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  • Deathstalker

  • Deathstalker Series, Book 1
  • By: Simon R. Green
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 22 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

Owen Deathstalker, last of the infamous warrior Clan, always considered himself more of a writer than a fighter, preferring his history books to making any actual history with a sword. But books won't protect him from Her Imperial Majesty Lionstone XIV, who just outlawed and condemned Owen to death, without any explanation, reason, or warning. No wonder she's called the Iron Bitch. Now, on the run from Imperial starcruisers, shady mercenaries, and just about everyone else in the Empire, Owen's options are limited.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a wonderfully enjoyable book.

  • By Anonymous User on 12-10-17

Tons of Fun

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

I’m excited about Deathstalker. I really enjoyed book 1. Recently I’ve had trouble finding solid sci-fi fantasy novels, there’s a lot of crap out there. Deathstalker is no Hyperion, but then nothing is. No spoilers here, but this is the beginning of a very promising space opera. I will continue with the series.

  • The Fates Divide

  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Austin Butler, Emily Rankin, Erin Spencer, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549

The lives of Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth are ruled by their fates, spoken by the oracles at their births. The fates, once determined, are inescapable. Akos is in love with Cyra, in spite of his fate: He will die in service to Cyra’s family. And when Cyra’s father, Lazmet Noavek - a soulless tyrant, thought to be dead - reclaims the Shotet throne, Akos believes his end is closer than ever. As Lazmet ignites a barbaric war, Cyra and Akos are desperate to stop him at any cost.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Needed to know

  • By Heather A. Henry on 04-14-18

A very good conclusion

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-18

I've seen a few reviews that said this novel was sexual. Nothing could be anything further from the truth. It is a YA series, and there may have been arguably a few pg-13 depictions of relationships that began in the first novel that grew deeper in this novel, that's it. I rarely ever read anything YA, but I enjoyed this duology very much. Carve the Mark was better, but the Dates Divide answered many question and provided an enjoyable conclusion.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Thunderhead

  • Arc of a Scythe
  • By: Neal Shusterman
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,035
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,832
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,821

Rowan and Citra take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom, putting them at odds, in the chilling sequel to the Printz Honor Book Scythe from New York Times best seller Neal Shusterman, author of the Unwind dystology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a roller coaster!!!

  • By Nathan on 01-15-18

What a gem

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

Reviewed: 03-24-18

I’ve only written a few reviews. I seem more motivated to review a novel that either surprises me, or is poorly reflected by others words. This novel and it’s predecessor are nothing short of fantastic as all the reviews indicate. The Arc of the Scythe which has more to come is categorized as Young Adult, and I would have loved to read the series when I was younger and be able to reflect on what I took out of them then in comparison to what they inspire in me now. They are compelling fast paced and easy to read while managing to be insanely thought provoking. Like everyone else I cannot wait for more.

  • Oathbringer

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 55 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27,372
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,790
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25,737

Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strong Storytelling, will upset Kaladin fans

  • By Deana on 11-16-17

Magnificient

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-18

It's hard to see poor reviews from people who claim to be Sanderson fans, who claim to be Science fiction fans. The general complaint is that the story didn't go the way they thought it would, it was unpredictable. This novel has the best pace of the three, we learn more about the main characters, yet it retains its complexity. Yes it leaves you wanting more, it's incredibly lengthy for one credit, it's the best book in the series.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ascendant: Book 1

  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,302
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,991

The Wizard's Council of Tarador was supposed to tell young Koren Bladewell that he is a wizard. They were supposed to tell everyone that he is not a jinx, that all the bad things that happen around him are because he can't control the power inside him, power he doesn't know about. The people of his village, even his parents, are afraid of him, afraid he is cursed. That he is a dangerous, evil jinx.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A skeptic entertained

  • By David M on 11-22-17

Wow

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

I really wanted to like Expeditionary Force, and maybe one day I will if I read it if. Listening to R.C. Bray is like listening to a smoker grating teeth on a chalk board. He’s perhaps the worst narrator ever and of ruined Alanson’s previous work for me.

This story is magnificent and for once I agree with some of the reviews in that it’s also frustrating. The fact that it’s intended to be frustrating helps Alanson pull it off. The characters in this novel are magnificent and i cannot see what happens next.

It is a book where characters are constantly tested by misunderstanding and the inability of people to pass messages well and yet that’s a fact of life. The details of a message often change drastically from the sources mouth until it eventually reaches the ears of the intended.

This is a gem, worth a few small minutes to review.

1 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Carve the Mark

  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Austin Butler, Emily Rankin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,947
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,790
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,786

On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a current gift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their current gifts, Akos and Cyra do not - their gifts make them vulnerable to others' control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives and reset the balance of power in this world?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good enough that I'll read the next one

  • By NMwritergal on 01-21-17

A daring step, superb story, and rare accomplishment

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-26-17

Health issues have resulted in me having more spare time than I would like. I read a great deal, but in recent years audible has been my prefered method of enjoying a story. I have listened to countless books, put in thoudands of hours, and would put my collection up against anyones. All that is simply to set up the fact that i cannot remember the last time i wrote a review. I should commit to doing them, but this novel by Veronica Roth in tandem with the performance Austin Butler and Emily Rankin left me compelled to comment.

I enjoyed the first Divergent novel, but was not enthusiastic about the next two novels in the trilogy. When I saw Veronica Roth's name on a novel that was reaching out to Star Wars fans, I was both skeptical and intrigued. Its been a while since ive listened or read something truly epic. Im talking Kingkiller Chronicles epic, or Game of Thrones epic, or even Star Wars epic. When I saw the description for Carve the Mark, i did not wait for my monthly audible credit, I purchased it, started it, and marathoned my way through it in under 2 days.

I dont want to risk any kind of spoiler. I want to simply highly recommend this novel whether you read or listen to this stellar performance. Be patient through the first two or three chapters they are a tad confusing. You will be rewarderd with a tale full of remarkably developed characters, a new and exciting world/galaxy, and a unique magic system that definitetly should intrigue Star Wars fans. While there are parallels between the "force," and the " current, " the ladder is original enough to atttract the rare population of science fiction and fantasy lovers who are not Star Wars fans.

This novel is nothing at all lime Divergent, its far more mature, and has infinitely more depth.

I loved it. It was the epic story I had been craving.

  • Off Armageddon Reef

  • Safehold Series, Book 1
  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 30 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,378

When Earth herself lay under siege by an enemy humankind could not defeat, mankind undertook one last throw of the dice: Operation Ark. Earth's final colonizing expedition was meant to build a new civilization, on a planet so distant even the Gbaba might never find it, and without the high-tech infrastructure whose emissions might betray its location.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • David Weber always good

  • By Alison on 09-08-07

Fantastic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-16

All the makings of an epoch scyfy saga. Alien threat, endangered humans, government, fanatical religion, and war.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Skyborn

  • By: David Dalglish
  • Narrated by: Joe Knezevich
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323

Six islands float high above the Endless Ocean, where humanity's final remnants are locked in brutal civil war. Their parents slain in battle, twins Kael and Brenna Skyborn are training to be Seraphim, elite soldiers of aerial combat who wield elements of ice, fire, stone, and lightning. When the invasion comes, they will take to the skies and claim their vengeance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A New Fantasy World to Love

  • By Eltic on 12-01-15

fantastic

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

Reviewed: 03-27-16

A well told entertaining story. Quality sci fi & fantasy all in one. I'll eagerly await the sequel, and check out Daiglish's other work.

  • Dawn of Wonder

  • The Wakening, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,155
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,083

When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instant Favorite

  • By Joe on 03-21-16

Simply Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 03-10-16

I used to tear through a four to five novels a month. Health issues contributed head aches that destroyed my concentration. Then I discovered audible and I Consume more novels than ever before. Every now and then I hear something truly special like Rothfuss and his King killer chronicles where waiting for the rest of the story becomes painful. I think when will I find a story that special again, one that will provide a vacation from the troubles of reality. In Dawn of Wonder Renshaw accomplished something truly rare. He told a remarkable story, developed a new world and gave life to characters that were fascinating and thought provoking. He also is one of those writers like Rothfuss who makes words sound beautiful. Now I am finished and begin the painful wait for a sequel. I will search for something, anything to fill the time, but it's hard to imagine another novel living up to Dawn of Wonder anytime soon. It's that good.

  • The Fifth Gospel

  • A Novel
  • By: Ian Caldwell
  • Narrated by: Jack Davenport
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,015
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,797
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,796

In 2004, as Pope John Paul II's reign enters its twilight, a mysterious exhibit is under construction at the Vatican Museums. A week before it is scheduled to open, its curator is murdered at a clandestine meeting on the outskirts of Rome. The same night a violent break-in rocks the home of the curator's research partner, Father Alex Andreou, a Greek Catholic priest who lives inside the Vatican with his five-year-old son.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Necessary Review of a Masterpiece

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-25-16

A Necessary Review of a Masterpiece

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-16

I have neither written many reviews nor read many. At times it seems futile. I've always found it simpler to read the summary to see if I'm interested and see how many people enjoyed the novel by checking out the star breakdown.

I broke habit with this novel and I saw some ludicrous things. No review of this novel should include any comparison or even mention the name Dan Brown (I am hypocritical in order to make a point). There is nothing about this novel that resembles any work Dan Brown has ever done. Sure this is material that would fascinate Brown, but this novel provides a different type of magic.

I love Dan Brown , he's my favorite airport author. I'll grab his latest before boarding and travel on the edge of my seat.

But Caldwell is no airport novelist. His novels especially this one are cerebral, packed with adjectives and emotion. The religious conspiracy is actually the secondary topic. This is a novel primarily about complex family relations. A father and son, an uncle and nephew, an abandoned husbands attempts to cope with the reemergence of his wife and his sons glee, and more than anything its about two brothers.

There is no basis for comparison. This is a novel I had to work through along with the fantastic narration because there was so much more to it than I expected. Why?? I read reviews that prepared me for a Brown like novel. This like Caldwell's other work was so !such more.

61 of 63 people found this review helpful