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  • Last Dragon Standing

  • Heartstrikers, Book 5
  • By: Rachel Aaron
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,492
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,346

There is no way to write a blurb for this final book without spoiling all of the others. Suffice it to say, mysteries resolve, dragons war, pigeons abound, and Julius must risk himself in ways he never dreamed possible as Bob's grand plan finally comes to fruition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Finish

  • By Smudge on 03-12-18

So much talking

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18

Book 4 was defined by the characters talking earnestly to each other, and not doing much else. This book is no different, and caps the series in a disappointing way. Talking is not a substitute for action, and when the main character's solution to the universe-ending problems was to talk their way through, I almost stopped listening. It's such an interesting and vibrant world, it's such a disappointment that we got to see so little of it between all the earnest talking and convincing. Literally, of everyone. Every single time something needed done. I feel like I need to listen to a Dresden novel for a while, just to remind myself what action really is.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,515
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59,366

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Was hesitant but enjoyed the book.

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

Reviewed: 01-23-18

I enjoyed this book a lot. I was really hesitant to even try it out for two reasons - one, I wasn't sure if Andy Weir would end up being a one hit wonder or not, but this book was a lot of fun and the characters and setting we're interesting. The other thing is I usually dislike narrators that aren't professional narrators but rather actors who only do narration occasionally. Rosario Dawson did a good job though, I enjoyed her voice for the main character, it fit perfectly, and she did good voices and accents for the other characters. It's not the best narration ever, but I liked it and it didn't distract from enjoying the book.

  • A Dragon of a Different Color

  • Heartstrikers, Book 4
  • By: Rachel Aaron
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 21 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,646

To save his family from his tyrannical mother, Julius had to step on a lot of tails. That doesn't win a nice dragon many friends, but just when he thinks he's starting to make progress, a new threat arrives. Turns out, things can get worse. Heartstriker hasn't begun to pay for its secrets, and the dragons of China are here to collect. When the Golden Emperor demands his surrender, Julius will have to choose between loyalty to the sister who's always watched over him and preserving the clan he gave everything to protect.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • interesting--but...

  • By MVF on 01-28-18

So. Much. Talking.

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

Reviewed: 12-16-17

I was so excited for this book, but after listening to it I just can't be anymore. The characters and world are fascinating and well developed as always, but I seriously felt like the entire book was one dialog scene after another strung together, with thin whisps of action to connect them. Julius and Marci just TALK. SO MUCH. ALL THE TIME. And they are magically able to convince other characters, emphatically against their plans, that the thing they want to do is right/necessary. I can think of at least three, just off the top of my head, that after being talked to death just roll over and say OK, regardless of their past history or current situation. I literally expected them to find out Julius has some kind of special dragon magic that worked to charm people into doing what he wanted. The entire plot moves forward on Julius and Marci's EARNEST CONVICTIONS, demonstrated largely by how long it takes to ramble them. I desperately hope the last book in the series isn't so boring.

Performance was awesome, as usual. only thing I didn't like was the Leviathan's speaking part. When it's all "intense whispers" it's just kind of annoying to listen to. A small part of the book though.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Mr. Monster
    John Cleaver, Book 2
    
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        Kirby Heyborne
    
    


    
    Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
    431 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • Mr. Monster

  • John Cleaver, Book 2
  • By: Dan Wells
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377

In I Am Not a Serial Killer, John Wayne Cleaver saved his town from a murderer even more appalling than the serial killers he obsessively studies. But it turns out even demons have friends, and the disappearance of one has brought another to Clayton County. Soon there are new victims for John to work on at the mortuary and a new mystery to solve. But John has tasted death, and the dark nature he used as a weapon - the terrifying persona he calls "Mr. Monster" - might now be using him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sympathy for Socios

  • By Paul on 10-22-10

Was afraid to read the book so I wrote the author

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

Reviewed: 09-23-16

Any additional comments?

I was afraid to read this book after seeing some reviews that mentioned animal torture, so I wrote the author and asked if it was true and should I skip the book. He was wonderfully nice and wrote me back, saying (edited to remove specific spoilers): "There is a scene that takes place about halfway through the book, and the driving force of the second half is, in many ways, his journey to redeem himself for that action. So it's never presented as a good thing, and there's no drawn-out grisly details, but it does happen."

The scene he refers to is John's fault, and in the context of the book it becomes incredibly important to the development of his character. I am not very squeamish but listening to the audiobook can be very intense, especially if the narrator is good like this one is. With this in mind when the scene came up it was easy to identify, and though his actions were horrible it was not the kind of horrible that makes me unable to continue the book. Instead for me it was the kind of horrible that makes you yell at the character for being weak, and keep reading to see how he redeems himself. Honestly his continuous inner monologue, throughout all the books, of the evil and very specific things he wants to do to other people I find much more disturbing and off putting (though understandably authentic) than this character-defining scene was.

So in summary, for anyone who was ok with the level of disturbing in the first book (these books aren't for the squeamish from the start) will probably be ok with the level of disturbing in this book. If you're especially sensitive to animals being hurt in any way, Dan said that it's possible to skip this book and that "...you could probably read the rest of the series and be fine. No animals are harmed in any of the other books."

After reading the series I agree, it could be skipped and the rest are understandable, Dan does a good job explaining the key world and plot points. A reader doing this would miss some truly amazing character development and twists though, so my suggestion is for Audible readers to take advantage of their return policy if the book becomes so distasteful you don't want to continue, but if you liked the first book you'll probably like this one even more. I definitely did.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Way of Kings

  • Book One of The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 45 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 57,549
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 52,268
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 52,267

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!

  • By Lore on 03-31-12

Awesome story, good narration except for names

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

Reviewed: 05-16-16

The story is awesome, typical Sanderson and very enjoyable, and I love the narrators, but it's very clear they were not coordinated or given any direction on name pronunciation. Sometimes even within one narrator's reading passage they will pronounce a name one way and then another way, and the worst is when a narrator will pronounce a name totally differently than another, making it very confusing to listen to as you think at first it is a different character. I believe they fixed this for book 2, but re-listening to this one it was a jolting issue.