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  • Peter & Max

  • A Fables Novel
  • By: Bill Willingham
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 700
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 703

When an unspeakable tragedy befalls a family of traveling minstrels, they become stranded and left for dead. Here in the heart of The Black Forest, Peter Piper and his older brother Max encounter ominous forces that will change them both irreparably. Thus begins an epic tale of sibling rivalry, magic, music and revenge that spans medieval times to the present day when their deadly conflict surfaces in the placid calm of modern-day Fabletown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just for Fables fans only

  • By Josh on 05-06-10

Original and creative.

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

Reviewed: 04-24-19

I really liked this unique take on several fairy tales and nursery rhymes. It is extremely well written. And I liked the darkness versus light that ran throughout the story. If you like twisted fairy tales I think you will love this story.
Being a darker version of the tales, it is not for children. There is violence and sexual content. I don’t remember bad language, but I admit the story drew me in so much that I could have easily missed it. There are adult issues, which is the basis of most fairy tales.
I really loved the way that choices made by a character changed who that character became. Terrific point.
I totally recommend this book for adults.

  • The Name of the Wind

  • (Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1)
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 27 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68,577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,539
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,634

This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Starts off slow but once it gets going...<br />

  • By Dallas on 04-10-18

Great story, but incomplete.

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

Reviewed: 04-18-19

I loved the writing in this book, but it left me feeling like it was incomplete. I love series where I get to revisit places and characters I met and loved, but I really like each book to feel like a complete unit. For me, this one missed that completeness. It came close, but left me a bit frustrated.
There was actually one character that I initially disliked, but as the story unfolded I found myself changing my mind and softening towards this character. I was amazed by this because I don’t remember that happening before. Usually when an author tries this I feel like they have betrayed the character by suddenly changing them. I would rather hate the character than have that happen. Rothfuss was so adept that he brought about a slow, and explained, evolution of the character. His writing is masterful.
I loved the humor. I laughed out loud several times. That’s not common for me either.
The story is not for children. It has many adult issues and violent scenes.
I would definitely recommend it for adults, but be ready to buy the next book as well. You’ll be hooked. If I could, I would give it 4.9 stars.

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  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon

  • By: Kelly Barnhill
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,029
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,016

Every year the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary Listening Experience

  • By Gunnyvil on 12-18-16

Interesting Story.

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

Reviewed: 04-13-19

I would not recommend this book for children. It has concepts that I believe are beyond them. But there is no sex or bad language. There is evil and some things I would name violence, but it would be a matter of opinion.
I enjoyed the story and the written style. It had almost a cadence to the telling which I found nice. But I was a bit disappointed by the ending. It was a bit anticlimactic. But I think some would find it beautiful.
If you are curious, I suggest you read it and make up your own mind.

  • Trail of Lightning

  • By: Rebecca Roanhorse
  • Narrated by: Tanis Parenteau
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,572
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,574

The sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse have destroyed most of the planet…yet out of these waters, Dinétah, a former Navajo reservation, has been miraculously reborn. Listen along as Tanis Parenteau's impeccable narration, capturing the rhythms of Navajo speech, fully envelopes you into the Sixth World. Trail of Lightning follows our heroine as she walks the land alongside gods, heroes of legend, and monsters alike. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING STORY

  • By Annie Slasher (Booked & Loaded) on 01-14-19

Interesting, but graphic violence.

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

Reviewed: 04-06-19

This is not a book for children! There is graphic violence that I found disturbing.
The story intriguing. I haven’t seen any other story that brought the Navajo mythology to life. It was very well performed. But I cannot recommend it.

  • Solar Storm, Book 1

  • By: Marcus Richardson
  • Narrated by: James Romick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Jay Cantrell had the perfect life as a small-town librarian: married just over a year to his second wife, an airline pilot, he also has a daughter in college studying to be an astrophysicist. He's ready to celebrate the first year of his new marriage as he adjusts to an empty nest and a new stage in life. But the sun had other plans and sent a coronal mass ejection as an anniversary present. Awakened before dawn one morning in mid-December by northern lights that blanket the sky - in central Illinois - Jay's world changes in the blink of an eye....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cliff hanger warning!

  • By Beta Flying Frog on 03-25-19

Cliff hanger warning!

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

This is no story for children. It is all one big adult issue, and there is a plethora of violence. Also language and sexual talk as well as threatened rape.
The story was well written, and I liked the range of characters. I also really appreciated that people felt something after being forced to defend themselves.
But I really hate when a book sets up one big goal through the whole story and then ends just when it looks like the goal is within reach. This book does exactly that. Very unsatisfying. So if you’re thinking about buying it be sure to include the price of at least one more book in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Collapsing Empire

  • The Interdependency, Book 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,811
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,766

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just feels small - no sense of scale, so why care?

  • By Ron P on 03-29-17

Disappointing.

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

Reviewed: 03-24-19

This is NOT for children. Their is too much. cussing and sex in this story for me, let alone for children. And the sex is treated as being a trivial thing, which is not true and is not a good thing to teach children. There are also adult themes.
I was disappointed by this book because I really like Scalzi's writing. His humor is great. His world crafting is on point. His characters are interesting and multifaceted. And Wheaton's performance adds even more. But the cavalier sex and over the top cussing was too much for me.
There is still a good story and performance here, so if the sex and cussing don’t bother you it might be enjoyable. But I can’t recommend this book.

  • Feet of Clay

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,058
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,359
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,366

Who's murdering harmless old men? Who's poisoning the Patrician? As autumn fogs hold Ankh-Morpork in their grip, the City Watch has to track down a murderer who can't be seen. Browse more novels of Discworld.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • bad audio

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-05-13

Wonderful story, great performance.

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

I would say these stories are for older teens and adults. There is no sex or language issues. There is some violence, though not gory. But it is built around adult issues.
The story is funny while still maintaining an underlying statement on some of the issues of modern society. Terry Pratchet was one of the best writers of our times. He was one of a very few authors I have read who created the overall world and the individual characters with equal skill. And I love his humor.
I recommend this book and any others written by Pratchet to all adults and older teens. If possible I would suggest listening to the audio version. The performance is excellent.

  • Super Powereds: Year 2

  • Super Powereds, Book 2
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 32 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,586
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,132
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,114

Despite having their secret revealed, the residents of Melbrook Hall return to Lander University for another year in the Hero Certification Program. Good thing the focus of this year is teamwork, because with their origins known, they'll have to lean on each other more than ever. Now finally sophomores, their curriculum expands, allowing them to train in the majors that Heroes specialize in. The new classes will test their minds, bodies, and determination in ways never anticipated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite stories

  • By Joshua on 07-22-16

Still love the series.

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

First, there are definitely some language issues, references to sex, and adult issues. Second, there are some editing issues in this story that cause minor plot flaws. In one place a character suddenly has burns with no explanation or time for them to occur. I listened to five or six chapters several times trying to explain them. They shouldn’t be there. That makes me crazy. There were a few other very minor spots that I noticed, but they didn’t really bother me.
But, even with all that said, I still love this series. It is funny, and touching, and the characters feel very real. That’s hard to get in fantasy. Drew Hayes has a real talent for creating a character you think you are going to totally dislike, but you end up loving them. He opens up their heart and shows you the flaws that bends them. I am in awe of that talent. And Mrs Daniels is one of my very favorite characters of all time. The way her character is built in such short glimpses and is so strong is beyond awesome.
This is not a book for children, but I would recommend it for adults.

  • The Speed of Dark

  • By: Elizabeth Moon
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 523

In the near future, disease will be a condition of the past. Most genetic defects will be removed at birth; the remaining during infancy. Unfortunately, there will be a generation left behind. For members of that missed generation, small advances will be made. Through various programs, they will be taught to get along in the world despite their differences. They will be made active and contributing members of society. But they will never be normal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally Recommended!

  • By Andrew on 01-02-09

Well written and performed.

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

This story was very well crafted, and performed so well it became real for me. The main character will be with me for some time.
There were some real laughs,,and feelings of triumph and loss throughout the story,. But in the end it has left me melancholy.
I would strongly recommend the book for adults, but not when you are looking for something light to pass the time or cheer you up.
It is not for children. It is one long adult issue. There is also violence, mild allusions to sex, and just a few language issues.
I’m really glad I listened to it and I hope you will be as well.

  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

  • By: Claire North
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,632
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,627

No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now.As Harry nears the end of his 11th life, a little girl appears at his bedside. "I nearly missed you, Doctor August," she says. "I need to send a message." This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I'd feared

  • By Isobel on 04-29-16

Very interesting story.

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

This book has a plot that is different than any I’ve read before. I found it quite intriguing. It was very well crafted.
The characters were interesting, but only one was really developed as much as I would have liked. However, the story is so twisted and intricate that I can see there was not enough room to go into the other characters deeply.
It does bring up some very interesting questions. Such as, what is the true nature of time? What makes something ethical? Would you really want to be immortal? And I’m sure you will see others I may have missed.
It is not a book for children. It is full of adult issues and has violence, some of it pretty shocking. It also goes into some adult relationships.
I would recommend it to adults, especially those who like books that lead you to think.