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  • Trading in Danger

  • Vatta's War, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Moon
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Holloway
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,254
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903

The first of the acclaimed Vatta's War books, the exciting military science fiction series that features a swashbuckling spaceship-captain heroine who mixes commerce with combat.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Recommend

  • By L'Aura on 11-28-09

Excellent story, narration so-so

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

I’ve read all these books multiple times and it was time to listen to them. Books are amazing! The narration was hard to get used to at first but then you hardly notice the odd style. Not to mention multiple mispronunciations that were distracting. Ultimately, it’s worth the $7.50 I paid since I already owned the kindle book.
Now I’m moving onto the second book! Very excited! Maybe the narrator fixed the weird stuff...

  • Spinning Silver

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,002
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,991

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father's inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty - until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Hardening her heart, the young woman sets out to claim what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. When an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk - grim fey creatures who seem more ice than flesh - Miryem's fate, and that of two kingdoms, will be forever altered. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite authors. Only 1 small complaint

  • By R. W. Olsen on 11-30-18

One of the best stories!

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

This book was AMAZING! The story captured me and my family almost right away. The story was not predictable at all. Every time I thought I knew what was going to happen, the author surprised me—right until the end! It was so great! I wish there was a part two! I was so happy I nearly cried! The author does a fantastic job of intertwining the story lines. I was on the edge of my seat many times as the lines brushed together and then apart, making you think you know what will happen, then taking you in a whole new direction. And details which are confusing in the beginning all become clear later. I really liked that. I can’t think of a single ‘why/how did...’ that wasn’t answered.

This book is pretty safe for maybe 10+. There was no profanity that I recall and the innuendo was uncomfortable but only because of the suggestion of what may happen, not what actually does. Kids probably won’t understand the subtlety. For example, there were several instances of male characters undressing or being nude and the female character’s reaction and a hint of what may happen, but then nothing ever does. It’s all very realistic and practical, but it can cause raised eyebrows and jumpiness to stop the audio if kids are around. Thankfully, those moments passed and we never had to stop listening.

My only critique is the narrator. It was extremely hard for the first few hours to figure out what was going on because her voices for the characters sound almost identical. There was no break to indicate a new story line had appeared and the voices sounded the same, so we were very confused for a long time. Even near the end we had to say, “Is this Wanda/Miryem...?”

Other than that, this is a book you should stick with. So so so worth every minute!

  • Edge of Apocalypse

  • By: Tim LaHaye, Craig Parshall
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522

Joshua Jordan’s new weapons defense system will secure America against an array of new enemies, including a nuclear strike on New York City by North Korea. But global forces are mounting and corrupt government leaders will go to any extreme to prevent an impending economic catastrophe. As world events begin setting the stage for the “end of days” foretold in Revelation, Jordan must weigh the personal price he must pay to save the nation he loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Becoming Reality

  • By Alliji on 01-22-12

Wow! Absolutely edge of your seat amazing!

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

I'm into apocalyptic thrillers nowadays and this one delivers 100%! Most of what I listen to is prepper stuff, so this was a refreshing departure. I suppose I see this as events leading up to the rapture--nuclear threats, severe political corruption, removal of freedoms, potential rise of the anti-Christ, etc. My kids and I are glued to the car when this book is playing. Pleas of, "Please, can we just listen just a little more? Please don't turn it off!" have accompanied all 11+ hours of listening. International political intrigue, assassin running amok in the country, cloak and dagger action...this book has it all! Totally excited for the next book and totally psyched that there are 3 more books to look forward to!
Family friendly and clear Christian values and the gospel message presented. Super duper A+!

  • Armageddon

  • Left Behind, Volume 11
  • By: Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270

Armageddon, the thrilling eleventh book in the best-selling inspirational series of all time, with over 40 million copies in print, continues the sweeping, apocalyptic saga of the end of time on planet earth and reaches new heights with a story listeners will never forget.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This series should have ended a long time ago

  • By hgpilot - MM on 04-02-17

Story is awesome. Narration stinks--falls flat

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

This book follows the remaining members of the Trib Force in the last days. It is just as good as the previous books, but for some reason Richard Ferrone decided to change it up. It is actually horrible. So horrible that I will just buy a paperback of the last book instead of listening to it. He tries to give accents to some characters sometimes, but they are awful. All the foreign accents are AWFUL. Terribly distracting. It's as if he just gives up trying.

Ultimately, the change of narrator at the 3/4 mark of the series was a serious mistake as it has shaken up listening expectations. The other narrator did a good job of differentiating the voices even though it was comical at times, but RF tries something similar and fails. It makes the book painful to listen to. Very disappointing.

  • EMP: Equipping Modern Patriots

  • With a Story of Survival
  • By: Jonathan Hollerman
  • Narrated by: Kent Clark
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,031
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 949
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 944

EMP: Equipping Modern Patriots is a harrowing story of survival after the destruction of the electric grid and nearly every electronic device in the country. Jonathan Hollerman paints a vivid and disturbing picture of society falling apart after an Electromagnetic Pulse attack against our nation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good, but with annoyances

  • By GreenAdam on 04-24-14

Excellent story, bad narration

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

I enjoyed this audiobook very much. My children liked it too, although it became uncomfortable towards the end and there was an 'SOB' shouted at one point. Kind of like Princess Bride where you scramble to turn it down but it's too late? Yeah, like that. Anyway, some other reviewers didn't like all the info about weapons, ammo, and food, but I did. I want to know what someone else is thinking and doing. The author did a good job of giving the proper details for someone who knows what they are looking for and for someone who is just curious. The story did seem far fetched at times, but who knows for sure? Again, most of these stories deal with people who have a higher than normal prepping attitude, some kind of military or law enforcement training, and apparently unlimited funds, so it can be over the average reader's head much of the time. I did like how the author showed the variety of attitudes that people may have during a crisis situation. Some people just will not get on board and it is frustrating! But that's very realistic as many people prefer to be ignorant or to try to hold on to a false reality.

The truly worst part was the narration. I don't know what that man's deal was. He could not change voices effectively AT ALL. When he did, it was ridiculously and painfully comical. The two main characters were okay and a few others, but even then, it was hard to distinguish who was speaking. When the character list got past 5 people, this guy could not handle it. The characters began sounding like cartoon villains with super fake accents. It made a serious book very silly at times. It really detracted from the story, especially towards the end.

Overall, this is a good book and I will be buying the rest in the series. (Different narrator for the rest).

  • Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Ramon De Ocampo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,921
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,931

The author of the Mistborn trilogy and Elantris, Brandon Sanderson is winning abundant praise for this rollicking - and unusual - tale. Alcatraz Smedry can’t exactly be described as someone who doesn’t break things. In fact, he breaks lots of things. The truth is, he’s a major klutz. Breaking things, however, might just be the ace in the hole he needs when he goes up against a cabal of nefarious (gasp!) librarians.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Entertaining + Great Narration

  • By JARED on 08-19-12

Surprisingly awesome!

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

My family really enjoyed this book. It's another great one from B. Sanderson. I've either listened to or read nearly all of his books and I haven't been disappointed yet. This book (and the entire series) is kind of different. It's definitely for kids, but much of the humor is something only an adult would understand, so it's pretty cool in that regard. There'd be some exchange of dialogue and I'd be laughing like crazy and my kids would be scratching their heads in confusion. I appreciate that he involves multiple generations of readers/listeners in his stories. An adult can gain just as much enjoyment as their child and its something that can be done as a family. And it's clean! I NEVER worry about profanity or anything beyond mild innuendo in his stories. That's getting harder and harder to come by these days.

The concept is very interesting--that librarians are evil and trying to brainwash us with their own versions of history, geography, and science. Very anti-establishment in a silly way, but not really. Know what I mean? I was totally diggin' it!

If you're getting this now, be glad all the books are out because it's a definite binge-listen.

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  • Calamity

  • The Reckoners, Book 3
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,379
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,854
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,816

When Calamity lit up the sky, the Epics were born. David's fate has been tied to their villainy ever since that historic night. Steelheart killed his father. Firefight stole his heart. And now Regalia has turned his closest ally into a dangerous enemy. David knew Prof's secret and kept it even when Prof struggled to control the effects of his Epic powers. But facing Obliteration in Babilar was too much. Once the Reckoners' leader, Prof has now embraced his Epic destiny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Climactic Battles Second Chances? as Calamity Ends

  • By Don Gilbert on 02-18-16

Sparks! Please don't let it be over!

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

Reviewed: 10-07-17

I actually cried a little bit during this book! It was SO good! The best part is that its good, clean fun for the whole family. Super exciting, like on the edge of your seat exciting. Unexpected twists and turns. Very hard to put down. Well, turn off anyway. There was always a near-mutiny in the car when I had to turn off the book and we had to do real stuff. I really hope this isn't the end. Books like these are either too juvenile for an adult listener, or contain 'adult' things that no child ought to be listening to. That is NOT the case for this series. It's just the right mixture of humor, suspense, and violence that will keep any listener interested. And I never have to have my kids use 'earmuffs' for anything inappropriate.

This book wraps up the series nicely and in unexpected ways, but I hope it's not the end.

  • Morning Star

  • Book III of the Red Rising Trilogy
  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 21 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27,003
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,163
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25,115

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society's mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It doesn't get much better than this!

  • By Audre on 03-24-16

Way too much profanity! Not cool. Unnecessary

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

Reviewed: 06-23-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

He could have taken out all the profanity. It was excessive. I had to put the iPod down because it was just too much. Really disappointing.

What did you like best about this story?

The plot is a real page-turner. You never know what's going to happen next, although you think you will

Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

They all were amazing!

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

The story was always one of eager anticipation. Literally on the edge of my seat.

Any additional comments?

So, the first book in this series, Red Rising, has a tiny bit of profanity. It was widely scattered and easily overlooked. The second book, Golden Son, had about double the occurrences of cussing. This was more troubling, but I was invested in the story and so chose to press on. This book, Morning Star, was CRAZY with the profanity! I mean, every word was there--MF'er, F-bomb, Sh word and all the rest. FREQUENTLY. It was too much. I was so disappointed to stop listening, but I'd prefer not to have my ears filled with that kind of garbage. The thing is, it's never necessary! His writing was dramatic and realistic enough without the added cussing. He could have appealed to a much wider audience had he removed those words altogether. I am truly upset because I want to enjoy audio books with my older children. This is something I wouldn't approve of them listening to, so I had to give it up as well. Too bad!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Golden Son

  • Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy
  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27,046
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,013
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,939

Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Modern Classic Which Will Endure

  • By HMW on 01-09-15

Absolutely Thrilling! (Contains lots of profanity)

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

Reviewed: 06-18-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Golden Son to be better than the print version?

Haven't read the print version.

Who was your favorite character and why?

They are all really amazing. I like Ragnar because of his loyalty and strength.

What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I am living the story! This narrator is amazing. I totally forget that he is one person doing all the voices, but that's the mark of an excellent narrator.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh my! Yes Yes Yes! But it's hard as I couldn't ignore my children! I desperately wanted to though so I could just listen to the book.

Any additional comments?

Oh my goodness was this book amazing! There are so many ups and downs and twists and turns. You never really know what is going to happen. The book ends with a TERRIBLE cliffhanger! I'm so glad I came upon this trilogy after it was already completed so I can dive directly into the next book. However, parents be aware that there is lots of cussing in the book. The D word, SH word, B word and Bloody (but that's not really profanity to an American), are all in here and it is pretty frequent. Definitely a book I listened to on my headphones and not in the car with the kids. Besides all that, this is a masterful book narrated by a master. You will enjoy it immensely!

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,313

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, what a performance and what a story

  • By Jared G on 08-27-16

Excellent story! Contains profanity--be cautioned

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

Reviewed: 06-15-17

Would you listen to Red Rising again? Why?

Maybe. The story is amazing and I was eager to finish, but I don't like listening to stories the whole family can't enjoy.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Darrow, Sevro, and Pax. Darrow is such a wonderfully rich character. I enjoyed his journey very much. I love Sevro because he's such a nonconformist. People underestimate him and I can understand how it makes him feel. He always has surprises up his sleeves. And Pax. Who wouldn't love a beast of a man? Loyal and true!

What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

I looked him up after listening to Dawn of Wonder, which is also a fabulous book. He's just awesome. There's something about the Irish accent that just pulls me in. I can't help it.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I don't know! This would be an awesome movie, but I doubt they'd get it right.

Any additional comments?

Parents, be aware that there is profanity in this book, as well as lots in the next. I wish there weren't because I KNOW they would LOVE this story. Too bad. They can choose to listen when they are older.