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  • Mythborn I: Rise of the Adepts

  • Fate of the Sovereign, Book 1
  • By: V. Lakshman
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 20 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

Apprentice assassin Arek Winterthorn has a power even he himself doesn't understand. Unable to cast even the simplest of spells, he can still disrupt the magic of others with a single touch. Arek's master, Silbane, is ordered to use that power to close a gate between their world and one inhabited by demons. This will save their people, but potentially at the cost of Arek's life. Thus begins an epic quest brimming with betrayals, plot twists, violence, and intrigue.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Angst Teenager, Magic, Battle and a Quest!

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 12-19-18

Even a great narrator can't save this story

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

I absolutely love the narrator, Michael Kramer. Even a superb narrator can't save this story. I tried and give up three different times, finally made it up until "chapter 29" (according to the audible app). The story just never came together. Things jumped around too much, scenes dragged by very slowly. Not worth the listen.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Out of My Mind

  • By: Alan Arkin
  • Narrated by: Alan Arkin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,874
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,264
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,237

In this Audible Original “mini-memoir”, the Academy Award-winning star of Little Miss Sunshine and Argo looks back on his life as a series of philosophical turning points, learning experiences, and a-ha moments. Drawn from a collection of seemingly inexplicable stories and encounters from Arkin's 84 years on this planet, Out of My Mind is a candid, relatable and delightfully irreverent take on how one man went searching for meaning and ended up discovering himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing journey into Alan's self!

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-09-18

thought it might be interesting - wrong!

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

The first section was ok to listen to. Much of the book was just rambling on about psychic surgery and various events in his life. There was a total of two chapters I thought were ok. The rest was staggeringly boring.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,780
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,529
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59,380

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Held my attention but not great

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

Reviewed: 12-24-17

Where does Artemis rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Artemis is kind of an average thriller/action book. Better because the author pays some attention to science.

Would you be willing to try another book from Andy Weir? Why or why not?

Yes, because the Martian was a better book so I know the next book might be better.

What about Rosario Dawson’s performance did you like?

She voices characters very well, especially female ones.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reactions, a few chuckles.

Any additional comments?

Audible has been heavily advertising this book. I'm kind of tired of them over-peddling a book that is just ok. The book has a lot of action scenes and the author does pay attention to some of the science. You can be sure that no space suit could stand up to the rolls, falls, jumps, etc. described in some of the wilder scenes in the book - especially not on the moon where the rocks are extremely sharp due to the lack of weathering.

  • Cally's War

  • Legacy of the Aldenata
  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 543

Cally O'Neal, from Ringo's best seller Hell's Faire, stars in this New York Times best seller - a fast-paced interplanetary adventure that finds the trained killer locked in a battle to reclaim her lost soul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite of the spin-offs

  • By Jason on 03-23-10

Same as the vampire trashy sex books

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

Reviewed: 05-13-15

Would you try another book from John Ringo and/or Marc Vietor?

If Mr. Ringo gets back to original ideas and good drama I might. This book was just one sex and violence scene after another. He seems to have taken the trashy vampire genera and put it into a scifi book. Really boring!

Has Cally's War turned you off from other books in this genre?

I would think carefully before trying another one of his books.

What about Marc Vietor’s performance did you like?

He is a decent narrator and does really well with certain characters.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disgust and boredom. How much rape, murder and gratuitous sex need to be in a book? I like a good story that can stand by itself.

The First Confessor
    The Legend of Magda Searus
    
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        Kellie Fitzgerald
    
    


    
    Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
    1,436 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • The First Confessor

  • The Legend of Magda Searus
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Kellie Fitzgerald
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,436
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,327

In the time before the Confessors, when the world is a dark and dangerous place, where treason and treachery are the rule of the day, comes one heroic woman, Magda Searus, who has just lost her husband and her way in life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story but....

  • By Dianne on 01-19-13

Narration, editing and story are lacking

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

Reviewed: 04-04-15

What would have made The First Confessor better?

The story was often fast paced but there were also sections where the story went on for tens of minutes about irrelevant details in a particular scene. This bogged the story down. I can say that the story filled in some background info referred to in other books. Terry Goodkind should rewrite the "stalled out" parts of the book.

Would you recommend The First Confessor to your friends? Why or why not?

No, there were just too many flaws.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator paused in the middle of sentences at various points in the book which detracted from the narration. The voices used for characters sounded silly or flippant during times when the story demanded seriousness. The audio editing was poor - there were a number of times when the narrator was obviously re-recording some words or even an entire sentence and the audio editor didn't remove the repetition.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The book fills in some details in the back story of confessors and the sword of truth.

Circle of Reign
    The Dying Lands Chronicle, Book 1
    
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        Jacob Cooper
    
    


    
    
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        Michael Kramer
    
    


    
    Length: 20 hrs and 13 mins
    1,674 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • Circle of Reign

  • The Dying Lands Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Jacob Cooper
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 20 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,674
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,559
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,566

Lands die. The living light fades. An ancient darkness awakens. The Living Light that sustains Arlethia is dwindling. An unknown, vicious enemy approaches in stealth from beyond the northern glaciers, a wasteland of ice that spans hundreds of miles. A clandestine brotherhood of assassins, held in check by the Light for millennia, seeks to break their maledictive shackles and unleash their bloodlust upon the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting New Author and Series

  • By Scott Simons on 11-24-14

Interesting, but loses its way

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

Reviewed: 03-18-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The story goes through some interesting parts and some lulls. Once it finally gets moving when characters learn about their magic the story just loses its way. I think you just end up listening and listening but it bogs down even when it is describing events with plenty of action. The story needs to go SOMEWHERE with less time spent even describing some of the combat.

Would you recommend Circle of Reign to your friends? Why or why not?

No, it seems to me that the story falters and did not hold my interest.

What does Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Michael Kramer is one of the very best narrators. Really more of a voice actor. He is excellent and brings life to characters.

Do you think Circle of Reign needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I don't know because I didn't finish it. I wouldn't read it if there was another book.

1 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • The Passage

  • A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy)
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
  • Length: 36 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,187

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A new type of vampire

  • By Randall on 06-29-18

Lots of potential but falls way short

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

Reviewed: 03-18-15

What would have made The Passage better?

The story starts off fast paced and interesting. Then they develop the story around a couple of characters. The story transitions to a new set of characters and after you have listened a very, very long time it just bogs down. I listened for hours and hours just hoping it would come together. I finally gave up. The book needs to move through that very jumbled and boring part that occurs after the girl arrives at the compound.

What could Justin Cronin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Too much time spent jumping from character to character with very detailed descriptions of thoughts, feelings, dreams, etc. At some point the story just needs to move forward.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator is a very good reader but all the characters basically sounded almost identical. This makes it difficult to follow at times.

What character would you cut from The Passage?

A number of the characters living in the compound - their dreams and fantasies contribute nothing to the story.

Any additional comments?

It is very disappointing to devote many hours to this only to give up because it never gets past the hours of excruciating detail about minor characters.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • 2001

  • A Space Odyssey
  • By: Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,044
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,303

It has been 40 years since the publication of this classic science-fiction novel that changed the way we look at the stars and ourselves. From the savannas of Africa at the dawn of mankind to the rings of Saturn as man adventures to the outer rim of our solar system, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a journey unlike any other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Narration - Great Book

  • By Venu on 07-04-09

One of the classic "geek" books of all time

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

Reviewed: 10-01-14

This is one of the classic sci fi books of all time. Worth a read just to notice the things that have and have not happened in space exploration. I thought it was hilarious that the author thought that a space shuttle would have a stewardess.

When you consider the time in which the book was written, you realize what a visionary Arthur C. Clarke really was. Interesting to notice the space ship names and compare them with the names of the Space Shuttles and the vehicles NASA was developing under the Constellation Program - this is why I call this book a "classic geek book".

  • The Lost Gate

  • Mithermages, Book 1
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,081
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,089

Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself"....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Card doing what he does best.

  • By joshua on 01-05-11

Typical Orson Scott Card

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

Reviewed: 10-01-14

Orson Scott Card writes one very good book, then keeps on putting out progressively worse books as part of the series until he completely plays it out. I have unfortunately gotten sucked into buying second and third books in several of his series.

The narrator is OK but his voice is a little tiresome by the end of the book (minor criticism). The Gate Thief character's actions in the story don't make much sense as the character plays out through the series. Book series uses a kind of classic ploy - the simplistic unselfish fairly clueless good guy versus the selfish, clever and jaded bad guy. This whole dynamic is such a standard thing used in sooo many books by so many authors, Yawn! Orson Scott Card takes a good story idea and applies very standard, almost mechanical formulas or rules to writing the story - I think this is the reason he tends to write one good book followed by a number of more and more predictable books in the series.

  • The Whispering Skull

  • Lockwood & Co., Book 2
  • By: Jonathan Stroud
  • Narrated by: Katie Lyons
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 794
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718

In the six months since Anthony, Lucy, and George survived a night in the most haunted house in England, Lockwood and Co. hasn't made much progress. Quill Kipps and his team of Fittes agents keep swooping in on Lockwood's investigations. Finally, in a fit of anger, Anthony challenges his rival to a contest: the next time the two agencies compete on a job, the losing side will have to admit defeat in the Times newspaper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyable

  • By D. Watkins on 09-22-14

Get a new narrator!

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

Reviewed: 10-01-14

The author had a great narrator for the Bartemaeus series. The narrator in that series did a great job with the humor, sarcasm, irony and so forth. This narrator is bland and the voices all sound alike, except the skull's voice.

The author seems to be keeping options open and has dropped hints and left a lot of things unexplained. it will be interesting to see how many books end up being written in this "world".

The books are suitable for young teen readers but are also entertaining for older readers. These books are a really refreshing change to the typical books dealing the the dead/undead/witches - most of those books are just trashy sex novels using vampires etc. These books actually have a story. Kudos to onathan Stroud.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful