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  • The Test

  • By: Sylvain Neuvel
  • Narrated by: Neil Shah
  • Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Britain, the not-too-distant future. Idir is taking the British Citizenship Test. He wants his family to belong. Twenty-five questions to determine his fate. Twenty-five chances to impress. When the test takes an unexpected and tragic turn, Idir is handed the power of life and death. How do you value a life when all you have is multiple choice?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shocking & engaging

  • By Caffeinated Fae on 03-22-19

Very good! Interesting concept

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

I read this book because I loved the Themis Files by Sylvain Neuvel and was much looking forward to this one. I was not disappointed. I really enjoyed this little novella. The conecpt was well executed, the characters were great. I only wished it was slightly longer, maybe it could have been 3 hours instead of 2 hours. It was great either way though. I can't wait to read whatever Sylvain Neuvel releases next.

  • Waking Gods

  • The Themis Files, Book 2
  • By: Sylvain Neuvel
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,034
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,924

As a child Rose Franklin made an astonishing discovery: a giant metallic hand buried deep within the earth. As an adult she's dedicated her brilliant scientific career to solving the mystery that began that fateful day: Why was a titanic robot of unknown origin buried in pieces around the world? Years of investigation have produced intriguing answers - and even more perplexing questions. But the truth is closer now than ever before when a second robot, more massive than the first, materializes and lashes out with deadly force.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All Too Short

  • By Matthew on 04-10-17

Just as good as the first one!

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

I was hoping this book would be just as good as the first one, and it did not disappoint me. I still think I like the first book just slightly better, but this book is still on par with it. 5 star book for me. This book goes in absolutely crazy directions, characters are just as good in this one, this one has a lot surprisingly funny parts to it, lots of questions about what it means to be human, lots of interesting philosophical points, lots of dark, heartfelt moments as well. The end of the book will make you want to read the third book immediately. I absolutely recommend this series, easily the best science fiction series I've ever read.

  • Sleeping Giants

  • By: Sylvain Neuvel
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,938
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,927

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding cast performance

  • By S. Yates on 05-28-17

Easily one of the best science fiction books ever!

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

I was pleasantly surprised by this amazing book. This is easily one of the best science fiction books I've ever read. I loved the format of this book and the epistolary style. The characters were great. A lot more humor than I thought there would be. I loved that every character had a different narrator, it made it feel more real. Just an outstanding book. Loved it.

  • Age of Myth

  • Book One of The Legends of the First Empire
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,357
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,684
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,640

Since time immemorial, humans have worshipped the gods they call Fhrey, truly a race apart: invincible in battle, masters of magic, and seemingly immortal. But when a god falls to a human blade, the balance of power between humans and those they thought were gods changes forever. Now only a few stand between humankind and annihilation: Raithe, reluctant to embrace his destiny as the God Killer. Suri, a young seer burdened by signs of impending doom. And Persephone, who must overcome personal tragedy to lead her people.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • M. J. Sullivan is my favorite modern author but...

  • By GLENNO on 07-23-16

Great, Fun Read!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This is one of the best fantasy books I've ever read. Great characters, great stories, great humor. 5 stars from me.

  • The Halloween Tree

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

On Halloween night, eight trick-or-treaters gather at the haunted house by the edge of town, ready for adventure. But when something whisks their friend Pip away, only one man, the sinister Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud, can help the boys find him. "If you want to know what Halloween is, or if you simply want an eerie adventure, take this mystery history trip. You couldn't ask for better than master fantasizer Ray Bradbury," raves The Boston Globe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great, Fun Read!

  • By Jake LaFrance on 05-30-18

Great, Fun Read!

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

I Love Ray Bradbury and love Kirby Heyborne, so this was a no brainer to pick up. I wish would have read this when I was a child, I probably would have appreciated it more, but it was still good nonetheless.

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  • Game of Thrones Psychology

  • The Mind Is Dark and Full of Terrors
  • By: Travis Langley - editor, Kyle Maddock - foreword
  • Narrated by: Liam Gerrard, Esther Wane
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

This thought-provoking anthology offers a close examination of the psychology behind the intricate narrative and compelling characters in author George R.R. Martin's best-selling work, A Song of Ice and Fire, and the popular HBO TV series based upon his books, Game of Thrones. In Martin's richly detailed world, deceit, manipulation, and greed rule the day, and almost everyone fights for power over the realm or simply over their own lives. How do love and hate, good and evil, need and greed, altruism and narcissism drive the very best and very worst human behaviors?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read!

  • By Jake LaFrance on 05-21-18

Great Read!

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

As a psychology major and a huge game of thrones fan, this book was immensely enjoyable. A great, quick, read and listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Twelve Kings in Sharakhai

  • Song of Shattered Sands, Book 1
  • By: Bradley Beaulieu
  • Narrated by: Sarah Coomes
  • Length: 25 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 236

In the city of Sharakhai, Çeda fights in the pits to scrape by a living. She, like so many in the city, pray for the downfall of the cruel, immortal Kings of Sharakhai. Then on the holy night when the powerful yet wretched creatures known as the Asirim wander the city and take tribute in order to protect the Kings, one of them tells Çeda the origin of their dark bargain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Song of Shattered Sands

  • By Heather Turiello on 09-19-17

Great story & narration!

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

Any additional comments?

What a great fantasy book! An excellent story with great characters and a great desert setting. One of my favorite fantasy books ever.

  • Zen in the Art of Writing

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

"Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a land mine. The land mine is me. After the explosion, I spend the rest of the day putting the pieces back together. Now, it's your turn. Jump!" Zest. Gusto. Curiosity. These are the qualities every writer must have, as well as a spirit of adventure. In this exuberant book, the incomparable Ray Bradbury shares the wisdom, experience, and excitement of a lifetime of writing. Here are practical tips on the art of writing from a master of the craft - everything from finding original ideas to developing your own voice and style.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Evocative fuel for any Muse!

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-22-18

Great, informative book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-31-18

I love Ray Bradbury and this book gave some helpful advice to an aspiring writer.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful