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  • Fairest

  • The Lunar Chronicles - Levana's Story
  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,759
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,755

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her "glamour" to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story - a story that has never been told - until now. Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as sexual as other reviews imply

  • By Claudia H on 07-02-15

middle book syndrome

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

Slower but essential middle book. Sets up complications. Don’t accidentally begin with this book. Not sure I’d trust the technological aspects of the story.

  • Cress

  • The Lunar Chronicles
  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,575

In this third audiobook in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they're plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth. Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she's being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she's just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Electrifying Continuation

  • By kathleen on 02-09-14

A clever retelling that does not revise

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

The series transports us to a technologically advanced medieval society, with an injection of unexplained fairy moon magic. Suspend your filters. Ignore what you might know about Asia and just enjoy the clever tweaks, such as a prince searching for the leg that matches prosthetic foot.

  • The Final Empire

  • Mistborn Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,654
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,721
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,734

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A GREAT TRILOGY!!!

  • By Don Gilbert on 11-12-09

Patience

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

A decent story but I kept wishing the author would shorten things up. Perhaps I’ve read too much young adult stuff and am used to not tolerating excessive prose.

  • The Rithmatist

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,086
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,093

More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings - merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beware of the chalk!

  • By Brandon on 05-17-13

Chalk this one up as great

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

Finally artists get their chance to be more than passive wall flowers. Fast paced version of Potterverse replete with outsider super hero child and Snape. I am left wanting more but not sure where the story would go.

  • The Assassin's Blade

  • The Throne of Glass Novellas
  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,688
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,694

Celaena Sardothien is her kingdom's most feared assassin. Though she works for the powerful and ruthless Assassin's Guild, Celaena yields to no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam. When Celaena's scheming master, Arobynn Hamel, dispatches her on missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, she finds herself acting independently of his wishes - and questioning her own allegiance. Along the way, she makes friends and enemies alike, and discovers that she feels far more for Sam than just friendship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Story, I'm game.

  • By N. ROSS on 08-26-14

Curious but not enthralled

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

I might read more. More death and brutality than I usually like. But bodily harm does heal quickly as in other similar novels. The fantasy aspect is the typical mid teen protagonist’s knowledge skill awareness lucidity and self determination that is rarely found in the real world.

  • Cinder

  • Book One of the Lunar Chronicles
  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,691
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,798

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surpised by how much I enjoyed it

  • By Staaj on 01-17-12

A techy tail that entrances

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

At first I did not really like the attempt at futuristic techy talk, but found that the play on fairytale themes kept me going. By the end I was gripped and propelled through the following books with growing interest in the characters themselves.

  • Kill the Farm Boy

  • The Tales of Pell Series, Book 1
  • By: Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 866
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 826

A plucky farm boy will find more than he's bargained for on his quest to awaken the sleeping princess in her cursed tower. First there's the Dark Lord, who wishes for the boy's untimely death...and also very fine cheese. Then there's a bard without a song in her heart but with a very adorable and fuzzy tail, an assassin who fears not the night but is terrified of chickens, and a mighty fighter more frightened of her sword than of her chain-mail bikini. This journey will lead to sinister umlauts, a trash-talking goat, and the Dread Necromancer Steve....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Bruce D. Parker on 07-18-18

Read any page. It's all the same.

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

I feel no attraction to any characters. In fact, it does not feel like a story; just a large collection of parodies, punctuated by potty jokes. Princess Bride at least gave us a farm boy (and others) we can like.

  • Magician: Apprentice

  • Riftwar, Book 1
  • By: Raymond E. Feist
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,067
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,066

To the forest on the shore of the Kingdom of the Isles, the orphan Pug came to study with the master magician Kulgan. But though his courage won him a place at court and the heart of a lovely princess, he was ill at ease with the normal ways of wizardry. Yet Pug's strange sort of magic would one day change forever the fates of two worlds. For dark beings from another world had opened a rift in the fabric of spacetime to being again the age-old battle between the forces of Order and Chaos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful addition to anyone's library

  • By Ruger on 11-06-17

Apprentice and Master - good guys can win

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

Very similar to the David Eddings Belgariad series. I liked both but I found these first 2 of the Riftwar books easier to follow than Belgariad. Simpler worlds (despite the rift), and in a way simpler outcomes. Main characters grow over the years, but other than that the people are simpler too. I do think I like Joseph Delaney's The Last Apprentice and Jack Campbell's The Legacy of Dragons series better.

  • Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos

  • By: R. L. LaFevers
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Parry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

Theodosia Throckmorton has her hands full at the Museum of Legends and Antiquities in London. Her father may be head curator, but it is Theoand only Theowho is able to see all the black magic and ancient curses that still cling to the artifacts in the museum. Sneaking behind her fathers back, Theo uses old, nearly forgotten Egyptian magic to remove the curses and protect her father and the rest of the museum employees from the ancient, sinister forces that lurk in the museums dark hallways.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Girls Adventure

  • By Grant on 05-03-10

Uptempo Indiana Jones

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

As Theodosia narrates her exploits, I wondered if there was anything that would flummox her. I think not. Fast paced, girl-saves-the-world, despite her clueless academic (and apparently muggle) parents. Like Frodo, her quest is to commit reverse cultural plunder. Now if she would just realize that the rest of the museum's inventory needs to be returned as well.

  • Twisting the Rope

  • Black Dragon, Book 2
  • By: R. A. MacAvoy
  • Narrated by: Megan Hayes
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

In this sequel to Tea With the Black Dragon, Mayland Long is once again thrust into a maelstrom of mysterious happenings. The peaceful relationship he has established with Martha Macnamara is being threatened. A wild psychic force is loose in the world, while Martha's granddaughter has been kidnapped and one of her Celtic musician friends has been found dead, hanging by a rope of twisted grass. Now the Black Dragon must use his wits to hunt for the killer...even if it brings him to a horrifying realization.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Petty Bickering

  • By Bruce on 07-02-18

Petty Bickering

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

I know there is probably reality in the musical bickering on tour, and certainly in the eccentricity of the musicians. It just felt a little too much over the top. The toddler-chase scene seemed a little surreal. I do appreciate the story as a collection of character relationships that get strained, making things a bit more like real life than most fantasy.