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  • Stardust

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,085
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,320

Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he'll retrieve the star and bring it back for her. It is this promise that sends Tristran on the most unforgettable adventure of his life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is an ADULT fairytale

  • By Rebecca on 01-25-08

I don't get it

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

Pure fantasy with fairy love (and lust) stories apparently isn't my genre... though this was highly recommended, it's just not for me

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,354
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27,908
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,845

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci Fi I didn't know I wanted

  • By Gary Glenn on 06-27-17

Great story, plus the main character is interestin

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

This story is a great balance of drama, humor, sci-fi, character development, and absurdity. Each of the stereotypical components is weaved into a whole that is much greater than the sum of the parts! Definitely looking forward to book 2!
#gladigaveitachanceafterthestereotypicalopening #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques

  • By: James Hynes, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: James Hynes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,341

From evoking a scene to charting a plot to revising your drafts, Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques offers a master class in storytelling. Taught by award-winning novelist James Hynes, a former visiting professor at the famed Iowa Writers' Workshop, these 24 insightful lectures show you the ins and outs of the fiction writer's craft.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Theory AND Practice

  • By Madeleine on 11-19-15

Wonderful guide for aspiring writers

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

Lecturer presents a great set of guidelines, but goes beyond that to personal insights that add a lot of value

  • Legion: Skin Deep

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,929
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,510

As the new story begins, Leeds and his "aspects" are hired by I3 (Innovative Information Incorporated) to recover a corpse stolen from the local morgue. But there's a catch. The corpse is that of a pioneer in the field of experimental biotechnology, a man whose work concerned the use of the human body as a massive storage device. He may have embedded something in the cells of his now dead body. And that something might be dangerous.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Multiple personalities detective agency

  • By Silicon Valley Geek on 02-08-15

Great story but a little short

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

Reviewed: 05-13-18

Just when it gets fully wound up, it's over :^(. Great story with great innovative characters, but I wish it were longer!

  • I, Robot

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,163

They mustn't harm a human being, they must obey human orders, and they must protect their own existence...but only so long as that doesn't violate rules one and two. With these Three Laws of Robotics, humanity embarked on a bold new era of evolution that would open up enormous possibilities, and unforeseen risks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forget the violence - Read this one for the humor

  • By Herb on 02-19-05

Classic stories!! Great lessons. Even if some social values are outdated

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

One of my favorite books of all time. Still relevant today when you focus on the stories and lessons

  • Catalyst (Star Wars)

  • A Rogue One Novel
  • By: James Luceno
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,390
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,369

The must-have prequel novel to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - the upcoming film, set before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, that reveals the untold story of the rebel effort to steal the plans to the Death Star!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing prequel to Rogue One.

  • By M.S. Valdez on 12-27-16

Not much of a story here, just fills in the gap

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

Was hoping for more of an actual story, rather than just filling in the gap in the canon timeline.

  • Dawn

  • Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Vol. 1
  • By: Yoshiki Tanaka, Daniel Huddleston - translator
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400

"The Golden Brat", Reinhard von Lohengramm, a military prodigy and admiral of the Galactic Empire, has ambitions beyond protecting the borders or even defeating the empire's enemies. He seeks to overthrow the old order and become a truly absolute - yet benevolent - dictator. His rival, the humble Yang Wen-li of the Free Planets Alliance, wishes to preserve democracy even if he must sacrifice his political ideals to defeat the empire.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of "telling", but fails to paint a picture

  • By Ryan on 11-09-17

Space opera always painting the next scene’s backdrop

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

This is a neo-nazi story of the galactic empire and its struggles with a band of rebels. The author tried too hard to come up with a steady stream of German-sounding names and sprinkled too many Nazi concepts in. It’s as if this book tries to write a 9-movie script outline to rival Star Wars. There’s even an unlikely kid hero who infiltrates an artificial world with a mega weapon to defeat its arrogant commander. 90% of the text is declaring the background, in just 10% does anything happen. It poses itself as a future history in order to do so. I really tried to like it, but had to skip to the next chapter 3 times and only could get half way through. It’s unlike me to give up on a book.

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  • Under a Tell-Tale Sky

  • Disruption, Book 1
  • By: R.E. McDermott
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,072
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 992
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 986

When a massive solar flare fries the electrical grid, Captain Jordan Hughes' problems are just starting. Stranded far from home with a now-priceless cargo of fuel and a restless crew, Hughes weighs his options as violence worsens ashore and the world crumbles around the secure little world of his ship, the Pecos Trader.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Guy-tainment in a Post Apocalyptic World

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 08-19-17

Prepper porn

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

If you’re into prepper porn, you’ll probably like this. I’m not. Well written disaster aftermath story otherwise.

  • Gone

  • Gone Series, Book 1
  • By: Michael Grant
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 305
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274

In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young. There are teens, but not one single adult. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no Internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened. Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents - unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers - that grow stronger by the day. It's a terrifying new world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I wish I had other reviews before starting

  • By Rebecca Loa on 07-28-17

Great story but geared for teens

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

If you’re only looking for adult-level literature, this great story may annoy you with its “rounding off the edges” typical of juvenile fiction

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Station Eleven

  • By: Emily St. John Mandel
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,885
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,225
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,230

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Alternative Dystopian Viewpoint

  • By CScott on 12-20-16

Wonderful dynamic story

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

Reviewed: 02-19-18

I really enjoyed this story, beyond lost other good stories I’ve read. The architecture of the story is fascinating but its pleasant to inspect each component too.