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  • Warbreaker

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 24 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,428

Warbreaker is the story of two sisters who happen to be princesses, the God King one of them has to marry, the lesser god who doesn't like his job, and the immortal who's still trying to undo the mistakes he made hundreds of years ago. Their world is one in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren's capital city and where a power known as BioChromatic magic is based on an essence known as breath that can be collected only one unit at a time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Sanderson Yet

  • By Carol on 09-10-17

Obtuse and Disengaging

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

While I have loved many of Sandersons creations...this one...fell far short of my expectations. The characters were not engaging and I developed zero rapport with any of them. The gods were thick-headed and self-absorbed. The heroine was an anti-hero and an idiot. The villain who turns out not to be a villian is a 50 year old child, the supporting hero's turn out to be villians, and the shady mysterious villian/hero turns out to be a 300 year old god. Twelve hours into this book, I found myself really not giving a s**t whether anyone lived or died since the struggle just keeps plodding on and on...and on. Not his best work.

  • Skyward

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,034
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,358
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,340

From Brandon Sanderson, the number one New York Times best-selling author of the Reckoners series, Words of Radiance, and the internationally best-selling Mistborn series, comes the first book in an epic new series about a girl who dreams of becoming a pilot in a dangerous world at war for humanity's future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Has Sanderson been reading Craig Alanson???

  • By Barry on 11-18-18

Funny, Inventive, and slightly predictable

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

Reviewed: 12-25-18

I loved this book, although Spinsa has to work through a lot of angst which can be a drag, the discovery of Mbot was a welcome comedic relief, even if he never does get his mushrooms. It was well written, clean fun.

  • Foundryside

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Jackson Bennett
  • Narrated by: Tara Sands
  • Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 737
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 735

Sancia Grado is a thief, and a damn good one. And her latest target, a heavily guarded warehouse on Tevanne’s docks, is nothing her unique abilities can’t handle. But unbeknownst to her, Sancia’s been sent to steal an artifact of unimaginable power, an object that could revolutionize the magical technology known as scriving. The Merchant Houses who control this magic - the art of using coded commands to imbue everyday objects with sentience - have already used it to transform Tevanne into a vast, remorseless capitalist machine. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Fantasy

  • By Michael on 08-22-18

Cyberpunk meets Sigaldry

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18

This story was a very playful book with numerous nods to various camps. Forcably magicly altered human, fighting slavery, unfortunately opening Pandora's box in the process leaving the slot open for the next expansion.

  • Galaxy's Edge

  • By: Jason Anspach, Nick Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,309
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,774
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,756

On the edge of the galaxy, a diplomatic mission to an alien planet takes a turn when the Legionnaires, an elite special fighting force, find themselves ambushed and stranded behind enemy lines. They struggle to survive under siege, waiting on a rescue that might never come. In the seedy starport of Ackabar, a young girl searches the crime-ridden gutters to avenge her father's murder; not far away, a double-dealing legionniare-turned-smuggler hunts an epic payday; and somewhere along the outer galaxy, a mysterious bounty hunter lies in wait.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • bit of a disconnect between parts

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-10-18

Not a very satisfying read...

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

Objectively, not a very well put together book.There are two very distinctive writing styles, one with what feels like a personal millitary experience, or perhaps a transcription of 'The Green Zone', the second from the perspective of someone who has played a lot of Halo but wanted to write a book for the Star Wars universe under the guise of Bubba Fet. The second, unfortunately, also has a penchant for asking rhetorical questions to his inner monologue, and repeating a nonsensical litany which never finds any real resolution in the story. The 'End Credits', which account for more than half of the book, wander around going absolutely nowhere but end up with the primary character nuking himself...but since you never really developed a rapport with him you find yourself rolling your eyes and not caring very much, but feeling extremely sorry for a rather nice AI who had a grand total of three lines in the entire book. I want 17 hours of my life back but I unfortunately will have to settle for my Audible credit.

  • Uprooted

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Julia Emelin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,987
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,677
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,652

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for 10 years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator?!

  • By D. Hawkins on 07-24-17

Reminiscent of Tolkien's waking of the ents.

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

I have read some bad reviews of this book...they are unwarranted. The production does have some low points, for one the reader has a rather thick accent, Russian, very Russian...but aside from that it was not bad at all.

  • Goldenhand

  • The Old Kingdom, Book 5
  • By: Garth Nix
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,021
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 938
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939

Lirael lost one of her hands in the binding of Orannis, but now she has a new hand, one of gilded steel and Charter Magic. On a dangerous journey, Lirael returns to her childhood home, the Clayr's Glacier, where she was once a Second Assistant Librarian. There a young woman from the distant North brings her a message from her long-dead mother, Arielle. It is a warning about the Witch with No Face. But who is the Witch, and what is she planning?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I'm not sure what happened here

  • By Mandi G. on 11-12-16

It wasn't that bad.

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

I have been put off buying this book by the negative reviews of the reader and the overall story. It honestly does not deserve the negative reviews it has been getting. The story was interesting enough. It was true that it does not have the carefully crafted completeness and mystic intrigue of the first books since the style splits the story between several groups of people, but every author I've ever read tends to have some books which are a little weak. The reader has a lovely voice with a posh accent, she does not make the story into a production...she simply reads it too you. I feel that Nix was using this book to more or less tie up and close off the connection between Clariel (past) and Claw Of The Mask (present) to finish off the character. IMHO Clariel was much more interesting as Claw than she was Clariel...but now her poor life decisions and misfortunes have come to an end...moving on to deeper and more clever characters like Sabriel, Lireal, and their progeny.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hunger Games: Special Edition

  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Tatiana Maslany
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 380

Emmy Award-winning actress Tatiana Maslany narrates a brand-new special edition recording of the first audiobook in the worldwide best-selling trilogy from Suzanne Collins! In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Now THIS is what Katniss is supposed to sound like

  • By Carly Jurica on 11-02-18

Excellent rendition, the reader is fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

"It's another big, big, big, day"...nuff said...she is a fantastic reader! She really is able to bring each character to life, while staying inside Katniss's head.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Singularity Trap

  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,809
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,662
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,629

When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent.

  • By Amy Snider on 06-13-18

The flipside of the Bobiverse

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

If you enjoyed the Bobiverse then you will probably enjoy this instalment...perhaps with some reservations. Taylor chooses to portray AI as the shady villain with nanite tech being the antiheroic saviours. An interesting thought experiment exploration in an antithetical position when compared to the Bobiverse universe which denounced nanite technology as abandoned due to inefficiency. The story has the feel of the Silver Surfer well mixed with The Matrix and Borg technology. Not quite as witty as Bob, but the same personality can be felt in the main character. Game theory pervades throughout but it's a little irksome that humanity could out think and out manoeuver a n-million year old civilization who's business is indoctrination of countless species.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Demelza

  • A Novel of Cornwall, 1788-1790
  • By: Winston Graham
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,105

An impoverished miner's daughter, Demelza Carne is now married to Ross Poldark, who once rescued her from a fairground brawl. Her efforts to adapt to the ways of the gentry - and her husband - place her in hilarious and embarrassing situations, through which she becomes self-assured, mannered, and lovely, and the birth of her first child brings a joy she never experienced before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE POLDARK SAGA...CONTINUED...

  • By Janna Wong Healy on 09-11-15

Extremely talented and pleasant reader

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

Some people you can just listen to all day. This reader is outstanding. She sculpts a tonal image which portrays the attributes of the character and reliably maintains that image throughout the book.

  • Ross Poldark

  • A Novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787
  • By: Winston Graham
  • Narrated by: Oliver Hembrough
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,999
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,801
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,804

Ross Poldark returns to Cornwall from war, looking forward to a joyful homecoming with his family and his beloved Elizabeth. But instead, he discovers that his father has died, his home is overrun by livestock and drunken servants, and Elizabeth, having believed Ross dead, is now engaged to his cousin. Ross must start over, building a completely new path for his life, one that takes him in exciting and unexpected directions....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hats off to the Screenwriters and Actors

  • By Donna Miller on 07-05-15

Oh so lovely

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

Such a lovely story. If you do not love Demelza by the end you are a pilchard or a pillock.