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  • Skyward

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,322
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,785
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,770

From Brandon Sanderson, the number one New York Times best-selling author of the Reckoners series, Words of Radiance, and the internationally best-selling Mistborn series, comes the first book in an epic new series about a girl who dreams of becoming a pilot in a dangerous world at war for humanity's future.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you like Ender's Game or Sanderson check it out

  • By Kingsley on 11-08-18

Good, but some flaws.

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

Another overall good story from Brandon Sanderson, but some story writing... disappointments.

As usual the characters are well written and developed. The overall story is interesting, and a unique world setting created. My only problems were the general plot line convenient solutions and the technology.

Brandon generally does so well at avoiding many storyline plots I detest (love triangles for example), that when one comes up in his books it really bothers me. In this book it’s the fact that the main character just happens upon a superior technology ship, just happens to have a tech savvy genius best friend, who just happens to be able to repair it, and the main character just happens to have the genetic ability to fully utilize this ship.

Another disappointment is the overall simple technology in a science fiction/fantasy story. Brandon’s other books I’ve read have been your general swords and magic type, so I’m guessing he just doesn’t have much experience coming up with scifi type equipment. In the next book I hope the use of missiles at least makes an appearance. Maybe a mobile air base, mirage image lures, or something beyond “lasers,” emp/imps, and “harpoon” gun.

  • Storm World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 10
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,469
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,384

In an unprecedented first, Earth sends a message to Mogwa Prime. Unfortunately, the messenger is not met with enthusiasm. Misunderstandings soon threaten all of Humanity. Forced to prove Earth can serve the Empire better than any rival, McGill does his best. Eager to prove our worth to the Galactics, the frontier war between Rigel and Earth is expanded to Storm World. Circled by six moons, the planet is ravaged by wild storms and tides. Battles are fought in raging hurricanes, and death stalks the soldiers on both sides.   

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • THIS SERIES NEEDS TO MOVE FORWARD!

  • By Andre L. Gray on 01-14-19

Still fun to listen to, but no real overall story progression.

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

Fun to listen to, but no real overall story progression.

There is some okay character development, which is the only real important storyline bit you would need this book in the series for. Otherwise if you skipped this book and just got the next you wouldn’t really miss anything story wise.

  • Extinction

  • Star Force, Book 2
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,525
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,120

In the second book of the Star Force series, Kyle Riggs has another bad year. The Nano ships have a new mission--one that sentences their pilots to death. Meanwhile, the governments of Earth want to steal Star Force's Nano technology for their own. Worst of all, Earth has made a promise to the Macros, and the machines are coming to collect.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Kyle Rigs Show

  • By Andrew on 11-16-12

Too dumb.

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

Though one of BV’s first book series I’ve just started listening now after going through 3 of his others. I’ve always enjoyed his other series as a kinda junk food version of sci-fi.

His undying mercenaries series for example reads much like a comedy of a sci-fi universe at war. The main character bumbles and cons his way through, and there are other capable characters doing their own thing.

Star Force is way, way too much of a fantasy dream for weak nerds. Take your stereotypical nerd, who went through life too cowardly to stand up for himself, this is his fantasy.

Former teacher of IT some how gets randomly chosen for a heroic destiny (thus no need to go out and seize it). Only he is smart enough to figure out what is going on and every plan or theory of his turns out right. Despite numerous military professionals get involved they all have no idea what to do when combat starts and must ask the genius nerd what to do (despite military history proving many times that when planning is given to the smart “nerds” it’s always a disaster). Oh, and there is a hot woman who just wants to have sex with him all the time.

If personal fantasy in the Mary/Gary Sue/Stu is what you want and you’re a IT guy or college professor this is for you.

  • Super Powereds: Year 4

  • Super Powereds, Book 4
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 60 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,750
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,488
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,468

The final year at Lander has finally arrived for the Melbrook students and their peers, and with it comes a whole new set of challenges. Still reeling from the events of their junior year, the remaining students will have to push past their pain - and so much more - if they hope to be one of the 10 to claim the title of Hero upon graduation. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Its finally over....what do I do with my life now?

  • By Jared on 07-11-18

Too predictable, weak villain.

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

While I like the overall world created for the series, the story itself ended up too predictable.

The first book put out all the markers of the overall plot. I kept going with the series hoping my guess as to the main villain and overall plot was wrong, and the author would go in a different and unique direction. Sadly he didn’t, and it showed heavily in this book.

I could have gotten past the predictable story, but the villain came off as too weak and pathetic. In fact each antagonist in the story does. Many of the main character’s opponents come of as easily overcome, arrogant, and relatively dumb.

The final fight ends with the heroes completely stomping their opposition, save for the “red shirt hero’s” who’s names or powers you never read.

The book does wrap the story up nicely leaving few loose ends or plot holes. It also leaves a good ending for a new story to start or to end the series here.

While the characters are a bit cliche, they are fleshed out well, and the various powers are well done.

I’m likely too hard on the book since I saw such potential in the created world. A really smart, crafty, and powerful villain or group of villains is really what the series needed.

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  • Hounacier

  • Valducan, Book 2
  • By: Seth Skorkowsky
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520

Eleven years ago atheist Malcolm Romero met a god. Now he's a demon-hunting voodoo priest armed with a holy machete named Hounacier. After the murder of his mentor, he returns to New Orleans to catch the killer. But more is at stake when Malcolm finds himself betrayed and his holy blade stolen. Now Malcolm's only hope to save his soul and to recover Hounacier is the Valducan knight sent to kill him, Matt Hollis, the wielder of the holy revolver Dämoren.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action packed and thought provoking

  • By The Bookwyrm Speaks on 06-06-16

Series stays great.

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

Reviewed: 04-17-18

Really liked the first book in the series, and this 2nd doesn’t disappoint. Not only does it maintain its quality in story telling, but shifts perspectives to help keep from getting predictable.

This 2nd book is told from a different knight’s perspective, and tells a whole new story arc. While I like series that have a strong central story this separate story system works well so far.

It is in the same world etc... giving it familiarity, but with a different main character and weapon. This makes it a book you could read and understand well enough without reading the first.

Looking like each book in the series will be a different hunter and their living weapon. Since the characters are well written so far this is looking good for the series overall.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived

  • By: Paul S. Kemp
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,986
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,493
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,484

The second novel set in the Old Republic era and based on the massively multiplayer online game Star Wars: The Old Republic ramps up the action and brings listeners face-to-face for the first time with a Sith warrior to rival the most sinister of the Order’s Dark Lords: Darth Malgus, the mysterious, masked Sith of the wildly popular “Deceived” and “Hope” game trailers. Malgus brought down the Jedi Temple on Coruscant in a brutal assault that shocked the galaxy....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Old Republic novel

  • By Conrado on 04-08-11

Okay, better if you are a big Star Wars fan

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

This was an okay story. No big surprises or really well done characters. Story is kinda predictable but decently well written.

I figure if you like the “Old Republic” story line and the MMRPG you’ll get more out of this story, but on it’s own it’s kinda meh.

Good enough to listen through, but won’t ever listen to it again.

  • Damoren

  • Valducan, Book 1
  • By: Seth Skorkowsky
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,052
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055

Matt Hollis is the current wielder of the holy weapon, DÄMOREN. With it, he stalks and destroys demons. A secret society called the VALDUCANS has taken an interest in Matt's activities. They see him as a reckless rogue - little more than a "cowboy" corrupted by a monster - and a potential threat to their ancient order. As knights and their sentient weapons begin dying, Matt teams up with other hunters of his kind such as LUIZA, a woman with a conquistador blade; ALLAN, an Englishman with an Egyptian khopesh; MALCOLM, a voodoo priest with a sanctified machete; and TAKAIRA, a naginata-swinging Samurai.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Expendables meets Monster Squad

  • By Adam on 01-06-15

Just plain good

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

This had everything I believe a good story needs. Likable and well developed characters, a well designed world, excellent narrator (for audio), and a non overly predictable story.

I’ve heard only a relatively small number of supernatural type stories, so perhaps there are many similar stories, but this seemed quite unique to me.

I enjoyed the hunter and his/her living weapon story arc. Many stories have “special” weapons, but few can give them character like this does. I also found this story’s take on how monsters come about and work refreshing.

While I like many stories that take a scientific approach to dealing with monsters (uv light for vamps or transmitted viruses etc...), it’s nice to have a little mystery and truly supernatural elements be the driving point behind the story.

Looking forward to more in the series.

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  • Origins of a D-List Supervillain

  • By: Jim Bernheimer
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,393

Even D-list supervillains have to start somewhere. Follow Cal Stringel's misadventures as he climbs to the lowest levels of supervillany in the prequel to the smash hit, Confessions of a D-List Supervillain. Angry that he wouldn't be known as the engineer who made Ultraweapon's force blasters, Cal resigns to chase after a bigger, better paycheck. However, the Promethia Corporation isn't going to let him go that easily and sets out to make his life a living hell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Anti-hero beginnings.

  • By Teresa on 02-26-15

Actual villains story.

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

Reviewed: 03-27-18

Is an actual take on a low level super villain.

I’ve gone through a few other books claiming to “be from the villains perspective,” but really are closer to a anti-hero or too overly humorous to be a true villains story. There is humor and Cal isn’t super evil, but it doesn’t hide the fact he’s a criminal pure and simple.

The only problem I have with the book has to do with the series as a whole. While this book sticks to the “out for himself criminal” storyline, later books do turn it into a anti-hero type. They are still good but move away from the believable villain tale.

The narrator is great giving a very “me first, don’t care about the law, jaded, cynical, paranoid, untrusting” tone to the character.

  • Orion Fleet

  • Rebel Fleet, Book 2
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,910
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,723

A year ago the Kher Empire was forced to retreat, but they were not beaten. In Orion Fleet, they return with a new weapon. A huge ship driven by AI begins methodically grinding inhabited worlds to dust. This unstoppable enemy is without fear or remorse, and the Rebels begin a desperate battle just to slow its advance. Leo Blake takes Earth's first warship into space to find a counter to this deadly new attack. The Imperial Fleets take notice of Earth's interference, and they're intent upon revenge. Even if he wins, Blake might have doomed our homeworld.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally B.V. Larson is back!

  • By Anders on 03-03-17

If you like BV Larson’s other books this more of the same.

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

Reviewed: 01-17-18

Not the best scifi or worst. Follows BV’s story telling style and character types. More a matter of narrower taste in books I suspect, on whether or not you’ll like BV’s style.

I always thought of his scifi as fast food of the genre. Quick easy and good, but tiresome if you over indulge.

Most of his books I’ve gone through are single person perspective of a somewhat shady risk taking guy who bluffs and bumbles his way to success. I like the technology he seems to come up with, and that he doesn’t go too in-depth into it’s mechanics.

As the title states, this book will probably appeal to a narrower segment of audiences. Worth getting if you like this series and/or BV’s books in general.

  • Oathbringer

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 55 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 30,660
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,866
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28,813

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
  • Strong Storytelling, will upset Kaladin fans

  • By Deana on 11-16-17

Series still good.

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

If you liked the previous books in the series you should find this a good 3rd book.

The story continues to be well written, interesting, and not overly predictable (if at all). Some important questions are answered and the setup for the next book at the end is not a cliffhanger.

If you have read other books in Sanderson’s cosmir (may not be spelled right) line you will likely appreciate the tie in to his other series (Warbreaker in particular). However, if you haven’t I don’t believe you will be lost or missing important story plot points.

The characters continue to develop and grow, and the 2 actors reading continue a excellent job.

My only gripe with the book was how king Elhokar was delt with. While his plot line has no problem story wise (doesn’t seem unbelievable or some such nonsense) I just felt like Sanderson did what he did to keep focus on the other main characters. Perhaps I am in the minority of the series fans, but Elhokar is one of my favorite characters in how he grows as a king and person. Oh well, the story doesn’t always go as expected. Still great overall.