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  • Super Powereds: Year 4

  • Super Powereds, Book 4
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 60 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,156
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,921
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,901

The final year at Lander has finally arrived for the Melbrook students and their peers, and with it comes a whole new set of challenges. Still reeling from the events of their junior year, the remaining students will have to push past their pain - and so much more - if they hope to be one of the 10 to claim the title of Hero upon graduation. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Its finally over....what do I do with my life now?

  • By Jared on 07-11-18

excellent conclusion to an excellent series

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

What can I say except that I loved every minute of this 60 hour book? I love the characters and how they've all grown over the series, I love how the world takes the fundamentally silly concept of superheroes and makes it very real and believable. I love Kyle McCarley's performance and how he brings every character to life with telling voices. I love everything about this book and cannot possibly recommend it highly enough.

  • Leviathan Wakes

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 20 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,844
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,828

The first book in the landmark Expanse series, now a major television series from Syfy! Leviathan Wakes is James S. A. Corey's first novel in the epic New York Times best-selling series The Expanse, a modern masterwork of science fiction in which humanity has colonized the solar system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Started a love affair with hard sci fi

  • By N. H. on 07-30-17

Slow start, but an excellent and gripping book!

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

At first, I didn't like the narrator, feeling that the reading was too dry. I'm not sure if he gets more animated as the book progresses or if I got used to his reading style, but either way I found myself totally engaged and really enjoying his performance by the end. I was happy to see that he performs the whole series and just started the second book.

As a book, Leviathan Wakes took a little bit to get going, but once it did, it really hit its pace! The characters quickly grew on me and I was very invested in their adventure. I loved the 'casual science' in the book, where things like spaceship acceleration is consistently described in terms of g-force, which put the act of crossing the incomprehensible distances of space into a context that I felt like I could really understand. All in all, it's a great book and I'm eager to continue the series.

  • Corpies

  • Super Powereds Spinoff, Book 1
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 19 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,334
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,064
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,060

Titan was one of the nation's most loved and respected Heroes, until an infidelity scandal tore his image and family apart. After decades spent out of the limelight, Owen Daniels has decided to take up the mantle of Titan once again to try and make amends for his years away. Unfortunately, the Titan Scandal is still common knowledge, and no Hero team wants such a polarizing figure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, loved it!

  • By Leslie on 08-22-16

Strong addition to series

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

Excellent performance by one reader!
This story follows a hero, not an HCP student, and is interesting in its own right. Main character is very self-actualized. Drew Hayes continues to improve as an author. Looking forward to more in this world.

  • Super Powereds: Year 3

  • Super Powereds, Book 3
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 41 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,594
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,168
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,154

Junior year has come for the remaining students of Melbrook Hall, and it promises to be the most difficult one yet. With one of their own gone and another under serious investigation, none of the former Powereds know how many days remain for them in the Hero Certification Program. The time they do have will be filled with more trials and classes, honing their skills as they work toward the increasingly difficult goal of becoming Heroes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Drew Hayes Has Created An Absolute Masterpiece!

  • By matt on 08-30-16

excellent narrator, solid char growth

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

narrator's performance continues to shine and overall solid growth from the characters. I'm looking forward to book 4 coming in July.

  • Forging Hephaestus

  • Villains' Code Series, Book 1
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 26 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,389

Gifted with meta-human powers, Tori Rivas kept away from the limelight, preferring to work as a thief in the shadows. But when she's captured trying to rob a vault that belongs to a secret guild of villains, she's offered a hard choice: prove she has what it takes to join them or be eliminated. Apprenticed to one of the world's most powerful (and supposedly dead) villains, she is thrust into a strange world where the lines that divide superheroes and criminals are more complex than they seem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Nice Surprise with some Really Fun Characters

  • By Small Mountain on 09-29-17

great performance, continued excellence from Hayes

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

Drew Hayes continues to surprise me with his takes on our favorite genres. Characters are strong and interesting. I enjoyed reading about villains building a community.

  • Split the Party

  • Spells, Swords, & Stealth Series #2
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,487
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,215

Fleeing from a vengeful king has sent the former NPCs across Solium's borders, into the kingdom of Alcatham. As wanted fugitives, they head to the small farming village of Briarwillow, hoping to blend in, lay low, and avoid trouble at all costs. Unfortunately, Briarwillow has problems all its own, and its troubles quickly become theirs. If they hope to survive long enough to escape, they'll have to tackle an all-but-forgotten mystery buried at the town's border as well as seek the wisdom of a mysterious group of mages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great follow up!

  • By M. D. Baines on 05-13-16

fun continuation of the first

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

Reviewed: 01-14-18

it starts slow but stick with it. The author continues to offer surprises and fun character growth.

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  • Bloody Acquisitions

  • Fred, the Vampire Accountant, Book 3
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,221
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,082
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,073

With a thriving parahuman accounting practice, a steady relationship, and a circle of trusted friends, Fred's undead life has become more enjoyable than his normal one ever was. Unfortunately it also seems that he's no longer the only vampire to appreciate the up-and-coming city of Winslow, Colorado. A new clan of vampires is moving in, and they aren't well known for tolerating outsiders in their territory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • God I Love This Series

  • By Mario on 09-09-16

great book and performance

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

Reviewed: 05-12-17

I didn't really think Fred's story could get better after the first two books, but... it does! Performance is top notch and thoroughly enjoyable.

  • The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,900
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,900

Timid, socially awkward, and plagued by self-esteem issues, Fred has never been the adventurous sort. One fateful night - different from the night he died, which was more inconvenient than fateful - Fred reconnects with an old friend at his high school reunion. This rekindled relationship sets off a chain of events thrusting him right into the chaos of the parahuman world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun for a While

  • By sherri on 09-18-16

Great fun, a little too episodic and way too short

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

Reviewed: 04-28-17

I really enjoyed these utterly uninteresting tales of Fred, the vampire accountant. This is basically a collection of short stories that happen sequentially to a single group of characters. I was a little annoyed by that at first, for as each new short story begins, the narration re-introduces the characters and the premise, basically retelling you all of the things that you just learned by listening to the previous story. Also, I think that Fred's apartment mysteriously goes from being windowless in the first story to having windows in later stories (a nitpick that I'm sure Fred would appreciate). Other than those two minor complaints, I had a great time listening to these stories and have happily purchased books 2 and 3 in the series.

  • Anathem

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
  • Length: 32 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,856
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,864

In celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent's gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected". But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unparalleled

  • By Baron on 11-25-08

Great read, great performance

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

Reviewed: 02-14-17

This is now my favorite Stephenson novel! Oliver Wyman gives it an incredible, nuanced performance. It has great characters, interesting sci-fi speculation, and a well executed ending. The book was a little hard to start, as there are many strange names and words, but it picks up and really gets going.

  • Oryx and Crake

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,563

As the story opens, Snowman is sleeping in a tree, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories? Alone except for the green-eyed Children of Crake, he explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes - into his own past, and back to Crake's high-tech bubble-dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Scary Stuff

  • By Doug on 07-21-03

great book, difficult subject matter

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

Reviewed: 08-03-16

Very well written book. The reveal at the end surprised me, but looking back, all the clues and foreshadowing were right there. The story deals with the sexual abuse of children, so is certainly not for everyone.