police and security group worth its weight in salt values physical and mental toughness and many of the most successful people's throughout history instilled a lot of this toughness growing up and as rights of passage. Of course you don't want to cause PTSD, but every fiction-writer and TV producer forcing this "being mean in any way means you're evil" morality down our throats is disgusting. I wanted to enjoy a story of people surviving a super brutal right of passage and what they would face defending the city or whatever. Instead I got the message "treating people anything like this is bad... they should be ashamed". I'm annoyed.

Have you listened to any of Emma Galvin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Sure. Hopefully I can tolerate the moralizing.

Any additional comments?

No.

  • Girls on the Edge

  • Four Factors Driving the New Crisis for Girls
  • By: Leonard Sax M.D.
  • Narrated by: Pam Ward
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

Psychologist and physician Leonard Sax’s work with young people reveals that girls today have an incredibly brittle sense of self. Though they may look confident on the outside, teens and tweens are fragile inside, obsessed with grades, sports, networking sites, and appearances. They are confused about their sexual identity, as environmental toxins are accelerating physical maturity faster than their emotional maturity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Now I get it.

  • By GBBMOA on 11-30-14

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 11-29-17

From beginning to end, this is packed with incredibly useful, very practical information that in most cases goes against the common knowledge that is steering girls (as well as everybody else) in the wrong direction. I learned a ton and it is very much poised to better my decision-making.

  • Augusto Pinochet

  • The Life and Legacy of Chile's Controversial Dictator
  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Ray
  • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

For much of the 20th century, South American governments in large part lived under a system of military junta governments. The mixture of indigenous peoples, foreign settlers and European colonial superpowers produced cultural and social imbalances into which military forces intervened as a stabilizing influence. The proactive personalities of military heads and the rigid structures of such a hierarchy guaranteed the "strong man" commanding officer an abiding presence in the form of executive dictator.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Author with Axe to Grind

  • By Brian on 11-02-17

Author with Axe to Grind

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

This is not the evenhanded look at Pinochet (both the good and bad) that I bought this book for. The author throws around politically charged terms like you wouldn't believe and intends to sway your opinion through language, not facts. I listened to a few minutes and couldn't take the bias anymore and returned it.

  • The Fountainhead

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 32 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,971
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,246

One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Fountainhead

  • By Zachary on 06-04-10

Epic. Truly Inspirational. One of the best books I've read.

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

Reviewed: 05-14-17

I am so grateful to come across Ayn Rand. This ranks right up there with Atlas Shrugged in how epic it is and how much it teaches you about life. This one is more about finding happiness in life. You don't find it in validation from others and being popular. You find it in doing what you enjoy and achieving excellence in this. You find it in being proud of that excellence. Feeling like you have purpose in life and are doing something worthwhile cannot be easily yanked out from underneath you like those feelings of validation. The feelings of dependence on other people to tell you they like you and that you're doing a good job. That is a false confidence that destroys things.

It seems like everything Ayn Rand says has application to my personal life and is extremely insightful. It's truly been a joy to read her novels.

  • Wool

  • Silo, #1; Wool, #1-5
  • By: Hugh Howey
  • Narrated by: Amanda Sayle
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,206
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,674
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,698

In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story, ridiculous narration

  • By virginia on 10-26-14

Lacks substance

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

Reviewed: 10-25-16

After seeing good reviews I expected better of this book. The drama and pacing weren't bad but the whole concept felt really bland to me and there was just so little substance. There was no complexity to good and evil, the characters were simplistic and there wasn't much to them, I wasn't emotionally drawn into them, there was no real politics, there was not a lot of detail about the apocalypse that brought them there, the government that caused these rules wasn't really explained. Instead of this substance, what I got instead was like a season of 24, a story driven by drama and various events that pop up instead of engaging your intellect. The story just got boring at times and felt way too simplistic. I never really felt a burning desire to get myself through it. It wasn't terrible but I was just left feeling very unimpressed. It might be okay if you're looking for that but don't go into this expecting any George RR Martin or anything. I'd probably give this a 2.5/5.

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