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  • Mass Effect™ Andromeda: Annihilation

  • By: Catherynne M. Valente
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

With a new game, Mass Effect Andromeda, set for release in 2017, the launch of a new series of Mass Effect novels is timely. The new game will take the story in a dramatic new direction and is set in a new region of space, with a new and deadly enemy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I liked everything but the ending

  • By Ryan James Mullan on 11-07-18

Very painful

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

So first off I want to give credit where credit is due, the narrator is amazing. He does a fantastic job voicing the characters from the Elcor to the Quarian. The narrator is honestly the only reason this book got 2 stars instead of one.

Now I am a huge Mass Effect fan and I love book written for other Bioware games like SWTOR, but the way this book was written is horrendous.

The first major problem with the book is its start. The beginning of this book is a perfect example on how not to start writing a book. It serves no purpose, it gives no information, it doesn't forward the story in anyway, and by the time it's over it adds up to a pointless ramble.

The second problem is the way the book is structured. It literally spends tens of minutes up to an hour explaining a situation in a very Scooby Doo like fashion. When characters talk and react to each other all the information is useless in the context of the story, or just flat out doesnt matter making it feel like you've wasted your time. Now I understand getting characters to talk to give them backstory, but this enters the realm of rambling and more often than now I found myself daydreaming about other things and completely ignoring what was going on in the book.

The last thing I need to touch on is the massive and horrifying exposition dumps. I've read some books with expo dumps, but this one is the worse and most aggregious. Also the way the author has the Elcor talk is completely off base like when he says "jumping to conclusion" no Elcor talks like that. The reason the Elcor explain their emotion is because they lack emotion in their voice. The only thing they are explaining is emotion, or pitch in how the sentence is contextualize.

Overall disappointing book that takes 9 hours for a story that honestly has less than half that content.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Bridge Kingdom

  • By: Danielle L. Jensen
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang, James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341

Lara has only one thought for her husband on their wedding day: I will bring your kingdom to its knees. A princess trained from childhood to be a lethal spy, Lara knows that the Bridge Kingdom represents both legendary evil - and legendary promise. The only route through a storm-ravaged world, the Bridge Kingdom controls all trade and travel between lands, allowing its ruler to enrich himself and deprive his enemies, including Lara’s homeland. So when she is sent as a bride under the guise of fulfilling a treaty of peace, Lara is prepared to do whatever it takes....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Read

  • By ange2262 on 10-17-18

Nothing here

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

So I have no idea how this book is getting good reviews. The world building is horrible, character development is non existent and the book has a terrible case of slide show syndrome.

First thing I noticed is how little detail there is in the world. Scenes transition without explanation, for example they were in a building, I think, one paragraph, and the next paragraph they were in the forest with no explanation why they were heading there l, until they're there.

The main character will worry about blowing her cover and act in a certain way to keep from being discovered; in the next sentence she is displaying her expertise and no one questions this.

I got halfway through this book before calling it quits. This book feels like it was written by a teenager with little understanding of how characters should act, or how a book should flow through a story. Events happen to the characters instead of characters influancing events, giving the book an "on the rails" kind of feel.

I was hoping, after reading the reviews, that this would be a good book. Unfortunately, if you like major explanations like, why is this country with no resources and no strategic value being attacked by other countries, than this isn't the book for you. The worst part is any information you do gain isn't organic, most of the story is doled out through exposition dumps at random points.

32 of 35 people found this review helpful

  • Falling Kingdoms

  • Falling Kingdoms, Book 1
  • By: Morgan Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 624

In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power - brutally transforming their subjects' lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly good!

  • By Sarah Turner on 12-13-12

started put great, couldn't finish.

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

Reviewed: 10-24-17

horrible book, I'm not sure how anyone could like it. it feels like gane of thrones mixed with avatar and written by a 5 year old. There are so many characters that they have no time for development and if they where to be killed off there is little reason to care. people fall in love with each other so often it feels so awkward. There was a scene that said "she won't give up that easily" then gives up a few sentences later letting another person tale the burden for her.
this is by far the worse book I've purchased from auditable. the only redeeming factor is the narrator is suburb, to bad he spent his talents on this disastrous book.

  • Battlefront II

  • Inferno Squad (Star Wars)
  • By: Christie Golden
  • Narrated by: Janina Gavankar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,116

After the humiliating theft of the Death Star plans and the resulting destruction of the battle station, the Empire is on the defensive. In response to this stunning defeat, the Imperial Navy has authorized the formation of an elite team of soldiers, known as Inferno Squad. Their mission: infiltrate and eliminate the remnants of Saw Gerrera's Partisans. Following the death of their leader, the Partisans have carried on his extremist legacy, determined to thwart the Empire - no matter what the cost.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Inferno Squad Squandered

  • By Michael Thomas Lamia on 08-13-17

Very minor spoilers

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

Reviewed: 10-14-17

very boring, characters were uninteresting and the bonding they did was terrible. the author tries to make you car for terrorists but it doesn't work.

  • Feedback

  • Newsflesh, Book 4
  • By: Mira Grant
  • Narrated by: Georgia Dolenz
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we unleashed something horrifying and unstoppable. The infection spread, leaving those afflicted with a single uncontrollable impulse: feed. Now, 20 years after the Rising, a team of scrappy underdog reporters relentlessly pursue the facts while competing against brother-and-sister blog superstars the Masons.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The worst narration I've ever heard

  • By Nicole Wood on 10-27-16

Feed SJW Edition

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

Reviewed: 05-23-17

can be the title, and summary, if this story. it's annoying how they badger police then need them before badgering then again.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mass Effect™ Andromeda: Nexus Uprising

  • By: Jason M. Hough, K. C. Alexander
  • Narrated by: Fryda Wolff
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 904

They slept for hundreds of years, dreaming of a new home in the Andromeda galaxy. When finally they awake, their dreams of peace are shattered. These colonists - turian, salarian, asari, human, and more - face an uncharted galaxy and threats beyond understanding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Five Star Review But Be Warned

  • By Lester on 03-27-17

loved it

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

Reviewed: 04-11-17

great book, explains the leadership backgrounds and the struggle before the game starts, also good narrator.

  • Deadland Rising

  • Deadland Saga, Book 3
  • By: Rachel Aukes
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

It has been nearly one year since the zombie hordes claimed the world. As the plague eats away at its victims' bodies, the Fox survivors search for a safe place to rebuild what they have lost. But a dangerous new threat has risen, hunting them from every direction. To survive, Cash, Clutch, and their small band of refugees must put their faith in a group of strangers and a new government with radical plans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great finale to an inspired zombie series.

  • By Erik Schubach on 10-08-15

No detail

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

Reviewed: 03-14-17

The characters were very boring. Without any back story we're expected to care when these characters die. Many times I found myself bored by the story I would drift off only to find that someone had died, and I had no idea who they were. At some point it almost feels like the author thinks that someone needs to die so she would point and write their deaths. No deaths have effected my mood sense the second book and the choices these characters make are so stupid it makes you wonder how boned we are if we act like them at all.

Last and not least the character had to voice a million times how she felt about wild dogs, like not kidding she brings it up all the time.

  • Chimera

  • By: Mira Grant
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255

The outbreak has spread, tearing apart the foundations of society, as implanted tapeworms have turned their human hosts into a seemingly mindless mob. Sal and her family are trapped between bad and worse and must find a way to compromise between the two sides of their nature before the battle becomes large enough to destroy humanity and everything that humanity has built...including the chimera.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Avoid- the third book really didn't get better...

  • By Gloria on 12-01-15

Everything about this book was painful.

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

Reviewed: 08-02-16

I haven't liked this series sense the first book, the second was very meh. The worse thing about this book is how the author needs to reiterate plot points five hundred times, maybe cause even she realizes this story is going nowhere. This book tries to turn you against humans and thinking that the worms deserve a chance to live. These worms are killing millions, including themselves, but all this is worth it because one in a million could survive, stupid. When the main character finds a little, very annoying, worm girl automatically makes her a mother, sure. The story, the delivery, the characters are all undeveloped and boring. The fact that the author also needs to put in this stupid, "Don't go out alone," book is evidence that she's is just trying to fluff the story until the end.
I normally love this author, I loved all the News Flesh and the first of these books, but I think she finally checked out of this series and is cashing in on her ability to extend a book with bad story telling.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Matefinder: Volume 1

  • By: Leia Stone
  • Narrated by: Dara Rosenberg
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,010
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 931
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 929

Werewolves, facing the threat of extinction, desperately seek their mates to bear young. Aurora, a human far removed from the supernatural world, is nearing her own end after being fatally injured in a car accident. Kai, an alpha werewolf, lurks in the nearby trees watching her bleed out. He chooses to save her the only way he knows how, by changing her. Aurora struggles with her past as a domestic abuse survivor and the new dominating and violent lifestyle of a werewolf.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT START TO A SERIES!!!

  • By Brandy Blackerby on 01-29-17

It had potential

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

Reviewed: 05-14-16

I want to begin this with an analogy. If writing books was like being a sculpture, using fine tool to chisel details, as a sculpture this author used a club to try and beat the marble into something she wanted.

The main problem with this book is the lack of detail, it feels like a 12 year old wrote it. Very general details are given without any of the minor details that you need to bring the book to life.

Another problem is the lack of character development. I found my self laughing, rolling my eyes, or just down right horrified at how hollow and uninteresting everything was. Not only does the author fail to flesh out the main charcter, she just makes her an automatic badass leaving me feeling disconnected. The detail in the fighting, traveling, and overall interaction between characters is so short that if you don't pay attention for a few seconds your completely lost.

The way some of the characters feel and express themselves sounds absolutely reddiculous, not to mention that Kia, or whatever his name was, was scared for the first time several times. This book almost feels like the author went in without a plan and contradicts herself so many times.

The story progression is horrifying things that, in any other well written book, were nearly shrugged off because it was delivered so poorly. I stopped and started this book at least 10 times before finally giving up.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Marked in Flesh

  • A Novel of the Others, Book 4
  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,020
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,011

Since the Others allied themselves with the cassandra sangue, the fragile yet powerful human blood prophets who were being exploited by their own kind, the delicate dynamic between humans and Others changed. Some, like Simon Wolfgard, wolf shifter and leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn see the new, closer companionship as beneficial - both personally and practically.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Like putting together a puzzle in slow motion where you already see the big picture

  • By Pabkins on 08-28-17

No more

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

Reviewed: 04-29-16

Boring characters, repeating the same thing over and over again plague this entry. I will not be buying anymore. I had a longer review but the site won't let me post.