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  • Storm of Locusts

  • By: Rebecca Roanhorse
  • Narrated by: Tanis Parenteau
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402

Kai and Caleb Goodacre have been kidnapped just as rumors of a cult sweeping across the reservation leads Maggie and Hastiin to investigate an outpost, and what they find there will challenge everything they’ve come to know in this action-packed sequel to Trail of Lightning. It’s been four weeks since the bloody showdown, and Maggie Hoskie, Diné monster hunter, is trying to make the best of things. Only her latest bounty hunt has gone sideways, she’s lost her only friend, Kai Arviso, and she’s somehow found herself responsible for a girl with a strange clan power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly Original, Compelling, & Heart-wrenching

  • By Lisa Davidson on 04-24-19

Pretty metal!

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

Reviewed: 05-15-19

No spoilers in this review. I love this continuation and this bad ass character, Maggie. We get some new side kicks and some returning characters all to good, dramatic conclusion. Don’t want to say anymore but if you liked the first book, you will enjoy this one. It does not disappoint and leads right to the next one. I am loving this series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Throne of Jade

  • Temeraire, Book 2
  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,875

When Britain intercepted a French ship and its precious cargo, an unhatched dragon's egg, Captain Will Laurence of HMS Reliant unexpectedly became master and commander of the noble dragon he named Temeraire. As new recruits in Britain's Aerial Corps, man and dragon soon proved their mettle. But now China has discovered that its rare gift, intended for Napoleon, has fallen into British hands, and an angry Chinese delegation vows to reclaim the remarkable beast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • fast forward part 2

  • By Nicholas on 10-22-07

Good but unbalanced

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

Reviewed: 04-13-19

I really love these dragon tales but I found that this story could have used some structural shifting. The author got bogged down on the long sea journey and did not spend enough time on the China section. Really unbalanced seemingly.

I did love the sea serpent attack and battle with the dragon. Awesome.

Will keep reading these!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • His Majesty's Dragon

  • Temeraire, Book 1
  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,932
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,125

When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo - an unhatched dragon egg - fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent AU period fantasy

  • By Melanie on 07-08-10

This is an amazing book about dragons!

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

Reviewed: 03-23-19

And the Napoleonic wars. Novik brilliantly and seamlessly adds the concept of dragon aviators into history in this beautifully written novel. So glad it is a series!

  • Shrill

  • Notes from a Loud Woman
  • By: Lindy West
  • Narrated by: Lindy West
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,434

Hailed by Lena Dunham as an "essential (and hilarious) voice for women", Lindy West is ferociously witty and outspoken, tackling topics as varied as pop culture, social justice, and body image. Her empowering work has garnered a coast-to-coast audience that eagerly awaits Shrill, her highly anticipated literary debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely necessary

  • By P. Ryan on 11-07-16

Loved Lindy West

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

An astute, intelligent thought piece from an incredibly smart and funny woman. I want to read more from her as this is the first I have read from her. I just want to read more by her and that is a good thing. Thank you, Lindy West!

  • The Night Tiger

  • A Novel
  • By: Yangsze Choo
  • Narrated by: Yangsze Choo
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,200

Quick-witted, ambitious Ji Lin is stuck as an apprentice dressmaker, moonlighting as a dance hall girl to help pay off her mother’s Mahjong debts. But when one of her dance partners accidentally leaves behind a gruesome souvenir, Ji Lin may finally get the adventure she has been longing for. Eleven-year-old houseboy Ren is also on a mission, racing to fulfill his former master’s dying wish: that Ren find the man’s finger, lost years ago in an accident, and bury it with his body. Ren has 49 days to do so, or his master’s soul will wander the earth forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • very satisfying

  • By Ian Macdonald on 03-19-19

Amazing magical story

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

This was a wonderful story of Malaysia in the 1930s and weaves mystical magical elements into the narrative in a wonderful way. The author reads this audible and does a fabulous job bringing it to life.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Olive Kitteridge

  • By: Elizabeth Strout
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,645
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,987
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,983

At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interweaving Short Stories Make a Good Novel

  • By Sara on 07-21-14

Characters!

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

Reviewed: 02-10-19

Love the characters in these connected stories and Olive as seen in each one. I just read that there is a continuation of the story coming out this year so I am very excited about that. Olive is as flawed as they come but compelling. Interesting reading and excellent narration on the audible.

  • Dreams from My Father

  • A Story of Race and Inheritance
  • By: Barack Obama
  • Narrated by: Barack Obama
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,134
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,420

In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father, a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man, has been killed in a car accident.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazingly true story about Obama told by Obama

  • By Kristin on 03-15-09

Really needed to hear Obama

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

I found this book a great comfort right now. I am really missing Barack Obama as President and found his voice soothing and comforting. This book was wonderful and his narration warm and enriching. Lovely. He is an excellent writer too.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • There There

  • A Novel
  • By: Tommy Orange
  • Narrated by: Darrell Dennis, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, Alma Ceurvo, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,088
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,067

Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life back together after his uncle's death and has come to work at the powwow to honor his uncle's memory. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and will perform in public for the very first time. There will be glorious communion and a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, and heroism, and loss.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gorgeous, white-hot debut

  • By Kat - Audible on 06-12-18

Very powerful book about the urban indigenous experience

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

I feel like I will sit with this one for a while. A novel of the urban indigenous experience revolving around an Oakland pow wow. Intersecting lives and each chapter is a shifted POV. Very interesting and well done. I especially enjoyed this because I live in the Bay Area and it had a lot of local geography in there. The narration was excellent.

  • Doctor Sleep

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,607
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,594

Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The sequel to the book; not the movie

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-28-13

A really great sequel...

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

I was worried when I heard there was a sequel to The Shining that it would not be as good but it totally pays homage to the original and dials it up to eleven. So very good. I loved The Shining and really enjoyed knowing what happens to Danny Torrance. It is not an easy journey but one worth taking. Beware of Winnebagos!

  • My Sister, the Serial Killer

  • A Novel
  • By: Oyinkan Braithwaite
  • Narrated by: Adepero Oduye
  • Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,206
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,201

Korede is bitter. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola’s third boyfriend in a row is dead. Korede’s practicality is the sisters’ saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body, and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her “missing” boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit. Korede has long been in love with a kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where she works.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A unique and enjoyable listen!

  • By Dee on 11-24-18

Riveting!

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

Fascinating story of sister-crime duo set in Africa - one kills and one cleans up after. Loved the narration and the ultimate hopelessness of it all. No fairytale here. Cynical and satisfying!