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  • The Way of Kings

  • Book One of The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 45 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 56,770
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 51,544
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 51,544

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!

  • By Lore on 03-31-12

Sanderson’s Wheel of time

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

This is a sprawling and epic book. There’s so much set up and you can see the promise of the characters, especially Shallon and Kaladin, but it takes so long to get there, almost too long. Fortunately the characters are so well developed that you want to stick with them and watch them advance and the pay off at the end of the book, especially Kaladin, is so worth it. I read it that section several times just to savor it. I knew I’d like Sanderson after reading Memory of Light, especially the Last Battle chapter. He’s accomplished here what he did with Robert Jordan’s making the pay off so well worth it. Looking forward to the next installment.

  • Words of Radiance

  • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 48 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 47,673
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 44,599
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 44,572

In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radiance" shines

  • By Don Gilbert on 03-08-14

Another great book

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

These books are definitely a slow burn. There’s so much detail and set up but when the pay off comes at the end of each section and the especially the whole novel itself, it’s so worth it. Especially watching Kaladins transformation is so epic, I almost get goose bumps reading it. What better compliment can I give to an author. Looking forward to the next installment.

  • Stories of Your Life and Others

  • By: Ted Chiang
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden, Todd McLaren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,925
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,936

Stories of Your Life and Others presents characters who must confront sudden change-the inevitable rise of automatons or the appearance of aliens-while striving to maintain some sense of normalcy. In the amazing and much-lauded title story (the basis for the 2016 movie Arrival), a grieving mother copes with divorce and the death of her daughter by drawing on her knowledge of alien languages and non-linear memory recollection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing collection of short stories

  • By Carolina on 09-15-14

Masterpiece of short fiction

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

Reviewed: 01-03-17

I got interested in Ted Chiang's work after watching the recent Amy Adams movie, The Arrival. I was thoroughly engrossed in that movie and wanted to read the work that inspired it. That's how I came across this collection of short stories.

I can only say, thank god I did. I have not been this engrossed in a story or stories in years. Not since the first time I read Titans and the Lions of Al Rassan by Gavriel Kay. What's so amazing about Chiang is that his way of writing just hooks you right from the beginning, essential for short story form. He drops you into a new world. It doesn't bother explaining everything immediately. He lets the reader figure out the rules of the world and that discovery is half the magic.

In addition the characters feel real and are all engrossing. Even Stratford and the other characters from 72 Letters, the only story I didn't really like, were engaging and wanting to know what happens kept me going right to the end. The other stories were all fantastic, with my two favorite probably Understand and Hell is the Absence of God. I was most engrossed in these stories, but most moved by Stories of Your Life.

Finally the narration by Abby Cardenas and Todd Mclaren was phenomenal. As much as the stories engrossed me listening to these two kept me completely riveted. I hope to listen to more narrations by them in the future.

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  • Rule of Two

  • Star Wars Legends (Darth Bane)
  • By: Drew Karpyshyn
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,649
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,105

In the New York Times best-seller Darth Bane: Path of Destruction, Drew Karpyshyn painted a gripping portrait of a young man’s journey from innocence to evil. That man was Darth Bane, a twisted genius whose iron will, fierce ambition, and strength in the dark side of the Force made him a natural leader among the Sith - until his radical embrace of an all-but-forgotten wisdom drove him to destroy his own order...and create it anew from the ashes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It...Want More

  • By Cindy on 01-21-13

Excellent middle book

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

Reviewed: 10-10-16

The empire strikes back of the series, except this time the jedi tried to strike back and failed. This book was more about Zannah then Bane and I actually enjoyed seeing her progression to becoming a true sith. Her solution for the dilemma at the end of the book was true to the sith and well excuted. I'm excited to get to the third book.

As for the audible version, I love listening to the narrator. He brings emotion to the book and does his best to make each voice varied, although I wish they had brought in a female to do the female voices. Listening to him as Zannah, both as a child and adult is a bit jarring.