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  • Children of Ruin

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,199
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,123

Thousands of years ago, Earth’s terraforming program took to the stars. On the world they called Nod, scientists discovered alien life - but it was their mission to overwrite it with the memory of Earth. Then humanity’s great empire fell, and the program’s decisions were lost to time. Aeons later, humanity and its new spider allies detected fragmentary radio signals between the stars. They dispatched an exploration vessel, hoping to find cousins from old Earth. But those ancient terraformers woke something on Nod better left undisturbed. And it’s been waiting for them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brilliant, unique, and mind expanding sequel!

  • By Debraj on 05-18-19

Not What I Was Expecting

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

Reviewed: 06-13-19

6/13/19
I discovered Children of Time a few months ago and was so addicted I was listening at every chance I got. Then I discovered this one was available for preorder and I jumped on it. I figured it would be about the new character introduced at the end of CoT, and it was sortof, but I was a bit disappointed that we didn't really get into her mind in the same way that we did for Holsten. By the end of CoT, I felt like I knew him, but after CoR, I don't feel like I knew his daughter at all. And I guess the point was to know Senkovi more. Anyway, I REALLY liked getting into the minds of the octopuses and the "whatever-they-were" from Nod. I don't want to give any spoilers, but I will say that I absolutely did NOT see the way the book ended coming, although maybe I should have. It was very anti-climatic for me, and there were a few times where I had to go back and re-listen to the chapter because I missed something and was very confused. I felt the book ended rather abruptly. I remember when I was listening and I heard the word "Epilogue" I was like, "What? It's over already??" Maybe I zoned out on that last chapter.

One great point was the language of the octopuses and the frustration of communication from both sides. I loved that the cephalopods used color and that the humans and spiders had no idea what to do with that, and the octopuses thought the others were mute. I did find the way the translations came about to be a little too easily won though.

I also liked the way the "whatever-they-were" on Nod were presented, and how and why they acted the way they did. Once I got to the end of the book and really understood what they were doing, I appreciated this even more.

I did find the way Mel Hudson pronounced "cephalopod" to be extremely grating and, similar to another review, an odd tarnish on an otherwise brilliant narration. I thought maybe it was a US vs UK pronunciation, but no. So that was a bit distracting.

All in all, this was a wonderful book. I think maybe I didn't give it my full attention and missed some things because I had an overall feeling of disappointment when it was over, and I'm not sure why that happened. After reading a ton of other reviews now though, and how awesome CoT was, I think I need to do a re-read sometime soon. If/when I do, I will update my review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Everett Akasha and the Flatulent Feline

  • By: Justin Dockins
  • Narrated by: Philip Church
  • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

In a novella of galactic magnitude, the space-traveling monk Everett Akasha begins his quest to rescue his brother while being pursued by the galaxy's most dangerous bounty hunters, corporate enforcers, alien mob goons, and supernaturally talented assassins. In the company of an artificial intelligence with emotional issues and a cat with horrendous gas, will he survive the unforgiving depths of space?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great times!

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-04-17

Funny Little Story

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

Reviewed: 06-13-19

Okay so the cover picture caught my eye on this one, and when I read the title and saw it was by Justin Dockins (I've read one of his other books), I got really interested. I mean, who writes a book about a farting cat? In space? And it was only a couple hours long? I just HAD to give this one a read, even though I usually avoid stories this short (a 40 hr epic fantasy book is usually my cup of tea).

The story itself was not all that involved and seemed like it could have been just a few chapters out of a larger book. I would really like to have more of the story of the two brothers. I mean, we get a bit of Everett's background story, but not a lot about his brother other than where and why he ended up where Everett found him. I would like to see the story continue with more adventures between the brothers. I'd also be interested to know where they came from and how they were separated - there are so many questions! And while the cat does fart (and OMG I just about died at the sound effects!!!), it's actually not a huge part of the story, considering that much of it tells how they got into the situation they find themselves in at the beginning of the story, and during most of that time Everett doesn't have the cat yet.

Anyway, this was a great short story that I would totally recommend. I hope the author writes more stories about the brothers and their adventures!

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Curse of Hurlig Ridge: 1st Dive

  • World Tree Online, Book 1
  • By: M. A. Carlson
  • Narrated by: Anneliese Rennie
  • Length: 21 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

In the future, androids have taken over most jobs, leaving humans with little to do and even less to motivate them. Enter the World Tree Online, a fully immersive virtual reality experience. Join Byron in his first 30 days of a non-stop fantasy adventure in the cursed province of Hurlig Ridge, a land filled with monsters, mysteries, murderers, and treasure. The people of the province have been tormented for centuries by a pack of voracious wolves. Now, with the arrival of the adventurers, dark forces have begun to stir, accelerating their dark plans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Above average gamelit

  • By cameron ogletree on 05-21-19

Great Story!

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

Reviewed: 06-13-19

Okay, so this is the first LitRPG-type book I've read. I'm also not much of a gamer (grew up in the 80s with NES, played a little Halo) but I do make it a point to play every Zelda game! I was really interested by the story description though, so I decided to give it a shot. It did not disappoint.

In the beginning I was a little annoyed by the "wall of text" but so was the main character, ByeBye, so I decided to stick it out figuring if he was annoyed then surely the author would take care of that, and he did. I read other reviews saying the narrator's computer voice was annoying, but I didn't think so. I mean, she IS trying to convey text across the screen, which has no personality, so. As for the story, I loved ByeBye's unique class and how he interacted with the characters in game. I really liked the ogre couple. When the sisters were introduced I thought it might get cheesy, but it didn't. I also really liked how, as later quests were completed, you could see how this whole elaborate game story had been put together with all of these dependent actions that the characters could (or could not) have taken to get to that point. I liked ByeBye as a character, but I would have liked to know more about his background and the backgrounds/stories of his friends.

All in all, I was sad when the book was over. I can't wait for book 2 to be released in audio so I can continue the story! Even if you're not into these types of books, if you're any level of gamer, I'd recommend reading this one. If you don't play/like video games at all, this book will probably be annoying to you and you probably didn't get this far into reading my review, if at all, anyway.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Rithmatist

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,563
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,942

More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings - merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beware of the chalk!

  • By Brandon on 05-17-13

Another Gem

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

Reviewed: 04-24-19

Loved The Rithmatist, start to finish. I started getting sad about 2 hrs before the end because I knew that was it. Not exactly the ending I was expecting, but still really good. And really, once you've read it, would you have been happy if Sanderson did anything typical?? If you haven't read any of his books yet and are thinking about starting here, I'd say it's not a bad idea, but I'd recommend Elantris instead. If you are not new to Brandon and/or the Cosmere, why are you even bothering to read this?? Just buy this book and read it already!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,730

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 04-14-19

Lived this book. Sentient spiders... egotistical humans... and the ending battle that had an outcome I can't believe I didn't see coming but was still so worth it. Can't wait for Children of Ruin!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Eye of the World

  • Book One of The Wheel of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 29 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,758
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,117

When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Your first step down a very long and winding road.

  • By Lore on 06-29-12

So Far, So Good

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

I've heard a bazillion great things about this series and as a major Brandon Sanderson fangirl, I started this knowing it was gonna be awesome. So, first book, not necessarily awesome, but really good. I already bought the second book and will be starting it immediately. I can see the potential for this series and can't wait to really get into the meat of it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Oathbringer

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 55 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 33,652
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,656
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31,603

Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strong Storytelling, will upset Kaladin fans

  • By Deana on 11-16-17

Sanderson Perfection

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

This book is SO. GOOD. Of course, if you've gotten this far, you've likely read The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance, so you're GOING to read this one (surely). I can't recommend it highly enough. I laughed, gasped in horror, cried (more than once), and found myself screaming "NOOOOOO!" in my car when a particular character was killed. Many surprises and things I didn't see coming. And the narrators did a fantastic job too (as always). So why are you still reading this? Go buy the book already! :o)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rise of the Embodied

  • The Quantum Mechanic Series Book 2
  • By: Jason Faris
  • Narrated by: Judy Rounda
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

They're not machines, cyborgs, demons, or monsters, and yet they are all of those things and more. Spawned from a horrifying program of gruesome human experimentation, they walk the earth as living nightmares. For decades they served their masters by secretly manipulating world events, eliminating enemies, terrorizing humanity, and toppling nations. But then they found themselves facing the power of the Quantum Man, and the terrifying fury of his cybernetic daughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great installment.

  • By pjsvoice on 10-19-17

Just love this series

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

Reviewed: 10-18-17

This was interesting as it showed more of what the main characters (good and bad) can do, but I am still dying to know what happened to Jason that started all of this! I'm also kinda hoping that a particular pair of "bad guys" end up switching sides, but we'll have to see for the third book I guess! This one didn't jump around as much as the beginning of the first book did and was easier to follow. Highly recommend!

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Enemy Me

  • By: J Carrell Jones
  • Narrated by: Emily Lawrence
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

The very profitable pharmaceutical behemoth Forever Life, Inc. was ready to start Human trials using a new wonder drug that was going to liberate the world. Every disease known - cured. Every handicap or birth defect - eliminated. You don't like your hair texture? Your eye color? Skin color? Height? One small pill taken at night, a short drug induced coma, and several days later - a new you. The problem was that Pete feared this new pill would lead to the extinction of humankind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, rough start

  • By Jason on 09-22-17

Fantastic Book

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

Reviewed: 10-18-17

I expected something a little different (expected the same guy to keep dying and coming back), but this was really good and interesting too. I loved the story and all of the different clones. Sometimes they really had me cracking up!! Definitely recommend this book.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Kin of Kings (The Kin of Kings: Book 1)

  • By: B.T. Narro
  • Narrated by: Brad C. Wilcox
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 618
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566

The first great war of Ovira is over, and the most hated king in centuries is dead, but his nephew still lives. However, Basen had nothing to do with the destructive war his uncle started. In fact it was his uncle who exiled him and his father to the territory of their enemies, where Basen's dreams of becoming a legendary mage now fade, as he must work all day just to eat. His only chance at regaining some semblance of the life he thought he would lead is to join an elite school that trains, houses, and feeds a thousand new young men and women each year.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good start to the series

  • By James on 02-12-16

Love This Story!

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

Reviewed: 08-15-17

I am so interested in this story!! It's one of those where you suspect who the antagonist is but won't find out until the very last minute. It was fun to see whether I was right or not! The narrator did a great job with the voices and I liked his cadence. Can't wait to read the next one!!!!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful