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  • Super Powereds: Year 2

  • Super Powereds, Book 2
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 32 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,441
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,995
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,977

Despite having their secret revealed, the residents of Melbrook Hall return to Lander University for another year in the Hero Certification Program. Good thing the focus of this year is teamwork, because with their origins known, they'll have to lean on each other more than ever. Now finally sophomores, their curriculum expands, allowing them to train in the majors that Heroes specialize in. The new classes will test their minds, bodies, and determination in ways never anticipated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite stories

  • By Joshua on 07-22-16

Good but could be better

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

I liked the story as much as the original, probably more so! I liked seeing everyone grow and change over it's course.

That said, the same issues were present as in the first book. There were many little, unnecessary story threads started then left hanging. As an example, before a beach trip one of the characters has to be convinced by her friends to pack a more revealing swimsuit than she's used to wearing. I thought this was going to lead a few places but instead it lead literally nowhere. We don't see her shopping for it, we don't hear about her wearing it, it's never mentioned again. It built her character slightly but never paid off...and it could have so well. It was a huge missed opportunity and it wasn't nearly the only one.

Finally, there's the voice performance. He did a good job overall, but there is one minor flaw that irks me constantly...he breathes. After nearly every single line he takes a sharp inhale. It's very minor until you notice...then it's a constant thorn in your side.

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  • 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 22,624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,647
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,677

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

Good but confusing at times.

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

Good Omens was a very interesting book that reminded me quite a bit of Douglas Adams. I'm sure I'm not the first one to make that comparison. They were very clearly drawing inspiration from The Hitchhiker's Guide books. The writing style is very similar and the humor was definitely inspired by Adams.

What bugged me a little was the story. It wasn't a bad story at the end, but in the middle somewhere it got a little confusing. It felt like the story was jumping all over the place between different characters and different groups. In most books it's not quite as jarring as it was here. It's certainly not usually as confusing as it was here. I'm not exactly sure what cause that but it was definitely noticeable. By the end most of the characters had converged and it became much easier to follow. Plus I knew the characters by then so I was able to understand what was going on a bit easier.

One example of this was a section about A boy named warlock who was not hardly mentioned again. I understand why he was there and what he was but it was a little confusing when it talks about him and then jumped over to Adam. I honestly didn't quite understand how they were different and who was who until later in the book. Maybe that was just me but it confused me none the less. And that's just one example of the sort of confusion that came up once or twice.

That said I would definitely recommend the book to anyone who enjoys books like The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series and similar books. It is quite humorous, quite inventive, and certainly worth the read.

6/10

  • A Life in Parts

  • By: Bryan Cranston
  • Narrated by: Bryan Cranston
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,289
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,966
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,942

Bryan Cranston landed his first role at seven, when his father, a struggling actor and director, cast him in a United Way commercial. Soon Bryan was haunting the local movie theater, memorizing and reenacting favorite scenes with his older brother. Acting was clearly the boy's destiny - until one day his father disappeared. Suddenly destiny took a backseat to survival. Seeking something more stable, perhaps subconsciously trying to distance himself from his absent father, Cranston decided on a career in law enforcement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They're all good parts.

  • By kelli mcgourty on 10-23-16

Fan of the actor to fan of the person

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

this is the first autobiography that I have read in a long time, if ever. I can't even remember the last one I might have read. It turns out this was a good choice to get back into it.

The book features Bryan going through his life part by part. And by part, I mean role. he breaks his life up into the different roles that he has played throughout it, which is an interesting way to frame a life. And it's especially interesting how in the latter parts of the book he more and more makes reference to the earlier parts. but of course, this is how life is. Everything you do later is influenced by where you started. Brian simply did an exemplary job of making those connections clear and meaningful.

I was always a fan of Brian as an actor but this book made me more of a fan of him as a person. He led what was apparently a very interesting life. He did a variety of things, jumped between a variety of jobs before deciding on acting, and had a less than common family life. And the stories that he told throughout the book we're not only interesting but they were well-told and engaging. I usually read fiction exclusively but this book drew me in as well as most fiction novels.

  • Super Sales on Super Heroes

  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,449
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,043
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,024

In a world full of super powers, Felix has a pretty crappy one. He has the ability to modify any item he owns. To upgrade anything. Sounds great on paper. Almost like a video game. Except that the amount of power it takes to actually change, modify, or upgrade anything worthwhile is beyond his abilities. With that in mind, Felix settled into a normal life. A normal job. His entire world changes when the city he lives in is taken over by a super villain. Becoming a country of one city. A city state.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lot better than I thought it would be

  • By Phillip hinch on 07-08-17

Could have been so much better.

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

I'm going to start by overlooking the main plot problems, aka the fact that this is a book about a harem. That's what it is so complaining about that is silly. No, the problems come with how the story is told. The narrative jumps from one problem to the next and each problem gets neatly wrapped up without any conflict. It leads to the story just detailing how the main character fixes things rather than experiencing him actually dealing with the problem like a human would. There were some exceptions, some moments where some character development started showing up and that was exciting... But that leads me to the other big issue... The story would constantly end chapters right when something interesting was happening and never come back to it or address it again. For example, in one of the power fantasies Felix is confronting a snotty school principal. Felix puts the principal in his place but we never get to read what the principals reaction was! No payoff at all.

So I'll sum up how I started... This could have been so much better.

  • And Then There Were None

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,303

Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious "U.N. Owen". At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead. Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one...one by one they begin to die. Who among them is the killer? And will any of them survive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dan Stevens is genius

  • By Markie Ross on 09-17-15

A Classic for a Reason

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

My goodness, this is one of the best murder mysteries I've yet read. I suspected portions of the solution but most of it surprised and a awed me. Wonderfully executed and beautifully performed.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,933
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58,785

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

Awesome book! But still Weir's Second Best

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

Do not misunderstand me. This book was very cool. The world it created was compelling, the characters were interesting, and the story had more than enough twists and turns to keep my guessing (with only one or two moments that were a bit predictable). I would highly recommend this book to anyone who liked The Martian or anyone who enjoys a good heist.

  • The Sea of Monsters

  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2
  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,311

After a summer spent trying to prevent a catastrophic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson finds his seventh-grade school year unnervingly quiet. His biggest problem is dealing with his new friend, Tyson, a six-foot-three, mentally challenged homeless kid who follows Percy everywhere, making it hard for Percy to have any "normal" friends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great family fare

  • By BR from Richmond on 09-03-06

As good as the first

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed books like Harry Potter or Artemis Fowl. It is along the same lines, full of magic, adventure, and mythology.

What other book might you compare The Sea of Monsters to and why?

Harry Potter

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 162,096
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 149,602
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 149,436

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

As good as is heard

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

Reviewed: 08-09-17

Everyone had been telling me how good this book was. After watching the movie and loving that, I decided it might be worth picking up. And they were right. Even if you've already seen the movie, the book is just more of the same. An exciting story of survival and humor in the face of extreme danger. Both a classic story and a completely new one.

  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Daniel Oreskes, full cast
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,494
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,193

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
  • 10 Years and Still a Fantastic Read

  • By Nightveil on 07-22-11

Feels like a Mix of Modern Mythology and Comics

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

Reviewed: 08-05-17

Would you listen to American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production) again? Why?

American Gods is a modern classic. I greatly enjoyed my experience with this book and would definitely read it again. Perhaps before next season of the show.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character in the book was Mr. Nancy. He was such a jokester while never falling into the rut of comic relief.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Where is your God now?

  • Fight and Flight

  • Magic 2.0, Book 4
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,253
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,718
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,696

Martin and his friends discovered that their world is computer generated and that by altering the code they could alter reality. They traveled back in time to Medieval England to live as wizards. Almost everything they've done since then has, in one way or another, blown up in their faces. So of course they decide to make dragons. It does not go well.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Major stumble in a great series

  • By Lily on 05-11-17

If you enjoy Magic 2.0, you'll enjoy this.

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

Reviewed: 07-26-17

Scott Meyer continues his Magic 2.0 series in splendid fashion. I will admit, the third book in the series, while fun, was a little too odd for me. While good, I didn't enjoy it as much as the first two. This fourth book, however, is a complete return to form! Meyer is as witty and whimsical as ever in his new story of dragons and he delves much more into the humanity of the towns folk than he has before. Everything feels like a natural progression as much as a huge step forward in the series. Can't wait for the next one!

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