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  • 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 8,775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,263

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

Fantastic book, fantastic narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-27-19

Great story. Narrator was excellent with the different voices for each character. Can't wait to read the next book!

  • The Devil in the White City

  • Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
  • By: Erik Larson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,620

In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impossible to stop listening

  • By Michael on 05-26-12

Disappointing and Dull

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

Reviewed: 08-10-16

I had great hopes for this book, especially after reading all the rave reviews. Unfortunately I found this book to be boring. The story if H. H. Holmes has always fascinated me despite the accompanying gruesome content. I was disappointed to discover the the majority of the book covered the World's Fair. Some of the content regarding the World's Fair was interesting, but most of it was a snooze fest and very difficult to get through. There was very little focus on Holmes, and the content on Holmes was vague and flat. I personally found his Wikipedia article to be more interesting than the content in this book. This book should have been titled "The World's Fair in the White City."

  • The Darkness That Comes Before

  • The Prince of Nothing, Book One
  • By: R. Scott Bakker
  • Narrated by: David DeVries
  • Length: 20 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 591
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 531
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 530

In a world scarred by an apocalyptic past, evoking a time both 2,000 years past and 2,000 years into the future, untold thousands gather for a crusade. Among them, two men and two women are ensnared by a mysterious traveler, Anasûrimbor Kellhus - part warrior, part philosopher, part sorcerous, charismatic presence - from lands long thought dead. The Darkness That Comes Before is a history of this great holy war, and like all histories, the survivors write its conclusion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Finally in audiobook!

  • By Andy on 06-28-12

Lots of world building with very little plot.

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

Reviewed: 09-20-14

What disappointed you about The Darkness That Comes Before?

The characters were not engaging or likable. The plot moves slowly. By the end of the book, I was left feeling "That was it"?

Would you ever listen to anything by R. Scott Bakker again?

No

Did David DeVries do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

He did an average job. The characters and the plot are so convoluted that David DeVries had a definite challenge in narrating this novel. I found myself looking at the Wiki constantly trying to piece together who was who and what was going on.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Darkness That Comes Before?

Honestly, I would have cut about 80% of the book. Great detail is gone into uninteresting and unimportant details about characters and settings that could have been left out. 80% of the book is uninteresting detail that does nothing to enhance the plot.

Any additional comments?

I actually finally started to get into this book in the last four chapters. Unfortunately, the ending is lackluster and the entire reading experience felt like a waste of time.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • A Feast for Crows

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 31 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,647
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,879

It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No Roy Dotrice

  • By Aaron on 12-07-05

You eventually get used to John Lee

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-15-11

I was very disappointed when I started this book to find that Roy Dotrice was not narrating, but if you stick with this audio book for about 2 hours you get used to John Lee. I know some reviewers weren't happy with John Lee as a narrator but I think it was just the change that was so hard to get used to. He is a good narrator, just not what you're accustomed to.
As far as the book: I enjoyed it. Some character's stories not so much as others, as it is with all of this series, but it was still a good story nonetheless. My main complaint is that the author doesn't even mention some very important and also some of my favorite characters at all in this book. While this was a bit disappointing, George R. R. Martin explains at the end why he did this. Essentially he wrote too much material for one book and decided to divide it into 2 books. He divided in such a way that the 4th book didn't focus on some characters. All in all, it was an entertaining book as always and I'm glad I stuck with it to continue the story. I am hooked on these books and have already started book 5! BTW Roy Dotrice narrates book 5.