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  • Bloodwitch

  • A Witchlands Novel, Book 3
  • By: Susan Dennard
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

Aeduan has teamed up with the Threadwitch Iseult and the magical girl Owl to stop a bloodthirsty horde of raiders preparing to destroy a monastery that holds more than just faith. But to do so, he must confront his own father and his past. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!

  • By Summer Sanz on 02-20-19

Another Great One!

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

Once again Susan and Cassandra have hit it out of the park! This book is so fantastic! I love these characters and love them more with each book. Side note: You MUST read Sightwitch before this book. There are so many things you learn in that book that are pertinent to this story. I think it would be very confusing without that knowledge.

  • Storm Glass

  • (Harbinger, Book 1)
  • By: Jeff Wheeler
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,834
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,817

Theirs is a world of opposites. The privileged live in sky manors held aloft by a secretive magic known only as the Mysteries. Below, the earthbound poor are forced into factory work to maintain the engine of commerce. Only the wealthy can afford to learn the Mysteries, and they use their knowledge to further lock their hold on society. Cettie Pratt is a waif doomed to the world below, until an admiral attempts to adopt her. But in her new home in the clouds, not everyone treats her as one of the family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immersive, Wonderful, Magical!

  • By Huntress on 07-05-18

Intriguing, but a slow start

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

This book really took a bit to get me invested. I was intrigued by the story line and the 'mysteries' everybody is always talking about but I found it to be a slow start. I also had to get used to Kate Rudd's narration. The inflection of her voice still kind of annoys me but it did seem to work for the 12 year old girls. However, I am very curious where this book is going to go and have picked up book 2. It is my first Jeff Wheeler book and I am very curious about all the rest of them.

  • The Invasion of the Tearling

  • A Novel
  • By: Erika Johansen
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,715
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,565

With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing followup to Queen of the Tearling

  • By Canadian eReader on 06-13-15

Better than the first!

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

Reviewed: 12-08-17

I was really unsure about picking up this book. I liked the first one, but wasn't crazy about the narrator and it took me awhile to get into the story. The reviews were really hit or miss and I debated spending a credit on this book for quite awhile. I am so glad I picked up this one! I thought this narrator was ten times better than the first. I loved the addition of Lily and the more adult nature of this book. Yes, Kelsea is young and sometimes annoying but it is believable and I like the way she changes through out this book and at the end. I am really looking forward to picking up the third book.

  • Why We Sleep

  • Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
  • By: Matthew Walker PhD
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,728
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,317
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,280

Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, wellness, and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when we don't sleep. Compared to the other basic drives in life - eating, drinking, and reproducing - the purpose of sleep remained elusive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I recommend this to EVERYONE

  • By Emma Bennett on 12-11-17

A must read for everyone

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

Reviewed: 11-20-17

Every person should read this book. I learned so much and the facts point so obviously to a chronic lack of sleep Nationwide. I will be gifting this book to my parents for Christmas.

  • The Seeds of Life

  • From Aristotle to da Vinci, from Sharks' Teeth to Frogs' Pants, the Long and Strange Quest to Discover Where Babies Come From
  • By: Edward Dolnick
  • Narrated by: Ben Sullivan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Throughout most of human history, babies were surprises. People knew the basics: Men and women had sex, and sometimes babies followed. But beyond that the origins of life were a colossal mystery. The Seeds of Life is the remarkable and rollicking story of how a series of blundering geniuses and brilliant amateurs struggled for two centuries to discover where, exactly, babies come from.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outrageously entertaining and boldly informative

  • By Andrea on 03-06-18

Very enjoyable and informative!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

I loved listening to this book. It was really interesting and peppered with fun stories that made it even more entertaining. If you enjoy history and have any interest at all in biology, you should read this book!

  • The Stone Sky

  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,461
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,040
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,029

The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women. Essun has inherited the power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter, Nassun, and forge a world in which every orogene child can grow up safe. For Nassun, her mother's mastery of the Obelisk Gate comes too late. She has seen the evil of the world and accepted what her mother will not admit: that sometimes what is corrupt cannot be cleansed, only destroyed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This review is for the entire series

  • By Jesslyn H on 09-05-17

An Amazing Ending to An Amazing Series

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

Reviewed: 09-06-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely. This series, and this author, is one of my favorites that I have read in a very long time. The story is engaging, the characters relatable, and the world completely believable as something from our future.

What did you like best about this story?

This story is a dystopian novel, set in our future, although so distantly that it is less about how we might ruin the world, and more about how those after us will save it. It was great to have the past slowly revealed and learn how humanity got where they did.

Which character – as performed by Robin Miles – was your favorite?

This is less about one character, but I love how this story is told. It is almost like a first person story told through third person. It was so interesting, and unlike anything I have heard before.

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

Both so much! It was an incredibly touching ending to the trilogy.

Any additional comments?

Love Love Love. I can't say it enough!

  • Golden Son

  • Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy
  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,379
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,178

Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I felt like the first book was a great Epic story

  • By Dirk on 02-01-18

A Wonderful Continuation of the First Book

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

Reviewed: 04-30-17

Would you listen to Golden Son again? Why?

Yes! I would love to delve into this series again. I think after listening to all three books, there would be so much more to learn and catch on a second listen-through.

What other book might you compare Golden Son to and why?

Although I have not read GOT, there is a lot of death and gore in these books that I think would be comparable. You should be prepared for people to die.

What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

Tim Gerard Reynolds is my favorite audible reader! He does a great job distinguishing between voices and I think his voice has been perfect for Darrow's thoughts and narration.

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

This series has been amazing. I have never read a book that could make me cry, laugh hysterically and contemplate the faults of humanity within one chapter. I really think this might be my favorite book series I have ever listened to.

Any additional comments?

The characters are so well written and really reveal how gray morality can be. This book is about the faults humanity has and how we can overcome them with love and empathy. Some people have complained that this book is a lot of talking and not enough action. I disagree. There is a lot of Darrow's thoughts and musings on what is going on around him but I think that is what makes this book so great. It allows you to not only enjoy the book but really contemplate humanity and the good and bad you see within our own world. If you are debating this book, read it! You will not regret it. Also, if you read the first one there is enough of an ending to stop. But if you read this one, you will HAVE to pick up the third one.

  • The Queen of the Tearling

  • A Novel
  • By: Erika Johansen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,606
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,407

Magic, adventure, mystery, and romance combine in this epic debut in which a young princess must reclaim her dead mother’s throne, learn to be a ruler - and defeat the Red Queen, a powerful and malevolent sorceress determined to destroy her. On her 19th birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow beginning, excellent payoff

  • By Eric Nielsen on 07-22-15

Entertaining Read

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

Reviewed: 03-24-17

It took me awhile to get into the book. The narrator has a tendency to shout a lot during the action scenes. It was a little annoying at first, but I started to get used to it. The story was interesting and I think I will probably pick up the next one.

  • 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 6,708
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,098

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

Truly Amazing

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

Reviewed: 03-10-17

This was such a good continuation of the first book. I have a hard time describing what I love about this series without giving it all away. The voice N.K. Jemisin has developed is so unique. She is a master of releasing information to you and helping you make connections between story arcs without actually having to say anything specific. The characters are relatable is some ways while they do crazy almost unimaginable things. It all weaves together so well. I cannot wait until the third book is released. I desperately need to know what happens next!

  • 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 12,010
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,060
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,031

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

An Amazing Listen!

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

Reviewed: 03-02-17

This book was one of the best I have listened to in a long time. The writing is excellent. Jemisin has such a wonderfully specific voice and I haven't heard anything quite like it before. Definitely worth picking up!