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  • Binti

  • By: Nnedi Okorafor
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,157

Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs. Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Messages

  • By khaalidah on 10-07-15

Very very good!

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

Reviewed: 04-05-19

This audiobook really is fantastic. It presents a likable protagonist, believable world, and complex concepts.

This is a story that will make you think. Then it will make you want to know more!

You won’t go wrong with this one.

  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

  • By: Marlon Bundo, Jill Twiss
  • Narrated by: Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jeff Garlin, and others
  • Length: 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,801
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,992
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,927

HBO's Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents the story of a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny. Meet Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence - the Vice President of the United States. But on this Very Special Day, Marlon's life is about to change forever....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This story is cute, but let's be honest.

  • By João on 03-19-18

So stinkin’ cute!

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

This audiobook is incredibly darling. Not only does it introduce the concepts of acceptance and tolerance, it also has a valuable lesson about civic engagement. There’s a lot going on here.

And the A+ cast is top notch. They’re definitely not phoning it in here. John Lithgow is particularly wonderful as The Stink Bug.

To top it off, proceeds from this book go to a worthy cause! You can’t go wrong with this book.

  • The Blue Sword

  • By: Robin McKinley
  • Narrated by: Diane Warren
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 643
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655

Harry Crewe, the Homelander orphan girl, is pleased with her new home. Life in Istan is certainly easy, but a voice in her ear whispers that the home of her heart is among the Hillfolk, among the descendants of Lady Aerin, who once wielded Gonturan, the Blue Sword.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Groundbreaking, interestingly dated, & odd

  • By Gentle Reader Jill on 07-27-13

Slow start and frustrating characters

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

This book is mostly good. The story is engaging even though it gets off to quite a slow start. And the characters are mostly good and believable.

But they all have some problems holding them back. Harry is very, very passive at the beginning. It’s just a bunch of stuff happening that she has no control over and doesn’t really voice any concerns for or fight back. Corlath is inscrutable and even though we get some of the story from his perspective, it’s fairly shallow. It makes what happens at the end unbelievable. There’s no set up for a payoff.

All in all, a good but frustrating book.

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

  • By: Lewis Carroll
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

On a drowsy afternoon by a riverbank, a young and distracted Alice follows a rabbit into a fantastical underground world that grows curiouser and curiouser. Dared, insulted, amused, and threatened by a succession of anthropomorphic creatures, the indomitable Alice falls deeper into a swirl of the imagination where logic has no place.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Weirder than you might think

  • By Zebra3 on 03-06-19

Weirder than you might think

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

Reviewed: 03-06-19

I honestly don’t quite know how to accurately describe this book. First of all, the performance by Michael Page was quite good, and overall the experience is good.

But man! That story is just so weird! It really is just a series of totally random and completely insane occurrences. There also is no particular point. No one thing drives the story forward. Alice just goes from one random weird encounter to another. Then the author pulls the “it was all a dream” at the end and the story is over.

Weird.

  • Archenemies

  • Renegades, Book 2
  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Dan Bittner, Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 762
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707

Time is running out. Together, they can save the world. But they each other’s worst nightmare. Nova’s double life is about to get a lot more complicated: As Insomnia, she is a full-fledged member of the Renegades, a syndicate of powerful and beloved superheroes. She works with Adrian’s patrol unit to protect the weak and maintain order in Gatlon City. As Nightmare, she is an Anarchist - a group of of villains who are determined to destroy the Renegades. Nova wants vengeance against the so-called heroes who once failed her when she needed them most.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall Good, Pacing a Problem

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-09-18

Get to the point, already!

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

Reviewed: 02-26-19

I liked this book overall. The characters are well realized and they are performed well.

My main problem with it is the tedium we have to wait through for the author to get to the point. Nova has endless inner monologues many, many, many times. And they don’t really serve a purpose. Maybe the first one or two times would have been okay for her to express her self-doubt. But it happens practically every single chapter. It doesn’t do anything to advance the plot or make her a more fleshed out character. Nova at the end of the book is the same Nova at the beginning of the book. Adrian is written better, but still suffers from focusing too much on little things too much for too long. It gets incredibly boring. I really don’t need five minutes of narration that describes him walking across a room. Meyer needed an editor to tell her to trim the fat.

It’s not a bad book. It’s just frustrating that I have to sit through tedium to get the otherwise very solid superhero story.

  • Renegades

  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler, Dan Bittner
  • Length: 16 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,323

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies - humans with extraordinary abilities - who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone...except the villains they once overthrew. Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice - and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Like conclusions? This book isn't for you...

  • By Guarding Cross on 11-21-17

Fun story interrupted with minutiae

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

Reviewed: 02-22-19

This story is a fairly standard superhero/YA semi-romance. If you’ve ever read Marvel or DC then you’ll be right at home here. Having two narrators was a nice touch. They really bring the characters to life.

The only problems are with Meyer’s writing style. She gets caught up on little details that feel like filler more than anything else. I don’t need endless description of someone entering a room and looking at people. I don’t need reams of detail about Nova thinking about trying not to think about something. Just get to the point. Meyer seems to struggle with that and it makes the story lag from time to time.

But all in all, it’s quite a good book. I’m looking forward to more stories in this world.