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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 8,171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,702
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,690

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

This author respects his readers' intelligence

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

This is the best YA that I've read in a LONG time. No cliched tropes, cheap cliffhangers or convoluted romances. Finally, a full story with genuinely developed characters and a relatable sense of humor!

I can't wait to get the next book.

  • The Land: Alliances: A LitRPG Saga

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 3
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,981
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,390
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10,352

Richter and Sion are in a fight for their very lives. Their enemies are circling, and the powers they have awakened are barely under their control. Death and war are on their doorstep, but they have a simple message for the enemies of the Mist Village. "Kiss your loved ones goodbye. The Mist will claim you." A wonderful blend of humor and adventure, The Land: Alliances will transport you to the world of your dreams...and your nightmares.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Does not disappoint.

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-22-17

Plot is slowing down

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

Reviewed: 11-28-17

The series pacing is starting to feel more like a game & less like a fun novel. Too much time is spent in dungeons.

Also, the casually sexist jokes are unfunny and unnecessary.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Land: Founding: A LitRPG Saga

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 1
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,333
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,442
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,425

Tricked into a world of banished gods, demons, goblins, sprites and magic, Richter must learn to meet the perils of The Land and begin to forge his own kingdom. Actions have consequences across The Land, with powerful creatures and factions now hell-bent on Richter's destruction. Can Richter forge allegiances to survive this harsh and unforgiving world or will he fall to the dark denizens of this ancient and unforgiving realm? A tale to shake "The Land" itself, measuring 10/10 on the Richter scale, how will Richter's choices shape the future of The Land and all who reside in it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-15-18

Fun, even for non-gamers!

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed this novel. All of the characters are relatable and likeable, in their own ways. The author does an excellent job of walking a non-gamer through the RPG World building. I appreciated the ethnic and racial diversity, including the non-human races. I'm looking forward to reading through this whole series .

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Liberty

  • The Spy Who (Kind of) Liked Me
  • By: Andrea Portes
  • Narrated by: Tara Sands
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

What is a hero? Paige Nolan knows. Edward Raynes, the young man who exposed America's unconstitutional spying techniques, is a hero, even if half the dum-dums in the country think he's a traitor. Or Paige's parents, journalists who were captured by terrorists while telling stories of the endangered and oppressed. They were heroes, too. Were...or are - no one has ever told Paige if they're still alive or dead.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Protagonist Was Too Annoying To Finish

  • By Kr on 10-11-17

Protagonist Was Too Annoying To Finish

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

Reviewed: 10-11-17

At first, I appreciated the pop references, but the meandering monologues bogged down the book. The protagonist, and by extension the author, loved to hear themselves speak. This story was like a date that started off okay, but kept getting worse the more you learned about the other person.

I couldn't finish it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • More Than This

  • By: Patrick Ness
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 192

From the acclaimed author of the Chaos Walking trilogy and A Monster Calls comes one of the most provocative teen novels of our time. A boy named Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is this possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he here? And where is this place? The street seems familiar, but everything is abandoned, overgrown, covered in dust.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What is reality?

  • By Ryan on 12-24-13

Rip off of several popular sci fi tropes

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

Reviewed: 08-26-17

This book tried desperately to embrace philosophical themes and a suspenseful plot line.

It failed on both levels.

The author took one small idea and try to drag it out into an entire novel. Though the characters are given backstories, he doesn't seem to truly flesh them out. He does not create a comprehensive world, nor does he answer basic questions about the foundation of the story. It's angsty, which is not uncommon in YA lit. But readers of all ages deserve better than this.

  • Too Like the Lightning

  • Terra Ignota, Book 1
  • By: Ada Palmer
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 20 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 439

Mycroft Canner is a convict. For his crimes he is required, as is the custom of the 25th century, to wander the world being as useful as he can to all he meets. Carlyle Foster is a sensayer - a spiritual counselor in a world that has outlawed the public practice of religion, but which also knows that the inner lives of humans cannot be wished away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding story, if a bit inaccessible at times

  • By Ron Lubovich on 10-15-16

Can't Get Past Narration

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

Reviewed: 08-09-17

I'm not sure if it's narration or the writing, but the continuous breaking of the fourth wall is distracting and poorly handled. Perhaps a female narrator would have worked better but I couldn't finish this title.

  • A Great Reckoning

  • A Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,606

When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes. Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. To an old friend and older adversary. It leads the former Chief of Homicide for the Sûreté du Québec to places even he is afraid to go. But must. And there he finds four young cadets in the Sûreté academy, and a dead professor. And, with the body, a copy of the old, odd map.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Return to Three Pines

  • By Lisa K. Dillon on 09-05-16

Tried, But Failed, To Get into this Book

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

Reviewed: 01-18-17

I re-started this one several times, but it just couldn't hold my attention. I wish there was more dynamic narration. We really need to let someone else tell a story besides the prototypical British white male.

  • The Invisible Library

  • By: Genevieve Cogman
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,203
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,126
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,113

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant, Kai, she's posted to an alternative London. Their mission: to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it's already been stolen. London's underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • could not get past the voice

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-04-16

Monotone Narration Ruined Story

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

Reviewed: 01-18-17

I'm utterly disappointed in this audiobook. I was looking forward to it, as the story received excellent reviews. However, the narrator drones as if she is reading a BBC news report rather than voicing dynamic characters. She completely fails to bring this book to life.

I am getting a refund. Perhaps I'll read the hard copy instead.

  • Illuminae

  • The Illuminae Files, Book 1
  • By: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
  • Narrated by: Olivia Taylor Dudley, Lincoln Hoppe, Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,981
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,788
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,786

Audie Award, Multi-Voiced Performance, 2016. The year is 2575, and two rival mega-corporations are at war over a planet that's little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra - who are barely even talking to each other - are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Romantic Space Opera

  • By Katheryne on 11-30-15

Nice Production, but not great for audio

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

Reviewed: 01-07-17

I appreciate the high production value of this book. It was a performance with a full cast and sound effects, as if listening to a theater play. I hope this becomes more popular in audio books.

But the book itself doesn't lend itself to the audio format. Most of it is chat messages and program logs that would be better read in ones head than out loud. I mean, I'm fairly young, and even I cringe at how "text speak" sounds when you say it out loud. lol. <--- (see what I mean)?

Also, the sappy teenage romance seemed thrown on top of what would otherwise have been a pretty cool space story. The story was too slow for me to care what happens next.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Crooked Kingdom

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Roger Clark, Jay Snyder, Elizabeth Evans, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,991
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,656

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Storytelling at its finest! L.Bardugo is a master

  • By Michelle E on 10-09-16

I applauded at the end!!

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

Reviewed: 11-16-16

This was my favorite book in a while. It was a proper heist with twists & turns to make a compelling plot.

The characters were well flushed out & believable. I loved every one of them.

Some of the narrators were better than others. I liked Cass the best, but it was a good decision to cast unique voices for each character.

Highly recommend!