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  • Full Tilt

  • By: Neal Shusterman
  • Narrated by: Josh Bloomberg
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 303

Sixteen-year-old Blake has always been the responsible one in his dysfunctional family. Quinn is his brother's opposite - a thrill-seeker who's always chasing the next scary rush. Quinn and Blake are in for the surprise of their lives when they're thrust into the world of a bizarre phantom carnival - and their souls are the price of admission. In order to save his brother, and himself, Blake must survive seven different carnival rides before dawn. Seven rides sounds easy. But each ride is full of unexpected dangers, because each ride is a reflection of one of Blake's deepest fears.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Trials and Rides

  • By Jonas Lee on 01-07-19

decent YA novel

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

Reviewed: 04-25-19

its one of those novels about a character who needs to grow emotionally and does throughout the story. totally decent YA novel that ditches a lot of the normal tropes. this is probably written for like a 9th grade/14 year old

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  • Blackwing

  • Raven's Mark, Book 1
  • By: Ed McDonald
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

Bounty hunter Ryhalt Galharrow has breathed Misery dust for 20 bitter years. When he's ordered to locate a masked noblewoman at a frontier outpost, he finds himself caught in the middle of an attack by the Deep Kings, one that signifies they may no longer fear the Engine. Only a formidable show of power from the very woman he is seeking, Lady Ezabeth Tanza, repels the assault.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very strong start to a promising series

  • By Twain on 10-22-17

Loved the ending!

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

Reviewed: 04-09-19

The ending reminded me of Brandon Sanderson style and i loved it. Took me a little while to get into and pick up all the threads of the story. The world building is fantastic and the characters and their complex relationships with each other make this book stand out. I just love it when seemingly disjointed plot points and characters come together in the end and make you rethink the entire book. I will have to Listen a second time for sure. I really loved the first person perspective and the inner monologue of the main character.

Narrator does a great job overall but might've changed inflection a little more when acting out the female characters as sometimes I had trouble telling male from female voices.

  • Prominence

  • By: A.C. Hadfield
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 500
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 502

They tried to destroy our planets. Our way of life. They tried to send us into extinction. But we, the Coalition, fought them and won. That was a decade ago. They’re known as the Host: a cabal of aliens seeking to dominate our sector of space. And they’re back - with help from a powerful new enemy. We’re outnumbered and unprepared. But there is hope. An ancient race of long-dead but technologically advanced aliens called the Navigators have a ship called the Blackstar that could potentially turn the tide. That is if I, Kai Locke, a humble ship racer, can find it and learn how to harness its power in time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Newly found love.

  • By L. Rampey on 03-22-19

Boring

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

Reviewed: 04-09-19

I made it half way. I know some books take a while to get going and i know as a listener it can take me a couple hours to get into a book and often pushing through that first bit is totally worth it. In this case it never became worth it. I literally made it 4 hours before deciding there's better books to read. I read mostly science fiction and fantasy and this just isn't good sci fi. The characters are all one dimensional and the plot is so all over the place. There's an invasion, maybe? there's this quest one of the main characters is on, sort of? there isn't much fun science fiction to be had here and not much driving you too keep learning about the universe. characters are what drives good sci fi and hadfield never really develops these characters.

I bought this on a daily sale, and probably wouldn't have tried it if it cost a credit, but i would definitely ask for that credit back if i had.

  • Fallen Academy: Year One

  • By: Leia Stone
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Moyen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,147

When angels fell from the sky to war with the demons that ravaged Earth, their combined powers infected humanity. Now, the humans are assigned one of two fates, being either demon-gifted or angel-blessed. After wings sprout from Brielle's back at her awakening ceremony, she's sure she's an angel-blessed celestial. It's not until she sees black wings that she realizes something is terribly wrong.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Logan or Lincoln

  • By Anonymous User on 02-06-19

Decent YA Novel

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

Reviewed: 04-05-19

Not much to say really. its a decent YA novel with an interesting theme. Kind of your same old: main character is super special for some reason, they go to a school, there's a rivalry with 1 other classmate for no real good reason, there's a love interest, there's an evil force to fight against.

the author plays around with those tropes well enough for it to be interesting. worth the $5 sale price i paid.

  • The Consuming Fire

  • The Interdependency, Book 2
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,373
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,934
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,918

The Interdependency, humanity’s interstellar empire, is on the verge of collapse. The Flow, the extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel between the stars possible, is disappearing, leaving entire star systems stranded. When it goes, human civilization may go with it - unless desperate measures can be taken. Emperox Grayland II, the leader of the Interdependency, is ready to take those measures to help ensure the survival of billions. But nothing is ever that easy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Building upon a collapse, this follow-up exceeds!

  • By C. White on 10-16-18

Wait for the next one

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

I love the author and love the narrator. I literally own everything they have done on audible together and apart. Wil does a great job as always.

This is very much a continuation of the series. My main issue with this book is that it furthers the story by inches. Its half a book at best, a quarter of an actual book maybe. There is little of the "scalzi" action adventure that we know and love in this book maybe an hour or two of actual interesting things and situations happening to characters we know. The rest is all political intrigue and a lot of dissembling from the author just explaining to us, the reader, the political landscape, the people in power and why they are in power. There's little that progresses the actual story forward. Then ending comes and the reader is left with a "thats it? seriously?" There's even some really obvious ex-machina in the last half of the book that seems kind of beneath scalzi.

what happens in this book i am sure is important for the series and is required, but i highly recommend anyone just wait for the next book and buy this and the next book together. 8 hours is almost a novella length and is barely worth a credit.

  • Reset

  • By: Brian Andrews
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,181
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,179

Deep in the Afghan mountains, Sergeant Michael Pitcher discovers an object with powers that defy explanation. After interacting with it, he suffers a traumatic seizure and is flown home for evaluation. Cleared by the doctors, Michael goes home to his relieved wife, Josie. But he’s a changed man. The once-loving husband is now coldly withdrawn. When a team of scientists connected to Sergeant Pitcher vanishes without a trace, CIA agent Dean Ninemeyer comes to him for insight - only to find that the recovering soldier has also disappeared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You'll never see it coming

  • By Angela M Bacon on 05-02-18

great narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

The narrator is great as always. He does an amazing job and is the only reason i listened to the book. The plot is all over the place, the premise; while at first interesting, becomes just overblown. the author cant seem to decide if the protagonist is all knowing all powerful or limited and vulnerable and the motivations of the protagonist change radically and wildly throughout the book leading to a roller coaster of a plot and not in a good way. All the characters are very "samey" in their personality and motivations with really no differentiation between any of them.

If you are interested in a book with a slightly similar plot but with better writing and actual character development check out Mine by Brett Battles..

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  • Mogworld

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,884
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,880

In a world full to bursting with would-be heroes, Jim couldn't be less interested in saving the day. His fireballs fizzle. He's awfully grumpy. Plus, he's been dead for about 60 years. When a renegade necromancer wrenches him from eternal slumber and into a world gone terribly, bizarrely wrong, all Jim wants is to find a way to die properly, once and for all. On his side, he's got a few shambling corpses, an inept thief, and a powerful death wish. But he's up against tough odds....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yahtzee learns to enunciate

  • By Alyssa on 10-18-12

Not my favorite Croshaw

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

I did not find this book all that funny. It was amusing but it didn't have me laughing like his other books have. The perspective was interesting, having the main character be an NPC was new and different for me. Having that character be undead and basically falling apart the entire book was very hard for me to wrap my head around.

I didn't really understand the bad guys in this book, I almost feel like Croshaw wanted the ending to have some big twists in it and so didn't really explain all the characters all that well in order specifically to have a few big reveals in the end and i felt like the story overall was weaker because of it.

The plot was a bit all over the place as well. Having the main driving force of the main character be the desire to commit suicide in a world without perma-death just felt awful and depressing as well.

I generally like Croshaw narrating his own books but i did have to crank this one up to 1.5x before it sounded normal.

  • Good Omens

  • By: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,542
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,330

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfyingly Hilarious

  • By FernT on 09-27-11

I really tried to like it.

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

I love things i have read by both these authors. I gave this book a really solid try. i listened to over half of it then i had to stop.

Its just too much of everything and not enough actual story. Its hard to describe but basically everything is snark and irony and hyperbole. Everything. all the dialog is obviously supposed to be great fun and over the top and normally in a Pratchett novel it makes the characters lovable and the stories humorous. But here its basically the entire book. And it is layered on so thickly. There's also way too many main characters. The book in constantly jumping around points of view and never seems to land on anyone as someone to focus on.

The narration was great no complaints there. I guess its just not for me. It might not be for you either.

  • Origin

  • A Technothriller
  • By: J. A. Konrath
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,554
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,560

When linguist Andrew Dennison is yanked from his bed by the Secret Service and taken to a top secret facility in the desert, he has no idea he's been brought there to translate the words of an ancient demon. He joins pretty but cold veterinarian Sun Jones, eccentric molecular biologist Dr. Frank Belgium, and a hodge-podge of religious, military, and science personnel to try and figure out if the creature is, indeed, Satan. But things quickly go bad, and very soon Andy isn't just fighting for his life, but the lives of everyone on earth…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Making My Beelzebubble Burst

  • By Carol on 01-01-14

Strong until the end

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

I loved everything about this book until the end. The book starts out as a great character driven book with interesting backgrounds and dialog and this intrigue all lasts through 3/4ths of the book. but then the story goes in the MOST PREDICTABLE of directions with the plot and it turns into Jurassic park from hell (literally?). Logic and reason go out the window and its just not a good ending. such a let down. I swear if i wrote this review at the 3 quarter mark it would've been all 5 stars and gushing. its too bad the book goes the way it does.

Its not awful really. Worth it if its on sale i would say.

  • Skyward

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,636
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,812
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14,787

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
  • Has Sanderson been reading Craig Alanson???

  • By Barry on 11-18-18

Another Brilliant Sanderson Novel

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

I loved this book. Sanderson is a master story teller and does an incredible job of world building this fascinating place and time. I really hope he writes more books about these characters. I have been frustrated at the author for leaving the Rythmatist series at one book and really hope this doesn't follow that same design. While the story doesn't necessarily end on a cliffhanger there's definitely more story to tell here.

Unlike the Rythmatist this book doesn't seem to be written in the Sanderson "Cosmere" universe. Which is only slightly disappointing for hardcore Sanderson fans like myself.

The main character is great and the challenges she faces and overcome are really interesting. The supporting cast of characters are really well written, there are no typical villains here, all the characters even the ones who seem at odds with the main character all have good reasons for the way they act even if its not clear what those reasons are at first and i really love that about this. None of the characters are 1 dimensional . A new character gets added about half way through who adds a ton of humor to the book but at the same time doesn't make the book to campy or goofy. If any of you read Columbus Day, its a bit like the "beer can" character, except unlike Columbus day this book is great before this new character is added and just keeps being great through the end.

This narrator is one of the best i have heard, although for some reason i kept picturing younger characters than the author meant. I felt a little Ender's Game vibe, but these characters are all way older, the main character is 18 years old for most of the story but i guess the narrator just made me picture a 14-16 year old. I felt like some of the behaviors were less mature than a typical 18 year old should be based on this type of society.

Anyway highly recommend picking this one up. Don't wait for the entire series to come out because he may never write any more in this world and it would be a shame for your to miss out.