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  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 112,894
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 104,549
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 104,051

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and perfect narration

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 12-15-16

Great Memoir

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

A funny, and at times moving, series of insights into Trevor's personal life, race relations, South African history, gender struggles, socio economic strata, identity, and culture. He's able to cover so much ground because he has lived his life as back, white, "colored," rich, poor, hooligan, and icon. He possesses a familiarity with topics many of us never experience firsthand. A great listen.

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  • Infinite

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,955
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,324
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,311

The Galahad, a faster-than-light spacecraft, carries 50 scientists and engineers on a mission to prepare Kepler 452b, Earth's nearest habitable neighbor at 1400 light years away. With Earth no longer habitable and the Mars colony slowly failing, they are humanity's best hope. After 10 years in a failed cryogenic bed - body asleep, mind awake - William Chanokh's torture comes to an end as the fog clears, the hatch opens, and his friend and fellow hacker, Tom, greets him...by stabbing a screwdriver into his heart. This is the first time William dies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a rather complex science fiction story

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 12-26-17

Summer Action Film in Book Form

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

This book was ok... sort of like an episode of Black Mirror without a compelling dark side. The plot was fairly predictable and lacked the introspection that could have been applied to topics like AI sentience, the "realness" of reality, or what makes a life worth living. If you go into it expecting an experience like watching Starship Troopers at the theater with some twists, you won't be too disappointed.

  • The Obelisk Gate

  • The Broken Earth, Book 2
  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,395
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,823
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,810

This is the way the world ends, for the last time. The season of endings grows darker, as civilization fades into the long cold night. Essun - once Damaya, once Syenite, now avenger - has found shelter, but not her daughter. Instead there is Alabaster Tenring, destroyer of the world, with a request. But if Essun does what he asks, it would seal the fate of the Stillness forever. Far away, her daughter Nassun is growing in power - and her choices will break the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Miles is becoming my favorite narrator

  • By Jesslyn H on 08-29-16

Solid Sequel

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

This was an imaginative sequel with a satisfying amount of action and plot progression. I enjoyed it a little more than the first book.

  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,176
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,800
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,696

Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Take the Negative Reviews w/ a Grain of Salt

  • By Gabriel on 08-29-18

Outrageous Conjecture

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

I was hoping for amazing insights based on other reviews, but I couldn't get past how much of this book was based upon total speculation. In the same way the public no longer broadly tolerates religious people spreading ideologies while ignoring facts, I think we need to apply similar criticism to (and question the value of) scientific ideas that are mainly just strung-together assumptions based on extremely limited information.
If, for example, a single archeological discovery can bring down the whole house of cards, how scientific really is the whole?

  • Broken Angels

  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,794
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,579

Cynical, quick-on-the-trigger Takeshi Kovacs, the ex-U.N. envoy turned private eye, has changed careers, and bodies, once more, trading sleuthing for soldiering as a warrior-for-hire and helping a far-flung planet's government put down a bloody revolution.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gritty, hard-boiled space action

  • By Ryan on 08-23-14

Not as good as Altered Carbon but not bad

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

I enjoyed the first book, Altered Carbon. Though it was mostly a typical (if graphic) gumshoe novel, it introduced a well made and thought provoking universe.
Broken Angels has a bit more of a generic, convoluted sci-fi plot with fewer memorable characters. I liked the parts that expounded upon Takeshi's background, the Quellists, and the Martians, but they felt few and far between. The continuous action was enough to keep me interested, but I hoped for more depth. The fact that the end of the book turned into another "who done it" scene also had me rolling my eyes. Maybe if all of the character motivations revealed in the end had been explained along the way, it would have made for a more compelling read. I agree with readers who say this book is worth reading if you want to get more acquainted with TK's universe, but keep expectations in check.

  • Altered Carbon

  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,993
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,986

In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Altered Carbon

  • By Jake Williams on 09-22-07

Dark, Visionary

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

I really enjoyed this book. Excellent narration.
It's been a long time since I've read something based in such a well developed universe. In spite of all the sex and violence, the author is clearly a thinker.

  • The Land: Founding: A LitRPG Saga

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 1
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,034
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,904

Tricked into a world of banished gods, demons, goblins, sprites and magic, Richter must learn to meet the perils of The Land and begin to forge his own kingdom. Actions have consequences across The Land, with powerful creatures and factions now hell-bent on Richter's destruction. Can Richter forge allegiances to survive this harsh and unforgiving world or will he fall to the dark denizens of this ancient and unforgiving realm? A tale to shake "The Land" itself, measuring 10/10 on the Richter scale, how will Richter's choices shape the future of The Land and all who reside in it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding book!

  • By Dave Norris on 03-16-19

Short, Meh

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

I'm disappointed by all the good reviews. This book was essentially just someone narrating the first few hours of an RPG. Despite supposedly taking place in the future, the main character made constant references to our time period and used slang from a year or two ago that was so trendy, it already sounds ridiculous in 2018. (Think "on fleek")
At first, the new characters and possibilities of the world were interesting, but the story eventually became a series of battles punctuated by the characters running errands, which tapered off to a very unsatisfying "to be continued. "
I could get into this genre, but when you look at some of the excellent storytelling that exists in massive RPG games (Baldur's Gate for example) currently, this book fell woefully short.

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  • Super Powereds: Year 1

  • Super Powereds, Book 1
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 26 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,763
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,251

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

Entertaining But Could Have Been Better

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

Reviewed: 01-15-18

I think this book is fun, if a little unsatisfying. It lends itself well to being an audio book. The narrator does a great job of creating unique voices for all of the many characters. There are just a few factors that prevented me from really loving the story.

While the setting is cool, the magic of the characters being in a special coming-of-age school/training program just isn't there like it is in books such as Harry Potter or Enders Game. Also, too much of the plot is literally driven by underage drinking. The characters go out to X place, underage drink, and something happens. I'm not commenting on the morality of it. It just seems overplayed.

While the story often hints at some interesting subtext, it doesn't delve too deeply into the characters, who are mostly tropes. This feels like lost potential. There are some changes and character growth that occur, but it's not well explained or justified. Mostly readers are just treated to additional heaps of info that support the personality traits that were clearly laid out from the start.

Lastly, and probably most importantly to me, the story doesn't take itself seriously enough when it counts. In spite of a lot of sexual adventures and talk about danger and death, the main plot gets a very low-stakes PG rating. I never remotely thought any harm would come to the characters. The climax of the story is almost goofy and certainly not a nail-biter.

I'll probably buy the next book because I've heard its better, and this one was by no means bad. I just hope the potential I feel is there gets realized.

  • The Shadow of What Was Lost

  • The Licanius Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: James Islington
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 25 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,395

It has been 20 years since the end of the war. The dictatorial Augurs, once thought of almost as gods, were overthrown and wiped out during the conflict, their much-feared powers mysteriously failing them. Those who had ruled under them, men and women with a lesser ability known as the Gift, avoided the Augurs' fate only by submitting themselves to the rebellion's Four Tenets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely a standout in the fantasy genre

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-29-15

Pretty Good

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

Reviewed: 12-23-17

This was entertaining, but I enjoyed some parts more than others. There was something about many of the character interactions that had a young adult feel to them, so the sudden outbreaks of mass violence didn't fit with the otherwise derpy tone set by the dialogues. Other issues: A barrier keeping evil out of the realm has been played out, and I've never heard the term "very well" used so much in my life. That said, the overlapping use of magic and other abilities combined with a post war setting, time playing a role in the story, and Kaden's arc really started to draw me in by the end. I'm looking forward to the second book.

  • The Fifth Season

  • The Broken Earth, Book 1
  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,513

This is the way the world ends. For the last time. A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great, red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal and long-dormant wounds rising up to fester. This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the Earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ORIGINAL AND MOVING, EXCELLENT!

  • By Fantasy on 12-01-15

Fascinating, left me wanting more

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

Reviewed: 10-29-17

I enjoyed this story quite a bit, especially after I came to terms with its world and lore. As the story progressed though, it seemed to lose some of its mystery and urgency. Many of its big reveals were oddly placed.
Maybe my expectations were too high because of the story's apocalyptic beginning, but I was left wanting more. Still, it's an interesting and offbeat (futuristic?) fantasy book with good narration. Better than a lot of nonsense out there with 5 star reviews.