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  • Carry On

  • By: Rainbow Rowell
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,756
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,578
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,584

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen. That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right. Half the time Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half he starts something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon's face.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So glad I stumbled into this

  • By JM on 10-11-15

Bad fanfic of fictional fanfic...

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

Reviewed: 11-26-15

I can't believe I got through this whole book. There are glimmers of a good story here but I could not get over the Harry Potter fanfic feel and it pales in comparison. I loved Fangirl and I loved the snippets of Carry On in that book. I don't care how meta. Just... no.

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,979
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,903

Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Calamity!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 10-07-14

good not great

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

Reviewed: 04-13-15

It's a bit odd that it's a light and funny read for something that deals with domestic abuse and murder. This is more of a dig at the parent stereotypes you find in the privileged elementary school setting. As a reader with two kids currently in elementary school, I found myself chuckling. Pieces of the "mystery" part are told as gossipy snippets told to an interviewer. I wouldn't say I loved the book but I was engaged the whole time.

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  • Golden Son

  • Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy
  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,294
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,099

Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I felt like the first book was a great Epic story

  • By Dirk on 02-01-18

4.5 stars

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

Reviewed: 04-13-15

I didn't enjoy this quite as much as the first book but it was still a fantastic book. It lacked the bits of wry humor that popped up in Red Rising. Had a much darker feel. Well written but some slower parts. I'm still reeling from the ending. I need the next book to come out now.

FREE: Mitosis: A Reckoners Story
    
    
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    Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
    4,636 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • FREE: Mitosis: A Reckoners Story

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,199
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,223

Epics still plague Newcago, but David and the Reckoners have vowed to fight back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He is back!

  • By Thomas on 10-09-14

Good trip back

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

Reviewed: 12-05-14

Solid short story letting us revisit the Reckoners and Epics before the second novel comes out this winter. Not my favorite series of his but still a great story.

  • The Way of Kings

  • Book One of The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 45 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 57,547
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 52,266
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 52,265

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!

  • By Lore on 03-31-12

Great start to a new series

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

Reviewed: 11-20-14

Fantastic characters, well developed story-line, intriguing magic system, and, of course, Sanderson is king of world-building. What is not to love? For some people it will be the pacing. If you pick up this book, be prepared for a very slow beginning as the world is unfolding. I was a bit confused for a good long while but knew things would eventually be explained. The build up was longer than usual as it is the start of a 10 book series.

  • The Gods Themselves

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,226
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,227

Only a few know the terrifying truth - an outcast Earth scientist, a rebellious alien inhabitant of a dying planet, a lunar-born human intuitionist who senses the imminent annihilation of the Sun... They know the truth - but who will listen? They have foreseen the cost of abundant energy - but who will believe?These few beings, human and alien, hold the key to the Earth's survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Asimov's Best Stand Alone Novel

  • By thomas on 09-02-14

classic sci-fi

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

Reviewed: 11-20-14

3.5 stars. This is definitely what I would consider "hard sci-fi" and is for the physics minded reader. It is split into 3 parts which were apparently released as novellas. The first part takes place on Earth where scientists discover the possibility of a parallel universe where physics doesn't follow the same rules. The second part takes us into that para-universe. The third part takes place in the near future on the moon where there has been colonization. Liked the first part, loved the second, and got a bit bored with the characters in the third.

As a classic, it holds its own and doesn't feel too dated. Great science and concept but I was disappointed that the characters seemed a bit one dimensional

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Broken Eye

  • By: Brent Weeks
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 29 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,187
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,741
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,735

Without the protection of his father, Kip Guile will face a master of shadows as his grandfather moves to choose a new Prism and put himself in power. With Teia and Karris, Kip will have to use all his wits to survive a secret war between noble houses, religious factions, rebels, and an ascendant order of hidden assassins called The Broken Eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loving this series!

  • By Lauren on 09-06-16

Can't wait for more!

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

Reviewed: 09-30-14

I love this world. I love these characters. I love this magic system. I hate waiting for another book...

No idea why, but I thought this was a trilogy which sort of affected my feelings when the book ended. Now knowing there is more, I gave myself a bit of time to sit and think about it before reviewing. The book felt filler-ish for a few characters (Gavin, Zymun, Liv) who had minimal advancement. I expected a little more considering how The Blinding Knife ended. Other characters (Karris, Kip, Teia, The White, Ironfist) got some beautiful depth and layers added to them. This was the meat of the story and did not disappoint.

It's hard to say much without spoiling. We go further into the history of the Chromeria and chromaturgy. There are a few twists that leave you wondering where loyalties lie. Moments go from witty to heartbreaking to revealing. There is a feeling of something big looming in the background. I HATE cliffhangers... but I can't wait for the next book.

Definitely recommend.

  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,181

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun! Things you might want to know:

  • By Alexis on 08-29-14

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 09-30-14

4.5 stars. Quick read with everything I've come to expect from Scalzi - fun, entertaining, snappy dialogue with some laugh out loud moments. Didn't want to put it down.

Narration by Wil Wheaton, as usual especially when reading Scalzi, is brilliant.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,962
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,913

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

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 09-30-14

This book is catagorized as dystopian, which it is, but it has much more of an epic fantasy feel to it. While the protagonist is 16, I would not call this YA but I"m sure some will market it that way. There is a depth here that should keep anyone from tossing it aside as "YA dystopian."

It is moving. It is clever. It is funny. It is brutal. Throughout the book I could see many influences - Roman mythology, Ender's Game, Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Lord of the Flies, Brave New World. I think it's because of all these influences that this book doesn't fit neatly into a genre. I love the way Pierce Brown writes and I'm thoroughly impressed as this is his debut novel.

Fantastic narration by Tim Reynolds

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

Free: The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories
    
    
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        An All-Star Cast
    
    


    
    Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
    3,682 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • Free: The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories

  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: An All-Star Cast
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,682
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,418
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,430

The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories expands upon the epic legend of the dark elf with 12 tales performed by the all-star cast of Felicia Day, Dan Harmon, Greg Grunberg, Tom Felton, Danny Pudi, Sean Astin, Melissa Rauch, Ice-T, Wil Wheaton, Al Yankovic, Michael Chiklis, and David Duchovny!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Plain Awesome

  • By Robert Eric Koch on 08-14-14

Amazing Narration

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

Reviewed: 08-25-14

The voice cast is AMAZING. I hope Audible keeps doing special versions like this with all-star casts.

This collection is based in the Forgotten Realms universe. I haven't read any of the books. Unfortunately, to enjoy these stories, I believe you need to be familiar with them. A couple of them stand alone and you don't feel like you're missing huge chunks of info (Dark Mirror comes to mind.) Overall, it was a lot of talk about places and characters I didn't know nor care about. It reminds me why some people don't like fantasy.

I do feel that I might be a bit unfair with this rating. I think if you are a fan of and familiar with the work, you will love this. I went back and forth and was just going to leave the rating blank but, in the end, I think good short stories should be able to stand on their own without an extensive background.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful