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  • The Calculating Stars

  • A Lady Astronaut Novel
  • By: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the East Coast of the US, including Washington, DC. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the Earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space and requires a much-larger share of humanity to take part in the process. Elma York’s drive to become the first lady astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held conventions of society may not stand a chance against her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New found favorite book...

  • By Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore on 07-12-18

Alternate history for everyone

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

The meteor hits in 1952, and suddenly we need to get to Mars before we’ve even reached the Moon.
If you love alternate history, space travel, WASP pilots of WWII, stories like Hidden Figures, or just a strong story – this is your book.

Mary Robinette Kowal knows how to craft a story, and knows how to narrate it to make the story even better. She tries hard to give the different characters different voices, and uses limited effects to make it sound like you are hearing people talk over a flight radio. The emotions she puts into the moments of panic feel real.
She even had a real astronaut beta read her book, so the science and jargon is solid too. The timeline is a little fuzzy, but it can be ignored in alternate history.
What she does address is the racism and sexism of the actual 1950s. It’s not the focus of the story, but does provided the motivation for several plot elements, especially the sexism. Women should be astronauts too!

The follow up should be out in just a few weeks. I can’t wait to learn the rest of the story.

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  • Steal the Stars

  • By: Mac Rogers
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

This audio ebundle includes all 14 episodes of the Audio Verse Award-winning podcast series, plus exclusive bonus content, including the live staged reading of the prequel episode, "Deputy"; a round table discussion with the creators; and more. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly Amazing

  • By Eric Roath on 04-02-18

The perfect audio book

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

I just finished listening to this book! OMG! I didn’t want to stop.

This is what all audio books should be. Loved the cast! And the limited sound effects. Graphic audio books are too filled with sound effects. This book hit the right balance.

I really hope this gets turned into a movie at some point, so more people will read the book / listen to the audio book.

The story was compelling and fast paced. I feel for the characters quickly, hate and love.
The characters also seem to be suffering various different PSTD or mental conditions - yet they are all presented in believable ways.

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  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 196,023
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 183,023
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182,630

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

Fun 1980s flashback, Depressing Future

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

Wil Wheaton - is a fun narrator in concept for this book. He's such a part of geek culture. However, he is not a great narrator when it comes to character voice. They all sound much the same. I prefer narrators that can project more distinctions between character voices. He tries a little harder with the Japanese characters, but all the white guys, just sound like him, even the ladies.

The story – Wow! Full of references that as a child of the 1980s, I’d forgotten or never knew to begin with. The future is so depressing, yet, also believable, just not in the time frame provided. At least I hope we aren’t that messed up as a planet in 30 years.
The story has a lot of heart, and I’m rooting for the main characters. Even when I’m left in the dark for a mystery sub-plot. I really like the character “H”, and I hope others will appreciate the character.

Upon second listen, I realized the author was too fond of the word “Then.” I hope he grows into using a different transition word in the future.

I also expect the movie to be very different. This books is full of copyrighted items that were probably impossible to gather the rights too.

  • Oathbringer

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 55 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26,606
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,068
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25,013

Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Sanderson Masterpiece

  • By 2bizy on 05-24-18

Strong Storytelling, will upset Kaladin fans

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

Oathbringer is book three of five. The first five books in the Stormlight Archive tell their own story. Later, another set of five will tell another story. Sometimes all the heroes win in the middle, sometimes they fail. In this book, we have both wins and losses. In one book, you have three small novels going on, with important points of view from many people.

Sanderson dives deeper into the cultures of Roshar and the conflicts that have nothing to do with the “bad guys.” Instead many of the conflicts are inside different characters own heads and hearts. This aspect of the story will be hard for many fans. This aspect of the story is important. Awareness of bias and of mental health issues is important. It’s rare to see them addressed so directly in an adventure fantasy.

But in this book, Kaladin, the hero of book one and book two – is not the star. He has growth, but not the awesome growth of power leveling up I think many fans were hoping to read. Instead, Bridge 4 as a whole, is given more points of view and room to grow. Sometime these are painful in heart wrenching ways, but in beautiful character development ways.

Dalinar’s flashbacks will make you look at him differently. It will be hard to see a hero in such a different light. Journey before destination everyone. His journey is a strong one.

The ladies of the Stormlight Archive are given more room to grow here. But at times it is a backward growth. At others it is wonderful to see them breaking the molds of Voirn culture.

Once you turn the page on Part 5, get ready for a rush of a ride. You will not want to put the book down for the final act.

Many important magical questions are answered in this volume of the Stormlight Archive, but it raises more questions. Some of the questions answered, were not the ones many fans were hoping to see addressed, including myself. I hope readers will appreciate the story that was written, for what was written. Not criticizes it because it was not the story they were expecting. I know I love the book, even if there are a few bits I wish were different. But the characters are not perfect people. They would be less interesting if they were.

I love that that the art is included even for the audio book. That is an extra special treat. Michael Kramer and Kate Reading do their typically awesome job narrating the books. I’m glad they kept the voices of the characters the same from the first two volumes of the books.

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  • A Gathering of Shadows

  • A Novel
  • By: V. E. Schwab
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,077
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,068

Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell's possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland's dying body through the rift, and into Black London. In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Warning - cliffhanger ending.

  • By Zoe Egan McInally on 03-26-16

Long lead up for a Book 3 payoff

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

This book makes you think something is happening.
What is happening is fun, and magic is being learned.
But really, it's just a long intro to the problem that book 3 deals with. It ends on a massive cliffhanger that left me raging.
In part I felt betrayed because book 1 is such a self contained story. It can be enjoyed without having to read the rest of the series. This one, you then have to read book 3 to get any type of closure.

But the narrators do a wonder job, like they normally do.

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