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  • They Both Die at the End

  • By: Adam Silvera
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch, Robbie Daymond, Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,615
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,609

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They're going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they're both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There's an app for that. It's called The Last Friend, and through it Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure - to live a lifetime in a single day.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You try and prep yourself, but it won't help.....

  • By Jeffrey veals on 02-28-18

Character-focused and lovely

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Man, this was nice. It doesn't really feel like a whole lot happens, but it's kind of ok? Like, you know this is the last day for these two, so the whole book could be really tense (and it sort of is), but mostly it just feels like relaxing and hanging out with them. And I liked both of the main male characters, whose perspectives we hear from- which is honestly so rare for me. Rufus took a little while for me to warm up to, because of how he was introduced, but Mateo is so, so precious to me.

#characterfocused #expectedending #lgbtqia #nearfuture #impossibletech #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Children of Blood and Bone

  • By: Tomi Adeyemi
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,804
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,201

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie's Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Written

  • By Samantha on 03-09-18

Cool story, weird pacing

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

I enjoyed this a lot. The world building was fantastic and the characters had strong, understandable personalities. I just kind of, lost steam at the end. The pacing seemed a bit off and a bunch of stuff happens at the end pretty quickly, with not much detail. But I'm definitely hooked, and the mysterious ending does make me want to read on.

#magic #highfantasy #femaleprotagonist #rebelagainstregime #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

  • By: Chris Grabenstein
  • Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,145

Kyle Keeley is the class clown, popular with most kids, (if not the teachers), and an ardent fan of all games: board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative game maker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the building of the new town library. Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot to be one of the first 12 kids in the library for an overnight of fun, food, and lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors remain locked. Kyle and the other winners must solve every clue and every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO MUCH FUN!

  • By D. Coates on 05-12-16

fun kid book w/ unrealistic library expectations

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

I'm trying to be fair and rate it like I would've rated it as a kid, because I was def too old to be reading it, but I think it was a fun book for young kids. I like how it was instilling a sense of wonder and love of reading, but honestly, I don't think the library needed all of those fancy things in it. If anything, it might make kids disappointed when they go to libraries and they don't have all of those things. #libraries #puzzles #teamwork #wonder #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Akata Witch

  • Akata Witch Series, Book 1
  • By: Nnedi Okorafor
  • Narrated by: Yetide Badaki
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 831
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 834

Twelve-year-old Sunny lives in Nigeria, but she was born American. Her features are African, but she has albinism. She's a terrific athlete but can't go out into the sun to play soccer. There seems to be no place where she fits in. And then she discovers something amazing - she is a "free agent" with latent mystical power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • imaginative!

  • By A^3 on 04-26-18

Better for kids

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

The magic system seemed a little off and the fact that these kids were sent to fight a murderer was ridiculous. Like, they even asked a couple of times why they were being sent and never really got a good answer.

The pacing was also really off. It spends most of the book as an "outsider learning magic for the first time" book and then they're sent to fight a serial killer AND the demon he wants to release. And then it gets resolved so quickly. I just wish the plots had been integrated better.

#magic #nigeria #kidsbook #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Collapsing Empire

  • The Interdependency, Book 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,824
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,778

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just feels small - no sense of scale, so why care?

  • By Ron P on 03-29-17

Feels like a prequel

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

This was fine. Very space, much sci-fi. Honestly, I enjoyed it well enough, even though the plot was pretty thin. It definitely feels like the beginning of a story before the story actually starts, and I think it could've been condensed into a short story or novella. I'm not interested enough in the series to read the rest of the books, but I might be interested enough to look up the plots on wikipedia if I've got nothing better to do. Wil Wheaton sounds the same no matter who or what he's narrating. #scifi #spaceopera #firstbook #spacepolitics #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • The Knowing

  • By: Sharon Cameron
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller, Andrew Eiden
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

Samara doesn't forget. And she isn't the only one. Safe underground in the city of New Canaan, she lives in a privileged world free from the Forgetting. Yet she wonders if she really is free, with the memories that plague her and secrets that surround her. Samara is determined to unearth the answers, even if she must escape to the old, cursed city of Canaan to find them. Someone else is on their way to Canaan, too.... A spaceship from Earth is heading toward the planet, like a figment of the city's forgotten past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nowhere near as captivating as The Forgetting

  • By ERA on 11-13-17

Engaging, but clunky plot. Bad narration

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

The plot of this book is fine. It makes a bit of a confusing transition from the first book, but overall, it's interesting. There were things that seemed completely unnecessary (not one, but TWO half-formed love triangles that weren't really even triangles and were terribly developed, anyone?) but I thought the way the society had developed over the time period was neat.

However, the narration itself really impeded my enjoyment of this book. The narrator for Samarra made her sound scared and timid all the time, with a shaky voice that was so irritating. #scifi #femaleprotagonist #splitperspectives #lovetriangle #sequel #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Homegoing

  • A Novel
  • By: Yaa Gyasi
  • Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,644
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,653

Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into different villages in 18th-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and will live in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle, raising children who will be sent abroad to be educated before returning to the Gold Coast to serve as administrators of the empire. Esi, imprisoned beneath Effia in the castle's women's dungeon and then shipped off on a boat bound for America, will be sold into slavery.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An important story but terribly disjointed

  • By Joy on 12-07-17

Thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

This was pretty great. All of the characters felt full and alive even though we only really get a snippet of their lives. It's incredibly well written and seems like such an important book.

Marcus' reflection about his research and why he didn't want to continue it was so well done and really showed how everything is connected and how in order to understand the present day, you have to understand the history, but then if you do understand the history, it makes you too angry to even think about. If I could just transcribe that whole section for this review, I would, bc the whole thing is my favorite quote. #africa #slavery #racism #thoughtprovoking #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

  • A Novel
  • By: Balli Kaur Jaswal
  • Narrated by: Meera Syal
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,986
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,691
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,679

Nikki lives in cosmopolitan West London, where she tends bar at the local pub. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she's spent most of her 20-odd years distancing herself from the traditional Sikh community of her childhood, preferring a more independent (that is, Western) life. When her father's death leaves the family financially strapped, Nikki, a law school dropout, impulsively takes a job teaching a "creative writing" course at the community center in the beating heart of London's close-knit Punjabi community.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and insightful

  • By Ms P Kelly on 06-26-17

Fine

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

This was surprising. Part of it is pretty much what I expected: Punjabi widows writing erotic stories and some direct text of those stories. But part of it was a lot darker than I expected. I think the juxtaposition of the two different tones worked well in this story because they are two sides of the same coin, but it was pretty unexpected. #england #widows #punjabicommunity #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

  • A Novel
  • By: Hank Green
  • Narrated by: Kristen Sieh, Hank Green
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,731
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,578

The Carls just appeared. Coming home from work at three a.m., 23-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship - like a 10-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor - April and her friend Andy make a video with it, which Andy uploads Online. The next day April wakes up to a viral video and a new life. News quickly spreads that there are Carls in dozens of cities around the world - everywhere from Beijing to Buenos Aires - and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the center of an intense media spotlight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grape jelly in the void

  • By Marissa on 09-27-18

SO GOOD, annoying ending

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

I absolutely loved this book, but I almost took off a WHOLE STAR FOR THAT DIRTY, SHAMEFUL CLIFFHANGER. You know she's not dead or comes back to life or something the whole time bc she's the narrator, but c'mon, that was honestly so low. Obviously, I'll be reading the next book, but I do not forgive or forget.

Now that that's out of the way, I loved this. I think it tries to say a lot about a lot of important stuff, and I think it does it all pretty well, and still manages to tell a great story and have great characters. I really liked April- she's likable and deeply flawed and relatable and unlikable. I did feel she could get a bit preachy sometimes, but that was kind of on purpose- it was the image she was creating for herself. It makes sense in the story, but it always felt slightly off because she's talking to people who only know her as April May and we get to understand her more so it feels a little hypocritical (which is also on purpose).

But I mean, give me anything with a bisexual MC and puzzles and, like, I'm in, so...
#scifi #bisexualMC #cliffhanger #FemaleProtagonist #NewYork #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,653
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,603

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A must hear ... but not for kids!

  • By Dylan on 02-19-19

Interesting info, weird narration

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

I thought the actual content was pretty interesting, and I do think I learned a lot about Victorian attitudes about various aspects of life, but Stephen Fry's narration felt really odd to me. It felt like he was gossiping these secrets rather than just relaying the information, so it felt kind of icky. I'm glad I got it for free. #victorian #history #england #secrets #nonfiction #tagsgiving #sweepstakes