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  • Differently Morphous

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,178

A magical serial killer is on the loose, and gelatinous, otherworldly creatures are infesting the English countryside. Which is making life for the Ministry of Occultism difficult, because magic is supposed to be their best kept secret. After centuries in the shadows, the Ministry is forced to unmask, exposing the country's magical history - and magical citizens - to a brave new world of social media, government scrutiny, and public relations.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for everybody

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 09-24-18

All Hail Yahtee!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

Genius! Pure unadulterated genius! Yahtzee lambasted the stupidity of SJWs and alt-right wackjob while delivering a compelling plotline with wonderfully twisty-turny ending! I can't wait for more!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Second Hand Curses

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello, Marc Vietor, Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,381
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,281

When your fairy godmother threatens to enslave you with a curse - when a malevolent piper solves your rat problem but steals your children - when you seek revenge on the prince who turned you into a frog - who can you turn to in your hour of need? The band of scoundrels known far and wide as the Bastard Champions - the swashbuckling trio who travel a world of legend, seeking adventure and righting wrongs - as long as there's enough gold to be earned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Second Hand Curses is First Rate Storytelling!

  • By Tony E. on 11-22-17

Twistedly Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

I love a good twisted fairy tale, so when I get an entire book of them with a common theme and set of characters that unifies it, I'm more than happy. And in true Drew Hayes fashion, the story does not disappoint. Bravo! I look forward to another book from Drew soon!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Forever War

  • By: Joe Haldeman
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,879
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,015
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,030

William Mandella is a soldier in Earth's elite brigade. As the war against the Taurans sends him from galaxy to galaxy, he learns to use protective body shells and sophisticated weapons. He adapts to the cultures and terrains of distant outposts. But with each month in space, years are passing on Earth. Where will he call home when (and if) the Forever War ends?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic.

  • By John on 09-24-08

Novel Idea, Meh Execution

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

This is an interesting concept. I really enjoyed the attention to detail in some respects, but the book lagged in a lot of ways. I found Starship Troopers to be more compelling, all be it thought-provoking from a physics perspective. I felt a lot of the tangents were interesting but made the story lag.

  • The Collapsing Empire

  • The Interdependency, Book 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,594

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely not my favorite scalzi

  • By pat on 03-25-17

Anti-capitalism or Anti-government Sci-fi?

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

Let me start with this. I enjoy John Scalzi's work. It's well thought out, clever, and generally pretty fun. That being said, it's obvious that this book is an attempt to stab at the idea of capitalism. Funny since it completely misses the point while simultaneously providing a fictionalized representation of what has happened in the past as personifies in this work of fiction. That without government, no cronyistic system can thrive.

So there is a politically driven theme to the book. It was a little annoying to me considering that I was hoping for more solid sci-fi. And aside from the gratuitous sex and the heavy use of fbombs, it wasn't half bad. Don't get me wrong. I'm no prude (seen all of Game of Thrones and read the books). I was just a little surprised that Scalzi would shift his style so much. So, be warned about that. If you don't enjoy that sort of thing in books, skip this series.

Now, as far as story goes, setting aside all the other things I mentioned. It's pretty damn good. Solid premise. Solid plot. Fairly solid dialog, when the characters aren't getting preachy. This is why I gave an overall 4 out of 5. Thankfully that politics are subtle. I'm not sure if I'll get the next book when it comes out. I'm in that space where I might, or I might just read one of the other of thousands of books available instead of wasting my time on this. For now, we will see. I hope this helps. Now, on to another series!

  • NeuroTribes

  • The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity
  • By: Steve Silberman
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,413
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,270

What is autism: a lifelong disability or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius? In truth, it is both of these things and more - and the future of our society depends on our understanding it. Wired reporter Steve Silberman unearths the secret history of autism, long suppressed by the same clinicians who became famous for discovering it, and finds surprising answers to the crucial question of why the number of diagnoses has soared in recent years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Contrast to "In a Different Key"

  • By Gadget on 06-01-16

This is hope...

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

This book gave me hope because for years I felt like an alien on my own planet. This story has given me knowledge and power. I highly recommend it anyone on the spectrum or who knows someone on the spectrum.

  • Rise of a D-List Supervillain

  • By: Jim Bernheimer
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 643

One of the few heroes he respects has been captured, and now, Cal must rely on his wit, technical skills, and a healthy dose of The Big Lie, to pull off a daring rescue from inside a villain's base. Along the way, he and his team of New Renegades will have to worry about an imposter, human/animal Manglermal hybrids, a naked woman, an evil scientist, a terrifying plan, and the ever intrusive presence of Big Brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • of two minds.

  • By Omki on 09-18-17

A great addition

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

I'm confused by all the people whi griped about it being mostly a recap. I felt it was a good addition to the series. Yes, there is some recapping that happens. But it isn't the worst I've experienced. It wasn't even a little bad. It was just recapping. I was pleased with the purchase and can't wait for the next edition to this fun series.

  • Video Game Plotline Tester

  • Dark Herbalist Series, Book 1
  • By: Michael Atamanov
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,016
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,920
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,918

Would you be prepared to work for free? How would you like to bust your hump for a large corporation 60-plus hours a week without a wage or a single day off for the vague promise of some mysterious perks in the distant future? You'd refuse point blank, wouldn't you? But what if the job in question was playing a state-of-the-art fantasy MMORPG game? And what if this was the only thing you're really good at? Especially considering that your in-game partner is someone really special to you - and this person already lives a virtual life?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Different and Good LitRPG

  • By Don Gilbert on 06-15-18

Ready Player One, but less AND more epic

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

The sub-genre of sci-fi/fantasy that is developing around videogames is fascinating. I've read a few books because of that fascination. This book. Well, it has elements that made Readu Player One great, but it doesn't have the flaws that made that book hard to read. The title is anti-climatic, but the content made me want to stay up late to listen. This is worth your time. Especially if you've enjoyed books like Reafy Player One. It relies significantly less on reference and nostalgia, and stands firmly on its own as a good story.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Will Save the Galaxy for Food

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,376

Space travel just isn't what it used to be. With the invention of Quantum Teleportation, space heroes aren't needed anymore. When one particularly unlucky ex-adventurer masquerades as famous pilot and hate figure Jacques McKeown, he's sucked into an ever-deepening corporate and political intrigue. Between space pirates, adorable deadly creatures, and a missing fortune in royalties, saving the universe was never this difficult!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By K. F. on 03-09-17

Clever, fun, and funny

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

I must say that I am impressed. This story is clever, fun, and funny. It presents a real historic and economic experience in a novel and intriguing setting, but it isn't dry or boring. Far from it. I felt like no time passed at all by the time the ending arrived. I'm sad to see the story end, but glad I was able to enjoy it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 201,122
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 187,811
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187,405

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

You Almost Lost Me

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

I have a love hate relationship with this book. The beginning was a rough start. I didn't really feel connected to the kid mainly because of the constant ranting diatribes present throughout the book, be heavily present in the beginning specifically. Still, after getting past that I found the ride to be rather enjoyable. The constant referencing was simultaneously intriguing and annoying. The plot twists were a bit jarring at a couple points, but not terribly so. I hope this is not the best Ernest Cline has to offer since I see a lot of potential here. That being said, its a great book and is worth the read.

  • The Science of Supervillainy

  • The Supervillainy Saga, Book 4
  • By: C. T. Phipps
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,004
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,004

Gary Karkofsky a.k.a Merciless: The Supervillain Without Mercy (TM) returns in the fourth volume of the popular Supervillainy Saga. Having discovered the world's greatest superhero slain by his doppelganger from another reality, Merciful: The Supervillain with Mercy (TM), and the arrogant President Omega, Gary dedicates himself to overthrowing both. Unfortunately, this is harder than it looks since Merciful has all of Gary's genre savviness while President Omega has the entire brainwashed United States military.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the others

  • By Mike on 06-24-17

Good Entertainment

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

These books are a guilty pleasure. As anything other can cotton candy they such, but I enjoy the brief escape they offer. I feel like the author could give us a bit more in the way of plot and structure. The motivations of some of the characters are shallow at best. Still, over all I would recommend this as a good chill out series. This book is a continuation of that fun ride.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful