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  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,893
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,853

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, what a performance and what a story

  • By Jared G on 08-27-16

It was pretty good...at first

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

Red Rising was very well written, with quick moving prose, interesting characters, and a wonderful setting. It’s easy to get hooked by the multiple factions, and the author captured my imagination. The narrator was a perfect choice for the story as well.

Unfortunately I didn’t care for the plot which came to a grinding halt once the main character got to his school. He joins to Gold society to bring it down from the inside. This doesn’t seem to be a logical choice from a guy who had his wife murdered. I figured he would be a part of a rebellion or take part in a partisan operation, but he instead gets modified by people he just met to bring down the society over the course of a very long time?

Most of this book, as well as the ending, take place at the school, which was a massive disappointment for me. I wish that I had know beforehand that this was going to be sci-fi Hunger Games.

Also the ending felt like the author just picked a chapter to end at. I didn’t feel satisfied at all with it and I guess the cool revolt will take place some time later but at this point I couldn’t care less.

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  • Dune: The Butlerian Jihad

  • By: Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 23 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,083
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,409
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,414

Frank Herbert's Dune is one of the grandest epics in the annals of imaginative literature. Now Herbert's son, Brian, working with Kevin J. Anderson and using Frank Herbert's own notes, reveals a pivotal epoch in the history of the Dune universe: the Butlerian Jihad, the war that was fought ten thousand years before the events of Dune - the war in which humans wrested their freedom from "thinking machines."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just a hint of melange.

  • By Kevin S Williams on 03-23-03

Awesome sci-fi adventure set in the Dune universe

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

This outstanding adventure follows multiple points of view from the Butlerian Jihad, thousands of years before the events of Dune.

  • Twelve Months of a Soviet Childhood

  • Short Stories
  • By: Julia Gousseva
  • Narrated by: Dawn Adkins
  • Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

Most books about the Soviet Union focus on politics, food shortages, or lack of democratic freedoms. This collection of stories portrays everyday experiences of a young girl growing up in the Soviet Union of the 1970s. Childhood can be a magical and innocent time, oblivious to political regimes and problems. And that's what these 12 stories strive to convey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful joy to the senses

  • By kwadzana on 03-12-15

Wonderful stories from Russia

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

Reviewed: 06-04-17

It's hard to find out about everyday life in the USSR, and these short stories help paint a picture of what it was like to grow up there. They are very heartwarming stories and I enjoyed them all!

  • The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • By: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Clayborne Carson - editor
  • Narrated by: Levar Burton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 605

He was a husband, a father, a preacher - and the preeminent leader of a movement that continues to transform America and the world. Now, in a special program commissioned and authorized by his family, here is the life and times of Martin Luther King, Jr. Featuring King's I Have a Dream Speech.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fascinating Slice of History

  • By John-Mark Stensvaag on 08-05-03

Outstanding autobiography

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

Reviewed: 02-23-17

The book gave a great insight to the civil rights movement and showed not only the victories, but the difficult times as well.

The speeches included were also very inspirational, and complemented Dr. Kings message of nonviolence in a time of intense hatred.