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  • Crazy Love (Revised and Updated)

  • Overwhelmed by a Relentless God
  • By: Francis Chan
  • Narrated by: Francis Chan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,928
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,663
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,657

The God of the universe - the Creator of nitrogen and pine needles, galaxies and E-minor - loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. And what is our typical response? We go to church, sing songs, and try not to cuss. Are you hungry for an authentic faith that addresses the problems of our world with tangible, even radical, solutions? God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself. Because the answer to religious complacency isn’t working harder at a list of do's and don'ts - it's falling in love with God.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Blessing

  • By Red on 11-02-13

Crazy Good

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

Thank you again Francis. This book has deepened my faith and God has shown me portions of my life in which I am not being faithful.

  • Proxima: Book 1

  • By: Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 415
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 377

The very far future: The galaxy is a drifting wreck of black holes, neutron stars, and chill white dwarfs. The age of star formation is long past. Yet there is life here, feeding off the energies of the stellar remnants, and there is mind, a tremendous galaxy-spanning intelligence each of whose thoughts lasts a hundred thousand years. And this mind cradles memories of a long-gone age when a more compact universe was full of light... The 27th century: Proxima Centauri, an undistinguished red dwarf star, is the nearest star to our sun. How would it be to live on such a world?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No Sense of Conclusion

  • By Lisa Davidson on 04-24-16

good

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

Good but kind of disappointing. I just don't see how the storyline can continue and make any sense but hopefully I'm wrong. I definitely enjoyed it but it left me unsatisfied. I'll say this for sure, the book description does not do it any justice. It's way better than the promo need you to believe.

  • Redwall

  • Redwall, Book 1
  • By: Brian Jacques
  • Narrated by: Brian Jacques, Full Cast
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,003
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,583
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,580

When Redwall was published in 1987 it catapulted author Brian Jacques to international stardom. And small wonder! This enthralling tale is jam-packed with the things we long for in a great adventure: danger, laughter, hairbreadth escapes, tragedy, mystery, a touch of wonder, a truly despicable villain, and a hero we can take to heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A childrens book for adults.

  • By Jonathan on 03-21-04

Not Just For Children

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

Adorable and adventurous. It deals with death in an appropriate manner for children. The plot is not easily predictable.

  • Rescue

  • Frontiers Saga Part 2: Rogue Castes, Episode 2
  • By: Ryk Brown
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488

A leader left behind. An Alliance falling apart. Friends stranded on an enemy-held world. A chance to rediscover long-forgotten truths. The new threat will require an immediate response. But first, Jessica and the Ghatazhak must execute a daring rescue in order to secure their future. But to do so, they need the one man they have been trying to protect. The question is: Will he agree?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thanks be to the voice gods!

  • By Mark on 12-09-16

very good

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

definitely enjoyed the second book of the series. I think I understand why they use different narrator for the first one too. if you liked the first series I think you'll definitely like this book.

  • Escalation

  • The Frontiers Saga Part 2: Rogue Castes
  • By: Ryk Brown
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 531
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 502
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502

A cease-fire that has lasted seven years. Worlds half-destroyed that have been rebuilt anew. Friends and crewmates scattered light-years apart. New leaders that would be kings. The Jung threat has been renewed, in ways not imagined. It will take a new savior to inspire the masses, and once again lead those willing to fight against oppression. But who will the new savior be?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing narration ruined story

  • By Ditus Bolanos on 09-11-16

good start

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

this is a good start to a new series. it contains some profanity but the context is probably appropriate. the storyline is definitely very interesting and favorite characters are all about in the story. I enjoyed it enough that I was disappointed when I was over. the narration leaves something to be desired. I would not say the narration is as good as that used for the previous series. it does not distract from the story line though.

  • Aurora: CV-01

  • Frontiers Saga, Book 1
  • By: Ryk Brown
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,596
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,597

A world recovering from a devastating plague. A brutal enemy threatening invasion. A young man seeking to escape the shadow of his father. A ship manned by a crew of fresh academy graduates. A top-secret experimental propulsion system. A questionable alliance with a mysterious green-eyed woman. What destiny has in store for the crew of the UES Aurora is far greater than any of them could ever imagine. And this is only the beginning....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 90% SciFi, 10% Cheese

  • By John C. on 06-16-14

All Good

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

Other than some bad language, appropriate for the context, and some adult content, this whole series is good clean sci-fi enjoy. I found it very easy to suspend disbelief. One can really get invested in the characters.

  • That Which Other Men Cannot Do

  • Frontiers Saga, Book 15
  • By: Ryk Brown
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 745
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 743

With political unrest growing, the Alliance must rush to rebuild their fleet and expand their sphere of influence before their support runs out. But when the Jung up the ante, the Alliance must turn up the heat. Captain Nathan Scott and the Sol-Pentaurus Alliance must put everything on the line to save the Sol sector once and for all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Jean on 03-10-17

All Good

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

In this last book the author couldn't help but work in the phrase "cobra command" and "open the bay doors HAL." Other than some bad language, appropriate for the context, and some adult content, this whole series is good clean sci-fi enjoy. I found it very easy to suspend disbelief. One can really get invested in the characters.

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,093
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,851
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,816

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By Emily on 05-07-17

not just a dystopian rite of passage novel

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

This book starts out really really well. The main character is well-developed and the storyline is great. There are some weird transitions in POV after he leaves his home but they can't wait for the rest of the book. Shortly thereafter it for a short time feels very formulaic, much like a lot of modern dystopian rite of passage books, but it is adequately unique as to not spoil the story. I found myself getting caught up in the protagonist thinking and willing him to do certain things... intoxicating!

  • Agatha H. and the Voice of the Castle

  • By: Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 17 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290

In the third installment of the Girl Genius novels, Agatha H. and the Voice of the Castle begins as Agatha Heterodyne returns to her ancestral home, the warped little town of Mechanicsburg. There she must claim her inheritance by convincing the artificial intelligence that animates her family's castle that she is, in fact, the new Heterodyne. But this apparently simple task is made complicated in several ways: An imposter claiming to be the legitimate heir appears.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Kenny Andersson on 01-28-15

Ending?

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

Reviewed: 06-27-17

I like this book but the end was confusing even after listening to it twice. After the third listen I still don't like the end.

  • Ash

  • Asher Benson Book 1
  • By: Jason Brant
  • Narrated by: Wayne June
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 141

Lieutenant Asher Benson left Iraq with a traumatic brain injury, PTSD, and a Purple Heart. His doctors warned that the symptoms would be life altering. They had no idea. As his body healed, the thoughts of those around him began to echo through Ash's mind, stretching the boundaries of his sanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Asher

  • By VVEVVP on 07-26-15

Thrilling and Violent

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

Reviewed: 02-06-17

Definitely a fast-moving and exciting story but it is a little too full of vulgarity and violence for my taste. The author does a great job of eliciting sympathy from the reader for the main character due to what he's gone through. The performance is pretty good as well but the music and sound effects actually detract from the narration.