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  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,581

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, what a performance and what a story

  • By Jared G on 08-27-16

1000 yrs in the future

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

Reviewed: 05-11-19

This story takes place ~1000 years in Earth's future where a system of oppression has been consciously designed to support an oligarchy. It's an excellent dissection of how oppression functions. There is a skillful weaving of postmodernist perspectives, philosophy, and social theories (think e.g., Foucault"s panopticon metaphor). This book would be a great choice for a graduate level rhetorical analysis. However, woven throughout the story is a fatal flaw that, once seen, cannot be unseen. Apparently, while the author was able to imagine and describe amazing technologies that abound 1000 years in earth's future, he could neither imagine nor describe a future that is free of the chains of his own misogynistic perspectives. In that, the storyline leaks like an old rusty bucket. Each time the characters measured manhood by their balls, threatened to cut off genitals, screamed "like a girl," were compared to female prostitutes; each time a woman who did something cunning was labeled a "bitch" compared to a man doing the same labeled "cunning," I cringed. In this regard, the author showed himself oblivious resulting in a thread of discord and dissonance. On one hand, women are depicted as strong, capable strategists and warriors. On the other, women were prostitutes for sexual pleasure (or compared to them), homemakers, helpmates, and awkard misogynistic slurs and derogative comments aimed at women were unnecessarily injected at odd places. The author appears to struggle with current cultural challenges - glass ceilings and misogyny still exist 1000 years in the future.
This book was written for the man or woman who are comfortable living in the same type of oppressive systems the author writes about. Too bad such a gifted author cannot see past his own chains.

That said, there are more books in the series and the author may have had a purpose. The thread comes across as subliminal and oblivious, similar to the society depicted. I am going to read#2 Golden Son and see what comes next.

  • The Heavens

  • By: Sandra Newman
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32

Transporting the listener between a richly detailed past and a frighteningly possible future, The Heavens is a powerful reminder of the consequences of our actions, a poignant testament to how the people we love are destined to change, and a masterful exploration of the power of dreams. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Difficult to stay with.

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-17-19

Difficult to stay with.

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

Reviewed: 04-17-19

The story had the sense of being undeveloped, a bit like a series of high plot points waiting for development. Character arc was absent, plots points flat, and narration monotone. I was unable to continue listening.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Strong Ending

  • A Journey from Combat to Comedy
  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Mary-Louise Parker
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,562
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,546

This heartfelt Audible Original, narrated by Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress Mary-Louise Parker, follows three military veterans as they reclaim their most painful memories and turn them into comedy. Michael Garvey, Isaura Ramirez, and Patrick Harth left combat zones to challenge themselves in a stand-up comedy boot camp. As they learn to transform their raw emotions into cathartic experiences, they face the daunting challenge of trying to make an audience laugh with jokes about war, trauma, and mental health.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favorite Member Selection so far

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-07-18

Excellent info for anyone interested in expanding their awareness of PTSD

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

“Strong Ending” is a great listen. If you are unsure about the emotional challenges faced by veterans relevant to PTSD and mental illness, how they manifest, and about a humane avenue towards healing, this is a great listen. If you just want to hear an interesting story about hope, this is a great listen. If you just want to smile or laugh, this is a great listen. Thank you for creating the comedy training for veterans program and thank you for producing this.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

  • Read by Eddie Redmayne
  • By: J.K. Rowling, Newt Scamander
  • Narrated by: Eddie Redmayne
  • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,479
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,462

A set textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander's masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Scamander's years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • whoops

  • By A. Bunnell on 04-19-17

Read the fine print

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

DISAPPOINTING. It may have the same name as the movie - but be sure to read the summary. In my excitement, I didn't - and wasted a credit.

  • The Glass Forest

  • A Novel
  • By: Cynthia Swanson
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies, Jayme Mattler, Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

In the autumn of 1960, Angie Glass is living an idyllic life in her Wisconsin hometown. At 21, she's married to charming, handsome Paul, and has just given birth to a baby boy. But one phone call changes her life forever. When Paul's niece, Ruby, reports that her father, Henry, has committed suicide, and that her mother, Silja, is missing, Angie and Paul drop everything and fly to the small upstate town of Stonekill, New York to be by Ruby's side.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Worse than a sophmore slump

  • By NMwritergal on 02-07-18

Stay for the ending.

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

C.S. definitely writes with a signature style of mystery and slow seduction. The reader is drawn into a story that begins with character development and familiar schemas, only to be trapped into witnessing in rapt attention as the shadow side of each character is revealed.

  • Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents

  • How to Heal from Distant, Rejecting, or Self-Involved Parents
  • By: Lindsay C. Gibson PsyD
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759

In this breakthrough book, clinical psychologist Lindsay Gibson exposes the destructive nature of parents who are emotionally immature or unavailable. You will see how these parents create a sense of neglect and discover ways to heal from the pain and confusion caused by your childhood. By freeing yourself from your parents' emotional immaturity, you can recover your true nature, control how you react to them, and avoid disappointment. Finally, you'll learn how to create positive new relationships so you can build a better life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Astonishing information.

  • By K_Scofield on 07-20-16

Not just what, also why, & how to heal.

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

This book is practical. affirming, and useful. It goes well beyond theory by offering understandable, healthy alternatives for interacting with oneself and others.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter

  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Michael J. Sullivan, Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,384
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,034
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,020

When Gabriel Winter's daughter mysteriously disappears and is presumed dead, the wealthy whiskey baron seeks revenge. Having lived in Colnora during the infamous Year of Fear, he hires the one man he knows can deliver a bloody retribution - the notorious Duster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • By Mar! A brilliant addition to my favorite Chronicle

  • By Gina on 12-30-17

Best one of all.

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

Royce and Hadrian’s relationship is more deeply expanded in this story, and it’s delightful! The subtleties of each man’s eccentricities and frailties are depicted through the lens of their relationship. Female character’s are frequently explored through their relative value based on their bodies and looks, but it’s partially redeemed in the end.

  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24,526
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,385
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22,289

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than Trump: All Comey's Life/Working Years--

  • By Gillian on 04-17-18

Reads like an engaging novel

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

Reviewed: 04-22-18

Another political memoir - with a twist. This book is not just a list of facts and experiences. It has a plot, supporting characters and an engaging character arc about a flawed man who pays attention to his own life and learns from his mistakes. Most often when an author narrates their own story it's grueling - but Comey did a great job with his own narration - good call.

I was prepared to tolerate yet another expose' in the interest of staying informed. What I got was a surprisingly engaging, thoughtful, and at times, funny story that I couldn't put down.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Gender Game 4: The Gender War

  • By: Bella Forrest
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler, Jason Clarke
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,649
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,498
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,493

"For the sake of Viggo, my brother, my family in Patrus, and every single citizen of our God-forsaken nations, I had to stop the war." Continue Violet and Viggo's journey in the electrifying fourth book of The Gender Game series!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just excellent story and perfect narrators

  • By Clarica Claudia on 05-21-17

Great book

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

Reviewed: 09-14-17

I enjoy the book, good plot, twists and turns, almost all of it. The problem I have is with the female voice over. It is good until a screaming part comes. I wasn't aware that a scream was portrayed with a whisper. It throws it off a little. Me personally, I would rather hear a normal voice or slightly louder but not a whisper for a scream. Just seems wrong.

  • Age of Swords

  • The Legends of the First Empire, Book 2
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,193
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,617
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,590

Raithe, the God Killer, may have started the rebellion by killing a Fhrey, but longstanding enmities dividing the Rhune make it all but impossible to unite against the common foe. And even if the clans can join forces, how will they defeat an enemy whose magical prowess renders them indistinguishable from gods? The answer lies across the sea in a faraway land populated by a reclusive and dour race who feel nothing but disdain for both Fhrey and mankind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too slow paced

  • By A. Bunting on 07-28-17

Now I have to listen to the whole series all over!

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

Reviewed: 08-04-17

Loved getting the background. Now I'll have to start over and listen to it all with a new set of ears. It's like getting 2 for one! MJS you are the most ethical author I've ever encountered, both for your stories as well as for your loyalty to your readers.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful