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  • On the Shoulders of Titans

  • Arcane Ascension, Book 2
  • By: Andrew Rowe
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 24 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,024
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,586

Corin Cadence finally has a firm reason to believe his brother, Tristan, is still alive. Unfortunately, finding more information isn’t going to be easy. Tristan appears to be entangled with a clandestine organization that calls themselves Whispers. And Corin’s last brush with the Whispers didn’t exactly end well. As much as he wants to follow that lead, Corin has more pressing problems to deal with. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fills a void.

  • By Robert Taylor on 01-18-19

Mature and deep magic system

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

Great depth to the magic system. You get the feeling that after a life time of studying, including 4 years in college, you've only seen the tip of the iceberg. The story also spends a significant amount of time explorimg alternative lifestyles including gender neutral preferences, explaining how you should refer to them as "they" instead of "he" or "she", unless they indicate to you that you to use one or the other. Not being very familiar with that idea, it definitely added an interesting aspect to the story. I call it out only as I've never seen that before in the fictional writing I've been exposed to. In general, the writing is excellent and the story engaging. I'll continue to read the series and look forward to the next book.

  • Skyward

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,987
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,313
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,296

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Has Sanderson been reading Craig Alanson???

  • By Barry on 11-18-18

Different foe him but really good

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

When I learned the story would have spaceships, and was not sure whether to be excited or disappointed. I've always loved science fiction about space. I used to say any movie with a spaceship in the first 60 seconds is an automatic winner. Well, this story did and it is a winner. The "special abilities" didn't get developed as much as I would liked, but I guess we'll learn more in the next book. I liked the pace of the story, character development, conflicts, and reveals. I was kinda hoping Doom Slug was to be revealed as something more, but perhaps it still yet will! All in all, very good as I couldn't stop listening which to me is the best mark of a good story.

  • The Final Empire

  • Mistborn Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,106
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,787
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,788

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 2nd to the Storm-light Archives.....

  • By Mitchell on 03-30-18

Awesome!

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

It's been several years since I read this last and it was as fantastic as before. An incredible magic system, excellent character growth, and an overall awesome performance :)

  • The Alloy of Law

  • A Mistborn Novel
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,092
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,366

Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shorter, but very entertaining

  • By Robin on 12-14-11

I'd forgotten how awesome Mistborn books were :)

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

I'd forgotten how awesome Mistborn books were :). I particularly live how Wax and Wayne use their "magic powers" in incredible and realistic ways to achieve their goals.

  • Out of Spite, Out of Mind

  • Magic 2.0, Book 5
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,030
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,705
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,695

When you discover the world is a computer program, and you figure out that by altering the code you can time travel and perform acts that seem like magic, what can possibly go wrong? Pretty much everything. Just ask Brit, who has jumped around in time with such abandon that she has to coexist with multiple versions of herself. Now, Brit the Elder finds that her memories don't match Brit the Younger's.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I was hoping for.

  • By ♡Louise♡ on 06-21-18

not thrilled about the character bashing

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

I didn't enjoy the bashing of one of the characters I liked. Hopefully the situation will improve in later books.

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  • Fallen Dragon

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 26 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,454
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,453

In the distant future, corporations have become sustainable communities with their own militaries, and corporate goals have essentially replaced political ideology. On a youthful, rebellious impulse, Lawrence joined the military of a corporation that he now recognizes to be ruthless and exploitative. His only hope for escape is to earn enough money to buy his place in a better corporation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another awesome book.

  • By Brian M. Jeffries on 11-13-16

Too many F-bombs & sensual scenes, great otberwise

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

Too many F-bombs and sensual scenes for me, but the story was fantastic. great character development and story twists.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Name of the Wind

  • (Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1)
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 27 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,650

This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Starts off slow but once it gets going...<br />

  • By Dallas on 04-10-18

Good, but main character sometime silly

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

Reviewed: 06-22-17

I found the style different, in that a large part of the book is a story being told to a book writer, with occational chapters coming back to present. But the main character, who is supposed to be really smart, does some silly things that no one would do. Examples for those who have read but which won't mean anything to others, the scene with pipes and Diane. Or the scene after a wheel falls on a thing. Still, the magic system is interesting and the character development is good so far, so I'm compelled to read the next book.

  • Rise of the Elgen

  • Michael Vey, Book 2
  • By: Richard Paul Evans
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,481

Michael was born with special electrical powers - and he’s not the only one. His friend Taylor has them too, and so do other kids around the world. With Michael’s friend Ostin, a techno-genius, they form the Electroclan, an alliance meant to protect them from a powerful group, the growing Order of Elgen, who are out to destroy them. The leader of the Elgen, Dr. Hatch, has kidnapped Michael’s mother, and time is running out. After narrowly escaping an Elgen trap, Ostin’s discovery of bizarre “rat fires” in South America leads the gang to the jungles of Peru.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Series for Boys

  • By FanB14 on 08-26-12

Great new ways to use powers

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

Reviewed: 06-01-16

I liked the ways powers were used in new and interesting ways. Also some good plot twists. Didn't like cliff hanger ending.

  • Spell or High Water

  • Magic 2.0
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,229
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,070
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,055

A month has passed since Martin helped to defeat the evil programmer Jimmy, and things couldn't be going better. Except for his love life, that is. Feeling distant and lost, Gwen has journeyed to Atlantis, a tolerant and benevolent kingdom governed by the Sorceresses, and a place known to be a safe haven to all female time-travelers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator!

  • By D. Murdock on 03-13-17

Funny! Had me ROTFLOL

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

Reviewed: 01-13-16

Great voices, especially for the woman. But all the characters were great. Very well done. Even the chapter numbers were read appropriately. This guys read this story perfectly.

  • The Hero of Ages

  • Mistborn, Book 3
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 27 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 36,292
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,121
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 32,106

The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave listeners shaking their heads in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well concluded!

  • By Julio Marchini on 01-12-09

Fantastic story!

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

Reviewed: 10-15-15

The master of magic systems takes it to a new level, building on what we already knew from the previous books. He breaks the mold in so many areas. A unique story unlike any other I've read. Amazing how he can take what you think you already know as fact and show you how it was completely wrong without even a stretch. Nice work!