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  • The Dark Ability

  • By: D. K. Holmberg
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 329

Rsiran is a disappointment to his family, gifted with the ability to Slide. It is a dark magic, one where he can transport himself wherever he wants, but using it will only turn him into the thief his father fears. Forbidden from Sliding, he's apprenticed under his father as a blacksmith where lorcith, a rare, precious metal with arcane properties, calls to him, seducing him into forming forbidden blades. When discovered, he's banished, sentenced indefinitely to the mines of Ilphaesn Mountain.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decent but had potential to be grand

  • By Ashley A. Bettinger on 07-23-17

boring and poorly written

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

a lot of the writing was extremely repetitive and didn't really move the plot forward at all. I found that I didn't care about the main character or any of the side characters and there was nothing redeeming about any of them. overall, I really, really struggled to finish this book and found myself rolling my eyes a lot at the dialogue and plot

  • Annihilation

  • Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Jeff VanderMeer
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,613
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,265
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,265

Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, bad narrator

  • By Julian P. on 01-26-16

overall, meh

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

Reviewed: 03-28-17

Not really sure why the story was written. unless I missed something, it dragged on and I kept reading with hopes things would come to light or a heightening of plot... but, nope!

Narration was okay. Pretty monotone through, but that matched the tone of the book.