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  • Super Powereds: Year 2

  • Super Powereds, Book 2
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 32 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,761
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,344
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,326

Despite having their secret revealed, the residents of Melbrook Hall return to Lander University for another year in the Hero Certification Program. Good thing the focus of this year is teamwork, because with their origins known, they'll have to lean on each other more than ever. Now finally sophomores, their curriculum expands, allowing them to train in the majors that Heroes specialize in. The new classes will test their minds, bodies, and determination in ways never anticipated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great second story

  • By Joshua on 07-22-16

The series really grows on you.

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

I hated it in the beginning hour of the first book but after that it picks up and the characters start to develop. can't wait to start the next book.

  • 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 53,497
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 48,445
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 48,446

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

This is the Golden Standard.

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

This Audio book should be the golden standard of which others are judged. Is this a perfect book? No but what holds the book and series down at times are minor specially considering the length of each book. The only negative I can tie to this is that sometimes the world is stale and the story does not move or flow evenly and the character that you are invested in the most is taking a back seat. Now while I write this I imagine other people reading this and thinking I am crazy but as I said this is a minor thing specially for a book so long.

The world is full of possibilities and I for one am hoping Sanderson does not go the way everyone else is going and Sanderson breathes mystery back to life in the world. I feel the story arc of a world of magic that is dying and the main character equipped with magic's final existence faces the forces of evil on last time over done and I for one need a break. But, even if he does the easy route this book will stand hand and shoulders above the others.

The character development is well done but the story steps up when the main characters begin to interact with each other. This is when Sanderson hits his full momentum. Though most of the main characters are like butterflies and they cocoon at the same time but it is interesting to watch them emerge and discovered their new evolution. I hope as the story goes on that the characters continue to shape and pull towards and away from others as life goes on. Most likely you will attach to a certain character but in this book it is clear who the author wants you to bond with, but the other books open it up a bit and allows a wider spot light to more characters which allows the story to either move swiftly of bog down a bit if you grow to not like a character as much as the others.

The world is worth reading the book alone. The history is much more than most books and I feel he could write a trilogy on the history he is building the story on; if not two the distant past and the most recent history that triggered current events. If I had to find a weakpoint in the world and it would be a minor one the world revolves around a small area of the world and the rest of the world is merely there and keeps to themselves but adding foreign affairs to the interplay of politics of the court could easily become overwhelming.

The plot is or appears to be well flushed out and planned with very little artificial or forced movement of the plot and everything seems to develop naturally. Plot devices are not forced and they are not written into the story because the author needed it but as vehicles to allow the characters to develop and push them forward despite themselves. There is a timeline the author puts and I am worried that it will cut the amount of exploration in the world but however the story goes I cannot wait to listen to one of the best authors of our time. Sanderson continues to develop his skills and impress those that reed his books time and time again and it is interesting to continue to follow Sanderson and witness his development. For me he is the hidden character in all of his novels and I hope he does not stop developing.

  • Super Powereds: Year 1

  • Super Powereds, Book 1
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 26 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,038
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,575
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,563

Knowledge is power. That would be the motto of Lander University, had it not been snatched up and used to death by others long before the school was founded. For while Lander offers a full range of courses to nearly all students, it also offers a small number of specialty classes to a very select few. Lander is home to the Hero Certification Program, a curriculum designed to develop students with superhuman capabilities, commonly known as Supers, into official Heroes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Series In Recent Memory

  • By Get Off My Lawn! on 10-08-16

Oh wow.

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

I don't know how the sample is not that bad but the story is filled with the narrator narrating the following type of writing in a removed unfeeling voice. Character one said "one short sentence" Character two replied "another short sentence" Character one replied "one word response" The reviews are so good my mind is blown and I do not know if it is just a really slow and bad start and the narrator starts to bring the characters to life or if the writing stops being choppy and allows the narrator to do his job.

  • The Shadow of What Was Lost

  • The Licanius Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: James Islington
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 25 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,949
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,998
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,962

It has been 20 years since the end of the war. The dictatorial Augurs, once thought of almost as gods, were overthrown and wiped out during the conflict, their much-feared powers mysteriously failing them. Those who had ruled under them, men and women with a lesser ability known as the Gift, avoided the Augurs' fate only by submitting themselves to the rebellion's Four Tenets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely a standout in the fantasy genre

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-29-15

Solid fantasy book.

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

Nice character development, the world could use some more developing but overall I am hopeful for the rest of the trilogy.

  • The Troven

  • Kingdom of Denall, Book 1
  • By: Eric Buffington
  • Narrated by: Guy Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

For centuries, young men in their 18th year have been sent away from the small village of Dungan for a year-long exile as they begin their journey into manhood. This traditional exile, the Troven, was instituted so that young men may find themselves, find their purpose, and find their place in the world. When Kaz Kinsley and his three friends leave to begin their Troven, all they have on their minds is getting to the first sign of civilization and finding a way to survive on their own.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Solid fantasy novel.

  • By lost truths on 02-03-17

Solid fantasy novel.

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

For me it had a rough start where I did not care about the main characters and they did not seem to have a voice but the writing quality grows along side the character development. All in all it was a simple but enjoyable read.