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  • Skyward

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,319
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,215
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,217

From Brandon Sanderson, the number one New York Times best-selling author of the Reckoners series, Words of Radiance, and the internationally best-selling Mistborn series, comes the first book in an epic new series about a girl who dreams of becoming a pilot in a dangerous world at war for humanity's future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Imagination and Brilliance

  • By Dogboy on 11-08-18

Teenager SF

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

I hadn't realized this was categories as "Teen" by Audible until I was a few chapters into the book. Even as a "Teen" book, I found the writing to be geared more towards younger teens then older teens. On the positive side of things, there was no insta-love going on.

The story premise was interesting and there were a few original bits. The writing style just made the story drag. When I can skip most of a chapter and still understand what is happening, then I feel it's filler that adds nothing to the story. I guess my biggest issue was I wanted to care what happened to Spensa but I just couldn't. I can't put my finger on why though. She was the typical spunky tomboy who was going to show the world what she could do. I liked that part of her. I think it was her reactions to some events, they just didn't seem to fit with the personality.

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  • Ted and Ann

  • The Mystery of a Missing Child and Her Neighbor Ted Bundy
  • By: Rebecca Morris
  • Narrated by: Lee Ann Howlett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

Ted Bundy killed at least 35 girls and women, and possibly hundreds. Was his first victim eight-year-old Ann Marie Burr who disappeared from their Tacoma, Washington neighborhood in 1961? Her body was never found and there were no clues, just two tenacious detectives who spent the rest of their lives trying to solve the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Two stories intertwined

  • By Karen on 10-01-13

It's not really about Ted or Ann

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

This book tries to tie the disappearance and probably murder of Ann to Ted but it relies on speculation and coincidence to do so rather then fact and logic.

I had bought this book thinking it would lay out, in some coherent manner, how Ted came to abduct Ann, or at least detail the evidence. It didn't, instead it speculated, talked about other possible suspects, some who were much better suspects in my opinion. I think the author used the infamy of Ted Bundy coincidence to propel sales.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Scorpio Races

  • By: Maggie Stiefvater
  • Narrated by: Steve West, Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,119

With her trademark lyricism, Maggie Stiefvater turns to a new world, where a pair are swept up in a daring, dangerous race across a cliff—with more than just their lives at stake should they lose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stiefvater at Her Best

  • By Staaj on 07-01-12

Boring and confusing.

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

This book tells the story of Puck, really Kate. Puck live on an island with her two brothers and this island is surrounded by flesh eating horses that live in the sea. To save her house she enters the Scorpio Races which involves racing said flesh eating horses... but not really. At least not in Puck's case since she's going to ride her pony, a nice natural pony named dove.

About the only interesting character was Fin, Puck's younger brother. Gabe, the older brother, seems to be more plot device then anything else. His main role is to announce that he's leaving the island, thus propelling Puck into entering the race, mainly to keep him on the island. We only learn later that Puck needs the prize money to save the house.

The time/place is also confusion. Given the cars I suspect it's around the early 1920s or 30s. At first I thought the island was Britain but it's said the mainland was "several hours away by boat" and California is mentioned.

The book's description sounded pretty cool but most of the book is spent following Puck who mops about her big brother leaving and training her pony. the other part of the book is Sean (Shawn?) who's the reigning champion of the Scorpio Races. His motivations were clear and the ending did him and his mount justice. Still even his story dragged. When I can skip entire chapters and still follow what's going on, I take that as a bad sign.

  • An Irish Country Cottage

  • An Irish Country Novel, Book 13
  • By: Patrick Taylor
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

The New Year brings challenges and changes to the colorful Irish village of Ballybucklebo. The Christmas holidays have barely passed before a fire engulfs the humble thatched cottage housing of Donal Donnally and his family. Although the family escapes the blaze more or less unsinged, Donal, his wife, their three small children, and their beloved dog find themselves with nothing left but the clothes on their back.    

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not a lot of Doctoring but a lots of Polotics.

  • By Douglas on 10-25-18

Not a lot of Doctoring but a lots of Polotics.

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

I don't know if the author is growing bored or just couldn't think of much but for a book about doctors, we don't get a lot of doctor work in this one. I think the biggest drawback is that the author introduces the a new doctor who's Catholic. Instead of spending time getting to know her, the author uses her religion as a vehicle to discuss the struggle between the loyalists and the non-loyalist factions.

What attracted to me to the earlier series was the cases the doctors has to solve. Yes there was drama but it was always secondary to the medical goings on. In this book it's reversed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Warday

  • By: Whitley Strieber, James Kunetka
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 163

Five years after a "limited" nuclear war, two survivors journey across America. They - and you - will discover what is left of our way of life, the depth of the devastation, and the hopes of a new society desperately struggling to be born.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have a new favorite narrator!

  • By ANGIE on 08-26-15

"We never learned..."

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

Reviewed: 10-20-18

This book is really not a story of two travelers but a self-insertion of how the authors view post-nuclear war US.

Neither is sympathetic. Whitley, who's hiding in a church with his family describes how two children lost both of their parents but "I never learned what became of the Parker girls." Which shows just how self-absorbed he is. His wife isn't very believable either. I mean there was a nuclear attack and she thought of her son but she just so happens to think that she should grab food just in case?

We also hear the refrain, "I/We never learned what happened to ???" Then why bring them into the story?

Since I didn't care about the two authors I didn't care about their tale either.

  • The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States

  • By: Jeffrey Lewis
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States is an exciting piece of "speculative fiction." The novel posits that there was a nuclear attack against the US on March 21, 2020 by North Korea, and that a national bipartisan commission was created to investigate what and how it happened. It's pretty scary stuff.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a book!

  • By Alan on 10-20-18

Strong start and weak ending

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

The book started off good and held my interest but as it neared the end my interest started to vanish.

My biggest issues with the book include:
1) Repetition - the author repeats information when it's not needed.
2) Contradicts preceding text - for example the author writes that the attack on Guam failed. Further int he text he states that there was heavy loss of life at the Guam military base. Even later the author reverses himself.
3) The ending was sucked dry of all emotion. I wasn't invested in the consequences of the attack.
4) The secret service - completely absent except for a brief mention near the end.

I wish the author had crafted the later part of the book as he had crafted the beginning section.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Likeness

  • Dublin Murder Squad, Book 2
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Grainne Gillis
  • Length: 21 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

Still traumatised by her brush with a psychopath, Detective Cassie Maddox transfers out of the murder squad and starts a relationship with fellow detective Sam O'Neill. When he calls her to the scene of his new case, she is shocked to find that the murdered girl is her double. What's more, her ID shows she is Lexie Madison - the identity Cassie used years ago as an undercover detective.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Cops with morals

  • By Douglas on 10-10-18

Cops with morals

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

The first few pages of the book had hooked and I wanted to find out who this "Lexi Madison" person was. Unfortunately, this excitement and interest in the mystery evaporated as the head of an undercover branch for the Irish police came up with a wild, cruel idea. Since this happens very close to the book it's not really a spoiler. Two of the three police are of the "ends justify the means" type.

In the end they ruin four people's lives and don't get more then a smack to the fingers and a wink while being told not to do such things again. This turned me off.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Iron Dragoons

  • Terran Armor Corps, Book 1
  • By: Richard Fox
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,660
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,564

Soldiers of the Terran Armor Corps wage war across the stars. Wired into mechanized battle suits, they fight the terrifying battles which must be won, no matter the cost. Their deeds are legend, their reputation feared by the enemies of Earth and her allies, but how the Corps forges young men and women into mighty warriors is shrouded by mystery. Roland Shaw lost his parents to war, he volunteers for the Armor Corps to honor their memory and discover just how far he can push himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely hands-down favorite

  • By Wes on 11-25-17

An Okay book

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

If I had reviewed the book immediately after finishing it, I likely would have given the story three starts. Some time away form the book has let me considered things.

One thing I found very refreshing was very little swearing and when it does occur, it's typically justified because of the emotions the character is feeling. So many Military SF books seem to need to use curse words for verbal commas that not having to wade through such trash is nice.

My most serious complaint about the story is that the "Armor" doesn't face anything that can seriously hurt it until the very end and then even then there's no tension. The outcome is fairly obvious. I think that's a shame because as it is written now, the ending was really anticlimactic.

I didn't like the character of Ignar, the voice the narrator used while excellent didn't help that Ignar is really aarcastic and I rarely like sarcastic characters.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Stay of Execution

  • Onset, Book 4
  • By: Glynn Stewart
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 287

The long and bloody war with the vampires in the United States has finally ended, thanks to the efforts of the vampire Arbiter and ONSET Commander David White - and a nuclear explosion on American soil. The final battle proves harder to conceal than hoped, however, and a series of high profile incidents end any chance of hiding the supernatural. Suddenly, the world is faced with the fact that it is both more wonderful and more terrible than humanity ever realized. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hell Yeah

  • By Brett on 10-07-18

Reluctant 2 stars

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

This book was much more interesting then the first three. That said I'm not willing to forgive the Mary Sue character of David because of what happened in this book. David struggled against the enemy in this book but those struggles didn't make a lot of sense given what happened in the previous books.

The ending was... almost cartoon-ish and anticlimactic.

One particularly annoying aspect of David's character is his Seer abilities. He's told at one point that his abilities will grow with age. Given what happens earlier in the book that means he'll eventually become an omnipotent character. Not even a moment is spent in him considering this or what the implications are. He's been so stoked with power that this revelation is just another check mark on his way to being a god.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nevernight

  • The Nevernight Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Jay Kristoff
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 20 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,899
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,893

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father's failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father's former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer and a future she never imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just try it....

  • By Devontay on 10-27-16

Graphic langauge and violance

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

Graphic sex, violence and lots of swearing. The swearing part was just annoying since it didn't really add anything to the story.

Mia is the central focus of the novel but not the main character, that role goes to our narrator who tells Mia's story. It works but sometimes this odd 3rd person style of story telling gets in the way. There's also footnotes and Holter Graham does a wonderful job blending the main text and the footnotes together. Unfortunately some of the footnotes are so long that it yanked me out of the story.

The novel was split into "books".

Book 1: was a struggle to get through. After a muddled prologue we get chapters that are split into two. the first containing part of Mia's backstory the second containing what Mia is doing in the present. Add in the footnotes and this section was almost mind numbing and I never really connected with any of the characters.

Book 2: Better than Book 1. We see Mia training and there's some decent pacing and a lot of the magic system is laid out on display in this section. The teachers who are training Mia are fairly interesting through we only learn a little about each of them. there is something of a love affair but it's not an insta-love.

Book 3: This is where ti starts to fall apart. I can't explain why without giving spoilers.

I won't be reading the sequel.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful