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  • Morning Star

  • Book III of the Red Rising Trilogy
  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 21 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,280
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,356
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26,304

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society's mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It doesn't get much better than this!

  • By Audre on 03-24-16

You must read this book!

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

This series is incredible. It’s one of the best sci-fi series I have read—and I read a lot of it. What a tale. It covers love, war, friendship, family, chaos, order, and so much more. What a story.

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,580
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,001

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
  • Wow, what a performance and what a story

  • By Jared G on 08-27-16

Astonishingly Powerful

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

“The great rise because of savagery. They rule in ascendancy. They fall because of their own decadence.”

  • Shadow of the Giant

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: David Birney, Scott Brick, Full Cast
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,703
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,329

Bean, once the smallest student at the Battle School, and Ender Wiggin's right hand, has grown to be a power on Earth. He served the Hegemon as strategist and general in the terrible wars that followed Ender's defeat of the alien empire attacking Earth. Now he wishes for a safe place to build a family, something he has never known, but there is nowhere on Earth that does not harbor his enemies; old enemies from the days in Ender's Jeesh, new enemies from the wars on Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enderverse

  • By Joe on 06-13-05

It was an honor to read this book

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

This book is one of the greatest conclusions to an epic journey that I have ever read. From the evolution of the characters to the grand wars to the heart wrenching losses, it is truly one of the great science fiction books in one of the greatest science fiction series ever written. My mind is filled with thoughts and ideas from this rich universe. It’s an interesting glimpse into how humanity could unify one day given those circumstances, but even more interesting for the derivatives and integrals of the story that can be taken to one day employ in our world. It is an important story. This book will remain
one of my favorites for years to come.

  • The Dictator's Handbook

  • Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics
  • By: Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Alastair Smith
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,155

For 18 years, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith have been revolutionizing the study of politics by turning conventional wisdom on its head. They start from a single assertion: Leaders do whatever keeps them in power. They don't care about the "national interest" - or even their subjects - unless they have to. This clever and accessible book shows that the difference between tyrants and democrats is just a convenient fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Think you understand politics, think again!

  • By Michael on 07-01-14

A Fantastic Pragmatic Approach to Bettering the World

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

Reviewed: 06-12-16

The Dictator's Handbook was an incredibly pragmatic book based on the principle that leaders do what is necessary to seize and maintain power, which relies on the size of their coalition. I highly recommend it to those looking to make a difference.

Some topics include how foreign aid strengthens autocrats, tourism promotes liberalization, why resource rich nations are often autocratic and how corporations can be democratized (which helps handle excessive executive pay and poor corporate practices that lead to crises).

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