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  • Star Wars: Lost Stars

  • By: Claudia Gray
  • Narrated by: Pierce Cravens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,814
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,365

This thrilling young adult novel gives listeners a macro view of some of the most important events in the Star Wars universe, from the rise of the Rebellion to the fall of the Empire. Listeners will experience these major moments through the eyes of two childhood friends - Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell - who have grown up to become an Imperial officer and a Rebel pilot. Now on opposite sides of the war, will these two star-crossed lovers reunite, or will duty tear them - and the galaxy - apart?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cure for the Aftermath Blues

  • By Matt H. on 09-18-15

95% Awesomeness.

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

Reviewed: 10-19-16

Claudia Gray is a fantastic writer. I like Bloodlines, and this is nearly on par with that. My only complaint, if any, was her few choice Earth phrases that stopped me short and pulled me out of the story. "You went back to your home planet to bang your ex?" Is an actual line from this book. Haha.

Also, it is listed as a young adult book, bc young adults are the main characters, but I wouldn't recommend it for under 14 years old. There is a bit of sex in the book. It's not much, and actually fits very well in developing the characters, but might be a bit more than a 13 year old needs when developing their understanding of relationships on this planet.

Overall, I give it a 9/10.

  • New Earth

  • The Grand Tour, Book 18
  • By: Ben Bova
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 278

We’ve found another Earthlike planet, but what secrets does it hold? The entire world is thrilled by the discovery of a new, Earthlike planet. Advance imaging shows that the planet has oceans of water and a breathable, oxygen-rich atmosphere. Eager to learn more, an exploration team is soon dispatched to explore the planet, now nicknamed New Earth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting plot, dated and simplistic writing.

  • By mahoneko on 11-20-15

One word: Boring.

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

Reviewed: 09-11-16

I have five hours left in this book, and I'm giving up. The writing is so dry and the narrator is so monotone that I can't do it anymore.

I *think* it might be an interesting story, if it were written by someone who understood pacing a bit more. This only touches the most basic science, so it feels more like it was written in the 1950's instead of 2013. And the bare exposition is more reminiscent of Larry Niven, but not in a good way. If this book were made into a movie, literally every character would be played by Ben Stein.

  • Tarkin: Star Wars

  • By: James Luceno
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,765
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,754

He’s the scion of an honorable and revered family. A dedicated soldier and distinguished legislator. Loyal proponent of the Republic and trusted ally of the Jedi Order. Groomed by the ruthless politician and Sith Lord who would be Emperor, Governor Wilhuff Tarkin rises through the Imperial ranks, enforcing his authority ever more mercilessly…. and zealously pursuing his destiny as the architect of absolute dominion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid, but not earth-shattering

  • By kalei on 11-20-14

Luceno does it again

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

Reviewed: 07-29-16

Tarkin was a fantastic book. Luceno does a great job of creating multi-faceted conflict, and he has you rooting for Tarkin & Vader even though you know what monsters they are.

Production is top notch, and the narrator was excellent.

And, as with all my Star Wars reviews, I'll say it again: with such incredible writers as this in the Star Wars toolbox, why did Disney ever hire Chuck Wendig? Books like this truly highlight the differences between a true master and a rank amateur.

  • Star Wars: Bloodline - New Republic

  • By: Claudia Gray
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,821
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,796

From the New York Times best-selling author of Star Wars: Lost Stars comes a thrilling novel set in the years before the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Circ on 05-26-16

This book renewed my faith...

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

Reviewed: 06-13-16

The pre-Disney era included authors like Timothy Zahn and James Luceno, who were masters of their trade and their understanding of the Star Wars universe. Post-Disney has been a mixed bag. Alan Dean Foster: high standards, but wordy delivery and slow pacing. Then there is Chuck Wendig's Aftermath trilogy, which was an absolute train wreck. It was full of the worst-written token characters I've ever seen. Given what we've seen from Kathleen Kennedy, I was sure that Star Wars was ditching everything that made it a great piece of storytelling in favor of being an activism platform. I was hesitant to buy Bloodline because of that, but after a few weeks of good reviews, I decided to give it a fair chance. Man, am I glad I did.

Claudia Gray has delivered a tale just as full of intrigue and interest as the past authors I revered. I was more skeptical than most readers about this book, and I HIGHLY recommend it.

Star Wars audiobooks are produced with enough soundtrack and ambient noise to make you feel like you're watching a movie.

Finally, January LaVoy sounds a lot like young Carrie Fisher, and her range and subtlety were a welcome surprise.

  • Star Wars: Darth Plagueis

  • By: James Luceno
  • Narrated by: Daniel Davis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,591
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,461
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,435

Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor. as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • See Episodes I-III in a whole new light!!!

  • By kalei on 11-09-12

My new favorite Star Wars novel.

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

Reviewed: 06-05-16

Wow. This is the screenplay that should've been the first half of Episode I. If anything, I lament the fact that Disney dumped works like this in favor of Chuck Wendig's Aftermath, which was an absolute train wreck. The difference in the sheer caliber of writing is excruciatingly palpable. The production value gets an A+ as well. The narrator was exquisite for the roles and voices he portrayed, and the sound quality and ambient effects added a lot to the experience. We can only hope that once Kathleen Kennedy is finished using Star Wars as an activism platform dumping ground, Disney wises up and brings back authors like this to once again do Star Wars some real justice.

  • Hex

  • By: Thomas Olde Heuvelt
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,008
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 940
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 934

Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a 17th-century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children's beds for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened, or the consequences will be too terrible to bear.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dark Story...Odd Narrator

  • By Mr. Richard Smith on 08-08-16

A masterful tragedy

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

Reviewed: 05-18-16

Don't expect a happy little ending, but do expect a fantastically woven tale about the deprave depths of the human heart and its everlasting consequences.

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  • Outage Boxed Set: Books 1-3

  • By: T.W. Piperbrook
  • Narrated by: Troy Duran
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 307

When an early snow ravages the small town of Plainfield, the residents are stripped of heat, power, and mobility. They'll soon wish they had protection. Somewhere outside, something else is lurking. Waiting for the chance to strike...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved it !

  • By Deborah Salimena on 08-02-15

Excellent, twisted tragedy

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

Reviewed: 05-11-16

I was looking for a good werewolf book, but 90% of them are Twilight-like romance books for teen girls. Thankfully, I found this book, and it was a fantastic horror novel that really did werewolves justice. The suspense was real, the energy and pacing were frantic, and the twists. Oh, the twists. You won't see them coming, and that makes them all the more valuable.

I almost didn't buy this book based on a few negative reviews, but they were wrong. Those reviewers were obviously just looking for a happy ending, and this book does not provide that. It's a great piece of writing.

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • By: Alan Dean Foster
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,087

More than 30 years ago, Star Wars burst onto the big screen and became a cultural phenomenon. Now the next adventures in this blockbuster saga are poised to captivate old and new fans alike - beginning with the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And alongside the cinematic debut comes the thrilling novel adaptation by New York Times best-selling science fiction master Alan Dean Foster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Adds a bit to the Movie

  • By Brad on 12-22-15

Strong story, but excruciating pacing

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

Reviewed: 05-06-16

Foster does a decent job of fleshing out TFA. I would comment that requiring an extra novel to explain glaring mistakes in the film is really lazy writing, but Foster worked with what he had.

The production value is great, and the narrator does a fantastic job- even closely matching the voices from the film.

If I have one gripe, it is that Foster likes extra words. He expounds on everything, and it drags the pacing to a snail's pace. For instance, the 4-second scene where Finn and Rey were running toward a ship, it blew up, so they veered to the Falcon was a full five minutes of conversation! The story was fine, but as a novel, it seemed to drag on. It took me way too long to finish it, because it was a slog to get through.

  • Aftermath: Star Wars

  • Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • By: Chuck Wendig
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,093
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,462
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10,439

The second Death Star has been destroyed, the emperor killed, and Darth Vader struck down. Devastating blows against the Empire and major victories for the Rebel Alliance. But the battle for freedom is far from over. As the Empire reels from its critical defeats at the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance - now a fledgling New Republic - presses its advantage by hunting down the enemy's scattered forces before they can regroup and retaliate. But above the remote planet Akiva, an ominous show of the enemy's strength is unfolding.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing and Frustrating

  • By Jason on 09-08-15

Pointless filler from Disney's marketing dept.

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

Reviewed: 11-30-15

This book was quite disappointing- not just when stacked against its "alternate" rival Truce at Bakura (which was an infinitely more satisfying story)- but nothing worthwhile happened. Characters I don't care about went to places I don't care about and did meaningless things. I don't know if the failing is Chuck Wendig's, or if his wrists were tied due to a Disney gag order on anything substantial, but this story was just fluff meant to take up space in the market before TFA is released. That sounds more like the kind of thing that Disney does- market saturation until we're so tired of it that we just want it to go away- but I've never read anything else from Wendig. This story doesn't really make me want to invest any time in Chuck's other books, though. His overuse of what are basically Star Wars memes were punctuated by his constantly stating that TIE fighters just flew overhead- presumably to remind me that I'm even listening to a Star Wars book. It was verging on ridiculous. I'm also not sure if Chuck came up with the storyline or if it was fed to him to simply flesh out, but whoever developed this tale just doesn't understand what Star Wars fans are actually looking for. It was full of action and solid pacing, but was not engaging enough to make me want anything more.

All in all, this was a waste of time and money. The narration and production value are extremely high, but the story itself fell flat on its face. The only reason I'm not returning the book is because I fear that may also delete this review, and I think it's more important to warn people to "Move along. Move along."

  • Christian Nation

  • By: Frederic C. Rich
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

When President McCain dies and Sarah Palin becomes president, the listener, along with the nation, stumbles down a terrifyingly credible path toward theocracy, realizing too late that the Christian right meant precisely what it said. In the spirit of Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America, one of America’s foremost lawyers lays out in chilling detail what such a future might look like: Constitutional protections dismantled; all aspects of life dominated by an authoritarian law called “The Blessing.”

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You will either love or hate this book

  • By Allan on 02-22-15

MUST read! Perfect balance to 299 Days!

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

Reviewed: 07-16-15

CHALLENGE TO CHRISTIANS: I am a Christian, but also a strong Constitutionalist. Our laws matter, and the Constitutional Republic is the way that our laws protect the minority views against mob rule. Every single time in this book that you find yourself silently cheering for the way that Christianity finally quashes evil, I want you to mentally reverse the entire story and put Islam in Christianity's place. THAT'S the danger of a theocracy. Now take it to real life. Every bill we pass giving preferential treatment to OUR religion (prayer, 10 Commandments, etc) systematically destroys the very thing that had kept us free to worship as we like without persecution. Those laws can easily be flipped in the next administration to outlaw the very religion you revel in it protecting. As an American, please remember that.

This is a perfect balance to the 299 Days series. As in, two sides of the exact same coin. In 299 Days, America's freedoms are lost to a liberal agenda. In Christian Nation, it falls to a conservative one. In both novels, the enemy is NOT the right or the left. It is COMPLACENCY and an apathetic view toward our Constitutional Republic. This is a smart, researched, well thought out and well-written story that deserves some thought. Every American should include this book in their Orwellian collection, and truly take it to heart.

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