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  • Master & Apprentice (Star Wars)

  • By: Claudia Gray
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,736
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,478
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,469

An unexpected offer threatens the bond between Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi as the two Jedi navigate a dangerous new planet and an uncertain future. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I've wanted this... sorta

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-18-19

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 05-31-19

Interesting book. Strong deep characters. Fun twists and turns. Primary plot line needed clean up.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Words of Radiance

  • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 48 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 50,551
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 47,287
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 47,264

In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radiance" shines

  • By Don Gilbert on 03-08-14

needs an editor

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

Reviewed: 02-22-19

This one has a lot of material that didn't feel critical and slowed the story down for me. the parts that matter are great but were far apart. A condensed version might have worked better for me. I'm debating whether to continue the series.

  • The Way of Kings

  • Book One of The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 45 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 60,335
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 54,910
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 54,900

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!

  • By Lore on 03-31-12

expertly written & well cast audiobook

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

Great story, interesting characters, and a deeply layered fantasy setting await. Yes you should read or listen to this one.

My critique? Considering I know I couldn't do better or even have solutions to some of the problems, I want to point out the flaws to this gemstone.

The female characters did not have satisfying story arcs. As well. they were not well written. Sanderson is not alone in this. He doesn't seem to be able to get into the minds of these characters as he does his other protagonists. There were moments I had hoped they had Le Guines level of philosophical insight, but the opportunity was missed. Instead they feel as if they are sounding boards or expositional two dimensional characters. I hope that will change in future books, which I plan to read.

There also seemed to be moments dedicated as exposition for future storylines, which broke the narrative flow for me. Sandersons strengths are in story and character, verses wordsmithing, so this poses a problem for me. Distant tavern life didn't need to play a role as far as I can surmise.

That said what works best is Sandersons ability to repeatedly raise the stakes, making each small victory feel valuable. I kept rooting for the heroes and cheered when they made a difference in their worlds.

That said, enjoy the adventure, this shows us what fantasy can be.