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  • Morningwood: Everybody Loves Large Chests (Vol.1)

  • By: Neven Iliev
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,260

Large chests are said to encompass all manner of hopes and dreams. Men covet them. Women envy them. But one fact holds true - everyone wants to get their hands on some big ones. The same holds true for one intrepid adventurer - a strapping young lad by the name of Himmel. Armed with his grandfather's trusty longsword and the dream of being the strongest, he sets out on the journey of a lifetime!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected, but great "RPG" fun

  • By Mitch on 11-14-17

Not what I expected.

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

Having read some reviews, I decided to take a chance on this. I thought it would be funnier than it is, glad that it wasn't as lewd as it could have been, and pretty much totally amoral. As a monster story, it's entertaining, won't give you nightmares, but still speaks to the genre.

  • 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 12,721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,940
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,917

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

It's a pulp detective story.

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

Expected better. I usually like Scalzi, but not this time. He basically wrote an old time detective story, and threw in a robot with a human brain. At best, meh.

  • Skyward

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,327
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,790
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,775

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

Would rate it a bit lower, but that's my fault.

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

I didn't read about it much in the comments, so thought it was designed for adults. Overall story, as usual, teen knows best and adults mostly get in the way, which contrary to Disney is just wrong. I got this thinking Brandon Sanderson, of course! It should have a young adult categorization, but it can appeal to all audiences. The concept is great, and the writing as well. If you have no trouble with teen angst, loner makes good against impossible odds, it's a great read.

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,998
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,679

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

It lasted thousands of years, or seemed so.

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

Good idea, but really dragged on. Pretty negative about humanity. Tree huggers will like it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hundredth Queen

  • By: Emily R. King
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,889
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,681
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,678

As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood in the ancient Tarachand Empire, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she's an unlikely candidate for even a servant's position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood's mountain temple. But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda's life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A mix of religion, politics, and magic

  • By LexiLikesLiterature on 07-11-17

If you are an adolescent female, this book may fit

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

This book is pretty good at giving the viewpoint of an adolescent girl infatuated with males for the first time, and scared of the unknown. It's a little too much so for my tastes. It is not badly written, and I think many would enjoy it. It basically has the the same plot as Harry Potter or any "Oh, look, plain old me has superpowers." story. Not a put down, just the framework. I rated it a 2 for my reaction to it, not for what I think of the quality of writing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Transcendent

  • Ascendant, Book 2
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,960
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,419

Koren Bladewell's future was stolen from him, by wizards who chose to lie, to conceal the fact that Koren is a wizard. Crown princess Ariana Trehayme must find a way to become queen before her 16th birthday - before her indecisive mother allows all of Tarador to be conquered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for the next one...

  • By Christopher on 01-08-18

Heading toward YA after a good start.

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

Reviewed: 05-13-18

This is getting tedious, and kind of Hee Haw-ish (If it weren't for bad luck I'd have no luck at all...) The first book was somewhat for young audiences, but in the Harry Potter class where most could enjoy it. It devolved into politics and bad travel conditions, with weird goals. Misunderstandings are one thing, but huge series of them are just as off putting as "And suddenly, everything worked out!"

  • The World Walker

  • The World Walker Series, Book 1
  • By: Ian W. Sainsbury
  • Narrated by: Todd Boyce
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,431

Just outside Los Angeles, a prisoner hidden away for 70 years sits up, gets off the bed and disappears through a solid wall. In Australia, a magician impresses audiences by producing real elephants. Nobody realizes it's not an illusion. Across the world, individuals and organizations with supernatural power suddenly detect the presence of something even they can't understand. At the center of it all, Seb Varden, a 32-year old musician with a secret in his past, slits his wrists, is shot dead and run over on the freeway.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Stuff

  • By DobieChuck on 01-15-17

Narrator did his best.

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

So, the way to success is sex, drugs, rock and roll, and suicide. Not exactly a healthy combination, and not a very good book. Oh, and by the way, the sex part isn't overly detailed, but is pretty much amoral, and kind of boring. It had a few moments, but overall I did not like it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • How to Stop Procrastination & Get More Done in Less Time!

  • By: Graham Bianco
  • Narrated by: Christian Erickson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 355

An international best-seller, How to Stop Procrastination & Get More Done in Less Time! will give you the tools, advice, and easy-to-follow steps to end procrastination and achieve more of your goals. Find out how bestselling author and speaker Graham Bianco has helped people around the world by breaking down the steps to enable you to quickly eradicate procrastination from your life, forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic book, helped me so much!

  • By Connor Pole on 08-05-16

Not a change your life book, but good.

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

Okay, I gotta know: Did you put off reading this one, like I did? Anyway, the principles are good, but it is less than inspiring. Still, it may be helpful, and even if you know it all, it's a good reminder.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Perilous Waif

  • Alice Long, Book 1
  • By: E. William Brown
  • Narrated by: Mare Trevathan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,301

My name is Alice Long, and I've always known I was different. When I was little I used to climb up to the highest branches of the housetree at night, and watch the starships docking at the orbital stations high above. Forty meters off the ground, watching ships 30,000 kilometers overhead, with senses that could pick out radar pings and comm chatter as easily as the ships themselves. It all seemed perfectly natural at the time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THIS was fun!

  • By bluestategirl on 10-26-17

A bit too super.

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

Reviewed: 08-26-17

This is an in between novel, sort of young adult, sort of adult. Great tech, pretty good action, and a 14 year old semi obsessed with... I was going to say sex, but actually attraction. While accurate to the hormones, it was just a touch overdone. The whole tech thing was great, but a little too good to be true, even in sci-fi. Huge undefeatable enemy? No problem, I'll suddenly develop a counter-agent, on demand... All that said, it was well written, and kind of fun, sort of like pre-neurotic Superman comics.

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  • Twinborn Chronicles

  • Awakening
  • By: J.S. Morin
  • Narrated by: Shawn Compton
  • Length: 66 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 990
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 932
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 931

Kyrus Hinterdale is about to get drawn into a conflict. His discovery that the world in his dreams is real, and that his twin within that world dreams of him, sets him off on a quest of self-discovery that could reshape two worlds. He is not alone with this special vision. Others like him had been at it far longer, working secret plots and stealing secrets from one world to take advantage in the other. Caught in the middle of an ancient conflict, Kyrus and his twin, Brannis, must discover who can be trusted, who must be watched, and who is out to kill them.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story.. TERRIBLE PERFORMANCE/EDITING

  • By LostInLife on 11-16-17

Sound quality terrible.

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

Reviewed: 08-04-17

This book is well written, and if I had known it varied so much in sound editing, I would have read it as text. The editing is obvious, with volume and clarity quantum leaps shoved in at random. I'm not wild about the narrator, but the editing was awful. At some points it sounds like they wrapped the guy in cotton or insulation, and it jumps up and down other places. It does this consistently throughout the 3 books and makes listening not very enjoyable. As I said though, the story is good, even excellent.