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  • Second Foundation

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,519
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,532

The fate of the Foundation rests on young Arcadia Darell, only 14 years old and burdened with a terrible secret. As its scientists gird for a final showdown with the Mule, the survivors of the First Foundation begin their desperate search. They too want the Second Foundation destroyed, before it destroys them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Distractions

  • By Joseph Y. on 05-21-10

SciFi classic

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

Reviewed: 04-09-19

This series lays the FOUNDATION for almost all SciFi after it. Definitely read them all.

  • Skyward

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,248
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,451
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14,428

From Brandon Sanderson, the number one New York Times best-selling author of the Reckoners series, Words of Radiance, and the internationally best-selling Mistborn series, comes the first book in an epic new series about a girl who dreams of becoming a pilot in a dangerous world at war for humanity's future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Has Sanderson been reading Craig Alanson???

  • By Barry on 11-18-18

Another great Sanderson title!

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

Unsurprisingly she reminds me of Vin from mistborn, and that's a good thing. This will be next on my daughter's list. :)

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 214,061
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 199,892
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199,475

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

My God, I love this book

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

If you were even remotely aware of pop culture in the 80s you must read this book.

  • Off to Be the Wizard

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,865

It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hang in there

  • By Kelly on 03-04-17

Very clever, very original and very funny

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

Reviewed: 04-11-17

Where does Off to Be the Wizard rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have been into more lighthearted funny books lately and this was just what I was looking for. A little bit nerd and a lot bit funny with some real laugh out loud moments.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Philip because he has a Pontiac Fiero.

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

I have not heard any of Luke Daniel's other stuff, but I have to say he totally nailed it on this one. This series is probably one of the best I've heard narrated, right up there with some of the ones done by Michael Kramer and Simon Vance (two of my favorite narrators).

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Some laugh out loud moments. And when you laugh out loud when you're listening to it alone...in public...that's when you know it's funny.

Any additional comments?

Just buy it.

  • Spell or High Water

  • Magic 2.0
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,326
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,146

A month has passed since Martin helped to defeat the evil programmer Jimmy, and things couldn't be going better. Except for his love life, that is. Feeling distant and lost, Gwen has journeyed to Atlantis, a tolerant and benevolent kingdom governed by the Sorceresses, and a place known to be a safe haven to all female time-travelers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator!

  • By D. Murdock on 03-13-17

Nerd Hilarity

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

Reviewed: 04-10-17

I won't sugar coat it. You probably need to be at least a little bit nerd to enjoy this but I loved it. Some laugh out loud moments and just a lot of fun.

  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,032
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,230
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24,170

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a work that I highly recommend

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 05-02-16

A good time of you're a fan of the aliens series

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

Reviewed: 06-13-16

I enjoyed it as a side / bolt on story top Aliens. If you are not a fan of the aliens series I would skip though. For aliens fans who haven't seen it in awhile this takes place after Alien.

I give a lot of credit to these folks for helping to resurrect the concept of the radio drama. But true to the nature of a new/resurrected type of media the ability to command star power and well-trained voice actors is limited. Hooper, Sneddon, and LeChance were great, Ripley was pretty good and the others needed some work. All that said, I look forward to more radio dramas like this one.

Warbreaker
    
    
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        James Yaegashi
    
    


    
    Length: 24 hrs and 45 mins
    6,157 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • Warbreaker

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: James Yaegashi
  • Length: 24 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,157
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,086
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,110

An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods. In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What's Your god like?

  • By Robert on 05-24-13

Entertaining, but not Sanderson's finest

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

Reviewed: 09-02-14

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

It might be on the list, but not very high up on the list. There are so many other Sanderson books I would recommend first (and I love Sanderson, don't get me wrong). The Mistborn series, the Stormlight Archive, even Elantris I would put above this one. I must admit though that part of this was the narrator's (in my opinion) over-the-top surfer dude approach to doing Lightsong's voice. I found it really annoying and thought it came pretty close to ruining a pretty cool character. The story also seemed to wrap up sort of abruptly, but ultimately I was okay with that.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Probably the most interesting aspect for me is the tie-in with the Stormlight Archive (which I am a huge fan of) with the weapon. If you don't know what that means then I guess you'll just have to read the Stormlight Archive and this one. :)

What three words best describe James Yaegashi’s performance?

Animated, appropriate, over-eager (Lightsong specifically).

Do you think Warbreaker needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

If there was any follow-up it should be a prequel to go back to the days of the Many-War. In many ways I think that would be ultimately more interesting than Warbreaker.

  • Divergent

  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,737
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,939

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

Nice dystopian future novels for teens

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

Reviewed: 09-02-14

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

Overall, yes, I think it was time well-spent and--to be honest--the time investment wasn't that large to begin with. The narrators did a great job! I would give it more stars overall except first-person present-tense writing just drives me nutty. Also, I knew it was labeled as youth fiction so I don't dock it for the youth content, but if you are an adult looking at reading this, beware. Much of the content is around emotional issue, maturity problems, and common issues kids come across in jr. high and high school (clicks and such). Take that for what it's worth. This goes for the whole series.

What other book might you compare Divergent to and why?

Well, I and everyone else probably immediately compare this book to Hunger Games. This book gets a little more into personality-based classism and trying to figure out why people behave like they do. Hunger games is more flagrant oppression and overthrowing of a dictatorship. Both have their good moments, but I'd have to say I prefer Hunger Games at the end of the day.

Which scene was your favorite?

Personally, in the first novel I most enjoyed the reveal at the end of the novel. It's not often that a novel can really make me want to find out what the big twist is, but this one did. And when they reveal it, it's a doozy.

Was Divergent worth the listening time?

Yes, I think so. It wasn't terribly long so even if you didn't absolutely love it, it's not like the time was wasted.