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  • Cast in Oblivion

  • The Chronicles of Elantra
  • By: Michelle Sagara
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

Kaylin wasn’t sent to the West March to start a war. Her mission to bring back nine Barrani might do just that, though. She traveled with a Dragon, and her presence is perceived as an act of aggression in the extremely hostile world of Barrani-Dragon politics. Internal Barrani politics are no less deadly, and Kaylin has managed - barely - to help the rescued Barrani evade both death and captivity at the hands of the Consort. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Frustrating

  • By Bran on 01-30-19

Didn't feel like a full novel

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

Reviewed: 02-13-19

As the series progresses it feels like there's less content in each book. Still will scratch the itch if you want to keep following this campy but badly written saga because of your difficult to explain investment in the main character and desparate hope for sexy romance that will probably never happen ...

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  • Buried Heart

  • By: Kate Elliott
  • Narrated by: Georgia Dolenz
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Jessamy is the crux of a revolution forged by the Commoner class hoping to overthrow their longtime Patron overlords. But enemies from foreign lands have attacked the kingdom, and Jes must find a way to unite the Commoners and Patrons to defend their home and all the people she loves. Will her status as a prominent champion athlete be enough to bring together those who have despised one another since long before her birth? Will she be able to keep her family out of the clutches of the evil Lord Gargaron?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great overall conclusion to the series

  • By Daniel on 02-03-19

Great overall conclusion to the series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-19

Great overall conclusion to the series, I really couldn't put it down, but *MILD SPOILER* ...

I found the very end so disappointingly anti-climactic and hard to believe, after such emotional build up then quite a light conclusion. There was also still a sprinkling of moments throughout where the writing or contrivances quite distracted me and made me laugh or just try to forget the stupidity because I liked the story overall so much that I didn't want any reasons not to.

  • Poisoned Blade

  • By: Kate Elliott
  • Narrated by: Georgia Dolenz
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Now a Challenger, Jessamy is moving up the ranks of the Fives - the complex athletic contest favored by the lowliest Commoners and the loftiest Patrons alike. Pitted against far more formidable adversaries, success is Jes' only option, as her prize money is essential to keeping her hidden family alive. She leaps at the chance to tour the countryside and face more competitors, but then a fatal attack on her traveling party puts Jes at the center of the war that Lord Kalliarkos - the prince she still loves - is fighting against their country's enemies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very entertaining, better than book 1

  • By Daniel on 02-02-19

Very entertaining, better than book 1

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

Couldn't put it down, very entertaining and an improvement on the first book. Enjoyed the twists and turns. Still some too-cheesy moments or lazy moments of characters moving plot through unbelievable dialogue but solid fun and suspense on the whole.

  • Court of Fives

  • Court of Fives, Book 1
  • By: Kate Elliott
  • Narrated by: Georgia Dolenz
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

Jessamy's life is a balance between acting like an upper class Patron and dreaming of the freedom of the Commoners. But at night she can be whomever she wants when she sneaks out to train for The Fives, an intricate, multilevel athletic competition that offers a chance for glory to the kingdom's best competitors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great action adventure and world building

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-28-15

Solid YA fantasy

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

Relatively straightforward plot, very YA, fun, compelling at times. Really enjoyed some of the world building but felt it needed more to really help me get a feel. Pace as a whole felt rushed, would have appreciated lingering on some moments, breathing a bit, getting more nuance.

  • The Winter of the Witch

  • A Novel
  • By: Katherine Arden
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 540
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 509

The Winternight Trilogy introduced an unforgettable heroine, Vasilisa Petrovna, a girl determined to forge her own path in a world that would rather lock her away. Her gifts and her courage have drawn the attention of Morozko, the winter-king, but it is too soon to know if this connection will prove a blessing or a curse. Now, Moscow has been struck by disaster. Its people are searching for answers - and for someone to blame.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing conclusion!

  • By Katherine on 01-11-19

Loved it loved it loved it

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

A captivating, beautiful, emotionally satisfying conclusion to Vasya's incredible adventures. If you enjoyed the first two books it is illegal not to read the third and final chapter.

  • The Girl in the Tower

  • A Novel
  • By: Katherine Arden
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,131
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,062
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,061

The magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingale continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage or life in a convent, and instead flees her home - but soon finds herself called upon to help defend the city of Moscow when it comes under siege.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A-M-A-Z-I-N-G

  • By Erin Michelle Ross on 02-21-18

A compelling, modern Russian fairytale

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

Loved it, couldn't stop, so well written, so evocative of a specific time and place, rich characters you want to love even if they frustrate you. If you're interested in Russian folklore and love a good story definitely start with the first book in the trilogy and be sure to get to the sequel!

  • Foundryside

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Jackson Bennett
  • Narrated by: Tara Sands
  • Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648

Sancia Grado is a thief, and a damn good one. And her latest target, a heavily guarded warehouse on Tevanne’s docks, is nothing her unique abilities can’t handle. But unbeknownst to her, Sancia’s been sent to steal an artifact of unimaginable power, an object that could revolutionize the magical technology known as scriving. The Merchant Houses who control this magic - the art of using coded commands to imbue everyday objects with sentience - have already used it to transform Tevanne into a vast, remorseless capitalist machine. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Fantasy

  • By Michael on 08-22-18

Solid fantasy, got better as the book progressed

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

Compelling main character. Decent job keeping a fun, exciting tone while still exploring serious, traumatic personal and social issues. Interesting fantasy element but often a bit hard to suspend disbelief with how it was written.

  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet: Booktrack Edition

  • Wayfarers, Book 1
  • By: Becky Chambers
  • Narrated by: Patricia Rodriguez
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223

When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn't expecting much. The ship, which has seen better days, offers her everything she could possibly want: a small, quiet spot to call home for a while, adventure in far-off corners of the galaxy and distance from her troubled past. But Rosemary gets more than she bargained for with the Wayfarer. The crew is a mishmash of species and personalities, from Sissix, the friendly reptilian pilot, to Kizzy and Jenks, the constantly sparring engineers who keep the ship running. Life on board is chaotic, but more or less peaceful - exactly what Rosemary wants. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't get this version. it's horrible

  • By anthony on 01-15-19

man fantasizes about his AI lover w/ boobs, again

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

Slow without really going anywhere, male gaze (despite so many superficial cover-ups), horrible elevator background music throughout.

  • European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman

  • The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club, Book 2
  • By: Theodora Goss
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 831
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 767

Mary Jekyll’s life has been peaceful since she helped Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson solve the Whitechapel Murders. Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherine Moreau, Justine Frankenstein, and Mary’s sister Diana Hyde have settled into the Jekyll household in London, and although they sometimes quarrel, they can always rely on Mrs. Poole. But when Mary receives a telegram that Lucinda Van Helsing has been kidnapped, the Athena Club must travel to the Austro-Hungarian Empire to rescue yet another young woman who has been subjected to horrific experimentation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Little Women meets Anno Dracula

  • By Stefan Filipovits on 07-13-18

Great follow up to the first

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

Reviewed: 10-20-18

If you liked the first you should also like this one, maybe more, scratches the itch it's intended to scratch.

  • Who Fears Death

  • By: Nnedi Okorafor
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 798
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 709
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 708

In a far future, post-nuclear-holocaust Africa, genocide plagues one region. The aggressors, the Nuru, have decided to follow the Great Book and exterminate the Okeke. But when the only surviving member of a slain Okeke village is brutally raped, she manages to escape, wandering farther into the desert. She gives birth to a baby girl with hair and skin the color of sand and instinctively knows that her daughter is different.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A journey.

  • By Samuel Montgomery-Blinn on 11-15-10

Not as good as Okorafor's other work.

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

Good, interesting story overall with good world building (though seriously depressing, I wanted out) but there were too many distractions to really appreciate it. I really enjoyed the beginning and somewhat the end but not the vast middle. Struggled to get through the story, in part just because it was a difficult and depressing story which isn't necessarily bad. Also too much obnoxious teen romance drama for my taste, both from the main and side characters. Petty jealousy etc. The main character felt inconsistent at times, and I felt like readers are supposed to get to know her but for reasons I can't explain that failed for me. She was both intimate and distant but not in a way that made sense to or compelled me as a reader. Finally, while I was initially really excited for the narration following Binti, the narrator was different and overly dramatic for my taste. A lot of it felt forced, so many looking drawn out syllables like every character is always in their final act of a highschool play. So many Mwitaaaaaas I was just flinching by the end.