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  • The Testing

  • The Testing, Book 1
  • By: Joelle Charbonneau
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Morton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 962
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 865
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 866

The story in which a 16-year-old is chosen by her government to undergo The Testing, which decides if she gets to go to The University. The University is for the country’s best and brightest teens and puts the rebuilding and future leadership of the United Commowealth in their hands. During The Testing, extreme psychological and physical trials pit them against one another to determine which teens have what it takes to become a leader.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narration is ruining this for me

  • By Robin on 03-30-14

Such haters!

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

Reviewed: 01-29-19

I thought the narrator did a great job! Only parts I didn't like was her valley girl accent for one of the girls, and the baby voice for Thomas. Made. She does read slower, but that's why there is speed settings. Go listen to Hunger Games, and then tell me Elizabeth Morton is bad... To the fella that complained about her pronunciation of "Opossum" you are incorrect-ish. We don't have Opossum in North America, we have Possums, they are a different species. Opossum, pronounced "epossum" are found in Australia.

Loved this book though! Excited to listen to the other 2!

  • Under the Never Sky

  • By: Veronica Rossi
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne Flagler
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,142
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,004
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,003

Since she’d been on the outside, she’d survived an Aether storm, she’d had a knife held to her throat, and she’d seen men murdered. This was worse. Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland - known as The Death Shop - are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild - a savage - and her only hope of staying alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kept me listening!

  • By Brooke on 04-27-12

Bernadette is a good narrator...

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

But she sounds really old. Too old to be a young adult. It's sometimes hard to distinguish which character she is. It got easier to differentiate as the story went on, but I just could never fully emerse myself into the story. The story is awesome! I would definitely recommend!

  • The Heir

  • By: Kiera Cass
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,081
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,078

Twenty years ago America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon's heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn't expect her Selection to be anything like her parents' fairy-tale love story...but as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn't as impossible as she's always thought.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dramatic manipulation

  • By Amy on 07-02-15

B<br />Performance is meh

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

The story was OK. I was hoping the 4th book would be a look into America and Maxon's rule of illea. I found Eadlyn's character to be unrelatable. The performance was a little irritating for me. I get that the princess is spoiled and a bit whiney, but the narrator didn't need to take it so valley girl. That wasn't the most annoying part though... She breathes in CONSTANTLY! After every sentence she takes in a sharp breath. Does reading make you that short of breath?? I thought I could get passed it, you know, stop noticing it after a while? By mid book I found myself so distracted by it I wasn't listening to the words anymore! It's a decent book though, and not the worst narrating I've heard (... Kyle McCarley) It's manageable and I am quite picky. If you've read the first 3 it's worth it to finishing the series.

  • Generation Z: The Queen of War

  • By: Peter Meredith
  • Narrated by: Brian Callanan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

Savage fighting rages from one end of the bay to the other as the still-dangerous Corsairs splinter into factions, each battling to see who will end up in ultimate control. Trapped in the middle of the bay on a little nub of an island, Jenn Lockhart and her shattered defenders can only watch helplessly, knowing full well that they will be the eventual prize. And Jenn can do nothing. The battle has left them fearfully low on ammunition, and they have no way to cross the zombie-infested waters. Only Jillybean’s return gives them any hope - and yet this is the same woman who started the war in the first place.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cliffhanger ending!

  • By Team maryland on 01-07-19

Please, PLEASE stop with Jellybean!

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

I'll start by saying I love Peter Meredith's writing, but with 2 hours left I gave up and skipped to the end of this one. It's not THIS book in peticular but the combination of the last 8+ Apocalypse/Gen Z novels, all of which are filled to the brim with this single, totally unbelievable character. I started this series because I enjoy the author and didn't realize he actually brought Jillybean over from the Apocalypse survivor novels, but unfortunately she infected this series too. Also Unfortunately for me I'm that guy who, at least up until now, sticks with a series until the end, but I just can't do it anymore.

Mr. Meredith I love ya man, but please enough with Jillybean already!

P.S - If you like Jillybean or at the very least she doesn't bother you then by all means get this book.

  • Those Left Behind

  • Zombie Fallout 10
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,609
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,447

One fateful decision - that is all it takes to either unravel all the Talbot clan has achieved or fulfill their desire for safety. Many are lost, though others return; this is the story of their struggle to survive and in remembrance of those left behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • as riveting as the others

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 02-07-17

Rated 5 stars because it's Tufo, books a 3 however

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

Reviewed: 01-28-17

I've listened to everything Mark has written and loved them all, including Dystance which I might add was good and 2 more are coming out in 2017. He's an author that actually works, and I say this as a fantasy fan who has grown tired of popular authors releasing books YEARS apart to capitalize on their cash cow. For that alone and for creating several Talbots realities I would never rate him under the much deserved 5.

With that being said these last few zombie fallout books have felt like filler, 10 even more so. I know the books are based more off of the characters than the progress but it's turned into 10 hours of banter with no resolution. I personally hoped 10 would be the end of ZF as there are still several series he has going that still have so much story to tell but the way this one ended I am sure there's at least 2 more coming. I did however enjoy watching Mike grow into the mistrusting and do anything to save my loved ones character of Lycan Fallout.

Even still, every ZF fan needs to buy and listen, it's still Mike and had several nail biting scenes. And for those who haven't listened to his other books, please treat yourself and pick them up! My personal rating of Mikes journey are,

1- The spirit clearing
2- Lycan Fallout
3- Indian Hill
4- Zombie Fallout
The rest I would clump together at spot 5.

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  • Conspiracy

  • A New World, Book 8
  • By: John O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Mark Gagliardi
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449

Lynn has been rescued from deep within the heart of a night runner lair. The answer to why she was taken remains a mystery. Sandra lies in a pool of her own blood, ending her desperate measures to draw Jack to her. As Red Team celebrates their joy of Lynn's freedom, they are unaware that a sight is centered on them from afar. A bullet tears through the air, streaking their way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THIS ONE WAS A BIT DIFFERENT...BUT I LIKED IT!!!

  • By Annie The Audible Addict!!! on 04-23-16

Extremely disappointed in the why!

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

Reviewed: 03-23-16

If you could sum up Conspiracy in three words, what would they be?

Finally get answers, however the generic already done why of the story made me frown. I still love the series and will finish it however!

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

2 major things stick out, the why of the story which I already touched on and the repetiveness of some dialogue. Book after book Jack had the same "I promise I'll stop you from getting experience."

Have you listened to any of Mark Gagliardi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Just this series but I've enjoyed him from book 1 on. He got a lot of hate in the earlier novels but I felt like he's been spot on the whole time.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, another major death. Both author and narrator do an amazing job of portraying sorrow.

Any additional comments?

Great book and amazing series, I just can't get over the why of it all. I just read this exact same story arc from another big zombie series.

  • Tattered Remnants

  • Zombie Fallout 9
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,330
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,116

In a world overrun by zombies, one family struggles against all odds to hold on. With three vampires closing in, can the Talbot family withstand the coming onslaught? Or will they become a footnote in the history of the apocalypse?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another masterpiece from Mark Tufo

  • By Kathy on 02-02-16

Mr Tufo and Sean do it again!

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

Reviewed: 02-11-16

As someone who switched from print to audio completely a few years back it's safe to say I've listened to my fair share of narrators, and with that said Sean Runette as Michael Talbot is hands down my favorite.

As for the book all I can say is it's on par with the other 9 ZF novels, although a bit darker than normal which was a nice addition as it kept the series tempo but gave #9 it's own flavor. The book seems to be shaping the end which I'm assuming will be #10 and leaves you hungry for more. I'm expecting a bittersweet end for the talbots and can't help but wonder if "You know nothing Michael Talbot" was a sneaky foreshadowing.

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  • A Clash of Kings

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 37 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 63,899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,151
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 55,080

A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm hooked, but narration...

  • By Peter on 04-02-13

it's GRRM!

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

Reviewed: 05-23-15

obviously the book was amazing, as for Roy the narrorator he grew on me, now i can't picture anyone else doing it.

  • A Crucible of Souls

  • The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, Book 1
  • By: Mitchell Hogan
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 18 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,084
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,083

When Caldan’s parents are brutally slain, he is raised by monks and taught the arcane mysteries of sorcery. Vowing to discover for himself who his parents really were, and what led to their violent end, he is thrust into the unfamiliar chaos of city life. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to earn an apprenticeship with a guild of sorcerers. But he soon learns the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths. As a shadowed evil manipulates the unwary and forbidden powers are unleashed, Caldan is plunged into an age-old conflict that brings the world to the edge of destruction.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bloody Ancestors

  • By alton Styron on 10-17-16

Not even going to bother with book 2

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

Reviewed: 02-09-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Obviously some people enjoyed this novel, as the positive reviews led me to purchase it, however with that being said I've only ever walked away from one other series and that was Robin Hobb. I thought the story itself had potential but it failed to make sense at every turn. The Protectors for example, (minor spoiler) a group of supposed elite soldiers with skills in sorcery ended up needing protecting. Everyone in the empire appeared weak, to the point where I wondered how it lasted as long as it did!

Has A Crucible of Souls turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, <3 fantasy, unfortunately every genre has it's rough spots.

What didn’t you like about Oliver Wyman’s performance?

I love the narrator and have enjoyed him in other novels.

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

boredom mostly

Any additional comments?

Read as a last resort, especially if there is something else you might enjoy. I'm not tough to please, in fact I read and enjoy just about everything, which is why I felt I needed to leave the feedback here.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful