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  • Holy Sister

  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Heather O'Neill
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,097
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,021
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,021

In this third book in the thrilling and epic Book of the Ancestor trilogy from international best-selling author Mark Lawrence, powerful novice Nona Grey must fight to survive in "a fantastic world in which religion and politics are dark and sharp as swords, with magic and might held in the hands of wonderful and dangerous women".  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good ending

  • By David Christopher Conklin on 04-20-19

Intense and satisfying ending

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

Reviewed: 06-13-19

I didn't think all the loose ends could be wrapped up in a single book, but Holy Sister does it, and does it with proper respect to the characters and story. An exciting, intense, and wholly satisfying ending to the trilogy that doesn't pull punches as it drags you to a well earned conclusion.

  • The Sawbones Book

  • The Horrifying, Hilarious Road to Modern Medicine
  • By: Justin McElroy, Dr. Sydnee McElroy
  • Narrated by: Justin McElroy, Dr. Sydnee McElroy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 928
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 865
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 859

Wondering whether eating powdered mummies might be just the thing to cure your ills? Tempted by those vintage ads suggesting you wear radioactive underpants for virility? Ever considered drilling a hole in your head to deal with those pesky headaches? Probably not. But for thousands of years, people have done things like this - and things that make radioactive underpants seem downright sensible! In their hit podcast, Sawbones, Sydnee and Justin McElroy breakdown the weird and wonderful way we got to modern healthcare. And some of the terrifying detours along the way. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gross and Entertaining Medical History

  • By Becky Roe on 01-16-19

Could be interesting minus the quips

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

Reviewed: 06-05-19

The content was interesting, but I struggled to listen to the quips and banter and felt the narration was delivered in a deadpan way that didn't work for me. It wasn't worth finishing.

  • A Little History of Economics

  • By: Niall Kishtainy
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 975
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 874
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871

What causes poverty? Are economic crises inevitable under capitalism? Is government intervention in an economy a helpful approach or a disastrous idea? The answers to such basic economic questions matter to everyone, yet the unfamiliar jargon and math of economics can seem daunting. This clear, accessible, and even humorous book is ideal for young listeners new to economics and to all listeners who seek a better understanding of the full sweep of economic history and ideas.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Biggest big ideas, paced nicely in history stories

  • By Philo on 06-20-18

Impressively accessible and meaningful

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

Reviewed: 05-27-19

A great overview of economics that gives a rounded picture of how economics is as much about society as money. it was interesting to consider the evolution of the field and how the field changes with the times and sometimes even impacts them. The book felt unbiased and informative and talked about the good and the bad in a way that was really interesting. I looked forward to listening to more every time I put my ear buds in. Very well done.

  • The Lathe of Heaven

  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,323

In a future world racked by violence and environmental catastrophes, George Orr wakes up one day to discover that his dreams have the ability to alter reality. He seeks help from Dr. William Haber, a psychiatrist who immediately grasps the power George wields. Soon George must preserve reality itself as Dr. Haber becomes adept at manipulating George's dreams for his own purposes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!

  • By Adrienne R. on 11-23-18

A good thinker

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

An interesting take on the nature of reality and our place in it. Also one of the more nuanced antagonists of anything I've read. A character which explores the impact of ambition and greater good on human nature and vice versa.

  • Son of a Liche

  • The Dark Profit Saga, Book 2
  • By: J. Zachary Pike
  • Narrated by: Doug Tisdale Jr.
  • Length: 20 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 963
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 920
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 917

Still bruised and heartbroken from their last calamitous quest, Gorm Ingerson and his band of washed-up heroes try to make amends for the orcs they accidentally betrayed. But justice is put on hold when an old foe marches to the city gates. Gorm is horrified to discover a liche pitching the frightened city-dwellers on the merits of the undead lifestyle...at the head of a corpse army. To save the city from high-pressure sales tactics and an inevitable siege, the dwarf warrior and his misfit band hatch a harebrained scheme that lands them at the top of the king’s kill list.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book

  • By Kristi Brownfield on 05-14-18

Excellent followup. Insightful, crafted, hilarious

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

Sometimes second books take a while to get back into. This one took about 5 minutes and I was once again glued to the mythos. The characters and performance were excellent (Tilsdale has quite a deck of voices) and the story arc was clever and not necessarily predictable. The running jokes and bits only kept getting funnier (the chapter transitions alone are notable for their hilarity). And to top it off, I actually explained to a meeting of execs recently why something one of them said was likely to invoke Nove's 2nd principal of universal irony. They took it quite well all in all. Worth a credit without question, especially since it's a full sized book. Thanks Mr. Pike for respecting your readers enough not to hack your masterful work into tiny bits. Looks like I'll be pre-ordering the 3rd.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Silver Linings Playbook

  • A Novel
  • By: Matthew Quick
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,880
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,883

During his years in a neural-health facility, Pat Peoples has formulated a theory about silver linings. He believes that his life is a movie produced by God, that his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and that if he succeeds, his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • WARNING: FOOTBALL FOOTBALL FOOTBALL!

  • By Jennifer on 03-06-15

An unexpected page turner

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

I didn't know anything coming in to this book but it ended up taking me for the full ride. And I'm typically a Scifi/adventure guy so a 'people' book better be pretty interesting to keep my attention. In particular, Porter's delivery of Pat's mental state was fascinating (his pronunciation and diction helped establish and develop the character) and the story kept dragging me along through its artful construction and slow reveals. Definitely worth a read.

  • Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection

  • By: Alexander C. Kane
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,290
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,281

Andrea Vernon always thought she would spend her life living in Paris writing thought-provoking historical novels all day and sipping wine on the Seine all night. But the reality is she's drowning in debt, has no prospects, and is forced to move back to Queens, where her parents remind her daily that they are very interested in grandchildren. Then, one morning, she is kidnapped, interviewed, and hired as an administrative assistant by the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection. Superheroes for hire, using their powers for good. What could possibly go wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Normal Life in an Abnormal World

  • By Arthur D. Rich on 08-26-17

Great book, an enjoyable side of superheroes

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

The story started off interesting and rapidly shot along. Funny and satirical, we get to explore the support team behind the supers who save the world. Even heroes need a retirement fund and someone has to organize the attack ships to make sure no-one gets left behind. It's a unique and hilarious take on things. I also enjoyed grasping more and more as we went that the story (or what we see of it) is shaped by Andrea's personality, quirks and all. And, while I don't generally give a hoot about love story side plots, I was definitely rooting for The Big Axe.
Bahni Turpin's female characters are varied and lots of fun. And, while I at first thought that she was limited in her narration of male characters, the way the book is structured, I realized that I'm hearing what Andrea is hearing, and she probably thinks the men sound like that. So, in that respect, the narration added to the overall flavor of the book.
Worth a read. Enjoy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Red Sister

  • First Book of the Ancestor
  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Heather O'Neill
  • Length: 19 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,840

From the international best-selling author of the Broken Empire Trilogy comes the first in a brilliant new breakout fantasy series. A searing novel set in a brand-new world, this series follows a young girl who enters a convent where girls are selected to train in religion, combat, or magic. Nona is selected to learn combat and finds herself at the center of an epic battle for empire on the outer reaches of a dying universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story supported by great narration

  • By jdykes33 on 04-15-17

Intense and elegant with no wasted words

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

This book hit it out of the park for me. I couldn't stop marveling at how well it was written. Story construction and world building were excellent and the language was poetic and yet efficient at the same time. I never felt like anything dragged on or any time was wasted, it was just consistent beautiful writing, character development, and action.
The violence is a powerful part of the story and yet this feels reasonable for mature young adults to enjoy. Come for the gore, stay for the writing.
I'll say one more note on world building. What started like any other fantasy novel setting became much more nuanced as you begin to appreciate the precarious nature of the Corridor and its people and how the extreme environmental forces of the planet drive the power struggles and politics that set the story backdrop. The hints at a science fiction background to the world also add a unique touch.
I'm starting Grey Sister immediately and hope audible gets Holy Sister ready soon,but takes it time to do a good recording (it's obvious when anticipated sequels are rushed without proper audio editing... I'm looking at you Iron Gold).
Enjoy.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Stuff Matters

  • Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World
  • By: Mark Miodownik
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,627

Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does a paper clip bend? These are the sorts of questions that Mark Miodownik is constantly asking himself. A globally renowned materials scientist, Miodownik has spent his life exploring objects as ordinary as an envelope and as unexpected as concrete cloth, uncovering the fascinating secrets that hold together our physical world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly good

  • By D. MacLeod on 01-29-15

Never deep enough to enjoy

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

I think this was written to convince people that aren't interested in materials that they should be. For those of us that are interested there was unfortunately not really anything new here and we never went deep enough to be able to enjoy things. It was more like lists of where materials are than discussions of their properties. I just couldn't quite finish the book, though I'd guess the author has plenty of interesting things to say. Maybe do a more advanced version? it would sell well enough in the current world.

2 of 2 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 7,516
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,889
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,898

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

A fascinating and layered story

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

This fits into the category of ya books that are interesting and exciting enough for anyone. Sanderson creates a rich alternate reality with his trademark stamp of a unique magic system. Though, it's the main character's dedication to an art he himself is incapable of that gives this book a different flavor. Add a cast off other well fleshed characters and you get a truly worthwhile listen.