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Elle L.F.

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  • The Call

  • By: Peadar O'Guilin
  • Narrated by: Amy Shiels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 806

Fourteen-year-old Nessa lives in a world where every teen will be "Called". It could come in the middle of the day, it could come deep in the night. But one instant she will be here, and the next she will wake up naked and alone in the Sidhe land. She will be spotted, hunted down, and brutally murdered. And she will be sent back in pieces by the Sidhe to the human world...unless she joins the rare few who survive for 24 hours and escape unscathed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting, Harrowing, and Fantastic

  • By Amy on 09-03-16

high ratings ...why?

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

the book feels poorly set up and very rushed at the beginning without giving you much background about what's going on.
the character development is scant and the relationships and the reasons why they behave the way they do toward one another are not developed and are unrealistic.
the so-called rules of this universe are not uniform and don't make sense because the rules established could allow the characters to get out of this and other problems pretty easily.
in general it feels like a freshman effort from a writer who might be good one day. I can't believe I wasted my time with this

  • The Man in the Maze

  • By: Robert Silverberg
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Richard Muller was an honorable diplomat who braved unimaginable dangers to make contact with the first-known race of intelligent aliens. But those aliens left a mark on him: a psychic wound that emanates a telepathic miasma that his fellow humans can neither cure nor endure. Muller is exiled to the remote planet of Lemnos, where he is left, deeply embittered, at the heart of a deadly maze - until a new alien race appears, seemingly intent on exterminating humanity.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • dry

  • By Elle L.F. on 12-20-18

dry

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

well this book shows it's a age bit. It's more of a contemplative piece than an action one. Not a lot happens it's kind of boring. The narration is fine if a little bit dry. The material is dated and if you are a woman who likes science fiction you will be used to the high level of misogyny present here. Females are not in the story unless they are sexual partners and their nudity is described in detail. They have no personality and all they want to do is be pleasing sexually and be looked at. So, there you have it. Read at your own risk.

  • All Systems Red

  • By: Martha Wells
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,654
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,653

All Systems Red is the tense first science fiction adventure novella in Martha Wells' series The Murderbot Diaries. For fans of Westworld, Ex Machina, Ann Leckie's Imperial Raadch series, or Iain M. Banks' Culture novels. The main character is a deadly security droid that has bucked its restrictive programming and is balanced between contemplative self-discovery and an idle instinct to kill all humans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I just wish all four stories were one book...

  • By Garrett Stone on 11-05-18

This series is 12 hours for $40.

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

interesting book could have been flushed out a bit more. 3 hours for over $10 it was a bit ridiculous. Each book in the four-part series is 3 hours. That's $40 for 12 hours of listening. Quite expensive and frankly it feels like a gimmick or a trick. I won't buy any more until they come out in a single Book for a better price. Be warned.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Name of the Wind

  • (Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1)
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 27 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65,783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,020

This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Joanna on 05-10-11

terrible. Sexist.

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

unless you have the brain of a 14 year old boy you will not like this book. If you do have the brain of a 14 year old boy, you will love this book. I had to look up if other people thought this guy was sexist and I found a lot of stuff online where people agree with me. Just listen to this book. the first half of the book references women only three times and the words wench and w**** are the only things that come up about them. The story is also slow to get going even though there is potential there. The narration is horrible. With some better narration with a more talented narrator some spookiness and suspense could have been added that otherwise were totally lost. I wish I could get my money back on this book. I absolutely hate it and am disgusted with myself that I actually purchased it. I believed all the hype reviews but I've learned a good lesson. All of the ignorant male trolls online have certainly found a home in the comment section of sci-fi and fantasy books. If you're a thoughtful female reader, or just thoughtful at all, take a lesson from me and review positive comments in this genre with a grain of salt

  • Brief Answers to the Big Questions

  • By: Stephen Hawking, Eddie Redmayne - foreword, Lucy Hawking - afterword
  • Narrated by: Ben Whishaw
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 878
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 799
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 795

Stephen Hawking not only unraveled some of the universe's greatest mysteries but also believed science plays a critical role in fixing problems here on Earth. Now, as we face immense challenges on our planet - including climate change, the threat of nuclear war, and the development of artificial intelligence - he turns his attention to the most urgent issues facing us. Will humanity survive? Should we colonize space? Does God exist? These are just a few of the questions Hawking addresses in this wide-ranging, passionately argued final book from one of the greatest minds in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful, wonderful listening experience

  • By La Traviata on 10-16-18

wonderful narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

The book is quite good if a bit short and perhaps not as well organized as one of might expect based on the title. However, the subject matter is certainly interesting enough. Ben Whishaw does an amazing job narrating; this is music to the ears. I wish more narrators would learn from Ben.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Warbreaker

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 24 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,704
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,687

Warbreaker is the story of two sisters who happen to be princesses, the God King one of them has to marry, the lesser god who doesn't like his job, and the immortal who's still trying to undo the mistakes he made hundreds of years ago. Their world is one in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren's capital city and where a power known as BioChromatic magic is based on an essence known as breath that can be collected only one unit at a time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Sanderson Yet

  • By Carol on 09-10-17

meh

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

not as good as I was hoping. I like Elantras and the rithmatist very much. Steelheart, not so much. I thought I'd give this a try and found it quite boring and the story was not engaging in my opinion. The narrator too, though not bad, has a rhythm and cadence that to me was a bit soporific. I kept hoping that the motivations would somehow be explained later for the characters because they did not seem at all believable or justifiable. the world he created here just didn't do it for me.

  • Blindsight

  • By: Peter Watts
  • Narrated by: T. Ryder Smith
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,134
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 969
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 959

Set in 2082, Peter Watts' Blindsight is fast-moving, hard SF that pulls readers into a futuristic world where a mind-bending alien encounter is about to unfold. After the Firefall, all eyes are locked heavenward as a team of specialists aboard the self-piloted spaceship Theseus hurtles outbound to intercept an unknown intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling modern hard sci-fi

  • By James on 04-04-09

possibly the worst book I've ever tried to read.

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

I wish I'd read more of the reviews before purchasing this novel. The positive reviews... Did they read this book? The book is disjointed, the descriptions are inadequate, the writer jumps around and you don't know what's happening. The narrator is flat. I've tried 3 times to listen to this book and three times I failed. I don't understand what's going on. What are there vampires in this for? All of a sudden they just are mentioned out of nowhere. Whatever. This is a bad book.

  • The River at Night

  • By: Erica Ferencik
  • Narrated by: Joy Osmanski
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 438
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 410
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 409

A high-stakes drama set against the harsh beauty of the Maine wilderness, charting the journey of four friends as they fight to survive the aftermath of a white water rafting accident, The River at Night is a nonstop and unforgettable thriller by a stunning new voice in fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The River at Night

  • By eh chaponis on 01-24-17

main character unlockable

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

if I wanted to spend time with someone who's kind of a jerk and had them in my head all the time I'm reading a book I would explode. Therefore. Goodbye to this book.

  • Fingersmith

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 23 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,986
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,987

Orphaned as an infant, Susan Trinder was raised by Mrs. Sucksby, “mother” to a host of pickpockets and con artists. To pay her debt, she joins legendary thief Gentleman in swindling an innocent woman out of her inheritence. But the two women form an unanticipated bond and the events that follow will surprise every listener. Fingersmith was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Booker Prize, and was chosen as book of the year 2002 by more organizations than any other novel. Sarah Waters was named Author of the Year at the 2003 British Book Awards.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The BEST BOOK I"ve read this year!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-30-11

unsatisfying for all you are put through

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

the writing was fine the story was questionable but it does keep you engrossed. For all the feelings of anger that you feel by how they characters are treated there's almost no payoff. The way the characters interact with one another in stressful situations is also Highly Questionable. It's a long slog and not worth it, in my opinion. The mystery itself is also a bit uninteresting. I would have been happier if I hadn't read this book

  • Star Trek: Discovery: Desperate Hours

  • By: David Mack
  • Narrated by: Susan Eisenberg
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567

Aboard the Starship Shenzhou, Lieutenant Michael Burnham, a human woman raised and educated among Vulcans, is promoted to acting first officer. But if she wants to keep the job, she must prove to Captain Philippa Georgiou that she deserves to have it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A new chapter for Trek books

  • By Billly on 10-16-17

ok story told soporifically

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

Reviewed: 02-22-18

The narrator tries, I think, but fails to add any interest to the book. It's frustrating that an action book sounds so monotonous. A good narrator can make a bland book great; this narrator makes an ok book blander. I'm disappointed.