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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 28,226
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,309
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26,257

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

Took so long to get to this point

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

Reviewed: 04-10-19

I flew through the first two books if this series, wanting to know as much as I could about Darrow and the great lengths he would take to obtain freedom for not only himself, but for the rest of the colors being oppressed by Gold. However, this story took me quite a but longer to get through because a big part of me wondered how much more sacrificing could Darrow do, how many more of his friends would die, and how evil are men in both his world and in reality? Of course I won't spoil anything but get ready for a tearjerker. Several, actually. It'll be awhile before I pick up the next in the series. I need time to recover.

  • Good Omens

  • By: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,905
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,855

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You'll laugh yourself silly

  • By goddess_of_pipework on 11-28-15

Stuck in the middle of Good and Bad

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

Reviewed: 04-05-19

Love the author. His quirky humor, haunting story lines, and unforgettable characters easily places Neil Gaiman as one of my favorite authors. Not this book. I've tried twice to read and listen to it and in the end I cared nothing for Adam (the misplaced 'evil'). The only two things I really liked was the fact that Crowley was back and just the simple fact that it was a Neil Gaiman book. Do I regret my purchase? No. But I can't recommend this book either. Maybe I'll try it again in another few months and it'll be third time's a charm.

  • Kill Creek

  • By: Scott Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bernard Setaro Clark
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,116
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,105

When best-selling horror author Sam McGarver is invited to spend Halloween night in one of the country's most infamous haunted houses, he reluctantly agrees. At least he won't be alone; joining him are three other masters of the macabre, writers who have helped shape modern horror. But what begins as a simple publicity stunt will become a fight for survival. The entity they have awakened will follow them, torment them, threatening to make them a part of the bloody legacy of Kill Creek.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • UNUSUAL PREMISE, COULDN'T STOP LISTENING

  • By Linda Likes to Learn on 12-02-17

I hate this house

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

I moved into my 1st house two years ago and I've been fixing it since. This house makes mine look angelic. Demons, witches, and campfire tales of a house that's not only trying to get rid of its occupants, but is an opportunistic murderer as well. Without giving too much away, you'll see what I mean upon further reading. The characters themselves (the authors that get paid to stay one night in the murderous house) are extremely flawed, but that's what makes it believable. You'd be hard pressed to find six people more relatable and you really feel like they would have all been ok, in some way or another, without that house. Of course then there'd be no story, but still, that's how much reality blurs while reading.

  • Forrest Gump

  • By: Winston Groom
  • Narrated by: Mark Hammer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638

"Bein' a idiot is no box of chocolates," but "at least I ain't led no hum-drum life," says Forrest Gump, the lovable, surprisingly savvy hero of this wonderful comic tale. When the University of Alabama's football team drafts Forrest and makes him a star, that's only the beginning! He flunks out - and goes on to be a Vietnam war hero, a world-class Ping-Pong player, a wrestler, and a business tycoon. He compares battle scars with Lyndon Johnson, discovers the truth about Richard Nixon, and suffers the ups and downs of true love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Storytelling Masterpiece

  • By Penn Kname on 06-30-11

It's not boring...

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

I've watched and read Forrest Gump multiple times. It's the sort of tale you can relive over and over again, which I intend to do. I did love the narration so it was a great buy.

  • American Gods [TV Tie-In]

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 20 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,186

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming mystery, romance and epic

  • By Jody R. Nathan on 11-26-03

The kind of book that needs to be read twice

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

Reviewed: 03-10-19

I always start reviewing Neil Gaimen's books by saying how much I love Neil Gaimen. This review isn't any different. This is a story about a recent ex-con driving a road trip with a God and meeting more along the way. There's warring, blood, surprises, and sex along the way, but mostly it's surprises. I never watched the show so I really read this book blind and it threw me how much story within a story there was. I can't imagine what this book would've been like for me had I read it more than 10 years ago when I was younger. There were so many details and old story facts that half the time I forgot I was even reading something that came out of someone else's twisted mind.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Listener

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,969
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,828
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,824

It's 1934. Businesses went under by the hundreds, debt and foreclosures boomed, and breadlines grew in many American cities. In the midst of this misery, some folks explored unscrupulous ways to make money. Angel-faced John Partlow and carnival huckster Ginger LaFrance are among the worst of this lot. Joining together they leave their small-time confidence scams behind to attempt an elaborate kidnapping-for-ransom scheme in New Orleans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Southern Fried Horror Done Right

  • By Ila in Maine on 03-05-18

Took awhile

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

Reviewed: 03-05-19

Took me awhile to get through, but that was more due to my schedule and I'm glad that I was able to finish. There was no shortage of genres in this story; con-men, murder, mystery, history, revenge and sordid, twisted love gone wrong. The narrator was also chosen well, but I did sometimes have an issue when the narrative would change it's speaker. Everyone sounded the same until three or four sentences in. Otherwise, good story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Rule of One

  • The Rule of One Series, Book 1
  • By: Ashley Saunders, Leslie Saunders
  • Narrated by: Karissa Vacker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 347

In the near-future United States, a one-child policy is ruthlessly enforced. Everyone follows the Rule of One. But Ava Goodwin, daughter of the head of the Texas Family Planning Division, has a secret - one her mother died to keep and her father has helped to hide for her entire life. She has an identical twin sister, Mira.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • um. what?

  • By CatCustomer on 02-11-19

Stuck in the middle

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

I'm on the fence with this book. I like the premise, but between the "similiar voice" for both Ava and Mira, the build-up from the beginning only to quickly end, and the immaturity that screamed YA, I'm not sure if I'll bother with followup. Without spoiling anything I will admit that it is a decent book, but perhaps just not for me.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Two Towers

  • Book Two in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24,095
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,889
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21,960

The Two Towers is the second volume of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic saga, The Lord of the Rings. The Fellowship has been forced to split up. Frodo and Sam must continue alone towards Mount Doom, where the One Ring must be destroyed. Meanwhile, at Helm’s Deep and Isengard, the first great battles of the War of the Ring take shape. In this splendid, unabridged audio production of Tolkien’s great work, all the inhabitants of a magical universe - hobbits, elves, and wizards - spring to life. Rob Inglis’ narration has been praised as a masterpiece of audio.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank goodness - finally

  • By John on 11-05-12

More singing, Gollum, and a cliffhanger

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

Again, I've seen the movies but never read the books exceot for the Hobbit when I was very young. The Book is a direct continuation of the first with more singing (ugh!), Gollum has a more direct part in the book (hooray!), and a cliffhanger at the end (...eh). I'm already committed to finding out what happens in the third one so there's really no issue, but this particular book won't make you a new fan of LOTR.

  • Make Me No Grave

  • By: Hayley Stone
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 236

Almena Guillory, better known as the Grizzly Queen of the West, has plenty to recommend her for the noose, but US Marshal Apostle Richardson enforces the law, he doesn't decide it. When a posse tries to lynch Almena ahead of her trial, Apostle refuses their form of expedited justice - and receives a bullet for his trouble. Before escaping, however, Almena unexpectedly saves his life by absorbing his wound through the use of dangerous flesh magic.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strong characters hold together a weird west world

  • By Jamie on 12-01-18

Easy western

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

Easy listen for a western. Lone marshal captures wanted female fugitive, they save each other at some point, her quest becomes his, etc. Decent twist on a western but overall I couldn't identify with the characters much. It was too simple, cut and dry, but as mentioned previously it wasn't a story I had to really commit and listen to.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Dread Nation

  • By: Justina Ireland
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,565
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,464

Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever. In this new America, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Education Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Dead Are Never Lonely

  • By Cynthia on 05-15-18

Long overdue

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

Hated the first three minutes simply due to how the author made Jane (The heroine) speak and then I was suddenly thrust into a world where the dead rose in the middle of the Civil War to wreak havoc. Jane, Kate-sorry, Katherine, and past love interest Jackson fight their way through the deathless (undead) and the less dead but miserable (the "human" people left) in this new twist on the zombie action genre. I'm sure there will be a follow-up...and I will definately read it.