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  • Morning Star

  • Book III of the Red Rising Trilogy
  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 21 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26,069
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,302
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,251

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society's mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The narration and content = outstanding

  • By Gus on 05-30-17

As awesome as everyone else says!

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

Reviewed: 03-31-17

What did you love best about Morning Star?

Battle scenes were great.

What did you like best about this story?

Veeeery complex characters.

Which scene was your favorite?

Claw drill scene (not a huge spoiler)

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

Nah, too long.

Any additional comments?

Sevro is one of my favorite characters of all time.

  • Term Limits

  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,206

In one bloody night, three of Washington’s most powerful politicians are executed with surgical precision. Their assassins then deliver a shocking ultimatum to the American government: set aside partisan politics and restore power to the people. No one, they warn, is out of their reach—not even the president. A joint FBI-CIA task force reveals the killers are elite military commandos, but no one knows exactly who they are or when they will strike next.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Term Limits

  • By David Share on 06-26-11

Right-wing science fiction

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

Reviewed: 06-16-16

If you could sum up Term Limits in three words, what would they be?

The Tea Party saves the world.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Term Limits?

Probably when it becomes clear that every major character is totally happy to accept the assassination of 3 ranking congressmen because every major character agrees that a balanced budget is so critical. There is literally not a major character in the book who doesn't ultimately think that all those attacked and killed didn't clearly deserve to die. It leads to some pretty surreal scenes where people are sitting at a table and OF COURSE we all agree that murdering representatives is an appropriate response to waste, fraud, and abuse.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

It would be direct to video and available through mail order only on Breitbart or Drudge, so it would probably be something about buying gold bullion along with the DVD.

Any additional comments?

Well written and entertaining, but the premise is totally bonkers.

  • Dawn of Wonder

  • The Wakening, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,599
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,491

When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instant Favorite

  • By Joe on 03-21-16

Good but doesn't deserve 5 star reviews

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

Reviewed: 05-04-16

If you could sum up Dawn of Wonder in three words, what would they be?

Better than some.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dawn of Wonder?

The leap off the cliff.

Which scene was your favorite?

None.

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

Nah, too long.

Any additional comments?

This is really more YA fiction than adult epic fantasy. It's very well written but ultimately suffers from some tragic flaws. (**MILD SPOILERS**)

1) The "boy without a family enters elite school and makes wisecracking friends" meme is so over played as to be laughable at this point. We get it. The headmaster is mysterious, one of his classmates is tough to win over, one of the other kids is out to get him and probably actually nefarious, the classes are hard. We get it.
2) Can we please get some epic fantasy where the character isn't named something that rhymes with "Jayden?" Aeden, Valyn, Kaedan, etc etc. When I started listening and realized that the protag was named Aeden I almost stopped right there.
3) Aeden's weakness is so unbelievable and reminds me of Kvothe's in Rothfuss's novels. We get 50 pages about how the kid is the best at everything around and preternaturally confident/gifted/etc and then some minor thing happens and they fall to pieces. In Rothfuss's books Kvothe loses his mind if he can't play his lute. In this one this kid who helps fight off wolves and nearly kills himself jumping off a cliff to save his friend literally sinks to the ground like spaghetti noodle if the person charging him with a sword sort of reminds him of his father. Oh by the way, he doesn't actually hate his father, just loses all muscular tone when an attacker makes him think about dad. It's just bizarre and creates some really weak scenes.
4) There are also these weird scenes where Aeden has spent weeks to months leading up to a critical decision and turning point and then is willing to throw his life away because he refuses to even talk about certain subjects. Once again it feels very forced. The exam scene where he has to talk about other cultures is just awful. He basically has a Kobayashi Maru moment in one room and then goes into the next and is willing to be thrown out of the Academy because he won't even discuss the culture he hates? Doesn't hold water.

  • Power Down

  • Dewey Andreas, Book 1
  • By: Ben Coes
  • Narrated by: Peter Hermann
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,580
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,936
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,934

There was one factor that the terrorists didn’t take into account when they struck the Capitana oil platform off the coast of Colombia - slaughtering much of the crew and blowing up the platform - and that was the Capitana crew chief, Dewey Andreas. Dewey, former Army Ranger and Delta, survives the attack, rescuing as many of his men as possible. But the battle has just begun....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW.COULD NOT PUT THIS ONE DOWN. MUST READ!

  • By Constance on 11-09-10

Non-stop action

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

Reviewed: 04-06-16

What made the experience of listening to Power Down the most enjoyable?

Like many others have said the action almost never stops. It's pretty fun to listen to since it's basically all gunfights and the like.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yeah quite a bit. It's not a spoiler to say that true disaster is just around the corner.

Which character – as performed by Peter Hermann – was your favorite?

None of the characters were particularly interesting.

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

There's some flag-waving that can be a bit heavy handed.

Any additional comments?

Only thing that bothered me is that the anatagonist is a very confusing character. There's nothing about his presentation that makes you believe that he's basically just waiting to destroy the entire world he lives in.

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,322

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours in, restarted so husband could listen too!

  • By Pikay on 12-13-14

Not as blown away as others.

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

Reviewed: 05-21-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl with All the Gifts to be better than the print version?

They're probably equal. It's not one of those books that I think is clearly better one way or the other.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Fairly disappointed. The very end is actually kind of silly. I really didn't like the ending. I was surprised by how many people gave glowing reviews.

Which character – as performed by Finty Williams – was your favorite?

Melanie or Parks.

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

Nah.

Any additional comments?

The coolest thing in the book (this is not a spoiler) is how you realize that the way everything looks in the first few chapters is not reality. There are some themes (e.g. parenthood) which are more skirted than developed. The absolute worst thing was the Dr. Caldwell figure, such a caricature of the scientist blind to anything but their work.

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  • The Providence of Fire

  • By: Brian Staveley
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 24 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,121

Having learned the identity of her father's assassin, Adare flees the Dawn Palace in search of allies to challenge the coup against her family. Few trust her, but when she is believed to be touched by Intarra, patron goddess of the empire, the people rally to help her retake the capital city. As armies prepare to clash, the threat of invasion from barbarian hordes compels the rival forces to unite against their common enemy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I'm trying really hard to like this series.

  • By Mike on 02-09-15

A step backwards

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

Reviewed: 02-14-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Only if they were really into fantasy.

Would you be willing to try another book from Brian Staveley? Why or why not?

Yeah I'll probably read the 3rd one. I loved the Emperor's Blades but I feel like this book is a step back not forward.

What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

He does a great job, doesn't go overboard with voices.

Could you see The Providence of Fire being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Possibly a movie, mostly because the Ketral would be so fun to film.

Any additional comments?

-glad we got to see more Ketral in action
-overall story was pretty confused. didn't like how no one ever knows what's going on, seems like the whole thing is a "kent-kissing goat f***" as the author would say
-not really sure what's going to pull this all together in Book 3
-like I said it just seems like a step backwards
-the birds are half the fun, and they are basically absent from the story
-totally confused about the role of the Ksestrim. not in a good way.
-also kind of weird how crazy things happen all the time and everyone knows about leeches, but no one ever seems to put the two together, "well yeah that's probably just a leech." instead everyone is just always stunned that something weird or unexplained is going on. kind of a major story flaw.

  • Fourth of July Creek

  • A Novel
  • By: Smith Henderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews, Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 593

After trying to help Benjamin Pearl, an undernourished, nearly feral 11-year-old boy living in the Montana wilderness, social worker Pete Snow comes face-to-face with the boy's profoundly disturbed father, Jeremiah. With courage and caution, Pete slowly earns a measure of trust from this paranoid survivalist itching for a final conflict that will signal the coming End Times. But as Pete's own family spins out of control, Pearl's activities spark the full-blown interest of the FBI, putting Pete at the center of a massive manhunt from which no one will emerge unscathed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Though it can leave the reader bruised

  • By Firebolt on 11-06-14

Stunning, haunting, and sad

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

Reviewed: 01-10-15

Where does Fourth of July Creek rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 20%

What did you like best about this story?

Pete was the most interesting character. But by the far the most gripping/haunting parts were the Pete/Rose chapters.

What does MacLeod Andrews and Jenna Lamia bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Andrews is probably the best narrator I've heard. The first time he has an outburst as Benjamin Pearl I jumped in shock in my car.Lamia totally steals the show. You want to jump through the speakers and hug her and tell her it will all be ok.

If you could take any character from Fourth of July Creek out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Ha ha. Pete and the old man who takes in foster kids are probably the only ones who wouldn't tell you to go to hell or hold a gun to your face. But I'm not even sure about that. I'm going to say Rose because she would probably need the meal.

Any additional comments?

Incredible book. I think if you look at the reviews that are lower than 5 stars you'll see that most of them just found the book too depressing. That's not really the same as saying it wasn't a good book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Revival

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: David Morse
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,599
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,604

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sinister and Classic King

  • By David Shear on 11-12-14

It's not really a horror book...

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

Reviewed: 12-01-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I think if it's billed as horror it should actually be scary rather than just vaguely creepy.

Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen King? Why or why not?

Yes of course, overall he's very enjoyable.

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

No but the narration is great, some people dog in in reviews but the guy does a great job.

Was Revival worth the listening time?

Barely. There is literally NOTHING scary in this book until the last maybe 45 minutes. Compare to Salem's Lot which is terrifying basically all the way through. Even the horror that is there is more existential than anything else.

Any additional comments?

The best part of this book had nothing to do with horror and was just a good yarn about a kid growing up in the 60s and being a musician. Maybe King should just be writing novels without trying to be scary? Seriously the horror stuff seems to be tacked on by an editor after the fact.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 157,677
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 145,503
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 145,348

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Good sci-fi, kind of repetitive

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

Reviewed: 10-09-14

Would you listen to The Martian again? Why?

no, it's mostly a thriller and therefore not really the kind of book that you listen to more than once.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Martian?

The first launch from NASA is really well written.

What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

Everything, is a fantastic narrator. Doesn't overdo the voices but definitely plays it up a little bit.

Any additional comments?

This is really well written and the physics background is really fun. I almost wonder if this would've been better as a shorter book like a novella. The basic formula is

a) everything seems to be going okay
b) disaster which seems like it will scuttle everything
c) creative resolution of disaster

It's not bad but the fact that it repeats over and over and over gets fairly old. I actually didn't finish the book just read a summary of the last few hours on Wikipedia.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Emperor's Blades

  • Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Book 1
  • By: Brian Staveley
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 19 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,802
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,798

In The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley, the emperor of Annur is dead, slain by enemies unknown. His daughter and two sons, scattered across the world, do what they must to stay alive and unmask the assassins. But each of them also has a life-path on which their father set them, destinies entangled with both ancient enemies and inscrutable gods.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 4 Primary Crimes Committed By The Author

  • By Captain Spanky Of Nazareth on 05-09-16

Phenomenal, much better than the rest

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

Reviewed: 07-30-14

Where does The Emperor's Blades rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 5% It's incredible.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Emperor's Blades?

When you find out what Hull's Trial is going to be.
When you figure out what the evil leech's well is.

What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

Didn't overdo the voices, a few subtle accents but didn't go crazy.

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

Some parts of this book are just laugh out loud funny. It's one of the only epic fantasy books that incorporates profanity really well. Instead of something fancy like "By the goddess!" or "to the seven hells!" the characters in TEB just say f***.

Any additional comments?

As others have noted there are a few loose ends. Motivations are not always clear and when they are not they are only sporadically set up for a later answer.

Probably the biggest confusion is why the 2 princes are willing to be abused and nearly tortured for 8-10 years, this is particularly true for Kaiden who doesn't even understand why he's with the monks.

It's also true for Yurl (sp?), why does he go through the entire training? Couldn't he be 90% as cruel and nasty without risking his life for 10 years?

Lots of people compare this to Abercrombie, Rothfuss, Riyira, Kingkiller, etc, this is WAAAY better. If some of those left you a little unsatisfied this will not. I've been trying to find my next fantasy series since Mistborn and this is as good as that. Truly a "driveway" title.

4 of 9 people found this review helpful