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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 11,665
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,068
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11,050

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

So Good!

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

There's a ton I could say about this book, but let's start with that... it's fantastic. I tend to be an unfaithful reader, bouncing between 3-5 books at any given time, gravitating to the book that met my blood in a given day, but this one made me monogamous for a time.

The book is part Ender's Game, part Last Starfighter, and Top Gun, and YA, and awesome.
The main character, Spensa, is the daughter of a great fighter pilot, call sign: Chaser, that we meet briefly at the beginning of the book. We like this man immediately as he seems to be a loving father with a special relationship with his daughter. Then, we learn a twist about his past that casts doubt on what we know, and colors Spensa's family reputation, and her chances to follow in his footsteps.

What ensues is a wonderful adventure. We follow Spensa as she fights her way into flight school and does all she can to uncover the mystery shrouding her father's last days.

The characters are rich (even M Bot), the twists are fun, and the book reads easy and engages the reader.
#HighlyRecommended

  • The Water and the Wild

  • By: K. E. Ormsbee
  • Narrated by: Nigel Peever
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

For as long as Lottie Fiske can remember, the only people who seem to care about her have been her best friend, Eliot, and the mysterious letter-writer who sends her birthday gifts. But now strange things and people are arriving on the island Lottie calls home, and Eliot's getting sicker, with a disease the doctors have given up trying to cure. Lottie is helpless, useless, powerless. And then a door opens in the apple tree. A door to another world - a world of magic both treacherous and beautiful - where Lottie seeks a cure for the incurable, a use for the useless, and protection against the pain of loss.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The water and the wild

  • By Zoe on 11-27-18

Wow - Hooked from the start

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

This book had me hooked from the get go (not normal for me). The writing was great, and engaging, and the narration was fantastic. (This is the second book I've heard from Nigel Peever, and I think I'll look for more of his work. He does a great job.)

Full of magic, and great story telling.

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  • Deliverance at Van Demon’s Deep

  • By: S. P. Stevens
  • Narrated by: Nigel Peever
  • Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Sergeant Vila Kiprik has survived many brutal missions during his 30-year army career, but this last posting to Demon's Deep is his deadliest yet. Top brass need the mine working again for its rare quartz deposits, but the miners have gone AWOL, replaced by crazed savages. Kiprik and his squad have been charged with taking back control, but this is no ordinary drive. Sinister forces more deadly than madmen hunt them in the shadows, and that retirement up in the Duchy mountains soon begins to look like a pipe dream.    

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ranker's charge

  • By Zoe on 09-07-18

Good story - excellent narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

Dark and exciting. The writing was really good, and the narrator was fantastic. The world is deep, and the plot is engaging. Fun creatures, too.

  • John Stockton: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball's Greatest Point Guards

  • Basketball Biography Books Series
  • By: Clayton Geoffreys
  • Narrated by: Josh Horowitz
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

In John Stockton: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball's Greatest Point Guards, you will learn the inspirational story of one of basketball's greatest point guards of all time, John Stockton. Stockton ran the point for the Utah Jazz through the majority of the '80s and '90s. He holds the NBA record for the most assists and steals of all time. Playing for the majority of his career alongside Karl Malone, Stockton had a highly illustrious career. By the time he retired, he was a 10-time All-Star and had led the league in assists nine times.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Stockton book

  • By wisealma on 09-12-18

Great Stockton book

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

First of all, I have to say how much I like the narrator. you might wonder how you make it through a sports book with stats and such, but when the narrator is easy to listen to, it makes all the difference.

I jumped at the chance to listen to a book about the greatest point guard ever. I loved the stories, history, and background leading to the rise of John Stockton.

if you're a fan, check this out. I learned some things, for sure.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Paltronis

  • By: David V. Mammina
  • Narrated by: Annie Alder
  • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

In Mammina's first fairy tale novel, the theories of justice and corruption are tested. This tale is about a ghostly knight named Spirit Warrior who dared to defend his own people against an assortment of villains, including that of an evil corrupt king and a vengeful sorcerer. In a quest to secure justice and peace, Spirit Warrior selflessly challenges all obstacles at once--giving rise to this classic saga. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story with some great storytelling.

  • By The Bookwyrm Speaks on 10-15-18

Pretty good legend

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

This book read /sounded like a legend passed down from generation to generation. I liked that. The story was good, and had all the fantastic elements you could want. There was intrigue, deception, and betrayal. It was a little slow in parts, but overall, I enjoyed it. I liked the narrator less than the story, but she was fine. 3.5 stars

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Awakening

  • Ragesong, Volume 1
  • By: J.R. Simmons
  • Narrated by: Justin "Spot" Beecher
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

When the peaceful kingdom of Fermicia is enslaved by a power-hungry renegade, its only hope lies in a band of unlikely heroes: two children whose musical abilities allow them to harness the power of Ragesong, and their shape-changing guides. Jake starts his first day of junior high completely oblivious to the fact that he has been chosen for something incredible. That same afternoon, he learns that he has been marked as one with the power to save an entire kingdom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ragesong, Well done!

  • By Anonymous User on 02-16-18

It was awesome

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

Reviewed: 05-07-17

Any additional comments?

This is my son's review:

It was very detailed, and he used good words. The story had a good theme: two kids being adopted by shape shifters and they went to go save the kingdom Cardonin. The characters were great.

I liked the cliffhanger at the end.

  • Seeds of Rebellion

  • By: Brandon Mull
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,029
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,042

The second epic installment of Brandon Mull’s #1 New York Times bestselling fantasy series!After the cliffhanger ending of A World Without Heroes, Jason is back in the world he’s always known - yet for all his efforts to get home, he finds himself itching to return to Lyrian. Jason knows that the shocking truth he learned from Maldor is precious information that all of his friends in Lyrian, including Rachel, need if they have any hope of surviving and defeating the evil emperor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Part 2 - doesn't stand alone

  • By Jan on 08-23-13

Okay to good

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

Reviewed: 04-04-17

Any additional comments?

Where to start with this book...

I like the series overall, I think. There are interesting characters, fun plot ideas, and the pacing is pretty good. I suppose somewhere inthe middle I started to lose interest. Now, I was listening to the audio version, so I don't know if that is a function of the narrator, or just the storyline, but I was interested, listened consistently, and then just stopped for a while.

All in all, I think it started strong, and ended okay. I'm not sure if I'll pick up the next one, though I've heard that it turned out great

  • Caraval

  • By: Stephanie Garber
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,051
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,056

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful - and cruel - father. Now Scarlett's father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the faraway once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over. But this year Scarlett's long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval's mastermind organizer, Legend.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • While many will love it, I did not.

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-26-17

Fun, but more romance than I expected

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

Reviewed: 04-04-17

This was a very creative, fun ride. The premise behind Caraval was great, the back story dolled out at a good pace, and the characters were well developed.

I wish the romance less of a factor in the story, but that was probably because I wasn't expecting it in doses.

The book ended abruptly (though an epilogue shortly follows.) I had hoped to meet legend, and suspect that perhaps we did.

All in all, a good book.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Book 1

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 76,220
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 69,187
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 69,142

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Sad, Sad Confession…

  • By Mike L Lane on 08-08-17

The book that started them all

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

Reviewed: 01-14-17

Would you listen to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Book 1 again? Why?

I love this book, and this series. I tend to listen to them once a year, during Winter.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Book 1?

The reveal of Voldemort. The whole wizarding world.

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

Jim Dale is phenomenal.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I could listen and listen and listen.

Any additional comments?

Great characters, an amazing setting / world building, and a great magic system. Rowling even invented her own sport!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Book 2

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 52,705
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 48,212
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 48,151

Harry Potter's summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors - and then the attacks start.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Of all the trees, we get one that hits back!

  • By Andrew on 11-20-17

One of my favorite series

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

Reviewed: 01-14-17

What did you love best about Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Book 2?

Relationships deepen, and rivalries broaden. Love the little clues and mysteries in this book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Book 2?

Riddle and the dairy at the end. Lockheart as a character - smashing.

Have you listened to any of Jim Dale’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Jim Dale #legendarystatus

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When it seemed as though Harry had died.

Any additional comments?

There's something about Winter that makes me want to read the Harry Potter series all over again. Perhaps this is because that it was this time of year that I read each of the books to my children as they were released. As such, I most recently listened to the audiobook version narrated by Jim Dale on my commute to work. What a great narrator. He did a fabulous job with all the characters.

J.K. Rowling's wonderful wizarding world is ridiculously famous at this point, as it should be. This is one of my favorite series of all times. The interesting world of muggles, mud bloods, and pure bloods is so easy to get lost in.

The Chamber of Secrets is particularly curious because this is the first book where Harry starts to learn about the similarities / parallels between he and Voldemort. Relationships begin to deepen among the friends, and rifts grow wider amongst the arch enemies (Drako and Harry, for example.)

Rowling does a great job wrapping up these fun, mysterious adventures in fantasy wrapping paper. You follow Harry and his friends as they uncover, and work out clue after clue until he finally unravels the plot that the fun little house elf, Dobby, tried to protect Harry from in the beginning.

This is a splendid story.

The only odd thing about this particular audiobook was that certain words were pronounced differently herein than I had grown accustomed to. Perhaps this was a USA version vs a UK version. I don't know. For example, rather than Voldemort being the antagonist, it was Voldemor. That took a little while to get used to.

If you haven't read/listened to these books yet, go for it. They're truly memorable.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful