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  • I'm From the Sun

  • The Gustafer Yellowgold Story
  • By: Morgan Taylor
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,137
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,052
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,056

Ride along with 9-year old “sunling” Gustafer, in this otherworldly, melancholy musical comedy that takes place entirely on our closest star - The Sun! As if the stress of the annual Tiger Face holiday season wasn’t enough, the young sun-dweller Gustafer must face the nasty neighborhood bullies and overcome his fear of telling his father the awful truth: he doesn’t want to inherit the family raisin-butchering business. Despite help from his best friend Ellen and over-achieving big brother, Ben, Gustafer faces the ultimate crossroad when he sees a darker opportunity to control his own destiny on the Sun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this! Beatles meet Queen on the SUN.

  • By Andrew Vladeck on 10-08-18

Great story

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

This is a book for kids. Maybe age 3-10. I enjoyed it as an adult because it had a universal theme.(pun intended). The music was so great for the kids and there was some excitement in the story. Plus the theme was, it’s ok if you don’t like what others like, you can still like each other. It’s free this month for audible members.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Don't Touch the Blue Stuff!

  • Where the Hell is Tesla?, Book 2
  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 764
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728

Something called the “Blue Juice" is coming. For all of us. Luckily, me (Chip Collins), Pete, Nikola Tesla, Bobo, and FBI Agent Gina Phillips are here to kick its ass, and send it back to last Tuesday. Maybe. Or maybe we'll fail, and everyone in the multiverse is doomed. (Seriously, you might want to get that underground bunker ready.) Either way, I've got to get home to Julie and find out – woah, I'm not about to tell you that right here in the book description! TMI, dude.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun roller coaster ride through the multiverse!

  • By Fascinatingbooks on 09-21-17

Very Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

I laughed all the way through. I hope there are more sequels. The crazy worlds this author come up with. But what I like about it is it just slightly different than your world so you can imagine it without a lot of exposition. The story is told as if the narrator is writing a journal, to his wife, about what he did on his “adventure “. This way he can reveal how he is feeling and other crazy thought he might be having. This is a sequel but he does a two minute catch up so it is not necessary to have read the first book. Although if you did read the first book this is in no way a rehash of it. It is just more “adventures”. Anyway this is not a literary work of genius but is very fun so I recommend it.

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  • The Automatic Detective

  • By: A. Lee Martinez
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,063

Even in Empire City, a town where weird science is the hope for tomorrow, it's hard for a robot to make his way. It's even harder for a robot named Mack Megaton, a hulking machine designed to bring mankind to its knees. But Mack's not interested in world domination. He's just a bot trying to get by, trying to demonstrate that he isn't just an automated smashing machine, and to earn his citizenship in the process. It should be as easy as crushing a tank for Mack, but some bots just cant catch a break.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Narration performance

  • By Windy on 04-19-11

Great sense of humor

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

A Lee Martinez is such a great author. The characters and worlds he creates are so inventive and funny. This is about a robot who is in his worlds equivalent of the US DACA program. DATA if you will, (Delayed Action for Technical Admittance). So MAC is trying to keep his head down, follow the rules and jump through the hoops that the government wants him to go through so he can become a full fledged sentient citizen. His life took a different path when he came home to find the people he had come to know as his family were kidnapped. Excitement, hilarity, feelings ensue. Part mystery, part coming of age all A Lee Martinez.

  • Jack of Diamonds

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 26 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,064
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,062

Born and raised in a poor, working-class family in Toronto, Jack Spayd is the son of an unhappy marriage. After being taken under the wing of "Miss Frostbite", the owner of a local jazz club, Jack becomes a gifted musician, playing piano and harmonica. Fame and the allure of gambling takes him to Vegas, and prospects of fortune take him to the Belgian Congo, where he's heard it's possible to earn big money working in the most dangerous parts of the local copper mines.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • On the Day we lost Bryce

  • By Brodie on 11-23-12

Should be required reading

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-18

Bryce Courtenay combines history with heart in all his storytelling. Students would not only learn historical content but can learn it is not enough to just have a passion for something. Although Jack was obviously smart and talented, he was not without his hardships. This story showed that dedication and hard work are required. Additionally, it showed that one cannot always go by preconceived notions and everyone benefits from inclusion and isolationism does not historically or today make anything great. This is a theme in all his works. Even at my age it is pretty inspiring. Thank you Bryce for sharing your gift for storytelling.

  • Exit West

  • A Novel
  • By: Mohsin Hamid
  • Narrated by: Mohsin Hamid
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,064
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,895
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,884

In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet - sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors - doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Where to Live?

  • By David on 04-04-17

Beautiful prose

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

The juxtaposition of emotions in the prose was very moving. The story was at horrifying and peaceful with the war in the background of a love story. Or the juxtaposition of faith and hopelessness. Very moving story. The only thing I might question about is the decision of the author to spend more time from Nadia’s point of view than Saeed’s whom I saw as the character whose transformation had higher stakes. As I am writing this though it is possible the POV of both characters were equal and it was my perception of Nadia that made me think her POV was dominant. Any way I think this is the kind of book that each individual will be informed by it much the same way that the war and their inherent values informed Nadia and Saeed’s relationship.

  • Changeless

  • The Parasol Protectorate, Book 2
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Emily Gray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

Alexia Maccon, the Lady Woolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the midafternoon to find her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top of his lungs. Then he disappears, leaving her to deal with a regiment of supernatural soldiers encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun with Dirigibles

  • By carmen on 11-28-17

Fun with Dirigibles

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

Reviewed: 11-28-17

I thought the second book was quite fun and I can’t wait for the 3rd. Part mystery, part romcom, part comedy of errors. The addition of new characters and side stories might have made it a little soapy, but that’s also what made it so great! Who doesn’t love a good soap opera?!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Soulless

  • An Alexia Tarabotti Novel
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Emily Gray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,921
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,970
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,001

Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amelia Peabody has competition

  • By Pamela I Greene on 07-22-10

Loved this book

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

Reviewed: 05-08-17

The characters were well thought out. The world that they lived in was believable. Cute story. This was more of a romantic comedy than a supernatural or horror story. Werewolves and vampires were involved. The fact that Alexia was a strong independent woman who didn't turn into a damsel in distress when she found herself in love with someone was appealing. They both seemed equally matched, so the situations they got into were amusing. Emily Gray brings all her characters to life. You can get immersed in the story.

  • Snapshot

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: William DeMeritt
  • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,621
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,450

From New York Times number-one best-selling author Brandon Sanderson comes a detective thriller in a police beat like no other. Anthony Davis and his partner, Chaz, are the only real people in a city of 20 million, sent there by court order to find out what happened in the real world 10 days ago so that hidden evidence can be brought to light and located in the real city today. Within the re-created Snapshot of May 1, Davis and Chaz are the ultimate authorities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yet, Another Universe

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 03-04-17

Very Interesting

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

This was a hard boiled detective novel that took place in an alternate world. But it took place in an alternate of the alternate world called a snapshot. They send detectives into a type of virtual world around the time of the crime. Very entertaining with a twist at the end. Thank you audible, this book was offered either free or very cheap.

  • Kitty and The Midnight Hour

  • Kitty Norville, Book 1
  • By: Carrie Vaughn
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,938
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,938

Kitty Norville is a midnight-shift DJ for a Denver radio station---and a werewolf in the closet. Sick of lame song requests, she accidentally starts "The Midnight Hour," a late-night advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged. After desperate vampires, werewolves, and witches across the country begin calling in to share their woes, her new show is a raging success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasant Surprise!

  • By Austin gal on 08-08-09

Good start to a series

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

Reviewed: 03-28-17

This book Kaye's the groundwork for a mystery series involving a late night DJ and part time investigator. Like any other crime series, except the crimes deal with werewolves and vampires. The characters in the series were solidly set up in this book and the mystery was satisfying. Also, in between, advice for the lovelorn supernatural creatures. Carrie Vaughn's writing is always entertaining. The first person narration draws you in and keeps it exciting.

  • A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

  • A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Harry Lloyd
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,765
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,699

Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin's ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there were Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve, but ultimately courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals - in stature if not experience. Tagging along is his diminutive squire, a boy called Egg - whose true name (hidden from all he and Dunk encounter) is Aegon Targaryen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Martin is a genius

  • By Celeste Albers on 04-26-16

Pre prequel

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

Reviewed: 10-26-16

I promised I was going to stop reading anything put out by George RR Martin until Wind of Winter. I can't help myself. I enjoy his storytelling. This is the story of Dunk and Egg. The hedge knight and squire go around the world of Westeros and join tourneys. It is important to keep their secret that young Egg is a Targeryan. I think this book is for young adults or younger because the violence and dark tones of ASOIAF are dialed way back. Still I enjoyed it immensely. It would be a great series; were it not for fact I need George to focus on finishing his other projects. (NANOWRIMO next week, just saying). So I will not look forward to more adventures of Dunk and Egg. However, I do believe more can already be found in other anthologies edited by Martin.