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  • Sufficiently Advanced Magic

  • Arcane Ascension, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Rowe
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 21 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,391
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,367

Five years ago Corin Cadence's brother entered the Serpent Spire - a colossal tower with ever-shifting rooms, traps, and monsters. Those who survive the spire's trials return home with an attunement: a mark granting the bearer magical powers. According to legend, those few who reach the top of the tower will be granted a boon by the spire's goddess. He never returned. Now it's Corin's turn. He's headed to the top floor, on a mission to meet the goddess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good book

  • By Jason N. on 07-20-17

Delightful story seasoned with witty sarcasm

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

Delightful coming of age story with strong role playing game structure, but don't let that fool you. There is a good story with depth and character development which uses the "fight monsters, get treasure, level up" as a rough structure for the world building, there's still plenty more to the story. When you get to the end - you'll want more!

  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,957
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37,467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,295

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as it gets without the old texts

  • By William Taylor on 05-10-18

As good as it gets without the old texts

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

Neil Gaiman nails the old tales in this book. If you're looking for great stories, impressive mythical storyscapes and a good time stop here and spend some time with the Norse Myths. Dwarfs, fallen gods, heroes, Thor's hammer, loss, sorrow, triumphs - it's all there.

Love the Gaiman not only provides a forward where he explains his love of the Norse Myths, but that he narrates this one himself - his passion comes through in the telling. Also, as someone who has read direct translations of the original codex I'm pleased to report Gaiman stays true to the best records we have while updating the telling to be compatible with modern English - the old language can be very difficult to follow when translated literally. You'll thank Gaiman for bringing the language up to contemporary standards for you.

If you are interested for either educations purposes (i.e what are the real myths, not the pop culture versions of Thor, Odin or Loki) or for the love of some good stories you won't be disappointed.

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  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,037
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57,892

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Good! But the Martian it is not . . .

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

So I got Artemis because The Martian was such a fantastic read. While the not the Martian I still enjoyed Artemis, but for quite different reasons - so don't expect a repeat of Andy Weir's first book.

However Artemis is a great read in it's own way. A "wild west" on the moon and making your way in a small town mash up it's both fun and holds it's own. Good character development, engaging story, and plenty of space stuff to geek out over. The pacing is good too, no parts of the story which drag.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 208,532
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 194,689
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194,284

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Great fun

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

Really enjoyed this one. Yes, the nostalgia got me a little, but the story line is engaging and doesn't lag. It's a great mix of a coming of age and adventure story. The creative environment of the Oasis is also delightful. Recommend the read.

  • The Wise Man's Fear

  • (Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2)
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 42 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 52,182
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 47,541
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 47,575

"My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth your time

  • By Robert on 09-08-11

Just couldn't get into it

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

First - the Narrator did a great job, engaging voice and dialog.
But, the story I just couldn't get into. The first book felt like it was dragging along and this one is even worse. I kept wanting to feel engaged but couldn't get there. the main character has a lot of potential, but I felt like he was stalled out in the story. Didn't finish the book. Sadly, started listening to 15 min intervals to fall asleep at night.

  • Neverwhere

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,407

Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vivid, imaginative.

  • By Joseph on 10-29-09

A whimsicle timefiller

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

Reviewed: 05-23-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

If you're looking for a creative premise to fill some time and like a twist on modern settings this one's for you. Set in London the characters flit between modern London and the mythical setting of Neverwhere.

Would you recommend Neverwhere to your friends? Why or why not?

The story felt a bit droll and at times a bit predictable. There were some creative twists but I had a difficult time felling vested in the main character and about 2/3 of the way through the story found myself wondering if I wanted to finish (I did). In the end I wasn't disappointed but didn't feel like I'd had one of those "good reads".

Any additional comments?

If you're looking for something a bit different and a quick read/listen this could be a good book for you.

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