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  • The Collapsing Empire

  • The Interdependency, Book 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,728
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,688

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely not my favorite scalzi

  • By pat on 03-25-17

Too much profanity; Too Little Story

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

I enjoy some of John Scalzi's books but I can not listen to this book because of the large amount of profanity. I will be returning this book and, in the future, I will avoid books by this author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mortal Engines

  • Mortal Engines, Book 1
  • By: Philip Reeve
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,003
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,997

Welcome to the astounding world of Predator Cities! Emerging from its hiding place in the hills, the great Traction City is chasing a terrified little town across the wastelands. Soon, London will feed. In the attack, Tom Natsworthy is flung from the speeding city with a murderous scar-faced girl. They must run for their lives through the wreckage - and face a terrifying new weapon that threatens the future of the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Creative but hard to stay engaged in

  • By Karissa Eckert on 11-26-17

Senseless violence and stunted characters

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

Read this book because of the trailer for the movie, but I did not like the writing style or the lack of character development. I find it hard to be interested in "stupid" characters. I kept thinking that this is the kind of story that should be made into a movie by Michael Bay as there is constant violence and explosions between the cities and the characters, as they battle for existence and power. However, ideas were not developed and I would have liked more world building or, at least, a better description of the moving cities. After reading this book, I will not see the movie and I will not read any further books in this series.#Dystopian #Steampunk #Violent #depressing #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Oathbringer

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 55 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29,798
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,062
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28,013

Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strong Storytelling, will upset Kaladin fans

  • By Deana on 11-16-17

Dalinar's Immorality Ruins Book

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

I enjoyed the first two books, but I did not like this book. I did not like Dalinar as a character, and I felt that the book should have been edited and pointless information eliminated.
The primary reason that I did not like this book is because Dalinar burned alive his own wife, along with the residents of an entire city. He is a dislikable war criminal who is in support of his soldiers raping the women in the towns and cities conquered by his army. Dalinar believes rape is a necessary tool of war because his men expect to be allowed to rape women, and he views it as an essential act that can be used to maintain his army’s moral. I enjoyed the first two books in this series but I could never enjoy a book in which the behaviour of the main character is so lacking in morality.

  • Tricks for Free

  • InCryptid, Book 7
  • By: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Emily Bauer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257

Antimony Price is on the run. With the Covenant on her tail and her family still in danger, she needs to get far, far away from anyone who might recognize her - including her own mice. For the first time in a long time, a Price is flying without a safety net. Where do you go when you need to disappear into a crowd without worrying about attracting attention? An amusement park, of course.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Annie grew up!

  • By Theresa on 05-11-18

No Action and No Tension

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

Very bad, listened for 2 hours and nothing has happened. Just twenty-something women talking like 14 year old girls. Thus far, "girl" talk, no mystery, no tension, no ideas and the author keeps repeating pieces of information, as if readers too dim to remember points. This book is okay for young teen readers.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Immortal

  • The Immortal Series, Book 1
  • By: Gene Doucette
  • Narrated by: Steve Carlson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 545

Surviving 60,000 years takes cunning and more than a little luck. But in the 21st century, Adam confronts new dangers - someone has found out what he is, a demon is after him, and he has run out of places to hide. Worst of all, he has had entirely too much to drink.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story that will make you think about life!

  • By MJP on 12-22-16

Crude Humour Ruins Listening Experience

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

Starts off with a great deal of crude humor and then improves for a third of the book. Stopped listening half way through the audio as I did not find the story interesting enough for me to restrict my listening to areas of the house where younger members of the family could over hear it. I will return this book and not listen to anymore books in this series.

  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 44,231
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,293

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Denis E.Taylor Sets A New Standard For Sci-Fi

  • By Devin on 04-18-17

Muted emotional responses

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

I purchased We Are Legion, Bobiverse, Book 1, because of the many positive reviews, but I struggled because of the lack of character development and muted emotional responses. I found the lack of emotional depth frustrating, but I purchased the second book hoping that the author would rectify the problems with the first book. Instead the problems were amplified in, “For We are Many”. I started the book about five times before I was able to engage with the book and then the audio stopped. I checked to see what had happened to the audio and found that I would need to buy the next book for the conclusion. I do not like being left hanging at the end of a “book” and will not buy the next book or any other books by this author.

  • The Night Bell

  • A Hazel Micallef Mystery, Book 4
  • By: Inger Ash Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Taking place in the quintessential Canadian town, The Night Bell moves between the past and the present as two mysteries converge. A discovery of the bones of murdered children is made on land that was once a county foster home. Now it's being developed as a brand-new subdivision whose first residents are already railing against broken promises and corruption. But when three of their number are murdered after the bones are found, their frustration turns to terror.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Weak Story with Flawed Police Procedure

  • By Amy W on 02-05-18

Weak Story with Flawed Police Procedure

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

The identity of murderer was given at beginning of the novel and the police procedure was flawed to the extent that it ruined the book for me. I enjoyed the performance given by the reader but she could not save the book.

  • Suspect

  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,959
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,894
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,885

LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Page Turner!!

  • By Jacqueline on 01-22-13

Dogs are not people

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

This story was not what I expected from Robert Crais. I do not like books with talking animals (except Animal Story) or stories told from the perspective of animals. I will return this book.

  • The Gold-Son

  • By: Carrie Anne Noble
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 350

All sixteen-year-old Tommin wants is to make beautiful shoes and care for his beloved grandmother, but his insatiable need to steal threatens to destroy everything. Driven by a curse that demands more and more gold, he's sure to get caught eventually.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Aimed at a younger public, but still enjoyable

  • By Andressa W. on 10-21-17

The Goldson earns a bronze

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

Reviewed: 01-28-18

Very slow story, and at times, I found I was finishing the character's sentences in an effort to move the book long. I did not find that the story had any interesting dialogue, sentence structure or ideas that will stay with me. There is nothing offensive or wrong with the story, I simply did not find it interesting.

  • The Memory Watcher

  • By: Minka Kent
  • Narrated by: Sally Vahle, Morgan Laure
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,400
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,390

When Autumn Carpenter stumbles upon the social media account of the family who adopted her infant daughter years ago, she finds herself instantly drawn into their picture-perfect existence. From behind a computer screen, Autumn watches Grace's every memory, from birthdays to holidays to bedtime snuggles. But what starts as an innocent fascination soon spirals into an addictive obsession that comes to a screeching halt the day the McMullen family closes their Instaface account.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book!

  • By Yikes on 06-24-17

Characters lack Character

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

Story follows the life of two dis-likable women who are married to high income men and stay at home. One is stalking the other on the internet to keep track of her daughter and she will go to any length to follow the life of her child. The story focuses on the internal life of the women and the children function as game pieces.